Thu, August 17, 2017

Milford Brook Office Summer Hours Information

Dear Milford Brook Families:


Students and staff here at Milford Brook are excitedly counting down to the last day of school on June 20, 2017 and are eagerly counting up to the 2017-2018 school year! As summer quickly approaches, I would like to thank each of you for another fantastic school year.  Our school community wishes you and your family a safe, happy, and healthy summer!


Please note that throughout the summer, Milford Brook will be closed to visitors to accommodate the installation of air-conditioning in our cafeteria and Media Center.  In addition, throughout the month of July, the office staff at Milford Brook will be on vacation.  Any communication that needs to be conducted with the office staff or principal needs to be done via email or as per the notations below.


Please be advised of the following contact information and summer office hours at Milford Brook School:

  • June 27th – June 30th: Office staff will be present during regular Milford Brook School hours. Contact can be made to the school at 732-786-2780.
  • July 1st – July 31st: Office staff will be unavailable.  If you need any assistance, please do not hesitate to email me (Jodi Pepchinski, principal) at  I will get back to you as soon as I can.
  • August 1st - August 19th: Office staff will be present from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM. Contact can be made to the school at 732-786-2780.
  • August 22nd: Office returns to regular Milford Brook School hours.  Contact can be made to the school at 732-786-2780. 

If you have moved or are aware that you will be moving, please contact the Main Office by the last day of school.  Otherwise, please contact the office as soon as you are aware of the need to transfer out of Milford Brook. Please note that if you are moving within the district (within Manalapan or Englishtown), the school must still be notified of this change of address.  Please also notify the Transportation department at the number listed above.


For grades 1-5, report cards will be available at the end of the day on June 20th -via the Parent Portal. Please remember to print a copy that week should you need it for extra-curricular activities outside of school! Kindergarten students will receive a paper copy of their report card to bring home on the last day of school.


Placement information will be available the last week in August through the Parent Portal.  More information and any updates to this will posted on the website at .


Enjoy the summer months!


Jodi Pepchinski  




Dear Parents and Guardians,

Students in third through fifth grade use the Rosetta Stone program to meet their New Jersey World Language requirement. Rosetta Stone is accessible through any web-enabled device.

At the beginning of every school year, you are given the opportunity to choose a language for your child to study. Please click on the link below to review the list of possible languages and make your selection.

This form must be completed by Friday, September 8, 2017‚Äč. If you do not complete the form, your child will automatically be registered for Spanish. If you have more than one child in grades three through five, you must complete a form for each child.

If your child is in grades three through five, you can change the language from the previous year. However, if you change the language, their progress reports from the previous year will no longer be accessible after Friday, September 8, 2017.

If your child is enrolled in our district’s English as Second Language program, you should select American English as your child’s Rosetta Stone program. 


Band and Orchestra Sign-Up for Our Outgoing Fifth Graders Going to Pine Brook School

Dear Parents and Students,

Please be advised that the 2017-2018 registration for Pine Brook Orchestra and Pine Brook Band is now open. Registration will remain open through September.

Click here to fill out the form and submit: Pine Brook instrumental music registration

You will also find the registration link on the Pine Brook website. Go to and click on “Pine Brook School.” Look for “Pine Brook Instrumental Music Registration 2017-2018,” fill out the form and click submit.

Please note that 2017-2018 registration for elementary schools Clark Mills, Milford Brook, Wemrock Brook, Taylor Mills and Lafayette Mills band and orchestra will not be available until September.

Summer Reading Lists

Summer Reading list for Students Entering Grades 1-3, click here .

Summer Reading list for Students Entering Grades 4-5, click here .

Summer Reading list for Students Entering Grades 6-8, click here .


Click here to access the math packets for students to complete over the summer. 


Once again, we are challenging our students to forego the summer reading slide by fostering their love of reading with a challenge. At the side tab entitled, "Summer Reading Program," you will find some great information on our reading incentive program which we have designed with your child in mind.

