Strathmore Elementary School

December 2018 Newsletter

Mrs. K. Bera, Principal

December Events
  • December 4 Holiday Shoppe
  • December 5 Holiday Shoppe
  • December 6 Holiday Shoppe
  • December 7 School Spirit Day. Wear Strathmore Spiritwear.
  • December 17 BOE Meeting Lloyd Road School
  • December 21 Please wear your Holiday Finest or Ugliest Holiday Sweater
  • December 21 Winter Assembly Four Hour Session School dismisses at 1:20
  • December 24- Jan 1 Winter Recess

Governor's Educator of the Year Program

The Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District is once again participating in the New Jersey Department of Education Governor’s Educator of the Year Program (GEOY). This celebratory program integrates the Teacher of the Year Program with the Governor’s Teacher/Educational Services Professional Recognition Program to continue to recognize our state’s best teachers and educational services professionals.

Do you know a classroom teacher or educational services professional who is dedicated, inspiring, and making a difference? If so, please take the time to recommend this person for the Governor’s Educator of the Year Program by completing the nomination form and returning it to the building principal by Wednesday December 19, 2018. Administrators, staff members, parents and community members are encouraged to participate.

Supporting documents for participating in the program, including the GEOY Nomination Form and the program Eligibility Criteria can be found here

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Attention Strathmore School Students December 21, 2018

Please wear your Holiday Finest


Ugliest Holiday Sweater

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Dear Parents/Guardians:

I can’t believe that 2019 is just around the corner!

Before we leave for winter break, please note the important information below:

· On Friday, December 21, 2018 there will be a four hour session.

· School will be dismissed at 1:20 PM. Please make arrangements so that someone is at your child’s bus stop or that you pick up your child on time.

· Lunch will be served in the cafeteria.

· Teachers have arranged for two families to provide a “small snack” for the students to enjoy. Please do not send in additional snacks or treats. While we do appreciate your generosity, we have many students with severe food allergies. No additional treats will be accepted. Thank you for understanding.

· When weather conditions permit, the students do go outside to play during recess. Please make sure your child has appropriate clothing to wear outdoors.

· The temperature in the building ranges from classroom to classroom. It is suggested that your child dress in layers so that they can feel comfortable at all times during the school day.

· We will return to school on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

On behalf of the entire Strathmore Staff, I would like to wish everyone a Happy Holiday and a safe New Year. See you on January 2, 2019!

Happy Holidays from the Strathmore Staff

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Winter Alert....Delayed Opening Information

In an effort to clarify what a delayed opening entails, listed below are the details to be followed for Strathmore Elementary:


· School begins at 10:50 AM

· Students cannot be dropped off prior to 10:40 AM

· School ends the same time as a regular day – 3:35PM

· There is no Y time in the morning for a delayed opening

· There is no breakfast for a delayed opening

With regard to Bus pickup, please add 90 minutes to the time that is listed on your child’s bus pass. For example, if your bus is due to arrive at 8:50 am, in a 90 minutes delayed opening, the time for that bus would be 10:20 AM. The procedure of being at your bus stop about 10 minutes before would still apply in a delayed opening.

We hope the above information will assist you with any confusion regarding a delayed opening.

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Dress for the weather

· When weather conditions permit, the students do go outside to play during recess. Please make sure your child has appropriate clothing to wear outdoors.

· The temperature in the building ranges from classroom to classroom. It is suggested that your child dress in layers so that they can feel comfortable at all times during the school day.

Seasons greetings from the Matawan-Aberdeen Educational Foundation!

Last month, we announced that we had a record breaking number of grant applicants. Thank you to all the teachers that applied this year. Keep using your imagination to ignite your students’ minds and get them excited to learn! After reviewing many interesting grants, we would like to congratulate the following teachers on being this year's grant recipients.

Project Title Teacher(s) School

MAMS Disc 9 Golf Hole Course Nick Vasilenko MAMS
Earth Box STEM Garden Kit Jacqueline Bliss MAMS
Robotics and Java Andrea Dandola-DePaolo MRHS
Kindness “Rocks” Christina Morrissey Ravine Drive
Steel Drum: Real Fun! Lindsey Lorefice MAMS
Tower Gardens in the Classroom JoAnn Layton MAMS
MAMS Goes VR Deana Baumert MAMS
Engineering for Preschoolers Kristy Spagnuolo Cambridge Park
Physics and Philm Daniel Kaplan/ Craig Burfeindt MRHS
Breakout EDU Boxes Laurie Lubniewski MAMS
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Winter Heart Health

Heart Risk Factors During Winter Weather

Some activities such as snow shoveling, walking through heavy wet snow or in a snow drift, downhill and cross-country skiing, snow-boarding, can strain the heart enough to cause a heart attack.

