Ravine Drive School

May Newsletter

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Upcoming Events


3 - School Spirit Day

7 - Teacher Appreciation Day

10 - PTO Plant Sale

13 - 17 - Spring LinkIt Testing Grades 1 - 3

15 - Yearbook Orders due for Gr. K -2

20 - Fun Day

21 - Fun Day Rain Date

24, 27 & 28 - School Closed

Introducing New Staff Members

Ms. Papa has joined the Ravine Drive Staff She will be part of our kindergarten team during Ms. Lenihan's absence. Ms. Papa can be reached through her email address, spapa@marsd.org. She is excited to begin working with our students. Welcome Ms. Papa! We will miss you Ms. Lenihan!

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Kindergarten Registration for the 2019-2020 School Year

Kindergarten Registration for the 2019-2020 School Year


Dear Parents/Guardians:

We are excited to announce that Kindergarten registration for the 2019-2020 school year began on February 4, 2019, following the schedule below. Kindergarten is an exciting and important year for students and their parents, and we are eager to welcome your child to the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District for the 2019-2020 school year.

A child of parent(s) or legal guardian(s) legally domiciled within the district is eligible for entrance into Kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year if he/she attains the age of five on or before October 1, 2019.

Registration for all other grades (1-12) for the 2019-2020 school year will begin in May 2019 by appointment only.

Current Cambridge Park Preschool students are not required to complete the online pre-registration step. However, you will need to register for Kindergarten by following the steps outlined on the Current Cambridge Park PreK Students 2019-2020 Registration Procedures .

The registration process consists of the following 4 steps:

Step 1: Complete the online Pre-Registration Form

The initial step requires the parent/guardian to complete an online pre-registration form prior to an in-person appointment: Online Pre-Registration Click HERE

Please make sure to click on 2019-2020 from the school year drop down list.

If you do not have access to a computer, you may schedule an appointment with the Central Registrar by calling (732) 705-4000 to use one of our chromebooks to complete the online pre-registration prior to your appointment date.

Step 2: Print out & Complete Registration Documents

Print out and complete the remaining registration documents which can be accessed here: Centralized Registration Packet Click HERE If you do not have a printer, please call the Central Registrar at (732) 705-4000.

Step 3: Make an Appointment for In-Person Registration

Once you have submitted the online Pre-Registration application and printed the documents for your appointment, you must select a date and time for your in-person registration appointment using an online calendar. You will reserve a time slot based on the school building your child will be attending in the Fall of 2019. Please choose only one time slot for your appointment. If you have more than one child you are registering, please make note of it on your appointment slot. Please CLICK HEREto reserve a date and time. For any cancellations, changes, or if all slots are full, please contact the Central Registrar.

Step 4: Submit Documents at your Scheduled In-Person Registration Appointment

Appointments will take place at Central Office located at 1 Crest Way in Aberdeen. Please note that missed appointments will need to be rescheduled. If you do not have all your documents on hand at the door, you will be asked to reschedule for another date/time. The documents needed at time of registration appointments are listed here: Central Registration Checklist as well as on our website under the Central Registration tab.

All documents submitted must be in English, and translated documents must be notarized. Only Parents/Guardians need to be present for registration appointments.

Kindergarten Assignment & Orientation

You will receive a letter with your child’s placement in August 2019. This letter will also indicate the time and date of your child’s Kindergarten orientation. During the orientation, your child will have the opportunity to meet with his/her teacher, principal, and take a tour of the school.

If you have a neighbor who has an eligible Kindergarten-aged child, please pass this important
information along to them.

Should you have any questions, please call or email Ms. Ariana Torres, Central Office Registrar at (732) 705-4000 or email registrar@marsd.org.

Follow us on Twitter!

As a reminder, I have started using Twitter as another way to share photos, news and more to Ravine Drive families. If you use Twitter, you can follow us @RavineDrive. Our tweets can also be found on our school website or by clicking this link.
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A message from Mrs. Morales, Ravine Drive's School Nurse

Types of Rashes

A rash can also be called dermatitis, which is swelling (puffiness) or irritation of the skin. It can be red, dry, scaly, and itchy. Rashes also can include lumps, bumps, blisters, and even pimples. Most people have had a rash or two. When you were a baby, you probably had diaper rash!

But some rashes, especially combined with a fever, can be signs of serious illnesses. Hives, also called urticaria, also can be serious because they can be a sign of an allergic reaction and the person may need immediate medical attention.

Hives, which are reddish or pale swellings, appear on a person's body when a chemical called histamine is released in response to an allergen. The trigger could be a certain food, medicine, or bug bite. A virus also can cause hives.

A visit to the doctor is a good idea if you have a rash. Although all rashes may look alike to you, your doctor or a dermatologist. And knowing which kind of rash you have can help the dermatologist choose the best treatment to heal your rash.


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Develop Thinking Skills by Teaching Decision Making

Research shows that children who are constantly told what to do are likely to grow up having difficulty making decisions for themselves. This is a problem because making good decisions is key to becoming an independent learner and person. To foster decision-making skills:

  • Increase the number of decisions your child is allowed to make. Let her have the final say on things such as what she's going to wear or whether she listens to music while studying.
  • Limit the options your child is deciding between. If you know she'd choose ice cream for lunch if she had unlimited options, ask, "Would you like to have a chicken sandwich or a grilled cheese?"
  • Ask questions to guide your child's thinking when she's making a decision. What will happen if she chooses one toy over another? Which one will she use more?
  • Let your child learn from her choices. Experiencing the consequences of a poor decision will help her make a better decision next time.
  • Praise your child when she makes good decisions.

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Keep Family Time Happy With Routines and Rituals

Nothing supports your child like positive family time. Make your family time easier and happier with these four R's:

  • Routines. Children need to know what's coming next. Unpredictability makes them feel unprotected. Develop basic routines that help your child move through the day. As routines become habits, kids are calmer and things run more smoothly.
  • Rules. Families are not democracies. Adults get to decide when kids go to bed. Children may grumble, but they're really relieved. Once they know where the boundaries are, they have more freedom to explore in the safe area inside those boundaries.
  • Responsibilities. Give your child age-appropriate responsibility for contributing to the well-being of your family. Encourage responsibility towards others also—as a family, visit a nursing home, clean up a park or collect food for a food pantry.
  • Rituals. Every family should have traditions that are their own. Beyond holiday traditions, plan some smaller celebrations. Try a First Friday Pizza night. Or in the winter, have a Snow Day Snuggle, reading favorite books while snow falls.

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Idea of the Day

Take a walk with your child. See how many different birds you can identify. Start a list.

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  • As a reminder, school will now be closed on May 24, 27, and 28th for Memorial Day Weekend.
  • Please continue to update the Parent Portal with changes in phone numbers and additional names to your approved list of adults allowed to pick up your child.