CRPS Chronicles


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Back to School 2022

Dear Conover Road Primary School Families,

Our team is truly "buzzing" with excitement about the many wonderful new opportunities in store for your child during the 2022-2023 school year! It is our hope that the beautiful summer days have left you with special memories and you are feeling recharged for a successful year!

This is the first of the CRPS Chronicles that you will receive for the 2022-23 school year. It is the main source of communication between home and school. Please take the time to read through all of these important updates and know that we welcome your partnership as we embark upon this new adventure together.

First Day of School:

Our first day of school is Tuesday, September 6th. Doors open for student arrival at 8:45 AM. Students who ride the bus will be met by staff members and directed to the entrance assigned to their grade level. Car riders will be directed to enter the main entrance where staff members will be positioned in the corridor to assist students in finding their new classrooms. The instructional day will begin promptly at 9:00 AM. Any student arriving after this point will need to be signed into school by their parent. In the interest of saftey, parents will not be permitted in the building at the time of student arrival.

Genesis Parent Portal:

The Genesis Parent Portal will be another important tool to communicate information about your child's program and progress. On Friday, August 26th, you will be able to get your child's teacher and homeroom assignment. Parents will also be expected to verify that emergency contact information and all necessary forms and documents are up-to-date. Please remember that classroom assignments are final and no changes will be made. If you have any difficulty logging on to the Parent Portal, please contact Mr. Phil Capasso at

Back to School Night:

Back to School Night for Conover Road Primary School is scheduled for Tuesday, September 13 from 6-8 PM. This will be an opportunity for you to meet your child's teacher(s) and get an overview of the curriculum and hear about the special events planned in each classroom.

We can't wait to meet you and welcome you to our hive! It will be our pleasure to show you how Conover Road Primary School is a Great Place to BEE!

Tricia Barr, Principal and Merri Milano, Assistant Principal

Welcome New CRPS Staff Members:

We have had such a productive and enriching summer interviewing prospective staff members to join our Professional Learning Community! We are delighted to introduce this impressive new group of educators with whom we will enjoy learning from and with during the new school year ahead:

Mrs. Kimberly Bakos

Library/Media Assistant

Miss Emily Brown

Gr. 1 Teacher

Miss Hailey Butler

Gr. 1 Teacher

Mrs. Robyn Chabarek

Kindergarten Instructional Assistant

Ms. Jacolyn Jepsen

Targeted Intervention Program/Targeted Enrichment Program

Ms. Tina Kennis

Math Coach

Miss Kayley Mullooly

Gr. 1 Teacher

Mrs. Jennifer Mundy

Kindergarten Instructional Assistant

Ms. Nkem Okaku

Military Counselor

Mrs. Deborah Zeppetella

Lunch/Recess Aide

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Genesis Parent Portal Opens Fri., August 26

The Genesis Parent Portal will be accessible on Friday, August 26, 2022 so that parents may:

  • View your child's new classroom and teacher assignment
  • Complete all necessary forms and documents for the 2022-2023 school year
  • Review bus assignments
  • Determine bus stop and pick-up/drop-off times
  • Confirm emergency contact information
  • Access report cards from prior school years

To access the Genesis Parent Portal, visit our school website at Click on the "Genesis Portal" link under the scrolling banner. You will need to enter your user name (your complete e-mail address) and the password that was previously e-mailed to you at the time your account was established. In the event you are unable to access the Genesis Portal, please contact Mr. Phil Capasso at

**Please note: Parents will not be able to access your chil's classroom assignment until all district forms housed on the Genesis Portal are complete.**

CRPS Student Orientations: (New Students and Preschool)

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Kindergarten Kickoff Playdate: Wednesday, August 31

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Arrival and Dismissal Procedures:


-Doors open at 8:45 AM. Student arrival is between 8:45 AM and 9:00 AM. Children arriving after 9:00 AM willl need to be escorted to the main office by a parent or guardian, and will be marked "tardy" in Genesis.

