Ravine Drive School

December Newsletter

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Upcoming Events


7 - PTO Board Game Night - 6:00 - 7:00

13 & 14 - PTO Holiday Bazaar - New Dates

19 - Teacher of the Year Nominations Due

21 - Dismissal at 1:20

24 - January 1 - School Closed - Winter Recess

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Inclement Weather - Delayed Opening Information

In an effort to clarify what a delayed opening entails, listed below are the details to be followed for Ravine Drive School:


· School begins at 10:50 AM

· Students cannot be dropped off prior to 10:40 AM

· School ends the same time as a regular day – 3:35PM

· There is no Y time in the morning for a delayed opening

· There is no breakfast for a delayed opening

With regard to Bus pickup, please add 90 minutes to the time that is listed on your child’s bus pass. For example, if your bus is due to arrive at 8:50 am, in a 90 minutes delayed opening, the time for that bus would be 10:20 AM. The procedure of being at your bus stop about 10 minutes before would still apply in a delayed opening.

We hope the above information will assist you with any confusion regarding a delayed opening.

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Comprehension Boosters: Explain it, Compare it, Draw it

Students have to do more than memorize. They have to be able to understand the material they are learning and recall it on demand.

You can apply some of the study skill techniques that teachers use to help your child process information and learn it.

Encourage your child to:

  • Recite or explain in his own words what he has learned.

  • Compare and contrast one idea to another.

  • Draw a picture or symbol to help him remember a concept he has studied.

  • List the causes and effects of an issue or topic.

  • Describe the relationship of one idea to another.

  • Circle, underline or highlight (if allowed) one or two of the most critical points in written material. Or your child could just write them down in a notebook.

  • Write a question that has been answered in material he has learned.

  • Explain why a topic is important to know about.

  • Give an example of how the topic affects or relates to his life or society today.

  • Predict how the knowledge might come up or help him in the future.

-The Parent Institute

Educators of the Year nominations due December 19th

Do you know a classroom teacher or educational services professional who has inspired your child? If so, please take the time to recommend this person for the Governor’s Educator of the Year Program! Click here to download the nomination form and return it to the Main Office no later than Wednesday, December 19th. Thank you!
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When Good Sinuses Go Bad

What about that cold that won't go away? A cold virus can:

damage the delicate cilia so that mucus is not swept away

make the mucous lining of the nose swollen, which narrows and blocks the small opening from the sinuses into the nose

lead to more mucus, which is often thicker and stickier, making it harder to flow out of the sinuses

When the tiny openings that drain the sinuses get blocked, mucus gets trapped in them. This makes a good home for bacteria, viruses, or fungi to grow.

If a cold lasts for more than 10 to 14 days (sometimes you may have a low-grade fever), you may have sinusitis (say: syne-yuh-SY-tis). This means an infection of the sinuses. Sinusitis is a pretty common infection; in fact, millions of people in the United States have sinusitis each year.

Sinusitis Can Last A While

Doctors call sinusitis acute when a cold lasts more than 10 to 14 days. It's called chronic sinusitis when a person has symptoms for more than 3 months.

In either case, a kid might have:

fever-lasting runny nose with discharge that's yellow or green-daytime cough (your cough may be worse at night)

-puffy eyes, especially in the morning

-bad breath

Less often, a kid could have headache or pain behind the eyes, forehead, and cheeks.


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Blanket Time Promotes Reading

A blanket can be a great way to promote family reading.

First, spread a blanket, towel or comforter on the floor. Have each child pick a book and lie on the blanket together. Then start reading! You might want to have Mom and Dad do all the reading at first, but as the kids grow older, they will enjoy reading to everyone else.

Blanket time is a great way for parents and children to spend quality time together. At the same time, it turns children into devoted readers.

-Parent Institute

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December is Friendship month here at Ravine Drive Elementary School! During in class guidance lessons the students will be learning the importance of having and being a good friend. Healthy friendships are important in helping to develop social and emotional skills, increase a sense of belonging, and decrease stress. Through stories like Clementine, Friend of the Week and My New Friend is So Fun they will learn how to be a good friend and how to choose a good friend. Through interactive activities the children will discover that friendship decreases bullying and helps them to be excellent bucket fillers!

Matawan Aberdeen Education Foundation

Seasons greetings from the Matawan-Aberdeen Educational Foundation! Last month, we announced that we had a record breaking number of grant applicants. Thank you to all the teachers that applied this year. Keep using your imagination to ignite your students’ minds and get them excited to learn! After reviewing many interesting grants, we would like to congratulate the following teachers on being this year's grant recipients.

Project Title Teacher(s) School

Disc 9 Golf Hole Course Nick Vasilenko MAMS
Earth Box STEM Garden Kit Jacqueline Bliss MAMS
Robotics and Java Andrea Dandola-DePaolo MRHS
Kindness “Rocks” Christina Morrissey Ravine Drive
Steel Drum: Real Fun! Lindsey Lorefice MAMS
Tower Gardens in the Classroom JoAnn Layton MAMS
MAMS Goes VR Deana Baumert MAMS
Engineering for Preschoolers Kristy Spagnuolo Cambridge Park
Physics and Philm Daniel Kaplan/ Craig Burfeindt MRHS
Breakout EDU Boxes Laurie Lubniewski MAMS
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Idea of the Day!

Bake cookies together today. Have your child calculate the ingredients you would need to double the recipe.

- The Parent Institute

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  • We ask that all Parents/Guardians please make sure to update any changes in phone numbers or contacts in the Parent Portal. Should you need to remove anyone from your contacts, please send a note to the Main Office, and we can remove the person for you. Unfortunately, the system does not allow you to do that on your own at this time.

  • The Virtual Backpack is emailed to families every Wednesday. If you are not receiving these weekly emails, please check that your email address is correct in the Parent Portal.

  • As a reminder, please bring photo identification if you are signing your child out of school or visiting the school.

  • As a reminder, pets should not be brought to school during arrival and dismissal or during school functions.