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Principal Message - December 2018/January 2019

December 2018/ January 2019


Dear Elms Families,

All of us here at Elms wish our community a very happy new year!  This is a time for friends and family, and we wish you all of the best in 2019.  Thank you for helping to make Elms the warm and open community which makes us all proud.


Candy Drive

Elms is proud to announce that the Candy Drive we held in November yielded 205 pounds of candy!  The treats will be distributed to active military personnel by Jackson Orthodontics. In addition, a donation of $205 was made to the Jackson Food Pantry and Bread from Heaven Soup Kitchen in Elms’ name.


Elms Students Write Letters to Troops

Elms students responded to a request from Memorial HS Senior Hunter Morgan to help make the holidays a little brighter for military personnel.  Elms students crafted many cards and letters for our deployed troops overseas, thanking them for their contributions in serving our country. Working with an army specialist with the United Services Organization (USO), Hunter collected the letters as part of a community service project for the men and women in arms.  We are very proud of our teachers and students who supported this initiative.


Thank you to the Jackson Rotary Club!

The Jackson Rotary Club, represented by Mr. Luke Stango, presented each third grade student with their own personal dictionary.  We are very grateful to the Rotary Club’s continual support of Elms’s literacy programs.


Gaga Court

Thank you to the Elms PTN for our new gaga court!  Gaga is a gentle version of dodgeball, using a soft foam ball, and encourages gross motor skills such as dodging, striking, running and jumping within a safe, controlled environment. Mr. Falzarano & Mr. Almeida were instrumental in installing our court.  Thank you to everyone who supports our PTN and its fundraisers, making the gaga court, and so many other great resources available to the students of Elms!



Elms School is proud to partner with the Jackson Township Department of Public Works in a challenge to collect 500 pounds of plastic. In an effort to engage our students in sustainability efforts and in a movement to reuse and recycle, Elms students are invited to collect as many plastic bags at home  between January and May 31st (make sure they’re clean & dry). Participating students will get a free reusable bag to show off how environmentally aware we are! If we reach 500 pounds of bags by May 31st, the Trex company that collects them will build a special bench at the 9-11 Memorial at the Jackson Municipal Building.


DID YOU KNOW that so many of the bags we use - like the bags our bread comes in, the wrapping around our cases of water, the plastic around our paper towels or toilet paper -  are recyclable? See the Elms webpage for more information.



On December 11th, Elms Elementary in conjunction with the Science National Honor Society at Jackson Memorial High School, will kick-off an Upcycling project.  Upcycling is a different kind of recycling program where recyclable materials are collected to create crafts and other useful, fun, or art projects. The SNHS, led by Ms. Agoston, (sister of Elms’ 2018 Teacher of the Year Ms. Agoston) will be meeting with each of the Elms homerooms to present the program to Elms students on December 11.  They will go over the materials needed to create 5 different projects. The culminating event will be January 23rd from 6-8pm, where the Elms students, and SNHS will use those materials to create those projects. This is a great initiative for all involved and we can’t wait to see the projects come to life! A big thanks to both Ms. Agostons for putting this together!


Winter Fest

On December 7th, the Elms PTN hosted its annual Winter Fest at the Elms School from 6-7:30pm.  Games, Crafts, Bake Sale, Hot Cocoa Bar, a performance by our very own Encore Ensemble, and so much more were offered to all involved.   Thank you to all of our PTN volunteers for their efforts in making the school look so festive!


Report Cards

Please be sure you are ready to access your child’s report card on the district portal website.  Report cards will be available on the portal to parents on January 3rd. Also, please remember that if your Portal log-in does not work, please try the “Forgot My Password” link above BEFORE contacting support, as most issues will be resolved through that feature.  Please note that the “Forgot Password” link will work only with parents who have an e-mail as their login ID. For questions or problems with your login ID’s or password (or if you do not have them), please send an email to and include your name and phone number, as well as your child’s name, school, grade, student ID number and the problem you are experiencing and we will respond to you as quickly as possible.

In-View Testing

On January 3rd and 4th, students in second and fourth grade will be taking a cognitive abilities assessment.  The test will take approximately two and a half hours (split between two days), and requires no prior test preparation activities.  It is a broad based evaluative instrument that includes questions on verbal, non-verbal and quantitative reasoning.



Join the Jackson School District Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC) for the presentation of “Life After School”.  Representatives from the Division of Developmental Disabilities and the NJ Division of Vocational Services will present a workshop to discuss competitive employment in the general workforce post education.  They will explain the value of working in an integrated, competitive setting, & provides information about ways to access funding and supports. The workshop will be Monday, January 14, 2019, 6:30pm, at Jackson Liberty High School IMC.



Yearbooks are still on sale via  Enter the school name to find ours. Order by December 31st, and the price is $20.  January 1 the price goes up to $25.


Join the PTN

There’s always time to join the PTN.  Forms for memberships are available on the online ebackpack.  Just print and send in with your child.


Upcoming Events:

December 18 & 19 - Holiday Parties as scheduled by Homeroom teachers (see class pages and don’t forget to RSVP!)

December 18 - 6:30p Board of Education Meeting @ JMHSFAC

December 20 - Supply Cart

December 21 - Shortened Day

December 24-January 1 - Winter Break - School Closed.  

January 3 - Report Cards available to parents via Parent Portal

January 3 & 4 - InView Testing Gr 2 & 4

January 7 - Spelling Bee (students only)

January 8 & 10 - Gr 4 Young Consumer Assembly

January 14 - 6pm SEAC meeting

January 15 - 6:30p Board of Education Meeting

January 16 & 17 - Candy Bingo

January 18 - School Spirit Day - Inside Out Day

January 21 - School Closed - Martin Luther King Day

January 23 - Chorus Assembly (students only)

January 23 - 6pm UpCycling Event

January 24 - Supply Cart

January 28 - Gr 5 Chorus Rehearsal @ JMHS

January 28 - 6p Chorus Concert @ JMHS

February 1 - School Closed for Winter InService


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


Michael Burgos                                               Shawn Levinson

Principal                                                         Assistant Principal