NES Goes Green By Way of Virtual Back Packs...

Dear Parents and Guardians,
Congratulations! This letter hopefully represents one of the last times school notices will be hand- carried by your children this year ... or ever!
In an effort to be more environmentally friendly and more efficient and direct with parent communication, we are excited to introduce a trial period of the NES Virtual Back Pack. Beginning Friday, May 30, this new section of the NES website will serve as our primary means of communicating school information like notices, flyers, forms, brochures, etc., which have traditionally been sent home with our students in the form of paper. Our hope is to pilot this new communication system and to get your feedback before implementation in September 2014.
Information on NES Virtual Back Pack will be easy to access and updated twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays. By clicking on the new navigation link on the NES website, located at http://ufrsdes.sharpschool.net/ and as indicated in the image below, you can select the date for which you want to get the latest notices and forms.
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As a reminder, every Tuesday and Friday you will also receive a direct link to NES Virtual Back Pack via email, so it is important that your contact information on the Parent Portal is up-to-date. In order not to miss out on these notifications, please update your contact information on the Parent Portal under Communication>Realtime Parent Portal or by scrolling to the bottom of the NES page and clicking on Realtime Parent Portal. Once on your portal page, click on "View/Update Contacts." If you have forgotten your log-on credentials, please email us at RealtimeParentHelp@ufrsd.net, and we will get you up and running in no time.
Lastly, if you foresee any issues with accessing our NES Virtual Back Pack, please contact the NES Main Office at 609-259-7292, x2851, to speak with Ms. Gaum. We can certainly work with you to make other arrangements if needed.
Again, congratulations! This is an exciting time. Opportunities to teach our children the importance of being environmentally sensitive while improving efficiency do not come around often enough. Thanks for your help!
Sincerely,
Kelly Huggins
Principal

Newell Elementary School Honors 4th Grade Students

NES honored our 4th grade students on Wednesday, June 4th by hosting our annual 4th Grade Farewell/Step-Up Day.  Students and teachers visited Stone Bridge Middle School where we held our student assembly celebrating our 4th grade students.  During the assembly, Mrs. Huggins and Ms. Silva highlighted special events during the 2014 school year and a few students were selected to share their fondest memory. A special congratulations to Zachary Smith, Alex Riccardi, Jolee Roth, Elizabeth Myers, Hannah Swale and Sana Raza who shared their memories.  We heard about flying pancakes in the classroom to make learning fun, we heard what it is like to be a new student, we heard about how dedicated the staff of NES are, and we learned a very important message from one of our readers, "Getting far isn't the accomplishment, not giving up was. Doing your best is good, but you need courage to not give up."  

 

Mrs. Huggins recognized and announced each fourth grade student by name and they received a certificate in memory of their time at NES. Ms. Negro, Principal of Stone Bridge Middle School, shared a few important points about SBMS. She briefly introduced what it means to find your "True North" the Redbird 4 Program, and the SUN Program (Stand United Against Bullying). Be sure to ask your child about these important programs that they will be participating at SBMS.

 

The assembly program ended with a chorus performance from the 7th grade chorus and a tour of the middle school.  It was a wonderful way to introduce our 4th grade students to their new school: Stone Bridge Middle School.

NES--Mrs. Kimee Moore Hosts Reading Auction

On May 21, Newell Elementary held its 2nd annual Reading Auction for its 3rd and 4th graders! Organized by librarian Kimee Moore, the reading auction is held as a way to promote reading and writing. For each book that a student reads, they write up a brief summary of the book. For each summary, the student receives "Newell Money" which is then used to purchase items at the auction. Our 3rd and 4th graders did not disappoint......they read over 567 fiction/nonfiction books in the period January 13th-May 20th

Prizes were abundant this year thanks to our wonderful community as donations from the UFRSD PTA, UFRSD Scholastic Book Fair, SWAL Dairy, Cocozello Family, McCormick Family, Roche Family, as well as numerous others made available many prizes. Once the students received their "earnings" they then had to determine what prizes they wanted to bid on as well as how much they wanted to bid. 131 students bid on prizes such as a Nook, tickets/pizza for a family of four to a Yankees Minor League game and gift certificates to SWAL Dairy. Auctioneer Mike Rowley kept the action going while volunteers Deb McCormick, Beth Murphy, and Pat Wiencke made sure that each student was heard. Each student took home a prize to represent their hard work.......We're proud of our Newell Readers!