We are committed to building a community of readers and continue to take steps to motivate our students to actively engage with literature over the summer. Included on this tab are book lists for each grade as well as some optional incentive programs available online and in the community.

Upon completion of a book, we are asking students to fill out an online book review -Click here to access (parents can assist younger students).

Students without computers can complete their reviews at Manalapan Library. These reviews will allow us to track how many students are reading over the summer to prevent summer reading loss. 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!

Have a great summer, and happy reading!

Kudos to Our Staff...

Congratulations to the

Milford Brook 2016-2017

Support Person of the Year,

Mrs. Diane Giunta!!

Congratulations to the

Milford Brook

2016-2017 Teacher of the Year,

Ms. Jennifer Lauro!!

Important Update

Parents of children in grades 1-5: Please remember to save an electronic copy of your child's end-of-year report card or to print it from the portal.  The portal will close in about two weeks and report cards will no longer be accessible.

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

Friday, August 25, 2017

Parent Portal opens with placement information.  Paper packets with placement information will not be mailed home to returning MB students in grades 1-5. Please make sure you have your Parent Portal access information on hand, so you can retrieve your child's placement information via this web-based system.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

New Student Orientation (students new to Milford Brook entering grades 1-5)

10:00 AM

(A letter will be mailed out in August with more 

information regarding New Student Orientation)

Monday, September 4, 2017

School Closed - Labor Day

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Kindergarten Visitation

9:00 AM

(A letter will be mailed out in August with

more information regarding visitation)

Thursday, September 7, 2017

First Day of School

(Please be advised: It is possible busses may be running

late in the AM and PM)

Monday, September 18 and Tuesday, September 19, 2017

School Picture Days - Class schedule will be sent home in September

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

PTO Meeting

Title I/Integrated Pest Management Meeting

7:30 PM in School Media Center

Thursday, September 21 and Friday, September 22, 2017

School Closed - Observance of Rosh Hashanah

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Milford Brook Back to School Night

(Look for details to be sent home on the first day of school)

Monday, October 9, 2017

School Closed for Students ONLY - Observance of Columbus Day

Staff Reports for Professional Development In-Service Day

Every Friday

Celebrate Milford Brook Spirit by wearing school colors -- yellow and blue or by showing off your favorite PTO Spirit Wear!!!

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 Wednesday, September 6, 2017 to see if any information changed.  Changes are sometimes made just 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:

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

**Revised for 17-18**

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 receive bi-annual report cards and will receive a paper copy of their report card time based on semesters:

The Semester 1 Kindergarten Report Card will be sent home on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.

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. 

Trimester terms are as follows:

Term 1

Term 1 Midpoint - Monday, October 23, 2017

Term 1 Ends - Monday, December 11, 2017

Parent Portal opens for families to view report card information - Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Term 2

Term 2 Midpoint - Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Term 2 Ends - Thursday, March 15, 2018

Parent Portal opens for families to view report card information - Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Term 3

Term 3 Midpoint - Friday, May 4, 2018

Term 3 Ends - Last Day of School

Parent Portal opens for families to view report card information - Last Day of School

Supply Lists for 2017-2018

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 2017-2018

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




Click here to review the 2017 Milford Brook testing school for PARCC.


PARCC Information for Grades 3-5

Manalapan-Englishtown PARCC Testing Information

Students in grades 3-5 at Milford Brook will take the 2017 PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) in March or April depending upon the schedule above. Makeups may occur in April and/or May.

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:

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:

Annual Integrated Pest Management Notice

For School Year 2017-2018


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 #

Advion Ant Gel   Indoxocarb   352-746

Roundup Quick Pro   Roundup 524-535

ProDeuce   ProDeuce   228-509         

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 19, 2017 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.

The IPM policy can be access by clicking HERE.



Jodi Pepchinski


Milford Brook School




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