-If your child will be driven to school in a personal vehicle, it is encouraged that you enter our property by turning right off of Conover Road. Stay to your far right to enter the student drop-off lane. Students are to exit the vehicle, curb-side, where a faculty member is present. Parents must assist children in exiting the vehicle quickly and safely to keep a steady flow of traffic in the drop-off lane. Please assist children with organizing belongings.

-Bus riders will be greeted by staff members each day. In the early days of school, students will be dismissed by grade level and will be directed to the doors that are labeled for their assigned grade level. Staff members will be stationed to direct children to classrooms.

Preschool Dismissal:

-Preschool students will be dismissed from their class at 3:05. Teachers will escort children to foyer for dismissal.

-Parents of preschool children should arrive by 3:05 and park in our school lot. Parents will create a line at the front of the school. Photo identification will need to be presented in order for your child to be released to a parent or caregiver.

K-2 Dismissal:

-If you are picking up your child from school, be sure to fill out the "Daily Pickup Release Form" in the Genesis Parent Portal by noon on the date of pick-up.

-If you are picking up your child from school everyday, call the school office to verify that you have added your child's name to the Permarnent Pick-Up List on the Parent Portal.

-The end of our instructional day for students in K-2nd grade is 3:15 PM. We will begin the dismissal process at 3:16, and intend to release the buses from our school property by 3:30 PM.

-Parents picking up their child from school should arrive to our property by 3:15. Parents will wait in the K-2 dismissal line. Photo identification will need to be presented in order for your child to be released to a parent or caregiver.

Lunch/Recess Routines

Students will have a 40 minute Lunch/Recess period each day. Students may bring a lunch and/or snack to school each day, or they may purchase from our food service, Pomptonian. In the event your child forgets a lunch/snack, we will call home and make arrangements with each family.

Parents may prepay student lunch accounts so that children do not have to bring money to the register. Students may submit cash or a check made payable to "Colts Neck Board of Education" and placed in a sealed envelope. Label the envelopes with "Lunch Money" and your child's name, grade, and homeroom teacher written on the envelope. Students will give this envelope to their homeroom teacher and it will be processed by our food service company. If you prefer, parents may download the Pay Schools Central App to deposit money into a child's lunch account. For more information, please visit:

The CRPS School Lunch Menus may be accessed here:

Helpful Hints for Lunch/Recess:

  • Send your chld to school each day with a reusable water bottle that may be carried to/from lunch as well as to/from PE classes.
  • Pack daily classroom snacks in a separate bag from your child's lunch. Be sure to have all lunch and snack bags and food contaners labeled with your child's first and last name.
  • Dress your child appropriately to be outdoors every day. Sneakers and jackets should be part of daily attire. PLEASE LABEL CLOTHING WITH CHILD'S NAME.

CRPS Back to School Night: Tuesday, September 13, 2022 6-8 PM

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Related Arts Offerings

Students at CRPS have a wide array of Related Arts classes as part of our rigorous, innovative curritulum. Students in preschool will have one 40-minute Related Arts class each day, and children in Grades K-2 will have either one or two 40-minute classes each day (10 Related Arts classes in a six-day cycle). Your child's teacher will communicate the Related Arts Rotation for your child's homeroom. The 6-day cycle will be noted on the Genesis Portal so that parents will have easy reference as to which Related Arts class your child will be attending on a given school day.

Related Arts classes at CRPS are Art, Music, Physical Education, Science Enrichment Lab, Innovation Lab, Library/Media, Health, and Spanish.

Helpful Hints for Related Arts:

  • Children must wear sneakers for PE as well as for daily recess. Students should have a reusable water bottle, labeled with their name, that will be brought to PE;
  • Library books shouls be returned on the scheduled library day in order for students to select a new book;
  • Students may be expected to bring their classroom supply box to the art room for art instruction;
  • Children should wear clothing that is appropriate for play and projects.