Lloyd Road School Newsletter

April 2017

Principal's Message:

Entering the homestretch of this school year!

When we return from Spring Break on Tuesday, April 18 we begin our journey toward completing another school year. The last three months of each school year always tend to be the busiest for all of us - in and out of school with state and school testing, concerts, trying to cover as much curriculum as possible, after school activities through school or the community, and more. The increase in activities can also bring with them added stress and struggles for all of us, as well as our children. As we enter these last few months our main goals and communication with our students will be the following:

- Simply try your hardest. All we can ask is to give your best whether in learning or tests.

- Talk through disagreements. Conflict is a natural part of working alongside others and life. All we can ask is if a conflict arises use our conflict resolution strategies.

- Be respectful.

- Have as much fun as possible and make as many memories as possible.

A hard copy notice was sent home the last week in March with many of the end of year dates for events we have scheduled. If you did not receive that notice it is also available on the Lloyd Road School website under the announcements section labeled Lloyd Road School End of Year Dates. It can also be found in our virtual backpack for April, May and June. We look forward to seeing as many parents as possible at some of our events.

Mr. Jerabek


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Students of the Month

Congratulations to our Students of the Month for March! March's theme was COURAGE. The selected students were as follows:

Aun Amir, Jarred Berg, Peter Bettios, Sienna Cacace, Jacob Cameron, Kimberly Codispoti, Taniya Cooper, Emily Cybulski, Megan Devanny, Nicole Filatova, Christopher Galasso, Emily Jones, Waheed Junior Said, Angelo Koempel, Samantha Loo, Brianna Martinez, Anastasia Martinez, Anthony Moscato, Frank Pinco, Jason Ritter, Tiffany Seder, Kate Selby, Isabella Stetz, Tionna Stevens, Isabella Vaughn, Armando Velasquez, and Tyler Yeung.

Each month, we emphasize a new theme and then ask for one nomination from each homeroom teacher. The chosen students are then invited to attend lunch with the Principal and Assistant Principal on an assigned day. The students also receive various awards and have their photos displayed on our Star Students award boards in our front foyer.

Congratulations again to these students! Our April Student of the Month theme is TRUSTWORTHY.

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LR Staff Volleyball Game

Come cheer on your teachers as they play head to head in a fun game of volleyball! The competition will take place on Thursday, April 27th at the LR Gym. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the game will begin at 7:00 p.m. Tickets will be $3, and can be purchased from your child's student council homeroom representative.

Students must be accompanied by an adult, and must be supervised during the game as we want to make this a safe environment for both players and attendees.

Sheriff's Department K-9 Assembly

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On Monday, March 20th, 2017, four of Monmouth County Sheriff's Senior Officers came for a visit to Lloyd Road School with their K-9 partners to share important information about their roles in the Monmouth County community. Our students learned about the specifics of K-9 training and the roles of the officers that help to protect our community every day. Students got to meet and see demos of the dogs using their specialized training to track and apprehend perpetrators, bombs, and narcotics. It was a very informative, exciting presentation.

Special Thanks to the following officers and K-9:

  • Officer Ralph Irizzary & K-9 Fuze – German Shepard- Dual Certified in Explosives and Patrol
  • Officer Dave Lasko & K-9 Edge – German Shepherd- Dual Certified in Narcotics and Patrol
  • Officer Kurt Kroeper & K-9 Skye – Bloodhound, Certified in Tracking & K-9 & Gunner – Labrador Retriever- Certified in Narcotics

Community Service Project

Aberdeen Town Hall Butterfly Garden

Mrs. Lasko’s 4th and 5th Grade Classes have been hard at work on a community service project, creating a Butterfly Garden at Aberdeen Town Hall, for everyone to enjoy. They have been working diligently all year with ecologists, contractors, vendors, and town volunteers to complete this project.

They are looking for possible donations of any gently used (does not have to be new) garden ornaments/sculptures/structures (stone fountains, birdbaths, statues, etc.)

They are also looking for extra path materials which may include the following:

pavers, bricks, gravel, border, etc.

If you have any of these materials, they’d be happy to recycle them! If any families would like to donate, please send a picture with description to Mrs. Lasko at: dlasko@marsd.org

Pi Day Challenge Winners

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In celebration of Pi Day, students from all over the country memorize digits of Pi. Under the direction of Mrs. Adelson, students at Lloyd Road participated in the Pi Day Challenge.

