Ravine Drive School

April Newsletter

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Upcoming Events


12 - 16 - NJSLA Testing - Math

17 and 29 - NJSLA Testing - Make-Ups

18 - Bicycle Safety Assembly

19 - 28 - Spring Break - School Closed

29 - School Reopens

Introducing New Staff Members

Mrs. Morales will be joining the Ravine Drive Staff as our School Nurse beginning on March 29th. As you may know, Ms. Koch will be leaving us and will be greatly missed. Mrs. Morales has been working closely with Ms. Koch, getting to know our students and families. Mrs. Morales can be reached through her email address, cmorales@marsd.org . Welcome Mrs. Morales. We will miss you Ms. Koch.

Ms. Butler will also be joining the Ravine Drive Staff on March 29th. She will be part of our first grade team during Mrs. Buchanan's absence. Ms. Butler has previously worked in the district and can be reached through her email address, lbutler@marsd.org. She is excited to begin working with our students. Welcome Ms. Butler! We will miss you Mrs. Buchanan!

Kiss and Drop Zone

As a reminder, during arrival, the Kiss and Drop Zone is for drop off only. During arrival, cars should not park in the Kiss and Drop Zone. The Kiss and Drop is only for dropping off students. Staff is present to assist students as they enter the building. If you would like to walk your child to the entrance, please use the parking lot to park your car. This is for the safety of our families. Thank you for your understanding.
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Routines Set the Stage for Success

Teachers know that students want—and need—routines. And studies show that successful students tend to follow well-established routines at home as well as in school.

The repetition involved in following routines helps students learn to organize their lives. It gives them a foundation that helps them be responsible, keep track of schedules and belongings, and care for themselves and those around them. To provide this foundation at home:

  • Assign regular chores, and time frames in which your child should do them.
  • Schedule regular times for reading, play, clubs and sports.
  • Establish regular mealtimes and bedtime.
  • Set a regular time and place for your child to do homework and study.

To help your child stick to the routines, write them down. Post checklists in prominent places. Eventually, your child will follow daily routines without even having to think about it.

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Kindergarten Registration for the 2019-2020 School Year

Kindergarten Registration for the 2019-2020 School Year


Dear Parents/Guardians:

We are excited to announce that Kindergarten registration for the 2019-2020 school year began on February 4, 2019, following the schedule below. Kindergarten is an exciting and important year for students and their parents, and we are eager to welcome your child to the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District for the 2019-2020 school year.

A child of parent(s) or legal guardian(s) legally domiciled within the district is eligible for entrance into Kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year if he/she attains the age of five on or before October 1, 2019.

Registration for all other grades (1-12) for the 2019-2020 school year will begin in May 2019 by appointment only.

Current Cambridge Park Preschool students are not required to complete the online pre-registration step. However, you will need to register for Kindergarten by following the steps outlined on the Current Cambridge Park PreK Students 2019-2020 Registration Procedures .

The registration process consists of the following 4 steps:

Step 1: Complete the online Pre-Registration Form

The initial step requires the parent/guardian to complete an online pre-registration form prior to an in-person appointment: Online Pre-Registration Click HERE

Please make sure to click on 2019-2020 from the school year drop down list.

If you do not have access to a computer, you may schedule an appointment with the Central Registrar by calling (732) 705-4000 to use one of our chromebooks to complete the online pre-registration prior to your appointment date.

Step 2: Print out & Complete Registration Documents

Print out and complete the remaining registration documents which can be accessed here: Centralized Registration Packet Click HERE If you do not have a printer, please call the Central Registrar at (732) 705-4000.

Step 3: Make an Appointment for In-Person Registration

Once you have submitted the online Pre-Registration application and printed the documents for your appointment, you must select a date and time for your in-person registration appointment using an online calendar. You will reserve a time slot based on the school building your child will be attending in the Fall of 2019. Please choose only one time slot for your appointment. If you have more than one child you are registering, please make note of it on your appointment slot. Please CLICK HEREto reserve a date and time. For any cancellations, changes, or if all slots are full, please contact the Central Registrar.

Step 4: Submit Documents at your Scheduled In-Person Registration Appointment

Appointments will take place at Central Office located at 1 Crest Way in Aberdeen. Please note that missed appointments will need to be rescheduled. If you do not have all your documents on hand at the door, you will be asked to reschedule for another date/time. The documents needed at time of registration appointments are listed here: Central Registration Checklist as well as on our website under the Central Registration tab.

All documents submitted must be in English, and translated documents must be notarized. Only Parents/Guardians need to be present for registration appointments.

Kindergarten Assignment & Orientation

You will receive a letter with your child’s placement in August 2019. This letter will also indicate the time and date of your child’s Kindergarten orientation. During the orientation, your child will have the opportunity to meet with his/her teacher, principal, and take a tour of the school.

If you have a neighbor who has an eligible Kindergarten-aged child, please pass this important
information along to them.

Should you have any questions, please call or email Ms. Ariana Torres, Central Office Registrar at (732) 705-4000 or email registrar@marsd.org.

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Send Your Child on a Word Hunt

Here’s an enjoyable way to build your child’s language skills. Write down a word. Then have your child use its letters to make new words. (For example, the words tea and ate can be made from letters in the word trace.) If your child can’t spell yet, just have her hunt for letters.

You can do this with holiday or seasonal words. Or pick a word that matches your child’s interests. Try having your child see how many words she can find in watermelon or rhinoceros.

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Follow us on Twitter!

As a reminder, I have started using Twitter as another way to share photos, news and more to Ravine Drive families. If you use Twitter, you can follow us @RavineDrive. Our tweets can also be found on our school website or by clicking this link.

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Idea of the Day

Have your child use yarn to create two different shapes, each with five sides. Repeat with six or seven sides.

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