NES Halloween Information…Please Read

Important Halloween Information

October 20, 2016
Dear Parents,
On Monday, October 31, 2016 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 kindergarten dismiss at 10:40 AM.

Schedule of Events/Festivities
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 Monday, October 31st.
Avoid violent or bloody images. It is okay to look “scary,” but there is a difference between frightening and gruesome.
Due to the recent media coverage on the “Clown” situation, we are asking that our students do not come dressed as a clown.
Please be sure that all costumes are appropriate for school, especially any emoji themed costumes.
Eye and face masks are acceptable (make sure that vision is not impaired). Makeup should be minimal and applied at home.
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.
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.
Weapons of any kind are not permitted.

We look forward to a fun-filled day! Thank you for your help with making certain the day is safe for all of our students.

Sincerely,
Kelly

NES Celebrates Peace Week

Newell Elementary School Celebrates
Peace Week (10/17-10/21)

This week is Violence Awareness Week in NJ schools. Newell Elementary School has always celebrated this week by cultivating peace and our CARES program. To enhance this awareness we would like to ask students to show their enthusiasm by participating in the following:

Monday (Oct. 17): Be a Part of the CARES Team Day
(Wear your favorite team clothing!)

Tuesday (Oct. 18): Don’t Be Blue, Newell CARES!
(Wear blue!)

Wed (Oct. 19): NES CARES About Peace Day
(Wear your peace signs! Wear your CARES shirt!)

Thursday (Oct. 20): Share a “Peace” of Your Heart Day
(Wear hearts or your class shirts to show you are an important “peace” of Newell!)

Friday (Oct. 21): Redbirds for Peace Day
(Wear your red! Wear your NES gear!)

NES Celebrates Week of Respect…

NES Celebrates WEEK OF RESPECT–Tuesday, October 4-Friday, October 7.

Week of Respect – The Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act (P.L.2010, c.122) requires that the week beginning with the first Monday in October of each year (October 3-7 in 2016) be designated as the Week of Respect in New Jersey. To recognize the importance of character education, school districts, charter schools and Renaissance school projects are required to observe the week by providing age-appropriate instruction focusing on preventing HIB

What does this mean for NES?
It means character education. It means talking about the CARES program in our classes. It means implementing the Olweus CARES lessons focused on building friendships and identifying bullying behavior. It means doing what we currently do.

In addition, there are a number of useful resources out there to assist with class activities, discussions and/or issues to celebrate the week.