Each homeroom teacher sent a class winner to the final round. We had a 3 way tie for first place with Aqib Khan, Harishvaradhan Venkatesh, and Sieanna Cacace reciting 300 digits! The top ten winners received certificates and trophies. All other students who were a part of the challenge received certificates of participation.

PTO School Store

The School Store will be open Thursday April 20th & Friday April 21st during students’ lunches. Items for sale cost between $0.25 and $3.00. If you are interested in volunteering to help run the school store please email Laura Mallett at lauramallett149@yahoo.com.

Counselor News:

With only a few days away before Spring Break, we have to continue to prepare and support our children for the upcoming PARCC test. As with any test, the PARCC can be stressful. However, I have some good news! There are some helpful ways that can ease your child’s mind – whether they are anxious about a test, having a tough day at school, or just trying to relax before bed. Please feel free to try any or all of the following strategies:

  • Deep Breathing Exercises –Choose a quiet spot to sit with your child. Have them breathe in while silently counting to three, then breathe out for three. Repeat at least three times until they get the hang of it. *Work deep breathing sessions into your daily routine, in the car, on the way to school, or take a few minutes after teeth brushing in the morning or at bedtime!*

  • Fun “Brain Breaks” –What is a “brain break” you ask? Well, it’s a fun way for your child to lower stress after a long time of studying/homework. Here is one that you can try: Have your child listen to their three favorite songs (a perfect 10-minute break) – and get moving – while taking a break from the books. Let them choose a fun way to get their blood pumping to their favorite tune: jumping jacks, a short walk outside, even random, silly dancing!

  • Make a Stress Plan – To help keep stress under control, incorporate the following into a stress-reducing plan for your children:

    • Positive meal times –That means sitting down to eat a healthy meal together, no iPads or cell phones!

    • Physical activity – Kids should get at least 60 minutes a day

    • Sleep – 6-13 year-olds need nine to eleven hours/night while 14-17 year-olds need eight to ten hours/night!

    • A routine – Routines help kids feel more secure and in control

* This information came from the following website: http://www.strong4life.com/pages/routines/articles/easy-ways-to-help-kids-relieve-stress. Please feel free to check it out to learn more!

Wishing you all a wonderful, relaxing, and well-deserved Spring Break!


Ms. Rabbitt

School Counselor

Nurse's Corner:

Dear Parents/Guardians,

According to the State Guidelines for Student Health Services, examinations of students by a medical professional are recommended at certain developmental stages; Early childhood (pre-school through grade 3), Pre-adolescence (grades 4 through 6) and adolescence (grades 7 through 12).

We recommend that you get a physical for your child at one of the above mentioned developmental stages prior to the September of the upcoming school year, if not already done.

If you choose to obtain a physical for your child, please provide a copy of the physical to the school nurse in the building which your child attends. Updated information about your child will help us provide medical services that will better meet your child’s needs.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.


Rosalie Preuss RN

PTO Fundraisers

Gardening Kits are coming home!

The My Little Garden Kits will be delivered to your student’s homeroom on Friday April 21st. If you have any questions please email Denyse Galasso at msdee0428@aol.com.

Nature’s Vision Fundraiser due April 26th

Please send in your Nature’s Vision fundraiser orders and payments by Wednesday April 26th. Please direct questions to Denyse Galasso at msdee0428@aol.com

Upcoming Events:

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

Please visit our Virtual Backpack for a complete list of End of Year Activities and Dates.

  • 4/4: Spring Pictures
  • 4/5: PTO Sale: Smencils & Smens (during student lunches)
  • 4/6: End of 3rd Marking Period
  • 4/7: Yearbook Love Lines due
  • 4/10 - 4/17: Spring Break; Schools Closed
  • 4/20: Paper Tigers Film Screening & Discussion, HS
  • 4/20: Title 1 Family Night Workshop; Motivating Learners, MAMS
  • 4/20 - 4/21: School Store
  • 4/20: PTO Meeting, 7 pm., Library
  • 4/20: Superintendent's Monthly Meeting
  • 4/22: Matawan-Aberdeen Youth Football & Cheer Early Bird Registration
  • 4/25, 4/26, 4/28: PARCC Testing, ELA, Grade 4 & 5
  • 4/26: Nature's Vision Fundraiser Orders/Payments due
  • 4/27: LR Staff Volleyball Game

Upcoming May Dates:

  • 5/1: Project Funway Due
  • 5/4-5/5: PTO School Store
  • 5/2-5/5: PARCC Testing, Math, Grade 4 & 5
  • 5/8-5/12: PARCC Makeups
  • 5/11-5/12: PTO Mother's Day Flower Sale