November 2012 Archives

December A/B Calendar


Math Club - Beginning Dec. 7th

Our brand new SBMS Math Club will begin on Friday, Dec. 7th. Please click on this link (MATH CLUB.pdf) to print the registration form. Please turn it in to Mrs. Froster or the main office.

Calendar Changes for 2012-2013

Dear Parents and Teachers, 
Please read the following message for required 12-13 CALENDAR CHANGES due to Hurricane Sandy and the Thursday snowfall. Using snow days and Nov. 9 make-up day we still must make up one day to reach the NJ required 180 days of school. Calendar changes include two additional snow days which will not be required if not needed during the winter snow season. ONLY CALENDAR CHANGES FOR 12-13:Monday, Jan. 21 ML King Half Day for Students All Schools / Full Day for Teachers and Staff; Monday, April 1st FULL DAY All Students/ Teachers/ Staff; Mon./Tue. June 17-18 Full Days for Students/ Teachers/ Staff / Wed., Th., Fri. June 19, 20, 21 Half Days Students / Full Days for Teachers and Staff/ Fri. June 21 Last Day of School for Students/ Teachers / Staff/ Fri. June 21 AHS GRADUATION 7:00 WAR MEMORIAL.

US Dipolmat Visits SBMS

Through the work of our 8th grade social studies teacher, Mrs. Judi Hoffman and 8th grade parent Denise Coiante, our 8th graders were able to experience the world through the eyes of a US Diplomat. US Diplomat Sergey Olhovshy visited with our 8th grade students this morning. It was truly a fascinating discussion.

Mr. Olhovshy has worked in Liberia, Nigeria, Sudan, Ecuador to name a few. Presently, he is working in Greece. Not only was his personal story interesting, but his stories about diplomacy and his experiences working for the State Department were well received by students. Our 8th graders asked insightful questions that gave Diplomat Olhovshy the opportunity to share the culture and the people of the countries where he worked.

Additionally, Diplomat Olhovshy shared some links to interesting sites. Below is a list:
In the future, Mr. Olhovshy has offered our 8th graders the opportunity to Skype with him from their social studies classroom. This was a tremendous experience for our kids, and we hope to bring in more speakers as the year unfolds.

SBMS Book Club Starting Dec. 6th!

SBMS Book Club - All Grades Invited
Do you like the discussions you have during reading class about books? Are
book clubs your favorite part of the year? Then you should consider joining
Ms. Staley's after-school book club! We will meet on Thursdays right after
school until 3:30 starting on December 6th. This club is for students who want
to challenge themselves to look for deeper meaning in books, look at themes
of books in the context of our world today, and compare elements of different
genres across several pieces of literature. There will be a sign-up sheet in the
office, if you would like to join.

UPPER FREEHOLD:Stone Bridge works its anti-bullying mojo

DATE POSTED: Thursday, November 8, 2012 2:53 AM EST

By Rachel Lavery, Special Writer

UPPER FREEHOLD -- Stone Bridge Middle School is preparing to "Mojo Up."

   It continued with its SUN (Stand United against Bullying) initiative as it began Operation Mojo on Oct. 22 with its annual anti-bullying assembly.

   For the past four years, the school has had the rally and a featured speaker. Last year's presentation was anchored by Rachel's Challenge, inspired by Columbine victim Rachel Scott.

   Each year, a banner is unveiled, and the program concludes with a slideshow, which includes the recitation of the SUN anti-bullying pledge.

   This year's featured speaker was Mr. Mojo, a national anti-bullying coach. Mr. Mojo, whose real name is Travis Brown, travels the country, speaking to students as part of his anti-bullying tour.

   He has been featured on MTV's "Made," has been seen on Fox, NBC, CBS, CNN and MSNBC and works as a motivational speaker for NFL teams.

   Mr. Mojo asked the crowd of students, staff and parents to "Mojo Up."

   Using games and stories to illustrate his message about standing up to bullying, he told them, "You have the power to help people, and you have the power to hurt people."

   There are Mojo haters and Mojo makers, he said, Mojo makers are "steppin' in and steppin' up," he said.

   He told them, "Don't be scared to step in; don't be scared to stand up."

