Great Things Happening At NES, Thanks To Our GREAT PTA…

Scholastic Book Fair & Science Night Live


As many of you know, I returned to NES last week and arrived during a time where GREAT things were happening in our school for our students. To begin, our PTA held our annual fall Scholastic Book Fair during the week of November 11th. Students, staff and parents had an opportunity to browse and purchase award winning books for reading pleasure and learning. It is important to know that a certain portion of the proceeds from the book fair go directly back to our PTA, funding special student assemblies and student activities. A very special THANK YOU to Mrs. Stacey Blecher and all of the parent volunteers who made this book fair a possibility for our students, staff and parents!


We ended the week by hosting our annual Science Night Live event. It was so nice to see so many families out and about trying their hands at various science experiments. There were a total of 22 science tables, many of which were headed by our very own NES parents and staff members! It was an exciting evening to say the least! A very special THANK YOU to Mrs. Stephanie Williams and all of the parent and staff volunteers who made Science Night Live so educational and entertaining for our students!


It is no secret that NES has one of the most dedicated, talented and caring PTA’s in all of New Jersey. Parent and staff PTA membership greatly impacts the services and student activities that the PTA is able to implement. Please consider joining our PTA team by becoming a member and possibly volunteer a small portion of your time to continue these great events, such as Science Night Live.

As always, I thank you for your support and time!!!!    Enjoy the photos!  Kelly Huggins

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I’m Back…


I officially returned to NES on Wednesday, November 13th and I have to say that I did not sleep a wink the night before. Many of you are probably thinking that it was our daughter, Maeve who kept me awake all night or possibly our son, Reed but both children were sound asleep the entire night. The reason for my sleepless night was the excitement I was feeling (you know, butterflies in your belly feeling) knowing that I was returning to my second love in life, serving as principal of NES!


My first day back was filled with smiles, high-fives, hugs and welcome back cards from the children and I loved every single moment of it! I had the chance to greet the children outside as they arrived to school and then spent the entire day visiting each class. During my visit with each class I had a chance to tell the children just how much I missed them and the staff of NES and shared some stories of my time home being a full-time mommy.  


I am excited to be back and look forward to catching up with students, staff and parents. Please feel free to call, email or stop by anytime, my door is always open. I plan to be readily available during our upcoming Parent/Teacher Conferences which are scheduled for November 25th and 26th and December 5th and 6th. I look forward to seeing you!


Kelly Huggins

Goodbye Again

Today is my last day as interim principal at Newell; tomorrow Kelly Huggins, the “real” principal returns from materinity leave.  As most of you know this is the second time I have been at Newell as interim principal. Each time it’s harder to leave –  it is so easy to get attached to the children and staff here. This is a wonderful school and community.; everyone truly CARES and  I have enjoyed gettting to know so many children, staff members, and parents.  It has been a privilege to work here. Thank you all.

Some Halloween Photos

Below are some photos from the K-2 Halloween parade. There were as many adults, staff members and parents, dressed up as there were children. It was lots of fun and it seemed as if everyone had a camera.  On the left is kindergarten teacher, Andrea Murphy. On the right are parent photographers, Roberta Kulpe and Jennifer Sweeney, who were taking photos for Newell’s yearbook and our two polka dotted playmates are instructional assistant, Kim Gaul, and literacy coach, Meg Gleason.  



A Math Challenge for Grades 2-4

Today we sent home a letter to parents announcing a challenging math contest for children in Grades 2-4.  It is sponsored by the Noetic Learning Math Center. The purpose of the content is to inspire young students’ interest in math and to convey the message “It is COOL to be good at math!”

The contest will be held on Thursday, November 14 from 3:45 – 4:45 in our school. The children will meet in the auditorium where they will be escorted to a classroom to take the test.  Students will be given 45 minutes to solve 20 word problems.

Participation is voluntary and parental permission is required. If you would like more information about this contest, please contact our Gifted and Talented Teacher, Karen Schumacher.