Magowan Monthly

November 2018

We would like to thank the Beverly Fire Department for coming out to sharing with all of our students fire prevention tips. This was a great event where students were able to hop on board a real fire truck, and meet with some of our real life hero volunteers.

Also, we would like to thank the Edgewater Park Public Works for the Super Survivor Game Show assembly. Students really enjoyed learning about the ways to be sustainable in a fun and engaging way. Student were challenged to make changes to live more green!

Just a few reminders:

  • Anytime you are coming to the school please bring your photo identification.
  • If you are picking up your child early from school, please send in a note in the morning.
  • If there are any changes in dismissal the person picking up must by on the emergency card that you filled out at the start of the year. We will not dismiss unless the person has photo identification and are on the card.
  • With the cooler weather coming please remind students to dress for the weather. We will make every attempt for an outdoor recess after review of the weather forecast.

Magowan Winter Concert

Happy Holidays to all from the Music Department here at Magowan School. We have been working very hard in preparation for our winter concert (which will be held at Ridgway School Tuesday Dec. 18th at 7:00). The students are very excited to perform, and I think we are going to have another wonderful evening of great music.

Chorus and band members should report to Ridgway at 6:20. The dress code for the performers at the evening performance is dress pants/skirt and a dress shirt for all participants (a nice dress for girls, or a suit and tie for boys is also acceptable). Please no Jeans, T shirts, shorts, or sneakers if possible.

In consideration of the other performers, and in an attempt to make the entire concert experience more enjoyable for everyone, there will be only three groups performing at this concert. Family members of the performers should remain in the auditorium for the duration of the concert (which will be approximately 45 Minutes). Performers will be supervised at all times and should not be picked up until the concert’s completion. Attendance at the concert is mandatory for all Magowan chorus and band members because as part of a performing group students are part of a team and they rely on each other to contribute their best effort.

Lastly, there will be another opportunity at this year’s concert to make a donation to our music program. Your financial support is greatly appreciated.

Thank you, and have a blessed Holiday,

Scott Reed, Magowan School Music Teacher/Band Director

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BOE Meeting

November 20, 2018


Ridgway Middle School

PTO Meeting

November 26, 2018


Ridgway Middle School

Half Day Reminders

Please remember that 4 hour day schedule are as follows.

AM pre k: 8:40-10:29

PM pre k: 10:56-12:45

There is no lunch served on 4 hour days.

Dismissal time 12:45 pm

A Look at Upcoming dates

November 6th - Election Day - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

November 8th & 9th - NJEA Convention - SCHOOLS CLOSED

November 14th - Report Cards Issued

November 14th - Picture Makeup Day

November 14th - ESL Parent Meeting

November 15th- NED Show Mindset Misson Assembly

November 16th-26th NED Show Yo-Yo sale

November 15th - 4 HOUR DAY - Teacher Conferences / Latchkey students need to pack lunch/ no glass bottles

November 16th - 4 HOUR DAY - Teacher Conferences / Latchkey students need to pack lunch/ no glass bottles

November 19th - 4 HOUR DAY - Teacher Conferences / Latchkey students need to pack lunch/ no glass bottles

November 20th - 4 HOURS DAY - Teacher Conferences / Latchkey students need to pack lunch/ no glass bottles

November 20th BOE meeting 6:30 Ridgway

November 21st - 4 HOUR DAY ALL - 7-9 LATCHKEY ONLY

November 22nd & 23rd - SCHOOLS CLOSED

December 18th- Magowan Winter concert


When you miss school, you miss out, and we miss you!

Are you planning a family trip for the holidays? As you think about your arrangements, we want to stress the importance of sending your child to school every day possible. Every year, absences spike in the weeks before and after the winter holiday as families squeeze in a few more vacation days. It’s time to break that cycle. We know that just a few missed days here and there, even if they’re excused absences, can add up to too much lost learning time and put your child behind in school. This is as true in kindergarten as it is in high school. Put simply, too many absences at any age can affect a student’s chances for academic success and eventually for graduation.

We recognize that holidays are an important time for reconnecting with families far away. The costs of plane tickets often influence when you want to travel. But keep in mind the costs to your children’s education if they miss too much school— and the message you will be sending about the importance of attendance. Even if you’ve got a homework packet from the teacher, it doesn’t make up for the interaction and learning that happens in the classroom. Our teachers will be teaching, and our students will be learning, right up until vacation starts and the first day back. You can help us convey that message. This holiday season, give your children the gift of an education and the habit of attendance.

Attendance Video - English

original Bringing Attendance Home_ Parent Video

Attendance Video -Spanish

Attendance Everyday (Spanish)

Little Free Library

Have any books that you don't ready anymore?

We welcome all languages in new and gently used condition. We want to make books accessible to ALL of our students. Can you help? Send them into the main office and we will take care of the rest!

4th Annual Jump Into Reading

This year we will again be participating in The Jump into Reading Challenge. We will invite students in grades 1-4 in the qualifying public, private, and charter schools in the 7th Legislative District to read as many books as possible during the time period of October 1st-November 21st. The top student from grades 1-2 and 3-4 that read the most books in each of the schools will receive a certificate from my office and a special invitation to attend our Reading Bowling Party celebration to be held on December 8th 2018 at Laurel Lanes. In addition to that, the top reader from each grade from across the district will receive a special plaque.

A flyer and log will be copied for each student. I encourage you all to participate and to help further develop our students love of reading! See me with any questions.

See the link below for more details.

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NJ's 3rd Congressional Reading Challenge

The District Reading Challenge was created to encourage students in New Jersey's Third Congressional District to read in their free time. With so many distractions and commitments facing kids these days, a focus on reading is important and we want to challenge the kids in NJ's 3rd District to start the school year off right! This reading challenge will be open to all students and can be easily managed through this site.

  • Participating students must read and complete the online form below for three books before the March 22nd deadline
  • The contest starts at the beginning of the school year and ends on March 22, 2019 - All forms must be submitted by March 22 to be an eligible participant in the contest

How to begin:

  • Start Reading!
  • Complete the form provided and answer questions for each book read
  • Each child who meets the criteria outlined above will receive a Congressional Certificate from Congressman MacArthur
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Smoking Prohibited On School Grounds

Parents, please observe the state law that bans smoking anywhere on school property. This applies to daytime and evening activities.
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Attention parents of preschool children

Does your child have difficulty in one or more of the following areas:

Hearing - Seeing - Talking - Listening - Sitting - Standing - Walking - Running - Feeding One Self

Toilet Training - Socializing

The school district offers FREE PROGRAMS to preschool handicapped children. To be eligible a child must be 3-5 years old and qualify for services. Children under 3 may be served by early intervention programs. We believe the sooner a child's special needs can be determined, the better that child's chances to receive an appropriate education and develop his/her potential.

Call Child Study Team 609-877-1663