Ravine Drive Elementary School

October 2020

October Welcome Back!

Hello Ravine Drive Families!

The month of October marks the transition from the warm days of summer to the crisp days of autumn; and I would like to thank you all for your cooperation as we have transitioned into the beginning of a unique school year. This past month has introduced many new routines both at school as well as in our homes. On behalf of all of us here at Ravine Drive Elementary School, your patience and feedback have been greatly appreciated.

Next week, our 2nd and 3rd grade Hybrid students will be returning to the building for in-person instruction. Below are some key points to remember:

Safety and Security
  • Parents/Guardians MUST complete a Safety iPass through the email you receive from Crisis Go. A parent/guardian will need to display the green iSafety Pass before a child is permitted to enter the building or board a school bus.

  • For Walkers, parents/guardians should park in the kiss and drop loop and escort their child to the point of entry where a staff member will ask for the parent/guardian to display their child's iSafety Pass. Please check with your child's teacher regarding which door your child will use for arrival and dismissal.

  • All staff, students, parents and guardians must wear a mask and follow the rules for social distancing when on school grounds. This includes when a child is waiting with his/her parent/guardian at a bus stop.

Arrival and Dismissal

  • Hybrid Cohort A students will report to the building on Monday and Tuesday. Hybrid Cohort B students will report to the building on Thursday and Friday. The school day begins promptly at 9:20 AM.

  • Dismissal for Hybrid students will take place at 1:20 PM for the days that they are at the building for in-person instruction so they may return home for lunch/recess. Those students will then be expected to log back on to continue with virtual learning at home for the remainder of the day.

  • Students who are enrolled as Full Remote or 5-Day Full Day will not have any changes to their delivery of instruction.

If you have any questions regarding your child's program, please email me at jzitarosa@marsd.org.

Thank you,


Jessie Zitarosa

Interim Principal

For Parents/Guardians of Full Remote Students

If your child is currently enrolled as a Full Remote student, and you would like to send him/her back into the school building for in-person hybrid instruction, we will be able to accommodate this change beginning on the first day of the second marking period (Thursday, November 12, 2020.)

We are asking that only parents/guardians of full remote students who wish to transition to hybrid complete the survey that can be accessed by clicking here.

Please submit your response no later than Wednesday, October 21, 2020. This deadline date will ensure that each school has ample time to develop student and staff schedules, and will allow the Transportation Department ample time to develop bus routes. Students attending in the hybrid model will attend school in-person on either Monday and Tuesday (last name A-K), or Thursday and Friday (last name L-Z).

Important Dates to Remember!

Be sure to mark your calendars for the following events coming up in October:

  • Week of 10/05 - 2nd and 3rd Grade Hybrid Students Return for In-person Instruction
  • Week of 10/05 - Week of Respect
  • 10/05 - Flower Mum Pick-up - 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  • 10/07 - iReady Assessment - Math
  • 10/12: Columbus Day - School IS In-Session
  • Week of 10/19 - School Violence Awareness Week
  • 10/16 - PTO Pumpkin Patch Fundraiser - 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  • 10/21 - Deadline to Submit Survey to Switch from Full Remote to Hybrid for MP2
  • 10/30 - Early Dismissal/Students Only (4-hour session)
  • 10/31 - Happy Halloween!!!!

Ms. Feen's School Counseling Corner

Ms. Kathy Feen is the school counselor and the anti-bullying HIB specialist at Ravine Drive. Be sure to check out her Monthly Feature in the RD School Counseling Corner!

If you would like to reach Ms. Feen directly, you can email her at kfeen@marsd.org.

Happy October! It's Kindness Month

Nurse Lorenzo's Tips for Good Health

Nurse Lorenzo is the School Nurse at Ravine Drive. Each month she will provide our Ravine Drive Families with tips for good health!

If you have any questions, you can reach her by phone at 732-705-5830 or email her at klorenzo@marsd.org.

5 Tips to Stay Healthy During the School Year

1. Good Handwashing and Frequent Handwashing: Teach your child how important it is to wash his/her hands especially after touching his/her face, sneezing, after eating or using the bathroom.

2. Wear Your Mask at All Times and Never Share Your Mask with Others: Encourage your child to keep his/her mask in place while in school (unless he/she is eating or drinking water) and how important it is to never share his/her mask with other students.

3. Get Plenty of Sleep: Getting adequate sleep helps with concentrating in class and dealing with stressors that may occur while in school during this time.

4. Eat a Well Balanced Breakfast: Starting the day with a nutritious well balanced meal such as a combination of a protein (eggs) and a complex carbohydrate (oatmeal or a banana) has shown to improve brain function and maintaining a steady level of energy throughout the day.

5. Take Time to De-stress (Have Some Fun!): Play board games with the family, go on a bike ride, draw or color!

Free and Reduced Lunch Meal Applications

Please click on the link below to find out more information about the Free and Reduced Lunch Application. The district is requesting that every family complete the 2020-2021 Meal Application.

Free and Reduced Lunch Application

Governor's Educator of the Year Program 2020-2021

If your child has had an educator who is dedicated, inspiring, and making a difference, please take the time to recommend this person for the Governor’s Educator of the Year Program by completing this nomination form template and returning it to the building principal by Monday November 23, 2020.

Nomination Form

Eligibility Criteria