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    “As teacher, we must not guide our students to become the people we wish them to be, but elevate them to become the people they were meant to be. Remember, the encouragement we give our students may be the only encouragement they ever receive, so don’t use it sparingly.”

    The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer

       

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    PLEASE NOTE THAT THE READ 180 ROOM IS A NUT-FREE CLASSROOM.  PLEASE DO NOT SEND ANY TREE NUT OR PEANUT CONTAINING PRODUCTS TO YOUR CHILD'S CLASSROOM DURING CLASSROOM CELEBRATIONS OR AS A SNACK EACH DAY.  WE ARE ASKING YOUR ASSISTANCE IN PROVIDING THESE STUDENTS WITH A SAFE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION!

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    Note From Your Teacher:  

     
     
    HOMEWORK GUIDELINES
     
    Read 180 Students:  IT IS ENCOURAGED THAT ALL OF MY STUDENTS READ FOR 30 MINUTES AND COMPLETE THEIR READING LOG.
     
     
     I will be sending home passages for your child to read aloud to practice fluency.  The words will increase in difficulty as the weeks progress.  Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns anytime!   
    Mrs. Miller
     
    dmiller@jacksonsd.org
     
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    HOLIDAY PARTY REMINDERS

    Dear Switlik Families,

    Holiday Festivities will take place on Thursday, December 20th for all grade levels.  Please be cognizant of our entry procedures for our Winter Holiday Celebration:

    •    Each guest will receive a ticket that must be presented when you sign in with the receptionists.
    •    Please understand that if your name is not on the list, you may not be permitted to enter the class party.
        Visitors will be limited to 1-2 visitors per student.  Due to safety concerns, please refrain from bringing siblings.
    •    Visit the Visitor Sign-Up Genius Link on your teacher’s class page.
    •    Tickets are non-transferrable.
    •    Please refrain from cell phone/camera use while visiting your child’s classroom.  Not all parents have consented to have their children photographed.
    •    Any student who plans on being signed out early by someone other than their parent/guardian, must be accompanied with a note stating permission.


    All guests planning to attend classroom celebrations are asked to park in the designated area outside of the gym entrance.  All guests are asked to enter and sign in with our receptionists located in the gym lobby.  It is district policy that a photo identification is presented to our reception area each and every time you enter our school.  Absolutely no one will be permitted to participate unless they are signed in and are presented with their visitor’s badge.  Your badge must be on you at all times while you are on school premises.  We discourage you from signing your child out after the Winter Holiday Celebration, as there will be instruction time for the remainder of the day.

    Sincerely,

    Kathleen McKiernan

     
     Letter from the Principal
     
     
    December 1, 2018
    The final month of 2018 is here!  With the holidays rapidly approaching, let us be the first to extend our best wishes for a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season.  May the New Year enter with good health, prosperity and much happiness.
    As colder weather approaches and winter is upon us, please pay careful attention to your child’s attire, as students will continue to go out for recess, weather permitting.   Our lost and found grows by leaps and bounds.  One of the most “found” items are sweatshirts and coats.  Please label any items (coats, gloves, hats, etc.) that your child brings to school, so that we can easily return them if they are found.  Please remind your child to visit our lost and found box.
    American Education and Conference Week:  We thank you for visiting us during American Education Week and Conference Week, and for being a part of our school initiatives, programs and fundraisers.  On behalf of the Switlik School staff, we thank you for taking the time to meet with your child’s teacher and visiting our school.  It was our highest attendance ever!   As you continue to work with your children and reflect on their progress, please keep in mind that daily instruction is critical to their academic achievement.  While attendance is important on a daily basis, their timely arrival each day is also a significant factor for their success.  We will continue to work in partnership with your children each and every day, so they can work and learn to the best of their abilities.  Maintaining the home-school connection is the key to success.  
    The month of December is always an exciting and activity-filled month at the Switlik School:
    December 3-7  PTN Holiday Shop
    December 6 – Picture Re-Take Day
    December 20 – Winter Festival Parties
    December 21 – Shortened Day
    December 24-Jan 1 – School Closed – Happy Holidays!

    Jackson Township School District Special Education Advisory Council – Please join us on Monday, January 14, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. at Jackson Liberty High School (IMC) for a presentation by Jennifer Joyce and Joseph Guarracino on Life After School.  Employment is the key to fulfilling so many of our dreams.  As an Employment First state, the NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) is working to ensure that competitive employment in the general workforce is the first and preferred post education outcome for all people with disabilities.  This presentation explains the value of working in an integrated, competitive setting and provides information about ways to access DDD-funded employment services/supports.  

