Fri, August 29, 2014

WELCOME TO THE 2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR AT

MILFORD BROOK SCHOOL!


Passage Point: Visitor Registration & Login

Please use the link below to register your visit.

http://passagepoint.mers.k12.nj.us:2080/pp/wi1

If you have not yet registered for use of the program, please refer to the directions by clicking HERE.

 

Important Dates to Note

New Student Orientation - Gr. 2-5

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Kindergarten Visitation

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 8:00 AM.

A mailing with more information will be sent home mid-August.

Keep checking back at the website for updates.

1st Grade Orientation

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 9:30 AM

A mailing with more information will be sent home mid-August.

Keep checking back at the website for updates.

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

School re-opens on Thursday, September 4, 2014 for a FULL day. 

Milford Brook hours for students are 9:20 AM to 3:40 PM.

The parent portal will open on August 22nd with placement information.

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

More information will be sent home/backpacked on the first day of school in your Milford Brook folder.


Important Update About the 2014-2015 School Year: The Parent Portal and Summer Mailings

Parent Portal Reopens August 22nd

for Student Placement

The Milford Brook Parent Portal will reopen on August 22nd to allow parents access their child's placement.

Students entering Kindergarten: A packet will be mailed home the third week in August which will include teacher placement, bus information, and information about accessing the Parent Portal.

Students entering Grade 1: A packet will be mailed home the second or third week in August which will include information about how to access the name of your child's teacher through the Parent Portal.

NEW STUDENTS in Grades 2, 3, 4, or 5: A packet will be mailed home the second or third week in August which will include information about how to access the name of your child's teacher through the Parent Portal.

Returning Students to MERS in Grades 2, 3, 4, or 5:  A packet will not be mailed home for students who were enrolled in the district during the 2013-2014 school year.  Please use the Parent Portal to access the name of your child's teacher.

Bus passes will  be available on the Portal the week of August 18th 2014.

If you have difficulty accessing the Parent Portal, please contact the following email address:

PSportalhelp@mersnj.us

For information about creating a Parent Portal account, click here...

For parents with an existing Parent Portal account, click here to access the Parent Portal...


Annual Integrated Pest Management Notice

For School Year 2014-2015

 

August 2014

Dear Parent, Guardian, or Staff Member:

This notice is being distributed to comply with the New Jersey School Integrated Pest Management Act. Manalapan-Englishtown School District has adopted an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Policy and has implemented an IPM Plan to comply with this law. IPM is a holistic, preventive approach to managing pests that is explained further in the schools IPM Policy included with this notice.

All schools in New Jersey are required to have an Integrated Pest Management Coordinator (IPM Coordinator) to oversee all activities related to IPM and pesticide use at the school. 

The IPM Coordinator for Manalapan-Englishtown School District is: 

Name of IPM Coordinator: Paul De Marco

Business Phone number: 732-786-2500

Business Address: 54 N. Main Street, Englishtown, NJ 07726

The IPM Coordinator maintains the pesticide product label, and the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) (when one is available), of each pesticide product that may be used on school property.  The label and the MSDS are available for review by a parent, guardian, staff member, or student attending the school.  Also, the IPM Coordinator is available to parents, guardians, and staff members for information and to discuss comments about IPM activities and pesticide use at the school.

As part of a school pest management plan Milford Brook School may use pesticides to control pests.  The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) register pesticides to determine that the use of a pesticide in accordance with instructions printed on the label does not pose an unreasonable risk to human health and the environment.  Nevertheless, the EPA and the DEP cannot guarantee that registered pesticides do not pose any risk to human health, thus unnecessary exposure to pesticides should be avoided.  The EPA has issued the statement that where possible, persons who are potentially sensitive, such as pregnant women, infants and children, should avoid unnecessary pesticide exposure.

The following pesticides have been used at this location in the past 12 months:

Trade Name  Common Name    EPA Registration #

Final All Weather Blox                        Brodifacoum 12455-89

Mother Earth Dust   Diatomaceous Earth 499-509

Advion Ant Gel   Indoxacarb (S-Enantiomer)   352-746

Eco Via EC                                        Thyme Oil,   FIFRA 25(b) Exempt

                                                          2-Phenethyl Propionate,

                                                          Rosemary Oil

Roundup QuikPRO                            Ammonium salt of glyphosate 524-535

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Click here to review the BOE Policy on Integrated Pest Management.

Meetings regarding the School Integrated Pest Management Program and/or adoption of the “IPM” Policy are scheduled for the following dates and times:

 

Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 7:30 PM in the Milford Brook Media Center

On the first day of school, all students will receive a copy of this letter and the related policy along with a consent form acknowledging that you have received and reviewed the information.  Please look for this in the packet of information that is brought home on the first day of school and return to the school by the due date indicated on the form.

We look forward to a fantastic 2014-2015!

