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Principal Message for January 27, 2017

“Soup”er Bowl

Super Bowl Sunday is around the corner and with that the Elms Annual “Soup”er Bowl food drive is underway!  Now through February 2, students are asked to bring in a canned food item and place it in the barrel for who they think will win the big game on February 5 – the New England Patriots or the Atlanta Falcons!  We are proud to support our community with the Soup-er Bowl as all canned food items will be donated to a food pantry.

Celebrating Success!

Thank you to all of our parent and teacher volunteers for making Candy Bingo an overwhelming success!  This is always a highly anticipated event, and Mrs. Kohute, Mrs. Spencer, and Mrs. Waters knocked it out of the park!


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.

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.