Sun, December 4, 2016

WELCOME TO THE 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR AT

MILFORD BROOK SCHOOL!

Click HERE for important Back to School letters and notices. 

Click HERE to access information about the Milford Brook PTO.

To create a Parent Portal account (parents of kindegarten and new students), click HERE for directions. 

NEWLY APPROVED FOR 2016-2017: Click here for the 2016-2017 district calendar!

Save the Date: Kindergarten Registration for the 2017-2018 school year is cheduled for Wednesday, March 1, 2017 and Thursday, March 2, 2017.

MB Staff Members: Click HERE for your staff resources.


Information about School Closings and

Before School Activities/Before Care

on Delayed Openings

General Information about School Closings

In the event schools are to be closed or the day is abbreviated due to inclement weather, please be aware of the following.  Please do not call the school since all phone lines should be used for emergency purposes only.  Thank you for your consideration.

 

School Emergency Announcements:  732-786-2555

 

  District Web Site:  www.mers.k12.nj.us

 

  Television Stations:  NEWS 12 NEW JERSEY, Channels 4, 5 & 7

District Phone Chain:  Parents will be notified about school closings through our District’s Phone Chain.  Messages will be left for all parents on their home and cell phones.  Please ensure that your contact information is accurate. If anything has changed since September, please notify the office immediately.

· If the school is closed for inclement weather, there is NO Before Care.  

· If the school has a delayed opening, then the Milford Brook Before Care Program will open at 9:30 AM.

· All children will be dropped off at the front entrance of the building.  Please ring the “night” bell.  Parents/Guardians must enter the building and sign their children in to Before Care.  The district will, to the best of its ability, attempt to clear the driveway and the walkway to the front entrance before the 9:30 AM opening of the program.

· If it becomes apparent that the district is unable to meet its obligation to clean the driveway and walkway of snow, the decision to open the Milford Brook Before Care Program will be re-evaluated and, at some point, this procedure might be changed. 

 

YMCA After Care:

· If school is closed for inclement weather there is NO After School Care.

· If school has an early unscheduled dismissal due to inclement weather there is NO After School Care.  Please make certain that your child’s school and your child are aware of alternate arrangements for early dismissal.

· When school remains open during inclement weather, After School Care is OPEN.

· If you have any questions, please consult the Parent Handbook for further information or call the Freehold YMCA at 732-462-0464.

 

Before School Activities:

· In the event of a delayed opening, all before school extracurricular activities (e.g., Mine Craft, Band, Orchestra, Newspaper, Homework Club, Young Scientists, Chorus, Talent Show) are CANCELLED.

· In the event of a delayed opening, Before School RTI/BSI/FastForword will still occur.  Student drop off (when there is a delayed opening) for these academic support groups is at 9:50 AM.

 

On rare occasions children will be bused home early to avoid hazardous traffic conditions, unexpected storms, or for other unexpected emergencies.  All parents will be contacted through the District’s Phone Chain in these situations.  If you are aware of such conditions and have not received a call, please reference one of the options above.  Please remember that road conditions and visibility are the major factors in the decision making, more so than the number of inches of snow.  Therefore, you should check a closing “site” at the slightest sign of snow or freezing weather.  It is important that from the first day of school that you have an emergency plan developed with your child in the instance of an early school closing.  Please also make sure that your child is familiar with your procedures for days with an early closing. 

 

Consistent with the district’s policy for regular length school days, on emergent/inclement weather early dismissal days, STUDENTS IN KINDERGARTEN WILL NOT BE DROPPED OFF AT THEIR REGULAR BUS STOP UNLESS A PARENT/GUARDIAN OR AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE IS PRESENT.  STUDENTS IN GRADES 1-5 WILL BE DROPPED OFF AT THEIR REGULAR BUS STOPS WHETHER OR NOT AN ADULT IS PRESENT.  Please review the school calendar carefully for scheduled early dismissal days (noted as 4-hour days), and be sure to keep informed about emergent/inclement weather dismissals.  If you do not want your child to take the bus on early dismissal days, you must send a note to your child’s teacher, and the student will be held to be picked up.  In emergencies, please call the school at 732-786-2780.

Regular School Day

Unload/School Start Time - 9:20 AM

Parent Pickup - 3:25 PM

End Time/Busses Depart - 3:40 PM

4-Hour School Day (Lunches are not served)

Unload/School Start Time - 9:20 AM

Parent Pickup - 1:10 PM

End Time/Busses Depart 1:20 PM

90-Minute Delayed Opening

***Please add 90-minutes to when your child's bus regularly picks him/her up to estimate a pickup time.

Unload/School Start Time - 10:50 AM

Parent Pickup - 3:25 PM

End Time/Busses Depart - 3:40 PM


Ushering in the Winter Season....

