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Principal Message May 11, 2021

Dear Elms Families,


It is hard to believe that we are entering the final weeks of this unprecedented school year. We hope all of our families are finding time to enjoy the Spring days and beautiful weather. 


Teacher Appreciation: As a school community, every May is a time when we take a moment to thank our wonderful teachers and staff for their hard work and dedication to our students. As we enter the last few weeks of this historic school year, I wanted to commend all the Elms staff for their commitment and perseverance in the face of unique, unusual  challenges.  More specifically, we are excited to congratulate Ms. Christine Frenville, Elms Teacher of the Year! Ms. Frenville and the wonderful educators at Elms always put students’ needs first and remain committed to the success of our students and our community. Thank you for all you do!


Thank you also to our parent community and our Elms PTN. Your partnership and support is foundational to the success of Elms Elementary. Thank you also to all of our parents who contributed to our Teacher Appreciation Week.

Trout Release: This week, Elms School's fifth graders and their families said goodbye to the trout that they have been raising since October. As participants in the “Trout In the Classroom”  program, our eldest students have diligently fed and nurtured these tiny fish each day. The trout eggs were harvested at the Peaquest Trout Hatchery, delivered to our school by NJ Trout Unlimited volunteers, and maintained in the IMC by Elms’ students under the direction of Mrs. Konopack. Students learned to create and sustain a healthy, cold, freshwater environment for the rainbow trout. They took turns counting the fish, measuring their growth, changing the tank water, monitoring the pH levels, and even scooping out dead fish! Fifth grade families were invited to attend one of two release dates at the Forest Research Education Center, right here in Jackson. Participants scooped up our trout and carefully acclimated them to their new home-- a creek that leads into the Toms River.  We thank all families for their enthusiasm and support with this yearly opportunity. 

Save the Earth Recyclers - Girl Scout Troop 50107! Elms is excited to announce that we are partnering with our local girl scouts troop 50107 to make a difference in our community and to encourage all of our students to recycle. Working toward their Girls Scout Bronze Award, Girl Scout Troop 50107 invites our entire school community to collect and recycle school supplies like pens, markers, highlighters, and glue sticks. A collection box has been placed by the Elms reception desk so students and teachers can drop off their used school supplies. All recycled school supplies will be sent to the Bic company with the help of Terracycle. Please help us to achieve our goal of collecting 10 pounds of recycle materials that would otherwise go to a landfill.


Learning Garden: Elms students and staff had an opportunity to work in the learning garden these early days of May. Staff volunteered to weed and plant the grounds for Spring. Ms. Sernotti’s class also donated flowers and helped with the planting process. Special thanks Ms. Fioretti, Ms. Konpack, Ms. Rotundo, and Ms. Goldberg for leading the garden clean up! The garden really looks great!


Many of Elms’ students commonly enjoy learning in the garden. Classes reading and  learning outside are commonly observed by passers by. Ms. Konopack is frequently reading to students of various grade levels during their Media time while Pre-K students use the garden for a variety of movement activities. A “Story Walk” reading activity in the garden allowed some of our youngest readers to immerse in Literacy in a new, engaging way. The garden also includes a sensory option where students use their senses to touch, smell, and feel a variety of different plants and herbs.  Thank you to our staff and students for keeping our garden healthy and blooming! 

PTN BookFair: We are happy to announce that Elms students will be able to participate in an “in-person” Book Fair. The Book Fair dates will run from May 17th to May 28th. Students will be able to browse books for selection. This Book Fair is a buy 1 get 1 free opportunity. Remote Academy students will also have an opportunity to visit the Book Fair on their respective visitation date between 2pm and 3pm. Classes will be cohorted with Covid precautions in place when visiting the Book Fair. Unfortunately, due to Covid precautions and unlike other years, parents will NOT be able to visit the Book Fair when their child’s class is scheduled to shop. 


Online shopping is still available. Parents are encouraged to set up an eWallet for their child to provide a cash free shopping experience at the Book Fair. Students should have received a Book Fair flier with an eWallet insert providing instructions how to set up the eWallet. See the link provided.


Family Pictures ~Save the date: The Elms PTN has arranged a professional photographer to take family photos on May 16th and May 22nd at Belmar Beach. Please find the link to make your appointment.



Please reach out if you have any questions. We are always happy to help you!


Best Wishes,


Michael Burgos, Principal         Shawn Levinson, Assistant Principal