Strathmore Elementary School

March Newsletter

Mrs. K Bera, Principal

March Events

  • March 1 Read Across America (Wacky Wednesday)
  • March 2 Read Across America (Wear your Strathmore shirts to welcome our guest readers)
  • March 3 Read Across America (Wear red, white and black like the Cat in the Hat)
  • March 7 Four Hour Session...School dismisses at 1:20PM
  • March 7 Evening conferences
  • March 8 Four Hour Session... School dismisses at 1:20PM
  • March 8 Afternoon Conferences
  • March 10 No School
  • March 14 Grade 2 CoGat Testing
  • March 15 Grade 2 CoGat Testing
  • March 15 Star Student Meeting 7:00 PM cafeteria
  • March 16 Grade 2 CoGat Testing
  • March 16 Art Gala 5:30-7:00
  • March 21 Author Visit
  • March 22 Spring Pictures
  • March 27 BOE meeting at Cambridge Park 7:00 PM
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Congratulations to Mr. Pruitt and the Third Grade Chorus!

On February 28, 2017 the third grade chorus presented the winter concert entitled, "You Can Count on Me". They sang and danced in front of a packed audience. Great job!
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School is closed on March 10, 2017

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Kindergarten Registration for the 2017-2018 School Year will be held on March 25, 2017 & April 1, 2017 from 8:00 AM until 1:00 PM.

Anyone that wishes to enroll their child in the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District Kindergarten Program for the 2017-2018 school year should begin by completing the pre-registration information online. To do that, go to: and complete the pre-registration information. This process will also allow you to schedule your time-slot for the in-person Kindergarten registration on March 25th or April 1st.

In addition, any question or concerns that you may have regarding the Kindergarten registration process and/or necessary paperwork can be addressed by the building secretary and/or principal at the building your child will attend.

Cambridge Park Preschool - 732-705-4000

Cliffwood Elementary School (Grades K-3) - 732-705-5600

Ravine Drive School (Grades K-3)- 732-705-5800

Strathmore Elementary School (Grades K-3) - 732-705-5900

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Gala Hosted in the Gym

Strathmore Elementary School

Thursday, March 16th 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Framed Artwork $25.00 (cash or check)

You’re Invited! - The students have come together to create artwork for a spectacular Art Show celebration. Every student has their own masterpiece framed and on display. You don’t want to miss this.

Take Home Your Framed Art - Purchase your child’s framed original art to proudly display in your home or office. In addition, a percentage of the sales goes directly to your child’s school.

Gifts for the Family - You may also order color reproductions at the Art Show. A framed reproduction of your child’s art is an amazing, personalized gift for friends, grandparents, or other family members.

Ways to Purchase - Attend the school’s Art Show and purchase the framing package for your child’s art. Checks made payable to the school.

We cant wait for our Author visit!

Don't forget to order your books by March 8, 2017 for our Author visit! We will welcome Marci Aboff on March 21, 2017.
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What if You Set a Limit and Your Child Ignores It?

The secret to setting limits effectively is to empathize as you do it.

· Offer empathy, or understanding of why the child is doing the behavior: "It looks like you want your brother to move, so you can get your truck."

· Tell the child what he CAN do, instead: "You can tell your brother, 'Move please!'"

But what if you state an expectation and your child ignores it? It's hard to stay empathic then. This is where most of us start yelling, or casting about for some threat to get our child to do what we want. Luckily, there's a better way.

1. Be sure your limit is reasonable. Sometimes when we listen to our child, we learn something important that helps us re-evaluate our limit.

2. If your limit is essential to you, insist on it. If you let your child have a cookie at the grocery store today, naturally he'll want one next time. It's their job to test the limits; how else will they know what they really are? If you waffle, naturally he'll keep pushing. If you're clear about your limit, your child has the freedom to rail against the limit, to cry and grieve about it, and finally to accept it and move on to a better solution for everyone.

3. Connect. Don't try to give instructions or requests from across the room. Move in close. Touch her arm, make a comment on what she's doing to connect with her, then set your limit

4. Say it once. If you keep repeating yourself, you're training your child to ignore you until you raise your voice! If your child doesn't respond to your first request, you haven't connected and gotten his attention. Go back to Step 3 and look him in the eye. Remember, kids WANT to connect with parents who are warmly reaching out. If you're on the warpath, any child in his right mind will resist you.

5. Don't give up and don't give in. If you're serious about this limit, then act like it. (If you aren't, then state that you see how much this means to your child and you're willing to be flexible for another ten minutes, or whatever.) But if you think it's an important limit and you give in ("Ok, I guess you can keep playing that game, but don't come crying to me when someone gets hurt! "), you're training your child to ignore your requests. That will just make your next limit harder to set. (Laure Markham, Ph.D)

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How Would You Score on a Parenting Report Card?

Your child will bring home many report cards while in school. Now is a good time to grade yourself. Are you doing all you can to boost your child’s school success?

Answer yes or no to the questions below (remember—no one will sign or see this report card):

___1.Do you maintain a good relationship with your child’s teachers?

___2.Do you read regularly as a family?

___3.Do you require your child to do his/ her own homework, but explain concepts when he/she needs you to?

___4.Do you encourage your child to try her best every day?

___5.Do you teach your child important values, like fair play, honesty and respect for others?

How well are you doing?

More yes answers mean you are doing your best to be a good parent. For each no, try that idea from the quiz.

Copyright (c) 2017 The Parent Institute, a Division of NIS, Inc.

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Could Your Child Be A Gifted Underachiever?

All the tests show that your child is very bright. But her report card gives a different picture. Teachers say your child is disorganized. She doesn’t finish her work. She isn’t interested in what’s going on in class. As a result, her grades are low or dropping.

All children have strengths and weaknesses. Parents should not expect a child—even a gifted child—to be equally strong in every subject. But when your child’s achievement is well below her ability, it’s time to take action.

Talk to your child’s teacher. It may be that your child is bored in school. The teacher might allow her to work on a project that would let her creativity shine. As you talk, discuss ways that you and the teacher can work together to help your child. You both want to be on the same team to see that your child is appropriately challenged in school.

Look for after-school activities that match your child’s strengths. There, your child will meet kids who share her interests.

Finally, ask your child’s pediatrician how to find out if your child may have learning disabilities (LD). Gifted children with LD may not get the help they need for either their giftedness or their LD without a parent’s help.

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