Devil’s Family Fun Night – Two Exciting Raffles!

We have exciting news!

The NJ Devil’s have added two exciting raffles to all families that will be purchasing tickets to the January 7th Family Fun Night.

One lucky family will win a signed hockey puck that will be  presented to them the night of the game. Another family will be winning four free tickets to another game (the game date will be  mutually agreed upon  with the NJ Devils)!

Both winners will be picked randomly from families that have submitted forms and payment by the due date of Saturday, 12/17.

Please see the flyer below



GM’s 4th Annual Trunk or Treat

Griebling-Memorial’s 4th Annual

trunk-or-treak-Sunday, October 30th, 12:00pm-3:00pm


Join us for an afternoon of Family Fun!

DJ -­‐ Trunk or Treating -­‐ Halloween Games -­‐ Prizes Awarded for Best Decorated Trunk.


$10 per Car, Family, or Walk-in

This event is open to Griebling and Memorial families.


A Trunk or Treat is a Halloween event where people gather and park their cars in a large parking lot.  They open their trunks, or the backs of their vehicles, and decorate them. Children then travel from car to car “trunk or treating.”  The event provides a safe environment for trick or treaters and their families.

 Reservations are limited and spots will be given to those who register first.  You can register as a walk-in if you cannot arrive by 12:20pm or need to leave prior to 3:00pm.

Memorial parking lot opens at 12:00pm.  Cars will have to be parked and ready for “trunk or treating” by 12:30pm.

If you do not wish to participate in the trunk decorating, but would still like to join the party, the cost per family is $10 (pre‐registration with this form required).  Tables will be set up for families that provide candy.

Each child registered per family will be given a wristband that will allow him/her to be included in all trunk or treating fun. Children cannot be left unattended or dropped off at this event.

 Pre-registration for all cars is required.  For the safety of the children, no cars will be able to leave the parking lot until 3:00pm.  No unregistered children will be allowed.

Please see forms below

2016tortguidlines-revised 2016trunkortreatregform-revised


NY JETS Fundraiser

This JETS fundraiser is something new we decided to offer our GM families. It is not a “Family Fun Night”, but is a way to purchase discounted tickets to this JETS football game while also supporting the Griebling-Memorial PTA.

This school year, the PTA has decided to add a few new and different fundraisers so that families can have a variety of fun ways to support our schools. It is our hope that families are enjoying the variety of options in order to support their school.



Griebling – Memorial Night at the NJ Devils!!!!

We are having our first every Griebling-Memorial Night at the NJ Devil’s will take place on Saturday, October 22nd. Orders are due by 9/29. Contact Jessica Valentino at with any questions.



Summer Bowling Party – Meet up – Sign Up Closed

The Griebling – Memorial PTA and SEPAC will be hosting a

Summer Bowling Party at Howell Lanes!

Thursday, August 18th 4:00 – 6:00pm

Join us for good times, good food and good friends!

Our Principals, Ms. Keelen and Mrs. Rupp, will be there!

New Spiritwear Styles will be available to view and order from Big Frog!

Don’t miss out on our exciting raffles!

Games will be $2.50 per person/game.

Please see the attached form to save your spot and  pre-order pizza and soda! 

One large pizza is $10.00 and a Pitcher of Soda is $3.00.

Spots are limited!

We look forward to seeing you there!!!!

Additional Info

•To expedite registration, only cash and checks will only accepted.

•Howell Lanes will be collecting payment for each game played, by each person, at the end of the game.

•It is the each participant’s responsibility to pay for his/her games. Each game is $2.50 per person.

•In the event that you are unable to attend, but have pre-ordered pizza, please email Jess Valentino ( so that we can cancel your pizza order.

•Parents must remain with their child(ren) at this event. Please do not drop off.

We are so excited to see everyone and meet all of our new families!


