Friday, September 7, 2012
With back-to-school season here, remember to drive safely around school buses.
Manalapan students get back behind their schools desks this week for a new year, which means those yellow buses will flood the roadways carrying precious cargo. Take our small refresher course to keep our kids safe: Penalties for passing a stopped school bus include fines and up to five points on a driver's license.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
The 2012-2013 school years welcomes 36 new staff to the MERS district!
A new school year has arrived! And not only will new students be entering the hallways, but new staff members as well. The Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District has hired 36 new employees this year, including new principals for Milford Brook School and Wemrock Brook School.
Remember the first day of school for the rest of the year by posting the pictures on Patch.
After placing freshly sharpened pencils into your child's backpack and taking them to the bus stop be sure to snap a picture of them before they board that big yellow bus! Today is the official first day back to school for the Manalapan-Englishtown Regional Schools and Manalapan High School. Freshly scrubbed faces, new clothes, and excited smiles make for the perfect photo opportunity today - so take advantage! Your child feel will feel very special when you post a picture of them on their first day of school on Manalapan Patch. How to submit photos: Click on the "Upload Photos and Videos" tab above, choose the photo you would like to upload and then include your child's name, grade and school in the caption of the photo. We look forward …
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
This year's bell schedule has extended the day by five minutes and has increased instructional time by 16 minutes.
The Freehold Regional High School District has introduced a new bell schedule for the 2012-2013 school year. The new schedule increases instructional time by 16 minutes and lengthens the school day by a total of five minutes. The additional minutes were a part of the district’s teacher negotiations, according to Superintendent Charles Sampson. “Sixteen instructional minutes does not sound like a lot at face value, even adding two minutes to a period, but over the scope of a year that’s several additional full periods related to that subject, so it does make a huge difference,” Sampson said. The first period class has absorbed homeroom so that passing time is reduced. The past schedule had a five minute homeroom period and a five minute …
This mom around town is planning back to school lunches and has some tips to share.
Back to school means back to packing lunches. Yikes! I have such a hard time coming up with new ideas. Peanut butter and jelly gets boring. Nutella has been a great backup especially paired with some strawberries, but that gets old too. Nonetheless, both options will be in my pantry for busy mornings but I need some more interesting solutions. Do you have any good lunch box ideas? I asked around and some other moms shared their tips with me. Elise S., a Cinnaminson mom of two, told me how she brightens up peanut butter and jelly or tuna sandwiches with a little trick. “I sometimes cut them into different shapes with cookie cutters or use a little gadget that cuts the sandwich into a circle with no crusts.” Kids love the “no crust” …
Thursday, August 30, 2012
The high school and elementary school district are looking to cut down on paper usage.
In an effort to save trees, both the Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District and the Freehold Regional High School District have announced that they are going green. The districts will be introducing more environmentally-friendly methods for the 2012-2013 school year in order to cut down on paper usage. The MERS district is kicking off this initiative by introducing a Parent Portal system to print out students' bus passes. Parents or guardians can access the bus information online with the child's student ID and birth date. Simply input the Student ID and birth date at this website, click submit, and you should be provided with your child's bus information. Now, you can click on the bus pass symbol on the right side of the printer …
Monday, August 20, 2012
Target's new promotion helps give back to local schools.
Back to school is just around the corner, with classes beginning in Manalapan on Sept. 6. From now until Sept. 8, Target shoppers can help their schools win money by visiting the Give With Target website and voting for which local school they want to receive the gift cards. For every 25 votes, Target will send the school a $25 gift card. Voting is free and is done via registration with Facebook. Each eligible voter is only permitted to vote once per week and must be 13-years-old or older to vote. Gift cards can be used by teachers who need to purchase supplies for the classroom.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
The events of Sept. 11, 2001 have slowly affected even how we start the first day of school.
For whatever the reason, there was a significant period in my life that I rarely cried. I just couldn’t. So of course when something did move me to the point of tears, I’d sit up and take note of the occasion and learned that I can be a sucker for some things. Reading aloud the ending of certain children’s books to my kids, like The Polar Express when the narrator can no longer hear the jingle of the Christmas bell, chokes me up every time. I bemoan that loss of magic in all of our grown up lives, and am fairly certain I’m reading it more for me than the child I’ve got clamped down by my side. And don’t even think about pressing “play” to watch The Blind Side without passing me a box of Kleenex first. That movie just leaves me feeling so …
Thursday, August 25, 2011
There's a new addition to our family's first-day-of-school-photo gallery.
There’s a picture pinned to the bulletin board in my kitchen, half hidden by silly greeting cards and bumper stickers that I fancy, which is our iconic family back-to-school photo. In it, my oldest two children stand on the front step of our old house, a basket of late-summer impatiens drooping behind them, on the occasion of the eldest’s first day of preschool, just shy of his fourth birthday. These were the days when they dressed in what I picked out for them, so they are wearing patterned, elastic-waist shorts – his in plaid and hers are floral – with their polo shirts neatly tucked in. Pinned to the front of each shirt is a construction paper nametag that had been sent by the teacher to be worn on the first day of school. My son’s has …