James Monroe April Update

Return to Full-Day Instruction: April 19th

Dear Families,

Can you believe it, the fourth marking period is already upon us! This year has been challenging in many ways, but we continue to be incredibly proud of what our students have accomplished and are extremely grateful to all of our families for the support you have provided.


We are excited to welcome 45% of our students back into the building on April 19th and return to full-day instruction for all students! In this newsletter you will find information regarding our Hybrid full-day instructional schedules and for those of you who will be bringing your child to the building for the first time, a review of our arrival and dismissal procedures. We will also cover what to expect during lunch & recess.


For the group that is staying remote please review the reminders below.


As always, we are here for you with any questions or concerns.


Warmly,


Cyndi Tufaro, Principal

Maggie Callahan, Assistant Principal

Read Below for information regarding IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION

April 19th Hybrid opening

Review our Hybrid Model Return Plan below!

Hybrid Learning Plan

Review our Hybrid Learning Plan for more specific information.

Parent Handbook

For detailed information regarding school reopening and school procedures, please review the Parent Handbook. Save it for your records and for future reference.

Schedules

Please refer to schedules provided by your child's teacher(s) for specific times of each subject area. Our schedules will be changing to respond to the needs of our in-person and remote students now that we are moving into a full-day instructional model. Please be flexible as teachers are adapting to accommodate to everyones needs.


The day begins promptly at 8:55 am with a daily morning meeting for all students, in-person and remote. Throughout the day teachers will provide remote students with guidance regarding asynchronous learning, brain breaks and lunch.


In-person students will follow their daily schedule, including lunch & recess and will be provided with snack breaks, outdoor masks breaks and periodic brain breaks.


Here is the link with the daily operating hours for school.

LUNCH & RECESS

Lunch Procedures

We will have three lunches built into our schedule in order to accommodate a socially distanced lunch.


  • Students will have approximately 20 minutes to eat lunch.
  • All students will be spaced 6ft apart at tables facing the same direction so that they may safely remove their masks to eat.
  • Tables will be sanitized between the lunch rotations by lunch aides.
  • Students will sanitize their hands before and after eating


Students can bring their own lunch from home. All students will be provided a FREE individually packaged lunch during their lunch period. Please complete the survey below indicating if you would like your child to receive the free lunch and if they need a vegetarian meal. Please opt out if you do not want your child to receive a free lunch.


Students will also be given a packaged breakfast for the following day at dismissal. On Fridays students will receive 3 packaged breakfast and 2 lunches for the weekend. We recommend students bringing a tote bag to carry the lunches home in on Fridays.

Lunch Order Form for In-Person Students

All students will be provided a FREE individually packaged lunch during their lunch period. Please complete this survey indicating if you would like your child to receive the free lunch and if they need a vegetarian meal.

Recess Procedures

Students will participate in a 20 minute recess, outdoors as weather permits. Recess will occur either before or after eating depending on the child's grade level.


  • Each class will remain with their cohorts during recess, no cohorts will mix during this time.
  • Every class will have a designated outdoor play area
  • Students will participate in low-impact activity rotations supervised by lunch aides
  • Upon re-entering the building, students will be required to sanitize their hands.


Indoor recess will occur either inside student classrooms or the gymnasium in the event of inclement weather. Students will be required to wear their masks for the duration of recess, indoor or outdoor.

Send a towel to school with your child for outdoor breaks!

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Arrival & Dismissal

Arrival begins at 8:45am. Student will not be permitted to enter the building before 8:45am. P.M. Kindergarten starts at 1:00 p.m.


We will be gathering away from the main entrance of the school on the sides of the building to allow for social distancing and to permit for a gradual entrance through our thermal screeners. See the maps below for grade level assignments.

Grades 1, 2, 3 will enter through the Main Doors

Grades K, SCA, 4 & 5 will enter through door #12, the Kindergarten Doors


Teachers will bring your children to the same area for dismissal.


Dismissal will begin at 3:30pm.

Safety Reminders and Protocols for Families

1. Everyone must wear a mask walking to and from the school property. Please remain socially distant. Parents must wait behind the cones on either side of the building.


2. There is no parking on Sharp Road. Cars are not permitted to enter Sharp Road during arrival and dismissal due to traffic congestion and the buses cannot get through. Do not try to pass the police officer, bypass the cones or pull into Sharp Road early for safety reasons. You must park on Halo St. or Montview Ave. and walk your child to the school.

Arrival Map

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Dismissal Map

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What to pack for Specials for Hybrid Learning!

Supplies announcement specials

Meet our Music Teacher, Ms. Maurath

Please help us welcome, Ms. Danielle Maurath, our substitute Music teacher who will be with us until the end of the year while Mrs. Sanchez is on maternity leave. Ms. Maurath had time to transition with Mrs. Sanchez and worked closely with her to prepare for the role. She is excited for this opportunity to work with the James Monroe community.

Read below for information regarding REMOTE LEARNING

Schedules

Please refer to schedules provided by your child's teacher(s) for specific times of each subject area. Here is the link with the daily operating hours for school.


The day begins promptly at 8:55 am with a daily morning meeting for all students, in-person and remote. Throughout the day teachers will provide remote students with guidance regarding asynchronous learning and computer breaks.


In-person students will follow their daily schedule, including lunch & recess and will be provided with snack breaks, outdoor masks breaks and periodic brain breaks.

Remote Learning contract

For our friends who are continuing in remote learning, please review the reminders below from our Remote Learning contract.


In order for this to be successful, we need your help! Here's what you can do to help:


❏ Monitor my child’s attendance by ensuring their participation within in-person and virtual instruction to the greatest extent possible.

❏ Ensure that my child engages in learning activities daily.