   Mr. Mojo discussed ways to step in when bullying occurs. He demonstrated how students could say something directly to those involved. He also said students could report bullying to an adult, either verbally or in writing.

   The school has SUN boxes available for students to anonymously report bullying.

   Mr. Mojo talked about the value of each person.

   "We all have our idea of what normal looks like," he said, "How do we treat those people who don't fit in our normal box?"

   He asked the group to "accept them and respect them."

   Mr. Mojo used the analogy of a $100 bill. He crumpled it up and stamped on it, asking the students if they still would want it. He asked them if they still would want it after it had been covered in mud, etc.

   He stressed to them it hadn't lost any value, and that was what this day was about.

   "You have value; you have worth," he told them.

   Mr. Mojo ended his presentation by asking the students to take the MojoMakers pledge.

   The pledge, which is featured on his Facebook page, reads, in part:

   "I pledge that I will lead my school and community through my positive actions!

   "I will treat my classmates with respect through my words and my actions.

   "I will embrace those who may be different than me.

   "I will walk with courage and conviction and do the right thing!

   "I will speak up and speak out against bullying.

   "I will choose to refrain from all forms of bullying...

   "If I see, hear, or know of bullying, and my actions and words do not help to stop it, I will take the proper steps to notify an adult at home or at school."

   The assembly, which included reflections by students, games and performances by the school's Redbird Singers, concluded with the annual unveiling of this year's SUN banner. The banner, which all students will sign, featured the slogan, "Operation Mojo."

   After student Ashley Corsica read her poem, "My Reflection," Principal Mark Guterl began the traditional slideshow, a compilation of photos, music and motivational lessons.

   The presentation informed the students "we still have work to do."

   The entire student body recited the school's SUN anti-bullying pledge as it flashed across the screen. The slideshow concluded with the song, "Stand Up," by Sugarland.

   After the slideshow, Mr. Mojo told the student body, "I have never been to a school that did all of this."

   The entire assembly was filmed by TV production company Dragon Fly Productions for an anti-bullying documentary.


Revised Play Audition Information

  • Callbacks: Friday 11/9 (until 5:45PM) & Monday 11/12 (until 6:00PM)
  • Stage Crew Interviews: Tuesday, 11/13 (until 5:00PM)
  • Cast/Crew list Posted: Wednesday Morning, 11/14First Rehearsal & Parent Meeting: Wednesday after school until 5:30PM, Parent Meeting from 5:30PM - 6:00PM.

Conference Sign-Ups LAUNCHED!!!!

November 7, 2012

Dear SBMS Parents,

We hope that you are all safe and sound following Hurricane Sandy. As we have mentioned to our students, if you need anything just ask.

Believe it or not Parent/Teacher Conferences are right around the corner! Conferences allow for meaningful conversations focused on the most important part of the Stone Bridge family, our students. We look forward to this dialogue in an effort to be partners in the education of our kids.

This year, we continue to use a more user-friendly system for conference sign-ups. Conference sign-ups will occur electronically through our website. Parents can either use the link on the SBMS website or "cut and paste" this web address:  Once you get to this website, simply click next to the teacher's name and follow the directions. 5th Grade Parents - We would advise you to focus your attention on the teacher that your 5th grader spends the majority of his/her time with during the day (typically their homeroom teacher). However, you will be able to sign up for each of your child's teachers using this system.

As a result of the time available for conferences, teacher schedules will fill up quickly. If the teacher that you would like to meet with has no available time to meet during conferences, please email the teacher directly to find another time to have a conference.  

If you don't have internet access, we ask that you call our main office to schedule a conference with a specific teacher.    

Our conference days and times are as follows:

  • Monday, November 19th - 1:10 - 3:10 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 20th - 1:10 - 3:10 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 28th - 1:10 - 3:10 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 29th - 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Each conference with teachers will be 10 minutes.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or email us.

