McKenzie School

All Children Can Succeed

  •  McKenzie School 

    125 Carlton Avenue
    East Rutherford, NJ 07073
    Fax # 201-531-1029

    Grades Pre-K - 3

    Dear Kindergarten to 3rd Grade Parents & Guardians:

    I hope that you are enjoying your summer and are excited to begin another school year.  I look forward to greeting the parents/guardians and students at the PTA-Sponsored Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, September 5th from 5:30 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. at McKenzie School.  School will begin on Thursday, September 7th, 2023.  September 7th & 8th will be one-session days as drop-off will begin at 8:15 A.M. and doors will be closed at 8:34 A.M. with early dismissals at 12:30 P.M.  Please note that Monday, September 11th will be the first full day of school. Kindly click on the following links for the 2023-2024 School Calendar and McKenzie School's Bell Schedule for a Full Session Day, One-Session Day Dismissal, and Delayed Opening.

    Required District forms, including our District Bussing Survey (if eligible), have been loaded to your Genesis Parent Portal account for you to complete.  Please log in and begin to complete those forms as soon as possible to ensure that all available policies, procedures, and services are understood and made available to your child(ren).  All required documents, policies, regulations, and agreements must be read, reviewed, and acknowledged accordingly prior to Friday, September 1stHomeroom teacher assignments will be available to you through the Genesis Parent Portal on Friday, September 1st.  Only accounts that have their forms and acknowledgments completed will be able to see this information, so please be sure to log in to complete all required forms in advance.  Bussing assignments will follow shortly thereafter if applicable.  Only accounts that have their forms and acknowledgments completed will be able to see this information, so please be sure to log in to complete all required forms in advance of this date.  Any outstanding forms or acknowledgments on your account will restrict you and your child’s access to the Genesis platform.  If you are unable to log in, first troubleshoot using the Forgot My Password link on the Genesis homepage.  If you continue to experience difficulties, please contact Mrs. Carol Mosquera at (201) 531-1235 ext. 4003 or Mrs. Cindy Velez at ext. 4002 for assistance.

    Please see below for a few important reminders that are essential to help your child transition back to school for the first day and for the school year:

    • Please review McKenzie School’s Pick Up and Dismissal Procedures with your child

    • Please review McKenzie School’s Drop-off and Arrival Procedures with your child

    • Please review McKenzie School’s Pre-K to 3 Student/Parent Handbook  with your child

    • Please review McKenzie School Food Allergy Letter

    • Please review the Parental School Security Letter for important security information.

    • McKenzie School Suggested Supply List K to 3rd Grade

    • YMCA Before and After School Care Information

    • Please note that all kindergarten students should arrive at our Totland Entrance with one parent/guardian only on the first day of school, as all of the kindergarten teachers will be greeting your children at 8:30 A.M. at Totland Entrance.  Please follow all signage and communications to line up at the designated area at Totland.  

    • Breakfast services will begin on Thursday, September 7th, and lunch services will begin Monday, September 11th.  Please see the "Food Services" tab on our district website for additional information. Please review Maschio’s pricing list for meals/food service for the 2023-2024 school year.  McKenzie maintains a closed lunch policy.  Therefore, students will not be allowed to leave the building for lunch unless a parent signs him/her in and out at the office.   Additionally, parents are required to inform homeroom teachers by sending a note. 

    • Dress Code - The Dress Code has been updated with regard to ensuring that all students are wearing safe footwear on campus.  Please note that Crocs and similar footwear with adjustable heel straps are NOT PERMITTED and parents will be responsible for dropping off a change of footwear if their child violates the dress code.

    • District Technology Fee - As part of our ongoing efforts to provide access to appropriate instructional technologies to all of our students, the District has imposed a mandatory $30 technology fee to help subsidize the ever-rising costs associated with technology.  This includes coverage for accidental damage over the life of student Chromebooks.  Please review the Chromebook Damage and Technology Fee notice that further details the changes to our procedures.

    If you have any additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call.  In the meantime, please enjoy the rest of your summer and I hope that you have a healthy and safe Labor Day Weekend.  I am looking forward to an exciting year with your children.


    Brian Barrow
    McKenzie School Principal
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    (201) 531-1235

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