NES Back-to-School Night…

September 18, 2018
Dear Parents and Guardians,
We are pleased to announce that the Newell Elementary School will host our annual Back-to-School Night on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 beginning at 7:00 P.M. This “parents only” evening will be divided into two parts—a 20-minute presentation provided by your child’s classroom teacher, and a 20-minute program in the auditorium. We ask that you follow the schedule below and encourage you to attend both sessions, which will be filled with valuable information about our school program as well as specific information about your child’s classroom.
20 Minute “Meet the Teacher” Presentation in the Classroom
Meet your child’s teacher and learn more about the curricula, methods of instruction and evaluation, responsibilities of both students and parents, and other important school information. Please note that this is a general meeting. If you have specific concerns about your child, please call the Main Office at 259-7292, ext. 2850 to arrange a private appointment with your child’s teacher.

20 Minute Meet the Teacher Classroom Presentation
For parents of Pre-K through 4th grade students whose last names begin with letters A-L report to your child’s classroom: 7:00-7:20

For parents of Pre-K through 4th grade students whose last names begin with letters M-Z report to your child’s classroom: 7:30-7:50
20 Minute Program in Auditorium
Please join us for a slideshow presentation that will highlight staff as well as our hopes and dreams for the 2018-2019 school year.

For parents of Pre-K through 4th grade students whose last names begin with the letters M-Z report to the auditorium: 7:00-7:20

For parents of Pre through 4th grade students whose last names begin with the letters A-L report to the auditorium:: 7:30-7:50

*PLEASE NOTE: If you have more than one child in grades Pre-K-4, including a Kindergarten student, please honor the Kindergarten schedules first and adjust your 1-4 schedule accordingly. Also being offered at 6:30 in Room 127 is an introduction to our Gifted and Talented Program. Presenters will be Ms. Karen Schumacher and Mrs. Melissa DeSarno.

We look forward to having you join us for our annual Back-To-School-Night.
Kelly Huggins, Principal
Tara Silva, Vice Principal

NES Celebrates–1st in New Jersey…

NES Places 1st in New Jersey
for Summer Reading Challenge

Since 2012, the students, families and staff of NES have been participating in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. AND, for the past 6 years, NES students have placed 1st in New Jersey, reading the most minutes! This past summer, the students of NES read a total of 1,544,625 minutes of reading which is equal to 1,072 days–wow! As our students and families know, much work is done in the area of reading during the school year, ensuring that our children have a strong foundation for reading. To prevent reading “summer slide” (where students regress or loose levels/skills) we challenge them to read throughout the summer, which also helps to keep those reading skills sharp!

In addition to placing 1st in New Jersey, NES placed 11th in the United States out of 2,735 schools. Very impressive!! To celebrate our reading accomplishment, NES held a Reading Challenge Student Celebration today. We had two very special visitors join us for our reading celebration, Commissioner Repollet, Commissioner of Education and Dr. Richens, County Superintendent. We were honored to have them celebrate with us!!

I would like to thank our School Media Specialist, Mrs. Kimee Moore along with our Reading Specialist, Mrs. Susan Downs and our Literacy Coach, Mrs. Julia Larkin for the time they spent to organize this wonderful celebration for our students and staff! I am very proud to be a part of such a wonderful school community where the focus is always on the child!

Kelly Huggins

NES Celebrating International Dot Day

Our school will participate in International Dot Day again this year on Monday, September 17th. Art teachers all around the world celebrate the beloved book “The Dot.” The message of the book is to “make your mark and see where it takes you.”

If you have some sort of DOT attire, please wear it this Monday, Sep 17th and please ask your students to do the same! A letter to parents is on the VB.

Here’s a description:

International Dot Day, a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration, began when teacher Terry Shay introduced his classroom to Peter H. Reynolds’ book The Dot on September 15, 2009. The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe.

Thank you very much!!

Make Your Mark!

Kim DeRisi

Art Teacher, Newell Elementary School