Sun, February 14, 2016



February 2016 Dear Milford Brook Families,

Milford Brook School will be celebrating Read Across America during the week of February 29th ­ March 4th.

To help celebrate, the following school spirit days will take place:

Monday, February 29th – Dress Like a Book Character Day ­ Students are encouraged to dress like their favorite book character​on this day. Creativity is welcome.

Tuesday, March 1st – Sweat it Out With a Good Book Day Students are encouraged to wear sweats (sweatshirts, sweatpants)​to school on this day!

Wednesday, March 2nd – Wacky Wednesday ­ Students are encouraged to display their unique personalities by dressing wacky​!

Thursday, March 3rd – Cat in the Hat/Fox and Sox Day  Students are encouraged to wear their favorite hat and crazy socks​to school on this day!

Friday, March 4th – Cozy Up With a Good Book Day ­­ Students are encouraged to wear pajamas and bring their favorite book ​to school!

***Please remember that the purpose of our school spirit days is to promote school unity. Participation is not mandatory, nor does it require families to purchase items to wear. Creativity is welcomed and encouraged!

During this week, each classroom will also be holding a “Book Swap.” Here’s how it works:

● Each student is encouraged to bring in some gently­read children’s books that they are ready to donate or trade between now and Friday, March 4th.

● Please no board books, sticker books, or books with toys.

● At the Book Swap, students will get to choose at least one "new­-to-­you" book to take home!

Thank you,

The Read Across America Committee

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

Throughout February

Milford Brook Celebrates Black History Month!

February 12, 2016

Wear Red or Pink for Valentine's Day and to commemorate

Healthy Heart Month

February 15, 2016

School is Closed in honor of Presidents' Day

February 17, 2016

PTA Meeting at 10:00 AM

February 19, 2016

Grade 2 Immigration Day

February 22-February 24, 2016

Kindergarten and New to the District 1st Grade Registration

at Wemrock Brook from 10AM-12PM 

February 23, 2016

School Store (this is a change from the original calendar)

February 26, 2016

February Birthday Celebrations

Spirit Wear Fridays 

Wear yellow or blue or your favorite MB spirit wear!

Every Friday throughout the year!

Kudos to Our Staff...

Congratulations to the

Milford Brook

2015-2016 Teacher of the Year,

Ms. Laurie Glass!

Congratulations to the


Regional Schools

2015-2016 Pupil Personnel Services

Person of the Year,

Mrs. Lisa Reiser!

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!

February Newsletter:

Looking for some tips to help your child in the area of writing?  

 Click here to review the February newsletter with some writing tips!

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.

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:

Grade K: Semester 1 ends February 2, 2016

Grade K: Report Card 1 goes home on and is available on the Parent Portal at the end of the school day on February 12, 2016.

Grade K: Semester 2 ends on the last day of school.

Grade K: Report Card 2 goes home on and is available on the Parent Portal at the end of the school day on the last day of school.

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.

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



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:

PARCC Information for Parents:

Video instruction for using PARCC tools:

For PARCC Mathematics How To Be Successful Videos, click:

For PARCC English Language Arts/Literacy How to Be Successful Videos, click:

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



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