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Principal Message - May 2018

Dear Elms Families,

“May the 4th Be With You” PTN Fun Run:

Our PTN is hosting a “May the 4th Be With You” Fun Run/Walk event on Friday, May 4, 2018 at 5:00pm. This is sure to be a fun family event! Participants who register can run/walk in their choice(s) of 3 events: 400 yard dash, 1 mile, and 2 mile. All participants will receive a t-shirt, medal, and water. Parents, siblings, and friends can run/walk together. Registration is $20 per person if you register ahead of time. Registration on May 4th is $30. We have extended the deadline for our raffle! If you register by April 25th, you will be entered in a raffle to win a mountain bike! You can register by sending in cash/check and completing the attached form, or you can register online at If you can’t participate, but would like to make a donation, kindly click on the “donations” tab on the site. If you have an older child who is looking for volunteer hours and would like to help out, please click on the “community service” tab.

In addition, Kona Ice truck, Zinna’s food truck, and Philly Pretzels will be available for purchase, and a raffle will be held.   Students may dress up in Star Wars attire if they would like to support our theme of “May the 4th Be With You!” We will have face painting available as well!

All students who participate and bring their race bib to school on Monday, May 7, will receive a free homework pass (assignment at teacher's discretion)!!! The class with the most participants will win an ice cream party!

If your child attends Child Care and would like to participate in this event, please complete the registration (please remember there is a fee associated with this event) AND send a note to Child Care letting them know. Child Care students would be supervised during this event.


Please join us on Monday, May 7 from 6-8pm for the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) Presentation of Transition Dialogues & Whole Brain Child.  Please see the flyer on the district’s webpage for more information.

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

Upcoming Events:
May 4 – May the 4th Be With You Fun Run – 4-4:45[ Registration, 5p Run
May 8 & 9 – Gr 4 Young Consumer’s Trip to Shop Rite
May 8 – 10am Gr 5 Parent Coffee w/ the Principal @ Goetz Middle School
May 9-11 – PTN Plant Sale
May 9 – PTN Hosted Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
May 10 & 11 – Gr 5 Trip to Princeton Art Museum
May 10 & 17 – Gr 4 Trip to Washington’s Crossing State Park
May 11 – PTN Hosted Teacher Appreciation Breakfast
May 11 – Elms Night @ Blue Claws Stadium (Chorus to perform)
May 11 & 14 – Gr 3 PARCC Testing
May 15 & 16 – Gr 4 PARCC Testing
May 15 – Board of Education Meeting @ JMHSFAC
May 17 & 18 – Gr 5 PARCC Testing
May 17 & 18 – Gr 3 Trip to Monmouth Battlefield
May 22-24 – BOGO Book Fair
May 24 – Kindergarten Shows Off
May 25 – Shortened Day – Spirit Day – Red, White & Blue
May 28 – School Closed
May 29 – Gr 5 Orientation @ Goetz Middle School
May 29 – Gr 1 Field Day
May 30 – Gr 5 Trip to Black Bear
May 30 – Gr 2 Field Day
May 31 – Supply Cart
May 31 & June 1 – Gr 5 NJASK Testing
June 4 – Gr 3 Field Day
June 5 – Gr 4 Field Day
June 6 – 9:30a PTN Meeting & Thank You Breakfast
June 7 – Kindergarten Field Day
June 15 – 10a Gr 5 Moving Up Ceremony
June 18 – Gr 5 Field Day
June 19-22 – Shortened Days


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.

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!

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.