Snow shoveling can be more strenuous than exercising full throttle on a treadmill. While this may not be a problem if an individual is healthy and fit, it can be dangerous if not.

Shoveling, even pushing a heavy snow blower, can cause sudden increase in blood pressure and heart rate, and the cold air can cause constriction of the blood vessel and decrease oxygen to the heart. All these work in concert to increase the work of the heart and trigger a potentially fatal heart attack.

Individuals who are at risk of a heart attack during cold outdoor activities include:

  • Those with a prior heart attack
  • Those with known heart disease
  • Those with high blood pressure or high cholesterol
  • Smokers
  • Those who lead a sedentary lifestyle

Such individuals should think twice about shoveling snow and should talk to their doctor before taking on such a task.

Tips for Protecting Your Heart

Before You Shovel Snow

  • Talk to your doctor before you shovel snow.
  • Avoid shoveling immediately after you awaken as most heart attacks occur early in the morning when blood is more prone to clotting. Wait for at least 30 minutes and warm up.
  • Do not eat a heavy meal before shoveling: blood gets diverted from the heart to the stomach.
  • Warm up your muscles before starting by walking for a few minutes or marching in place.
  • Do not drink coffee or smoke for at least one hour before or one hour after shoveling or during breaks. These are stimulants and elevate your blood pressure and heart rate.

While Shoveling Snow

  • Use a small shovel: shovel many small loads instead of fewer heavy ones.
  • Begin slowly and take frequent, 15-minute breaks.
  • Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
  • Dress in layers, to avoid hypothermia (low body temperature) or overheating.
  • Cover your head and neck (50% body heat lost thru head and neck).
  • Cover your mouth (breathing cold air can cause angina or trigger breathing problems).
  • Watch for warning signs of a heart attack, lightheadedness, dizziness, being short of breath, or if you have tightness or burning in chest, neck, arms or back. If you think you are having a heart attack, call 911.
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  • We ask that all Parents/Guardians please make sure to update any changes in phone numbers or contacts in the Parent Portal.

  • Notices are uploaded on to the Virtual Backpack periodically. Please make sure that you go in every so often to view any new flyers.

  • An adult must sign in/sign out students when dropping them off late, or picking them up early. Students should not be dropped off at the door to buzz in by themselves.

  • Should your child be absent for illness/death in family/emergency, please make sure to supply a note to the child's teacher. Please note that vacations do not count as an excused absence.

Have Fun One-On-One

What means more to a child than almost anything else? Undivided attention from parents. Spending time alone with your child is like saying, "You're important! I love you! You're fun to be with!" It also allows the two of you to share your values, experiences, worries and dreams. How should you spend one-on-one time? Any way your child wants! Here are some suggestions:
  • Go out to eat. Make a weekly or monthly "dinner date" with your child. Or plan a special before-school breakfast.

  • Enjoy hobbies. Think of interests you share with your child, such as basketball or cooking. Then plan activities that involve these interests.

  • Exercise. Take a daily walk with your child to keep your bodies—and your relationship—in shape.

  • Work together. Sometimes the best conversations happen while you're focusing on something else, such as washing dishes or folding laundry.

  • Educate each other. Let your child introduce you to a new skill, food or musical group. Do the same thing for her.

  • Volunteer. Is there a cause you and your child both believe in? Team up to make a difference.

  • Take a drive. One of the best places to talk with your child is in the car. Since she knows your eyes are on the road, she may say things she wouldn't otherwise.

  • Hang out. Ask your child what she wants to do. If the answer is "nothing," do just that—together.

  • Say goodnight. Tuck your child in or have her say goodnight every evening. Ask about her day and end the night with an "I love you."

Note: In some families, one parent does most of the child care. If this is the case in your home, make sure the other parent spends some one-on-one time with the kids, too.

Brought to you by:
Strathmore Elementary School
Kelly Bera, Principal

Copyright (c) 2016 The Parent Institute, a Division of NIS, Inc.

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