B.T.E.S. News

October 2015

Berkeley Township Elementary School

Kirk Burr, Principal

Keith McShaffrey, Assistant Principal

Principal's Message

As always at the Berkeley Township Elementary School, we are strongly encouraging our students to utilize their daily planners on a consistent basis to maximize their organizational skills. We believe staying organized is a major life skill and we greatly appreciate parent/guardian support in this endeavor. Please try to take time every evening to go through your child’s planner and be sure they are completing necessary assignments each day. Secondly, this is an easy way to communicate with your child’s teacher on a daily basis.

Finally, it was a pleasure to see so many parents at Back to School Night this year and always remember, when we work together, we can make a difference in your child’s life.

Disabilities Awareness Through Education

D.A.T.E. will be visiting B.T.E.S. during the week of October 5th.

Week of Respect

The first Monday in October of each year is designated as the “Week of Respect” New Jersey schools to teach about preventing harassment, intimidation and bullying. This year it falls during the week of October 5th through October 9th.

Progress Reports

Progress reports will be available on October 8, 2015. They may be viewed on the parent portal.

School Picture Day

Cimino Photography will be at B.T.E.S. on Friday, October 16, 2015 for school picture day. Please be sure to return your envelope on October 16th.

School Closed on October 12th

Monday, October 12, 2015, school will be closed for students in honor of Columbus Day.

Family Portrait Day

Sunday, Oct. 18th, 10am-12pm

Maple Street


The B.T.E.S. PTA will be sponsoring a Family Portrait on Sunday, October 18 2015. What a great way to preserve family memories. Cimino Photography will be offering a 10X13 portrait for only $10.00. You may order as many 10X13 portraits as you want. A $10.00 non-refundable, pre-paid deposit is required for each 10X13. Additional packages will also be available to order through Cimino Photography, including holiday cards.

You must schedule an appointment to hold your time slot on October 18th. This is on a first come/first serve basis so if you are interested, please complete the form below and return it with your $10.00 deposit for each 10X13 in an envelope marked “Portrait Day” to the PTA mailbox. Checks may be made payable to B.T.E.S. PTA. You will be contacted to arrange an exact time to arrive at the Dudley Park, Route 9 in Bayville. If you have any questions, please call 732-269-1166.

B.T.E.S. PTA Meeting

There will be a PTA meeting on Monday, October 19, 2015, at 5:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Please join us. PTA membership dues are $8.00 per person. By joining the PTA, it shows your support for the students of B.T.E.S. Please consider joining the PTA.


Friday, October 23, 2015 is Spirit Day at B.T.E.S. The theme is "Mismatch Day". Students may wear mismatched shirts and pants, mismatched socks and shoes, etc., for a great collage of pictures.

Halloween Parade

B.T.E.S. will be having an outdoor Halloween Parade (weather permitting) and classroom parties on Friday, October 30, 2015. Parents and friends are welcome to view children parading outside. The parade will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. The students will exit the north wing of the building, walk along the sidewalk in the front of the building, and enter the building on the south side. Parents may stand on the blacktop in the front of the school or on the side of the building near the parent drop-off area.

Without exception, only one designated classroom parent will be allowed into the building to help with costumes and to assist teachers with their parties. Please be aware when selecting costumes for school that children need to get into and out of them by themselves. Visibility and safety during the parade should also be considered. All costuming will be done after lunches. Some adjustments will be made to the lunch times to allow the children to prepare for the parade.

Children are not allowed to wear make-up, colored hair, or any part of their costumes to school. They will have time to get dressed after lunch.

Operation Schoolhouse

The Berkeley Township School District offers an after school program to help students with academics, homework, and study skills on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. Operation Schoolhouse is located at 235 Magnolia Avenue, South Toms River. Parents need to sign students in on arrival and sign out when picking students up. Certified Berkeley Township teachers are available at no cost based on your child’s academic need. Dates in October are 13, 15, 19, 20, 22, 26, 29, 2015.

Map Testing

For your information, Map testing at B.T.E.S. began last week and will continue another week into October. Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) creates a personalized assessment experience by adapting to each student’s learning level— by measuring student progress and growth for each individual.

Some helpful tips are be sure your child gets a good night's sleep, eats properly the day of a test, and gets to school on time.

B.T.E.S. Welcomes New Teachers

Joanna Mulholland

Mrs. Mulholland received a Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences from Washington State University and a Masters Degree in Education from Old Dominion University. She previously taught full-day kindergarten and is now teaching 6th grade at B.T.E.S. Mrs. Mulholland is the mother of two children and is thrilled to be a part of the Berkeley Township School District.

Lauren Monaco

Ms. Monaco was born and raised Ocean County. She attained B.S. from Stockton in Speech Pathology and Audiology and an M.S. from Nova Southeastern University in Communication Disorders. She completed her school-based clinical internship at Frog Pond Elementary School in Little Egg Harbor and is currently providing speech and language services to 5th and 6th grade students at B.T.E.S. and Pre-K students at H&M Potter. Ms. Monaco’s future aspirations are to obtain a Ph.D. in Speech Pathology.

Jesica Smialowicz

Miss Smialowicz was born and raised in Ocean County and spent my childhood in the Lacey Schools k-12. After graduating high school in 2010, she pursued her dream of becoming a teacher. Miss Smialowicz received my B.A. in Elementary and Special Education at Kean University in May 2015. She is extremely excited and blessed to become a part of the Berkeley Township School District and looks forward to her years as an educator.

Victoria Keenan

Mrs. Keenan taught in Stafford Township where she was a substitute and an assistant in special education. She graduated from Rider University and is currently attending Georgian Court University. She has certifications in regular and special education. Mrs. Keenan is currently teaching sixth grade LLD as a long term substitute at B.T.E.S. She lives in Manahawkin with her husband and three girls and loves spending time at the beach with her family.