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December, 2018

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.

Grinch For Good Feed America Food Drive:  Pleae consider donating non-perishable food items or basic hygiene/toiletry items.  Our donations will benefit the Jackson Food Pantry.  We will be collecting these goods from Monday, December 3rd through Friday, December 14th.  Thank you for all of your continued support and generosity.

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

Five Below Fundraiser - Shop at Five Below from Saturday, December 8th- Saturday, December 15th from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in Brick, Manalapan or Howell and the Switlik PTN will receive 10% of your purchases.  Please bring the flyer sent home when you shop.

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.

School Store -  Students can stop on Wednesday, December 12th during their lunch period.

Texas Roadhouse - Dine to Donate at Texas Roa dhouse Howell location on thursday,k December 13th from 4:00-10:00 p.m.  Please bring flyer sent home.

Papous Place - Dine to Donate at Papous Place on County Line Road in Jackson on Friday, December 28th from 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.  Switlik PTN will receive 15% of your purchase.  Please bring flyer sent home.

Give Back Greeting Cards – Visit 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 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

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 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. 


Kathleen McKiernan