Superintendent's Message, September 2019
We are off to a fast start to the 2019-20 school year. We hope each of our students is enjoying a smooth transition as they return from summer break. So far, our daily operations have run efficiently with some minor issues involving transportation. As you are well aware, each year it takes about two weeks to refine the transportation schedule and work out any unanticipated challenges. We appreciate your patience during this time and expect to have any problems ironed out by September 20th.
We are excited for what is new this year including:
- Primary School Emergency Access Path
- Primary School Security Vestibule
- Middle School Schedule
- Additional Staff at Preschool and Middle School: ESL, ELA, Mathematics
- Washer and Dryer installation at both school locations
This year, we will again do our best to ensure that every student attends school regularly. Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in preschool and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and in life.
We realize some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. But, we also know that when students miss too much school— regardless of the reason – it can cause them to fall behind academically. Your child is less likely to succeed if he or she is chronically absent—which means missing 18 or more days over the course of an entire school year. Research shows:
- Children chronically absent in preschool, kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade.
- By 6th grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for dropping out of school.
- By 9th grade good attendance can predict graduation rates even better than 8th grade test scores.
Absences can add up quickly. A child is chronically absent if he or she misses just two days every month!
We don’t want your child to fall behind in school and get discouraged. Please ensure that your child attends school every day and arrives on time. Here are a few practical tips to help support regular attendance:
- Make sure your children keep a regular bedtime and establish a morning routine.
- Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
- Ensure your children go to school every day unless they are truly sick.
- Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor’s appointments when school is in session.
- Talk to teachers and counselors for advice if your children feel anxious about going to school.
- Develop back up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, neighbor, or another parent to take your child to school.
Please note if your child will miss school due to illness or another reason, please be sure to call 732.758.1500 to notify the attendance office. For preschool sites outside of the Primary School, you may call your site directly.
Information regarding our attendance policies will be available on our website and feel free to speak to the office staff if you have any specific questions. We work hard to create a challenging and supportive learning experience for our children every day – if they miss school, they miss out! Help us continue our #RBBisBIA journey and utilize our recently developed Strategic Plan, Dreaming BIGGER, to inspire and support our students and families. Also, please visit rbbef.org to support the Red Bank Borough Education Foundation and Save the Date for Casino Night 2019 – Friday, November 1st! And of course, do not forget to vote on November 5, 2019 on our proposed referendum to complete emergent major repairs to Red Bank Primary and Red Bank Middle Schools.
Superintendent's Message, August 2019
Dear Red Bank Families:
Here we are approaching the start of another school year! Our doors will open to our community on Thursday, September 5th for more than 1,400 Red Bank children and like every other August, I am happy to say that our empty buildings will once again become schools.
This summer was especially exciting for a variety of reasons. We have made important upgrades to both the Primary and Middle School to enhance safety, security, and the instructional spaces. Two of our staff members, Alyssa May, Kindergarten Teacher, and Lucia Lakata, ESL Coach, earned Doctoral degrees from Rutgers University. We hired many talented new staff members to strengthen an already extraordinary staff. We are preparing for a November 5th referendum vote to replace the outdated roof and HVAC units at Red Bank Primary School and the outdated windows at Red Bank Middle School. And of course, in July, our district was recognized by the New Jersey Department of Education as a 2019 Lighthouse District for our instructional practices and the significant academic growth demonstrated by our students.
We are ready to continue our #RBBisBIA journey and utilize our recently developed Strategic Plan, Dreaming BIGGER, to inspire and support our students and families. Our Best In America mindset will continue to define our culture and set the standard for all learners – adults and children alike, and our District vision will continue to set the tone as our core values guide the way.
We believe our children should Dream BIG.
We will inspire.
We will challenge.
They will achieve.
Our students will be safe.
Our students will learn.
Our students will be inspired.
Student attendance continues to be a special focus. Our goal for 19-20 is for every child to be in school at least 171 of the 180 days of school – anything more is considered chronic absenteeism and negatively impacts a child’s academic growth. We will do our best to create an engaging learning environment so our students run in just as fast as they run out! Information regarding student attendance will be shared in a variety of forms throughout the school year. If your child must miss school due to illness or other reason, please contact 732.758.1500 to leave a message for the Primary or Middle School, and for Preschool please contact your specific site directly. If your child misses school then your child misses out! #AttendanceMatters.
I look forward to seeing you at the RBBEA Outdoor Family Movie Night at Red Bank Middle School on Tuesday, September 3rd. We will be giving away backpacks and installing free bike lights! Also, please visit rbbef.org to support the Red Bank Borough Education Foundation and Save the Date for Casino Night 2019 – Friday, November 1st!
EVENT DATE LOCATION TIME Outdoor Family Movie Night Tuesday, September 3 Middle School 6:30 p.m. Food
7:30 p.m. Movie
Preschool Meet & Greet Wednesday, September 4 All Preschool Sites 3:30 - 4:00 p.m. Kindergarten Open House Wednesday, September 4 Primary School 3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Back-to-School Night - K & 1 Wednesday, September 18 Primary School 6:00 p.m. Back-to-School Night - 2 & 3 Thursday, September 19 Primary School 6:00 p.m. Back-to-School Night - Grades 4-8 Wednesday, September 25 Middle School 5:30 p.m.
Enjoy the holiday weekend.
