Strathmore Elementary School

February Newsletter

Mrs. K Bera, Principal

February Events

  • February 8 Report Cards
  • February 10 Third Grade Winter Dance
  • February 15 PTO meeting 10:15 AM
  • February 17 -20 School Closed President's Weekend
  • February 23 Star Student 7:00 PM
  • February 23 & 24 School store during lunch periods
  • February 28 Third grade Winter Concert at LLoyd Road School 7:00 PM
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We are trying to determine parent satisfaction with the present before and after care programs offered by the district through the YMCA. Please take a moment to complete the survey, via the link provided.

We can all agree that parenting can be very stressful. Remaining calm can help get you through your busy, challenging, hectic day. Treat yourself by becoming familiar with some simple stress management skills and relaxation exercises that are sure to help you relax and feel more energetic.

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National Wear Red Day For Women is a massive national public awareness day the first Friday each February, urging women, people from all walks of life, businesses, towns, schools, the media, buildings and landmarks to “go red” and “glow red” to bring attention to the leading killers of women – heart disease and stroke. On February 3, help us turn New Jersey and America RED and SAVE WOMEN’S LIVES from heart disease and stroke by wearing something red … a red dress, tie, jacket, scarf, hat, blouse or shirt. Go Red For Women and show your commitment to reducing risk, improving health, and saving women’s lives.
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Talking to Your Child About Disabilities

Acknowledge your child’s curiosity in a matter-of-fact approach such as, ‘he/she walks, communicates, or learns differently.’

Avoid inappropriate, outdated words such as: crippled, retarded or handicapped

Do not refer to non-disabled children as ‘normal’ or laugh at insensitive jokes or comments which target disabled persons.

Emphasize what your child has in common with a disabled child. Always emphasize what the disabled person can do rather than what they are unable to do. When you find what your child has in common, encourage play dates, birthday parties, etc.

Explain that although a child may be physically disabled, he/she is not mentally impaired.

If you hear your child or your child’s friends making fun of a person for being different, explain how hurtful laughter and unkind words are to the disabled person. Use this as an opportunity to teach empathy.

Books and media in your home should include characters with disabilities. Make sure your home library is not outdated; if so, add new additions to your child’s/family’s collection.

Most importantly, model acceptances and inclusion by reaching out to those with disabilities. Just a simple greeting and smile will communicate acceptance to your child and how to show kindness to others. (Ziba Kashef)

Three Ways to Help Children Develop Responsible Habits

Three Ways to Help Children Develop Responsible Habits

When parents think of their children's habits, they usually think about the
things that drive them crazy. But habits can be positive, too.

Habits are automatic actions that take no conscious thought. For example, you probably don't have to think about what you do first thing in the morning. Brushing your teeth and taking a shower are habits you've developed over the years.

On the first of the month, you've probably developed the habit of paying bills. If you wait longer than a day or two, you'll probably feel something nagging at you to get this job finished.

As parents, one of our most important responsibilities is to help our kids develop positive habits. Here are some suggestions.

  • Don't try everything at once. Remember the year you made 15 New Year's resolutions? By February, you had given up on most of them. Your kids are the same. Choose only a few habits for your kids to develop.
  • Make sure your kids are involved. After all, you are trying to change their habits. Talk with them about what you're trying to do. Let them know that positive habits can make their lives easier and more pleasant.
  • Allow 21 days. Experts have discovered that if you repeat an action every day for 21 days, it will become a part of your subconscious mind.

So for the next 21 days, make sure your kids act on their new habit. After that, they'll find they're doing it automatically.

-The Parent institute

When Should You Call the Teacher?

If despite your best efforts your child isn't studying well, it's important to contact the school. As a team, you can work to solve the problem. Here are some signs that it's time to call the teacher:

  • Your child refuses to study no matter what you say or do.

  • You and your child do not understand homework instructions.

  • It seems impossible for your child to get organized.

  • You are unable to provide basic study supplies.

  • Assignments are usually too hard or too easy for your child.

  • Some days your child has no homework and others he is overwhelmed with it.

  • Your child has missed a lot of school and assignments.

  • A personal problem is affecting your child's ability to study.

  • You have never talked with the teacher about how to help your child study.

brought to you by
Strathmore Elementary School
Kelly Bera, Principal

Copyright (c) 2017 The Parent Institute, a Division of NIS, Inc.

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Winter Alert....Delayed Opening Information

In an effort to clarify what a delayed opening entails, listed below are the details to be followed for Strathmore Elementary:


· School begins at 10:50 AM

· Students cannot be dropped off prior to 10:40 AM

· School ends the same time as a regular day – 3:35PM

· There is no Y time in the morning for a delayed opening

· There is no breakfast for a delayed opening

With regard to Bus pickup, please add 90 minutes to the time that is listed on your child’s bus pass. For example, if your bus is due to arrive at 8:50 am, in a 90 minutes delayed opening, the time for that bus would be 10:20 AM. The procedure of being at your bus stop about 10 minutes before would still apply in a delayed opening.

We hope the above information will assist you with any confusion regarding a delayed opening.

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Dress for the weather

· When weather conditions permit, the students do go outside to play during recess. Please make sure your child has appropriate clothing to wear outdoors.

· The temperature in the building ranges from classroom to classroom. It is suggested that your child dress in layers so that they can feel comfortable at all times during the school day.