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posted Sep 12, 2017, 10:27 AM by Kitty Gallagher   [ updated Sep 12, 2017, 10:29 AM ]

Students in 7th & 8th grade will be assigned a Chromebook, case and charger that can be transported to and from school.  
All 7th and 8th grade students will NEED an orientation by appointment and must attend with a parent/guardian
Chromebooks that will be transported to and from school will have a $25 usage fee that will be charged at the orientation.  

Please fill out form below to sign up:


posted Sep 6, 2017, 4:39 PM by Leslie Koller   [ updated Sep 6, 2017, 5:55 PM ]

(The following information was sent to all Mary Bray Elementary School families via telephone blast...)

Tomorrow, Thursday, September 7, is the first day of the 2017-18 school year.  

Both tomorrow and Friday, September 8, will be 1:00 dismissal days.  Lunch will be served in the cafeteria on both days.  

Monday, September 11, will be our first full day of school with a 3:00 dismissal.

If you have a 1st grader assigned to Mrs. Reiss’s class, you need to be aware that we will be starting the year with a substitute as Mrs. Reiss will be on long-term leave.  Ms. Madison Pagliacetti will be taking over Mrs. Reiss’s classroom until she returns.  You will love her.  She has solid experience with early childhood students and is sure to do a great job until Mrs. Reiss returns.

Arrival to Mary Bray should be conducted exactly as it has been in previous years.  We will not be entering through the playground and gym as communicated last week.

Students should be dropped off at the Station Avenue entrance and will enter the school directly into these doors.  
Official arrival time remains 8:20 am.  Our teachers do not officially arrive to school until 8:15.  Our specials teachers begin hallway arrival supervision at 8:20 and our homeroom teachers begin classroom duty at 8:25.  Because of this we are not able to have teachers on duty outside the school in the morning and that is why it is important that students not be dropped off prior to 8:20.

Despite the fact that we request students not be dropped off early, this practice does still take place.  This puts both our students and district at risk due to lack of supervision. 
This year, to help keep our students safe, I have assigned two paraprofessionals to be on duty beginning at 8:10. Any unsupervised students on site at this time will be required to enter the building and move into the gym where they will be grouped by teacher until 8:20 when their teachers come to take them to their classrooms.  

Students on site with their parents prior to 8:20 will be encouraged to enter the building as well.  If you choose to keep your child outside with you until 8:20, please be aware that they are not allowed inside the playground and there can be no running or playing ball.  This is for the safety of the children and the district.

If your child arrives to school after 8:20, they should come directly into the building and go right their classroom where their classmates and teacher will meet them.

If your child arrives to school after 8:30 they are officially late and must stop at the main office for a pass before going onto their classroom.  Please be aware that attendance and tardiness are two areas where the state of New Jersey and our District will be focusing on this school year.  Students cannot do their best work if they enter a classroom mid-lesson or miss instruction all together.

Mary Bray dismissal is the same as in previous years.
  • Ms. Eichman's and Mrs. McCormick’s classes will exit from the Station Avenue main doors.
  • Mrs. Bergin's and Mrs. Czerski’s classes will exit from the Station Avenue doors next to the handicapped ramp
  • Ms. Pierman's, Ms. Pagliacetti, and Ms. Carrell will exit from the Kings Highway main entrance.
  • Mrs. Immendorf and Ms. Snow will exit from the Kings highway north side entrance.
  • And all 3rd and 4th grade classes with exit onto the playground.

This year I ask that all 3rd and 4th grade students exit the playground upon dismissal.  If students in any grade would like to stay and play after dismissal they can re-enter the playground after 3:10.  Please know that the school nurse is not available for students on the playground after dismissal.

I apologize for starting off with all of the rules on the night before our exciting first day.  But clear expectations will help everyone be successful as we start our new school year.

I hope to see you ate our Mary Bray Character Education Kick-off celebration tomorrow at 1:15 on the playground and I look forward to a fun and productive school year.

7th & 8th Grade Chromebook Orientation

posted Sep 2, 2017, 7:01 AM by Kitty Gallagher   [ updated Sep 2, 2017, 7:03 AM ]

We will be scheduling additional sign up opportunities.  Be on the lookout for this information - here on the website!  

Remember, 7th & 8th grade students and parents need to attend a session and pay a $25 chromebook use fee before the student will be issued a chromebook.  

7th & 8th Grade Chromebook Appointments

posted Aug 3, 2017, 9:29 AM by Kitty Gallagher   [ updated Aug 30, 2017, 9:04 AM ]

We are continuing our 1:1 Chromebook Initiative.  

Students in 7th & 8th grade will be assigned a Chromebook, case and charger that can be transported to and from school.  
All 7th and 8th grade students will receive an orientation by appointment and must attend with a parent/guardian.
Chromebooks that will be transported to and from school will have a $25 usage fee that will be charged at the orientation.  

Please fill out form below to sign up:

BOE Meeting

posted Jul 7, 2017, 11:15 AM by Kitty Gallagher   [ updated Jul 7, 2017, 11:15 AM ]

The July 24th Board Meeting has been cancelled.

