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Principal Message - January 2018

Dear Elms Family,


Happy New Year!  We look forward to a great 2018 and continuing our educational journey together.


Celebrating Success

Congratulations to the 2018 Educators of the Year – Ms. Alyssa Agoston & Ms. Jessica Fioretti. 
Ms. Fioretti, a PreSchool Speech & Language Therapist was selected as the Educational Support Professional, her dedication to the Special Education PreSchool and the healthy eating habits of all students are two of her endearing qualities.  She has been working with Sustainable NJ grants to create a learning garden to provide hands on agricultural education to the students of Elms.

Ms. Agoston is a dedicated, veteran teacher of Elms whose compassion and commitment to education is to be applauded.  Ms. Agoston is the co-advisor of the Garden Club, providing students with hands-on agricultural experience, as well as being a leader and voice of experience among her colleagues.

Congratulations again to our amazing Educators of the Year!  You do Elms proud!


Spelling Bee - Elms Elementary held their annual Spelling Bee on January 11.  All of the participants did an amazing job.  The staff was truly impressed by their knowledge.  Congratulations to our Top 5: Ayush Kumar, Gianna Davino, Anthony Russo, Ava Fernandez, and our #1 speller – Arya Patel!  These 5 will all be invited to compete in the District Spelling Bee, and Arya will go to the Asbury Park Press Spelling Showdown at Monmouth University.  Great job!


Grants – Elms has been awarded $12,000 in grants from NJEA Sustainable Jersey, Toshiba America Foundation, and First Energy.  This money will help to build a living science curriculum.  For more information, see the Elms Website.  Thank you and congratulations to Ms. Danielle Parella, the primary author of these grants.  Her dedication to the students of Elms is truly awe-inspiring.



Due to the 2 snow days on January 4 & 5, the District InService/HS Transition scheduled for January 30, has been rescheduled for February 1.  This means that all schools will be open to students on Tuesday January 30.  All schools will be CLOSED to students on February 1.  Please plan accordingly.


Candy Bingo

January 17 and 18 are our Candy Bingo nights, and we are in need of volunteers to help those evenings.

Also, if you have any empty gift baskets that we can use for those nights, please drop them off at Elms. We can return them to you after if you label your basket with your name. If you can help during Candy Bingo, please use the link below to sign up.



WIN (What Individuals Need) is a program that we began piloting in Grades 1 & 2 this past September.  We are pleased to report that the program is seeing positive results! Session 2 began this week, and we look forward to seeing more progress in the coming weeks.


Martin Luther King Jr Observance/Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. History. At Elms Elementary we are excited to celebrate Black History Month as we plan engaging activities to supplement our curriculum during the month of February.



On Monday, January 8, the Jackson Twp School District Special Education Advisory Council will present Life After School, a free workshop discussing employment for all people with disabilities.  Please join us at 6:30PM at the Jackson Liberty High School IMC.  For more information please call the Jacksons Special Education Office 732-833-4657 or email Zinke McGeady at


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.


 Upcoming Events:

January 15 – School Closed – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 17 & 18 – Candy Bingo (2 sessions each day)

January 18 – Supply Cart
January 19 – Chorus Assembly (students only)

January 23 – Chorus Rehearsal @ JMHS

January 23 – 6pm Elms Chorus Concert – JMHS


February 1 – SCHOOL CLOSED TO STUDENTS (District InService Day/HS Transition Day)

February 2 – Spirit Day – Sports Jerseys

February 2 – 6p Daddy/Daughter Dance

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


 Michael Burgos                                              Shawn Levinson
Principal                                                         Assistant Principal