December 2019 Spotlight


Mark your calendars for the following dates:

  • Sunday, December 1st  - 4:00 PM Annual Tree Lighting at Borough Hall
  • Wednesday, December 4th – 7:30 PM  Education Foundation (EFLS) Meeting – Point Road
  • Thursday, December 5th – 7:00 PM Point Road Holiday Concert
  • Friday, December 6th – 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM Book Fair at Barnes & Noble
  • Monday, December 9th – 7:00 PM Markham Place Holiday Concert at RBR
  • Thursday, December 19th – 7:00 PM  Board of Education Meeting 


Social Emotional Learning

When the district underwent the most recent Strategic Planning process, one of the identified goals was: To promote student growth and achievement through enhanced learning practices.  One of the objectives under this goal area is: To cultivate the social-emotional development of students.  Social-emotional wellness has become a focus not only of our district, but on a much broader scale as well.  On October 3rd, the Monmouth County Partnership for Wellness (@MCSPWellness) hosted our first wellness symposium for parents.  Later that month, on October 17th, RBR screened a film about anxiety called Angst, followed by a panel discussion.  The conversation surrounding emotional health is part of a far-reaching national conversation. 

This past August 2019, Rethink Ed and The New York State Council of School Superintendents partnered to host the NYS Social and Mental Wellness Symposium, bringing together educators and experts in the field to prepare to address, adopt, and advocate for student social and mental wellness. 

The most commonly diagnosed mental disorders in children in the US (graphic)

From a school district perspective, we have a committee working to inform and frame our district’s narrative regarding the best ways to identify our students having social-emotional issues that may be impacting their education.  As a public school system, we will continue to work to educate and support the whole child.  That said, parents must be cognizant of the environments they create at home that can foster anxiety rather than resilience.  To read a pertinent article from Psychology Today entitled: 10 Reasons Teens Have So Much Anxiety Today.


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Music News

Saturday, November 16th marked the annual auditions for All Shore Intermediate Band.  All Shore Intermediate Band is a select honors concert band comprised of the most dedicated, advanced middle school band students in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. The All Shore Intermediate Band is organized and run by music educators from Monmouth and Ocean County Schools who want to provide their students with a challenge and opportunity to perform music at a high level. All band directors involved volunteer their time to prepare, organize, and conduct the ensemble.  This year, five hard-working Markham Place students auditioned.  Two of the five students were accepted: Conor Barkey was accepted on the trumpet and Julia Clark was accepted on clarinet.  Congratulations to both students for securing their coveted seats! Congratulations to the other three students as well.  The preparation for auditioning requires time and dedication to master the material and overall musicianship.  Therefore, please join me in congratulating Eric Pota (bass clarinet), Hannah Smolinski (clarinet), and Corey Taylor (clarinet) for finely representing Markham Place School during their auditions.  The All Shore Band Concert is on Tuesday, February 4th at the Millstone Performing Arts Center at 7 PM.

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Markham Place Class hosted “Friendsgiving Day” Celebration

On Wednesday, November 20th, the students of Mrs. Poland's class hosted a “Friendsgiving” celebration and invited friends and staff members at MPS to join in the fun!  The students cooked a traditional Thanksgiving meal for the holiday.  Prior to the feast, Mrs. Rosen joined the class to facilitate two food art activities.   

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Bag Brigade imageThe Bag Brigade was a SUCCESS!

On Friday, November 22th, the Little Silver PTO hosted its 6th Annual Bag Brigade.  As a result of the generous donations from our residents, approximately 400 “bags of kindness” were filled and prepared to benefit Lunch Break.  Little Silver residents donated: 123 boxes of family sized cereal, 273 boxes/bags of pasta, 474 cans of fruit, 549 soups, 462 jars of peanut butter, 334 canned yams, 595 boxes of cornbread mix, and 967 cans of tuna fish.  Your generosity will feed many families.


Barnes & Noble Book Fair


Mark Your Calendars for the Barnes and Noble Book Fair 


On Friday, December 6th, between the hours of 4-7 PM, come visit Barnes and Noble at the Eatontown Mall to listen to students and staff read and Markham Place musicians perform.  Purchase books for holiday gifts to help raise money to support the Point Road and Markham Place libraries.   


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Computer Science Education Week is held annually in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906).  The students in both schools will be participating in the Hour of Code (see Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries.  Ask your children about coding!


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Did you know that in order to support Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), the district subscribed to the Newsela Social-Emotional Learning Collection for middle school and elementary school?

This Collection is CASEL-aligned and encourages conversations such as: (Middle School) What should I do when people pick on my friend? Is Instagram making me feel bad about myself? And, how can I finish this class project tonight when I have basketball practice? (Elementary School) What should I do when my friend hurts my feelings? How can I listen in class when I’m having a bad day? And, how can I remember to do my homework?

The articles and accompanying resources will promote responsible decision-making, building and maintaining personal relationships, effective communication, managing stress, setting goals, and more.