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January 2, 2017



Switlik School announces their 2017-2018 Governor’s Educators of the Year, Ms. Tracey Auletta and Ms. Theresa Sherman who have been recognized for their dedication and commitment to our Switlik students. The title “Educator of the Year” is well deserved. Congratulations to Ms. Auletta and Ms. Sherman!

Broadway came to Switlik with an educated musical where the children interacted learning about body parts. Mr. Slim Goodbody educated the first grade about how the body works and how to keep our bodies healthy. The children learned about keeping a healthy heart, protecting their brain and experienced the wonders of our bodies. They learned new vocabulary, such as, diaphragm, trachea, cells, nutrients, digestive system, esophagus, cerebrum, and the skeletal system. Some important facts the students learned was they have 206 bones in their body and 650 muscles. Volunteers were picked to demonstrate how to show strengths, balance, flexibility, and coordination of their body. The room was filled with animated fun and learning!

Spelling Bee:  Our school level spelling bee was held on Friday, January 6th – it was the most competitive Spelling Bee in the history of Switlik Elementary School!  Congratulations to Riley Solovay, in Mrs. Placek and Mrs. Douvris’ class for winning the spelling bee with the correct spelling of the word aspidistra.  Riley and four additional students, Matteo Inghilleri, Jordyn Wolosky, Owen Cusanelli and Cameron Moldovan will participate in the District Spelling Bee to be held on Monday, April 3rd, 2017 at 6 pm at Jackson Liberty HS.  Riley will be Switlik's representative at the 33rd Annual Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune Spelldown to be held at the Pollak Theatre, Monmouth University on March 13, 2017 at 6pm. 

Winter Break Reading Challenge:  The results have been tallied.  Congratulations to Nathaniel Mohan in Mrs. Shroyer's class with the largest number of steps read over our winter break.  Congratulations to all of our 329 students who participated in our Winter Reading Challenge  I am proud of our readers and thank our parent committee for their continuous support in making our children life-long readers.

Cold Weather: With the inclement weather upon us, and the continuous possibility of early dismissals and delayed openings, it is important that your emergency contact information is up to date. Any changes to your contact information can be updated through the Genesis portal.

Before sending your child out to the bus stop or dropping them off at school, please take a moment to make sure they are dressed appropriately for the weather. Depending on the weather students may go out for Recess. Dressing your child in multiple light layers is recommended so that they can remove a top layer if they get too warm while indoors.  When it gets cold outside, it also gets cold inside the building as well. Don’t be afraid to ask your children whether or not they are comfortable while they are at school; they will often tell you if they are too hot, or too cold in their classrooms.



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 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.

Save the Date….


Choral Concert:  Please join us Wednesday, January 25th at 7:00 p.m. at Jackson Memorial High School as our 5th graders will bring us a “blast from the past “as they sing songs from the 60's 70's 80's and on.....  All choral students are to meet in the Auditorium at Jackson memorial High School (Fine Arts Center) between 6:30 -6:45 p.m.  Please s


School Spirit Day - Friday, January 13th.  Wear your crazy hats!

Fifth Grade Poetry Contest:  Theme - Switlik Memories/Panther Pride.  Due:  January 10, 2017.  Poems can be given to your teacher or emailed to  This is open to all Switlik 5th graders.  Poem should be a minimum of five stanzas and written in verse.  Three winning poems will appear in the yearbook.  Questions?  Call Coleen Walter at 732-833-8229.

Family Movie Night:  Friday, January 20th from 6:30-9:30 p.m.  Featuring "Finding Dory."  Popcorn and water will be provided to guests and candy bars will be for sale. 

Fifth Grade T-Shirt Contest:  All 5th graders can enter.  Entries received by February 6th will be considered.  Drawings must be on 8 1/2 x 11 white paper.  Should related to school spirit and include 
"2017" and "Switlik."  T-shirts are white and are printed with only black, white and red ink.  Winning entry will be on the 5th grade t-shirt.  

The Switlik PTN’s 1st Pocketbook Bingo:   Calling all Bingo players…..  You don’t want to miss the event of the year! Enjoy the evening socializing with family and friends and trying your luck on Friday, March 10, 2017, Jackson Mills Fire Station 54 465B North County Line Road, Jackson at Switlik PTN’s 1st Pocketbook Bingo. Make those reservations quick there is no doubt this event is going to sell out fast!

Admission: $30 per person. Admission includes:

  • 1 bingo sheet (3 boards per game) for 10 games Available to purchase at

                      the door:

  • Daubers and additional boards for each game
  • Boards for TWO SPECIAL GAMES. *Boards for these two games are not  

                      included in the admission*

  • Raffles
  • GRAND PRIZE tickets
  • 50/50


Reservation Forms can be downloaded off the PTN website- Questions? Contact Helene Scarnici at / 732-991-4986


A Note from our School Nurse: In order to minimize risk to others, we encourage parents to keep your children home if they exhibit any flu symptoms, which include, fever, body aches, chills, headache, coughing or vomiting. We advise that you keep your children home from school until they are fever-free for a full 24 hours WITHOUT the use of any fever-reducing medications (such as Tylenol or Advil). While in school, we will be reminding everyone about the importance of preventative actions, such as frequent handwashing and covering their mouths when they cough or sneeze. The CDC also recommends the Flu Shot for anyone above the age of 6 months and high risk groups.


Kathleen McKiernan