Lloyd Road School Newsletter

September 2018

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Welcome Home to Lloyd Road!

Welcome to Lloyd Road for the 2018-19 school year!

Opening week has arrived and we are all set to get this year rolling. Each summer is always great for everyone to take a breather, reflect, and rejuvenate for a new school year.

Each year all schools decide on a few focus goals that will be the areas of concentration throughout the year. After reflection and collaboration our focus goal areas for this year are the following:

1. Our English Language Arts (ELA) and Social Studies team members have narrowed down our writing instruction and learning as their focus area. Our work in writing will be to develop a stronger writing program through adding more supplemental resources for the yearly writing themes and to assure we are using consistent writing instructional practices and rubric scoring. Last year we focused on the Reading portion of our ELA blocks of instructional time with our new Literacy By Design program, so this year we are working on the Writing portion.

2. Our Math and Science team members have chosen to continue focusing on developing a consistent approach to teaching multi-step problem solving instruction and for providing students practice at varying skill levels.

3. Our co-teaching team members are working on exploring effective co-teaching practices that foster student learning, increase achievement, and build cohesive professional relationships.

4. All of Lloyd Road will work to promote a positive school culture and climate, with a focus on promoting equity and diversity among all members of the school community.

Lastly, and to keep our overall operational philosophy simple, we are emphasizing for all of our Lloyd Road staff and students to NEVER GIVE LESS THAN OUR BEST in all that we do whether it be teaching, learning, managing, playing, leading, interacting, etc.

Mr. Jerabek & Mrs. Olsen

Principal & Assistant Principal

Monthly Dates to Remember

You can find detailed information on some of these events in our Lloyd Road School Virtual Backpack.


6th--- First day of school (full day 8:40-3:05)

6th---PTO Mums sale begins

10th-11th--- School closed: Rosh Hashanah

12th--- Students begin Math program pre-assessment

12th---PTO Smencil sale starts

17th--- One day this week students take new Reading & Math Link it benchmarks

18th--- PTO mum orders due and PTO Yankee candle sale starts

19th--- School closed: Yom Kippur

21st--- District meal applications due to homeroom teacher

(hard copies were sent home 9/6 but also available online at click here)

24th--- Board of Education meeting at the high school

25th--- Back to School Night (Details are below)

25th---PTO Smencil sale orders due and PTO spirit wear sale starts

26th--- Fall student & class photos

27th--- Title 1 Parent meeting at Cliffwood at 6:30

28th--- PTO mum pick-up 2:45-4:30 on blacktop across from playground between building

29th--- Aberdeen Day at the High School 12-4pm

Arrival and Dismissal procedures 2018-19

Arrival Notes:

- All doors open at 8:40 each morning.

- Students entering from the designated areas then report directly to homeroom unless they are getting breakfast from the cafeteria. If they are getting breakfast from the cafeteria they stop there first then report to homeroom by 8:50.

- Students arriving by car, walking, or by bus should enter the building as soon as the doors open at 8:40.

- The front driveway along the sidewalk is for buses only.

- Do not park on Lloyd Road as cars have received tickets in the past from the Aberdeen Police Dept.

Dismissal notes:

- Walkers and car riders are dismissed first at 3:05.

- Walkers should not wait around after dismissal to meet up with students dismissing to buses.

- Parents picking up by car have to locate a marked parking spot to park in to then pick up from the designated dismissal door.

- If a student is ever unsure of how he/she will get home on a given day they should talk with his/her teacher, a staff member on duty, or the main office. One of the staff can then contact home to make sure how the child will dismiss.

*If a parent wants a child to walk home or dismiss to be picked up by car the parent should

send in a note on the first day noting how the child will dismiss.

*If a parent wants their child to be able to walk home from the school bus without an adult a

bus release form needs to be completed and sent into the transportation department.

Click here to locate the bus stop release form.

See arrival and dismissal visuals below

LR Parent Portal

The Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District’s Parent Portal will be open to all district parents once again. The Parent Portal provides a school/home connection by providing electronic communication and information opportunities via our district web page. We will also use the portal for parent conference sign up as it gets closer to the conferences January 14-17.

If you are not set up for the Parent Portal you will need to contact one of our secretaries in our main office for it to be activated for you. This feature is both secure and easy to use. If you forget your password you can reset it on the portal site and a new password will be emailed to you. Also, you may update your contact information in the Parent Portal.

