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Principal's Message - October 6, 2017

Dear Elms Family,

 We have successfully completed our first month of school and what an exciting month it was!  We have a lot of people to thank for everything they do for the Elms Community.

The PTN has been instrumental in getting us off on the right foot.  The PTN organized the Meet & Greet for Kindergarten and Grade 1 parents and it was a very nice morning.  We were able to talk about the amazing things we have planned for this year, meet some of our new parents and let them know all about the Elms Community.  Thank you to Ms. Spencer & Ms. Fernandez for organizing that event.  

The PTN also organized our Fall Festival this past Wednesday.  What a great night!  There was so many fun things to do and see.  Thank you to Ms. Buchinsky, Ms. Barnes & Ms. Mikula for organizing this wonderful event!  And thank you to all of our staff, students and families who came out to participate!

Thank you also to Ms. Frenville, the 5th Grade team and teachers, and everyone who donated to our Hurricane Harvey School Supply drive!  We collected a lot of really useful classroom things – and a lot of young reader books!  The PTN has graciously offered to pay for the shipping of these materials to our friends in Texas.  Great job, Tigers!

Tomato Tasting: Elms has embarked on the journey to becoming and maintaining the distinction of a New Jersey sustainable school.  This has included various projects, grants and changes to our way of living and thinking as an educational community. As part of this initiative, the Elms staff participated in the Jersey Fresh Farm to School Week.  Students were educated about the growing of tomatoes and the importance of local farms to their community. Thanks to the generous donation from I&G Farms our culminating activity was a tomato testing during lunches!  Any student who wanted to try the 3 types of tomato could, and the results were overwhelmingly positive.  Thank you to Ms. Fioretti and the Learning Garden Team for facilitating that event.

Finally, thank you to Mr. Barry Rosenzweig, Mr. Neff, & Mr. Tracy for coming out to facilitate our Walk to Remember.  They spoke to the students about veterans and patriotism.  Pictures can be found on the Elms Website from the event.

Fun Run

On Saturday, October 14, 2017, the Elms PTN is hosting a Superhero Fun Run.  Come out and support our school!  Everyone is welcome.  There are three races to choose from, or choose all three – 800 yds, 1 mile, & 5K.  Parents, siblings, friends – everyone can run together!  Pre-register or pledge at or by turning in this sheet to Laura Spencer of the PTN, checks payable to Sole Purpose Fundraising.  Pre-Registration is $20, day of registration is $30.  T-shirts are $15.00.  Don’t miss out on the fun!  Come race your teachers!  All students will receive a medal!  Water is provided.

This event will take place at the Elms School and begin promptly at 9am.  Registration will be open from 8:00-8:45am, cash or check only.


On October 16, 2017 from 6:30-8:30pm, the Jackson School District Department of Special Education will be a hosting Basic Rights in Special Education: An Introduction to the Special Education Process.  Please join us for the FREE workshop which will provide families with an introduction to their rights and responsibilities as parents of children with special needs under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the New Jersey Code, and Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act.  Please see the flyers in the Elms E-backpack for more information.

Building Safety

It is the policy of the Jackson School District that every individual visitor entering the building must have their own valid State, Federal or Military ID.  No visitor will be admitted without the proper identification.  This is for the safety of our students and staff.

Week of Respect & Kindness Kick-off

“Everyone in society should be a role model, not only for their own self-respect, but for respect from others.”  - Barry Bonds


Elms celebrated the Week of Respect this past week.  It is the goal for Elms students to demonstrate strong and positive character each and every day.  Being kind, responsible, trustworthy, and respectful are traits that all individuals should strive to maintain.  At Elms, staff and students are continuously acknowledged for displaying their caring and compassionate ways.  The students and staff showed their solidarity and unity throughout the week by participating in various activities. One of our events was an assembly generously sponsored by the Elms PTN.  OMEGAMAN brought his SuperHERO (Helping Everyone Respect Others) powers to explain and present to all K-5 students the importance of spreading kindness and good character around our school community.  The message was loud and clear to all.  Creating a positive environment allows for staff and students to wake up each morning eager and ready to come to school.   Additionally, the assembly focused on how each one of us has the ability to brighten someone’s day simply by being a “Dream Maker” and not a “Dream Breaker.”  At Elms, we all play an integral part in making our school a warm and welcoming environment.  For that, we all act as a H.E.R.O. and we are proud!

 Upcoming Events:

October 9 – School Closed to Students
October 10 – Full Day Pre-K Class Trip
October 11 – Gr 4 Class Trip (Lokerson)
October 11 – PTN Meeting 6:30pm
October 12 – Gr 4 Class Trip (Rutyna)
October 12 – Gr K-2 Fire Safety Assembly
October 13 – Think Pink Walk
October 13 – Gr 3 & 4 Fire Safety Assembly
October 14 – Superhero Fun Run @ Elms!
October 16 – Kindergarten Field Trip
October 17-19 – Book Fair – See schedule in the e-backpack for class times
October 18 – Gr 4 Class Trip (Rudenjak)
October 18 – 6-8p Book Fair Family Night & Family Painting Night
October 19 – Gr K-5 Author Assembly
October 25 – Gr 4 Class Trip (Tice)
October 26 – Gr 4 Class Trip (Fiorentino)
October 26 – Supply Cart
October 27 – School Picture Day

October 31 – Halloween – students may wear costumes to school.  No masks or weapons of any kind are permitted.  Students must have appropriate footwear during the school day.  Parties (if scheduled) will be shared on the teachers’ class page closer to the end of the month.

We continue to help our Kindergartners 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 10 – Purple
October 11 – Brown
October 12 – Black
October 13 – Pink

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


 Michael Burgos                                              Shawn Levinson
Principal                                                         Assistant Principal