The Monroe Messenger
A Message from the Principal
Dear James Monroe Families,
February is always a busy and fast month with the hundredth day of school (I know...we can't believe it either!), Valentine's Day, President's Day, Black History Month and more. There is always so much to learn and accomplish. We feel it is even more criticial with the unending sadness in the news, that we slow down and emphasize the social emotional skill of kindness.
Our February theme will be kindness! Each and every morning, we recite the Monroe Motto which includes these simple but powerful words "Choose Kindness", however we will practice ways to show acts of kindness throughout our day, both at school and at home. We hope you will join us in this mission!
We look forward to seeing you this month at our upcoming PTO Someone Special Dance on February 10th.
Cynthia Tufaro, principal
Maggie Callahan, assistant principal
IMPORTANT ARRIVAL PROCEDURE UPDATE FOR CLUBS AND ACADEMY
Please follow these procedures due to increased traffic in the circle each morning because of before school activities. ALWAYS DRIVE SAFELY AND SLOWLY AROUND THE SCHOOL.
Academy/ESL Club/ Rainbows
Pull up to the main circle. If there is space, pull ahead of the front main doors.
Parents remain in the vehicle and make sure your child is ready to exit the vehicle with their backpack.
Do not leave children unattended. Teachers open the doors at 8:00 a.m.
Clubs (Robotics, Media, Chorus, Sports)
Pull up to the side door (door #6 or gym doors for sports club).
Parents remain in the vehicle and make sure your child is ready to exit the vehicle with their backpack.
Do not leave children unattended. Do not arrive before the start time for your child’s club.
Monroe has the Heart of a Giant!
Music Filled the Air
Our music program thrives at James Monroe with more than 100 students involved in band, orchestra and chorus. On January 19th, Mrs. Sanchez and Ms. Ford showcased their talent at our Winter Concert. In just four short months, the children have learned how to read music and perform songs. We are so proud of our students for the extra time and practice it takes to accomplish this skill!
Introducing our New Rock Wall
It's here! Wishes do come true! Special thanks to the Edison Board of Education for granting our physical education teachers, Mrs. Reif and Mr. Fernandez funds to install a rock wall in our gym. This new feature benefits the entire school community. Over the course of the month, students will be introduced to the rock wall in classes and learn safety tips for climbing. This is really going to ROCK their world!
Makerspace Donations Needed
We are currently in the process of restocking our “Makerspace” area in our library. The Makerspace allows students to create, collaborate, engineer, design and develop problem solving skills! However, in order for all of these wonderful things to happen for our students, we need your help! If you are able, we would appreciate any donation that you are willing to provide! Please do not send anymore cardboard. Thank you!
Students Designing in the Makerspace
Kids Heart Challenge
Our Physical Education teachers are bringing the American Heart Association's “Kids Heart Challenge” back to James Monroe! With your help and support, students can register online and donate towards this program. The program is trying to teach our students to keep their hearts and brains healthy and get moving with fun activities.
All money donated will go to the American Heart Association which supports scientific research and accelerating science, improving quality of medical care, preventing e-cigarette and tobacco use in youth, and improving nutrition. The Kids Heart Challenge will run the week of February 21st - 24th during all physical education classes. The students will participate in fun station activities to get their bodies moving and heart pumping regardless of donations.
If you would like to donate, please use the link below to register your child and donate.
James Monroe Elementary School Kids Heart Challenge
If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Reif or Mr. Fernandez
First Grade Culture Carnival
First grade classes came together for a celebration of our rich and diverse community. Parents took a museum walk through our gallery and students had an opportunity to present information about the culture they selected research! We are very proud of everyone's hard work and thank the first grade teachers for planning this special event.
Whoo's in the News- January Edition
Our January edition of Whoo's in the News is a collaborative production by the Media Club! We are so proud of our students for creating such a wonderful highlight video for the month of January!
We are always excited to share accomplishments by our students with the school community! Please let us know any "Happy News".
Yasmine Echchachoui in 5th grade proudly represented James Monroe this year at Edison's Martin Luther King's Observance Contest, and she was amongst the winners for her artwork. Congratulations!
