The Crossing

Brooks Crossing & Deans School Newsletter - 4/30/19

Message from Joe Anzek, Interim Principal

Well, that was fast! Tests, clubs, meetings and more. I have been getting to know your kids and enjoying my meetings with them during my first month here. I'm encouraging good sportsmanship and energetic play on the playground: more running and less imitating their professional sports heroes. They're doing really well.

The testing process is operating smoothly. Mrs. Rogol, the teachers and students make a strong team. The students are responding well to the testing.

Especially at this time of year it's important to review calendar info in this newsletter and in the Friday Folder. Testing info, holidays and early release days make this month and next a little tricky.

Be aware of the TOUR de SOUTH BRUNSWICK Bicycle Ride Fundraiser coming up on Sunday, June 9. There are three different ride distances, a variety of entry fees and starting times. This will be a great opportunity for a fun family event and it raises money for the School District and for Brooks and Deans specifically!! See Participation Challenge Rules below. We'll be sending information home. See this Tour de South Brunswick Informational Flyer for details on route choices. The registration website is EDFOUNDATIONSB.ORG .

Foundation FUN WALK The Education Foundation's Fun Walk is also held on Sunday, June 9th at 11:00am and is another opportunity to support the Education Foundation, while enjoying family time on a 2-mile stroll on the SB High School Campus! Pre-registration is only $5 ($10 day of event). Last day for On-line Pre-Registration and Discount is Monday, June 3, 2019


South Brunswick District schools can earn grants for their Physical Education department based on their participation level in the Education Foundation's Fun Walk & the Tour de South Brunswick. During registration you can select BROOKS CROSSING SCHOOL to receive a grant. A school can be selected for each registered walker or TdSB participant. CLICK HERE FOR PARTICIPATION CHALLENGE RULES


DEANS Campus dismisses at 12:45p.m. and BC Main Campus dismisses at 12:50pm.


Save the date! Our 5th Grade Recognition will take place on Friday, June 21st at 9:00am. Details and invitations will be sent home with our 5th graders the week of May 28th. Please RSVP promptly when you receive your invitation, but no later than June 17th.

Students Artwork Selected for District Calendar

Congratulations to Rishabh Vaderiyattil (BC) and Mourya Medarmetla (DE), whose artwork was selected during the District Art Gallery held April 4th, to be showcased in the upcoming 2019-2020 District School Calendar! Both talented students, along with our very dedicated BC/DE Art Teacher Mrs. Ellen Kazar, will be celebrated at a Board of Education Meeting this coming Fall. A special thanks to Mrs. Kazar for displaying many of our student's artwork for all to enjoy at this year's annual Joanne Kerekes District Art Gallery!

Student Placement for 2019-2020

Even though we have much to do and many tasks yet to complete for the current school year, in late April - early May, we will begin the initial planning steps for the 2019-2020 school year. As part of that process our teachers will be giving lots of thought to how our students are progressing academically, socially and emotionally, and determining which teachers might be a great fit and match for each child for next year. I believe every one of our teachers know the students in their class very well and will be able to make excellent decisions regarding placement for next year. However, parent input is always welcomed. Should you have any specific information that you believe your child’s teacher does not already have regarding the needs of your child, please feel free to email Assistant Principal Lisa Rogol with your thoughts issues or concerns at as soon as possible. Please understand that we can not make any promises regarding your child’s placement with a particular teacher, but all parents should feel free to reach out to Lisa Rogol if you are holding “need to know” information about your child and their class placement for next year.

NJSLA Testing (New Jersey Student Learning Assessment)

Formerly know as PARCC, The NJSLA continues in May for Grades 3, 4 and 5.

NJSLA Testing Schedule for May

Grade 3 MATH - May 1, 2, 3

Grades 4 MATH - May 9, 10, 13

Grade 5 MATH - May 6, 7, 8

Grade 5 SCIENCE - May 14, 15

Important Dates and Events - May 2019

To stay informed and not miss an opportunity you or your child may be interested in, please also read the District Friday Folder weekly for many items that are not included in our BC/DE weekly online Friday Folder and this monthly newsletter.

NJSLA Testing Schedule for May

Grade 3 MATH - May 1, 2, 3

Grades 4 MATH - May 9, 10, 13

Grade 5 MATH - May 6, 7, 8

Grade 5 SCIENCE - May 14, 15

Thurs. May 2 - EARLY RELEASE DAY - Prof. Dev. Day. DE dismisses 12:45pm/BC dismisses 12:50pm

May 6 - May 10 - TEACHER / STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK. See this flyer for suggested ideas to show your appreciation to BC/DE Teachers and Staff! All donations are optional, yet appreciated!

Mon. May 6 - Board of Education Meeting, Crossroads NORTH, 7:00pm


Fri. May 10 - PTO Plant Sale (BC/DE for students during school hours.)

