The Generals' Update

Your guide to DDE events & announcements: 9/27/2020

School is closed tomorrow (Monday, September 28, 2020). We'll be back in session on Tuesday, Generals!

This Week's Schedule

  • Monday: School closed in observance of Yom Kippur
  • Tuesday & Wednesday: Cohort A
  • Thursday & Friday: Cohort B

A Message From Mrs. Gambino & Mr. Giarratano

We just want to take a minute to share our gratitude for all you and your family have done to contribute to a successful first week in the school building. The staff was so thrilled to see so many of our Generals in person, and we know they were smiling under those masks, as we were! Your Generals were respectful, responsible, and ready to learn last week, and we couldn't be more proud! Thank you for your cooperation and patience as we worked through kinks with dismissal and the Genesis Covid Daily Parent Form. We hope for an even more successful week next week!

Picture Day

We will have two options for Picture Day this year: Tuesday, October 13 and Wednesday, October 14, 2020. Both days, pictures will be taken at the entrance of the school between 2:00pm and 6:00pm. There are no appointment times -- come whenever is convenient for you! Please have your child wear a mask until it is time for his/her picture to be taken. Following is the picture form: https://bit.ly/3kJUfnP


To order your child's pictures online, please go to http://kidsatheartphotos.com/ and enter the preorder code: Eisenhower 2020. We will not be sending picture order forms home with students this year. If you would prefer to order by picture order form, Kids At Heart Photography will have printed forms on site. You may also print the form (see paragraph above) at home and bring it with you on picture day.


If you are unable to make it on either of these days, we will be scheduling a makeup day in the near future.

The Generals' Update Archives!

We have begun to archive The Generals' Update. If you are looking for a past edition, please go to our DDE website - https://dde.freeholdtwp.k12.nj.us/ - and hover over the Generals' Update tab at the top. You will see a dropdown for The Generals' Update Archive. Click there to see past issues. To link directly to the archives, click here: https://bit.ly/2RX69i0

Need to translate the Genesis Parent Portal into another language?

To see your child's Genesis Parent Portal in another language:
  1. Sign into Genesis.
  2. Scroll down to the bottom of the page.
  3. Look in the bottom left corner where you will see the prompt to select the language, as pictured here.

Covid Daily Parent Form

As Nurse King shared in the newsletter she sent two weeks ago, every morning your student attends school in person you must complete the Covid Checklist in Genesis. This allows us to ensure that students who are entering the building are healthy and safe. If you do not complete the checklist, we will have to pull your student out of class to assess him/her. In an already abbreviated day, we do not want your student to miss instructional time for this. Please please please fill out this checklist each morning! Follow the steps below:



  1. Log into the Parent Portal.
  2. Select the "Forms" tab.
  3. Under "Forms Library" you will see the "Covid Daily Parent Form." Here are the questions it will ask you: https://bit.ly/3mBb5qE
  4. Please complete, hit SAVE and then SUBMIT (see screenshot below).



If your child is not feeling well on a day he/she is scheduled to attend school in person, please keep your child at home. He/she may still access school virtually and be marked present for the school day.


Your cooperation with this will help us in our efforts to maintain a safe and health learning environment for all students and staff.

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Attendance UPDATE

It is important that you call the attendance line at 732-431-3910, option 1 for the following reasons:
  1. To report your child absent if he/ she is neither well enough to come to school nor attend school virtually.
  2. If your child is not feeling well, and he/she is scheduled to attend school in person, please keep your child home. He/she may still access school virtually and be marked present for the school day. However, you must call the attendance line to let us know.
In either case, please leave a message with your child's name, grade, specific reason for absence, duration of absence (if known), and your relationship to the student.

Front Office Safety Precautions

  • No visitors permitted in the building
  • No items may be dropped off for your student
  • If you have to pick your student up during the school day, you'll remain outside and we will deliver him/her to you

Mask Reminders

Please make sure your child enters the bus and/or arrives to school wearing an approved mask. It is also suggested that your child regularly carry a few backup masks in his/her backpack in case they are needed.
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PTO Corner

Please see the following from the Eisenhower Middle School PTO:

Free/Reduced Lunch

If you would like more information on our free/reduced lunch program, as well as the online application, please see the link here: https://bit.ly/35Ih6vN

Information for 8th Grade Students

The following is information from the Freehold Regional High School District regarding their Magnet and IB Programs.


Videos on the programs, options, and timelines:


In addition to these informational videos, there will be optional Q&A Zoom sessions for students, parents, and guardians:


Magnet Application Process & Timeline

This document is available on their website.


Magnet Open Houses & International Baccalaureate Info Sessions

In lieu of traditional Open Houses and Info Sessions, program supervisors will create videos, available on each program’s page within the Magnet and IB sites. These will be available on October 1. Similar to their general Q&A Zoom sessions, each program will host two program-specific Q&A Zooms for students, parents, and guardians. See the schedule here.

Chromebook Help Desk

The Technology Department has created a help desk for student Chromebook issues. Please email chromebookhelp@freeholdtwp.k12.nj.us if you need assistance. Thank you!

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Mark Your Calendar!

  • Monday, September 28, 2020: School Closed
  • Monday, October 5, 2020: PTO Meeting @ 6:30pm via Zoom (see above for Zoom link)
  • Tuesday, October 6, 2020: Board of Education meeting @ 7:30pm via Zoom
  • Monday, October 12, 2020: School Closed
  • Tuesday, October 13, 2020: School Pictures - 2:00pm-6:00pm
  • Wednesday, October 14, 2020: School Pictures - 2:00pm-6:00pm
  • Tuesday, October 27, 2020: Board of Education meeting @ 7:30pm via Zoom
  • Thursday, November 5, 2020: School Closed
  • Friday, November 6, 2020: School Closed

Important Links

Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School

The mission statement of the Eisenhower Middle School is to encourage children to reach their unique potential and to empower them to become lifelong learners.