December 2011 Archives

We are very proud of the work that our students have done with our Stand United (SUN) Against Bullying initiative. As you know, we try to incorporate our SUN program into everything we do. With that in mind, on Friday (12/23), all of our students will be watching a "school-wide" movie that highlights the same themes as our Redbird 4 and SUN program.


Our selection for Friday, entitled Temple Grandin, is a true, inspiring and extraordinary story about a woman with autism. The movie is rated PG and was created by HBO films.


Below is an excerpt from the movie jacket,


Temple Grandin paints a picture of a young woman's perseverance and determination while struggling with the isolating challenges of autism at a time when it was still quite unknown. The film chronicles Temple's early diagnosis; her turbulent growth and development during her school years; the enduring support she received from her mother, aunt and science teacher; and her emergence as a woman with an innate sensitivity and understanding of animal behavior.


We hope the film will help build on the message that the Redbird 4 and SUN program give to our students.


If you would like to watch the movie with us, please feel free to join us.

Show times are as follows: 7th/8th grade - 8:30 a.m.; 5th/6th grade - 10:30 a.m.


If you would like further information about the movie, please feel free to visit .


If you have any questions or would prefer that your son/daughter not participate in watching the movie, simply email ( or call the main office.

How can you help?

Dear Parents and Colleagues,


As you may have heard there was a house fire yesterday in the house directly across the street from the Newell Elementary School. As a result of the fire a family of a Mom and her three children have nothing remaining but the clothes they were wearing. The house was totally engulfed in flames and within 90 minutes the devastation included everything they owned. 


Our entire leadership team has expressed their willingness to help in an effort to react and respond quickly. We need to respond immediately and with the holidays only days away we need to be thinking of only the next month at this time. With the permission of the family we have drafted the following plan to enable our community to lend a hand and heart. The family is living with grandparents until they can find a new rental.


Neighbor-to-Neighbor Relief


·         Each school is asked to focus on clothing and essentials for the children as follows:

o   NES -

§  Preschool boy named Christian Size 4T

§  Gr. 1 Girl, Marissa, Size 8 / Shoe size 2.5


o   SBMS  -

§  Gr. 8 Boy, Drew, pants size 32/30  /  Shirt Size Large  /  Shoe size 11.5


o   AHS  Staff -

§  Mom


·         Food: 

o   Food in the form of gift cards to local restaurants such as:

§   La Piazza

§  Via Roma

§  Cracker Barrel

§  Panera

§  ChickFilet

§  Any local restaurant is welcomed from all schools.


·         Other suggested items for the children include:

o   Things to do such as learning activities

o   Books to read

o   Crayons

o   Drawing supplies

o   Paper

o   Marker

o   Etc...


·         Christmas:  Mom will take care of holiday gifts for the family.


·         Small donations in the form of gift cards or prepaid bank / Visa or MC gift cards would be a very effective tool for this family at this time.


All donations can be sent to your child's school in the care of the school principal.


We Greatly Appreciate Your Willingness to Help this Family! 

Dr. Fitzpatrick


Dr. Richard M. Fitzpatrick

Superintendent of Schools

Upper Freehold Regional School District

Allentown, NJ 08501

609.259.7292 Ext. 201


National Inclusive Schools Month

"For me, inclusion is about a community where everyone is recognized for their differences and everyone is recognized as belonging - not only in our schools, but in our communities."
- Dr. Joseph Petner, Educator


Stone Bridge tries to make every month an inclusive one! During the month of December, we try to highlight the idea of inclusion with our students. Through multiple approaches, students will have opportunities to learn more about being an inclusive community. We look forward to a great month that celebrates inclusion at Stone Bridge!


Below are some links that provide resources and information about inclusion. - Inclusive Schools Network - New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education  - "How does your school include all students with differences?" Poster Contest

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