The Monroe Messenger
Parent Newsletter - December
A Message from the Principal
Our November was full of so many wonderful events and highlights at James Monroe! We continue to be grateful for our staff, students, and families. This past month brought many donations for the food drive, we raised a few thousand dollars through penny wars and celebrated what we are all thankful for throughout the month.
We have some exciting events upcoming for the month of December and some important updates and reminders. Enjoy reading through our November highlights, including a visit from Mayor Joshi and information regarding our upcoming Winter Stroll and Holiday Boutique!
We are wishing all of our families a Happy New Year and wonderful holiday season.
Cynthia Tufaro, principal
Maggie Callahan, assistant principal
Important Attendance Update
Important Attendance Reminders
Please view the attached flyer with information regarding reporting absences.
Winter Weather Advisory
ARRIVAL - Please check the owl sign in the front window for arrival procedures daily depending on the weather/temperature. An announcement will be made as well. Students will enter the building at 8:45 a.m. on inclement weather days.
- DO NOT ARRIVE BEFORE 8:45 A.M.
- DRESS WARMLY
- ALL FAMILIES MUST WAIT ON THE SIDE BLACKTOP AREAS.
DRESS FOR PLAY - Please remember to check the weather for the need for WARM coats, gloves, scarves and hats. We will go outside for recess as long as the "real feel" is above 32 degrees for healthy fresh air and exercise!
Teacher of the Year!
Whoo's in the News- November Edition!
Check out our November edition of Whoo's in the News! We are so proud of our students for creating such a wonderful highlight video!
Congratulations on a job well done to all of our students! They raised a total of $2981.33....THAT IS AMAZING!!! The James Monroe PTO would like to thank each and every one of our students, especially the Student Council, and staff for their support in helping make this a successful (and FUN) event! Stay tuned for photos from the winning class getting to silly string their principals!
Top 5 for Final Penny Wars: Points Earned
G4: Ms. Recine/Ms. Lombardo: 75136
G4: Ms. DeMaria: 27453
G3: Ms. McCann: 15922
G3: Ms. Drews: 4599
SPC: Ms. Krygina: 4396
Top 5 for Final Penny Wars: Money Earned
G4: Ms. Recine/Ms. Lombardo: 852.76
G4: Ms. DeMaria: 496.03
G5: Mr. Osofsky: 390.77
G5: Ms. Schwarz/Ms. Fuentes: 184.02
G3: Ms. McCann: 160.32
Join us for our annual winter stroll on Friday, December 9th at 6:00pm! View children's crafts in our lit up garden, ride the holiday train and enjoy some delicious treats.
New and unwrapped items for a local shelter will be collected at this event.
Candy Cane Grams
More information will be sent home by Friday (12/2), and students can bring their money in to shop on Monday (12/5), Tuesday (12/6), or Wednesday (12/7) -- based on their designated shopping day. We will accept cash or check (payable to James Monroe PTO). "Personal shoppers" will be available to help your child pick gifts based on the budget/money you provide! Please email Monroeowlspto@gmail.com with any questions or to volunteer during the event!
Family Engagement Days
Starting this month, teachers began inviting families to share a hobby, skill, expertise or interest with their class. Two classrooms hosted this month with great success. One parent shared about her job as a dentist with Kindergarten students in Mrs. Donner's class and another taught students how to macrame in Mr. Osofsky 5th grade class.
Thank you to those parents who kicked off this exciting initiative! Look out for more information from your child's teacher and let them know you want to share one your interests, talents, hobbies or expertise!
Standards Based Report Cards (K-2)
K-2 Standards based report cards will be available in the portal on December 16th. See below for additional information.
What are Standards Based Report Cards?
Standards based report cards provide parents with more precise information about how your child is progressing in school. The report cards identify progress within each standard, offering parents useful information on where additional work may be needed. They facilitate collaboration between parents and educators in their efforts to help students improve their performance and identifies specific learning goals within the curriculum so that appropriate rigor can be ensured. Standards based report cards are proven to bring about higher levels of success due to their specificity and consistency within grading.
The standards addressed in the district report cards measure student’s progress towards the mastery of the state’s grade level goals of teaching and learning. They explain precisely what we want our students to know and be able to do as a result of their experiences in school. To learn more about the New Jersey Student Learning standards, click here.
Please join us in the cafeteria or virtually at or next PTO meeting on December 6th at 6:00 pm. A link will be shared to join virtually as well before the meeting.
Reminder about clubs
- 2nd grade: Robotics every Wednesday at 8:00am (students who have previously signed up)
- 3rd grade: Sports Club every Friday at 8:00am (group A and B rotate each week)
- 4th grade: Media Club every Tuesday at 8:00am (schedule will change for groups each week)
- 5th grade: Makerspace Club every other Thursday at 7:45am
- 4th/5th grade: Chorus every Wednesday at 8:15am
- Please look for information about our school play auditions this winter.
- Safety Patrols and Student Council will meet during the school day.
