Author Day!

On Friday, June 3, 2016, students in grades K-5 at both Griebling and Memorial will have the opportunity to meet with local author Lori Lee Corson-Tobia. She is the author of Everyone is Different, which is inspired by the animals of Atlantic Farm in Wall, NJ. Everyone is Different is insightfully written and beautifully illustrated to embrace a child’s curiosity. This story takes them on a special journey with five charming animals that live happily together on a small farm. The animals are very unique and different in their own special ways. This book highlights that despite their differences, they are able to live together peacefully.

Everyone Grows Old is her second and most recent book. This is a lovely story involving these wonderful farm animals. One day, the animals show disrespect toward a new addition to the farm, Harry a retired police horse. This book will teach the ultimate lesson of compassion. Children will learn that age does not define who we are, but kindness, wisdom, and respect do.

Lori Lee Corson Author visit Griebling Memorial revised


2016-2017 Slate of Officers – updated!

Griebling-Memorial PTA

2016-2017 Slate of Officers

 On April 4th, the slate of Officers for the 2016-2017

school year was presented as follows:

President:  Jessica Valentino

1st Vice President:  Kathy Sweeney

2nd Vice President:  Karen Buckley

Treasurer:  Pamela Palma (voted on at May 11th PTA meeting)

Recording Secretary:  Jamie Rattien

Corresponding Secretary:  Isabel Demuth

Please note the office of Treasurer is still open.


Memorial Field Day

Due to the weather, Field Day at Memorial will be postponed until Tuesday, May 17th.

I spoke with the faculty at Memorial and it was explained that the faculty members running field day were unaware of the Griebling tradition of parents coming and helping at field days. Their way of having field days did not include families so they were surprised two weeks ago when we asked to have volunteers included. They did compromise with us by allowing us to have a few volunteers to help. It was an oversight to not alert everyone.

We have a few volunteer “slots” open now due to the change of dates and Memorial has given the PTA permission to pick volunteers randomly. We will be considering anyone on the committee or anyone that showed interest. If you would like to be considered please contact Kathy Sweeney at


You Picked it! – Restaurant Promotion at TGI Fridays

On Thursday and Friday 4/28 & 4/29,  TGI Fridays of Freehold will be giving back 20% of your check when you bring in the attached flyer! friday's flyer

friday’s flyer


Barnes and Nobles Night!

Please see the flyers below for information regarding the

Barnes and Noble Bookfair

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016


Barnes & Noble Howell

4831 US Highway 9 Howell, NJ 07731

Griebling-Memorial Elementary

“A Space Odyssey”

Barnes & Noble Flyer Space Drink Flyer


Memorial Garden Sponsors Needed!


 Dear Memorial Families,

Attention Bulldogs!   Let’s get our gardening gloves and green thumbs ready!  We are very excited and extremely proud to announce that the New Jersey Agricultural Society has awarded Memorial School the 2016 Learning Through Gardening Grant.  This grant is the first step towards creating the Memorial School Garden.  Our garden gives Memorial students the opportunity to learn where their food comes from, how it grows, and that a healthy diet begins with fresh fruits and vegetables. Although this grant provides our school with some basic materials for our school garden, we do need additional supplies to make this outdoor learning environment a really amazing experience for our students.

If you are willing to donate needed supplies to our garden project, please visit the link below and sign up for an item.  We will happily note your name on our special “Garden Sponsor” display.  With your help, our students will grow and learn in this very special outdoor classroom.

If you have any questions regarding donations, please contact Lois Muhaw (732-919-1085) ext. 2206 or Jen Sweetnam (732-919-1085) ext. 2209.

Click Here for the Sign Up Genius


Light it up Blue!

Please Join Us in Celebrating….

Autism Awareness Month

Light it Up Blue

During the month of April Memorial/Griebling students will be involved in a variety of activities that celebrate differences and teach tolerance.  We are hoping that Memorial/ Griebling families will participate in our awareness activities by decorating a blue heart with your family name.  Please design this Heart  blue, or be creative and use other materials to design your own blue heart.  Please write/design your family name in the center of the heart.  We will be wearing blue on Friday’s for the month of April to support Autism Awareness.  Memorial will also have a grade level challenge of “Pennies for POAC” for the month of April.

Autism Awareness


Spring Clothing Drive

Support Our Schools!


3:00PM TO 6:00PM


WEARABLE & USABLE CLOTHING (Men’s, Women’s & Children’s) ACCESSORIES (Purses, Belts, Ties, Gloves, etc.)
LINENS (Bedding, Table Cloths, Curtains, Towels, etc.) HOUSEHOLD ITEMS (Small Rugs, Pots & Pans, etc.)

TOYS (Soft Toys, Hard Toys, Children’s Activity Sets)



For a complete list of items accepted, visit

If you have any questions, please contact Matthew Finnegan at


Nominated Slate of Officers for the 2016-17 PTA Board

Griebling-Memorial PTA

Nominated Slate of Officers

On March 7th, the Nominating Committee of the Griebling-Memorial PTA presented the following slate of Officers for the 2016-2017 school year:

President: Jessica Valentino

1st Vice President: Kathy Sweeney

2nd Vice President: Karen Buckley

Treasurer: open

Recording Secretary: Jamie Rattien

Corresponding Secretary: Isabel Demuth

Please note that there is not a candidate for Treasurer.

If you are interested in nominating yourself for treasurer or running for one of the filled slate positions from the floor,

You must notify the Nominating Committee and President as per our PTA bylaws, in writing.

