The Mount Laurel Leaflet
July 16, 2021 Biweekly Summer Issue - (Next Issue July 30th)
Kindergarten Orientation Announcement
Hold the Date for Kindergarten Orientation on September 2nd!
You will be receiving a direct reminder from your child's elementary school Principal the first week of August. The week of August 23rd you will receive information about your child's assigned teacher.
Complete your Kindergarten Registration for September 2021 Now; Don't Wait!
The Mount Laurel Schools will return to our regular full-day program for all students in September. Parents who have a child eligible for Kindergarten in September should register online now. Visit Our Kindergarten Registration Webpage for more information. Proof of residency is required.
Preschool Orientation on September 9 - First Day of School
Preschool Orientation will be held on Thursday, September 9th, this is the first day of school for all students. Invitation letters will be sent to parents with more information.
NJDOE Office of Special Education - Parent Survey
The New Jersey Department of Education, Office of Special Education will be sending a survey to selected parents this August. If you receive the survey, we are requesting that you complete it and return it in the envelope provided. This survey will provide the New Jersey Department of Education with important information to further efforts on behalf of families and students with disabilities. Thank you for your help and support.
Dr. Diane Willard,
Director of CST and Special Services
Harrassment, Bullying, and Intimidation Summer Procedures
Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying procedures are still in force during summer programming. If you have any concerns related to a potential Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying situation, please notify the following:
- Community Education Summer Camp, contact Suzanne Haftman, Supervisor of Community Education, at 856-231-5891, OR the Anti-Bullying Specialist, Christopher Bowman, email@example.com
- For all other academic summer programming, contact Diane Willard, Director of the Child Study Team, at 856-235-3417 ext. 7932, OR the Anti-Bullying Specialist, Christina Daily, firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember to Complete the Returning Student Registration
It is absolutely crucial that we have current, updated contact information for all students in our schools on an annual basis, and immediately as that information changes during the year.
On Monday, June 14th you received an email to complete the Returning Student Registration for the 2021-2022 school year. The email contained instructions and a Snapcode link to complete your child's information. The email was published to the PowerSchool SwiftK12 document portal.
You should have received a unique Snapcode link for each child. Please complete as soon as you can to ensure you receive important information released throughout the summer.
Summer Learning Resources
We are excited to announce the launch of the Summer Learning Resources page! We know that this year has presented students with a number of academic and social challenges. Our hope is that the page will provide useful tools to assist in closing learning gaps and better prepare students for the upcoming school year.
The included resources support reading, writing and math, as well as, summer reading. Students are encouraged to spend 20 - 30 minutes a day engaged in learning activities, including reading independently or as a family, playing educational games and puzzles, or visiting museums (in-person or online). Click here to visit the page.
Our Summer Partnership with the Mount Laurel Library!
In a recent article, the Education Connection included several benefits of summer reading:
- National research from Dominican University finds that students who participate in public library summer reading programs scored higher on reading achievement tests at the beginning of the next school year than those who did not participate.
- Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning.
- The amount of time children spend reading outside of school is linked to gains in reading achievement. Numerous studies show that access to books and magazines is directly related to higher reading achievement.
This summer, current K-3 students are encouraged to read daily and maintain a reading log. Current 4-7 students are asked to read daily, create a readers response, and maintain a reading log. Students may read with you (shared reading), may have you read to them (Read Aloud), may read to themselves (independent reading) or you may engage in a combination of any of the above with your child.
Please visit the summer reading tab on the district's Summer Learning Resources page for introductory letters, summer reading log, suggested reading lists, and reading response questions.
Dates to Remember
Powerschool Update Scheduled for Week of July 19, 2021
PowerSchool will be offline to all parents during the entire week of July 19th.
July 20, 2021
Regular Board of Education Meeting - CANCELLED
August 24, 2021
Regular Board of Education Meeting
7 PM @ The Hartford School