February 26, 2018                                                                                 Issue 10

Making Connections

Montrose PTA Newsletter


There are lots of things happening in our school and in our district. A great way to find out more is to attend PTA and Board of Education meetings! If you can’t make it, we want to make sure that the information is available by posting agendas and minutes on our website. Did you know that you can watch the BOE meetings from the comfort of your own home? Every month you can watch the BOE meetings on channel 35 in Maplewood, channel 19 in South Orange and channel 22 on Verizon Fios. Meetings are re-broadcast every Wednesday at 8:00pm and every Thursday at 11:30am until the next board meeting. Additionally, the meetings are available On-Demand via this link: Click HERE.

Stay informed and if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at

Erika Malgieri, Montrose PTA President 2017-2018 


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HALF DAYS (9-11:30am) THIS WEEK:
Aftercare will run, as usual, until 6:30pm.


FROM NURSE MARY . . .  If your child is sick, it's extremely important that you keep them home from school. HERE are the guidelines from the District to clarify when your child should stay home.  Thank you for your cooperation. It keeps everyone healthier, happier and better learners!

PARKING . . . Please park on Meeker Street instead of Clark Street to lessen the traffic congestion. Thank you!

NO ENRICHMENT CLASSES THIS WEEK . . . Because of the half days there will be no After-School Enrichment Classes on Wed 2/28 & Thurs 3/1.

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION . . . This is the last week (2/26-3/1) to register for awhile - registration will re-open for everyone April 30th. Please go HERE to find the packet to fill out and find out the Registrar's office hours.

PTA MEETING MINUTES . . .  If you can't come to the meetings but are curious to know what happened there and what the PTA is gearing up for, go here to see!

News & Upcoming Events


This Week


If you haven't already scheduled one, please reach out to your child's teacher ASAP to do so. It's a great opportunity to find out how your child is progressing as well as the ideal time to ask any questions!


Toys for the 10th Classroom

There will be a new classroom to fill the need of incoming special education students. It is due to open March 5 and the lead teacher will be Ms. Julia DelGrande who had been Ms. Betsy's replacement teacher this year. The classroom will be located for the rest of the year at Marshall Elementary School and then move to its permanent spot at Montrose next Fall. Like any preschool classroom, it needs a wide variety of toys. Renée is requesting that if you have any that are in good condition and you'd like to donate them, please contact her and she may be looking for what you have. Please do not bring toys in without talking with her first.
Contact Renée at

Thank you very much!


How to Raise an Adventurous Eater

THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 8:15-9:15PM

Please join us for a very hot topic! Presentation and Q&A with feeding specialist, Rachel Goldman from the South Mountain Speech and Feeding Center. Limited to the first 30 MECC families. Please RSVP: Click below to see the Flyer.
Feeding Specialist


Nominate a PTA Board Member (2018-2019)

Montrose needs leaders like you! Will your child be returning to Montrose next year? Do you want to be more involved? Join the PTA or become a Board Member for the 2018-2019 school year! We are currently looking to fill the following positions:

Fundraising Chair
Programs Chair
Special Education Liaison

Click on 'Nomination Forms' below for specific job descriptions and to fill out a nomination form! It's a great way to find out more about MECC, our District, meet new people and continue to help our Montrose community thrive!

Nomination Forms


Montrose Summer Camp 2018

Essex County Spring & Summer Camps

Montrose Early Childhood Center still has spots available for general education campers for its summer program. The Camp runs from June 27 - August 8, 9:30am - 12:30pm. The cost is $375 for 3 weeks and $750 for all 6 weeks. There is a sliding scale paying option available depending on a family's need. Please contact Renée for more information or to reserve a spot at

Also, Essex County has a few Spring & Summer Camps that are reasonably priced and fun-looking for preschoolers and incoming Kindergarteners. Check out all the details HERE.


The District's FAQ on School Safety

Montrose's Safety & Crisis Response Team

Dr. Thomas Shea, Director of Safety in our District, has made available a thorough FAQ for School Safety. Please go HERE to read it.

Montrose now has a Safety & Crisis Response Team. The members are: School Director Renée Joyce, Nurse Mary Pfister, Teacher Maura Edgington, and Parents Amanda Capalbo and Mark Truscinski. If you would like to reach out to any of them with questions, concerns or observations regarding Safety at Montrose, please do so. Amanda's email is Mark's email is


Meet the Staff

This issue we meet Ms. Ann, who shares her passion for teaching
with her students and passes on an inspiring quote right in time
for Dr. Seuss's Birthday week!


My name is Ann Lombardo. I have been teaching Preschool in the South Orange Maplewood School District for over ten years. I have my Master’s Degree in Education from the College of Saint Elizabeth. Teaching is my passion, and I look forward to sharing this educational journey with my students and their families. Furthermore, I am a very proud mother of two beautiful children. One of our favorite activities is reading together. We enjoy books by Dr. Seuss, especially Oh, the Places You'll Go!

“You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So…..get on your way”! –Dr. Seuss

Do you have questions about Montrose that you'd like answered? Please email us at We have a FAQ page on the website and we'd love to have your input and answer your questions! Thanks!

Special Services Update
The Special Ed PTO's next meeting is Tuesday February 27, 7:30-9pm at 525 Academy Street. The topic is Secondary Grades geared towards Middle and High School-aged students or students-to-be. Dr. Reisenauer, Executive Director of Special Services and Youth Development, and Dr. Morana, district Special Education consultant are scheduled to attend and address questions.

Our Special Ed Liaison to the Special Ed PTO is Geeta Mehra. If you have any questions regarding Special Ed, please don't hesitate to reach out to her:
Also, the SOMA Special Ed Facebook group is a great resource: As well as, our Special Services website page: And, HERE is a link to the Special Ed Resource Packet that gives a thorough break down of the process as well as definitions to all those acronyms.


Ongoing Fundraising

The Discount Card 2018

It's good all year long! There are 19 local businesses throughout South Orange and Maplewood that are featured and they are great! Restaurants, retail (toys, clothing, gifts), grocery, cafes that you probably already frequent are included, so why not save some money? At only $10 a piece, they pay for themselves in very few visits. Grab one for you and your friends and family today! Order through your child’s backpack or e-mail or Abbe Diana

Discount Card Order Form


Montrose Gear

Don't forget to get your Sweatshirt! ADULT HOODIE SWEATSHIRTS, $30. CHILD HOODIE SWEATSHIRTS, $20. T-shirts and magnets are also available! Check out the Flyer for ordering.

Montrose Gear Order Form

Mabel's Labels~~Amazon Smile

If you need labels for school, consider using Mabel's Labels and 10% of the sale will go to Montrose PTA. Please select: "MECC PTA (South Orange)". And, if you shop on, go to and choose Mecc PTA and you'll be donating .5% to Montrose PTA every time you shop.

Click on icons above and thank you for your support!

The newsletter is sent every two weeks, if you want to know what's happening in the meantime at the school, please go to the website ...  Our google calendar is ...  Also, join our FB page ... MECC (Montrose Early Childhood Center) Families.  And, email if you have questions, concerns, suggestions.
                                                 Thank you!
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