Tues. May 14 - Public PTO Meeting, 7pm, BC Main Campus. Special guest Neel Desai, Director of Community Education, will speak about summer programs being offered.

Mon. May 20 - Board of Education Meeting, Crossroads NORTH, 7:00pm

Wed. May 22 - EARLY RELEASE DAY - Prof. Dev. Day. DE dismisses 12:45pm/BC dismisses 12:50pm

Thurs. May 23 - BC/DE School Spirit Patriotic Day. Where Red, White and Blue to show your school spirit!

Fri. May 24 - Schools Closed.

Mon. May 27 - Schools Closed. Memorial Day.


Thurs. May 30 - Kindergarten Orientation for 2019-2020 incoming K's. Invitations were mailed by May 1st , assigning parents/students to one of three sessions.

SB School Closing Calendars / EARLY RELEASE DAYS



(DE will dismiss at 12:45pm and BC will dismiss at 12:50pm.)

Please refer to the CURRENT 2018-2019 School Closings and Early Release Days Calendar Revised 2-12-19 and

NEXT SCHOOL YEAR'S SCHOOL CLOSING CALENDAR for the 2019-2020 Revised 4-15-19

to help plan ahead for when we have school closings and early closing days.

Because the District has made next year's school closing calendar available to you far in advance, we ask that you please plan travel when school is not in session whenever possible.

End of Year Math Testing Dates


The end of year math testing dates have been posted to the district assessment website. It is here that you will find out the specifics of process and criteria. To help you in planning here are the important dates.

2018-2019 Elementary End of Year Math Testing Dates:

o Week of May 28, 2019: K-2 end of year testing

o Week of June 3, 2019: Grades 3 & 4 end of year testing

o Week of June 10, 2019: Grade 5 end of year testing

o Week of June 10, 2019: Grade 2-4 Accelerated testing

Note: There will be one week of make-up testing. Make-up testing will only occur during the scheduled make-up dates.

Testing cannot be accommodated before the posted dates.

o Week of June 3, 2019: K-Grade 4 End of Year Math Make-Up Testing

o Week of June 17, 2019: Grade 2-Grade 4 Accelerated Math Make-up testing

Suzanne Luck-Born

Director of Student Assessment and Instructional Support

South Brunswick School District

Message from the Brooks Crossing/Deans Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)


WE NEED YOU!!! The PTO has an open position for Co-Vice President Fundraising. If you, or someone you know, would like to be considered for this position, please complete and submit the PTO EXECUTIVE BOARD NOMINATION FORM no later than Friday, May 3rd. Only with the dedication of our Executive Board, combined with our amazing parent volunteers, can we have a successful Parent Teacher Organization that supports our entire BC/DE school community.

All nomination forms should be returned by Friday, May 3rd, in a sealed envelope labeled: Confidential - Attention PTO Nomination Committee

Our very popular PTO PLANT SALE will be held on FRIDAY, MAY 10th, just in time for Mother's Day! Students have the opportunity during school hours to buy plants not just for mom's, but for anyone else who is special in their life! Plants are reasonably priced and funds should be sent to school in a sealed envelope, clearly labeled with; Student's FULL Name, Teacher's Name and "PLANT SALE".

Did you know the PTO has used funds we've raised to offset the parent's cost of many of our grade level field trips? Did you also know the PTO purchased four large 10 person picnic tables, one being American Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant, for our BC students to enjoy outside learning opportunities and activities with their class? These are just two examples of the many ways we support BC/DE. Many do not realize that without our PTO, funding would not be available to help offset costs or purchase items that can enhance our children's learning experience!

Each membership we receive, and every dollar we raise, supports our BC/DE school community! There is much we do to support all students and staff, and memberships are a very important resource for us to meet these goals. Since family memberships are only $10 per family, please consider joining your PTO each school year and support our fundraising efforts. Your support and generosity is very much appreciated!

PTO memberships are always becoming accepted and members receive discounts for many of our PTO family events held throughout the school year! If you would like more information on becoming a member or to volunteer, please email:

Be sure to read the Brooks Crossing/Deans Online Friday Folder weekly for upcoming PTO events! Go to

Online Attendance Reporting

Did you know you can now report your child's absence through the Genesis Parent Portal? Click here for Online Attendance Directions.

If reporting your child's absence due to illness, please follow procedures found below in the Important Message from the Health Center, before sending your child back to school.


Don't miss out! Please see the YEARBOOK ORDERING FLYER WITH SAMPLE PAGES.You can order a yearbook with or without personalizing pages. You even have the option to upload more photos of your child, so you can include even more memories of their '18-'19 school year! ORDERS DUE ONLINE BY TUESDAY, MAY 7th.