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.



Tara Silva

Vice Principal


Newell Elementary School Teacher of the Year–Mrs. Karin Barrett

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

NES To Host Parent Spring Fling Curriculum & Common Core Standards Night

        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