The COonnection

MARSD Central Office Newsletter

A Message from the Superintendent of Schools - Dr. Majka

Winter break is a well-received time in the academic calendar. Students and staff gear up for a longer than normal and well deserved break from the day to day grind of the classroom and office. It is a time to relax, enjoy time with friends and family, and re-energize ourselves for the second half of the school year. As we take a brief pause from a structured learning environment, I encourage you to venture out and look for other learning opportunities. Read a book or engage in a hobby that you have put off, participate in community service, or visit a museum. All of these and so many more activities will offer you an opportunity to release stress, enjoy life, and enter into 2019 happier and more productive. Happy holidays and a wonderful New Year to all!

Welcome to our New BOE Members

We are very pleased to welcome our new members to the Matawan-Aberdeen Board of Education. These individuals were elected by the Matawan-Aberdeen voters in early November and will be officially sworn into the Board of Education during the January 7, 2019 Re-Organization Meeting.


Aberdeen

Mr. John Montone and Ms. Randi Moore


Matawan

Ms. Shari Whalen

Monthly Discussions with the Superintendent

This is a friendly reminder that the Superintendent holds monthly discussions with the community offering open dialog on all subjects. Below is a list of the remaining meeting dates and times for the 2018-2019 school year. If you have not had an opportunity to attend a meeting in the past, please mark your calendar for one of these upcoming dates. Day and evening times have been established to accommodate everyone's schedule. All meeting are held at the Administration Building, One Crest Way, Aberdeen, NJ 07747. Please join us for one of these discussions soon.


Thursday, January 10th 6:00-7:00 PM

Thursday, February 7th 10:00-11:00 AM

Thursday, March 14th 6:00-7:00 PM

Thursday, April 18th 10:00-11:00 AM

Thursday, May 16th 6:00-7:00 PM

Governor's Educator of the Year Program

The Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District will once again participate in the GEOY program for 2018-2019. If you have not yet nominated one of our district's fabulous teachers or educational services professional, please take a moment to do so. To learn more about the program and submit a nomination form, please click on the link below. All nomination forms must be submitted to building principals by Wednesday, December 19, 2018.


GEOY Program Details

Parents of Special People (PoSP)

The Parents of Special People (PoSP) is a 501(c)3 special needs children's charity right here in our community! This organization offers inclusive opportunities for all special needs families regardless of diagnoses or disabilities.


Membership is open to any child who attends a Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District school, or an out of district placement, but lives within school limits. Membership information can be found at www.parentsofspecialpeopleinc.com.


Upcoming events include Members Only Basketball, Hockey Night with the NJ Titans, and more! Any questions please email pospnews@gmail.com.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Saturday, Jan. 19th, 3pm

469 Matawan Avenue

NJ

Join us in Commemorating the Life and Vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This event will take place on January 19, 2019 (rain date January 26, 2019) at 3:00 PM at Matawan Aberdeen Middle School.

Matawan Aberdeen Educational Foundation

Every year, the Matawan Aberdeen Educational Foundation awards recipients in the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District with grants to enrich and enhance the current curriculum in our district schools. This year, we are pleased to announce that ten grants have been awarded to MARSD. We are extremely thankful for the Educational Foundation and all their hard work and efforts in bringing fun learning experiences to the students in our district. For a complete listing of this year's, as well as prior year's grants, please click the link below.

The Matawan-Aberdeen Educational Foundation (MAEF) to Sponsor STEAM Fair

The Matawan-Aberdeen Educational Foundation will be sponsoring a district-wide STEAM Fair in the spring 2019. This event will allow the district to showcase all STEAM activities in the classroom as part of the curriculum and MAEF grants awarded, as well as clubs in the various schools. In addition, the MAEF will is partnering with local businesses and resources to educate and promote careers in STEAM for our students and families. We are grateful for the work of the Matawan Aberdeen Educational Foundation and all that they do to increase the educational experience of our students.

Google Safety & Security - Parent Workshop

Thursday, Jan. 24th, 7pm

401 Lloyd Road

Matawan, NJ

Please join us for this upcoming parent workshop. For complete details and to register, please click the flyer link blow.


Flyer


For additional parent workshops and events, check out our Parent University on the district's website.

Mark Your Calendar for District Closings/Holidays

Please mark your calendar for the following district school and office closures/holidays. Be safe and enjoy the time off!


December 21, 2018 - Early Dismissal to begin Winter Recess

December 24, 2018 - January 1, 2019 - Winter Recess (District Reopens on January 2nd)

January 21, 2018 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

February 18, 2018 - Presidents' Day