Respectfully,

Jodi Pepchinski

Principal

Milford Brook School


Milford Brook School

Supply Lists

2014-2015

For your convenience, supply lists for each grade level are listed below.  To access the link, click on the grade you would like to view.  Copies of these lists will also be sent home with students in their report cards on the last day of school.

Kindergarten Supply List

Grade 1 Supply List

Grade 2 Supply List

Grade 3 Supply List

Grade 4 Supply List

Grade 5 Supply List


Milford Brook Summer Reading Challenge

Summer 2014

June 2014 

Dear Parent/Guardians: 

As we approach the summer months, we would like to remind everyone of the importance of summer reading. 

Reading regularly could be the most profitable activity for your child this summer. Reading develops the mind. Research has shown that “unless students read regularly during school breaks, they can fall behind three months in their reading achievement” (Scholastic Instructor May/June 2005). Students who read several books throughout the summer are shown to maintain or increase their reading ability. Just like activities, such as playing hockey or playing an instrument, the more you practice reading, the better you will be.  

Given that information, we would like to implement our Second Annual Summer Postcard Extravaganza.  We at Milford Brook School want to hear all about the books you are reading this summer!  We are asking that each time you read a book, please fill out a postcard (attached and online on our homepage) and tell us a bit about what you are reading.  You can use your own ideas or use one of the prompts on the following pages to share your thoughts about your book.  Postcards can either be mailed OR dropped off in the drop off box in front of our school or in the “Readers’ Mailbox” at the Monmouth County Public Library – Manalapan Headquarters in the Children’s Section.  There will be a link posted on the school website for you to access to print additional postcards if needed.

Please feel free to use the summer reading book list as a reference for grade appropriate titles. Titles include a range of levels so that every child can find a “just right” book. These books are suggestions, and students are certainly encouraged to read others. Your involvement, as a parent, in the selection of books assures that the books’ content and theme are appropriate and are at your child’s reading level.

All students who participate will be recognized over MBTV.  At each grade level, the child who sends the most postcards will be recognized in a special way. In addition, the class that sends the most postcards will be the recipient of the Milford Brook Traveling Trophy! In addition, one lucky student will have the opportunity to be “Principal/Assistant Principal for the Day” at Milford Brook!

We ask that you encourage your child’s interest in reading and encourage him/her to read regularly. We also encourage you to make this a family activity. Share your children’s book selections by reading together and engaging in lively conversations at the dinner table, in the car or at the pool. Children will become better readers, and you can join them in this great adventure! 

We can’t wait to hear from you and to share in the details of the books you are enjoying! Have a great summer, and happy reading from all of us at Milford Brook School!

Sincerely,

Jodi Pepchinski     Mitch Kivor

Princpal   Assistant Principal

For summer reading strategies, click HERE!

To print extra copies of the postcards, click HERE!


Milford Brook's First and Fifth Grades Classes

Support the Make-A-Wish Foundation

On May 22nd, our first and fifth grade students held a live "Wax Museum." Leading up to this project, students in the first grade paired up with a fifth grade buddy to research a famous person from today or history.  Students then conducted extensive research and developed a presentation.  The culmination of the project further engaged students as they then dressed up as the person they researched.  One hundred and ninety-three students then were set up in the gymnasium -- on a red carpet -- and acted as wax museum figures.  Guests (family and friends of the students involved) were invited to visit the museum.  In order to bring a wax figure to "life," guests needed to drop change in a bucket in front of the wax figure.  The wax figure was then brought to life and shared his/her story with guests.  The event raised one thousand and ninety-seven dollars -- in change.  The students and teachers chose to donate this money to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  


SUMMER MATH AND READING PACKETS

Summer Math Packets

Click HERE for a link to each grade level's summer math packets.

Summer Reading Lists

Click HERE for a link to each grade level's summer reading packets.


Congratulations to Mrs. Luchi,

Milford Brook School's Teacher of the Year!

Congratulations to Ms. Swierczek.

Milford Brook's Support Staff Member of the Year



Extra, Extra...

The June Edition of the Mane Event is now available.

Click here to read the final edition

for the 2013-2014 school here.

Thank you to Ms. Heagele and our news reporters for their hard work and dedication!  Enjoy the summer!


The New Piano Lab is here!!! 

The Foundation for Manalapan Englishtown Regional Schools and The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation helped to fund a new state of the art piano lab for the general music classroom at Milford Brook.  The grant submitted by Emily Magenheim, a general music teacher, will provide every student at Milford Brook with the opportunity to learn how to play the piano on their own personal instrument fully equipped with digital features, benches, adjustable stands, and headphones.  With the collaborative efforts of Pat Berger, Barry Tobias, Emily Magenheim, as well as building and district administration, the piano lab has become a reality and a staple in music instruction at Milford Brook School.