Winter Weather Advisory
ARRIVAL - Please check the owl sign in the front window for arrival procedures daily depending on the weather/temperature. An announcement will be made as well. Students will enter the building at 8:45 a.m. on inclement weather days.
- DO NOT ARRIVE BEFORE 8:45 A.M.
- DRESS WARMLY
- ALL FAMILIES MUST WAIT ON THE SIDE BLACKTOP AREAS.
DRESS FOR PLAY - Please remember to check the weather for the need for WARM coats, gloves, scarves and hats. We will go outside for recess as long as the "real feel" is above 32 degrees for healthy fresh air and exercise!
Black History Month
Read about the ways our classrooms are incorporating Black History Month.
- Our library will feature NASA scientist Katherine Johnson as well as supporting the teachers and students with finding resources related to the topic. Mrs. Somes will read aloud, "Counting on Katherine".
- Students in our SC classes will be reading a Scholastic article about Marshall Major Taylor, an African American cyclist and Reading A to Z books that highlight African American achievements.
- Kindergarten is learning and discussing accomplishments from African American heroes in the arts, math, science and history fields. Each week of February we will "Spotlight" a new hero!
- First grade classes will incorporate read alouds, discussions and scholastic news articles. As an extension of what we learned about Dr. Martin Luther King, jr., we will talk about Rosa Parks and her bus ride for freedom. There are books on our display stand for the students to explore. There is also a Scholastic News on Black History Month that we will complete.
- Second grade classes will be conducting a variety of lessons including introducing famous Black Americans during morning meetings. Students will hear the read aloud "Mae Among the Stars" and then conduct their own STEM Parachute Challenge. Students will also create a brochure about her.
- Third grade classes will read about famous Black Americans and pair it with a writing response. Students will be able to research someone that they are interested in and explain how the person was influential.
- Students in fourth grade will be researching famous African American heroes. They will construct a craft of their person and then present their findings to the class.
- Fifth graders will actively learn about being inclusive and equitable. Students will read articles from the Center for Racial Justice in Education. These readings will help us better understand unacknowledged contributions that people of color make every day. We will also use “Teaching Tolerance” to learn the history behind Black History Month.
- Mrs. Emmich will highlight the contributions of black engineers throughout the month in her G&T classes and when she visits classrooms.
Calling All Poets!
The Young American Poetry Society is looking for entries to publish in this year’s digest. If interested, please pick up an entry form from the Library. You may return your original poems to the Library and they will be mailed in to be reviewed by their committee. They feature Haiku poetry but all forms of poetry are welcome. Poems must be 80 words or less. Poems are due to the Library by March 10th. For more information please visit www.youngpoets.org We are looking forward to seeing our creative Owls at work!
Scholastic Book Fair
Each class will get the chance to visit the Scholastic Book Fair during the school day during January 30th - February 1st. You can also preview the books or make purchases online using this link. Shop with your child during the Book Fair Bingo event held on Februrary 1st at 6 pm.
Use this link to shop online if you can't visit in person.
Credit cards are accepted online.
Book Fair Bingo - February 1st
Join us for some shopping and bingo on February 1st from 6:00 - 7:30 pm. Children can win prizes and families will have time to shop together at the Book Fair.
Multicultural Night - March 15th - Volunteers Needed!
We are getting ready for our upcoming Multicultural Night and seek families to volunteer. Click here if you are interested in helping. https://forms.gle/rfbFZWysX66rGi8T9
PTO meeting - February
Please join us in the cafeteria or virtually at or next PTO meeting on February 7th at 6:00 pm. A link will be shared to join virtually as well before the meeting.
Drama Club News
Drama Club News
“There’s no mountain too great. Hear those words and have faith…”
These are the words Rafiki tells Simba and words that our James Monroe community has continued to instill in our students- Nothing is too great when we come together.
This year, the James Monroe Drama Club, under the direction of Mrs. Meagan Sanchez and Mrs. Lisa Romeo, has decided to journey to Pride Rock where teamwork and the power of believing in yourself reign.
