The Principal's Message

Crossroads South Middle School

January 22nd, 2018

CROSSROADS SOUTH MIDDLE SCHOOL

Bonnie H. Capes, Principal

Sondra Hinson & Mark Kmiec, Assistant Principals

FROM THE PRINCIPAL...

Happy January! First, thank you to our Student Council for sponsoring a wonderful 7th grade Night Out this past Friday. Also, congratulations to our Wrestling, Boys Basketball, and Girls' Basketball Teams. We have had a strong season thus far and are super proud of our student athletes and coaches. Go VIKINGS!!


Thank you!

Ms. Capes


SCHOOL NOTES

  • UPDATED SCHOOL CALENDAR: Due to the recent weather-related emergency school closings, schools will be in session on May 25 and May 29, 2018. (Please note: In the event of the need for a 3rd make-up day, April 2 is reserved as such.)
  • EARLY RELEASE DAY - THURSDAY, 1/25: This Thursday, January 25th, we will have an Early Release Day for Professional Development.
  • GUYS & DOLLS PERFORMANCES: Our School Musical is underway and performances are right around the corner. Tickets will go on sale soon for the following performances: Thursday, 2/8 - 7pm, Friday, 2/9 - 7pm, Saturday, 2/10 - 2pm.
  • FRIDAY FOLDER IMPORTANT NOTES: This week's Online Friday Folder holds several important documents from the district. Here is a quick list: PARCC Testing Dates REVISED, and a "How To" update CONTACTS for School Messenger/Genesis. Please use the link below to access these important letters.


ONGOING REMINDERS

  • ATTENDANCE REMINDERS: Daily attendance in school is a critical factor in the success of your child. Please do your best to minimize the number of days your child is absent from school or is taken out early for appointments. Should your child exceed the number of acceptable days absent as determined by NJ State Law, you will receive a letter from the school.
  • IMPORTANT BUS NOTE: Please remember that students are only permitted to ride his/her regular bus home. You cannot go home on another bus. Our busses are full and any additional students has left others without a seat and in a potentially dangerous situation. If your child wishes to go home with another student, you must coordinate either a parent pickup at the school or a parent pickup at your house. **Bus passes can be checked for boarding.** Thank you for your understanding.

UPCOMING DATES

JANUARY

  • 1/22 - BOE Meeting 7pm
  • 1/25 - EARLY RELEASE DAY
  • 1/31 - 7th Grade "Middle of the Middle of the Middle Day"

MENTAL WELLNESS SUPPORT

As the second trimester is underway and the holidays are approaching, we would like to take this time to remind parents and students of available mental health resources. We encourage anyone to utilize the staff members available to make certain that students have access to the help that they need.


Staff and locations at CROSSROADS SOUTH where you can find help:

  • Guidance Counselors - SPS
  • Case Managers - SPS
  • School Nurses - Mrs. Duvelsdorf & Mrs. Royer - Health Office
  • Bridge Center- School Based Mental Health program for crisis, teen programs, and counseling - Ms. David - SPS
  • Principal - Ms. Capes
  • Assistant Principals & Dean - Ms. Hinson, Mr. Kmiec, & Mr. Dougherty


If you are experiencing an emergency outside of school, call 911 for immediate assistance. Other resources include:

  • 2nd Floor Youth Helpline (24 hour calling and texting for students in crisis): 888-222-2228
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 (Logic Song)
  • Mobile Response (will come to your home within an hour)- 877-652-7624
  • Acute Psychiatric Services (Piscataway, part of University Behavioral Healthcare): 855-515-5700
  • For additional resources and link to our mental wellness directory, go to the following site: http://www.sbschools.org/departments/student_services/index_nl.php?SEC=10 Click “crisis intervention phone numbers and resources” on the left hand side



Have a safe and happy holiday season!

MEMBERSHIP - JOIN NOW!!

Crossroads South has 260 families as confirmed members!! We still have so many more to go! Please join the PTO! Your membership dues go towards supporting assembly programs, events for the students, and mini grants to support our program. Please send in your membership NOW! Send your membership ($10) to the attention of the PTO with your child's name and unit clearly labeled on the envelope.

BOX TOPS!

Please send in your BOX TOPS! Although your children are in Middle School, we still collect any and all box tops. This is a quick and easy way to gain funds for our school. We will collect all year!