Stafford Schools Monthly Newsletter

December 2022

Superintendent's Message

It is a very festive time of year here and both students and staff are buzzing with holiday excitement as they move throughout the halls in each of our schools. I am proud of everything students and staff have accomplished in 2022 and I cannot wait to see what 2023 has in store.


As a reminder, Friday, December 23rd is an early dismissal day and we will return from winter break on Monday, January 2nd. I hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday season. May the New Year bring you happiness and good health.


Happy Holidays!


Sincerely,

George J. Chidiac

Superintendent of Schools

FRONT OF THE CLASS: NOVEMBER HIGHLIGHTS

OXYCOCUS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Oxycocus opened the month with Community Helper Week. The Stafford Township Police Department, Stafford Fire Department, and EMS came to the building to show their vehicles and talk to the students about what they do. The students dressed as various community helpers throughout the week while parents sent video clips of their jobs. Students also learned about the change of seasons, the fall, and Thanksgiving themed lessons.

RONALD L. MEINDERS PRIMARY LEARNING CENTER

PLC started the month of November by honoring our military. The staff and students wore red, white and blue and completed lessons that focused on the importance of our military. PLC also celebrated World Kindness Day. This is a day that promotes the importance of being kind to each other, to yourself, and to the world.

OCEAN ACRES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Ms. Redling, from the Intermediate School, taught our cafeteria playground assistants the Heimlich maneuver. The 50th Day of School was celebrated with the staff and students dressing in their best Greaser and Doo Wop attire. The month ended with staff participating in a staff choice certified staff meeting.

MCKINLEY AVENUE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

For a short month, November was full of activity for the McKinley Mustangs! First marking period report cards were issued and parents/guardians had the opportunity to meet with staff in traditional fashion. Thanksgiving break was here before we knew it and the Mustangs had time to enjoy their family and friends and reflect on all that we are thankful for.

INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL

Mrs. Ruiz, assisted by Mrs. Georgeson and Mrs. McAvoy, put together a fantastic presentation for Veterans Day. She arranged for Vets to come in and speak to our 5th graders about their service for our country. Students were able to ask questions to gain a deeper understanding. Our MD students had a wonderful time at The Field of Dreams in Toms River. While it was cold out, they enjoyed their time there and look forward to going back. We finished up the month with 4 days of successful parent/teacher conferences. The first marking period was a great success!