Weekly Principal's Message

Principal’s Perspective:

Parent-led Petition Surpasses 10k Signatures As Fight to Restore Funding Accelerates:

http://www.trschools.com/community/parent-led-petition-surpasses-10k-signatures

2nd Marking Period Closure:

I know it is hard to believe that we are more than halfway through the 2108-2019 school year, but our students are now working in their 3rd marking period classes and activities. Just a reminder that the 2nd marking period grades will be posted in Parent Portal after 4PM today. Please be sure to check your child’s progress and reach out to us should you have any concerns or questions.

Shout Out-

We would like to give a “Shout Out” to Cycle 74 who has reached their halfway mark of reading 1000 books this year. Way to go and keep reading!!!!!

Toms River Schools Preschool Program:

The Toms River Regional School District is offering a sliding scale tuition-based two and half hour programs at award winning Silver Bay and East Dover Elementary Schools.

What’s great about our preschool program:

Individualized instruction through the use of the NJDOE endorsed researched based program,

Creative Curriculum highly-qualified, dual-certified teachers

Access to carefully chosen and effective educational technology

Activities in art, science, music, and physical education

Special programs throughout the school year for early exposure in preparation for kindergarten. Please see attached for additional information.

Preschool Flyer

Parent Invite to our school’s Homework Help:

Please see attached as an invitation to join our staff and students as they are provided opportunity to complete and get assistance on homework concepts after school until late bus.

Parent Invite

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Looking for a creative way to tell your student, “I love you and I’m proud of you”?

Place a recognition ad in the yearbook by February 16th, 2019.

Whether your son or daughter is in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade, a recognition ad is always a great idea. In the future, seeing your message will bring a smile as they remember your love and support during these important years. And, it’s easy to create a recognition ad. Just visit Jostens Yearbooks' website to see the various different ad sizes and design options.

Space is very limited...reserve a space for your ad today to say how proud you are. Like the yearbook, your message will be a permanent memory.

Thanks!

Sincerely,

The Yearbook Staff

Click to order recognition ad- RECOGNITION AD LINK

Click to order the 2018 - 2019 Yearbook - YEARBOOK LINK

Do you have an extra coat in your closet?

Once again, Intermediate North's Student Council is collecting clean, gently worn coats. The coats are sorted by our Student Council and will be given, free of charge, to students in need, to local charities and to a group home for adults. They have collected 100 coats so far! Last day to donate is February 28.

Your child can bring the coat in to his homeroom teacher. Their cycle's Student Council Representative will collect them. This is our 10th coat drive for One Warm Coat! Thank you so much for your continued support!

Curriculum Corner - World Language

A new year is well under way and our students are diving deep into language study. Intermediate level Spanish students have just completed or are now beginning their quarter of language study. For the 6th and 7th graders who have completed the quarter, that means finishing up some fables and legends that are culturally connected to Spanish-speaking countries. They have learned names for animals and actions those animals do, and should be able to retell the stories, name the key characters, identify if they are people or animals, and name and describe their habitats. These are skills that are transferable to the language arts, science, social studies, and math curricula, as they are learning the language of mathematical expressions.

The incoming 6th and 7th graders will begin with a review of prior knowledge and concepts to become acclimated to a 90% Spanish language classroom environment where they will hear and utilize the target language in context. They will be using numbers, calendar expressions and weather phrases, as well as classroom and courtesy expressions to interact with their teacher and, ultimately, with their classmates. The 8th graders are learning how to describe themselves and others using descriptive words about physical and personality characteristics.

If you would like to help your child review, you can ask your 6th or 7th grader to tell you about one of the stories they have read and ask them about the beginning, middle and end of the story. Those who are just beginning should be able to talk about classroom rules, how to ask someone’s name or age, tell about the weather, etc. To review with your 8th grader, you can ask him/her to describe him/herself or other family members and identify people in family pictures by how they are related or the person’s age or a simple description of them. For those 8th graders just beginning, you might want to start selecting some family pictures that will help prepare a family album to talk about relatives.

In February and March, our Spanish classes will be learning about Women’s History Month and Black History Month, and will be able to share with you some information about a famous woman or person of color they are learning about or have researched. There is a wonderful book in English, Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King, with a translated Spanish language version, Feliz Cumpleaños, Martin Luther King, which students can easily comprehend when they read it in class. This is a wonderful, short biography that helps to affirm to students how much language they have learned in such a short time.

Have you heard? All three intermediate schools are piloting a full year Spanish 1 course, taught by our World Language teachers, as an additional elective for selected students who wish to accelerate their language learning and work toward enrolling in Spanish 2 as a freshman in high school. Students attend class daily and work in a traditional classroom setting as well as independently through moderated online units of language study, while a World Language teacher assesses their progress and practices interpersonal communication skills each week. What a way to prepare our 21st century learners to be global leaders!

Inclement weather information:

Delayed opening start time is 8:40 AM.

Early dismissal time is 11:50 AM.

Please do not drop your child off to the building prior to 8:30 AM. We cannot provide proper supervision as our staff safely navigates the inclement weather conditions as well. Thank you!

Please make sure that your contact information is updated on Genesis to ensure a phone call regarding any school closings or delayed openings due to inclement weather. You can always check our district website for updates as well.

Sports Information:

SPRING SPORTS: If your child is planning to try out for a spring sport the sports physical packet must be completed and handed in to the nurse's office on or before February 8,2019 in order for your child to be eligible to tryout. This process takes two weeks after the physical has been turned in to the nurse's office. The packets can be found online by clicking this link: District Sports Medical Packet

Toms River Police Department Cadet Unit # 137

The Toms River Police Department Cadet Unit is designed to provide exciting and challenging training, along with on-the-job experience for young people interested in a career in law enforcement. Cadets participate in classroom learning, practical scenario training and are able to participate in ride-alongs with officers. Cadets work side by side with officers, serving at various community events. The Cadet Program is an excellent way to become familiar with law enforcement policies and procedures, to network with Police Officers, and to obtain community service hours. You must be 14-21 years of age to participate and must maintain a C average in school work. Applications are available in the Main Office for students that meet the criteria and are interested.

Parent Invite to our school’s Homework Help:

Please see attached as an invitation to join our staff and students as they are provided opportunity to complete and get assistance on homework concepts after school until late bus.

Class of 2019 Graduation Gown Information:

Order on-line @ www.varsityclubproducts.com/Toms-River-Intermediate-North

Or call Varsity Club Products @ 973.450.0010

Upcoming Events:

February

18 Closed for President’s Day - Prof Day for Staff

22 School Dance 6:00 - 8:00 PM

27 & 28 Spring Pictures

March

5 Early dismissal for students - 11:50 AM

20,21 & 22 School Play - school performances

23 School Play - 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM

Yearbook Information:

http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A05196550 --- link for yearbook sale

http://jostensadservice.com/?REF=A05196550 --- link for recognition ads

PTO News:

Look for next PTO fundraiser: Gertrude Hawke starting February 18th. Details to follow!

We have NEW spirit wear! Updated order forms are in the main office. If you would rather keep the purchase a surprise and not have apparel sent home with student contact Stacey Pirrello @ 848-992-1235 directly.