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April 2022



At Switlik, T.E.A.M. means, “Together Everyone Achieves More.” ~circa 2013

Dear Switlik Families,

I want to thank all of our teachers, students, and parents for your continuous hard work and teamwork during the past few months….it continues to make this school year easier with your partnership and support!


It’s finally Spring!  The days seem longer, the flowers are beginning to bloom, the grass is growing, and the warmer weather is lingering (sometimes).  The end of the school year is, as usual, looking very busy.  As the weather gets warmer, students become more anxious for the start of summer break.  With that said, it is also important that students continue to work hard on their academics and continue to behave appropriately in school.  Please stress with your children the importance of keeping their hands and feet to themselves and respecting other people’s personal space.


Classroom Placement for 2022-2023:  At this time of the year, many parents call or write to the school regarding their child’s class placement for next year.  Class placement is a complex process that involves the input of many educational professionals and considers many factors.  The ultimate goal of the placement process is to find the best possible match between what is best for the student and what the strengths of each teacher are.  I realize and appreciate your concern, but I will not honor parent requests for particular teachers.  I do, however, value your input and individual concerns for your child.  I will accept one non-request.  I will consider any concern or input that you have to offer, if you provide your concern via e-mail to me at before May 6th.  In conclusion, your input as a parent will be considered if you send it to me in writing before Friday, May 6th.  This will allow the educational professionals sufficient time to find the most appropriate match for your child.

NJSLA Testing:  Continue to visit the district website to view the NJSLA (formerly PARCC) testing calendar (go to the For Parents and Students tab and then Assessments and Grading).  Testing will begin for Grades 3, 4, and 5 on May 9th.

Kindergarten Registration:  Kindergarten Registration in the Jackson School District will take place March 1st - March 31st by appointment.  Registration packets are available online and in all elementary schools.  We encourage all parents (this INCLUDES students already enrolled in the pre-K program) to pre-register online to save time and streamline the registration process at the time of your appointment.   It is incredibly important that parents register during this period so we can plan ahead for the next school year. If you are a parent of a kindergarten student (regardless if they are already in the pre-K program), we kindly ask that you make every effort to register your child during the month of March.  All information is available on the Registration Page on the district website. 

Please call (732) 833-4650 ext 136 and speak to Mrs. Noreen Lagano to schedule an appointment during March to register your child for Kindergarten.


One Book, One School:  This Spring, the students and families of Switlik Elementary will be participating in the Great Lemonade Campaign as part of the One-Book One-School Reading Initiative. Our One Book One School initiative is a community wide event that connects school and family through a shared love of reading. To kick off the initiative, students will receive a copy of the book, The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davis to read throughout this initiative with their families. Each night, all students and their families will read a chapter from the book that goes along with our initiative reading schedule. After reading the designated chapter each night with their families, students from every grade level  will have the opportunity to answer daily trivia questions, and participants will be entered into a daily trivia raffle. 


Along with reading the book, The Lemonade War, Switlik Elementary School will be part of the Great Lemonade Campaign with the charity, Alex’s Lemonade Stand.  The goal of this partnership is for students and staff to spread awareness and help make a change to support families impacted by childhood cancer. Throughout the initiative, Switlik Elementary School will have school spirit days and a coin collection fundraiser to help change the lives of children with cancer.


Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) is changing the lives of children with cancer by funding impactful research, raising awareness, supporting families and empowering everyone to help cure childhood cancer. - Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

 Switlik PTN

There will not be a PTN Meeting in April.  Board elections for next year will take place on May 4th.

PTN Events:

Please click the following link for April’s Newsletter:

Please click on the following link for Game Day T-Shirt information:

There will be a shortened day of school on Thursday, April 14th, as we begin our Spring Break.  School will be closed April 15th - April 22nd.  Students will return to school on Monday, April 25th.  Enjoy the break with family and friends!

Stay safe, stay well!


Kathleen McKiernan