Superintendent's Message 6/26/2019
Dear Red Bank Families,
I hope this communication finds you enjoying a great start to the summer of 2019! After another outstanding school year we are all ready to recharge for 2019-20 and the exciting journey ahead. The 2018-19 school year culminated a 5-year period of unparalleled success for our school community. During this time we encouraged our community to Dream BIG and model the #RBBisBIA mindset. We also enjoyed a variety of recognition for our students, staff, schools, district, and programs. It was one award or distinction after another. Additionally, we advocated for fair funding, enhanced our instructional programs, elevated our intramural and interscholastic athletics, engaged in multiple arts integration partnerships, earned high performing status from the NJDOE, and demonstrated significant student growth. Most importantly, as a community we have created a unique togetherness resulting in a strong culture and a positive climate. Our school district utilizes strong curricula and provides access to technology for all students but it is the students, staff, and families of this community who define us as a school district. It is how this school district makes you feel that separates us from others.
This summer we will be providing presentations at the Board of Education meetings scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 23rd at Red Bank Primary School and 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, August 27th at Red Bank Primary School. At the former, we will present an overview of the Middle School instructional schedule designed to meet new NJDOE requirements. At the latter, we will share information regarding our Middle School Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program. The presentation will include a look back at 18-19 and a preview of what lies ahead in 19-20.
As we look forward to next year, we have scheduled four different times at two convenient locations for your September Packet Pickup (see below). We will share reminders of this information with the community via postcard mailing, automated phone calls, and social media, but please add this information to your calendar now. If you have any questions over the summer, our school offices will be open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. during July and August.
Monday, August 19
9:00-11:00 am and 5:00 -7:00 pm
Pre-K to 8 (Including Pre-K Off-Sites)
Tuesday, August 20
9:00-11:00 am and 5:00 -7:00 pm
Pre-K to 8 (Including Pre-K Off-Sites)
Preschool Orientation will be offered on both September Packet Pickup Days. You must attend one of the orientation sessions to receive your packet.
- Monday, August 19th, 5:00 p.m., Red Bank Primary School
- Tuesday, August 20th, 9:00 a.m., Red Bank Middle School
Grade 4 Orientation will be held on Tuesday, August 20th at 4:00 p.m. in the Red Bank Middle School auditorium. Student packets will be available immediately after the presentation.
Once again, I cannot express enough how proud I am to serve this community and how grateful I am to work with such outstanding professional educators and the remarkable children of Red Bank. Today, we are ready for the future and we will be Dreaming BIGGER for our children in 2019-20 and beyond!
Have a happy and healthy summer. See you on Thursday, September 5th for the first day of our new year!
Superintendent's Video Message - 05/14/2019
Superintendent's Message - 05/1/2019
Dear Red Bank Families,
During the past five years, our leadership team, our Board of Education, our faculty and staff, and our students and families, collaborated to accomplish countless achievements which exemplify the BIA mentality and write the remarkable story of the Red Bank Borough Public Schools. We should all be tremendously proud of what we have accomplished together.
Recently, I was provided the opportunity to reflect on the past few years in order to help create a road map to define our future. In doing so, I was able to appreciate who we are and also visualize what we will become. As a result of this reflection, I am excited to announce the 19-20 school year will bring some changes to our leadership team. At the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, April 30 the following items were approved, effective July 1, 2019.
- That the Board approves the appointment of Luigi Laugelli as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction.
- That the Board approves the voluntary transfer of Stacy Sherwood to Middle School Literacy Interventionist.
- That the Board approves the transfer of Maria Iozzi to Primary School Principal.
- That the Board approves the transfer of James T. Pierson to Middle School Principal.
In addition to these changes, I am also excited to welcome a new member to our Board of Education. After many years of service, Ms. Marjorie Lowe has resigned from the position as a member of our Board. We are grateful for Ms. Lowe’s dedicated service to our school community. Last evening, the Board interviewed and appointed Ms. Jennifer Garcia to replace Ms. Lowe. Ms. Garcia has three daughters in our schools and is a constant voice of support for our school district throughout the community. I look forward to working with Ms. Garcia and the entire Board of Education to inspire our students to Dream BIGGER and help them get there!
Looking forward to closing out another extraordinary school year and the great things to come in 2019-20!
Superintendent's Message - 04/10/2019
As we plan end-of-year activities, our staff and students will have the opportunity to enjoy the Memorial Day Weekend as an extended holiday. Due to the fact that we did not use the three snow days reserved for inclement weather, our District will be closed for all staff and students on Friday, May 24, 2019.
The two remaining unused snow days will be applied to Thursday, June 20 and Friday, June 21, 2019 (this only applies to 10-month employee’s calendar) with Wednesday, June 19 being the last day of school for instructional staff and students. Minimum school days will be Friday, June 14 through Wednesday, June 19. The minimum school day schedule is as follows:
- Middle School, 1:00 p.m. Release Time
- Primary School, 1:10 p.m. Release Time
- Off-Site Preschools, 1:15 p.m. Release Time
Listed below are dates for promotion and moving up ceremonies.
- First Baptist Church PreK on June 7, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
- United Methodist Church PreK on June 7, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
- Primary School Kindergarten on June 12, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
- CYMCA PreK on June 12, 2019 at 11:30 a.m.
- Primary School Grade 3 on June 13, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
- Primary School PreK on June 17, 2019 at 9:30 a.m.
- Middle School on June 17, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.
- Acelero Head Start on June 18, 2019 at 9:30 a.m.
- Monmouth Day Care Center PreK on June 19, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.
Additionally, our Family Fun Night 2019 will take place on Friday, June 7 at 5 p.m. at the Primary School with Friday, June 14 as the rain date.