Most school district communication will be delivered through your contact phone number and email from the Parent Portal. This includes flyers/notices, snow closings, delayed openings, and early dismissals, so ​it is very important any contact numbers and emails are kept updated in the Parent Portal. Please check that you have an email address entered in the Portal and that it is correct.

Chartwells Food Services

Chartwells, the district's food service provider, is now using Nutrislice to publish school menus. This is a new and interactive website and free smartphone app, which allows you to access school menus anywhere and anytime. Click the link below to check out the new site, or download the app to your smartphone for mobile access. You can also review the flyer available through the link below for more details. Nutrislice app information

New and easy-to-use features include:

  • More information about menu items, including a photo and description
  • Filter for common food allergens like nuts, wheat and dairy
  • A translation feature to translate your menus into a number of different languages
  • Access to nutrition information like carbohydrate counts and calories with just a few clicks
  • Print a pdf version of the menus directly from the website

Visit our September virtual backpack to view addition food service information including 2018-19 meal prices.

Chartwells is also looking for lunch and recess aides to work in schools during lunch/recess hours in various schools either in permanent or substitute position.

If you have any questions about food services or open positions, please contact Chartwells at 732-705-5320.

2018-19 Meal Applications due September 21


Applications can be downloaded and filled out. A paper application will be sent home with each student on the 1st day of school. Schools will also have a supply of paper applications.

Below is information regarding the Free & Reduced Meal Program. A new application must be completed each school year in order to be eligible for Free & Reduced Meals. Please fill out the application if you wish to apply for Free & Reduced Meals. List all students on the same application, only one application per household is necessary. Return the application to school with your youngest child or email the application to dgascot@marsd.org by September 21.

If you choose not to apply we still need families to return the cover letter sent with the application with your desire not to apply at this time.

Detailed information along with the cover letter and applications can be found on the district's food service website at https://www.marsd.org/Page/239

In Search of Responsible September Students of the Month

Our Student of the Month program will continue, and we are starting the year with an emphasis on our Responsibility theme for September. Throughout each month we focus on the theme while also reviewing past themes because they all tie together. At the end of each month one student from each homeroom is nominated for their class. Their names are announced, and they are invited to eat lunch with the principal and assistant principal. Students bring their lunch but a snack is provided along with a Student of the Month certificate, bumper sticker, cup, and pencil. Students' photographs are also posted on our front hallway STAR STUDENTS award board.
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After school activities:

After School Homework Hour:

Homework hour is an hour after school in which students in Grades 4 and 5 can stay after school on the chosen days to complete any homework they may have. There will be a teacher supervising the program, and the teacher can assist with questions when possible, but it is important to note that this is not a tutoring program. Homework hour will be available 3:20-4:20 Monday through Thursday. If a hard copy is needed ask your child to stop in the office. The program will begin on Monday, September 24 and end on Thursday, May 23.

The after school homework program application can be found in the September virtual backpack. https://www.marsd.org/Page/15216

After school clubs:

The after school club interest form will be sent home the week of October 1.

YMCA before and after school care program

Before school care is available through the YMCA starting each morning at 7 AM. After school care through the YMCA then goes to 6PM. Morning drop off and evening pick up is located in the back of the building in the cafeteria at door 5. Call the YMCA directly for more information. 732-566-9266 at 201 Broad Street.

The YMCA also has open part time employment opportunities in all district schools for aides, assistant site supervisors, and site supervisors. Contact the YMCA directly if you want more information. 732-566-9266 ext. 606. See this link for additional details.


Lloyd Road School Counselor information

This year Ms. Kinsella will be Lloyd Road School's full time counselor and main contact for both Grade 4 and Grade 5 as counselor Mrs. Alvarez will be splitting time between Lloyd Road approximately 2 days per week and the preschool in the role as a social worker the remaining days. Mrs. Alvarez will still be very much involved in our Lloyd Road School guidance department but fewer days of the week. Any time you feel your child may need to talk with someone about a concern they are having please do not hesitate to have him/her reach out the a school counselor.

Nurse's Corner:

Please be sure to make the nurse aware of any health concerns your child might have. Also update her on any changes that have occurred since the last time she has seen your child. Updates can be emailed to Mrs. Pruess or written and submitted to the nurses office. Any new concerns should be called in to her.

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The Education Foundation September donation drive letter and information can be found in our September virtual backpack as well as the Foundation's section on the District website under the Community tab.