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Principal Message March 2019

March 2019


Dear Elms Families,


Women in History Month

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


Read Across America

During the week of Read Across America, Elms Elementary celebrated with a number of activities designed to recognize our readers and foster a love for Literacy.  Students of all grade levels were selected daily and awarded prizes for their efforts in completing a daily reading log. Each day a spirit activity was enjoyed by all, from crazy hats to cozy pajamas. It was great to see the students and staff come together to celebrate reading and their community.  We welcomed special guests from both Goetz Middle School and Jackson Memorial High School visit to share a read-aloud with classes in grades K-3. We thank the Middle School and High School students for devoting their day to spend time with us. The younger students loved seeing such great role models!


Thank you to our PTN Book Fair coordinators and volunteers for their organization and dedication.  Thank you to Ms. Villecco and the Jackson Education Association (JEA) for sponsoring our Read Across America week and our Book Fair Night.  Thank you to our teachers who performed for our students, bringing reading to life as only they can.


Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for the 19-20 school year will be March 18-22.  Parents are encouraged to call the Elms School to make an appointment to minimize wait times.  Packets are available via the district website, click here to see the page.  Any Preschool student currently enrolled in the Jackson Prek Program who will be attending Kindergarten for the 19-20 school year, will need to attend registration.  Students are required to attend with parents for registration.  If you have any questions, please contact the Elms Main Office.


Report Cards

The 2nd Trimester is coming to an end and the third, and final, will begin soon.  Reports will be available on April 4th via the parent portal. If you have problems with the parent portal, please contact


With report cards on our minds and student achievement a common goal for parents and teachers; please remember that one of the most important things we can do to support our children’s success is to read with our children every day.  Research tells us that student daily reading practice (15-30 minutes) will continue to strengthen skills in all academic domains. Have your child read to you; read with your child; and/or read to your child. Consider keeping a daily writing journal to share and record ideas generated from their reading.  Writing ideas will serve to strengthen expressive written language skills. Daily reading and writing both in school and at home will continue to strengthen the foundation for success in all academic domains.


PAW-some Leaders of the Month

Elms continues to promote character education by celebrating the success of our students.  Ongoing initiatives like Breakfast/Snack with the Principal showcase our commitment to character education.  Such initiatives allow us to celebrate students’ successes with regards to exhibiting strong character, being a role model for peers, and take responsibility for making our school a better place.  I wanted to share that my with our participants is always fun-filled and boasts smiles all around. Thank you, students, for making Elms such a special place!


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 on March 21st, and Brooke will go on to the Asbury Park Press Spelling Showdown at Monmouth University.  Great job!


FBLA Assembly for Gr 5

On Monday March 4, the Goetz Middle School Chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) will be coming to present about basic business concepts, introduce and promote the club to the future sixth graders, and explain their philanthropy - March of Dimes.  The students will be holding a meet and greet after the interactive presentation to field questions, making connections with the incoming sixth graders, and sell snacks to benefit the March of Dimes. If you choose, you may send your student with $1-2 for snacks to support their March of Dimes fundraiser.  They will be selling starbursts, airheads, skittles, mini water bottles & juice boxes. All questions, concerns, and food allergy information can be communicated with the FBLA advisor Ms. Sorochka via email at


6th Grade Middle School Orientation

Grade 5 parents are invited to the Goetz Middle School on Wednesday March 20 from 6-8pm for Middle School Orientation.  For more information, please see the Goetz website, or contact the Goetz Middle School.



On Monday March 11, the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) will be meeting in the Jackson Liberty High School Library from 6-8:30pm.  Please see the Special Education Website for more information.


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.


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!


Upcoming Events

March 4 - Gr 5 FBLA Assembly

March 12 - K-4 DARE Assembly

March 15 - School Spirit Day - Green Day

March 15 & 29 - PTN Mother/Son Event

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

March 20 - 9:30am PTN Meeting

March 20 - 6-8pm 6th Grade Orientation @ Goetz Middle School.

March 21 - District Spelling bee @ JMHS 6:30pm

March 28 - Gr 2 Trip

March 28 - Ms. Tice Trip

April 4 - Report cards available on Parent Portal

April 4 - Ms. Rutyna Trip

April 8 - Ms. Lokerson Trip; Ms. Agoston & Zecca Trip

April 9 - K-4 DARE Assembly

April 10 - Gr 4 Trip

April 10 - 6:30p PTN Meeting

April 11 - Supply Cart; Drama Club Assemblies

April 11 - 6:30p Drama Club Show for Parents

April 12 - Gr 4 Trip; School Spirit Day - Red & Black

April 15 - Ms. Rudenjak Trip; Ms. O’Brien & Brucculeri Trip

April 16 - 6th Grade Orientation @ Goetz (for students)

April 18 - Shortened Day

April 19-26 - Spring Break

April 29 & 30 - Gr 3 Trip



Michael Burgos, Principal

Shawn Levinson, Assistant principal