Ravine Drive School

February Newsletter

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Upcoming Events


1 - School Spirit Day

6 - Grade 3 Choral Program - 7:00

8 - Stranger Danger Assembly Gr. K - 3

11 - Report Cards Available on the Parent Portal

18 - School Closed

21- PTO Meeting - 7:00

22 - PTO Roller Magic 5:00 - 7:00 at 270 Stevens Avenue N. South Amboy

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Congratulations to our Educators of the Year!

Congratulations to Ms. Lenihan, who was named Ravine Drive School's Teacher of the Year and Mrs. Kapadia who was named Educational Services Professional of the Year. Thank you Ms. Lenihan and Mrs. Kapadia for all you do for the students at Ravine Drive School!

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Grade 3 Choral Program

The 3rd Grade Winter Concert will be held on Wednesday February 6th at 7:00 PM in the Ravine Drive School Gym.

We are very excited to show you how hard our 3rd graders have been working on their music!
Please note the following:

  • Students should arrive to Ravine Drive School at 6:45 p.m. through the Front Door.

  • Students are asked to wear a white top with black bottoms.

  • For safety reasons, students should not wear heels.

  • To add “pizzaz” to their outfits students are encouraged to wear accessories (belts, suspenders, ties, hair doo dads etc. -- NO HATS) in “glittery gold” or “shimmering silver”. This is optional.

Thank you,

Ms. Sardoni

Ravine Drive Music Teacher

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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Dear Parents/Guardians:

We are excited to announce that Kindergarten registration for the 2019-2020 school year will begin 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 . Registration for current Cambridge Park Preschool students will begin the week of March 18, 2019.

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 HERE to reserve a date and time. For any cancellations, changes, or if all slots are full, please contact the Central Registrar.

Resident Neighborhood School

Registration Dates

(by appointment only)

Cliffwood Elementary School

Weeks of February 4-7 & March 4-7

Strathmore Elementary School

Weeks of February 11-14 & March 11-14

Ravine Drive Elementary School

Weeks of February 18-21 & March 18-21

Current Cambridge Park Preschool Students

Weeks of March 18-21 & March 25-28

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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Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Tuesday, March 5th (Evening) and Wednesday, March 6th (Afternoon). Notices have been sent home and are available on the Virtual Backpack. If you haven't done so already, please reach out to your child's teacher to schedule a conference. This is a great opportunity to learn more about your child's progress.

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Inclement Weather - Delayed Opening Information

In an effort to clarify what a delayed opening entails, listed below are the details to be followed for Ravine Drive School:


· School begins at 10:50 AM

· Students cannot be dropped off prior to 10:40 AM

· School ends the same time as a regular day – 3:35PM

· There is no Y time in the morning for a delayed opening

· There is no breakfast for a delayed opening

With regard to Bus pickup, please add 90 minutes to the time that is listed on your child’s bus pass. For example, if your bus is due to arrive at 8:50 am, in a 90 minutes delayed opening, the time for that bus would be 10:20 AM. The procedure of being at your bus stop about 10 minutes before would still apply in a delayed opening.

We hope the above information will assist you with any confusion regarding a delayed opening.

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A message from Ms. Koch, Ravine Drive's School Nurse

What Are the Benefits of Sports?

Organized sports can help kids grow in many ways. From soccer to fencing, sports offer chances for kids to:

  • learn and master skills
  • work with their peers and coaches
  • challenge themselves in a safe environment
  • learn the value of practice and the challenge of competition

And on top of all that, sports provide fun opportunities for kids to be active.

But before signing your kids up for sports, consider each child's age, personality, and abilities to help make sure that being involved in sports is a positive experience for everyone.

When Should Kids Start Playing Sports?

As you think about signing kids up for organized sports, consider how emotionally and physically ready they are to participate. If they're too young or not ready, it will be frustrating for everyone, and can turn kids off from sports for good.

There are sports programs designed for preschoolers, but it's not until about age 6 or 7 that most kids develop the physical skills and attention span that most sports need. Preschoolers can throw and run, but it usually takes some time before they can coordinate the two skills. And it may not be until kindergarten or first grade before kids understand the rules of the game.

That doesn't mean kids can't play sports when they're younger. Sports can be fun for toddlers and kindergartners, but these should be less about competition and more about learning skills and having fun while being active. So even if young kids inadvertently score a goal for the other team or spend the entire game chasing butterflies, as long as they're enjoying it, that's OK.

If you do decide to sign your 5-year-old up for a team, be sure to choose a league that emphasizes fun and basic skills.

How Can We Choose the Right Sport?

When choosing a sport, consider your child's unique temperament. Some kids are naturally inclined toward team sports, while others may feel more comfortable in activities where the focus is on individual efforts. There's something for everyone — from soccer and baseball for team-oriented kids, to tennis, fencing, karate, dancing, and swimming for kids who'd rather go solo.

Don't be surprised if it takes a few tries — or a few seasons — to find the sport that's right for your child. It often takes time for kids to figure out which activities they enjoy.

Some kids may just not be interested in team sports, but they can still keep fit by engaging in other activities that don't emphasize competition. No matter what they choose, kids should be physically active for at least 60 minutes a day.


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What You Can Do to Promote Reading

Reading is the most basic of all basic skills. Before children can read to learn, they must learn to read. If your child has not yet unlocked the secret of reading, here are some research-based things you can do to help:

  • Surround your child with language. Go to the library and check out lots of books. Make signs to label familiar objects (chair, table, etc.). Repeat silly poems or sing songs with your child. And read, read, read!
  • Make reading a game. Use magnetic letters to spell familiar words on the refrigerator. Encourage your child to make an alphabet book by cutting out magazine or catalog pictures of items that start with various letters.
  • Help your child hear the sounds different letters make when you read together. For example, repeat the sound at the beginning of a word ("c-c-c-cup"). This helps your child see how language is put together. If your child is starting to read, encourage him to try to figure out words on his own. Ask, "How could you figure out what that word says?" or "Does that word make sense here?"
  • Play phonics games. One night at dinner, serve only foods that start with the "b" sound—and then challenge family members to list all the words they can think of that start with that sound. Or play rhyming games—how many words can you each think of that rhyme with "cat"?
  • Talk with your child's teacher. The teacher will want you to set aside time each day for reading. Explain that you want to be a partner in helping your child learn this important school skill.

Copyright (c) 2019 The Parent Institute, a Division of NIS, Inc.

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Idea of the Day

Help your child make her own dictionary with spelling or vocabulary words.

Copyright (c) 2019 The Parent Institute, a Division of NIS, Inc.

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  • We ask that all Parents/Guardians please make sure to update any changes in phone numbers or contacts in the Parent Portal. Should you need to remove anyone from your contacts, please send a note to the Main Office, and we can remove the person for you. Unfortunately, the system does not allow you to do that on your own at this time.

  • As a reminder, when entering the building please do not hold the door open for other visitors. All guests must be buzzed in after they are announced. While we appreciate the kind gesture, please help us to continue to improve building security.

  • As a reminder, please bring photo identification if you are signing your child out of school or visiting the school.