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Principal's Message March 17, 2017

Celebrating Success!

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Barnes & Noble Night on Thursday, March 9.  What a great night!  It’s a testament to the fact that students, parents and staff put reading first!  Thank you to our Encore Ensemble.   Those song parodies were awesome.  Thank you to our Girl Scout Troops for your wonderful Reader’s Theater.  Fantastic job!

Thank you to our Girl Scouts for showing their Girl Scout Pride on Wednesday the 15th.  We are so proud of all of you!

Congratulations to Chris Zona, our 2017 Spelling Bee Winner!  Chris participated in the State Spelling Bee on March 13 & 15.   He made it through to the 4th round. We are proud of you, Chris!  Great job!

LEGO DRIVE

The Elms Elementary School is looking for donations of any unused, unwanted, loose Lego bricks to use in our STEM Lab Maker Space.  If you have any loose, unwanted Legos, please send them in with students and bins will be provided for collection.  We appreciate your help!

 Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration packets are now available at the Elms Reception desk or online on the district website, and the Elms Website.  Click the picture to see the forms.  Please note that Elms does prefer Registration by Appointment.  Please call the Elms School at 732-833-4680 x3535 to make an appointment.  We look forward to meeting our future students!

  Looking ahead:

March 20-24 - Kindergarten Registration!

March 20 – 7p 2017-2018 Sixth Grade Orientation at Goetz Middle School

March 21 – 6:30p Board of Education Meeting @ JMHS

March 22 & 23- Gr 4 Trip (rescheduled from last week due to weather)

March 24 – Supply Cart

March 31 – PTN Gift Auction!

March 27-29 – Gr 3 PARCC Testing

March 30, 31 & April 3 – Gr 4 PARCC Testing

April 4-6 – Gr 5 PARCC Testing

April 7 – Shortened Day!  School Spirit – Inside Out Day

April 8-17 – Spring Break! Have a great vacation! 

PAWS-itive Character Education:

“Everyone in society should be a role model, not only for their own self-respect, but for respect from others.”  - Barry Bonds

At Elms, we make it our priority to recognize students for demonstrating strong and positive character.  Our character education initiatives promote, model, and recognize students that strive to make Elms a welcoming, rewarding, and safe environment.  Our PAWS-itive Program encourages students to grow and develop into upstanding Elms’ community members. Elms’ faculty are asked to fill out PAWS-itive Behavior Coupons to acknowledge students who act as respectful, caring, trustworthy, fair, and responsible citizens in school.  The slips are brought down to the guidance office mailbox for both weekly and monthly recognition.  Students who are selected weekly will receive a certificate, small prizes, and photo. Snack with the Principal will happen monthly to recognize the students of Elms for continuing to demonstrate kindness and integrity.  Our goal is to create more rewarding lives and a positive culture for our students and school.  With this initiative we can:

 Teach children how to reach out and express love, respect and appreciate others

  • Help children become other-centered rather than self-centered
  • Establish a framework for more constructive words and actions
  • Create more positive home and school environments and connections

 S.T.E.M. at Elms:

According to Edutopia [2016], “The current demand for STEM-capable workers surpasses the supply of applicants who have trained for those careers. Moreover, 16 of the 20 occupations with the largest projected growth in the next decade are STEM related... Given these unmet needs for a STEM-capable workforce, the nation’s economic future depends on preparing more K-12 students to enter these fields.”  

To meet the growing need, for teaching and learning how to incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math [S.T.E.M.] practices, teachers at Elms have taken significant strides to deliver instruction grounded in the philosophy of 21st Century Learning.  Elms teachers are creating high quality S.T.E.M. instructional experiences right in their own classrooms. Students are applying scientific and technological skills through problem based challenges.  Students can be seen talking with one another to problem solve, to strategize and plan, and to discuss the differences in their thinking - part of a healthy mindset fostering "grit!" Elms’ S.T.E.M. initiative is setting the foundation for our learners; preparing them with the college and career readiness skills of tomorrow.

 EnVision Math:

As you are aware, Elms Elementary is using an updated math series this year called Envision 2.0. There are great online resources available.  Please log on to the website with your child to review what he/she has learned at school.   

The directions are as follows:

  1. Website: pearsonrealize.com
  2. At the Pearson sign in page – click the box that says Pearson EasyBridge Plus & Auto
  3. Where it says choose your district – type and select: JACKSON TWP SCHOOL DISTRICT – INTLogin: Student ID #*Kindergarten students must put KF as the grade after the name.
  4. Password:First name + grade level (Example: MarkKF)
  5. Student Log In:

 Cold Weather: Please remember during the winter months, students still do go outside for recess, weather permitting.  The building is climate controlled.  We suggest layers so that the students can be comfortable in any setting.

 Yearbooks: It’s time to order your 2016 Yearbook!!  Here is the link to the online ordering for the yearbook:  http://shop.balfour.com/smi117269/catalog/category/view/s/yearbook-and-accessories/id/312795/.  If you are ordering books for more than one student, be sure to enter information for each student’s book individually, then click “continue shopping” and enter information for each additional student.  This is the only way to ensure that books are delivered to each individual student in June.  Don’t forget to print out and keep your order confirmation at the end of your transaction. The price is now $24.00. If you have any questions, please contact Denise at dfoxgolonka@gmail.com

 Nurse’s Office: The nurse’s office is always in need of gently used clothing for students to use when needed.  If you have any donations, please send them to the attention of Marjie Ewin.

 




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