James Monroe Newsletter

June Edition

Message from the Principal

The year is coming to an end....

June is always a bittersweet month. We see tremendous growth and advancement in our students. We start the year with strangers and have built families within our classrooms. The investment in these relationships have been the foundation which creates a successful school enviroment for our James Monroe Owls to thrive! We are proud of our accomplishments this year.

We hope your summer months are enjoyable and full of happy days. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us if you need anything. It is best to contact us by email during the summer months.

Thank you for your help, support and trust this school year!


Mrs. Cyndi Tufaro



Mrs. Maggie Callahan

assistant principal


June Calendar

Please note that the PTO meeting has been rescheduled for June 8th at 6:30 p.m.

We will be honoring all PTO volunteers with a meal.

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Reminder! 5th Grade Moving Up Ceremony

Families of 5th graders are invited to join us on June 15th at 9:30 a.m. for the 5th grade Moving Up Ceremony.

Parents will be permitted to begin entering the school after arrival after morning arrival and announcements are finished at Door 6 on the parking lot side of the building.

2 tickets will be provide for adults to join a ceremony for our students moving on to middle school. Tickets will be sent home on June 9th.

All school age siblings at James Monroe will be invited to watch the ceremony.

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Thank you PTO!

Our James Monroe PTO Executive Board had a phenomenal comeback year following two difficult years after the pandemic. Their leadership and efforts allowed all of our classes to attend field trips, covered expenses for children such as playground equipment and books, paid for special events for our 5th graders such as yearbooks and end of the year dances and offered multiple free events for families throughout the year including Ice Cream Social, Winter Stroll, Movie Night. Every child in the school received a free James Monroe field day t-shirt!

Thank you to all the James Monroe families who raised money by attending Dine Out Nights, joined us at events, purchased books at the Book Fairs or participated in fundraising.

Thank you to Emily DeNapoli for her service this year as our treasurer which is an important responsibility. Also, thank you to Silivia Capponegro, who will now be joining the middle school PTO, for her three years of guidance on the executive board as a secretary.

We look forward to working with some familiar faces and our new Executive Board members next year including:

Melissa Crisostomo - President

Shefali Patel - Vice President

Nicole Stewart - Treasurer

Emanuela Nolli - Secretary

Nancy Capaso Lee - Fundraiser Chair

Color Run was a Splash of Color

Our 3rd Annual Color Run took place on a bright and sunny Saturday morning! More than 100 families turned out for the event which kicked off with an invigorating warm-up by our local Satori Academy of Martial Arts. We were a colorful bunch as students and families made their way around the course and were splashed with color. In the end, we all threw our color up in the air for a blast of rainbow colors. Thank you to all of our families and teachers who joined us to support our PTO!
Color Run 2022

2022 - The Year in Review!

Check out this great video from our 5th graders in the Makerspace and Media Club with highlights from throughout the school year!
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The Science Fair - May 24th

Students across grades 3-5 showcased their scientific knowledge on May 24th. They wowed our volunteers, parents and staff with their interesting investigations. From exploring the solar system, to how volcanos erupt to understanding climate change our students tested their hypotheses and learned a great deal about new topics. Congratulations to all of our participants and thank you to our volunteers. Mrs. Somes planned an awesome exhibit for our future scientists!

Middle School Summer Literacy Challenge

Attached please find the Middle School Summer Literacy Challenge 2022 for all students entering Grades 6-8 (2022-23 school year).

All students are expected to read at least two books of their choice. There will be NO assignment or assessment (*). Upon their return to school, students will share and recommend the books they loved with peers. Should students want additional challenges over the summer AND an opportunity to possibly win prizes, they should review the other literacy options, which include podcasts, nonfiction articles, TEDTalks, and virtual field trips. As well, they should complete the forms after each challenge. (The form is embedded on the slides.)

(*) Grade 8 Accelerated students have a separate assignment as noted on the slideshow.

School Play-Jungle Book

We are so incredibly proud of the cast and crew of the Jungle Book and their director, Mrs. Meagan Sanchez! They worked so hard to put on amazing performances. Thank you to all of the parents and staff who supported the students along the way, from attending practices to making costumes to late picks ups! Check out some highlights below from this very talented cast. These performances couldn't have been possible without the dedication of our teachers who volunteered their time to assist in multiple ways including helping out at rehearsals with lines and dances, sets and props, tech and mics, photos (courtesy of Mrs. Donner) programs and tickets. It certainly brings our whole community together.

Jungle Book 2022

Yoga for Mindfulness

When James Monroe parent, Mrs. Accardi approached us about teaching a series of Yoga classes for our students to help them develop mindful strategies, we were excited to offer this opportunity to incorporate self-regulating techniques. Each class gathered for about 20 minutes to work on breathing, stretching and building respectful chants with our names. We hope to offer more with these lessons in the future!

Field Day Fun!

On Thursday, May 19th, James Monroe students participated in field day! It was great to host a fun filled day with all students again this year.

Despite a little morning rain, students engaged in several fun events throughout the day both inside and outside.

Thank you to all of the parent volunteers who helped make the day so enjoyable! We are grateful to Mrs. Reif and Mr. Fernandez for their planning and organization of this wonderful day.

