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Principal Message - April 2018

Dear Elms Families,

Aquaponics:

This year, Elms Elementary was awarded a $10,000 grant from Sustainable Jersey to put in an Aquaponics lab.  The system is in and looks great!  Aquaponics is a self-contained system that can grow plants, vegetables, and herbs.  All of the classes have had, or will soon have, the opportunity to visit the lab and help “plant” our crops! Our hope with this system is to be able to do our part to battle food shortage, making donations of fresh vegetables to the local food pantry, and preparing our students for STEM related job opportunities.  If you haven’t had a chance to see the system yet, the PTN is having a meeting at 6:30pm on Wednesday, April 18; Mr. Burgos will be doing a short presentation.

Kindergarten Registration:
For all parents looking to enroll their children in Kindergarten, registration week was in March, however, you can still contact the Elms Main Office and register until June 30.  After June 30, all registrations will go through the district office.  Please contact Elms Elementary if you have any questions.

Spelling Bee:
The district Spelling Bee was Thursday April 12.  Our Top 5: Ayush Kumar, Gianna Davino, Anthony Russo, Ava Fernandez, and our #1 speller, Arya Patel, competed.  They did amazing!  We would like to formally recognize Ayush Kumar, who was in the top 10, and the District Spelling Bee Champion Arya Patel!  We are so proud of all of our contestants.  Great job!

Teacher Appreciation (A Message from the Elms PTN):
Teacher Appreciation Week is May 7-11.  Every year the PTN has a small gift auction of about 20-25 gift baskets for the teachers to try to win.  The baskets can be anything from classroom supplies to movie tickets, candy, gift cards, or money towards a basket for the Teacher’s Luncheon. Any donations in support of our teachers would be greatly appreciated.  Donations can be dropped off at the reception desk by May 4th.  It’s our chance to say thank you for all their hard work throughout the year.  Thank you for your support of the Elms PTN.  If you have any questions you can call or text Cynthia Marullo 732-522-7501

Teachers of the Year:
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!

Building Safety:
In an effort to enhance security measures, Elms Elementary continues to review safety protocols and implement procedures needed to foster a safer school environment.  Please know that the safety of our students will always be our top priority.  We humbly request that you look over our procedures and know that additional adjustments may be implemented at any time.
- No parent or visitor will be allowed to enter the building with students during arrival 8:55-9:05 am.  Parents are encouraged to use the drop-off loop on the north side of the building during this time.
- After 9:05am, visitors must ring the bell to the left of the main entrance and state their name and purpose for visiting.  ID is required for ALL visitors.
- Dropped off items such as birthday treats, forgotten articles (i.e. notebooks, sneakers), etc. will be accepted at the door by a staff member.
- Upon entering the building, ID must be given to the receptionist and a visitor badge obtained.  A staff member will escort you to your destination.
- When entering the building DO NOT hold the door for the person behind you.  For the safety of everyone, all visitors must follow the same procedures.
-Upon leaving, sign out with, and return the visitor badge to, the receptionist, and your ID will be returned to you.
With these procedures, please understand that there may be an extended wait before you enter the building, due to verification purposes.  We appreciate your cooperation in making Elms a safe place for all learners and educators.

Upcoming Events:
April 16 – Gr 1 Trip
April 17 – Gr 2 Trip
April 18 – Drama Club Bonus Rehearsal
April 18 – Gr 2 Trip
April 18 – 6:30p PTN Meeting
April 19 – Supply Cart
April 19 & 20 – Gr 5 Trip
April 19, 20, 23, & 24 – Gr 3 PARCC Testing
April 24 – Gr 1 Trip
April 26 – 6:30pm Board of Education Meeting
April 25 – Drama Club Final Rehearsal
April 25 – 6:30p Drama Club Performance
April 25, 26, 27 & 30 – Gr 4 PARCC Testing
April 26 – Gr 1 Animal Shelter Fundraiser
April 27 – Backwards Day!
May 1, 2, 3, 4 – Gr 5 PARCC Testing
May 1 & 2 - Kindergarten Trip