February 2019 Spotlight

February 2019 Spotlight

Mark your calendars for the following dates:

  • Wednesday, February 6th - 7:30 PM  Education Foundation (EFLS)
  • Thursday, February 7th  - 12:30 Dismissal Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Friday, February 15th  – School Closed- PD Day for Staff
  • Monday, February 18th - School Closed - Presidents’ Day
  • Thursday, February 21st  - 7:00 PM Board of Education Meeting
  • Wednesday, February 27th – 7:00 PM Curriculum Café

NJ Department of Education Announces Changes to the Spring 2019 Assessments

The NJDOE has formally announced some changes to our State Assessment.  The test, formally known as PARCC, is now called the New Jersey Student Learning Assessments (NJSLA).  Students will continue to be assessed in English Language Arts (NJSLA-ELA) and Math (NJSLA-M).  While the structure of the test and the online testing platform remains the same, our students will realize slightly shorter tests.  The ELA assessment which formerly had 3 units will now have 2 units.  The timing of the ELA portion of the test for our students will be 75 minutes per unit in grade 3 and 90 minutes per unit in grades 4-8.  There will be 3 units of Math for grades 3-8, each unit spanning 60 minutes in duration.  Markham Place will be assessing Wednesday, May 1st through Friday, May 3rd.  Point Road will be assessing the week of May 6th-10th, with only one unit per day. 

Where Does My Tax Money Go?


Tax bills are not only Little Silver school taxes; they are comprised of the following:

Local Municipal Taxes                               *  Little Silver School District Taxes

*  County Taxes                                             *  Red Bank Regional High School Taxes

         *  County Library Taxes                                 *  Municipal Open Space Taxes

         *  County Open Space Taxes                          

(Items in red are the largest percentages)

According to the Monmouth County Board of Taxation General Tax Rate Certification Schedule for 2018, approximately 15% of collected taxes are sent to the county to be dispersed between the county budget, the county library budget, and the county open space fund.   The local municipality realizes about 22% of collected taxes with 21.87% going to town operations and the remaining .50% going to a municipal open space fund.  RBR receives approximately 21% of dollars received, and the largest portion of your tax bill, almost 42%, goes to the Little Silver School District

While a significant portion of local taxes is directed to the school system, the rate of increases for overall school operations far exceeds the percentage received. 

Local tax dollars are not sent to the State of New Jersey.  Personal State Income Tax money from local residents is sent to the State.  The State of NJ then determines a State Budget, some of which is allocated to schools.  There is a stark disparity between the amount of State Income Tax money sent to the State of New Jersey from local residents versus the amount of money Little Silver receives back in the form of School State Aid.

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i-Phone Safety Warning for Parents

As of late, some Monmouth County School districts have been facing challenges with the “AirDrop” function on i-Phones.  iPhones have a setting entitled “AirDrop.”  For those of you who don’t use AirDrop, it is a way to quickly and easily transfer files between iPhones, iPads, and Macs.  It uses Bluetooth LE to broadcast, discover, and negotiate connections for the transfer of data.  AirDrop can send photos, videos, contacts, Passbook passes, Voice Memos, Map locations, and anything else that appears on a Share sheet to someone around you (approximately a 25-30 foot range).  Some “photo sharing”, within Monmouth County Schools, has included very explicit personal photographs.  If your child has an iPhone, you are strongly encouraged to examine your child’s “AirDrop” setting. 

To do this, go to:

  • Settings
  • General
  • AirDrop

You will see this:

Air Drop

Receiving Off:  This means you can neither use AirDrop to send a file nor receive a file from anyone.  This is by far the safest setting.  

Contacts Only:  This means that you can only receive files from your current contacts.  Therefore, incoming messages are all identifiable.  However, you can still send messages to anyone that has his/her settings set to “Everyone”.  

Everyone:  This means that you can both send/receive messages to/from ANYONE in an approximate 25-30 foot range.  This means that anyone can send you a message, picture, etc.   You will only know the source of that message or picture if that individual is in your contacts. 

For a guide to AirDrop, click HERE.  

The New Jersey School Boards Association Warns Parents about the Dangers of Vaping

With a growing number of students participating in vaping – smoking e-cigarettes often laced with addictive nicotine and sweet flavors — the New Jersey School Boards Association will be posting a series of videos to help inform parents and educators about the phenomenon.  Please visit the NJSBA website to view the videos.

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Markham Students Qualify for Central Jersey Region Choir!


Seven chorus students auditioned for Central Jersey Region Choir. This choir is an honors choir comprised out of the top performing middle school vocalists in 11 counties in the central part of New Jersey. We are very excited to announce that all seven students were accepted this year. The students include: Kelly Malone, Charlsea Chance, Fiona Gourlie, Lauren Connelly, Kendall Thorner, Sophia Marc-Aurele, and Julia Clark.  These students will be attending 6 rehearsals during the next few weekends, and will be performing in a concert at Monroe Township High School on March 10th. We are very excited for our students!  Thank you Mrs. Bennett and Ms. Brush for your hard work in developing the talents of these extraordinary students!

Did you know

Did you know that the Education Foundation of Little Silver (EFLS) is hosting their annual fundraising event on Friday, April 5, 2019 at the Navesink Country Club located at 50 Luffburrow Lane, Middletown, NJ 07748.  Come support the EFLS in helping to provide our students with the most current technologies!