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Welcome Back SuperKids 2020

Dear Catena Families,

We hope that you all enjoyed a wonderful summer filled with treasured memories--even during this uncertain and unique time. As we open our doors this fall, our most important consideration is that staff, students and families stay healthy. Throughout the summer, we have worked with our district’s reopening committee and in alignment with the Restart & Recovery Plan, the NJDOE and the guidance set forth by the NJDOH and the CDC. As partners we can ensure that students' experiences are meaningful and engaging whether they are learning in-person or at home.

This school year certainly requires a new set of school supplies. Together with our staff we are committed to embracing each new day with patience, flexibility, grace...and oodles of kindness. We will strive to teach our students to be SuperKids who are respectful, responsible and safe while learning at home (virtually) or in-person. As we celebrate our 60th Birthday, our Catena family will focus on building strong minds, bodies and character. We will continue to focus on targeting students' learning needs within our robust and comprehensive curriculum with innovative and engaging instructional approaches.

Mr. Dickstein has shared the connected learning model the district will implement for students learning at home and in-person. There are several terms floating around--synchronous, asynchronous, concurrent, virtual, distance learning, remote learning, and more. What is most important to remember is that our amazing Catena Staff will facilitate learning for all students, regardless of where their learning space is each day. Classroom communities and relationships will be prioritized as we continue our efforts focused on students’ social emotional well being. Instruction and learning across content areas will begin with grade level curriculum and personalized opportunities will follow to remediate and enrich.

Together, as partners, we head into our 60th year. Together, we will celebrate the strength of our school community. We will celebrate Catena, You~Me~Us. Please let us know how we can support you and your family in the days to come.

Wishing you a wonderful start to the school year!


Ms. Shaw & Mrs. Cecilione

Celebrate Catena 2020-2021

Free & Reduced Lunch Applications/Lunch Purchases

For the 2020-2021 School Year, Freehold Township BOE will be accepting online applications for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program. For a paper application and our district policies regarding lunch purchases, please check the district website by clicking here.

Please call the Catena Main Office (732-431-4430) or email with any questions:

Mrs. Joann Favale, Secretary to the Principal JJCS

Mrs. Rebecca Benjamino, Office Assistant JJCS

Ali McKee

Determining Official for Free & Reduced Lunch Program

732-462-8400 x8809

Genesis Parent Portal helps connect us

Please be sure to check the Genesis Parent Portal and update all necessary information for the 2020-2021 school year. We encourage families to regularly log-in to review updates and communication. Once hybrid/cohort students begin in our Connected Learning Approach, families will need to complete a Daily Screening Checklist for each student coming to the building. Information will be forthcoming and the checklist will be made available in the Parent Portal daily. Those students who arrive at school without a screening completed with visit with our school nurse, Mrs. Toth, and families will be contacted.

All Kindergarten and new families must log in to the Genesis Parent Portal to fill out the FERPA and the K-8 Acceptable Use Policy & Opt in/Opt Out Form. This is critical information needed so that your children can fully participate with our digital learning platforms.

As we all navigate the beginning of a very different school year our staff is working tirelessly to prepare for our first day and weeks with students. Mrs. Favale and Mrs. Benjamino will do their best to answer your questions right away or connect you with someone who can when you call the office. We've been so proud and impressed with our staff's preparedness and willingness to help one another and our school community. Please join us in practicing patience, flexibility and grace and sharing oodles of kindness as we begin the year.

SuperKids are Respectful, Responsible & Safe at Catena

PTO Catena Mask Sale

Order your Catena Face Mask from the PTO!

It's a black cloth mask with our Catena shield logo in green. Masks are available in adult and kid sizes.

$10 for one mask, $8 each additional mask.

Visit the Catena website for ordering information!