We started out this year’s production of The Lion King Kids , in December at our interest meeting and received a record 159 responses from grades 3 through 5.
Students participated in a Q & A session with the directors to learn about the various Drama Club opportunities. 50 students decided they wanted to be considered for a featured role. This year, students had the opportunity to submit a FlipGrid audition reel and sing a few bars of The Circle of Life! From that group, 30 third through fifth graders participated in a week-long audition process where they read some lines from the script and interacted with other actors. The directors listened to them perform dialogue and monologues from different characters. This intense process proved challenging this year as we had such a large pool of talent from which to choose.
When the leads were announced, the smiles on not only the faces of the actors but their fellow castmates were joyful beyond belief . The rewards are tenfold as this experience provides such a sense of community and truly speaks to our building mantra: #choosekindness.
We look forward to starting rehearsals in February, and working together to tell the story of The Lion King!
Stay tuned for forthcoming information for interested students in grade K-2 to be a part of our opening numbers!
A Message from Mrs. Sclafani - School Nurse
FEBRUARY HEALTH NEWS
1) If your student has received new immunizations, i.e. flu shots, covid-19 vaccinations, and/or other immunizations that have been due upon enrollment to the Edison School District, kindly send the updated vaccine record to the health office through email, or your student’s backpack.. If you are not certain if your child is up to date on his/her immunizations, kindly send me an email @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
2) Edison Health Department Immunization Clinic: School Age Immunizations are offered once a month for Children from Edison without health insurance. Appointments are required. Call 732-248-7286 for dates and appointments. Schools and child care centers are audited for compliance with State mandated requirements. The next Immunization clinic is on: January 25, 2023 3:30pm to 6pm located at the Dr. William Toth Memorial Health Center 80 Idlewild Rd, Edison, NJ 08817.
3) February is National Children's Dental Health Month
2023 NCDHM Campaign
The February 2023 National Children's Dental Health Month is brought to you by the ADA. This month-long national health observance brings together thousands of dedicated professionals, healthcare providers, and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers and many others.
Check out this link: For Parents
This year's NCDHM campaign slogan is
"Brush, Floss, Smile!"
Call to schedule an appointment and to see if your child qualifies for a free dental visit in the
“Give Kids a Smile” event beginning on Friday February 3, 2023 for the whole month of February!! Please take advantage of this essential service for your students' health.
Feb 2, 2023
JFK Dental Clinic- Edison- (732) 321-7608
Feb 3, 2023
ABC Smiles Family & Children’s Dentistry-Perth Amboy- (732) 997-6453
Dr. Lydia David- Perth Amboy- (732) 826-0210
East Brunswick Dental Studio- (732) 613-1931
KidZdent- Old Bridge- (732) 679-2323
Kids Smile,PC- Monmouth Junction- (732) 297-5200
Lake Family Dentistry- Colonia- (732) 388-2822
RWJBH Dental Clinic-New Brunswick- (732) 828-3000
Feb. 14 -
Amboy Dental Arts- South Amboy- (732) 826-1530
Feb. 22 -
Dental Hygiene School- Edison- (732) 906-2580
Edison Dental Arts– (732) 494-7575
Feb. 24 -
Jewish Renaissance Foundation-Edison- (732) 324- 2114
For other NJ counties and dates of service, look at this link:
HEALTH ALERT TO ALL PARENTS AND STUDENTS
Many students are being sent to school with symptoms of infectious illness after receiving medications to hide fevers and other illness symptoms. Choosing to do this directly affects all students and their families, and all faculty and their families during this infectious Influenza and Virus season.
James Monroe School has students and staff who cannot fight off infection as well as other children and adults, which may land them in the hospital. Please contact me if you are unsure if your child needs to stay home to avoid causing illness to their friends, classmates and teachers.
Choices affect more than just one family.
PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHERS! Thank you 🙂
Kindly Consult This Chart For Assistance
Breakfast and Lunch Information
Children can purchase snacks after they eat lunch on Tuesday and Thursdays!