Our best,

Mark Guterl
                           Stefanie Negro

Principal                                              Vice Principal            

NOVEMBER 6th Update

  1. First Round State Soccer Championship Games Schedule for Today, Nov. 6 at 2:00 at Byron Johnson Park. The UFRSD Girls play Nottingham and the boys play Neptune.
  2. Make-up dates for sports physicals scheduled for last Thursday 11/1 are as follows:
    • Thursday 11/8 12noon - 1:30pm Stone Bridge Middle School physicals (SBMS Nurse's office)
    • Thursday 11/8 2:15pm - 4:30pm Allentown HS physicals (AHS Nurse's Office) 
      Space is still available for physicals. Please contact the nurse's office to schedule one if needed.
  3. School will be in session all week including Thursday and Friday, Nov. 8 and 9.
  4. WiFi and recharging of your electronic devices is available to anyone in need in the Stone Bridge Middle School Library. Service is available each day Mon. - Sat. between 4:00PM and 9:00PM including today while there is Election Day activity in the Gym.
  5. We learned at the UF Township Open Meeting last night that there is an expectation that up to 600 homes may receive power before by Friday. Recycling /brush disposal in the Township will be offered between 8:00 - 2:00 on Friday and Saturday. 

November A/B Calendar (REVISED 11/9/12)

We hope that the entire SBMS community is getting closer to normalcy as each day passes. If you need ANYTHING, just ask!

Below is the November A/B Calendar.


Nov. 4th Update

  1. There will be school tomorrow, November 5th.
  2. All grades PreK to 12, schols will open with full power and connectivity.  Millstone continues to be without power and will not open their PreK to Grade 8 schools.  Millstone will transport all of their AHS students to school on Monday.
  3. Both the UFRSD and Millstone districts will do their very best to pick up all students.  At this time, if your road is closed or downed wires make passing impossible in the morning, it is possible that our buses will be unable to pick up your child.  I can assure you we will do our very best to get all students to school.
  4. Students at the NES, SBMS and AHS riding Bus Routes UF 4 and UF 8 will have our own substitute drivers tomorrow.
  5. Please use the link here to respond to the survey regarding possible make up days on Thursday and Friday.  Parent Survey Link:
  6. Showers and relaxation will continue to be available to anyone in need and will be available Monday, Nov. 5 until Saturday Nov. 10 from 4:00PM until 9:00PM. If needed we will extend the schedule for the following week.

Nov. 2nd Update

  1. Great news, we now have full power and connectivity in all of our schools.
  2. Staff, please use the link provided in the email to respond to the survey regarding possible make up days next week.
  3. Parent Survey Link:
  4. We are optimistic about our ability to reopen school on Monday, Nov. 5., however, Millstone continues to be without power which could impact the fueling of buses and some shared routes. We have offered Millstone assistance with fueling and are currently evaluating all bus routes and road conditions. I will send an ALERT NOW on Sunday as soon as we determine if our plan will enable us to open.
  5. Showers and relaxation will continue to be available to anyone in need and will be open today, Fri. Nov. 2 until 9:00PM; Saturday , Nov. 3 from 12:00 noon to 9:00PM; Monday, Nov. 5 until Saturday Nov. 10 from 4:00PM until 9:00PM. If needed we will extend the schedule for the following week.
  6. Voting Districts 2, 3 and 4 voting locations have been moved to the Stone Bridge Middle School on Rt. 524 because usual locations are sheltering victims of Hurricane Sandy.  District 3 will vote in small gym, District 2 and 4 will vote in the big gym.  Student safety and security precautions will be in place throughout the day.
  7. AHS SAT testing - important, please note:  Students are to disregard any information on the College Board Website.  SATs will be administered Saturday, November 3 at the Stone Bridge Middle School at 7:30 am on the 2nd floor of the school.  Do not go to AHS for testing.
  8. Newell Elementary School and Halloween Activities:
    • Trick or Treating and the Fireman's Halloween Parade will begin in Allentown at 6:00PM.
  9. AHS Athletics Schedule
    • Field Hockey is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 5th at 2:00 pm
    • Boys Soccer is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 5th at 2:00 pm
    • Girls Soccer is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 6th at 2:00 pm
    • Football game is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 9th at 7:00 pm at home.
  10. Set your clocks back for the end of Daylight Savings Time Saturday, Nov. 3rd

The Upper Freehold Regional School District is firmly committed to equality and affirmative action. In compliance with NJAC6A:7 and U.S. Title IX, our district does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender, religion, disability, or socioeconomic status. 
For further information or to file a complaint please contact our district's Affirmative Action Officer: 
Mr. Stephen Cochrane, 
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction 
Forms and grievance procedures can be found at this link.

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