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Dear Parents/Guardians:

We are excited to announce that South Amboy Elementary School will be continuing our work with i-Ready for the 2019-20 school year. For parents that are not familiar with the program, i-Ready is an online program used with the math program that will help us determine your child’s needs, personalize his or her learning, and monitor progress throughout the school year. i-Ready Instruction provides students with lessons based on their individual skill level and needs, so your child can learn at a pace that is just right for them. These lessons are fun and interactive to keep your child engaged as they learn.  To deepen your child’s learning through i-Ready we encourage you to do the following:

  1. Speak with your child about how using i-Ready will help them prepare for classwork. Also, explain that i-Ready will show teachers where your child is doing well and which topics need some more review.

  2. Encourage your child to take each lesson and quiz question seriously. Emphasize “thinking before clicking,” because just clicking through will not give teachers an accurate report of what your child knows.

  3. Encourage your child to use the tools that appear at the bottom of the screen in some lessons.

  4. Help your child identify and become familiar with the different parts of the student dashboard. 

  5. Track and celebrate your child’s progress. Your child should aim for 45 minutes of i-Ready Instruction per subject per week. To access i-Ready:

    1. They will need access to a computer and the internet.

    2. Students will log-in to Clever using the following address: http://clever.com/in/southamboy

  6. Contact your child’s teacher about how often your child should practice at home, or with any other questions about i-Ready

As always, thank you for your continued support and for being a partner in your child’s learning! 

Sincerely, 

Sean Dunphy

South Amboy Elementary School



Posted by sdunphy  On Sep 23, 2019 at 8:13 AM
  
Dear Parents/Guardians:

The South Amboy Municipal Alliance is sponsoring 2 separate seminars.  One seminar on October 9 is on technology and it's possible negative impacts on our children, and one on October 23 regarding drug abuse trends.  Please see the pictures below for more details.  Both seminars will be held at the Senior Resource Center at 108 South Stevens Ave, from 6:30-8 pm.
tech dependence flyer

Drug Abuse Flyer

Sincerely,
Sean Dunphy
Principal ~ SAES
Posted by sdunphy  On Sep 23, 2019 at 7:41 AM
  
Dear Parents/Guardians:

The third annual PTO Fall Festival is on October 25, 2019.  If you or anyone you know would like to sell goodies or crafts at the festival, please contact our PTO.  You can view the flyer below for more details and contact information.

2019_Fall Festival_Calling All Vendors.pdf

Thank you,
Sean Dunphy
Principal ~ SAES
Posted by sdunphy  On Sep 23, 2019 at 7:12 AM
  

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I know that we had a great turnout for our Back To School Night on Tuesday, but in case you were not able to attend, attached are some of the highlights that were presented by the administration.  Please take the time to read over the document.

BTS Highlights.pdf

Sincerely,

Sean Dunphy

Principal ~ SAES


Posted by sdunphy  On Sep 19, 2019 at 1:57 PM
  
Dear Parents/Guardians:

We have partnered with IPlay America to bring a promotion to our families.  On Friday September 20, from 4pm-9pm if you purchase a $10 game card, you will receive an unlimited ride wristband.  Please take a look at the flyer attached.  You do need to sign up on line via this link:  https://www.iplayamerica.com/SouthAmboy 

iPlay promo.pdf

I hope you get to enjoy the time at IPlay!

Sincerely,
Sean Dunphy
Principal ~ SAES
Posted by sdunphy  On Sep 19, 2019 at 7:43 AM
  
Dear Parents/Guardians:

This month is National Library Card Sign Up month.  You can go register for your free library card at the Dowdell Library.  See details in the picture below:

flyer
Thank you,
Sean Dunphy
Principal ~ SAES
Posted by sdunphy  On Sep 09, 2019 at 3:33 PM
  
Dear Parents/Guardians:

This is a reminder that both Thursday and Friday are FULL DAYS, not short session days.  Dismissal for K is 2:30 and grades 1-5, 2:48.



Thank you,
Sean Dunphy
Principal ~ SAES
Posted by sdunphy  On Sep 04, 2019 at 2:59 PM
  

The Elementary School cafeteria renovation is the last phase of a referendum project that initially started during the summer of 2014.  As part of that referendum, the Elementary School received major upgrades to classrooms, bathrooms, flooring, energy efficient lighting, and central air conditioning throughout the school.  In 2015, the project was stalled due to litigation with the contractor, leaving the aging cafeteria and kitchen out of the scope of the renovation work at that time.  During the 2018-19 school year, the district was able to resume planning for the renovation.  The renovation project began immediately after the school year ended in June of 2019.  Rather than begin demolition while students were in session, the district opted to begin during the summer months and complete the finishing stages in September and October to minimize disruption to school operations.  The project has been slated for an early to mid-October completion.  The project includes a total renovation of the cafeteria with removal of the stage allowing for additional space for student seating.  In addition, a full renovation of the kitchen will provide brand new equipment and a reconfiguration of serving lines during the lunch periods.
CafeReno1  

CafeReno2

CafeReno3

Where will students eat lunch during September and early October?

Students and staff will not have access to the cafeteria during the renovation project.  In fact, there will be no access to the cafeteria from within the school for safety reasons while the contractors are working.  The school has made arrangements with our food services vendor, Maschios, to serve lunch utilizing half the gymnasium.  A partition wall will separate the gym for lunches and gym classes. Lunches will be prepared at the Middle High School kitchen and transported to the Elementary school for service.  Students will not experience a change in their lunch service other than the location where they will eat temporarily.

CafeSeating1

CafeSeating2

What menu and food options will be available to students?

Food service will be prepared at the Middle High School and transported to the Elementary school for lunch service.  The menu will be limited for the month of September, however, there will be cold and warm food options each week.  Currently the district’s Elementary School menu for September shows cold lunches that will be available on a daily basis.  Maschio’s is working on providing hot lunches on select days of the week throughout the month of September.  Once they have finalized their schedule, they will update the online menu, so please keep an eye on the district website for changes.  Please visit the website for the daily lunch menu.  We ask for your patience during this transitional period as the project moves towards completion.  We look forward to having a brand new cafeteria and kitchen that allows us to serve larger variety of food to our students in the near future.


Can my child bring lunch from home?

Students have always been permitted to bring bagged lunch from home and can continue to do so while the cafeteria project is being completed.

Posted by jdiaz  On Sep 04, 2019 at 11:49 AM
  
Dear Parents/Guardians Of Students In Grades 1-5,

Parents please take a look at the opening day letter below, for students in grades 1-5.  Please keep in mind all outside doors will shut at 8:40, any student who tries to enter after 8:40 will be considered late and will have to report to the main office with an adult to sign them in.  There is an all call going out tonight as well.  We look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow.

Welcome Back Letter grade 1-5 2019.pdf

Sincerely,
Sean Dunphy
Principal ~ SAES
Posted by sdunphy  On Sep 04, 2019 at 8:55 AM
  
Dear Parents/Guardians Of Kindergarten Students:

Please read the letter below regarding opening day of Kindergarten.  There will be a brief orientation for all Kindergarten students and their parents on opening day, Thursday, September 5, at 9 am.

2019 2020 K First Day (1).pdf

I look forward to seeing everyone on Thursday 9/5/19.

Sincerely,
Sean Dunphy
Principal ~ SAES
Posted by sdunphy  On Aug 29, 2019 at 2:04 PM
  
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