May 2019 Spotlight

May 2019 Spotlight

Mark your calendars for the following dates:

  • Wednesday, May 1st  – EFLS Meeting 7:30 PM
  • Thursday, May 23rd  - Board of Education Meeting 7:00 PM
  • Friday, May 24th – Early Dismissal – Staff Professional Development
  • Monday, May 27th – School Closed – Memorial Day
  • Thursday, May 30th  – Markham Place Chorus/Orchestra/Art Show/STEM Showcase 7 PM

Fair Funding Now image Little Silver Superintendent Advocates for Increase in Special Education Funding

To read about Dr. Kossack’s advocacy for special education funding, click here

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The Two River Times highlights Little Silver’s Quest for Fair Funding

To read about proposals for more equitable funding, look for the Two River Times feature article on Thursday, May 9th!  Look for it at 

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Advocate for Fair Funding by Contacting Our Local Legislators

Little Silver is in need of special education funding reform.  This would benefit all students.  Support Little Silver by contacting your District 13 Legislators: Senator Declan O’Scanlon ( and  Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (  For a sample letter, click here: sample letter

Teacher Appreciation Week – May 6th – 10th 

Cats holding up "Thanks" for Teacher Appreciation

Since 1984, the National PTA has designated one week in May as a special time to honor the men and women who lend their passion and skills to educating our children.  Little Silver teachers provide so much to our students—inspiration, motivation and, ultimately, their futures.  From May 6-10, 2019, we would like to show our gratitude to our staff by thanking them because their impact on the children extends far beyond the classroom walls. 

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Congratulations to our Monmouth County SPCA Essay Contest Winner!

The Monmouth County SPCA hosted their 2019 Essay Contest themed, “My Dog is a Superhero.”  Essays were judged anonymously on creativity and details in three categories: Elementary School (K-8), High School (9-12), and Adult. After reviewing numerous entries, congratulations goes out to Markham Place Fifth Grade Student, Meredith Dyer, who won the Elementary School Division!  Meredith’s entry was posted at the Monmouth County SPCA Dog Walk + Pet Fair on April 27th at Brookdale Community College.  The Little Silver School District enjoys supporting the Monmouth County SPCA in any way possible.  For information regarding the organization and/or pet adoption opportunities please visit

Markham Place Student Government Day celebration spans well over 40 years!

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On Wednesday, May 15th, the Markham Place 8th grade students will take part in the Annual Student Government Day.  Every 8th grade student will be assigned a job in the local municipality and/or as a Little Silver Board of Education member.  Teaching the functions of government and providing our students with an opportunity to learn how to have an appropriate voice in their own affairs is important.  8th Grade Social Studies Teacher and former Little Silver student, B.J. Olsen, carries on the annual tradition of Student Government Day affording the students of Little Silver the opportunity to learn about the workings of local government, including the job responsibilities of both elected and appointed positions.  Mayor Robert Neff will swear in the acting Mayor. The morning will be filled with a learning opportunity that few school districts experience. 

REMINDER: Lack of Snow Days Alters 2019 GRADUATION date!

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During this school year, we didn’t use any snow days!  Therefore, the two days that were built into the calendar will be returned.  Originally, Graduation was set for Thursday, June 20th, with Friday, June 21st as the last day of school.  As a result of not using any snow days, Graduation will move up to Tuesday, June 18th at 7:00 PM.  The last day of school will be Wednesday, June 19thRBR will graduate on Friday, June 21st.    Both June 18th & 19th are now half days of school.

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Budget and Finance

The final budget presentation to the community can be found at:

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Civil War Day

On Wednesday, May 22nd, Markham Place 7th grade students will travel back in time when they participate in the annual Civil War Day. The annual event has been a tradition at Markham Place School for over 20 years.  Seventh grade students will be visited by re-enactors from the 7th NJ Regiment of the 2nd NJ Brigade.  These men are re-enactors who share their love and expertise of Civil War history with students. The Regiment sets up various stations that the students visit and learn about life during the Civil War.  Special thanks to the LSPTO for their generous support of this special event every year. Also, thank you to Kati Brower and the members of the Living History group, Local Commotion, who will conduct an interactive activity with the 7th graders about women spies during the Civil War. 

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News from the Garden State Coalition of Schools

The Garden State Coalition of Schools is a non-partisan, non-profit education advocacy organization to which Little Silver belongs.  GSCS is an association of approximately 100 school districts that serves 300,000 students. To read about what’s new, click here.

Little Silver Moves to a Pay-to-Play Model Beginning the 2019-2020 School Year

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Following the Governor’s Budget Hearing on March 5, 2019, Little Silver learned that we will be realizing a $55,626 increase in State Aid.  While any increase is welcomed, our total State Aid revenue of $548,335 represents 3.5% of our budget.  As discussed over the past 5+ years, our expenditures are growing at a percentage that exceeds the 2% property tax cap.  As a result, we have decreased elementary class sections to four per grade level with some class sizes reaching as high as 26, and we’ve maximized every district resource we have available to contain costs.  While the 2019-2020 budget does not reflect cuts in positions as we have faced in prior years, we have reached a point where the district needs to offset expenditures by moving to a Pay-to-Play model.  The district has vetted a way to utilize MySchoolBucks for parents to pay online. 

Sports activities will cost $200 per activity

  • Fall: soccer, cross country
  • Winter: basketball, cheerleading
  • Spring: baseball, softball, track

Extra-curricular activities will cost $70 per activity

  • Point Road After School Activity (changes annually)
  • Point Road Band (4th grade)
  • Point Road Chorus
  • Point Road Orchestra (4th grade)
  • Markham Place After School Activity (i.e. STEM Club)
  • Markham Place Band
  • Markham Place Chorus
  • Markham Place Computer Club
  • Markham Place CyberPatriots
  • Markham Place Jazz Band
  • Markham Place Orchestra
  • Markham Place Theater
  • Markham Place Yearbook

Students elected to the Student Council at Markham Place or the Safety Patrol at Point Road will not be charged.

Point Road Students Take Care of Our Environment!

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On Friday, April 12th, Point Road students presented their annual Earth Day Grocery Bag Program. This year we celebrated twelve years of partnering with Sickles Market to deliver Earth Day (April 22, 2019) messages to their customers. Mr. Sickles not only donated lettuce plants to each student, he also donated 500 paper bags to Point Road for a special project. With the help of Ms. Dvorak, each student from Point Road School had the opportunity to decorate a bag with an environmental message.   Sickles Market then shared the bags with their customers on Earth Day.  Thank you Mr. Sickles!  

On Friday, May 3rd, the Kindergarten classes will celebrate Arbor Day with a wonderful program teaching all of us the importance of planting trees and taking care of the Earth.  Thank you to Little Silver Shade Tree Commission for providing all Point Road students with seedlings to plant at their own homes.  

View the slideshow of Earth Day 2019

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Did you know that school consolidation has been proposed by the NJ Legislature?  This is part of the Path to Progress report shared in several previous Spotlights, as well as the topic of new articles.  Click here.