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Principal Message February 2019

February 2019


Dear Elms Families,


Spelling Bee

Elms Elementary held our annual Spelling Bee on January 7th.  All of the participants did an amazing job. The staff was truly impressed by their knowledge.  Congratulations to our Top 5: Roman Klish, Jessie Tidcombe, Lauren Glushko, Juliana Primiano, and our #1 speller - Brooke Denham!  These 5 will all be invited to compete in the District Spelling Bee, and Brooke will go on to the Asbury Park Press Spelling Showdown at Monmouth University.  Great job!


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.


Recycling Project

We are proud to announce that Elms Elementary, Switlik Elementary, and Holman Elementary Schools have reached our recycling goal!  Collectively in one month the three school collected well over 500 pounds of plastic bags. We are proud of our students as they lead the way to make our Earth cleaner, grenner, and more efficient.  Thank you for participating in our drive. In recognition of reaching 500 pounds, Jackson Township has planned to construct a bench commemorating this initiative. Moving forward, Elms will NOT be collecting bags.  Please continue to reduce, reuse, and recycle at home. Thank you for participating in the Green Initiative as we continue to encourage our students to be global thinkers and to make a difference.


Teachers of the Year

Congratulations to the 2019 Educators of the Year - Ms. Lori Rudenjak and Ms. Alexis Goldberg!

Ms. Goldberg, an Occupational Therapist was selected as the Educational Support Professional.  Her dedication to the physical needs of preschoolers and grade level students alike is paramount.  Ms. Goldberg consults with staff and parents to ensure the students have the tools they need to reach their goals.  She is a dedicated member of staff who can be seen volunteering at such events as Fall Festival, and has put together many programs geared to help our youngest learners achieve success.


Ms. Rudenjak is a veteran teacher at Elms, whose love for teaching is the focus of her day-to-day life.  Ms. Rudenjak is to be applauded for her commitment to her students past and present. She puts together the College Scholarship for a past Elms student each year, awarding multiple scholarships to help a college bound senior.  She volunteers at Candy Bingo, Fall Festival, Read Across America, and so much more; parents and students always love to see Ms. Rudenjak at our many night events. Ms. Rudenjak is a voice of reason and knowledge to her colleagues, and gives each student a safe and comfortable place to learn.


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


Daddy-Daughter Dance

On February 8th the PTN will host their annual Daddy-Daughter Dance at Elms.  We want to thank the volunteers who are decorating the gym, collecting monies, handing out tickets, and all around planning a great night.  We look forward to seeing our girls with the special men in their lives, be it Dads, Step-dads, Grandpas, Uncles, brothers, or someone special; we know it will be a memory for them to cherish.


PAWS-itive Character Education

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

At Elms, we make It out priority to recognize students for demonstrating strong and positive character.  Our character education initiatives promote, model, and recognize students that strive to make Elms a welcoming, rewarding, and safe environment.  Our PAWS-itive Program encourages students to grow and develop into upstanding community members.  Elms’ faculty are asked to fill out PAWS-itive Behavior Coupons to acknowledge students who act as respectful, caring, trustworthy, fair, and responsible citizens in school.  The slips are brought down to the guidance office mailbox for both weekly and monthly recognition. Students who are selected weekly will receive a certificate, small prizes, and photo. Students who are recognized as leaders in character are invited for Snack with the Principal monthly for continuing to demonstrate kindness and integrity. Our goal is to create a positive culture for our students and school.  


Cold Weather

The groundhog has predicted an early spring!  Please remember during the winter months, students still go outside for recess, weather permitting.  The building is climate controlled. We suggest layers so that the students can be comfortable in any setting.


A Note from our School Nurse:  In order to minimize risk to others, we encourage parents to keep your children home if they exhibit any flu symptoms which include fever, body aches, chills, headache, coughing or vomiting.  We advise that you keep your children home from school until they are fever-free for a full 24 hours without the use of any fever-reducing medications (such as Tylenol or Advil). While in school, we will be reminding everyone about the importance of preventative actions, such as frequent handwashing and covering their mouths when they cough or sneeze.  The CDC also recommends the Flu Shot for anyone above the age of 6 months and high risk groups.

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

February 7 - Gr 4 - MIA/POW assembly

February 9 - 6p Daddy-Daughter Dance

February 14 - School Spirit Day - Red & Pink

Gr 4 MIA/POW Assembly Part 2

February 18 - School Closed for President’s Day

February 19 - Board of Education Meeting @ JMHS

February 21 - Supply Cart

February 25 - 28 - Read Across America Week (activities to be announced on school website)

February 26-28 - Winter Book Fair

February 27 - Read Across America Family Night/ Book Fair Family Night

February 28 - K-5 Author Assembly

March 12 - K-4 DARE Assembly

March 15 - School Spirit Day - Green Day

March 18-22 - Kindergarten Registration for the 19-20 School Year