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Elms Principal Message Autumn 2021


Dear Elms Families,


The leaves are already turning yellow, orange, and red! The temperatures in the morning are beginning to be just a little bit cool, and the night sky is getting darker more quickly each day.  Autumn is here!


October has been an exciting month at Elms!  This past week, staff and students celebrated a Week of Respect with daily activities and acts of kindness.  This month we also raised awareness for Breast Cancer with the entire school wearing their pink to support this noble cause. In conjunction with Safe Schools Week, the Jackson Police presented some important tips for students regarding Halloween safety through the school wide DARE program. Additionally, the Jackson Fire Department came to visit this month and facilitated fire safety presentations for our Pre-K through Grade 5 population. Thank you to our students, staff and community for keeping our school safe and secure. Special thanks to the Jackson Police and Fire Departments for being so involved with our Elms students. We are fortunate to live in such a caring community! 


Pumpkin Contest: Thank you to all of our inventive students who submitted a pumpkin creation in celebration of this time in October. The pumpkins are so creative, original and amazing! The pumpkins surely  have decorated the hallways for the season. 


Trunk-or-Treat: Exciting news Elms families: the Elms PTN is gearing up for our 3rd  “Trunk or Treat” family event on Monday, October 25th [with a rain date of October 28th]. This family celebration will be open to all Elms’ students and their family members and looks to be a “spooktacular” time. There will be a contest for Best Decorated Trunk. We hope to see all of our Elms’ family there in costume.

For those families decorating their trunk/table, the bus ramp will open at 5:30 PM for trunk set up and closed at 6:30 PM for trick or treating.  ​Families with decorated trunks will need to remain until the end of the event at 7:30pm for safety reasons.  Decorated trunks will also be responsible for providing treats to distribute to the trick or treaters.  We ask that at least one parent remains at each trunk to distribute the treat.   For families that want to just trick or treat, parking will be available in the large parking lot. 


This is a free event, but the PTN is asking for anyone who is attending and NOT decorating a trunk to please bring a non-perishiable food item to be donated to the Jackson Food Pantry.


This celebration is designed to allow all of our Elms’ families to come out and enjoy a wonderful evening with our children in a safe environment.  With the Trunk or Treat event open to everyone, our Halloween celebration on October 29th will be measured.  As part of the Jackson School District’s continual goal of keeping students safe, visitations to the building will be restricted that day. We can’t wait to see everyone’s costume on October 25th. Happy Halloween!


Halloween Safety

Due to the PTN sponsored Trunk or Treat (see information above), our in-school Halloween celebrations will be limited.  In keeping with the spirit of fun, we would like to allow any student to dress in costume on October 29, 2021, if they wish.  Remember that your child will need to sit, write, walk, and eat lunch and/or snack as well as do other school-related activities.  If your child chooses to wear a costume on October 29th, the costume should lend itself to these activities.  Of course, safety is the utmost concern. In order to provide for a safe, fun experience for all, please be sure to adhere to the following precautions:

  • The children who choose to participate should come to school dressed in their costumes and be prepared to remain in their costumes all day. Please keep in mind that costumes should be comfortable and allow for children to move freely, and should not depict any sort of violence;
  • Fake weapons of any kind are strictly prohibited;
  • If you plan to send in treats, non-food items are preferred. If you choose to send in edible treats, they should be store bought and individually wrapped. 

Elms Green Initiative: The trout have arrived! This week, Elms School's fifth graders received trout eggs and will be raising them through the year as part of our Media/Aquaponics program. As participants in the “Trout In the Classroom'' program, our eldest students will diligently feed and nurture 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 Mrs. Konopack. Students will learn to create and sustain a healthy, cold, freshwater environment for the rainbow trout. They will take turns counting the fish, measuring their growth, changing the tank water, monitoring the pH levels, and even scooping out dead fish! In the spring, fifth graders and their families will be invited to the Forest Research Education Center, right here in Jackson to participate in a trout release into the Toms River!


Suggested Reading Routines from Ms. Villecco, Reading Specialist:

As we transition to the more regimented days of school, I'd like to remind the Elms community of the importance to make reading at home a priority. This reading may look different in every home or from day to day; reading to your child(ren), reading with your child(ren), or listening to your child(ren) read.


No matter what your "reading" looks like, reading and talking about books with your child(ren) will provide numerous benefits; including but not limited to academic success, increased concentration, and improved imagination.  If you're in need of some suggestions to implement or spruce up your reading routine at home, check out this article on simple ways to build a reading routine.


Join the PTN: Please consider joining the PTN.  Forms for memberships are available on the online ebackpack.  Just print and send in with your child.



Parent-Teacher Conferences: Here at Elms we strongly believe in the importance of a school to home connection.  Parent teacher conferences are an important part of this equation.  On November 16-18th, students will have a shortened school day and teachers will be available to meet with you and discuss your child’s academic and social growth. The Genesis Parent Portal will be open from November 2nd to November 9th. To schedule a conference, please select the Conference tab in the Portal and choose a time that works best.  You will also have the option to select a virtual conference during sign-up. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher. We look forward to seeing you and thank you for your support in your child’s education.


Carline Considerations: Please be advised that parent pick up at dismissal time will continue to take place at the car loop only on the north side of the building. If parents are not signed up for the carline, identification will be required and sign out procedures will be facilitated by school staff in a “drive through model”. 

Student safety is our priority!  We appreciate your patience and support. We will continue to evaluate our carline procedures for improvement while maintaining student safety as our priority.

Starting October 25th, Elms Elementary will have many parents picking up their children at the car loop in the afternoon. Parents, please be sure to pull up as directed by staff when in the carloop. Your cooperation in the process has a very positive effect on the traffic patterns.  We appreciate your patience and cooperation.  



Upcoming Dates

October 25 – Trunk or Treat (Rain date October 28)

October 26-28 - In school Book Fair

October 29 – Fall Festival In-School Celebrations (Costumes may be worn, see above for safety regulations)

November 4 & 5 – Convention Weekend – Schools Closed

November 16 – 18 - Parent-Teacher Conferences

November 19 – Spirit Day – School colors – Red & Black


Please contact the school directly if you have any questions. We will be glad to help you.




Michael Burgos                            Shawn Levinson                                            

Elms Principal Message Autumn 2021