MARSD Preschool Newsletter

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Double Spring Issue is Here!

Week of the Young Child Activities

Students at the YMCA, Cliffwood, and Cambridge Park had such a great time celebrating the Week of the Young Child this year in our preschool program! For Music Monday, students in every location either received a visit from our oldest students in the band and/or chorus, or visited a school to watch performances. On Tuesday, parents received their own copy of their child's class's Cultural Cookbook to celebrate our students' cultures. On Wednesday, groups of students teamed up to work on building their own "pool noodle structures." These could be anything their imaginations could create! Students also used the pool noodles to create their own marble runs.

View our MARSD Week of the Young Child Album here!


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Backpack Series for Parent

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Camping Theme! 🔥⛺🌳

Students will be pretending to "camp out" during our next theme. What activities can they do on their camping trips? Go fishing? Building a camp fire? Taking a boating trip? The possibilities are endless and up to our students' imaginations!
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Jackie Thorpe

While doing her undergraduate work in psychology, Mrs. Thorpe began volunteering in special education preschools, a psychiatric children hospital, and tutoring and mentoring for Big Brothers and Big Sisters. She fell in love with working with kids. That's when she decided to work towards a dual graduate degree in early childhood and special education. Since graduating in 2007 she's been a self-contained preschool teacher and loving every moment of it!

Though Mrs.Thorpe is a native New Yorker, she moved to NJ in 2018 for her husband Dan's job. Her favorite place to be is outdoors, especially at the beach. When she has free time she enjoys reading in the sun and coaching her son Luke's basketball team.

Joyce Weiner

Ms. Joyce Weiner (Miss W.) grew up in Monmouth county and has lived there her whole life. She graduated from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2020 with a dual degree in Early Grades Preparation and Special Education. Before coming to Matawan Regional School District. Ms. W taught preschool in Spotswood, New Jersey.

In her free time, Joyce enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends. Joyce has a dog, named Loopy, who is a Chihuahua Mix.

Jenna Franzese

Ms. Franzese (otherwise known as Ms. Jenna to her students) grew up in New York City. She knew from an early age that she wanted to work with children. So she attended St. John’s University where she earned her bachelors degrees in Early Childhood Education. After graduating, Ms. Jenna started a job teaching 1st grade while going to school at night to get her Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education.

She continued teaching in NYC public schools for 10 years before marrying her college sweetheart Joe and having her own children, Stephen (now 14) and Christian (now 11 years old). On the weekends you can find her at either a travel sport team game or a high school marching band competition. Ms. Jenna enjoys cooking, gardening and watching Hallmark Movies. Her favorite season is spring time. She truly enjoys working with the students at the preschool and says she loves learning through their eyes. Ms. Jenna is a huge Yankee fan.

has been an Instructional Assistant at Cambridge Park since 2014. She

Family and food was the foundation of her upbringing.

Ryan O'Neal

Ms Ryan has been working with preschoolers for about 10 years and joined the MARSD staff as an instructional assistant about a year ago. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Rutgers University. Ms Ryan just graduated in December with her Master's Degree in early childhood education from American college of Education. Ms. Ryan loves that everyday with her students is a new day & loves watching them learn and grown! She can’t wait to teach and have a classroom of her own! In her free time, Ms. Ryan loves traveling to new places, baking and cooking new things, reading, walking her dog and making memories with friends and family.

Autism Awareness Month 2022

"To foster an inclusive classroom and build upon all children’s strengths, the texts that children interact with must contain accurate and positive depictions of disability." ~NAEYC

The following are texts for children from birth to age 8 that exemplify the qualities to look for when choosing books that address all types of disabilities, not just autism.

Upcoming Dates

April 15- 24: Spring Break!

April 28: Spring pictures for Cambridge Park

April 29: Early dismissal for students

May 12th: Donuts with a Grownup