BOE Committee of the Whole Work Session; Retreat

posted Jun 26, 2017, 6:14 AM by Kitty Gallagher   [ updated Jun 26, 2017, 6:17 AM ]

Monday, June 26, 2017 in the Mary Bray Media Center at 7:00PM

BOE Meeting

posted Jun 8, 2017, 11:46 AM by Kitty Gallagher   [ updated Jun 12, 2017, 10:40 AM ]

BOE Action Meeting Monday, June 12, 2017 at 7PM in the Mary Bray Media Center.  


posted Jun 7, 2017, 11:18 AM by Leslie Koller

  • Thursday-June 15, Friday-June 16, and Monday-June 19 will all be 1:00 dismissal days
  • No lunch will be served on these days 
  • Shining Stars will be in session on all three days  
  • Classroom parties will take place on Thursday, June 15
  • Fun Day is Friday, June 16
  • Reports cards will be distributed on Monday, June 19
  • Monday, June 19 is the last day for students 


posted Jun 7, 2017, 9:38 AM by Leslie Koller   [ updated Jun 7, 2017, 9:38 AM ]

Our school system is committed to protecting student, teacher, and staff health. To protect our community and be in compliance with the Department of Education regulations, Mt. Ephraim Public School District tested our schools’ drinking water for lead.

In accordance with the Department of Education regulations, Mt. Ephraim Public School District will implement immediate remedial measures for any drinking water outlet with a result greater than the action level of 15 µg/l (parts per billion [ppb]).  This includes turning off the outlet unless it is determined the location must remain on for non-drinking purposes.  In these cases, a “DO NOT DRINK – SAFE FOR HANDWASHING ONLY” sign will be posted.

Results of our Testing 
Following instructions given in technical guidance developed by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, we completed a plumbing profile for each of the buildings within Mt. Ephraim Public School District. Through this effort, we identified and tested all drinking water and food preparation outlets.  Of the 196 samples taken throughout the District, all but 7 tested below the lead action level established by the US Environmental Protection Agency for lead in drinking water (15 µg/l [ppb]). 

The table below identifies the drinking water outlets that tested above the 15 µg/l for lead, the actual lead level, and what temporary remedial action Mt. Ephraim Public School District has taken to reduce the levels of lead at these locations.

 Sample Location First Draw Result in ug/l(ppb) Remedial Action
Room 1 - Fountain
ID#5 Kershaw DW
 140Discontinue water use.  Further testing will be conducted to identify the location of the contamination 
Audio-VIsual Room - Fountain
ID#6 Kershaw DW
 70.5 Discontinue water use.  Further testing will be conducted to identify the location of the contamination 

These two fountains are being taken out of use today.  Plumbing repairs and further testing will be conducted following the informational sampling.  

Health Effects of Lead
High levels of lead in drinking water can cause health problems. Lead is most dangerous for pregnant women, infants, and children under 6 years of age. It can cause damage to the brain and kidneys, and can interfere with the production of red blood cells that carry oxygen to all parts of your body. Exposure to high levels of lead during pregnancy contributes to low birth weight and developmental delays in infants. In young children, lead exposure can lower IQ levels, affect hearing, reduce attention span, and hurt school performance. At very high levels, lead can even cause brain damage. Adults with kidney problems and high blood pressure can be affected by low levels of lead more than healthy adults.

How Lead Enters our Water 
Lead is unusual among drinking water contaminants in that it seldom occurs naturally in water supplies like groundwater, rivers and lakes. Lead enters drinking water primarily as a result of the corrosion, or wearing away, of materials containing lead in the water distribution system and in building plumbing. These materials include lead-based solder used to join copper pipe, brass, and chrome-plated brass faucets. In 1986, Congress banned the use of lead solder containing greater than 0.2% lead, and restricted the lead content of faucets, pipes and other plumbing materials. However, even the lead in plumbing materials meeting these new requirements is subject to corrosion. When water stands in lead pipes or plumbing systems containing lead for several hours or more, the lead may dissolve into the drinking water. This means the first water drawn from the tap in the morning may contain fairly high levels of lead. 

Lead in Drinking Water 
Lead in drinking water, although rarely the sole cause of lead poisoning can significantly increase a person’s total lead exposure, particularly the exposure of children under the age of 6. EPA estimates that drinking water can make up 20% or more of a person’s total exposure to lead.

More Information
A copy of the test results is available in our central office for inspection by the public, including students, teachers, other school personnel, and parents, and can be viewed between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and are also available on our website at www.mtephraimschools.com. 

For more information about water quality in our schools, contact Leslie Koller-Walker at the Mt. Ephraim Public School District, 856-931-7807 ext. 208. 

For more information on reducing lead exposure around your home and the health effects of lead, visit EPA’s Web site at www.epa.gov/lead, call the National Lead Information Center at 800-424-LEAD, or contact your health care provider.

If you are concerned about lead exposure at this facility or in your home, you may want to ask your health care providers about testing children to determine levels of lead in their blood.


posted May 25, 2017, 9:19 AM by Leslie Koller

When it comes to the well-being of your children – our students – we can never be too careful.

That’s why I feel it is important to bring to light a new “meme” or “game” on social media that students in other countries have been exposed to since last year – and it has now shown up on computers in our region.

“The Blue Whale Challenge” involves the enticement of students into risky behavior that could result in the ultimate challenge of taking one’s own life. While we do not know of any students who have done that, we need to make sure that parents are armed with the information necessary to protect their children. We will do the same in our schools. We are checking computers and speaking with students to make sure that they are not involved or influenced. 

If you have any additional information about the game or know of any students who may be involved, please contact your child’s school counselor or my office so that we may offer help.

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