Superintendent's Spotlight

May and June, 2024

Superintendent Update

The months of May and June bring many exciting end of year events at the Developmental Learning Centers! Our May/June edition of the Superintendent’s Spotlight will feature these and much more!

What’s Happening at the DLCs

School Spirit Day

Tuesday, May 7 and Tuesday, June 4 are School Spirit Days! Wear a DLC shirt or blue to celebrate your school spirit!

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“Light Up Green Day,” Wednesday, May 1

In honor of Mental Health Month which is held each May, the DLCs will be having “Light Up Green Day” on Wednesday, May 1. To show support of  Mental Health Month, staff and students are encouraged to wear green on Wednesday, May 1. Calming strategies and positive affirmations will be highlighted.

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Asian American Pacific Islander Month

May is Asian American Pacific Islander Month and to celebrate, DLC - New Providence will be highlighting artist Yayoi Kasuma, a Japanese contemporary artist, in art projects throughout the month.

Staff Dessert Day, Thursday, May 9

DLC - New Providence parents have been asked if they wish to donate desserts and, if they choose to do so, should send them on the bus with their child that day. Desserts will be set up for staff during their lunch periods as part of Staff Appreciation Week. Delicious!


Special Persons’ Day, Thursday, May 16

This year’s theme is “Barbie and Ken.” Each student can invite up to two guests to attend this fun filled event which will be held in the cafeteria. There will be snacks, dancing, and a photo booth. A flyer will be sent to parents with more details and the schedule for each classroom. Everyone is looking forward to this special event!

Student and Parent Tours for Students Moving up to DLC – Warren,

Tuesday, May 21

Students who will be moving up to DLC – Warren for the 2024 ESY program will tour DLC – Warren on the morning of May 21. Students will walk through the cafeteria, labs, gym, track, and throughout the entire DLC – Warren building. Parents of students moving up to DLC – Warren for the ESY program have been sent a flyer to sign up for a Parent Tour on May 21 at 11:15 am or 6:00 pm. If you need another flyer, or if you have a conflict on that day but would like to attend, please contact us. 

 Moving Up Ceremony, Friday, May 24

On Friday, May 24, at 1:00 p.m. DLC – New Providence students who will be aging out of DLC - New Providence next year will participate in a Moving Up Ceremony in the DLC - New Providence gymnasium. This year's theme is "Walk of Stars." Parents and families for these students will receive invitations soon!

Annual “Clap Out” and Flag Day, Thursday, June 13

On the last day of school, DLC - New Providence will be participating in the annual “Clap Out” for students who are aging out of DLC - New Providence. DLC - New Providence will also be celebrating Flag Day by having ice pops and music. Students and staff are encouraged to wear patriotic colors of red, white and blue!

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Week of May 6 - 10 is National Wildflower Week

Throughout the week of May 6 - 10,  DLC - Warren students will participate in diverse activities focused on learning about various wildflowers and their roles in environmental conservation.


Staff Dessert Day, Wednesday, May 8

DLC - Warren parents have been asked if they wish to donate desserts and, if they choose to do so, send them with their child on the bus that day. Desserts will be set up for staff during their lunch periods as part of Staff Appreciation Week. Delicious!

DLC Yearbook

There is still time to order your yearbook that is filled with favorite memories at DLC - Warren.  Orders will be taken online until Wednesday, May 8. Please click here for the link.  If you have any questions about the yearbook, please contact Kim Spurlock at or 908-762-5600 ext. 4410.

DLC Prom, May 23

On Thursday, May 23, DLC-Warren will be hosting its annual Prom! Prom Committee members have been hard at work making sure that our 18-21 year old students and graduates have a wonderful, memorable experience. Parents of graduates are invited to join our “Retro 70's Prom” that day as well! A Save the Date was previously sent and formal invitations to graduating parents are on their way!

DLC-Warren Graduation, June 6

It’s time to start thinking about Graduation!  DLC-Warren’s Graduation will take place on Thursday, June 6, in the DLC – Warren gymnasium at 1:00 p.m.  Families of students who are graduating will receive further information regarding this event shortly.  We look forward to celebrating with you and are so proud of all of our graduates!

Transition Talk by Matt MacDougall and Ramon Colon,

Abilities Expo, Has it “All” for the Disability Community, May 3-5

This three day free event will be happening at the New Jersey Convention & Expo Center located in Edison, New Jersey from Friday, May 3 through Sunday, May 5. This “expo” will have adaptive sports and dance activities, workshops, an all-inclusive climbing wall, and more. To register for this event, click here.

2024 Summer Camps

It’s not too early to start planning for summer camps for your child! For parents who are looking for local camps in New Jersey that their children can attend weekly, the "Very Special Camps" website will provide information on an assortment of camps. The link to the Very Special Camps website can be found below:

Tech Tips by Evan Abramson,

Director of Technology and Innovation

Below are five safety tips to alleviate damage to your devices.

1. Give them air.

Electronic devices need to breathe, just like we do. Make sure your devices have plenty of space around them to allow for airflow. Don’t stack them on top of each other; avoid placing them in direct sunlight or near heat sources. Leave at least 2-3 inches of space around your devices to allow for proper airflow.

2. Don’t stack.

Stacking electronic devices on top of each other can block the vents and prevent them from cooling properly. This can lead to overheating, which can damage your devices.

3. Keep devices away from heat.

Avoid exposing your devices to direct sunlight or heat sources. This includes things like ovens, stoves, and fireplaces. If you’re using your devices in a hot environment, like at the beach or pool, take some extra precautions to keep them cool.

4. Clean, clean, clean.

 The vents on your devices are designed to help them stay cool. If the vents are clogged with dust, dirt, or hair, the device will have a harder time cooling down and may overheat. Use a can of compressed air to clean the vents on your devices regularly.

5. Shut them down.

If your device is overheating, turn it off and disconnect it from the power source immediately. Allow the device to cool down completely before turning it back on.

Climate Chat

DLC-Warren students are gearing up to reunite again with their partner school in Argentina. During their previous visit, DLC students delved into topics ranging from local cuisine to the renowned soccer player, Lionel Messi. 

On Monday, May 20, World Bee Day, students will learn about the important role bees play in the pollination process.

Extended School Year Program 

As a reminder, the dates for the six-week 2024 ESY program are Wednesday, June 26 through Wednesday, August 9, from 8:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. The Developmental Learning Centers will be closed on Thursday, July 4, 2024 in observance of Independence Day. You will receive classroom assignments on or about June 14. Please click here for the ESY 2024 school calendar and click here for the 2024 - 2025 school year calendar.

Mark your Calendar

Monday, May 27, 2024 MUJC closed for Memorial Day

Thursday, June 13, 2024 Last Day of School, dismissal for students 12:45 p.m.

Thank you!

My warmest thanks to our wonderful DLC families and our entire MUJC staff. Thank you for your unwavering support, understanding, and positive messages. Most of all, thank you for giving us the privilege of working with your children. Best regards for a wonderful summer and the Spotlight will greet you in September!

Dr. Janet L. Fike


Morris-Union Jointure Commission


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