June 2019 Spotlight

June 2019 Spotlight

Mark your calendars for the following dates:

  • Wednesday, June 5th  – EFLS Meeting 7:30 PM
  • Thursday, June 6th  - Point Road Art Show (3:00 PM – 6:30 PM) & Chorus Concert (7:00 PM)
  • Thursday, June 13th  - Board of Education Meeting 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday, June 18th – Early Dismissal – GRADUATION 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, June 19th – Early Dismissal – LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

Point Road’s Festival of the Arts

Mark your calendars for Thursday, June 6th!  Visit the Art Museum and STEM showcase from 3:15 PM – 6:30 PM.  End your evening by attending the Band, Orchestra and Chorus Concert at 7:00 PM!


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News from the Garden State Coalition of Schools

The Garden State Coalition Annual Conference took place on Wednesday, May 29thKeynote speakers included First Lady Tammy Murphy and DOE Commissioner of Education Dr. Lamont Repollet. The panel discussion was moderated by John Mooney, founding editor of NJ SpotlightThe panel discussion topic was: New Jersey Education: The Best Public Investment!  Panel participants included Senator Declan O’Scanlon, Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso, Vice President of the NJ Board of Education Kathy Goldenberg, Garden State Coalition Past President Jorden Schiff and Superintendent Michael LaSusa.  Questions were posed by moderator John Mooney: Founder of NJ Spotlight.  The conversation encompassed several education funding issues including special education funding. 

Little Silver Schools offers Summer Band Enrichment

Markham Place Music Teacher, Mrs. Stephanie Bennett, will be offering four, 45-minute small group lessons, for students entering 5th-8th grade interested in summer band. Lessons will be offered Monday, August 26th – Thursday, August 29th for $100. 

Lessons will include:

  • Instruction on developing technique and fundamentals
  • Tone production
  • Music literacy
  • Small ensemble performance skills
  • Preparation for the 2019- 2020 school year!

If your child is brand new to playing an instrument, please contact Mrs. Bennett (sbennett@littlesilverschools.org) for information on instrument rental. 

The summer schedule is as follows:

8:00 - 8:45 - Incoming 5th graders (who have had experience playing in the 4th grade program)

9:00 - 9:45 - Incoming 6th - 8th graders

10:00 - 10:45 - Percussion

11:00 - 11:45- All Shore Preparation

Please register online under the Parent Link (Event Sign Up) on the district web page https://www.littlesilverschools.org/parents/event-sign-up  

Checks can be made payable to the Little Silver Board of Education. 


News from the New Jersey Legislature

Senate Bill 3219, introduced in December 2018, is one worth watching!  Bill S3219 proposes the elimination of census-based funding of special education aid.  Under the current school funding law, the School Funding Reform Act of 2008 (SFRA), the Special Education Categorical Aid is calculated based on 2010 census data.   The current methodology assumes that a fixed percentage of the school district’s population receives special education services, rather than using actual numbers.  Bill S3219 would calculate Special Education Categorical Aid based on actual numbers rather than an assumed percentage of old census data. 




Little Silver Will Institute an Activity Participation Fee Beginning the 2019-2020 School Year



The Board of Education has drafted Policy 2436 Activity Participation Fee Program.  During the May 23rd Board of Education Meeting, a first reading of the policy passed muster.  The policy is expected to pass during the June 13th Board of Education Policy.  The district has vetted a way to utilize MySchoolBucks for parents to pay online. 

Beginning the 2019 school year, sports activities will cost $200 per activity

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

Beginning the 2019 school year, extra-curricular activities including, but not limited to the following, 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 Orchestra
  • Markham Place Theater
  • Markham Place Yearbook

Beginning the 2019 school year, the following extra-curricular activity will cost $30

  • Markham Place Jazz Band

Students who participate in Jazz band must have elected to participate in another band ensemble, and therefore, this is in addition to Markham Place Band.

A refund will not be provided in the event the student quits during the course of the activity or becomes ineligible to play due to academic performance.  Refunds, or partial refunds, based on a student’s inability to play or participate due to injury will be considered. 

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Did you know that the Board of Education is committed to obtaining parental feedback.  Therefore, the Annual Parent Satisfaction Survey will be forthcoming this summer.  Stay tuned!