District News

March 7, 2019

2019-2020 Schedule of Board of Education Meeting Dates

Please click here to view the approved Board Meeting dates for the 2019-2020 school year. The meeting dates and the Board Minutes are also available on our district website.

15th Annual Joanne Kerekes Student Art Gallery

Please join us for the 15th Annual Joanne Kerekes Student Art Gallery on Thursday, April 4, where selected artworks from K-12 students from all over the South Brunswick School District will be on display. The gallery is housed in the Annex Gym of South Brunswick High School and is open to the public on the evening of April 4 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. There will also be a Sneak Peek from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on that evening, but please note that art teachers will not be present at that time.

On that night, the art teachers will be selecting pieces from each school for inclusion

in the school District’s 2019-2020 calendar.

We invite you—and your family—to visit the Gallery and view the many works of art that will be on display. There will be no formal presentations, so you can come for a visit anytime between the hours indicated. Please click here for additional information.

TECH STORM off to quite a start.

Thanks so much for your interest in our first ever Tech Storm that was offered to grades 4-12! The response has been much larger than we expected, (this is a great problem to have!) and we see that we have tapped into something good!

To build an event like this, we need parameters to make it successful and safe. We have expanded to a second session and are looking at having about 3 times as many students as we originally planned! We will continue to look to expand and are keeping the wait list open so we see the expanse of the interest, This will help us to create more opportunities for more sessions like this in the future.

If your child is registered and cannot attend, please contact Tracey.Ricco@sbschools.org as soon as possible to free up spots on our waiting list.

We are so excited about all the interest and we look to always serve our students in the best possible way. Thanks again for your interest and support!

Go to smore.com/8fbsd to be added to the wait list. Thank you.

NJSLA (formerly PARCC) Grade 3 Parent Information Night

Each year we hold an information night for parents of students who will be taking the standardized test for the first time. Please click here for information regarding the Grade 3 Parent Information Night for NJSLA testing taking place on Wednesday, March 13th from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Brooks Crossing Elementary School.

Strategic Planning "Large Bucket" Planning Teams

There is still time to join one of our planning team groups in working through brainstorming protocols that will begin to flesh out the top priorities for our plan. Please click here for more information.

Please see the following 4 planning themes and examples of the kind of questions we will hope to be answering.

Click here to RSVP to be part of one of the planning teams listed below:

3/11 - 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Mental Wellness - How might we best support our students and staff in the areas that impact stress, feelings of safety and belonging, being valued and supported? Many categories align here and can be explored during this next phase.

3/12 - 6:00 PM - Planning for Growth - How might we manage the impact on school facilities, safety, crowding, transportation and other issues associated with operations of the district considering the expected building of potentially 5,000 new homes in the next 5-7 years? How might we develop systems to welcome these new families?

3/27 - 6:00 - 9:00 PM - Academic Programming - How might we maintain our high level programming while also opening doors and identifying pathways for all students towards college and career? How might we tie-in to various structures that allow students to focus on specific subject matter? How might we balance all things that happen in a child’s education and school experience incorporating real life learning opportunities?

3/28 - 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Supporting Struggling Learners - How might we best support our underperforming students who struggle with school for any multitude of reasons? How might we structure our supports with English language learners, students with special needs or students who do not perfectly fit the mold of school?

So, if this opportunity speaks to you, please select one of the overarching topics above (if really ambitious, you may select a second as well) and RSVP to join us. Registration is required so we can plan accordingly. We will email all those that register with location and further details.

Frozen Junior Auditions! - Grades 2-9

New Jersey Repertory Theatre will be holding auditions for their production of Frozen jr! Do you want to build a snowman? Auditions will be held on March 8th and 11th at Crossroads South Middle School. Please click here for additional information.

Parent Academy Upcoming Workshop - Social Media Symposium III

Please join us at our upcoming South Brunswick Parent Academy workshop entitled the Social Media Symposium III for parents and students from 4th grade and above. The workshop will be held at Crossroads North Middle School on Saturday, March 23rd beginning at 8:15 am with a complimentary breakfast and continuing until 12:30 pm. Please note that there is NO childcare available for this workshop. Please click here for additional information including registration. Be sure to look at page 2 as parent and student-led discussions is explained.

Support the Class of 2019! March Restaurant of the Month

Please click on the following link for the flier that you will need to bring to On The Border Restaurant on Thursday, March 14th (either the Princeton or New Brunswick location) and Project Graduation will get 20% of sales donated back! Support your Seniors!! On The Border flier.

22nd Annual Leadership Conference and Career Pathways

The South Brunswick Commission on Woman announces the 22nd Annual Leadership Conference and Career Pathways being held on March 30th 2019 at SBHS. This year they are very pleased to announce that they have gone paperless and will be doing a 100% on-line registration process. As a reminder the conference is open to all 8th to 12th grade students of South Brunswick.

For more information and access to the registration portal, please visit sites.google.com/view/sbwomenscommission Although registration closes on March 17th 2019, they encourage early registration to ensure participation in workshop of choice. There is free admission, breakfast and lunch included and lots of opportunities to network with professionals in the field!

Please click here for additional information.

Remember Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday, March 10th at 2:00 a.m. Remember to turn your clocks forward before you go to bed that night..

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