Monday, September 17, 2012
This week, schools will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, parents will attend back to school night, and a job fair will be held.
Monmouth County will again offer employers and jobseekers the opportunity to connect at the Monmouth County Job Fair scheduled for Friday, Sept. 21. The event is free for employers to reserve a table and for jobseekers to attend. The job fair will go from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and will be held in the Monmouth County Police Academy. For more information about the job fair visit the event's listing.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
As back-to-school season looms, remember to drive safely around school buses and while in walking districts.
Freehold Township and Freehold Borough students will be getting back behind their schools desks this week for a new year, which means those yellow buses, crossing guards, and walking students, will flood the roadways. Take our small refresher course to keep our kids safe: Penalties for passing a stopped school bus include fines and up to five points on a driver's license. Even though big yellow school buses won't be dropping students off at Borough schools, safety precautions are still needed in the walking district. At the Tuesday Freehold Borough Council meeting, the topic of safety in a walking school district came up multiple times. In the public comment section of the meeting, Annette Jordan, President of the Freehold Borough Board …
A collection of articles with tips on how to make the first day back to school and the rest of the 2012-2013 school year a smooth one.
It takes a lot of time and effort to get students everything they need for an upcoming school year. With the 2012-2013 school year starting in less than 24 hours, consider brushing up with these back to school articles to ensure that you and your childhave everything needed for an easy fall transition. Overcoming Back to School Nerves If your child seems extremely nervous about starting the 2012-20113 school year, check out these tips from the parent’s section of the Scholastic website for Dealing with Back to School Jitters. Packing Lunch For tips on how to pack a healthy lunch that your kids will enjoy eating check out Patch bloggers Dr. Jill Sharon and Janet Tumelty’s tips. Buying Last Minute Supplies Local vendors are still having …
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
This year's bell schedule has extended the day by five minutes and has increased instructional time by 16 minutes.
The Freehold Regional High School District has introduced a new bell schedule for the 2012-2013 school year. The new schedule increases instructional time by 16 minutes and lengthens the school day by a total of five minutes. The additional minutes were a part of the district’s teacher negotiations, according to Superintendent Charles Sampson. “Sixteen instructional minutes does not sound like a lot at face value, even adding two minutes to a period, but over the scope of a year that’s several additional full periods related to that subject, so it does make a huge difference,” Sampson said. The first period class has absorbed homeroom so that passing time is reduced. The past schedule had a five minute homeroom period and a five minute …
Monday, September 3, 2012
A list of events going on in Freehold this week.
In observance of Labor Day, Freehold Township Municipal Buildings, Freehold Borough Municipal Buildings and post offices will be closed on Monday, Sept. 3. The Freehold Borough Council will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 4. The meeting will be held in the Freehold Borough Offices. To view the meeting's agenda, click here. The Freehold Township Shade Tree Commission will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Freehold Township Offices. The Freehold Township Planning Board will meet in the Freehold Township Offices on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 7:30 p.m. The school bells are ringing! Freehold Township High School, Freehold High School, Freehold Borough Elementary and Middle Schools, and Freehold Township Elementary and Middle Schools will open on …
Sure, school is back in session soon, but the kids don't have to be the only ones hitting the books this month.
Although Labor Day marks the last hurrah for white pants, barbeques, and kids up late on a Sunday night, it is not the end of the season. People, until the clock strikes midnight on Sept. 21, it's still summer. And that means there's just enough time to squeeze in another good book atop your favorite lounge chair. Not sure what to read for your last hurrah of summer? Fear not, we've cobbled together some best-sellers from The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, along with a few staff favorites from summers past. All you need to make your experience complete is a nice cold glass of iced tea lemonade. Fiction Non-fiction Be sure to tell us in your comments about your favorite summer read!
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
It's not too late to get all needed school supplies on sale and in town.
The countdown to the 2012-2013 school year may be rapidly nearing zero, but there is still time to buy needed supplies in town before student’s head back to the classroom. Walmart has tons of needed school supplies listed at low prices. On walmart.com families can even find their school’s supply list to make online shopping easy. Walmart’s featured items are currently scientific calculators starting at $7 and bundles of supplies from $12. In Staples’ Back to School Center customers can view items on sale this week. This week, Reebok and Puma backpacks are 25% off, and one subject wireless notebooks are only $1. More Back to School Deals can be seen in this week’s weekly ad. Don’t forget, Staples customers are also eligible to receive 15% …
Saturday, September 10, 2011
The events of Sept. 11, 2001 have slowly affected even how we start the first day of school.
For whatever the reason, there was a significant period in my life that I rarely cried. I just couldn’t. So of course when something did move me to the point of tears, I’d sit up and take note of the occasion and learned that I can be a sucker for some things. Reading aloud the ending of certain children’s books to my kids, like The Polar Express when the narrator can no longer hear the jingle of the Christmas bell, chokes me up every time. I bemoan that loss of magic in all of our grown up lives, and am fairly certain I’m reading it more for me than the child I’ve got clamped down by my side. And don’t even think about pressing “play” to watch The Blind Side without passing me a box of Kleenex first. That movie just leaves me feeling so …
Thursday, August 25, 2011
There's a new addition to our family's first-day-of-school-photo gallery.
There’s a picture pinned to the bulletin board in my kitchen, half hidden by silly greeting cards and bumper stickers that I fancy, which is our iconic family back-to-school photo. In it, my oldest two children stand on the front step of our old house, a basket of late-summer impatiens drooping behind them, on the occasion of the eldest’s first day of preschool, just shy of his fourth birthday. These were the days when they dressed in what I picked out for them, so they are wearing patterned, elastic-waist shorts – his in plaid and hers are floral – with their polo shirts neatly tucked in. Pinned to the front of each shirt is a construction paper nametag that had been sent by the teacher to be worn on the first day of school. My son’s has …