Drama Club News
Drama Club News
“We are all connected in the great circle of life”
These are the words Mufasa shares with his son, Simba. We are so excited to share the circle of life journey with all of you!
Mrs. Sanchez and Mrs. Romeo are hard at work creating schedules and discussing ideas for our production. Our mission is to provide a nurturing and challenging educational environment through the completion of a musical production. We strive to provide a high-quality and diverse experience in all areas of the performing arts. In this light, it is our goal to foster an appreciation, understanding, and love of the performing arts with a clear intent to touch the heart, engage the mind, and transform lives by creating extraordinary theater experiences for the young people in our program.
The 2022-23 Drama Club interest letters will be going home on January 2, 2023.
We look forward to welcoming you to the world of theater!!
Stories from Around the World Assembly
On November 18th students enjoyed a colorful exploration of dance and literature with Number Dance. Making stops in China, Sweden, Brazil and Majorca, students dove into the connection between dance and literacy with narratives of time-honored folktales. The assembly included bright costumes, engaging music and live narration of stories. Students enjoyed the dances and had the opportunity to participate as well by learning some of the dance moves!
Food Drive and Pie in the Face!
Thank you to all of our families who generously donated to our food drive. We collected over 1000lbs of food to donate to Replenish!
Our students who brought in 20 or more items had the opportunity to then pie a teacher in the face during our assembly on Wednesday, November 23rd. It was all great fun for a wonderful cause.
Student Council Toy Drive
The Student Council will be collecting new unwrapped toys our annual toy drive. Any students who bring a toy in will get to "stuff the cruiser" on December 13th! Members from the Edison police department will collect the toys for donation.
A Message from Mrs. Sclafani - School Nurse
DECEMBER HEALTH OBSERVANCES 2022
Read below for items of importance to the health and wellness of all students, families and staff members of James Monroe School. Click on links to review the health observances:
Weeks to Note
Days to Note
VACCINATION UPDATES - Please send a copy of your student’s vaccination record if they have received their flu shots, Covid-19, or vaccinations required for school enrollment. These must be updated in their school health immunization record.
PAST DUE VACCINATIONS AND PHYSICALS -
Students who just began at James Monroe this year must fulfill immunization and physical examination requirements within 30 days of enrollment in the Edison Township school district. If you are not sure if your child is missing any of his/her requirements, please ask me by phone or email.
The absence of required vaccinations and physical examinations that have not yet been submitted places your child on a review list for possible exclusion until these requirements are met.
EMERGENCY CONTACTS - Each student is expected to have:
At least 1-2 persons noted as emergency contacts in case they are ill or injured during school hours.
Emergency contacts who are family members; neighbors or friends with a car who can pick them up quickly and take them to your home, to their house, or to the doctor if needed.
The ability to be picked in UNDER 30 MINUTES is essential to avoiding the exposure of other students and staff to your child’s illnesses as well as protecting your vulnerable child from getting something far worse from other sick students in the nurse’s office awaiting pickup.
A parent or guardian who understands that they are very uncomfortable and need to be cared for right away.
ILLNESS PREVENTION - Please do NOT send your student to school with ANY SYMPTOMS OF ILLNESS. He/she will be assessed and sent home according to infectious illness criteria. You may be requested to have your student tested for Influenza, Covid-19, Strep or other communicable illnesses. Many students are falling ill with these communicable infections and have different lengths of time and treatments needed to be able to return to school feeling better and not able to spread the illness to others. Please be sure to remind your doctor of this and that the school is expecting the results.
What is the difference between a Cold, Flu (influenza), Covid-19 and Allergies?
GYM RESTRICTIONS -
Parents must contact the school nurse for students with injuries that require special attention to maneuver in school.
Those who need a supportive or protective splint, brace, cast, or sling; or who require crutches or a wheelchair must be cleared to return to school with a doctor’s note IN ADVANCE of their return to school.
The doctor’s note must indicate the follow-up appointments required, as well as the anticipated return to physical activity date. If your student is restricted from gym, they will also be restricted from recess with some exceptions.
ASTHMA, SEVERE FOOD ALLERGY, SEIZURE DISORDER, DIABETES -
Asthma treatment plans, severe allergy treatment plans, seizure action plans, diabetic treatment plans must be provided yearly. Please send in your child's physical examination record whenever it is done. You will receive notifications of when updates are expected for each new development phase. Please let me know if you need medication forms for your student who requires medications dispensed from the nurses office during school hours, e.g., ADHD meds, analgesics for headaches, eye drops, etc., if not included in the aforementioned treatment plans.
TIPS FOR HEALTHY CHILDREN AND FAMILIES -
It’s important to create healthy habits at home as early as possible.. These will help you make smart choices for your family. Children imitate their parents, so it’s important to set a good example. Click this link for tips that can help your family be healthy and happy: https://familydoctor.org/https-familydoctor-org-tips-for-healthy-children-and-families/
“A fit body, a calm mind, a house full of love. These things cannot be bought – they must be earned.” – Naval Ravikant
Breakfast and Lunch Information
Children can purchase snacks after they eat lunch on Tuesday and Thursdays!