February 5, 2018                                                                                 Issue 9

Making Connections

Montrose PTA Newsletter


I hope everyone had a Super weekend cheering on your favorite team...or at least was entertained by commercials, music, and good food! Our Enrichment programs are off and running! If your child did not get to participate in one of the programs, there will be more opportunities for activities coming! If you are interested in setting up playdates, please contact your class parents for information to connect with other parents or you can always contact me with any questions or concerns at

Erika Malgieri, Montrose PTA President 2017-2018 


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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!



For Pick up and Drop off,  please park on MEEKER ST and walk your child across the lawn to MECC’s Main Entrance. We have several busses that need to maneuver into the parking lot and need access in and out onto Clark St. Also, please be considerate of our neighbors and avoid blocking driveways. Thank you!

News & Upcoming Events


Kindergarten Registration Continues

9AM - 12:45PM
BOE Bldg, 525 Academy Street

If you were unable to register your child for Kindergarten last week, the Registrar is open for all incoming Kindergarten families starting Monday, February 5. Please go HERE to  print up the Packet.

If your child is classified as a special education student and will continue to be, you will not need to re-register her/him. BUT, please contact your child's case manager as soon as possible if you are uncertain whether or not your child will continue to be classified. You can reach Geri Colon at or Meg Richardson at Or, by calling 973-378-2086 ext. 4.


The Parenting Center: this Week!
 Open to everyone and free-of-charge. For more information please click on the photo link below.

Ahmondylla Best

Thursday, February 8
7pm at Marshall Elementary School
262 Grove Road in South Orange


'Be SMART: A conversation about kids, guns, and safety.'


Mark your calendar! The Be SMART campaign was created to bring together all responsible adults to learn how to reduce the number of shootings that can happen when children get access to unsecured guns.

Sponsored by MECC PTA & Moms Demand Action

We hope to see you there.

Be SMART Flyer


Montrose PTA Meeting


Curious about what the PTA is up to next? Have an idea that you'd like to share? Come to a meeting and hear what's happening and share your ideas. All are welcome to attend!

Meet the Staff

This is Ms. Mikita, a beloved teacher
and a renowned travel lover.

My name is Mikita Marfo. I graduated from Montclair State University with a Masters of Art in Teaching. I received Dual Certification in Early Childhood Pre-K through 3rd grade and Teacher of Students with Disabilities. This will be my second year teaching at Montrose Early Childhood Center. I enjoy working with students and their families. When I am not teaching, I love spending time with my family and traveling to different countries.

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
Are you uncertain on how to navigate the Special Education waters?  Geeta Mehra, our Special Ed Liaison, will help and get your questions answered! It can be an overwhelming experience, especially when it just starts so please don't hesitate to reach out.

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

Really, we're not kidding! Have you gotten yours yet? 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 sweatshirts! Available in Adult and Child sizes. 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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