NES Celebrates Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week

During October each year (October 27-31 this year), we celebrate Red Ribbon Week to teach children the importance of choosing a healthy lifestyle, free of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.. Students will be involved in a red ribbon door-decorating activity this year in lieu of wearing red ribbons . In addition, we would like to ask students to show their enthusiasm by participating in the following:


Monday (Oct. 27): “Living Drug-Free Is No Sweat Day”

(Wear sweat pants and sweat shirts.)


Tuesday (Oct. 28):I’m a Jean-ius, I’m Drug-Free Day”

(Wear your jeans!)


Wednesday (Oct. 29): “Red Day!”

(Wear as much red as you can!.)


Thursday (Oct. 30): “Team Up Against Drugs Day”

(Wear your favorite sports team clothes.)


Friday (October 31):   “Say Boo to Drugs!”

(It’s Halloween, wear your costume!)

NES Halloween Festivities

October 16, 2014

Dear Parents,

On Friday, October 31, 2014 Newell Elementary School will hold various festivities in celebration of Halloween. Please read this notice carefully, as some grades will be participating in a parade and class party, while other grade levels will be participating in a class party only. Also included in this letter are guidelines to use/follow when putting together your child’s costume. Please review the guidelines in our Managing Life-Threatening Food Allergies Policy, which encourages parents to refrain from sending in any form of peanut product for snack, lunch and special class parties/activities. This policy can be found on our school website. Please keep in mind that we want this day to be enjoyable and safe for everyone. Lastly, October 31st is an early dismissal day. Full day Pre-K, complement kindergarten, and grades 1-4 are dismissed at 1:20 PM.   AM Pre-K and AM kindergarten dismiss at 10:40 AM.


Schedule of Events/Festivities


Pre-K AM /Full Day Pre-K, AM Kindergarten, Kindergarten Complement, 1st and 2nd grades will be participating in our Halloween Parade – Start Time 9:45 A.M

We are asking parents to abide by the schedule below in order to view the student parade. Please also take time to review the parade route below. Please remember that videos and pictures can only be used for home viewing purposes and may not be placed on the internet for any reason. Following the parade, grade levels will begin to have their class parties. For safety reasons, only parent volunteers who have been notified by the classroom teacher as assisting with the class party on that day will be the only adults permitted in the building. All Parent Volunteers must report to the Main Office to sign in and receive a party pass. Please remember that all class parties are limited to parent volunteers only and we ask that siblings not attend.


Parade Route – Playground Blacktop Area

We will use the playground blacktop area for our students to safely parade around the entire square of blacktop.

We ask parents to stand in our playground field only. Please do not stand along the sidewalk and/or the blacktop as these two areas need to be clear and visible for our students to safely move about. Our parade will begin with our Pre-K classes leading the way and ending with our 2nd grade classes.

****Parade will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.


Classroom Party—For 3rd and 4th Grade

3rd and 4th grade will be participating in classroom parties at various times throughout the day. For safety reasons, only parent volunteers who have been notified by the classroom teacher as assisting with the class party on that day will be the only adults permitted in the building. All Parent Volunteers must report to the Main Office to sign in and receive a “Volunteer” pass. Please remember that all class parties are limited to parent volunteers only and ask that siblings not attend.


Halloween Costume Guidelines


We ask for your cooperation regarding the following costume guidelines that will be worn on Friday, October 31st.

  1. Avoid violent or bloody images. It is okay to look “scary,” but there is a difference between frightening and gruesome.
  2. Eye and face masks are acceptable (make sure that vision is not impaired). Makeup should be minimal and applied at home.
  3. Please make sure that your child’s costume has nothing hanging below the wrist or ankle. Tripping and/or getting materials caught is a major concern.
  4. Please send costume props, all accessories, and cape-like parts to a costume in a bag labeled with your child’s name. Props (if any) must be manageable, particularly if students ride a bus.
  5. Weapons of any kind are not permitted.
  6. Remember that students scheduled for Physical Education on the 31st will still have class. Costumes for those students, therefore, should be selected with safety and maneuverability in mind.

September/October 2014–Welcome Back & Looking Ahead…

Newell Elementary School opened its doors on Thursday, September 4th to 530 eager students, wearing their best smiles! It was obvious that they were ready to get started. Students and teachers hit the ground running and began the school year by getting acquainted, establishing class rules and setting learning goals.


September was a busy month for the students and staff of NES. We held our Welcome Back Student Assembly on Friday, September 12th. The purpose of the student assembly was to review and model for students how to go about various procedural routines such as, morning line-up, entering the school, using the bathroom, playing at recess, security drills, and how to keep everyone safe. In addition, NES students took the Stand United Against Bullying Pledge. On Friday, September 19th we held our Summer Reading Challenge Celebration. NES students read 3,106,854 minutes of reading. We placed 1st in NJ, 15th in the WORLD—WOW! The celebration gathering was filled with student events and principal events that brought smiles to everyone’s face! Lastly, we held our annual Back-to-School parent evening on Tuesday, September 23rd. Thank you to all of the parents who were able to attend our Back-to-School night. We certainly appreciate your support in this very important educational journey!


Looking ahead to October…our students enjoyed their time participating in the PTA Walk-a-Thon held on Friday, October 3rd. Thank you PTA! School will be closed on Monday, October 13th honoring Columbus Day. There is a PTA meeting on Tuesday, October 14th at 7PM at SBMS. On Thursday, October 16th NES will hold its first ever Hallo-Boo Math Event in the cafeteria from 6-8PM. Please be sure to check out NES Virtual Backpack for detailed information. PTA Halloween Fest is scheduled for Wednesday, October 29th at West Haven Farm. And, there will be information shortly regarding our NES Halloween Parade for our Prek-2 grade students.


Please be sure to check the NES Virtual Backpack every Tuesday and Friday for updated school information. In addition, please take time to print the items from the Virtual Backpack that require your signature and return to your child’s teacher.


The recent changes that were made to our Morning Arrival—Parent Drop-Off Location has helped to alleviate the increased traffic flow that we were encountering. Thank you for your flexibility and patience while we worked to improve our procedures. And, thank you for adjusting your schedules to arrive a few minutes earlier in order to avoid the overflow of parents arriving after 8:55AM.


Thank you for a wonderful start to the 2014-2015 school year and I look forward to working with you throughout the school year to provide the students of NES with the best educational experiences possible!



Kelly Huggins