NES Celebrates Red Ribbon Week…

Red Ribbon Week
During October each year (October 22-26 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 asked to show their enthusiasm by participating in the following:

Monday (Oct. 22): “Wear RED for a healthy heart!”
(Wear RED)

Tuesday (Oct. 23): “Team Up to Make Healthy Choices!” (Wear your
favorite team gear!)

Wednesday (October 24): Saying YES to good health is NO SWEAT!”
(Wear your sweats!)

Thursday (Oct. 25): “I’m a Jean-ius, I’m healthy as can be”
(Wear your jeans!)

Friday (Oct. 26): “Newell Elementary CARES about making healthy choices”
(Wear your class shirt, CARES gear, or NES clothing!)

NES Halloween Information

Important Halloween Information

October 18, 2018
Dear Parents,
On Wednesday, October 31, 2018 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 dismisses 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 Foyer 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 Foyer 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 Wednesday, October 31st.
Violent or bloody masks/makeup are not permitted. It is okay to look “scary,” but there is a difference between frightening and gruesome.
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.

NES Celebrates Peace Week…

Newell Elementary School Celebrates
Peace Week (10/15-10/19)

The third week of October 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, Mr. Rowley will continue to deliver curriculum that introduces the idea that “peace is getting along”, along with the goals for the introductory lesson which essentially celebrate our differences and identify when people (bullies) are MOPTHS (mean on purpose to hurt someone).

In addition, Friday, October 19th will be designated as “Unity Day”. Newell will be united in peace on Friday, so show your class colors, your peace signs, your CARES gear, or your red!

Throughout the week, please remember to reinforce the message that we all are joined in getting along despite our differences.

No Homework/Family Time Weekends

Hello NES Families,

In an effort to provide the students and the families of the Upper Freehold Regional School District with some “family time” we have designated certain weekends as “No Homework/Family Time Weekends. As a school district, we recognize the demands of work and school on personal and family time and are mindful of how precious and important this time is. The following weekends have been designated as No Homework/Family Time Weekends for the entire Upper Freehold Regional School District.

* October 5th-October 8th
* November 21st-November 25th
* February 15th-February 18th
* May 24th-May 27th

We hope that this time is used to reconnect, without electronics with the family, by having the time to spend together with less distractions. Enjoy creating a meal together or go out for a bite to eat. Board games can pass the time in a fun way as well. However you decide to use the time, enjoy it as a family!

Kelly Huggins & Tara Silva
Principal Assistant Principal