Tue, October 6, 2015

The Importance of the Home-School Connection

"It takes a village to raise a child."

-- African Proverb

Many of you may be familiar with an African proverb that states, "It takes a village to raise a child."  Indeed it does! Here are Milford Brook, we recognize the importance of building a positive home-school relationship to help support the needs of our students.  Your support and follow-through is essential, along with the work of the administration, teachers, and staff, in ensuring that our students achieve.

All students CAN and WILL learn!

Thank you for your continued support and collaboration! It is all in the best interest of the most important group -- the children!

September Newsletters:

Click here to read and to enjoy some excellent "Back to School" tips for you and your child. 

Looking for some tips to help your child in reading? Click here for more information!

We like to think of Milford Brook as your child's "HOME AWAY FROM HOME," but when your child is home, please remember that what you do at home to support your child's learning is essential!

A GREAT READ for Parents/Guardians on the Scholastic website: "The Home-School Connection: Children benefit tremendously when you help them bridge their two most important worlds."

Looking for an excellent resource to support your child's learning at home? Click here on how to access STUDY ISLAND for your child. Study Island is a resource made available to students in grades 2-5.

Learning to type is an essential skill required of our twenty-first century learners.  Click here on how to access your child's TYPING PAL account.  Students are required to log-in and to practice!! We recommend doing this daily for ten minutes each day! Study Island is available for students in grades 2-5.

Has your child been identified for RTI/BSI services? Click here to read the MERS parent pamphlet which describes the three-tiered RTI approach and to understand how it differs from the traditional BSI program of yesteryear.

Milford Brook Celebrates the Week of Respect

Monday, October 5th-Friday, October 9th

Please note that the following spirit days will occur during the week of October 5th:

§ Monday, October 5th: “It’s in our ‘Jeans’ to Show Good Character” Day – Wear jeans in honor of the Week of Respect.

§ Tuesday, October 6th:  “Show the ‘Colors of Character’” Day:

·  Grade K students wear red to display the trait of caring

·  Grade 1 students wear orange to display the trait of fairness

·  Grade 2 students wear yellow to display respect

·  Grade 3 students wear green to display responsibility

·  Grade 4 students wear blue to display trustworthiness

·  Grade 5 students wear purple to display citizenship

§ Wednesday, October 7th: “Showing Good Character is 'No Sweat'” Day: Students are encouraged to wear their favorite leggings, sweat shirt, sweatpants, or sweat outfit.

§ Thursday, October 8th: “Be a 'H-E-RO' (Helping Everyone Respect Others)” Day: Students are encouraged to wear a superhero t-shirt or costume.  Creativity is encouraged and students are reminded that this does not need to be bought in a store.

§ Friday, October 9th: “Walk for Respect (PTA Walk-A-Thon)” Day:  Students will show respect to their school by wearing MB spirit wear.

Grades K-5 Standards Based

Report Card Parent Handbooks

Please click the links below to review the relevant Parent Handbook which provides important information about our standards based report cards for each grade level. 

Grade K

Grade 1

Grade 2

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

Please note the following dates:

Grades 1-5: Trimester 1 ends on December 10, 2015.

Grades 1-5: Trimester 1 report card is available on the Parent Portal at the end of the school day on December 21, 2015.

Grades 1-5: Trimester 2 ends on March 16, 2016.

Grades 1-5: Trimester 2 report card is available on the Parent Portal at the end of the school day on March 23, 2016.

Grades 1-5: Trimester 3 ends on the last day of school.

Grades 1-5: Trimester 3 report card is available on the Parent Portal at the end of the school day on the last day of school.

Passage Point: Visitor Registration & Login

Please use the link below to register your visit.


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


Important Dates to Note

September 28th and September 29th

Lifetouch School Pictures -- Check with your child's teacher for which day his/her class will be taking portraits.

September 30th

School Store

October 5th-October 9th

Week of Respect

October 9th

PTA Walk-A-Thon

October 12th

Observation of Columbus Day - SCHOOL CLOSED

Staff In-Service Day

October 16th

Walk-A-Thon Raindate

Otis Spunkemeyer Fundraiser Ends

October 20th

Four-hour school day; lunches will not be served; dismissal is at 1:20 PM

Evening Parent-Teacher Conferences (consult with your child's teacher for the schedule)

Grade 3 InView Testing

October 21st

Four-hour school day; lunches will not be served; dismissal is at 1:20 PM

Daytime Parent-Teacher Conferences (consult with your child's teacher for the schedule)

Grade 3 InView Testing

October 22nd

Four-hour school day; lunches will not be served; dismissal is at 1:20 PM

Evening Parent-Teacher Conferences (consult with your child's teacher for the schedule)

Grade 3 InView Testing Makeups

October 23rd

Four-hour school day; lunches will not be served; dismissal is at 1:20 PM

Daytime Parent-Teacher Conferences (consult with your child's teacher for the schedule)

Grade 3 InView Testing Makeups

October 28th

School Store

October 29th

October Birthday Celebrations at 2:40 PM

October 30th

Indoor Halloween Parade for Staff and Students

October 30th

PTA Halloween Spooktakular Dance

Spirit Wear Fridays 

Wear yellow or blue or your favorite MB spirit wear!

Every Friday throughout the year!

Milford Brook School

Welcome to 2015-2016

Dear Milford Brook Families:

Please remember to check your bus number/stops the day before school to ensure that changes have not been made. 