    Please see below for further dates to remember from the PTN.
    PTN News:  There are many ways you can get involved at school – check out our awesome PTN.  They do so much to support our school programs with your continuous generosity.  Please join us on January 17th at 10:00 a.m. for our next PTN Meeting.  There will not be a December PTN Meeting.
    Looking Ahead:
    2018-2019 Yearbook Sale – 5th Grade Only - $10.00 if purchased by December 22, 2018 (this special is for one book per 5th grader).  Please purchase ads and submit baby photos by January 31, 2019.  
    Grades K-4 - $15.00 if purchased by December 22, 2018.  Prices will increase to $20.00 per book for all grades after December 22, 2018.    
    Holiday Shop – Switlik students can shop for the special people on their holiday list from December 3rd-7th.  
    Color Me Mine Ornament Workshop, Breakfast with Santa and Family Holiday Shop– Join us on Saturday, December 8th from 9:00-11:00 a.m.  Holiday shop and Switlik items will be available for sale at this event.  
    Give Back Greeting Cards – Visit SwitlikPTN.givebackgreetings.com to create personalized cards and support the PTN.  Great for holiday greeting cards, thank you cards, invitations, announcements, etc.  The PTN earns 10% of any order – all year long.
    Save the Dates:
        Sweetheart Dance – Friday, February 8th.  The PTN will be holding our first Sweetheart Dance.  This event is for all female Switlik Students and their Sweetheart (parent, grandparent, adult family member).  Planning starts now – contact PTN.switlik.gmail.com if you’d like to help or have ideas!
        Boy’s Night – March, 2019.  The PTN is also planning a Boy’s Night for all male Switlik Students and their Special Someone (parent, grandparent, adult family member).  We need help planning this event – all ideas are welcome.  Contact PTN.switlik.gmail.com 
    Holiday Festivities: will take place on Thursday, December 20th  for all grade levels.  Please be cognizant of our entry procedures for our Winter Holiday Celebration:
    •    Visitors will be limited to 1-2 visitors per student.
    •    Visit the Visitor Sign Up Genius Link on your teacher’s class page.
    •    Please understand that if your name is not on the list, you may not be allowed t to enter the class party.
    •    Each guest will receive a ticket that must be presented when you sign in with the receptionists.
    •    Tickets are non-transferrable.
    •    Please refrain from cell phone/camera use while visiting your child’s classroom.  Not all parents have consented to have their children photographed.
    •    Any student who plans on being signed out early by someone other than their parent/guardian, must be accompanied with a note stating permission.
    All guests planning to attend classroom celebrations are asked to park in the designated area outside of the gym entrance.  All guests are asked to enter and sign in with our receptionists located in the gym lobby.  It is district policy that a photo identification is presented to our reception area each and every time you enter our school.  Absolutely no one will be permitted to participate unless they are signed in and are presented with their visitor’s badge.  Your badge must be on you at all times while you are on school premises.  We discourage you from signing your child out after the Winter Holiday Celebration, as there will be instruction time for the remainder of the day.
    Thank you to all our students, teachers and parent community for helping to continue to make Switlik Elementary School a safe place for the entire Switlik Family.
    Report Cards:    Please be sure you are ready to access your child’s report card on the district portal website.  Report cards will be available on the portal to parents on January 3rd.  Also, please remember that if your Portal log-in does not work, please try the “Forgot My Password” link above BEFORE contacting support, as most issues will be resolved through that feature.  Please note that the “Forgot Password” link will work only with parents who have an e-mail as their login ID.  For questions or problems with your login ID’s or password (or if you do not have them), please send an email to portalsupport@jacksonsd.org and include your name and phone number, as well as your child’s name, school, grade, student ID number and the problem you are experiencing and we will respond to you as quickly as possible.
    In-View Testing:  On January 3rd and 4th, students in second and fourth grades will be taking a cognitive abilities assessment.  The test will take approximately two and a half hours (split between two days), and requires no prior test preparation activities.  It is a broad based evaluative instrument that includes questions on verbal, non-verbal and quantitative reasoning.
    As a reminder, Switlik will have an early dismissal on Friday, December 21st.    All students in grades K-5 will be dismissed at 1:35 p.m.  School will resume on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.  
    Sincerely, 
    Kathleen McKiernan 

     

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    Switlik Is a

    Bucket Filling School!


    Switlik Elementary School is working towards a more caring and respectful environment. We are using the world acclaimed book by Carol McCloud, Have You Filled a Bucket Today- A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids in order to create a safer, kinder, more respectful school culture.  

    The philosophy is simple and is this - imagine everyone is born with an invisible bucket. The bucket represents a person's mental and emotional health. You can't see the bucket but it’s there and it is our responsibility to fill that bucket. When you say nice things, show respect, act in kindness, you are filling each other's buckets and, in turn, filling your own bucket.  

    Switlik Elementary school is working towards keeping our buckets full every day, thus resulting in individuals who feel healthy mentally, emotionally, and socially.  

     

    Be a bucket filler

    not a bucket dipper! 

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    CLASS SCHEDULE

     

    PERIOD 1 – WRITER'S WORKSHOP 4TH

    PERIOD 2 – WIN 5TH

    PERIOD 3 - PREPARATION PERIOD

    PERIOD 4 - READ 180 4TH

    PERIOD 5 – LUNCH

    PERIOD 6 – WRITER'S WORKSHOP 5TH

    PERIOD 7/8 – READ 180 5TH