❏ Communicate needs to school staff that inhibit participation in daily learning.

❏ Respect the privacy and confidentiality necessary to create a thriving classroom learning environment.

❏ Actively support the privacy and confidentiality of all students by:

  • Never recording video conferencing engagements, meetings, discussions, lessons, small groups, etc.

  • Never posting images to social media of students other than your own child(ren) nor staff.

❏ Ensure to every extent possible my child understands and follows the previous statements.

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Lunch for Remote Students

Bagged breakfast and lunches will be available for pick up at the schools listed on the order form (pick one) every day of the week. Orders for pickup must be submitted each Thursday by 2:00PM for the following week. Please place your order for all days whether your child is learning remotely. On FRIDAY, meals can be picked up at the school you select on the order form below and students will receive (3) breakfasts and (3) lunches for the weekend.

Click Here To Submit Order Form

Click Here To View Menus (Subject to change)


Seven Day Meal Kit Option

**Please consider using this option.

Seven (7) day meal kits which include (7) breakfasts and (7) lunches are available for pick up on Wednesday at both John P. Stevens High School and Edison High School during the times indicated below. Please note that the order form linked below must be completed and submitted by 2 pm each Thursday of the week preceding the pick up date.

Click Here To Submit 7 Day Order Form

What's happening in April!

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April PTO Fundraiser - Dine Out Night (Dine in or Take Out) - 732-662-9168

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April Student Council School-Wide Challenge

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April Event

Counselor's Newsletter - Resilience

APRIL IS WORLD AUTISM MONTH

The first National Autism Awareness Month was declared by the Autism Society in April 1970 beginning with United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day on April 2.

The aim of this month is to educate the public about autism. Autism is a complex mental condition and developmental disability, characterized by difficulties in the way a person communicates and interacts with other people. Autism can be present from birth or form during early childhood (typically within the first three years). Autism is a lifelong developmental disability with no single known cause.


People with autism are classified as having Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and the terms autism and ASD are often used interchangeably. A wide spectrum disorder, people with autism have a set of symptoms unique to themselves; no two people are the same.

AUTISM IS WIDESPREAD, AWARENESS ABOUT THIS CONDITION IS NOT

In the United States, autism affects 1 in every 54 children (Marissa Walsh, Pharm.D., BCPS-AQ ID, 2021). Today, autism diagnoses usually happen in early childhood, which may be why autism rates in children are higher than those in adults. However, because the definition of autism spectrum disorder has drastically evolved, many teens and adults could be living with undiagnosed ASD. Prevalence estimates of autism in adults born between 1980 and 2012 are predicted to affect 3 out of every 100 adults in the U.S. and in the future could carry a diagnosis based on this new criteria. (Open Minds, 2018)


World Autism Awareness Month aims to make the public more aware about

this widespread disability and the issues which arise in the autism community. The

chances are high that you know someone with this disability. A better informed

public will be more empathetic and supportive towards people with autism.


If you have a concern about your child’s development, always discuss these

concerns with your child’s doctor. Parent-teacher conferences are an ideal time to

ask questions about your child’s progress and challenges. Your child’s pediatrician

may ask you to obtain information regarding his/her performance in education and

social emotional development which is recognized through teachers who share

experiences with your child on a regular basis.


Autism Advocacy for Individuals & Their Families - Autism Family Services of New Jersey is a state-wide, non-profit charitable agency dedicated to helping improve the quality of life for people affected by autism and their loved ones. Check out their website for information on events like the 2021 Beach Bash in Belmar, NJ, resources for at home behavioral therapy, health, education, support services, lists of New Jersey Public and Private Agencies serving the needs of families affected by autism and more. https://autismfamilyservicesnj.org/family-resource-network/

For more information on National Autism Awareness Month visit the Autism Society Awareness page:

https://www.autism-society.org/get-involved/national-autism-awareness-month/

This will also provide you with links to Autism e-newsletters, affiliate’s and more. Check out this site for upcoming events in New Jersey with the New Jersey Autism, Inc. https://www.autismnj.org/.

Click this link for Top Autism Websites Recommended by Parents:https://eden2.org/top-10-autism-websites-recommended-by-parents/

Message to parents from Nurse Sclafani:

If your child will be learning in person during marking period 4 and will require any medications during school hours, please see the below links to treatment plans and medication forms.


ASTHMA- (2 PAGES)

https://resources.finalsite.net/images/v1577381589/edisonk12njus/ida65ud3pgjp7h6mcahb/Asthma-Treatment-Plan-STUDENT-MAY-2017.pdf


SEVERE ALLERGY TREATMENT PLAN- (2 PAGES)

https://resources.finalsite.net/images/v1577381589/edisonk12njus/kfb6fgadkf2c3uuewmup/Form30A.pdf


MEDICATIONS NOT INCLUDED IN A TREATMENT PLAN (Including over-the-counter meds)

https://resources.finalsite.net/images/v1577381589/edisonk12njus/hroof0w8v7gv6cbl7llf/Form7.pdf



Medications are not permitted in school without a doctor’s order and medications

CANNOT BE DROPPED OFF OR PICKED UP by students.


Please send me an email when the form/s have been completed and signed by the doctor and a parent/guardian, letting me know when you are available to drop off the form/s and the medication/s to school.


Please note that medications must be in their original, pharmacy labeled container and can only be dropped off with the proper documentation.


Thank you for your attention and cooperation in this matter and enjoy your spring break!!


Kathleen Sclafani, RN BSN CSN-NJ

Certified School Nurse

James Monroe Elementary School

732-452-2970 x 62004

732-452-2975 (fax)

kathleen.sclafani@edison.k12.nj.us

James Monroe School

James Monroe will begin a hybrid model on March 1st. Please call or email the school with any questions.