Send to: Lois Muhaw, Chairperson at and President, Jessica Valentino at

At least 15 days (by March 27th)

Prior to the Special Election Meeting

Scheduled for April 11, 2016.

If NO candidates are running from the floor,

The Special Election Meeting will NOT take place.


Final slate will be published via School Messenger




Attention 5th grade Parents – Howell Middle School North Executive Board Nominations

Dear Parents of 5th Graders,

Howell Middle School North PTA is seeking nominations for the 2016-2017 Executive Board positions of President, Vice Presidents (2), Treasurer, Recording Secretary and Corresponding Secretary. Qualifications for nomination are as follows:

Any person nominated for a position should have PTA experience either at Middle School North or in their respective elementary school(s), though other association work may also be considered.
An individual must be a member of Howell Middle School North PTA for at least 15 days prior to elections on May 23, 2016 to be eligible for nomination (i.e. by May 8, 2016).

If you are interested in helping your child’s school and would like to participate in enhancing his/her educational experience while supporting children’s programs, please consider nominating yourself, or someone you know who embodies these qualities.  The deadline to submit nominations is March 21st. Please see the attached flyer for details.

If you have questions about what any of these positions entail, the nominating process or how to submit a nomination, please contact the Nominating Committee Chair: Jessica Valentino at

Nomination Form 2016-17


Griebling K-2 Math information session

math march 9th


March Reading Madness

Dear Parents and/or Guardian(s),

We are excited to announce Griebling/Memorial’s first “March Reading Madness” competition. The purpose of this competition is to encourage independent reading at home. The competition is voluntary and open to all students who attend Griebling and Memorial in grades K-5.


How to participate:

  1. Read a book or a chapter of a book at home. (nonreaders can be read to by a parent or guardian)
  2. Choose a basketball prompt to complete at home based on the book. (parents may assist with 1-2 sentence answer if needed)
  3. Cut out and bring completed basketball prompt to school and turn it into your teacher to be forwarded to the main office.


Each homeroom’s basketballs will be displayed and tallied.   The homeroom with the most responses per grade level will win a class party. The overall winner for each school will win a trophy to display for the remainder of the year!


  • This competition is completely voluntary.
  • The competition begins on Monday, February 29th.
  • All basketballs must be received by Monday, April 4th.
  • Students can enter an unlimited amount of basketballs as long as they are complete.
  • Additional basketballs can be accessed through the school website, in your child’s classroom, in the main office or at this link


We hope that you and your child choose to participate in this friendly competition. If you have any questions please contact our literacy coach, Erin Lowman at


Erin Lowman

Literacy Coach


Gift Auction Raffle Ticket Flash Sale! March 9th at the PTA meeting

There will be a special Flash Sale for gift auction raffle tickets on Wednesday, March 9th from 6:00pm -8:00pm at the Griebling Media Center. For this one night only you will be able to purchase gift auction raffle tickets at the Pre-Sale prices. Please use the attached form to expedite your ticket purchase.Raffle sales order form Please note that dinner sales will also be available for purchase but not with the Pre-Sale offer of free ticket with the dinner purchase. Please contact Lisa Valenti at or Jennifer Cea at with any questions.


March Maker Madness Night – March 8th!!!

Howell Township Public School District is hosting MARCH MAKER MADNESS NIGHT! Come and spend an evening tinkering, creating and learning how the district embedded making, engineering, design, computer programming and problem solving into areas of the curriculum! We will have robots, 3D printers, design challenges and more for makers of all ages to discover! No registration is needed – just drop in and start exploring. Please view the attached flyer for further details.

Maker Madness Night Flyer


Griebling – Memorial Sister Schools – Positive Actions will Shine

I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods. I do not blame others for my wrong actions. I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking.

Please see attached for the book of the month March 2016 PAWS-Stick and Stone



2016/2017 Executive Board Nominations

The Griebling/Memorial PTA Nominating Committee is currently accepting nominations for the 2016/2017 Executive Board.

Please click here to download the nomination form

Nomination Committee_PTABoard-16-17


Spanos To Go Restaurant Promotion 2/23, 2/24 and 2/25

spanos for gm


Griebling – Memorial Restaurant Promotion Night at Sonic

Griebling – Memorial Restaurant Promotion Night at

Supports Howell Township Schools

Drive In to Sonic

Tuesday February 9th from 5-8pm


Wednesday February 10th  from 5-8pm

For a Griebling-Memorial PTA             Fundraising Event

Participating students will be entered into a raffle to win a $25 iTunes Gift Card

(Please send in only the top portion of the receipt with students name and class in an envelope marked “sonic contest”, to be entered)

When ordering please let the order taker know you are there for the fundraiser

Sonic Drive In

4610 Route 9 South Howell, New Jersey

10% of sales will be donated to Griebling-Memorial PTA


Pizza Bingo – January 29th at Memorial

Pizza Bingo will be taking place at Memorial this year on Friday, January 29th from 6:00-7:30.

Last year’s event was a sell out so please return the form below to reserve your spot soon!

pizza bingo flyer 2016


Last Chance for Gift Auction Pre-Sale Tickets!

Last Chance!!!!

The last date to purchase your Gift Auction pre-sale dinner and raffle tickets is January 29th at Pizza Bingo. You can purchase tickets the night of Pizza Bingo at Memorial even if you are not attending the event or prior to the event by sending in the forms below and payment with your child in an envelope marked “Gift Auction”. If you have him any questions please contact the Gift Auction Chairs: Jennifer Cea or Lisa Valenti.

2016 GA table sales    Griebling_PTA_2016 GiftAuction_PreSales 1    Raffle sales order form




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