Ashbrook Elementary School News

Friday, February 26, 2021

AES Celebrates Read Across America Week!

We are excited to continue the tradition of celebrating Read Across America Week the week of March 1st. Read Across America Week celebrates creating a nation of diverse readers. The goal of Read Across America is to uplift inclusive stories so that kids around the country can see themselves reflected in the books they read.

This year, our theme is Wild About Reading and we have selected the text, “A New Kind of Wild” by Zara Gonzalez Hoang to read together at Ashbrook and Bobby’s Run Schools. We chose this book because of the book’s great messages about community and friendship.

We have many other fun activities planned for the week and we hope you will enjoy celebrating and reading with us!

Friday, February 26th: Dress as your favorite book character.

Monday, March 1st: Wear a Shirt with a book character or about reading. We will all read “A New Kind of Wild” as a school.

Tuesday, March 2nd: Students will work on activities based on the book “A New Kind of Wild” by sharing a book they are wild about reading.

Wednesday, March 3rd: Guest readers will come to our classrooms to read stories to the students.

Thursday, March 4th: Take some time to cuddle up and read. Please wear your pajamas this day. Ashbrook Elementary School will host Storybook Night.

Friday, March 5th: Dress Wild: Crazy hair, stripes, spots, animal prints. Students will buddy up with students at the other school to do some reading-themed activities.

Save the Date: Picture Retakes

Picture retakes will continue on March 1st from 1:00pm-4:00pm in the Bobby's Run School Multi-Purpose Room for remote and hybrid students. More details HERE.

AUXS Application Announcement

I'm writing to ask your cooperation in completing the AUXS application each morning. We are still having a significant number of families who are not filling out the form. Our goal is to get kids into their classrooms as quickly as possible, and not to send any child home. As a reminder, on the fourth instance of an incomplete form, families will be asked to pick their child up for the day. Please help us with this goal by completing the form each morning.

Students who completed the AUXS application every day for the month of February will be placed in a drawing to win a chance to be socially distanced Principal for the day!

Staff Shout Out


Mrs. Golden is one of, if not the best, teachers my children have ever had. She keeps these kids focused on learning, even when they are remote, but always makes it fun and interesting; there is so much laughter and love in her classroom. She has more patience and kindness than anyone I have ever seen. She jokes with the kids and is fully self-deprecating, which illustrates how we all make mistakes and that is completely ok. (This is something, as adults, we all need to model more!) She loves these children as if they were her own and always takes extra time to help the kids who need it after school. She also takes the time to have conversations with parents about how to better allow their child to flourish. She allows the kids to share and interact and to make the school days as normal as possible. She has helped to further bring my daughter out of her shell and we absolutely love her for it!

Do you know a staff member who is doing an exceptional job? Please give them a shout out on the Google Form linked below. Your shout out could be featured in our next newsletter!

Spirit Days and School Closings

Friday, February 26th: Dress as a Favorite Book Character

Friday, March 5th: Be Wild! Dress up with spots, stripes, animal print, crazy hair

Wednesday, March 17th: Wear green

Friday, March 19th: National Laugh Day, wear something that has a smile on it

Friday, March 26th: March Madness basketball season, wear orange or your favorite teams color

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for the 2021-22 school year opened on Monday, February 1st on our website. Any Lumberton resident with a child who turns 5 on or before September 30, 2021 is eligible to register for kindergarten. Find more information on our website HERE. Please help us by passing this information along to any friends, family or neighbors with Kindergarten-aged children.

Lumberton School District Preschool Expansion Grant

The Lumberton Township School District is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a Preschool Expansion Grant from the New Jersey Department of Education. This award will allow the district to provide FREE, high quality preschool to a number of our three- and four- year-old students starting on February 1, 2021. The district will be partnering with the Center for Family Services to provide free, high quality preschool to 42 Head Start eligible Lumberton children.

Families must meet the criteria as outlined by Head Start, though some exceptions may be made for families moderately over these amounts. These income guidelines can be waived for families with special circumstances who might benefit from placement in Head Start.

What if I am not comfortable sending my child to school at this time?

There are several service delivery options available, including a fully remote option.

What do I do if I am interested in enrolling my child in the program?

Visit the district website to complete the interest form: or you can contact Caryn Zweben, Supervisor of Pupil Personnel Services: or by phone (609) 267-9099 x3808

COVID-19 Reminders and Updates

  • Please keep your child home if they are sick, and notify Mrs. Hummel as to why they are absent. She can be reached at
  • Make sure Genesis is updated if there were any changes to contact information over the break.
  • Please notify if you have traveled out of state. It is especially important if you plan to travel for spring break as it could impact your child's ability to return for in person learning.
  • Please notify if anyone in your household has tested positive for Covid-19.
  • If your student has symptoms of Covid-19, they will need a negative test or quarantine for 10 days before returning to school. An alternative diagnosis is no longer allowed.
  • At this time, close contacts will need to quarantine for 10 days if exposed to someone with symptoms or until the contact has a negative Covid-19 test.
  • Please be sure to complete the AUXS application for your child each morning that they are attending in-person instruction.

Covid-19 Symptoms

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Stomachache
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Poor appetite or poor feeding, especially in babies under one year old
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