James Monroe March Update

Hybrid Edition - Return to in-person March 1st

Dear Families,

We are excited to welcome some of our students back into the building on March 1st! In this newsletter you will find information regarding Hybrid learning and schedules.

For the group that is staying remote please review the reminders below!

Please complete the Marking Period 2 survey to share about your child's learning experience with us. Additionally, information regarding conference sign-up is also in this newsletter.

As always, we are here for you with any questions or concerns.


Cyndi Tufaro, Principal

Maggie Callahan, Assistant Principal

James Monroe Hybrid Reopening!

Review our Hybrid Model Return Plan below!

Please review the District return to Hybrid Plan.

Parent Handbook

For detailed information regarding school reopening and school procedures, please review the Parent Handbook. Save it for your records and for future reference.

Remote Learning contract

For our friends who are continuing in remote learning, please review the reminders below from our Remote Learning contract.

In order for this to be successful, we need your help! Here's what you can do to help:

❏ Monitor my child’s attendance by ensuring their participation within in-person and virtual instruction to the greatest extent possible.

❏ Ensure that my child engages in learning activities daily.

❏ Communicate needs to school staff that inhibit participation in daily learning.

❏ Respect the privacy and confidentiality necessary to create a thriving classroom learning environment.

❏ Actively support the privacy and confidentiality of all students by:

  • Never recording video conferencing engagements, meetings, discussions, lessons, small groups, etc.

  • Never posting images to social media of students other than your own child(ren) nor staff.

❏ Ensure to every extent possible my child understands and follows the previous statements.

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Schedule - Grade 1 - 5

Please see the sample schedule below for grades 1 - 5. Your child's teacher will continue to teach both remote students and hybrid simultaneously. If you are sending your child to school in-person, your child's teacher will be sending you an email with a detailed message and will want to know how your child will be dismissed. Everyone is remote on Wednesdays!

Please be patient the first few days as we adjust to our new schedules and meet our students in person for the first time. This is a work in progress!

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Schedule - Kindergarten

If your child is attending school in-person, they will follow this schedule: students will meet on Mondays, Tuesday, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 - 11:30.

All children, both remote and hybrid are being taught simultaneously and follow the same schedule. Everyone is remote on Wednesdays!

Families of children attending school in-person will receive an email message from their child's teacher. Please communicate who will be picking up your child daily.

Please be patient the first few days as we adjust to our new schedules and meet our students in person, some for the first time. This is a work in progress!

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Arrival Map

We will be gathering away from the main entrance of the school on the sides of the building to allow for social distancing and to permit for a gradual entrance through our thermal screeners. See the maps below for grade level assignments.

Grades 1, 2, 3 will enter through the Main Doors

Grades K, SCA, 4 & 5 will enter through door #12, the Kindergarten Doors

Teachers will bring your children to the same area for dismissal.

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Dismissal Map

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What to pack for Specials for Hybrid Learning!

Supplies announcement specials

Lunch Information

Students Attending In-Person

Meals will be distributed on days learning instruction is provided. Students will be provided a bagged breakfast and lunch prior to exiting their building. On Tuesdays, students will receive (2) breakfasts and (2) lunches which will cover their meal for Wednesday. On Friday’s, students will receive three (3) breakfasts and (3) lunches which will cover the weekend.

Students Attending Remotely

Bagged breakfast and lunches will be available for pick up at the schools listed on the order form (pick one) every day of the week. Orders for pickup must be submitted each Thursday by 2:00PM for the following week. Please place your order for all days whether your child is learning remotely or in-person.

On TUESDAY, those who pick up meals will receive two breakfasts and two lunches.

On FRIDAY, meals can be picked up at the school you select on the order form below and students will receive (3) breakfasts and (3) lunches for the weekend.

Click Here To Submit Order Form

Click Here To View Menus (Subject to change)

Seven Day Meal Kit Option

**Please consider using this option.

Seven (7) day meal kits which include (7) breakfasts and (7) lunches are available for pick up on Wednesday at both John P. Stevens High School and Edison High School during the times indicated below. Please note that the order form linked below must be completed and submitted by 2 pm each Thursday of the week preceding the pick up date. (For example the form needs to be completed by Thursday February 25, 2021 for a pick up on the following WednesdayMarch 3, 2021)

Click Here To Submit 7 Day Order Form

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Starting February 26th, you will be able to schedule spring conferences with your child's teacher. Conferences will be held virtually on the following dates:

(Dates and times may vary by teacher.)

3/11/21: 5:00-6:30pm

3/16/21: 2:00-3:30pm

3/18/21: 5:00-6:30pm

These are early dismissals days. No small group sessions will be held in the afternoon.

You are able to schedule a 10-minute conference with your child's teacher using the conference feature on Parent Portal. Conferences are valuable time to help forge a strong relationship and assist the teacher in getting to know your child better as well as providing you with a progress update. Teachers will send you a link to join the virtual meeting. All meetings are taking place virtually.

Directions for grades K - 5 and SCA:

1. Log into Parent Portal.

2. Go to Student Data and select conferences. A link will appear that says “Schedule conference for Parent Teacher Conferences” for each available day. (See image below)

3. On the next screen, select “Reserve” to reserve a day and time for your child's homeroom teacher..

4. Select only one conference per teacher. An email notification will be sent to confirm the appointment.

If you are unable to attend the conference, please email the teacher to cancel or change/reschedule your appointment in the Parent Portal. This is a courtesy to the teacher.

Ms. Ford for instrumental music and Ms. Riley, gifted and talented teacher, will contact families about signing up for conferences through sign-up genius.

Please email Mrs. Bennett, our school counselor, (erin.bennett@edison.k12.nj.us) directly if you would like to schedule an appointment.

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Marking Period 2 Parent Survey

Please complete this survey to share about your child's learning experiences during Marking Period 2!

March is Read Across America Month!

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Technology Information Session for Parents

The district will be hosting two live information sessions to support your understanding and provide tips, tricks and helpful hints to support your child’s learning experience.

Please join us on Wednesday February 24 at either 6:00 pm or 7:00 pm for a YouTube live presentation.

6:00 pm link: https://youtu.be/upNvX9BdSM0

7:00 pm link: https://youtu.be/fb19eD7L-10

How does the vaccine work?

Read this helpful graphic comic explaining how the COVID-19 vaccine works. You may find sites across the state to register for the vaccine here.

James Monroe School

James Monroe will begin a hybrid model on March 1st. Please call or email the school with any questions.