Bus information and bus passes will be available by clicking HERE as of August 18th. To view the Bus Safety Brochure with rules and procedures for busses, please click HERE. 

Jodi Pepchinski


Milford Brook Clubs and Activities

Looking to sign-up for some Milford Brook Activities??? Read and click the links below.

Band and Orchestra Registration

Grades 4 and 5: Read about the band/orchestra program and requirements HERE. More details about BAND are listed on this letter.

 Do you want to join the Band or Orchestra? Then have your parent/guardian complete the form at this link by September 18th. 

Milford Brook Choir Registration

Grades 4 and 5: Do you love to sing? Do you like being a part of a group? Then have your parent/guardian sign you up for this year's choir, directed by Mrs. Magenheim. Registration is open until October 10th.  Please review the link for more specific information.

The Mane Event Milford Brook Newspaper Registration

Grades 4 and 5: Are you a budding news reporter? Do you love to research and write? Or do you simply want to be part of an extra-curricular activity?  Have your parent/guardian sign you up by clicking on this link to audition for the newspaper team. Online forms are to be submitted no later than September 30th.

Young Scientists

Grades 4 and 5: Are you interested in learning about science and in conducting experiments? Then, have your parent/guardian sign you up for Young Scientists! Online forms are due no later than September 29th.  Click here to access the form.

Minecraft Club Registration

Grades 4 and 5:  Do you love Minecraft? Are you creative and interested in graphic design? Or do you just love to play the game?  Have your parent/guardian sign you up for this club by clicking on this link to further explore the creative side of Minecraft. Online forms are to be submitted no later than September 29th. This form also has more details about the club! 

Please check back at this site for more forms for Milford Brook activities and clubs.


PARCC Information for Grades 3-5

Manalapan-Englishtown PARCC Testing Information

Students in grades 3-8 will take the 2015 PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) Performance-Based Assessment (PBA) in March and the End-of-Year (EOY) in May. Links to our school schedule will be available here. Please note that this schedule may be updated and modified. All dates are tentative. Continue to check back for updates.

PARCC General Information, including sample tests: http://www.parcconline.org/

PARCC Information for Parents:http://www.parcconline.org/for-parents

Video instruction for using PARCC tools:

For PARCC Mathematics How To Be Successful Videos, click: http://www.marlboro.k12.nj.us/curriculum.cfm?subpage=67284

For PARCC English Language Arts/Literacy How to Be Successful Videos, click: http://www.marlboro.k12.nj.us/curriculum.cfm?subpage=67355

Dr. Marciante’s PowerPoint from the Nov. 13, 2014 CCSS and PARCC Meeting:




Milford Brook Summer Reading Program 


Dear Milford Brook Families, 

We want to share with you some exciting information about our summer learning initiatives at Milford Brook School.  Reading is a great way to help children develop vocabulary, increase comprehension and reduce summer learning loss.  Studies show that children who do not read or have access to books during the summer lose up to two months of reading performance.  We, here at Milford Brook School, are committed to building a community of readers and have taken steps to motivate our students to actively engage with literature over the summer. 

Information about our revised Summer Reading Program can be found on our school website (see links below or on the left of the MB homepage).  There you will find some great information on the summer reading incentive program we have designed with your children in mind.  We have included links for book lists for each grade as well as some great reading incentive programs available online and in the community. 

Upon completion of a book, we are asking students to fill out an online book review (parents can assist younger students).  Students without computers can complete their reviews at the Manalapan Library.  These reviews will allow us to track how many students are reading over the summer to prevent summer reading loss.  

To further promote reading this summer we will be offering prizes as well as a school wide challenge! 

The five students (top student in each grade level) that reads the most books (as measured by completed book reviews) will win a $25 gift card.   

     We all know that reading is important.  We also know that motivating a child to read can be challenging, especially during summer vacation! Take a trip to the library or Barnes and Noble.  Have your child choose a book to read.  Better yet, enjoy the book TOGETHER!  Thank you for partnering with us to ensure that Milford Brook reads this summer. 


Enjoy the summer!!!

Mrs. Pepchinski





Attention Parents/Guardians

Beginning this year, paper copies of student report cards (grades 1-5) will not be sent home.  Please access your child's report card through the Parent Portal.

 Parent Portal

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


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...

Supply Lists for 2015-2016

Click on the appropriate list below to view the supplies needed for your child for the 2015-2016 school year.

Entering Kindergarten

Entering First Grade

Entering Second Grade

Entering Third Grade

Entering Fourth Grade

Entering Fifth Grade

Congratulations to Mrs. Goldberg,

Milford Brook School's 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year!

Congratulations to the Newly Elected Milford Brook School Student Council Executive Council!

Annual Integrated Pest Management Notice

For School Year 2015-2016

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 school's 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 DeMarco

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 Manalapan-Englishtown 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

Round-Up Quick Pro Glyphosate, N-(phosphonomethyl)   524-535

  Glycine in form of its ammonium

  Salt, Diquat dibromide,

    pyrazinediium dibromide

ProDeuce Ethoxylated Tallowmines   228-509



Oryzalin 4 Pro Oryzalin: 3.5-dinitro-N-N- 72167-15-73220

  dipropylsulfanilamide Glyphosate


A meeting regarding the School Integrated Pest Management Program and/or adoption of the “IPM” Policy is scheduled for the following date and time:

September 17, 2015 at 7:30PM Milford Brook Media Center

On the first day of school, all students will receive a copy of a consent form acknowledging that you have 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.


Jodi Pepchinski


Milford Brook School