Upcoming Spirit Days in December

Please remember that participation in our spirit days -- while encouraged -- is not mandatory. Use your creativity!
Monday, December 19th -- MB Spirit Day - Wear your MB Spirit wear or school colors (yellow/blue)

Tuesday, December 20th -- MB Spirit Day - Wear your favorite winter or holiday-themed hat

Wednesday, December 21st -- MB Spirit Day - Wacky Wear Wednesday (mismatch, backwards, crazy socks, crazy hair, etc)

Thursday, December 22nd -- MB Spirit Day - Holiday or Winter Sweater Day (wear something cozy!)

Friday, December 23rd -- MB Spirit Day - Pajama Day (no slippers permitted for safety reasons) 

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

Thursday, December 1st

Talent Show

Monday, December 5th - Friday, December 9th 

PTO Sponsored Holiday Fair

Monday, December 12th

Grades 1-5 End of Tern 1; Term 2 starts December 13th

Thursday, December 15th

Evening of Strings Performance at MEMS

Thursday, December 15th

PTO Sponsored School Store

Friday, December 16th

Music in the Halls -- Presented by Mr. Rusin's Band

Wednesday, December 21st

Parent Portal opens at the end of the school day to view report cards online (Grades 1-5).  Paper copies of report cards will not be sent home.  Please make sure you login within the week to check your child's progress.

Friday, December 23rd

4-hour day; parent pickup is 1:10; busses dismiss at 1:20

Spirit Wear Fridays 

Wear yellow or blue or your favorite MB spirit wear!

Every Friday throughout the year!


Attention Parents

Effective immediately, any payment by check or money order must be made payable to:  
Manalapan-Englishtown Regional Schools

The Business Office has been notified by PNC Bank that they will no longer accept checks or money orders made payable to individual schools.  This applies to payment of fees, tuition, fines and student lunch account deposits.  

Attention Parents/Guardians

Please check your bus information again after 3:30 on Friday, September 2nd to see if any information changed.  Changes are sometimes made prior to the first day.

Please anticipate that busses may be late in picking up and dropping off students during the first few days of school.  Your patience is greatly appreciated. It is strongly recommended that children take the bus to/from school to get into a consistent routine.

 Parent Portal and Bus Information

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... 

To access student bus passes and bus information, click here! Please check back at this link on the night before the first day of school. Changes may have been made to your child's bus assignments!


Report Card Timelines and Parent Handbooks


One manner in which parents/guardians are notified about a child's academic progress is through a standards based reporting method.  

Listed below are parent handbooks for grades K-5 which provide detailed information about this report card.  Sample report cards are provided within each handbook.

Kindergarten Report Card Handbook

Grades 1 and 2 Report Card Handbook

Grade 3 Report Card Handbook

Grade 4 Report Card Handbook

Grade 5 Report Card Handbook


 

Students in kindergarten will receive a paper copy of their report card time based on semesters:

The Semester 1 Kindergarten Report Card will be sent home on Friday, February 17, 2017.

The Semester 2 Kindergarten Report Card will be sent home on the last day of school.


Students in grades 1-5 are assessed on a trimester schedule.

Paper copies of report cards for students in grades 1-5 are not sent home. Parents/guardians access their child's report card via the Parent Portal. It is highly suggested that you print your child's report card each trimester as the Portal link to access the report card closes a few weeks after each trimester report card is available. 

The Portal opens on the following dates to view report cards for grades 1-5:

Trimester 1 Grades 1-5 - December 21, 2016

Trimester 2 Grades 1-5 - March 27, 2016

Trimester 3 Grades 1-5 - Last Day of School 


Supply Lists for 2016-2017

Click on the appropriate list below to view the supplies needed for your child for the 2016-2017 school year.

Entering Kindergarten

Entering First Grade

Entering Second Grade

Entering Third Grade

Entering Fourth Grade

Entering Fifth Grade


Milford Brook School

Welcome to 2016-2017

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 a date in August TBD To view the Bus Safety Brochure with rules and procedures for busses, please click HERE. 

Jodi Pepchinski

Principal


MILFORD BROOK

PARCC TESTING SCHEDULE 

Click here to review the REVISED Milford Brook testing school for PARCC.

**Important**

PARCC Information for Grades 3-5

Manalapan-Englishtown PARCC Testing Information


Students in grades 3-8 will take the 2016 PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) in April or May depending upon the schedule above.

Please note that this schedule may be updated and modified. All dates may be subject to change. 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


Kudos to Our Staff...

Congratulations to the

Milford Brook

2015-2016 Support Person of the Year,

Ms. Lori Pellechia!



Congratulations to the

Milford Brook

2015-2016 Teacher of the Year,

Ms. Laurie Glass!




Congratulations to the

Manalapan-Englishtown

Regional Schools

2015-2016 Pupil Personnel Services

Person of the Year,

Mrs. Lisa Reiser!



Annual Integrated Pest Management Notice

For School Year 2016-2017

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 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

Harmonix Inspect Spray             Pyrethrins   432-1526

Tempo Ultra SC                         beta-Cyfluthrin     432-1363          

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 8, 2016 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.

 

Respectfully,

Jodi Pepchinski

Principal

Milford Brook School

 

 

 


MB Staff Celebrates Halloween