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Principal Message October 2019

October 2019

 Dear Elms Families,

 It’s amazing that we are in October already!  What a wonderful start to the school year!

 This month, the Elms School will continue to support and promote strong and positive character by celebrating Respect WeekSchool Safety Week, and Red Ribbon Week.  The Week of Respect had such activities as “Sock It to Bullying”, wearing Blue to recognize Bullying Prevention, and sporting respect by wearing your favorite jersey.  Look for more school spirit events as we move through October and recognize the importance of Safety and Drug Awareness/Prevention.

 On October 10, the PTN hosted their annual Fall Festival Event at Cicconi Farms.  What an amazing night!  Face painting and pumpkins, desserts and a food truck – this event is a yearly favorite and gets better every year!  Thank you to our PTN volunteers who dedicated their time to organizing a fantastic night!  And thank you to our staff who gave their time to run a booth or just walk around and lend their support.


Trunk-or-Treat: Friday, October 25th the PTN will be holding the 2nd Annual Trunk-or-Treat.  This family celebration will be open only to Elms students and their family members, and looks to be a “spooktacular” time.  There will be a contest for Best Decorated Trunk.  We hope to see all of our Elms’ families there in costume.

 In addition, the Jackson Food Pantry is running low on supplies.  To help them out, we will set up bins at this event.  Please consider donating a non-perishable food item.

 For those families who wish to decorate their trunk, the bus ramp will open at 5:30pm to set up and close at 6:30pm.  Families with decorated trunks will need to remain until the end of the event at 7:30pm for safety reasons.  Decorated trunks will be notified of the approximate amount of children attending so candy can be distributed accordingly.

 We ask that at least one parent remains at each trunk to distribute the treat.

 If you are planning on attending as a Trick-or-Treater, or you plan on reserving a “Trunk” parking spot, you must RSVP by clicking this link to complete the registration form.  Please RSVP no later than OCTOBER 18th.  This is a free event, but we do need all participants to register.  If you are trick-or-treating, we kindly ask that you send in a donated bag of Halloween candy.

 This celebration is designed to allow all of our Elms’ families to come out and enjoy a wonderful evening with our children in a safe environment.  With the trunk or treat event open to everyone, our Halloween celebration on October 31st will be measured.  As part of the Jackson School District’s continual goal of keeping our students safe, visitations to the building on Halloween will be limited to class helpers only.  We apologize in advance for this restriction, but feel that student and staff safety is a priority in these challenging times. 

 We can’t wait to see everyone’s costume on October 25th.  Happy Halloween!


Halloween Safety: Due to the PTN sponsored Trunk or Treat (see information above), our in-school Halloween celebrations will be kept to class helpers only.  In keeping with the spirit of fun, we would like to allow any student to dress in costume on October 31, 2019, if they wish.  Remember that your child will need to sit, write, walk, and eat lunch and/or snack as well as do other school-related activities.  If you child chooses to wear a costume on October, 31, the costume should lend itself to these activities.  Of course, safety is the utmost concern.  In order to provide for a safe, fun experience for all, please be sure to adhere to the following precautions:

  • The children who choose to participate should come to school dressed in their costumes and be prepared to remain in their costumes all day. Please keep in mind that costumes should be comfortable and allow for children to move freely, and should not depict any sort of violence;
  • Masks may NOT be worn during the school day;
  • Fake weapons of any kind are strictly prohibited;
  • Classroom parties will be attended by the class helpers only;
  • All visitors must sign in with the receptionists;
  • Valid photo identification is required to enter the building;
  • Visitor stickers must be worn at all times


Pop Tabs: Elms is collecting can pop tabs for Ronald McDonald House.  The Ronald McDonald House serves families whose children require care at an area hospital by offering them a homelike atmosphere where they can get the rest and renewal they need to be most supportive of their sick or injured child.  Guests stay at the House regardless of their ability to pay.  Therefore, philanthropic support to generate additional funds are necessary to cover the House expenses.  Helping is easy!  The tabs on pop cans can easily be removed by twisting them back and forth until they break off.  They can be collected in many types of convenient containers such as buckets, baggies, boxes, coffee cans, etc.  We will have a receptacle available near the main office of the Elms School for donations.  Our goal is 1 million pop tabs to earn a visit from the guy himself – Ronald McDonald!  We thank you for your support of this wonderful charity!


Parent-Teacher Conferences: Parent teacher conferences are November 19-21.  Sign up through Parent Portal will begin on October 21.  To schedule, please log on to your portal and select the CONFERENCES tab at the top.  Then select “Schedule a Conference” link.  Change the date on the window to the week of the 18th, and see what time slots are available for your child teacher.  Once completed, you will see your reserved conference on the main page of the conferences tab.  You can use this link to cancel or change the conference if needed up until November 1st.  After November 1, you will need to contact the teacher directly.


American Education Week: The week of November 18th, Elms will be participating American Education Week.  This is a week when parents can come into the classroom and see the teachers and students “in action”.  In order to give all parents the opportunity to observe classroom programs without interruption, younger children are not to be included in the classroom visitations.  The schedule for visitation will be posted closer to the event.  As always, please remember that all visitors will require valid photo identification to enter the school.


Book Fair: Attention parents!  Our Fall Book Fair will be held October 22-24.  Students who read or are read to for 20 minutes a day typically score higher on standardized tests.  Reading increases knowledge and vocabulary, lowers stress, and supports your child’s emotional growth.  It also provides a time to foster the bond you have with your child when you read together.  Family Night will be Tuesday, October 22 from 6-8pm.  All are welcome to shop at Family Night! 


Picture Day: Get ready to dress to impress!! School pictures will be taken on Friday, October 25th.   Make up pictures will be Monday, November 25th.


Upcoming Events:

October 14 – School Closed to students.  Staff In-Service.

October 17 – Supply Cart

October 18 – Walk to Remember

October 22-24 – Book Fair

October 22 – Book Fair Family Night

October 25 – Picture Day

October 31 – Halloween – class helpers only

November 7 & 8 – School Closed for Teacher’s Convention

November 19-21 – Shortened Days for Parent/Teacher Conferences

November 25 – Make Up Pictures

November 27 – Shortened Day

November 28 & 29 – School Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday



 Michael Burgos & Shawn Levinson