PTA Committee Chair and Volunteer form

The Griebling-Memorial PTA relies on its wonderful committee chairs and volunteers for everything we do. Please see the list below for a description of all the committees and the link below for a copy of the volunteer form. You can also fill out a volunteer only form online at

GMPTA 2016-2017 Volunteer Form – final



 Baking / Hospitality

Committee members provide baked goods and refreshments for PTA meetings as well as at various PTA sponsored events and family fun nights. Chairs are responsible for coordinating donations from volunteers.


Committee members are responsible for attending Board of Education / Committee meetings (including the Community Interaction meeting) on a rotating basis and taking notes to be shared at monthly PTA meetings. Chairs are responsible for organizing attendance at meetings and providing the PTA President with the monthly updates.

Book Fair

Scholastic Book Fairs are held at both schools three times a year. The Committee members are responsible for setting up the fair, assisting children in book purchases, working the “cash register” and packing up unsold books when the fair is complete. Chairs are responsible for overseeing the running of the fair, the calling of volunteers, promoting the book-fairs, and coordinating the finances with the PTA Treasurer.

Box Tops

Develop and distribute flyers informing Griebling / Memorial families of the Box Top collection process, participating products, and collecting contest dates. Organize committee members to submit trimmed Box Tops in adherence with Box Top regulations.

Clothing Drive

Chairs schedule clothing drives and distribute flyers informing parents, teachers and staff what to donate and when. Committee members volunteer to assist chairs at clothing drive accepting donations and loading the truck at the completion of the clothing drive.

Cultural Arts

Committee members assist PTA Executive Board Members at various assemblies that provide the students with education outside the classroom in an interactive, hands-on format. Assist with circulating and collecting staff surveys after each assembly.


Chairs plan a themed dance and coordinate / organize attendance (students with adult). Committee members assist at event by “working” shifts


Chairs coordinate seasonal decorations and maintain grounds around each school, including updating front sign. Also decorate front doors of schools to coordinate with the season. Available to assist chairs / coordinate volunteers for decorating duties at other PTA- sponsored events. Committee members assist chairs with decorating.

 Family Fun

Chairs plan events, projects, or programs designed for family enjoyment, usually at night. 2016 / 2017 scheduled events include Pizza Bingo, Barnes & Noble Night, and Lakewood Blue Claws Night. Committee members assist at events by “working” shifts.

 Fifth Grade

Fifth grade is one of our largest committees so we are breaking it down into sub committees this year. These sub committees will be working with the 5th grade liaisons, faculty members and each other to plan and fundraise for all 5th grade events. A pre-approved budget will be provided to each committee that they will need to adhere to


  • Fifth Grade Party – Chairs will plan and oversee the end of year party for 5th grade. Responsibilities Include: organizing volunteers, planning games and activities, organizing food donations and decorating.
  • Fifth grade Yearbook – The yearbook chair will work with the balfour soft wear and representative to create the 5th grade yearbook. Committee volunteers will be utilized to take pictures, at events and to collect boosters and children’s information needed for the yearbook.
  • Fifth Grade Trip/Stepping UpThe 5th grade trip takes place in mid spring. The responsibilities of this chair position are to purchase goody bags to be handed out after the trip. These chairs will also be responsible for assisting the building administration with the stepping up ceremony.


This position manages the key fundraising initiatives annually for the school. The chair works to promote, create contests and create excitement to drive the greatest level of school wide participation. Past fundraisers have included, Gertrude Hawk chocolate, Mixed Bags and Yankee Candle.

 Gift Auction

The PTA’s biggest fundraiser of the year! An evening out that includes dinner, entertainment and raffles. This year we will be dividing the responsibilities up into “Gift Auction Sub Committees”. You can volunteer for multiple committees

  • GA General Chair- coordinating the event with the catering hall, obtaining all necessary licenses, and for overseeing the entire event and volunteers, schedule basket wrapping dates, organize class and teacher baskets. The “General Committee” volunteers will assist with basket wrapping, class baskets, and gift auction games.
  • GA Solicitation Chair: Will organize solicitor and solicitation efforts for prize items via mail, internet or in person (You will be provided access to solicitation spreadsheet in Google shared drive and given official donation request forms)
  • GA Program Chair: Solicitation for sponsors and advertisements (You will be provided access to solicitation spreadsheet in Google shared drive and given official sponsorship / advertisement form) and help with the compilation and assembly of event program
  • GA Ticket Sales Chair: Organizing Admission Ticket / Raffle Ticket sales and distribution.
  • GA Decorating Chair –Design the table centerpieces and other decorations. Set up at the hall on the day of the event

