Lloyd Road School Newsletter

January 2019

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Monthly Dates to Remember

You can find detailed information on some of these events in our Lloyd Road School Virtual Backpack.


2: School re-opens

2: Parent-Teacher conference sign up opens on parent portal for Jan. 14-17 conferences

(see our conference information letter below or on our website announcement section)

3: PTO school store during lunches

4: Student of the Month lunches for December's GENEROUS character trait

4: PTO school store during lunches

7-11: Linkit mid-year Language Arts and Math benchmarks administered

(These usually take 1-2 periods each and have taken the place of the previous STAR benchmarks we used the last two years)

9: 9:45 a.m. PTO meeting in school cafeteria

14: 1:35-3:20 p.m. Parent-Teacher conferences (12:50 dismissal)

15: 5:30-9:00 p.m Parent-Teacher conferences (12:50 dismissal)

16: 1:35-3:20 p.m. Parent-Teacher conferences (12:50 dismissal)

17: 5:30-9:00 p.m Parent-Teacher conferences (12:50 dismissal)

17: 7 p.m. Board meeting at Cambridge Park School

18: Student Council School Spirit Day: Wear Red, White, and Blue

21: No School: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

24: Google Safety & Security parent session in Lloyd Road media center 7p.m.

28: 7 p.m Board meeting at Cliffwood School

28: PTO Box Tops collection begins

Students of the Month!

Congratulations to our Students of the Month for November! It is always a pleasure eating lunch with all of you and getting the chance to talk more. The selected students were as follows:


Grade 5:

Gavin Veres, Sophia Colavito, Hannah Ali, Diana Carmona, Maxwell Comi, Catharine Merlo, Amelia Irizarry, Gianna Shenfield, Kayla Estrada, Erin Roarke, CJ Rodriguez, Michelle Javier Marroquin

Grade 4:

Rylie Signorile, Saige Berkowitz, Sophia Bumbico, Chase Vendemia, Roziah Davis, Isabella Ramirez, Emmanuel Fosu, Chanel Landers, Olivia Leyva, Hunter Smith, Max Ivers, Ella Marsh, Charlotte Kowalsky, Mariya Phipps

January 14-17 Parent Teacher Conferences

The online sign up for the January conferences opens on January 2. The details for the conferences can be found below or on our website at https://www.marsd.org/Page/5540 in the announcement section. If you have not accessed the parent portal before you can contact our main office for a parent portal set up letter. You can contact Ms. Gascot in the main office at (732) 705-5700, or email dgascot@marsd.org.
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Dismissal parking and pick up safety reminders

We know there is limited parking for cars during dismissal due to the front driveway along the sidewalk being designated for buses. With cars parking in varied locations and sometimes not in spots it is extremely important to be extra mindful of walking students and parents as they either cross driveways or walk back to parked cars. It is always advised and preferred that adults picking up students meet them in front of the building to walk back with them to the parked car to help assure they are walking safely through any traffic.

Parent Portal Updates

As we enter the new year please make sure to update all your contact information on the Parent Portal so we have the most up to date emergency contact names, numbers, and email addresses.

You can access the Portal at the following web address: http://fridayparentportal.com/matawanaberdeen.

We urge parents/guardians to log into the Portal to verify the following information is up to date and accurate:

- Phone numbers

- Emails addresses

- Emergency contacts: add new contacts or update information. If you need to delete any contacts, please send a note to the main office with the information. Requests must be made in writing with details.

If you can't find your log-in information, please contact the main office at (732) 705-5700, or email dgascot@marsd.org.

School Attendance Procedures

Some questions have come up about the new attendance policy this year. The letter that is available on our school's website is copied below as a reference but for a full view click here.

A brief bulleted summary of the main points of the policy are:

- There are now only 5 reasons the state recognizes to be counted as excused absences.

(see the letter for those reasons)

- Our student information system, Realtime, generates letters automatically at 4,8,12,16, 20 and 24 absences.

-The attendance reminder letters are then mailed home. We try and keep track of certain situations that we have been made aware of that may have affected a student's attendance such as days off for a death in the family, chronic health condition, etc. However, the letters may still be sent home depending on the overall number of absences.

- As is noted in the district letter, the school counselors, special services case managers or administration do call home to check in on higher absences.

- In person meetings are then set up for absences around 8-10 absences depending on any known circumstances.

-In person meetings will be needed especially for situations where a student has had excessive absences over multiple years showing a pattern.

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Weather Closings or Delays

Closing and Delay Details

It is important to plan ahead in case we do have inclement weather that causes either a delayed opening, early closing or full closing.

If we have any kind of emergency closing a robo-call will go out to all families to the phone numbers listed on the parent portal as ones parents want to receive calls on. Many times an email blast will also go out with the detailed information so it is important to keep updated emails in the parent portal as well. Lastly, the district website can also be checked as an alert message will usually be posted. The school hours for emergency closings are included below but they can also be accessed any time on our website through the following link: https://www.marsd.org/Page/436

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Math Olympiad Contest #2 Top Scorers

Congratulations A. Irizarry, N. Noweski, and G. Torres for having the top 3 scores in the second Math Olympiad competition of the year!
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Continental Math Contest # 2 Top Scorers

Grade 4:

Perfect score: C. Brussel

Top scores: S. David, J. Gan, R. Hart, D. Murray, A. Cali, O. Mahnken, N. Eckert, N. Romero, L. Woodcock, M. Opoku-Mensah, D. Busch

Grade 5:

Top scores: D. Casillas, B. Morales, M. Klinger, M. McCabe

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Troop 318 Pajama Drive

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Troop 318 Pajama Drive

Troop 318 is collecting new pajamas for children in need through the end of January. Please help a child stay warm and cozy this holiday season.

You can drop off items at the Lloyd road school drop box outside the main office. All kid sizes accepted.

Please contact Claudia at claustinli@optonline.net or text at 917-674-3339 with any questions.

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Girl Scout Troop #1334 Pets For Vets Supply Drive

Girl Scout Troop #1334 will be helping the non-profit organization called 'Pets for Vets' collect dog and cat food (canned or dry) and/or supplies (leashes, collars, toys, all sizes) at Lloyd Road School.

Pets for Vets is non-profit organization that matches up veterans in need of the love and bond of a pet. They provide the matching animal through local shelters and will help give that veteran the supplies that we collect to help send them off on their new life together.

Donations can be dropped at a collection box outside of the main office through the month of January.

PTO STEM Night success

A special thank you to our PTO, parent volunteers, and high school Robotics Club for providing our Lloyd Road students with a great variety of STEM learning activities!
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Holiday and Winter Season Fun at Lloyd Road

The staff at Lloyd Road would like to wish all of our Lloyd Road families a happy and healthy 2019!
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Staff Holiday Sweater photo

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Lloyd Road staff musicians playing some holiday tunes the last day before break for our annual send off