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Principal Message - September 8, 2017

Dear Elms Family,

 We at Elms are so excited to welcome you back to school, and to the first days of September.

 The new school year is off to a great start.  We had the opportunity to visit all the classrooms and meet the students that make Elms Elementary such a special place.  The children looked happy and excited.  Thank you, students, for the warm welcome and the happy smiles!  I also want to thank the custodians for doing an excellent job these past few weeks preparing the building for opening day.

 Before we get into upcoming events, let me take this opportunity to introduce our new Assistant Principal, Shawn Levinson.  Shawn is a former Jackson teacher and lead teacher, and comes with extensive knowledge of both the district and education.  He is excited to be here and we welcome him and his enthusiasm!


Safety: This coming week, Elms will conduct our first fire drill for the year.  A variety of safety drills will continue to be implemented regularly throughout the year.  Such drills foster student safety and are important to practice regularly.

 In an effort to provide the safest environments, nothing is more important that maintaining an open line of communication between home and school   In that light, parents should be sure to complete their emergency contact information in detail.  It is important to include trusted adults in the “emergency contact” area of the portal.  This information is invaluable when an unforeseen circumstance occurs.


PTN:  The Elms community is committed to providing every child the opportunity to excel academically, physically, and socially. We know that we can achieve this through developing a strong partnership among school personnel and student.  Elms Elementary has the ongoing tradition of supportive, hard working parents. Parents are invited and encouraged to further that partnership in a variety of ways.  We encourage all parents to become involved with Parent-Teacher Network.  Our collective mission is to enhance and support our children’s educational experience.  Please join the PTN and please support the many events they coordinate including classroom support, working the supply cart, volunteering for an evening event, attending American Education Week, and the many opportunities to contribute and participate in school events.  Please mark your calendar: our first PTN meeting is scheduled for September 20th at 9:30pm in the Elms IMC.


Back to School Nights: Back to School nights provide parents an opportunity to meet their child’s teacher, gain an understanding of the curriculum, and learn about the procedures of the school.  Please mark your calendars.  All sessions will begin at 7pm; please report directly to your child’s homeroom.  There will be a second session immediately following the first, in case you have students in both grade levels.  Elms’ Back to School Nights are scheduled as follows:

September 11 – PK, K & Gr 1

September 13 – Gr 2 & 3

September 14 – Gr 4 & 5


Patriot’s Day & Childhood Cancer Awareness Day: In recognition and remembrance of September 11, we will be having Patriots Day and invite all to wear Red, White & Blue. 

 September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and we will have Awareness day on Friday, September 15 – we invite everyone to wear Gold/Yellow to help us raise awareness.


Upcoming Events:

September 11 – Patriot’s Day – Wear Red, White & Blue

September 11 – 7pm Back to School Night PK, K & 1

September 13 – 7pm Back to School Night Gr 2 & 3

September 14 – 7pm Back to School Night Gr 4 & 5

September 15 – Childhood Cancer Awareness Day – Wear Yellow or Gold

September 19 – Board of Education meeting 6:30pm

September 20 – 9:30am PTN Meeting – Elms IMC

September 21 & 22 – School Closed

September 28 – Supply Cart

September 29 – Kindergarten & Grade 1 Parent Meet & Greet

October 4 – PTN Fall Festival @ Cicconi Farms

October 6 – Walk to Remember


For the first 2 weeks of October Kindergartners will learn about & celebrate colors, with a specific color dedicated to each day!  Please join us in support and celebrating with our youngest learners.  All students are invited to wear the designated color for that day.

October 2 – Red

October 3 – Orange

October 4 – Yellow/Gold

October 5 – Green

October 6 – Blue

October 10 – Purple

October 11 – Brown

October 12 – Black

October 13 – Pink


On behalf of the entire Elms Staff, we welcome you to the new school year and to working together to help your child achieve their hopes and dreams.


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




Michael Burgos                                              Shawn Levinson
Principal                                                         Assistant Principal