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Student Council Earns Top Collecting Food Drive Honor!

Congratulations to our James Monroe Student Council for leading our school as one of the top ten schools in all of Middlesex County for collecting 2,550 pounds of food donations for the Replenish local food bank. Thank you to all of our students and families for their food donations throughout the year which directly assist our neighbors struggling to meet their basic needs.

4th Graders are Electrified over their Field Trip & BBQ!

Thank you to our PTO for sponsoring this year's fourth grade assembly about Electricity!

Farm Friends with our SCA Class Field Trip

Thank you to our generous PTO for sponsoring our SCA classes field trip to Special Strides Therapeutic Riding Center and Farm.

Highlights from our Multicultural Night

Multi- Cultural Night

Policy and Procedure Reminders

An Important Reminder about Appropriate Attire at School

Please assist your children in what constitutes acceptable practice in this area.

  • Flip flops and Crocs are not permitted for safety reasons.

  • Hats are for outdoors only.

  • Crop tops and spaghetti straps are not appropriate for school. Bare midriffs are not permitted. For example, your child should be able to lift their arms without their belly being exposed. Shirts must reach the top of the hips.

  • Ripped pants should not be too exposing.

Also, in addition to daily hygiene, please remind your child to shower at least three times a week with soap and water.

Cell Phone Policy

If your student is bringing a cell phone or i-Watch with them to school, please complete this form and submit it to your child's teacher. I-Watches are not permitted to be worn during the school day. The cell phone is required to stay in the child's backpack and students are not to make or accept phone calls or text messages from their cell phone during the school day. If you need to reach your child for any reason, please contact the main office and we will assist (732-452-2970).

Kindergarten Registration

The district is excited to announce that full day Kindergarten will be offered for the 2022-2023 school year.

Please click here for the enrollment requirements. It is recommended that enrollment be completed online using the Registration Gateway.

If you have a child who is eligible to begin Kindergarten, they must turn 5 years of age by October 1st and be full time resident of Edison.

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Covid Reporting

We continue to be vigilant with testing for Covid. Although symptoms often mirror allergies, the only way to rule out Covid is for your child to take a laboratory confirmed test. Please follow all directions provided by our school nurse and administration to expedite the situation.

When you report that a child was a close contact to a positive individual/is positive case/or is experiencing symptoms, please include the following information:

  • Child's first & last name
  • Child's teacher
  • Siblings' names & teachers (inform other schools if older)
  • Symptoms (if any)
  • Date of exposure to close contact and/or date of symptoms and date of PCR or Rapid Antigen test collected (not reported)
  • Send a screenshot of the PCR or Rapid Antigen report when you receive it (not a home test)

The district has moved away from our individual letters to a dashboard which will be updated each Friday on the district website. You will no longer receive letters from the school.

A Message from Mrs. Sclafani - our School Nurse

1. Please look for the letters that are being sent out to all 5th Graders regarding the 6th Grade Immunization requirements for entry into Middle Schools and Sports Physicals information if your child/ren would like to take up a sport in the fall when they begin Middle School. Please be sure to make your doctor appointments to have your student/s receive these mandatory vaccinations and also read below if your student is interested in signing up for a school sport in the fall.

2.Sports Physicals are required for all Sports in Middle School. Students interested in joining a Fall Sports team or intramural must obtain a sports physical from their physician. The Sports Physical forms are due in the MIDDLE SCHOOL NURSE'S OFFICE by Friday July 1, 2022. There is no grace period for late entries. Forms returned AFTER the 7/01/22 due date, MAY NOT be cleared to participate prior TO 1ST practice session.

Link to sports physical form: Preparticipation Physical Evaluation (4 pages): https://resources.finalsite.net/images/v1577380417/edisonk12njus/zevex1coj8dxmmilw4ay/HSForm14APrePreparationPhysicalEvaluation2015.pdf

To participate on a school-sponsored interscholastic or intramural athletic team or squad, each student whose physical examination (HS Form #14C) was completed more than 90 days prior to the first day of official practice MUST provide a Health History Update Questionnaire (HS Form #14G) of medical issues experienced since the last medical examination, completed and signed by the student’s parent or guardian. These will be mailed out in May/June along with the Pre-Participation Physical form above. Please let me know if you will require one sooner.

3. In accordance with state regulations and district policy, it is important for your child to receive medical examinations at least once during each developmental stage, and more often with a chronic medical condition.

  • Early childhood (preschool through grade 3)
  • Pre-adolescence (grades 4 through 6)
  • Adolescence (grades 7 through 12)

Please have your child examined by his/her primary healthcare provider during these critical periods of development to ensure your child's good health. If your child had a recent physical exam (within the last year or two) please forward it to the school via email or mail. When you have your child examined, please have the medical form completed and returned to the school nurse. Here is the medical form requiring completion by your child’s doctor and you as the parent or guardian: https://resources.finalsite.net/images/v1577381590/edisonk12njus/uliebetgtwfrw4cl9iax/Form_16_HealthCareProviderExamination.pdf

If you do not have a family healthcare provider or clinic where your child receives his/her health care, please contact the nurse for community resources.

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