The Sandshore Scoop

Week Ending April 16, 2021

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A Message From Ms. Curry

Hi Sandshore Families,

I am so proud of how nicely the students transitioned back to school after their Spring Break! Everyone did a wonderful job getting right back into the swing of things. Thank you to all of our families who have so generously donated to our recent food drive and continued to participate in the TREX recycling program. We donated over 500 lbs of food and 587 lbs of plastic! The last day to donate plastic bags is April 15th.

Our Fall picture retakes will take place on April 30th (rain date of May 3rd)

Spring Pictures will take place on May 6th and May 7th.

Schedules for both retakes and Spring pictures will be sent home soon.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Ms. Curry

Calendar of Events

April 19th: Board of Education Meeting, 6:30 pm at Mt. Olive Middle School

April 20th: Virtual SEPAG Meeting, 6:30 pm

April 26th: Board of Education Meeting/Presentation on Budget, 6:30 pm at Mt. Olive Middle School

April 30th: Fall picture Retakes - Rain Date 5/3

May 6th & 7th: Spring Pictures

May 10th: Board of Education Meeting, 6:30 pm at Mt. Olive Middle School

May 11th: Virtual SHSP meeting, 7:00 pm

May 24th: Board of Education Meeting, 6:30 pm at Mt. Olive Middle School

The Maurader Memo

Here is the link to Dr. Zywicki's Blog. Please check regularly for important updates.

Congratulations Mrs. Villena's 3rd Grade Class!

Achieve 3000 ran their annual Read to Succeed contest from Monday, March 8, through Friday, April 9. Every time a student completed a multiple choice activity as part of an Achieve3000 Literacy lesson, he or she earned a point for his/her class. For every first-try score of 75 percent, the class earned two points. And for every first-try score of 88 percent or higher, the class earned three points!
At the end of the contest, the class in every school with the most points on average per student is announced as the winner! We are so proud of the students in Mrs. Villena's class!
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Teachers Who ROCK! Congratulations Ms. Melekos

Congratulations Ms. Melekos for being chosen as a Teacher Who Rocks by radio station WDHA. On April 2nd, during the Morning Jolt show on WDHA, Ms. Melekos story (below) was read live on the air. We are so proud of Ms. Melekos for earning this great honor!

Elena Melekos is an important part of Sandshore School and the Mt. Olive Community. She goes above and beyond her job duties to ensure that the entire Sandshore community is taken care of in and outside of the school setting. She meets with students on a one to one basis, hosts lunch bunches for small groups, and organizes a variety of school functions which include Thanksgiving food drive, holiday gift collections for those in need, Halloween candy collection for Troops, recycling initiatives, and valentine’s for Troops. In addition to this, she has monthly character trait awards for students and includes numerous materials for teachers to utilize to ensure students understand each monthly trait, all of which are important to students social and emotional development. These include kindness, creativity, acceptance and gratitude. The monthly winners are celebrated with a ceremony, certificate and a few fun prizes.

Ms. Melekos ensures that students have an excellent academic experience by providing essential social and emotional support in addition to academic support. She collaborates with students, teachers, parents and administrators to identify and nurture specific strengths, needs, and interests and develops plans for achieving goals. This is an important role, but now more than ever this role has proved to be of the utmost importance during the pandemic when students are really struggling with their emotions and virtual learning. Ms. Melekos has reached out to students that need additional support whether it be meeting with her or giving the parents a variety of supports to try at home. During the pandemic, she has continued to support the community as a whole while having to change the way she does her job to ensure the safety of herself, students and their families She stresses the importance of kindness every day in her morning messages, daily quotes, school wide decorations and activities and in all that she does with the students, staff and community of Sandshore School. It is so important for elementary students to not only understand but see the true meaning of kindness in their every-day life at school. For all of these reasons and so many more, we honor Ms. Melekos as an ESP who ROCKS!

Sandshore has a new lost and found! It is located in the main lobby near the security desk and Officer Stan.

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Guidance Counselor's Corner

If you have any questions for our counselor, Elena Melekos, please feel free to contact her using the information below:

Elena Melekos, MA

School Counselor

Sandshore Elementary School

(973) 691-4003 ext. 3306

Twitter/Instagram: @SSCounselorMsM

Congratulations to our March Character Award Winners!

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April is Responsibility Month

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Notes from our School Nurse, Mrs. Suzanne Herbst

If you have any questions for our school nurse, Mrs. Suzanne Herbst you can email her at or call her at x3485.

To report your child absent : Please call the attendance line and state the reason for absence.

973-691-4003 x 3009

Should kids wear masks when playing sports?

Turns out, it's one of the best ways athletes can protect their teammates and themselves from COVID-19. Learn more here:

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It is easier than ever to reach out to Mrs. Herbst

In addition to her email, she has a school issued mobile device that you can text with emergencies or questions that need a quick response! Text Mrs. Herbst for emergencies or with urgent needs or questions at 862-419-2776.
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Free and Reduced Lunch Update

Per N.J.A.C. 2:36-1.5(d), "Students are eligible for school meal benefits or free milk for the school year and up to 30 operating days in the subsequent school year". As of October 21, 2020, all students who previously qualified for free and reduced lunch in the 2019-2020 school year that have not submitted a lunch application for the 2020-2021 school year, have been reset to "paid" status. Although this has no immediate impact on any student because of the “free lunch for all”, when/if the” free lunch for all” status is lifted, students will be required to pay for their meals (breakfast and lunch) until an application has been received and processed.

To avoid an interruption in benefits please proceed to the Realtime Parent Portal to either fill out an application otherwise, please indicate that you do not wish to apply at this time. Please note that only ONE (1) application per FAMILY, is required to determine qualification status.

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Earn Easy Money For Sandshore School

There are two easy ways to earn money for Sandshore right from your phone!

  1. BoxTops have gone digital! Just download the BoxTops app and scan your paper and digital grocery shopping receipts. Go to to download the app.
  2. AmazonSmile gives Sandshore money with each of your purchases! And we all know how much we spend at Amazon. Go to and select Sandshore Home and School Partnership as your charity of choice. It’s that easy!


Updated District 2020-2021 Calendar

Click here to view the updated school calendar.

Community News & Updates

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Follow us on Twitter! Information on school events will be available to families by following @MOSandshore

Please sign up for Twitter and follow the district @MountOliveTSD, Superintendent Zywicki @ZywickiR, and the schools:

MOHS – @PrincipalMOHS

MOMS – @mtolivemiddle

CMS – @CMSmtolive

Mountain View – @MtView07836

Tinc Road – @tincroadschool

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Sandshore Elementary School

Ms. Jennifer Curry, Principal


Mrs. Kristy McFarlane, Instructional Supervisor


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