September 2019 Spotlight

back to school

Mark your calendars for the following dates:

  • Thursday, September 5thFirst Day of School!
  • Wednesday, September 11th Point Road Back-to-School Night – 7:00 PM
  • Thursday, September 12th – RBR Back-to-School Night
  • Wednesday, September 18th – Markham Place Back-to-School Night – 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, September 25th  - Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) – 9:00 AM - PR Courtyard
  • Wednesday, September 25th  - EFLS meeting  - 7:30 PM - held at the Oldroyd residence  - email for additional details
  • Thursday, September 26th  – Board of Education Meeting – 7:00 PM  - MP Media Center
  • Monday, September 30th  – SCHOOL CLOSED Rosh Hashanah

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Parent Communication

The August Spotlight reviewed the various forms of communication.  If you HAVE NOT accessed your child’s homeroom assignment through the Genesis Parent Portal Summary Page, please go back and read the August Spotlight.


Policies & Procedures - Rule Acknowledgement Form


On an annual basis, parents are asked to review specific Board of Education Policies and indicate that you have read and discussed those policies with your child.  In recent years, we implemented a process whereby parents “digitally acknowledged” that they read and discussed the various policies with their children.  This is a reminder that these forms will be available to parents via the Genesis Parent Portal.  They will be mandatory to fill out before you can see students’ schedules, class or school posts, or have access to report cards later in the year.

Student Drop-off and Pick-up Sign


Drop-Off and Pick-Up

Student drop-off and pick-up are always challenging, but morning drop-off tends to present a host of issues.   Parents who drop-off at Point Road are encouraged to park on Lippincott and walk their children to school.  Parents who drop-off at Markham are reminded that while dropping off on Lovett IS permitted, dropping off on North Lovett by the teacher’s parking lot is not.  Parents are urged to be courteous.  Please be cognizant of school start times (Point Road 8:05 AM and Markham Place 8:07 AM) and allow yourselves adequate time.  In addition, should an accident occur, please do not leave the scene.  PLEASE be mindful of prohibited drop-off locations including North Lovett.

Activity Participation Fee Program

Activity Participation Fee Program

Over the course of the 2018-2019 school year, information was disseminated via the Spotlight regarding the Activity Participation Fee Program that will be implemented this year.  Please visit the August Spotlight to review payment procedures utilizing MySchoolBucks.  

If your child will be participating in an Extra Curricular Activity, (i.e. Band, Chorus, Orchestra, Computer Club, etc.), you can log on immediately to register your child through the School Store. 

If your child wants to participate in a “no-cut” sport (i.e. Cross Country or Track), you can log on to register your child through the School Store prior to the start of the season.

If your child wants to participate in a “cut” sport (i.e. soccer, basketball, etc.), he/she will follow coach’s instructions for try-outs.  Following try-outs, students will receive a code to log in to the Athletic Page of the Google Classroom.   There will be a one-week grace period from the time a child secures a place on a team until the date payment is due.  If payment is not received within that week, the slot on the team will be offered to the student on top of the “cut list” and proceed accordingly. 

Annual Parent Satisfaction Survey  

Annual Parent Satisfaction Survey

Each year, we seek parent feedback by distributing a Parent Satisfaction Survey.  The brief survey, based on the 2018-19 school year, will take less than five minutes to complete (per school) and will help to inform our decision-making.  This year, we divided the survey so that it is school-specific.  If you have children in both buildings, we would greatly appreciate your response to both surveys. 

Take the survey(s).

New Jersey Student Learning Assessments badge


In May 2019, the State of New Jersey implemented the New Jersey Student Learning Assessments (NJSLA) for English Language Arts & Literacy (NJSLA-ELA), Mathematics (NJSLA-M), and Science (NJSLA-S) in lieu of the former PARCC Assessment.   The district expects to receive Individual Student Profile Sheets for distribution in early September.  Stay tuned!


Monmouth County Schools Partnership for Wellness

Monmouth County Schools Partnership for Wellness

The Monmouth County Schools Partnership for Wellness @MCSPWellness will be hosting our first Wellness Symposium for Parents on Thursday, October 3rd at Brookdale Community College. 

The schedule will be as follows:

  • Registration and Resource Fair – 6:00 PM
  • Keynote - 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Travel & Tables - 7:00 PM - 7:15 PM
  • Sessions - 7:15 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Travel & Tables - 8:00 PM - 8:15 PM
  • Panel Q&A -  8:15 PM - 9:00 PM


This is a county event, and there will be limited seating of about 450 registrants.  Information will follow regarding registration.  #BeYouBeWell

Parents as Partners in Education

Parents as Partners in Education

As we embark on this new school year, members of the Administrative Team encourage parents to be our partners in education.  As previously shared, the New Jersey Department of Education has published a brief Checklist for Student Success including things parents can ask and do to help their children thrive at school. The resource can be found at:

We recognize that communication is one of the most important elements in creating a positive relationship between parents and educators.  We continuously strive to be timely in our responses to parent inquiries.  We also recognize that parental involvement in education is one of the biggest predictors of student success.  We welcome this partnership. 

We work hard to meet the needs of all learners.  We are fortunate to work in a district where our students don’t face many of the barriers to student success faced by many children across the nation.  Parental advocacy is recognized and appreciated by Little Silver’s Administrative Team. 

While we appreciate the role of the parent in our partnership, we respectfully ask parents to recognize our role as educators.  Decisions are never made in isolation. Programming decisions involve administrative and teaching staff input.  As trained professionals in the field of education, we rely on research to inform our decision-making, particularly with program and placement decisions.  While we will not circumvent our criteria to consent to placement or programming decisions based on a parental request, we will always take the time to listen and explain our decision making.  Please recognize that children will mirror you in terms of how they cope with disappointment.  Help us in helping children learn that disappointment is part of life, and how we deal with outcomes is a part of growing up. 


Schools and Parents Navigate the “Slippery Slope” of Smart Phones

Read a Two River Times article regarding students Smart Phones.




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Did you know that the Little Silver School District has been investigating new revenue sources for the district?  Thanks to the PTO, if you shop at ShopRite you can generate money for the PTO which directly benefits our students.  See