3rd & 4th Grade NJ ASK Information

Dear Newell Elementary Parents/Guardians,

 

We hope that you are enjoying the much awaited spring weather as much as we are here at Newell.

 

We want to make you aware of some important information regarding the New Jersey ASK testing coming up this month.

 

NJ ASK Practice Workbooks were sent home early April, so that our students and parents had time to preview the NJ ASK format. Please take a look at the workbook so that you and your child are more familiar with the test. This would also be a great opportunity to discuss the importance of a good night's sleep and a healthy breakfast each day to prepare students for a productive morning of testing. Please note that the practice book contains both third and fourth gradesections.

 

REMINDER: Our 3rdgraders will begin testing on Monday, May 12thand complete testing on Thursday, May 15th. Our 4th graders will begin testing on Monday, May12th and conclude on Friday, May 16th. Each day of NJ ASK testing will begin in the morning and conclude before 3rd and 4th grade lunches. Please note that it is important for students to arrive on time in order to be present for the first testing section of each day.Make-up testing will take place during the week of May 19th -23rd.Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding the administration of the NJASK.

 

As always, thank you for your continued support.

 

Regards,

Tara Silva

Vice Principal

 

Newell Elementary School is honored to announce that Mrs. Karin Barrett, 3rd Grade Teacher, was named Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Barrett has served the students, staff and parents of NES for the past 5 years. Mrs. Barrett is an outstanding educator who creates hands-on, meaningful learning opportunities for her students. She focuses on the importance of educating the whole child and it is obvious by her interactions with her students that she absolutely loves what she does!

               

Thank you Mrs. Barrett for all that you do for the children of Newell Elementary School!

We are fortunate to have you on our team and serving our students!Teacher of Year.jpg

        Spring Fling Curriculum Information Night

Tuesday, May 6th 2014

     6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

          

Please join us for a parent informational session focused on learning more about the Common Core and ways to support your child's learning.

 

Reading (meeting in the library)

  • Overview of the Common Core Reading Standards
  • Assessment of readers and Newell's current and upcoming benchmark levels
  • Basic Skills menu of services
  • Fun and easy ways to support learning at home
  • Summer Reading Challenge 2014

 

Math (meeting in rm. 127)

  •  Overview of the Common Core Math Standards
  •  Math Practices - What are they?
  •  That's not how we learned math! Demo  lesson
  •  Technology and games to make learning fun

 

 

Last names A-L                       Last names M-Z

                                                         Reading 6:00-7:00                     Math 6:00-7:00

  Math 7:00-8:00                      Reading 7:00-8:00

______________________________________________________________________________

 

Spring Fling Parent Information Night RSVP

Please return to your child's classroom teacher by Friday, May 2

 

Family Name:________________________________________

 

I plan to attend:  Reading                Math           Both

Spring Fling Curriculum Information Night

Tuesday, May 6th 2014

     6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

 

Please join us for a parent informational session focused on learning more about the Common Core and ways to support your child's learning.

 

Reading (meeting in the library)

  • Overview of the Common Core Reading Standards
  • Assessment of readers and Newell's current and upcoming benchmark levels
  • Basic Skills menu of services
  • Fun and easy ways to support learning at home
  • Summer Reading Challenge 2014

 

Math (meeting in rm. 127)

  •  Overview of the Common Core Math Standards
  •  Math Practices - What are they?
  •  That's not how we learned math! Demo  lesson
  •  Technology and games to make learning fun

 

 

Last names A-L                       Last names M-Z

                       Reading 6:00-7:00                     Math 6:00-7:00

  Math 7:00-8:00                      Reading 7:00-8:00

______________________________________________________________________________

 

Spring Fling Parent Information Night RSVP

Please return to your child's classroom teacher by Friday, May 2

 

Family Name:________________________________________

 

I plan to attend:  Reading                Math           Both

       Mindful
Missions                           ALM

 Talent
Pool

Criteria

What do all of these words

have in common?  

