James Monroe Newsletter
Message from the Principal
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
We will be honoring all PTO volunteers with a meal.
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.
Thank you PTO!
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
2022 - The Year in Review!
The Science Fair - May 24th
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.
Yoga for Mindfulness
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.
Student Council Earns Top Collecting Food Drive Honor!
4th Graders are Electrified over their Field Trip & BBQ!
Farm Friends with our SCA Class Field Trip
Highlights from our Multicultural 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).
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.
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.