Monday, November 12, 2012
Parent-teacher conferences will force half-days Thursday and Friday
Markham Place and Point Road School students will resume regular schedules Tuesday after attending classes on a split schedule Monday due to continued problems at Point Road. However, students will only resume a full schedule after nearly two weeks of inactivity on Tuesday and Wednesday, with early dismissals Thursday and Friday for parent-teacher conferences, Superintendent Carolyn Kossack announced Monday evening. Little Silver children split time at Markham Place Monday after plans to reopen both schools were dashed due to a smoking electrical panel discovered at Point Road Saturday morning. Kossack, in a letter to the community on the district's website, said Point Road was deemed safe and operational at 11:20 a.m. today. "Thanks to …
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Oct. 3 is International Walk to School Day so stop waiting in traffic and hit the road.
Just when you thought you couldn't take one more morning backed up in a long line of SUVs waiting to make a drop off at school, Wednesday presents the perfect opportunity to get out of line and hit the street, literally. International Walk to School Day is Oct. 3 and Point Road is encouranging students to walk or ride their bikes to school (the rain date is Thursday, Oct. 4). Little Silver Police will be at the school offering bicycle registration, rain or shine, on Oct. 3. The school asks that the completed registration form is sent back and a sticker will be sent home to affix to the registered bike. Participants are als encouraged to wear pedometers to gauge the distance form home to school (10,000 steps = one mile) and the carry signs …
Monday, October 1, 2012
Don't miss out on after school activities like Lego Club or the Green Team.
I've got a confession to make. I know I edit this online news site and keep folks informed about what's going on in town, but sometimes, things slip by me. Case in point: Point Road's new online registration system for signing your student up for one of the after school programs. I got the heads up that my little guy wasn't signed up yet for Sportsmanship Club, one of his personal favorites, and quickly clicked over to get him in before the coveted spots were all snagged. Head on over to the Point Road Web site to sign your child up for Lego Club (first through fourth grade), Green Team (third and fourth grade) and/or Sportsmanship Club (first through fourth grade). All sections are capped at a maximum number of spots available, so don't …
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
All boys and girls who live in town are eligible to try out for spots on winter teams.
The Little Silver Travel Basketball tryouts for both the boys and girls Winter 2012/2013 Travel Teams will take place the week of Sept. 17 at Point Road Gym. The travel basketball tryouts are as follows: LS Girls 10u/5th Grade Team – Friday, 9/21 & Friday, 9/28 4-5pm LS Boys 10u/5th Grade Team – Tuesday, 9/18 & Thursday, 9/20 8-9pm LS Boys 9u/4th Grade Team - Tuesday, 9/18 & Thursday, 9/20 6:30-8pm LS Boys 8u/3rd Grade Team - Friday, 9/21 7-8pm Little Silver Travel Basketball is also looking for volunteers to coach a girls 9u/4th grade team. If interested, please contact Marie Weidman (see e-mail address below). If you have any questions, please feel free to…
Friday, September 14, 2012
The project remains on course to accommodate the district's full-day kindergarten program for the 2013-14 school year.
The plans for a new addition at Point Road School are almost complete. The updated building design and classroom layouts were presented to the Little Silver Board of Education at its regular meeting on Thursday, Sept. 12 in the Markham Place School library. Project manager Rick Takakjy, of the engineering firm P.W. Moss & Associates, presented the plans for the addition, which will consist of two new kindergarten classrooms. The new classrooms are part of a five-year strategic plan that was created in 2008 for the district, which will conclude with establishment of a full-day kindergarten program. Little Silver is currently in the minority among the state’s kindergarten programs, as most districts have already enacted full-day programs as …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
It was all about traffic control both inside and outside of Point Road on Thursday for the first day of school.
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Thursday, September 6, 2012
The first day of school over at Point Road, which Little Silver Police and school officials had been planning for all summer, hoping to allay traffic congestion due to the Seven Bridges Road closure, turned out to be pretty uneventful on Thursday. Except for the car fire. But that was small and put out quickly and slowed things down for about 20 minutes along Willow Drive. "Next week will be the true test," said Police Chief Daniel Shaffery, who was standing at the end of Little Silver Point Road near the giant "Bridge Out" sign and monitoring the flow of traffic early Thursday morning. "On the first day of school, everyone is coming early to park and take pictures." When parents start dropping off next week, said Shaffery, police will …
Friday, July 20, 2012
The district announced that the school day at both Point Road and Markham Place will be slightly longer starting in September.
Little Silver students will have to set their alarm clocks a little earlier in September so that they're ready to start their school day sooner than what they have been used to. In an effort to build additional instruction time into the school day, the start and end times at both schools will be changed, according to Little Silver Schools Superintendent Dr. Carolyn M. Kossack. "Giving our students the gift of more time was something I was thrilled to do given the demands of the curriculum," Kossack said in an e-mail, referring to the implementation of the Common Core standards that schools nationwide are required to adopt. The school day at Markham Place will begin five minutes earlier — at 8:10 a.m. instead of 8:15 a.m. — and end at 3 p.m…
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
There have been a bunch of changes in who traditionally teaches what grade at Point Road and Markham next year.
Each summer, Little Silver parents (present company included) sit on the beach and speak — with authority — on the choices their little one has for teachers in the fall and what classroom they'd like to see that student end up in. But this summer, that conversation has become a little tricky, as a number of teachers have been shifted into new grades — and even a new school — as administrators contend with a departing educator and shifting class populations. The Little Silver Board of Education accepted the resignation of teacher Brad Millaway at its June meeting, which left an opening in the third grade, and a larger class was moving up to fifth grade requiring the return of a fifth teacher. Then there is the always-changing roster of …
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
The project will accommodate a full-day kindergarten program for the borough.
If all goes according to plan, the exterior phase of construction to add two new classrooms to Point Road School in Little Silver should begin in March 2013. According to Amy Lerner, business administrator for the district, the "tentative timeline" submitted by the project's architect would have work completed by next August to be ready for the start of the 2013-14 school year. Little Silver residents approved a referendum in March to build two new classrooms at Point Road to accommodate a full-day kindergarten program. Lerner told Patch by e-mail on Monday that the timeline is as follows:
Thursday, June 14, 2012
The entire school community gathered on Thursday's last day of school to "clap out" departing fourth grade students.
It was a day for tears on Thursday as Point Road students bid farewell to another school year. The fourth grade class, which will move on to Markham Place in the fall, was treated to whole morning of festivites to commemorate their five years at the elementary school. There was a breakfast and awards ceremony, a slide show featuring great shots collected from parents of each and every child, and then there was the "clap out." At the close of the school's half day, students emerged from classrooms and lined the hallways to clap and cheer as the fourth grade processed past, with Principal Pamela Albert Devine leading the way. I was moved to see how emotional some of the students - and at least one teacher - was as they filed past. I found …