 Holiday Bazaar

Chairs will organize two-day sale for students to purchase inexpensive holiday gifts for friends and family. Bazaar will be held on the same days at each school. One chair from Griebling and one chair from Memorial is preferred. The Committee members are responsible for setting up the bazaar, assisting children with gift purchases, personalizing ornament, working the “cash register” and packing up unsold merchandise when the bazaar is complete. Chairs are responsible for overseeing the running of the bazaar, the scheduling of volunteers, promoting the bazaar, and coordinating the finances with the PTA Treasurer.


Chairs will organize a social held in early fall for the Kindergarten that acts as a meet and greet for the children and parents. The chairs are responsible for planning the activities and crafts, organizing the volunteers and food donations and creating an invite to be sent home via backpacks.

Keepsake Art

Chairs work with art teachers to determine design theme, order supplies, and manage end to end process, including each student completing an art piece, submitting designs to art company for production, overseeing order process of individualized keepsakes, and distributing orders upon delivery. Committee member’s assist chairs as needed.

Kid Stuff Fundraiser

Chairs handle relationship with Kid Stuff and work with staff and administration to determine the best distribution method. Coordinate sale of the books and return of unsold books.


The Nominating Committee is elected by the PTA Executive Board at a PTA meeting (November or December). The committee is composed of 4 PTA members in good standing (includes one reserve member). These individuals select a chair from their group and are responsible for selecting the most qualified candidate for each office of the PTA Executive Board in accordance with the PTA’s bylaws. The committee needs to put the best interest of the PTA above personal feelings or friendships, and remain impartial.

Restaurant Promotions

Chairs organize monthly cash-back programs and other similar opportunities at local restaurants. Committee members assist with copying / distributing flyers to student body.

Rewards Programs

Ongoing activity to earn points, cash, and items for our schools via programs such as Shoparoo, Target Red Cad, Amazon Smile, ink cartridges, etc. Committee members will assist with copying / distributing flyers, promotion of programs (usually via Facebook / website posts), and collections as needed. Chairs determine what programs are most beneficial to our schools and oversee communication about these programs to the school community.

 Special Events

The events chair coordinates event between the schools and the PTA for special events like the Spelling Bee, Foul Shooting Contest, cooking club, etc.


Chairs coordinate the sale of Griebling / Memorial insignia articles of clothing and accessories throughout the year. Committee members assist selling goods at various PTA sponsored events.

Staff Appreciation

Chairs organize and host the annual Teacher Appreciation Week luncheon held for staff (typically week of May). Organize committee volunteers to present faculty and staff with a gift/goodie bag and encourage all Griebling / Memorial children to show their appreciation to a teacher during the week.

Thanksgiving Pie Sale

Chairs handle relationship with vendor and distribute, collect and tally forms and money. Committee members assist chairs with distributing pies upon delivery.

Trunk or Treat

Chairs plan Trunk or Treat event (typically the Sunday before Halloween) and coordinate / organize attendance. Committee members assist at event by “working” shifts to distribute, collect and tally forms and money.


Chair maintains the PTA’s web presence by updating Website and Facebook information timely and accurately.


Griebling-Memorial Night at the Blue Claws

Our Last Family Fun Night of the school year will take place on Friday, June 17th. 7:05 pm game start time

Join your fellow Bulldogs for a night of Baseball! Stay After The Game for Friday Night Fireworks!

(Promotion night – First 1500 families in the park will receive an ornament)

  •   Tickets are $12.00 each. Foam Fingers will be available for purchase for $5.00 each.

  •  Ticket availability is limited. Tickets will be available on a first come first serve basis with no exceptions.
  •  Ticket orders will be due no later than Friday, June 3rd, 2016.

    blueclaws night


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.

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