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    “You have enemies? Good.

    That means you’ve stood up

    for something, sometime in your life.”

           -Winston Churchill

     

       

     

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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:   

     
     I will be sending home Reading Packets that will be due on Fridays.  These will count as a missing assignment if not completed.  It is HIGHLY encouraged that your child reads nightly in order to increase their reading level. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns anytime!   
    Mrs. Miller
     
    dmiller@jacksonsd.org
     
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     Letter from the Principal
     

     

    Dear Switlik Families,

    It’s finally Spring!  We have many activities coming up in the last couple of months of school.  As we begin the final marking period of this school year, I am asking that you continue to encourage your children to read each evening and complete homework assignments, as this impacts their academic standing.  Please log onto the portal on Thursday, April 4th, as report cards will be available to you.

    Attention 5th Grade Parents – All 5th Grade parents are invited to attend Coffee with the Principal on April 11th at 9:00 a.m. at Goetz Middle School.  Mr. Carl Perino, Principal of the Goetz Middle School will meet our fifth grade parents and provide them with valuable insight regarding transitioning successfully to the middle school environment.

    Student Survey Grades 3-5:  A committee of Jackson educators, consisting of teachers, administrators and board of education members are reviewing equity across the district.  Part of the review includes surveying students.  This communication is informing you that students in grades 3-5 will be completing a 20 question Google survey in their classrooms within the next few weeks. The survey is anonymous.  The results of the survey will be used for curriculum planning and training across the district.

     Geography Bee:  Elementary Geography Bee will be held on Tuesday, April 2nd from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at Elms Elementary Gymnasium – 780 Patterson Road.  Anyone is welcome to attend.  No drinks or snacks will be provided and parents of participants are responsible for transportation to/from the school and must remain present in order for their child to participate.

     Pennies for Patients:  Switlik School has officially joined the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Hero Squad by participating in our Pennies for Patients campaign this school year!  Pennies for Patients is a science-based philanthropy program designed to give children the tools to make a difference by supporting blood cancer patients and their families throughout New Jersey.  Please refer to the information sent home with your children, and visit our website for further information regarding Spirit Days!  Our campaign will take place from April 1st – April 19th

     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 April 4th.  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.

    Young Author’s Gallery/Switlik Enrichment Living Wax Museum- On Thursday, April 11th    the Switlik Elementary School, with support from the Jackson Rotary Club and the Jackson Education Association, will present our Young Author’s Gallery.  All are welcome to enjoy this event from the hours of 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Publishes pieces from our very own Switlik Authors of every age will be on display in the hallways for you to read, enjoy and compliment!  Come prepared with pen in hand to jot a note of support to your favorite authors.  Additionally, that evening, many historical figures, performers, and athletes be brought to life as the Switlik School Enrichment Program hosts its first Living Wax Museum.  Switlik will come alive with students dressed as famous people, both past and present. A Living Wax Museum is very similar to a real wax museum in that visitors can come and learn about a variety of famous people.  The main difference is that the students will be standing in as the statues. Students choose and then researched the figure they wanted to emulate.  Students will then dress as their famous person and recite their speech to interested visitors.  Head on over to Switlik to see figures from important figures in Math, Science and Technology.

    Kindergarten Visits Jenkinson’s Aquarium:  The consensus from all the kindergarten teachers who attended the Jenkinson's Aquarium seems to be a very positive one.  Not only did everyone have a good time, also observed the students being actively engaged especially during the times the tour guides allowed interaction with the sea creatures. There were many priceless moments as we observed the kids' expressions and excitement throughout the day.   Topping it all off was hearing them exclaim, “This is the best day ever!”   Thank you again to our wonderful Switlik PTN for this great field trip and to all the parents who support the PTN fundraising events!

    Second Grade Students visit the OCC Planetarium – The Second Grade classes were fortunate to be able to take a class trip to the Robert Novins Planetarium.  Our students had a wonderful time learning about our solar system.  They learned all about the planets including special characteristics of each as well and their order from the sun.  Our students learned how important the sun is, as it is our source of light and heat.  Seeing how other stars form patterns called constellations was exciting.  They also learned how the Earth spins causing day and night and has a moon that takes almost a month to orbit around.  The second grade truly enjoyed this special trip!  Thank you to our extremely generous PTN!

    PTN Events:

    School Store:  Students can shop this month on Wednesday, April 11th during lunch.

    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 April 11th at 10:00 a.m. for our next PTN Meeting. 

    Yearbooks – Last day to purchase a yearbook is April 15th.  The cost is $20.00 per yearbook, and pre-order is required.  No extra copies will be available.  Order information and form is on PTN website.

    Breakfast with the Easter Bunny – Join us on Saturday, April 6th from 8:00-10:00 a.m. at Applebee’s in Howell.  Cost is $10 per person for breakfast.  Reservations are required as space is limited.

    There will be a shortened day of school on Thursday, April 18th, as we begin our Spring Break.  School will be closed April 19th through April 26th.  Returning to school on Monday, April 29th.  

    Enjoy your holiday with family and friends!

     

    Sincerely,

    Kathleen McKiernan

    NJSLA (PARCC)-ELA/MATH/SCIENCE Testing Dates:

    May 8-9:  NJSLA-ELA - Grades 3-5

    May 14-16:  NJSLA Math - Grades 3-5

    May 20-23:  Make-Ups

    May 30-31:  NJSLA Science - Grade 5

     

     

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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