Lloyd Road School Newsletter

January 2017

Principal's Message:

Dear Parents/Guardians:

A Grade 5 Enrichment class from 1987 left an envelope addressed to the Lloyd Road School class of 2017 with details about a time capsule buried at Lloyd Road.

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The envelope included information about the 1987 time capsule project including its contents, location, the process that was followed, and letters from the student participants. The capsule was buried in the spring of 1987 so we plan to unveil the capsule in early June 2017. We will then bury a time capsule of our own for future students and staff. Enrichment teacher Mrs. Adelson is helping plan a variety of school-wide time capsule activities that will help involve all classes in the time capsule project. We are starting the process to try and locate as many of the twenty students who were directly involved in organizing and burying the time capsule so they can be invited to the June ceremony. If anyone knows any of the student participants below please share our time capsule project with them and ask them to email Mr. Jerabek at jjerabek@marsd.org.

A copy of the newspaper article from the June 10th Bayshore Independent can be found here: http://www.digifind-it.com/matawan/DATA/independent/1987/1987-06-10.pdf

This quote gives a brief summary of the goal of the class of 1987.

“We tried to fill the capsule with artifacts representative of 1987 culture and lifestyle,” says Coordinator Stefan Sozomenu, 11, and enrichment teacher Judi Birnbach in a letter addressed to the capsule finders. “Our purpose in the project was to analyze our culture and leave a permanent record for a future generation's discovery," the message continues. “We felt it would be an interesting project for some future social studies class to analyze how much American culture and lifestyle have changed.”

Mrs. Judi Birnback was the teacher. Grade 4 and 5 teacher Mrs. Lasko was already able to locate and communicate with Mrs. Birnback who has since relocated out of state.

The student participants were:

Stephanie Locke

Peter Skidmore

Jennifer Fratello

Nicole Lamberti

Erica Poon

James Loughran

Charles Sharpe

Anita Gundanna

Michelle Barbarotta

Claire Joyce

Kim Scarborough

Susan Niola

Eric Ball

Imfiaz Siddiqui

Stefan Sozomenu

David Sickler

Eugene Russo

Adam Cooper

Jason Pagano

Mike Harriot

This is going to be an amazing experience for all Lloyd Road School students, staff, and school community members because it is one thing to read about history but to have the opportunity to be a direct participant in seeing history come alive is invaluable.

We will keep everyone updated on this process as we move through it.

Mr. Jerabek


Students of the Month!

Congratulations to our Students of the Month for December! December's theme was GENEROUS. The selected students were as follows:

Angelina Affrunti, Jamie Bello, Savannah Bond, Olivia Breaton, Kathryn Brown, Tyler Correia, Chandler Day, Shreya Deshpande, Adriana Euell, John Ferrara, George Graham, Ryann Healey, Sophia Lazzaro, Lena Le, Charli Lopez-Dominguez, Hanna Masiorski, Cameron Philogene, Natalie Queenan, Olivia Richmond, Charli Rogers, Joseph Roberto, Alexandria Scott, Jerrah Sevilleno, Susana Swindell, and Jack Zwirko.

Each month, we emphasize a new theme and then ask for one nomination from each homeroom teacher. The chosen students are then invited to attend lunch with the Principal and Assistant Principal on an assigned day. The students also receive various awards and have their photos displayed on our Star Students award boards in our front foyer.

Congratulations again to these students! Our January Student of the Month theme is Perseverance.

Parent Teacher Conferences!

Please note our Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on January 18th, 19th, 24th, and 25th. A notice was sent home. To schedule with your child's teacher, please log on to the Parent Portal. Appointments will be made with the ELA/Social Studies teacher, however, you are essentially meeting with both teachers (ELA and Math) at the same time. All students will be dismissed at 12:50 p.m. on those four conference days.

Student Council Hug O' Grams

The LR Student Council will be selling Hug O' Grams in the lobby during Parent Teacher Conferences on the following dates:

January 18, 19, 24, and 25

The cost will be $1.00 each. Proceeds will fund the Aberdeen Town Hall Butterfly Garden community Service Project. Flyers were sent home with students which also gave them the opportunity to purchase one via a form. Please visit the Virtual Back pack for the flyer.

Extended Day Parent Survey

The District is trying to determine parent satisfaction with the present before and after care programs offered by the district through the YMCA. Please take a moment to complete the survey, via the link provided.


Counselor News:

Happy New Year! This month Mrs. Baker got a chance to visit every classroom. Mrs. Baker commended the fifth grade students for the positive behaviors that she has witnessed over the past two years. The students also got a chance to meet Ms. Katelyn Rabbitt. Ms. Rabbitt will be taking over for the remainder of the school year while Mrs. Baker is on maternity leave. Mrs. Baker reiterated the procedures to see her and wished the students well for the remainder of the school year, she will be returning in September!

Nurse's Corner:

Keep Calm & Wash Your Hands:

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Stay home when you are sick.

Remember the 24 hour rule (no vomiting, diarrhea, or fever for the past 24 hours).

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.

If soap and water are not available, use alcohol based hand rub.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, especially when someone is ill.

Get plenty of sleep, be physically active and manage your stress.

Drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious foods.

Practice other good health habits.

Parent Portal Reminder:

Just a friendly reminder as the weather becomes colder and the possibility of snow pops up, please make sure to update all your contact information on the Parent Portal.

You can access the Portal at the following web address: http://fridayparentportal.com/matawanaberdeen.

We urge parents/guardians to log into the Portal to verify the following information is up to date and accurate:

- Phone numbers

- Emails addresses

- Emergency contacts: add new contacts or update information. If you need to delete any contacts, please send a note to the main office with the information. Requests must be made in writing with details.

If you can't find your log-in information, please contact the main office at (732) 705-5700, or email dgascot@marsd.org.

Upcoming Events:

You can find detailed information on these events in our Lloyd Road School Virtual Backpack.

  • 1/11: McDonald's 'McTeacher' Night 4:30 - 8:00 p.m.
  • 1/10 - 1/20: STAR Testing
  • 1/12 & 1/13: School Store
  • 1/16: Martin Luther King Day (Schools Closed)
  • 1/18 & 1/19: Parent Teacher Afternoon Conferences (12:50 p.m. dismissal)
  • 1/23: PTO Box Tops Collected
  • 1/24 & 1/25: Parent Teacher Conferences (12:50 p.m. dismissal)
  • 1/30: Marking Period 2 Ends
  • 1/31: Half Day Schedule, 12:50 p.m. dismissal
  • 1/31: Marking Period 3 Begins


  • 2/9 - 2/10: PTO School Store
  • 2/10: PTO Valentine's Dance
  • 2/16: PTO Meeting, 7 p.m., Library
  • 2/17-2/20: President's Weekend, Schools Closed