PLD September Newsletter

"Superheros are created at Drew"

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Perry L. Drew received an Upgrade!

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Welcome note from the Principal, Mr. Dias

I am excited and happy to welcome back the Drew School Community to another exciting school year. This year we are celebrating superheroes! Every community member at Drew has the potential to be a superhero. I'm hopeful that as a community we pull together and make this year a success for every child. Together we will have success. Enjoy this school year!

Mr. Dias

September Events

September 6th - First Day of School

September 19th - Back to School Night Bingo run by the PTO

September 22nd - Virtual PLD Back to School Night

September 26th & 27th - SCHOOL CLOSED for Rosh Hashanah

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Important News

Cafeteria updates

All breakfast and lunch meals will return to regular service for all students for the 2022-2023 School Year. Parents are strongly encouraged to fill out the Free/Reduced Meal Forms for the 2022-2023 school year. The forms will be available on August 29.

Welcome New Staff Members

Ms. Tracie Perez - Vice Principal

I am so excited to be the new assistant principal of the Drew School! I am proud to say that this will be my 7th year in the East Windsor School District, having previously worked at the Grace N. Rogers and Walter C. Black schools. As the assistant principal, it is my goal to learn all about the Drew School families and students and have a positive impact on their learning experience!

I have been an educator for more than twenty years in various K- 6 teaching and administrative positions in both New Jersey and Florida. I was born and raised in Miami, Florida and the Jersey Shore (Monmouth County) is where I have resided for the last 12 years, while raising my three children.

I look forward to an amazing 22-23 school year and can’t wait to work with the staff, students, and families of the Drew School community!

Ms. Stefanie Cohen - Teacher

Hi I'm Ms. Cohen! I'm currently a fourth grade teacher at Perry L. Drew. I graduated from Rutgers University and I love going back for Rutgers Football games! Some of my favorite things include llamas, the color teal, shopping at Target and trying new recipes! In my spare time, I love teaching yoga, volunteering with NJ Special Olympics and spending time with my family. I love teaching and I'm excited for this school year!

Ms. Michelle Farrell - Teacher

Hi, my name is Michelle Farrell. I am returning to Perry L. Drew after previously being an Educational Assistant here for four years. I am very excited to be back and teaching with the fourth grade team. For those who don't know me, I enjoy baking, painting, and anything Disney. Some of my favorite things are going to the beach, eating pizza and wings, and watching the Devils or Giants games.

Ms. Shakira Jones - Teacher

Hi! My name is Shakira Jones and this will be my first year teaching 3rd grade! Prior to coming to Perry L Drew, I taught Pre-K for six years. Education has always been important to me and teaching children brings me joy. I also happen to be a proud product of the East Windsor Regional School District as I have attended McKnight, Kreps, and Hightstown High School. It is an honor to return back to the district that I gained so much from. I am looking forward to a wonderful school year that is filled with learning and excitement!

Some fun facts about me are:

My favorite color is Red, my favorite sports team is the Philadelphia Eagles. Food wise, I love anything Mexican. Buffalo tenders are also my favorite! I collect anything pineapple related. turtles as well.

Mr. Jason Lopez - Teacher

Hi all, my name is Jason Lopez and I am excited to join the PLD team! This will be my first year teaching 4th grade, so I'm looking forward to the experience. In my free time, I love to watch movies with friends, rock climb, and play ultimate frisbee. Here's a little more about me: I love a good cardigan, my favorite sports teams are Ferrari and Liverpool, and I will pay any amount for a good bowl of ramen. Oh, and my guilty pleasure is watching Love Island. Also, here's a silly little pic of me. Excited to meet you all!

Mr. Javier Rodriguez - World Language Teacher

Hola, my name is Javier Rodriguez!

Originally, I came from Spain.

I arrived in the U.S. in 1995 and I have been a proud U.S. citizen since 2004.

I graduated from Kean University and got my masters at Granada, in Spain also.

My hobbies among other things are the US Open tennis championship that is up and running, and I am a follower of my favorite tennis player Rafa Nadal and his game.

I love Formula One too, an impressive sport involving the fastest cars in the world, and I cannot forget about my bicycle, love to ride it as much as I can.