The Generals' Update

Your guide to DDE events and announcements: 9/12/2021

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

  • Tuesday, 9/14: Fall sports begin.
  • Thursday, 9/16: District closed.

Front Office News

Car pick up at Dismissal

Parents/guardians picking up students at dismissal, we ask that you remain in your vehicles in order to facilitate a safe, smooth, and quick dismissal.


Backpacks

As a reminder, backpacks are to remain in the student's locker. As per the school supply list, a drawstring or other small bag is recommended to carry a student's Chromebook.


Early pick-up

If you need to pick up your child before dismissal you must inform the main office prior to your arrival. You may do so by sending in a note with your child, calling the main office, or emailing both Mrs. DiStasi at ldistasi@freeholdtwp.k12.nj.us and Mrs. Diver at jdiver@freeholdtwp.k12.nj.us.


Items forgotten from home

We will once again be using the grade level bins outside the main entrance for drop off of items forgotten at home. Please label anything you are dropping off with the student's first and last name, as well as his/her grade. Post-its and pens are provided for your use. Please do not ring the bell. The bins are checked periodically throughout the day and items are distributed to students during their lunch. For security reasons, a staff member cannot come to the door on request to retrieve items for your child.


Visitors

Before the main office can grant admittance to the building, all visitors must:


  • Notify the main office prior to arrival.
  • Show ID before entering.
  • Wear a mask.

FALL SPORTS

All students interested in participating in a fall sport must complete the Freehold Township Consent for Athletic Participation form for the sport they are interested in. Please use the appropriate link below:

ARRIVAL

Our doors officially open to all students at 7:30am, and our school day begins at 7:40am.


You can see in the map below that we will be utilizing multiple entrances; each grade level has designated entrances for car riders and bus riders. There is signage at each entrance, and staff will be posted each morning to direct students to the appropriate entrance.


We encourage parents who are dropping off their children to do so between 7:00am-7:30am. From 7:00am-7:30am, students will enter through Door #5, which is located at the back of the parking lot (see the green box below). These students will be supervised in the new gym, where they will be seated in desks that are socially distanced. Starting at 7:30am, car riders will utilize entrances specific to their grades. Also at 7:30am, any students in new gym will be invited to proceed to their homerooms. It is our hope that spacing out the arrival of car riders and bus riders will allow for a smooth flow of of traffic into the building. At 7:30am, students riding buses will then enter the building utilizing the entrances specific to their grade.


There will be hand sanitizer stations at each entrance; and students will be required to use hand sanitizer prior to entering the building.

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DISMISSAL

All bus riders will be dismissed from the building first, as the elementary dismissals are dependent upon our buses running on time.



If you will be picking up your child at dismissal, we ask that when entering the parking lot, you proceed down the center of the lot if you are picking up a sixth grader and to the left of the lot if you are picking up a 7th or 8th grader. (If you happen to be picking up students in 6th and 7th or 8th, please decide as a family where the driver will go and communicate this to your children.) Please see the dismissal map below and follow the arrows that correspond to your child's grade level. Please note: This is different from the Arrivals map above.


Parents picking up 6th graders will use the same traffic pattern as Arrivals.


Parents picking up 7th and 8th graders will drive around the back of the building and come to the access road by the cafeteria to wait. Once buses are dismissed, we will invite the 7th and 8th grade cars to pull along the curb in front of the building to pick up your children.


Please be patient as you wait for your child to exit the building and locate your car. We want to make sure all students exit safely.

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LUNCH

For the 2021-2022 school year lunch will be provided to all district students, regardless of eligibility. Please refer to the letter sent home to all families: https://bit.ly/38FBqOD. Those who would like to participate in this program should complete the survey attached to the above referenced letter. If you have any questions, please email Aly Williams at awilliams@freeholdtwp.k12.nj.us.


Lunch options will be provided and served grab-and-go. A la carte items will not be available at this time. There will not be any sale of individual water or milk. Students will be sitting at desks in the cafeteria and may remove their mask once they have their lunch and seated at a desk. Once they are finished eating, masks should be put back on.

HOW TO REPORT A STUDENT ABSENCE DURING A PANDEMIC

If your child will be absent from school, you must call the attendance line to report the absence. Please state the following:



  • Your child's name
  • Grade
  • State the reason for the absence with specific symptoms. NOTE: Students with symptoms consistent with Covid-19 will be excluded from school per the NJDOH guidelines.

PTO CONNECTION

PTO Website

Visit the NEW DDE PTO website for all up to date information regarding membership, volunteer opportunities, fundraising, and more!

https://ddepto.membershiptoolkit.com/


PTO Membership Drive

Join the PTO today to enter our special drawing. For more information, see the following flyer: https://bit.ly/3ltT2Dp


First PTO Meeting

The first PTO meeting will take place, Tuesday, 9/21 at 6:30pm in the STEAM Center. All those in attendance must wear a mask.


DDE Spirit Wear

Spirit Wear is available for purchase now through Wednesday, September 15th!

To see what is available simply use this link: https://www.dependabiliteesnj.com/.

Click "Online Store", choose Eisenhower Middle School then have fun shopping!


Orders will be completed approximately 2 1/2 weeks after the close date will be delivered to the school where they will be delivered to your child.

Technology Issues?

If you have technology issues, please email Mr. Goldstein at sgoldstein@freeholdtwp.k12.nj.us

Upcoming Events!

  • Tuesday, 9/14: Board of Education Meeting
  • Thursday 9/16: No School
  • Tuesday, 9/21: PTO meeting-6:30 in the STEAM Center
  • Thursday, 9/30: Virtual Back to School Night (information forthcoming)

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