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The My Brothers Keeper family gathering has been rescheduled to Tuesday, Nov. 20, 5 to 9 p.m. at 22 St. John Street

All after-school activities cancelled Monday, Nov. 19, 2018

All after-school activities have been cancelled for Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. This includes all Empire programs as well as the MBK family gathering and the EPIC drama club performance.

Todas las actividades de los programas después de las clases han sido suspendidas. La cena del programa MBK ha sido cancelada. Las actividades del Club de Drama de EPIC han sido canceladas. El programa de Empire Kids ha sido cancelado.

EPIC newsletter

Catch up with what's happening in the Every Person Influences Children (EPIC) program and see what's in store in the upcoming months.

Pick up for Cooke-Rutherford "Believe" fundrasier

Parents may pick up their orders from the Cooke-Rutherford PTO's "Believe" fundraiser on Friday, Nov. 16 between the hours of 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Kenneth L. Rutherford School. The pick up location will only be at the Rutherford school this year due to a lack of paent volunteers. If school is closed on Friday, Nov. 16, the alternate pick up date will be on Monday, Nov. 19 from 3 to 6 p.m. Please note that the PTO is unable to keep frozen items. Frozen items that are not picked up on the pick up day will be donated. Non-frozen items that are not picked up on the pick up day will be placed in your child's classoom at no liability to the PTO. Please contact cookeklrpto@k12mcsd.net with any questions.

Closing, delay and flex day information

With the winter season fast approaching, we encourage our families to review our District's procedures for school closures, delays and flex days.

KLR students conducting food drive for the homeless

KLR's fifth-grade students will be collecting canned and nonperishable food items throughout the month of November which will be donated to the Federation for the Homeless at the next Fun Friday. All students are encouraged to contribute in any way they can. For those who wish to give a monetary donation, the organizers will purchase items for the drive.

EPIC hosting free Family Fun Day at Bethel Woods Saturday, Nov. 17

Join EPIC (Every Person Influences Children) on Saturday, Nov. 17 for a free Family Fun Day at Bethel Woods to see Soul Inscribed - Hip Hop Show. Bus transportation is provided and will leave Monticello High School at 10 a.m. The show begins at 10:30 a.m. Click here for a registration flyer. Complete it and return it to your child's school as soon as possible.

Touch A Truck Day at KLR

It takes a village – not only to raise a child, but also to keep a community safe and functioning. On Friday, Oct. 17, a huge fraction of that proverbial village came out to Kenneth L. Rutherford Elementary School so that students could have the opportunity to learn more about the people and organizations that surround them on “Touch A Truck Day.”

Upcoming EPIC Workshops

Join the Every Person Influences Children (EPIC) program team at one of the upcoming family workshops for a free evening of dinner, refreshments, activities and workshops designed to provide parents with valuable resources and skills.

All students eat free at Monticello Schools in 2018-19

A nutritious breakfast and lunch are available every school day for all students in all Monticello schools

Take note of nominal changes in school schedule for 2018-2019

Time schedule for all schools in district changes by 10 minutes

Summer Learning Academies

For more information about Montiello's Summer Learning Academies or Regents testing, please click here

2018-19 academic calendar adopted

At its June 21 meeting, the MCSD Board of Education adopted the 2018-19 academic calendar. The full calendar will be available over the summer, and a printed copy will be mailed to each family in August.

KLR fifth graders participate in UNICEF Kid Power

By taking steps, they helped feed children from impoverished places around the world

E.B. Crawford Public Library is offering free programs this summer

Maker Space, reading program, video game tournament and so much more at the library

Keep your math skills sharp this summer

Elementary and middle school students are encouraged to participate in the free Summer Math Challenge. It's so rewarding.

First graders at KLR take a trip to the Crawford Library

Trip is sponsored by EPIC and shows kids all that the library offers

Better Hearing and Speech Month celebrated at KLR

Students win poster contest and show why communication is so important to learning

My Brother's Keeper program will host a summer kick off BBQ

Join the Monticello My Brother's Keeper program for live music and entertainment, a dance contest with a $500 cash prize, a special guest speaker, an awards ceremony and on-the-spot job interviews on June 22 for its inaugural summer kick off celebration. Read more

MCSD seeks input from elementary and UPK4 families on extended day program

In order to meet the needs of as many famlies as possible, we are asking families of elementary and UPK4 students to complete a survey if they are interested in free-to-low cost extended day programs. Read more

First graders take a virtual trip

Learning up close about the Galapagos Islands, these students never had to leave their classroom.

June library events

"Check out" what's going on in early June at the E.B. Crawford Library and at the Mamakating Library

Physical exam requirements updated for 2018-19 school year

New York State Education Department has changed screenings and health examination and immunization requirements for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year. Read more

Incoming sixth-grade students must receive booster Tdap vaccine

New York state requires all students who will be entering sixth-grade in September to receive a booster Tdap (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis) vaccine. Read more

Important immunization information for parents of new students

All students in the Monticello Central School District must have a record of immunization on file with their school nurse. Read more

Attendance matters at MCSD

The district is encouraging students and staff to be present in the classroom every day.

Encouraging and celebrating better communication at KLR

Spreading the gift of reading and language

Monticello High School students read some favorite kids' books - in Spanish - to happy KLR first graders

Revised 2017-18 school calendar

At its May 3 regular meeting, the Board of Education approved a revised 2017-18 school calendar. Under this new schedule, the last day of school for students will be on Friday, June 22. Monday, June 25 will be a conference day for staff.

Spots available in district's pre-kindergarten program

MCSD’s Project Excel Universal Pre-Kindergarten program still has spots available, beginning in September 2018. The program, transportation and meals are all free. Eligible students must turn four years old by Dec. 1, 2018. For more information, or to register call 845 794 7700 x78905

Upcoming EPIC workshops

The EPIC (Every Person Influences Children) team presents: Structure and Limits: Preventing and Managing Problem Behavior on May 1 and Communication Skills for Fathers on June 12. Read more

KLR gets a visit from a special K-9

Reading champions

Ms. Nicoletti's first graders love to read. They raised the most money at the Cooke-KLR Read-A-Thon.

Students excel at KLR STEAM Fair

Maple Syrup Month is sweet for KLR students

Any family who's had maple syrup running through their veins for three generations knows that maple syrup goes great with breakfast -- so the Cunningham family of Maple Grove treated some KLR students to a demonstration on how to make maple syrup -- and a breakfast of sausage and waffles. Yum! Read more

April programs at the E.B. Crawford Library

Check out this list of programs happening at the E.B. Crawford Library in April.

Environmental Stewardship Club leads the way at KLR

On Global Water Day, students learn the value of our water and conservation

A special visitor at KLR

Reading is fun!

KLR students celebrated Read Across America on March 1, made some Cat in the Hat cookies and danced!

KLR supports heart health

The school raised more than $1,500 for the American Cancer Association during February

E.B. Crawford Library offering activities through the end of March

Celebrate reading

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

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

KLR students perform their winter concert

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

$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

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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