Join us in the Media Center on

Tuesday, March 25 at 6:45

to find out.

Hope to see you there!

                                                           

                          

NES Hosts Guy's Night Out at the Library----Tuesday, March 4th

Newell Elementary School's 3rd Annual Guy's Night Out at the Library

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tudies suggest that a child's time spent with a positive male role model helps a child grow both mentally and socially. It is with this in mind that we are pleased to offer our 3rd Annual Guy's Night Out in the Newell Elementary School Library! Fathers, Stepfathers, Guardians, Grandfathers, Uncles, and Brothers of Newell students (both girls and boys) are invited to explore the Newell Elementary                    Library! There will be lots of fun activities to enjoy with your child/children.

Guy's Night Out at the Library will be held on Tuesday, March 4th, 6:30-8:00pm, in the Newell Elementary School Library. We hope to see you at this fun filled event. If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact me either by email at moorek@ufrsd.net or by phone (609)259-7292 ext 2130.

Space is limited. Due to the overwhelming response to last year's Guy's Night Out, please complete and return all responses to the library by Tuesday, February 25th  to ensure a place for you and your child/children.  

Sincerely,

Kimee Moore

Media Center Specialist

Newell Elementary School

Child's Name: ____________________________

Visitor's Name: _____________________________

Homeroom Teacher: _______________________________

Email Address: ________________________________

NES Author Visit & Read Across America Day--Friday, Feb. 28th

NES is very excited to announce that author Christine Petrell Kallevig will be visiting grades K-4 in honor of Read Across America Day on Friday, February 28, 2014. The PTA has generously sponsored this visit with Ms. Kallevig who is an award winning writer and professional storyteller with a twist, she will be telling stories using origami.  

Please read the letter below from Mrs. Moore, NES Library Media Specialist.

Dear Parents,

It is my pleasure to announce that author Christine Petrell Kallevig will be visiting grades K-4 in honor of Read Across America Day on Friday, February 28, 2014. The PTA has generously sponsored this visit with Ms. Kallevig who is an award winning writer and professional storyteller with a twist, she will be telling stories using origami.

Ms Kallevig has given us the opportunity to purchase autographed copies of her books. Additional information is provided below. If you have any questions about the visit or purchasing books, please do not hesitate to contact me at moorek@ufrsd.net.

Nature Fold-Along Stories: Quick and Easy Origami Tales About Plants & Animals: contains 12 factual stories aout North American plants and animals, all illustrated by the folding steps of 12 very easy origami models. This 80 page origami paperback is appropriate for all ages and includes complete illustrated folding instructions.

The Sun, The Moon, and the Origami Grammie: Jacob and Isabella stay with Grammie and her dachsund, Taro, when Mom works away from home. The story shows how Jacob and Isabella eventually learn how to fold an eight-piece modular origami model that transforms from the sun into the moon and back again! Completely illustrated folding instructions are included. Full color illustrations make this 32 page harcover picture storybooks an ideal choice for age 4 and older.

All About Pockets: Storytime Activities for Early Childhood is packed with creative ideas for how to use simple everyday pockets for early childhood math, language skills, and motor development. Perfect for use with storytelling aprons and pocket charts. Recommended for innovative tachers of children age 3 to 7. (128 page paperback) If you are interested in purchasing a book, please complete the form on the bottom of this page and return it me no later than Thursday, Feb. 27th. Thanks, Kimee Moore Library Media Specialist, Newell Elementary Please return this slip with payment

Student's Name _____________________________

Teacher Name: _____________________________________ How should your autograph be addressed? To ___________________________________________________ Fill in a name or names Quantity Title of Book Price Total Nature Fold Along $8.00 The Sun, The Moon 12.00 All About Pockets 5.00 *****Please make checks payable to Storytime Ink from Mrs. Moore, NES Librarian for detailed information.