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Principal Message August 2019

Dear Elms Family,


Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!  We hope everyone had an exciting, but relaxing summer.  We at Elms are very excited to welcome you back to school as we say goodbye to the last days of August.  We want to extend a Tiger’s Paw and warm welcome to our new and returning students, their families, and dedicated staff.  The new school year brings with it renewed energy and a sense of excitement and optimism. 


We would like to thank our custodial staff for doing an excellent job these past few weeks preparing the building after the Extended School Year program.  Thank you to our committed teaching and support staff for all their excitement and dedication in creating engaging classrooms to provide supportive learning opportunities.  


Important Upcoming Dates



  • Thursday, August 29 - Kindergarten Orientation at 9:30am
  • Thursday, August 29 - Preschool Orientation at 1:00pm

Back to School

  • Tuesday, September 17- PreSchool at 5:30pm
  • Tuesday, September 17- Kindergarten and Grades 1-2 at 7:00pm
  • Monday, September 23- Grades 3, 4, and 5 at 7:00pm

Back to School Nights offer parents an opportunity to begin creating that all-important relationship with your child’s classroom teachers, hear about some of our programs as well as learn about each grade level’s curriculum, specialists, classroom technology, and other educational activities.  We are proud of so many things at Elms and with your help, we will continue to build an inclusive, dynamic, and supportive school community.


We look forward to a successful school year and seeing you at Back to School Night!.


We encourage you to visit visit the Elms School Website ( often for the latest in news and information. Whether you are new to Elms Elementary School or a returning family, we encourage you to become an active participant in your child’s education and become familiar with the variety of activities our school offers.


The Elms PTN is always looking for parent participation!  We encourage all of our community to join our very active Parent-Teacher Network.  Our collective mission is to enhance and support our children’s educational experience. There are multiple opportunities throughout the year with many jobs of all sizes and shapes that are essential to the success of our school. Parents can help out by volunteering for an event or committee.  If you’re not sure how to become involved, please ask—we’d love to have you!

PTN membership dues go to support our many cultural arts programs and assemblies for ALL students in our school.  PTN meetings are held each month and are open to all. The first meeting of the year is Wednesday, September 25th @ 9:45 AM in the Elms Media Center. Please join us as the home-school partnership is vital to the success of all our learners.


In September, Elms will conduct our first fire drill for the year.  A variety of safety drills will continue to be implemented regularly throughout the year.  Such drills foster student safety and are important to practice regularly. In an effort to provide the safest environments, nothing is more important that maintaining an open line of communication between home and school   In that light, parents should be sure to complete their emergency contact information in detail.  It is important to include trusted adults in the “emergency contact” area of the portal.  This information is invaluable when an unforeseen circumstance occurs.


Please be aware that, as in the past, no parent will be allowed to cross the bus ramp from 8:55-9:05am (student arrival).  This is a safety procedure. A staff member will be stationed at the parking lot to let you know when it is again safe to cross the bus ramp. We appreciate your cooperation and efforts to keep our students safe.


Upcoming Events

August 29 - 9:30am Kindergarten Orientation

        1:00pm Preschool Orientation

September 11 - Patriot’s Day - Wear RED, WHITE, & BLUE

September 17 - 5:30pm PreK Back-to-School Night

September 17 - 7:00pm Back-to-School Night Grades K-2

September 18 - 6:30mp Board of Education Meeting

September 23 - 7:00pm Back-to-School Night Grades 3-5

September 25 - 9:45am PTN Meeting

September 30 & October 1 - School Closed

October 9 - School Closed to Students

DATE TBD - 1st Supply Cart Day!

DATE TBD-  PTN Fall Festival @ Cicconi Farms

On behalf of the entire Elms Staff, we welcome you to the new school year and look forward to working together to help your child achieve their hopes and dreams.  Please contact the school directly if you have any questions. We will be glad to help you.


Michael Burgos                            Shawn Levinson                              Kelly Grubb

Principal                                      Assistant Principal                      Administrative Intern