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Principal's Message February 10, 2017


Celebrating Success!

Thank you to Mr. Rosenzweig for once again bringing the MIA/POW program to our 4th grade.  This is an important message for our students talking about the effects of war long after the battles are ended.  The families who receive these letters of support and remembrance from our students are always touched and honored that we take the time to acknowledge their lost loved one. Mr. Rosenzweig will return next week to conclude his program.

Thank you to the entire Elms Community for your generous support of the "Soup"er Bowl!  All donations have been gratefully accepted by the Jackson Food Pantry.

 Martin Luther King, Jr.  Day & Black History Month

Over the last few weeks, the Elms School joined the Jackson School District in celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Teachers across the grade levels prepared lessons and activities highlighting Dr. King’s message of peace and tolerance.  We will be continuing to study Dr. King and spotlighting other lessons during February/Black History Month.  Lessons on Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, and Jesse Owens, to name a few, are being prepared.

Looking ahead:

Third Grade is going on their trip on February 15.  Make sure your child has a bagged lunch and that all permission slips have been sent to the teacher.

February 16 - Supply Cart!

February 17 - School Spirit - Show your school spirit by mismatching your outfit!  The crazy the better!

February 20 - School Closed

February 21-23 - Winter Book Fair!  Check the online backpack for the schedule.

February 23 - Maker-Faire Night!  We are excited to announce that Elms staff will be running two sessions of Maker-Faire where your family can partake in a STEM Challenge.  The first session is 5:45-6:30pm, the second is 6:45-7:30pm.  Space is limited to 60 families per session.  Please use the included links to sign up.  A confirmation email will be sent to confirm your reservation.  All reservations must be made by February 15.  If you can't join us for the STEM Challenge, please come out to see the STEM projects displayed in the IMC provided by the Elms Students.  Additionally, the Book-Fair will be open for business!

Session 1

Session 2

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 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:
  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: We will start pricing out at $19.00.  This price is good until January 16th.  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. After January 16th, this price will increase to $24.00 If you have any questions, please contact Denise at

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.