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News headlines

Cooke-Rutherford PTO March 14 meeting is cancelled

Due to the cancellation of after-school activities, the Cooke-Rutherford PTO has cancelled its meeting for March 14.

Celebrate reading

March 2 is the birthday of the beloved Dr. Seuss and also the celebration of Read Across America.

UPDATE: Join the Cooke-Rutherford PTO for its meeting on Wednesday, March 14, at 6:30 p.m., at the Rutherford Elementary School. Children are welcome. Snacks, prizes, and giveaways will be available.

E.B. Crawford Library holding dance party for infants, preschoolers March 16

Free reading tutoring at E.B. Crawford Library

The Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library in Monticello, in coordination with the Sullivan County Community College Teacher’s Education Program, will begin offering free reading tutoring twice weekly to children in grades K-6. Read more

KLR kindergarten students know how they feel

Social Emotional Wellness (SEW) time helps students express how they are feeling

More winter fun at the E.B. Crawford Library

The library has added some additional events to its February schedule.

KLR to provide state-mandated physicals

KLR will provide state-mandated physicals for new students, and students in grades K, 2 and 4. Dr. Amarjits Gill, Monticello Central School District's Medical Director, will conduct the state-mandated kindergarten, second and fourth-grade physicals on Feb. 13 and 14, 2018. These physicals will only be for students who have not provided a current physical for the school year. Any student who does not have a physical dated after Sept. 7, 2016 will need to have the state-mandated physical completed here at school. If your child has had a physical completed please have it faxed to the Health Office at 845-796-5036.If you do not want your child to have a physical done through the school, please call the nurse's office at 845-794-4240 ext 5.

KLR students perform their winter concert

Friends and family enjoy music, art and dance at annual concert

School will be in session on Monday, Feb. 19

At its Feb. 1 board meeting, the MCSD Board of Education voted to shift Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 from a vacation day to a student day. Students will now attend class on Monday, Feb. 19. With this shift, the district now has three remaining snow days to utilize in the event of inclement weather. The change was made in an effort to preserve the district’s spring break should there be school closures in the upcoming months. If all three snow days remain prior to spring break, Monday, April 2 will be a give-back day and school will not be in session.

$7.1 million grant will create extensive expanded day programs for Monticello families

“This grant is going to enable us to create a safety net for our most vulnerable students and their families and provide enrichment opportunities for all,” Executive Director of After-School Programs Dana Taylor said. “We’ve designed a holistic plan that we believe will not only help our students grow academically, it will enable them to develop new interests and explore opportunities that they may not even have known existed.” Read more

February programs at the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library

From reading with therapy dogs, to toddler story time, to a day of winter fun, February is full of fun at the E.B. Crawford library. Read more

Cooke-Rutherford PTO Read-A-Thon to run Feb. 12 - 26

 Parents must sign up their children in order to participate. Registered participants will receive instructions on how to activate a personal Read-A-Thon page, where they will be able to accept donations online (minimum donation $10). Students who raise the most funds will have the opportunity to win prizes. Local businesses will also have the opportunity to participate and the PTO will send those invitations separately. Please contact the Cooke-Rutherford PTO via Facebook or email cookeklrpto@k12mcsd.net with any questions.

Celebrating students, staff and a warm empathy project

KLR's December Fun Friday celebration was just that - fun!

Prevent cabin fever with fun events at the library

E.B. Crawford Public Library has some fun events planned to help keep kids engaged this month.

KLR fifth graders collect food for the homeless

Students collected food for the homeless last month. See how much they raised here.

A blanket when you need it

Fifth grade students at KLR made blankets for kids in need. Read more

Trick or Treat for UNICEF

KLR fourth and fifth graders helped others this Halloween by collecting for UNICEF. Read more

Fourth graders are the change

As part of the school's empathy project, fourth graders collect money to help a classroom in Houston. Read more

KLR fifth graders hosting food drive

All classes may participate in KLR Food Drive to benefit the homeless. Read more

Fun at the farm

First graders from KLR had a great time at Pierson's Farm recently. Read more

MCSD to serve free meals to all students

Beginning on Sept. 7, 2017, the Monticello Central School District will serve free meals – both lunch and breakfast – to all students, regardless of their family’s income status through the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). Parents do not have to take any action to participate, however, the district asks all parents, regardless of income, to return the confidential income proxy form that will be sent home with students on the first day of school. Read more

Fifth-graders experience jury system

The verdict is in: the Rutherford field trip to the court house was a big hit! Fifth grade students recently visited the courthouse for a hands on look at how the judicial system operates and what the duties of the Judge, Court Reporter, Defense Attorney, District Attorney and trial jurors are. Read more

Registration packets for the Healthy Kids Day Program now available

The district will continue to supplement the cost of the program while it works toward creating its own before and after school childcare program with a much lower cost for the 2018-19 school year. Read more

Monticello Kiwanis Club donates books to Rutherford and Cooke students

The Otchipew people, a Native American tribe from what is now the Detroit area, had an expression “Nunc Kee-wanis” which loosely translated, means “we trade” or “we share our talents.” It is that expression from which the Kiwanis Club derived its name. Read more

Important dates for the 2017-18 school year

A list of important dates for the upcoming school year is available online here. The full school calendar will be available online over the summer and one printed copy will be mailed out to each district family prior to the beginning of the school year.

Morning Music late arrival policy

Morning Music students are scheduled to arrive at 7:05 a.m., and are allowed to come in through the high school auditorium's entrance until 7:15 a.m. After 7:15 a.m., students must enter through the RJK Middle School main entrance.

Parent resources available for Eureka Math

The district’s elementary schools have been using Eureka Math, a Common Core-aligned curriculum, for grades K-5. Parents and/or guardians are encouraged to visit the Eureka parent support page to watch a brief video resource to help you to help your child become proficient in math.

The Breakfast Packing Team: serving up career skills

Rutherford’s student-based Breakfast Packing Team is serving up job skills while building confidence, manners and teamwork. read more

Spouses team up to implement mentoring program

KLR fifth grade teacher Mrs. Billias and her husband, MHS teacher Mr. Billias, joined efforts to implement a senior/fifth grade mentoring program. read more

Free meals will be offered to Rutherford students

The Cooke, Rutherford and Kaiser schools continues to offer free breakfast and lunch to students.  read more

Monticello implements new visitor sign-in procedures

To ensure the safety and security of all students, all visitors are required to adhere to the outlined procedures listed here. Click here to read the Monticello Board of Education policies regarding visitors.

Reminder: Photo ID required at student pick up

We are working hard to make student safety a top priority! You may have noticed that a PHOTO ID is required EVERY time you  pick up your child. This policy was put into place to ensure that our students are picked up by the correct people every single day. We appreciate your understanding the importance of this policy!

Parent Today offers parents tips to help children succeed

Have you signed up for the free, opt-in resource Parent Today? Be sure to check out the Parent Today e-newsletter and website, which offer tips and resources to aid parents in their partnership with educators to support students throughout the educational process, from pre-k through high school. More

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Report bullying online via Anonymous Alerts

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