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Principal's Message February 24, 2017

Celebrating Success!

Thank you to our wonderful PTN for making the Daddy/Daughter Dance a huge success!  It was a great night for our girls and the special men in their lives, be it Dads, Step-dads, Grandpas, Uncles or just someone special, it will be a memory to cherish!

Thank you to Mrs. Bellino, Mrs. Parella, Mrs. Villecco, & Mrs. Sendecki for all their hard work in putting together last night’s Read Across America/Makers Faire Event!  What an amazing night!  Thank you to all the Elms Staff who volunteered their time to help run the event, and for putting together two great Reader’s Theaters!

Thank you to the PTN for putting together another successful Book Fair!  Family Night was a huge hit!

Lastly, and most importantly, thank you to every member of the Elms Community who took the time to come out.  If you were in the challenge, it looked like a lot of fun!  The IMC looked amazing with all of the STEM projects displayed.  Thank you for helping us with this wonderful night!

Student Clubs

With the generous support of the Elms PTN, the Elms Elementary School is proud to introduce 3 new student clubs for students in Grades 3-5!

  1.       The Physical Fitness Prep Club, run by Mr. D’Ambrosio & Ms. Sulia, will help to expand the students’ understanding of Physical Fitness.
  2.       The Robotics Club, run by Ms. Parella & Ms. Sendecki, will have makers build and create robots, brick by brick, while completing a series of challenging “missions”.
  3.    The Drama Club (available to Grade 4 students only), run by Ms. Clark & Ms. DaQuila, will expose students to the art of acting, centering around multicultural educational practices.

These three clubs will be joining our Garden Club (available for students in K-5) for the Spring!  Go to the Elms Website, under the For Parents & Students tab, and select Student Clubs to see more information on each club, as well as meeting dates and how to sign up!  Space is limited, so do not hesitate!



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!

SEAC Event: Navigating the DCF/CSOC World of Services & Supports

The Jackson Township School District Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) is excited to announce they will be hosting Navigating the DCF/CSOC World of Services & Supports with the Ocean County System Partners – Ocean Partnership for Children, Children’s Mobile Response and Stabilization Services, Family Support Organization, Psychiatric Emergency Screening Services (PESS) Traumatic Loss Coalition, & Family Crisis Intervention Unity – Ocean’s Harbor House at their next scheduled Meeting on Monday, March 13, 2017.  The event will run from 6:30-8:00pm, with a Q&A period at the end.  Please join us for this FREE EVENT at the Jackson Liberty High School IMC, located at 125 North Hope Chapel Road, Jackson.

Looking ahead:

February 27 – Gr 1 Trip

February 28 – Gr 1 & 2 Assembly

March 8 – Gr 5 to JMHS Musical

March 9 – Barnes & Noble Night & Chik-Fil-A Fundraiser

March 13 – Spring Picture Day

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:
  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:  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

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.