All posts by Kelly Huggins

NES Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences…

November 3, 2017

Dear Newell Elementary Parents,

Parent/Teacher Conferences are right around the corner! Conferences allow for meaningful conversations focused on the most important part of the Newell Elementary family, our students. We look forward to this dialogue in an effort to be partners in the education of our children.
Conference sign-ups will occur electronically through the PTC website.

Click here to go directly to the conference scheduling site

Once you get to this website, very clear directions will be given to you with each click of your mouse. You will be able to sign up for each of your child’s teachers conferences using this system.

*The link will be accessible on November 6th until the end of the day November 16th.

In the event that the teacher you would like to meet with has no available time to meet during conferences, please email Sandy Gaum at gaums@ufrsd.net to arrange another time to have a conference.

If you don’t have internet access, we ask that you call our main office @ 609 259-7292 ext. 2851 or email gaums@ufrsd.net to schedule a conference with a specific teacher.

Our conference days and times are as follows:

Monday, November 2oth 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 21st 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 30th 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Friday, December 1st 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Each conference with teachers will be 15 minutes.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or email us.

Sincerely,
Kelly Huggins
Principal

NES Halloween Information

Important Halloween Information

October 18, 2017

Dear Parents,
On Tuesday, October 31, 2017 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 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 Tuesday, October 31st.
Avoid violent or bloody images. 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 Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week
During October each year (October 23-31 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 asked to show their enthusiasm by participating in the following:

Wednesday (Oct. 25): “Saying YES to good health is NO SWEAT!”
(Wear your sweats!)

Thursday (Oct. 26): “We are HEADing in the right direction to stay healthy”
(Hat day!)

Friday (October 27): “Be red with envy at how NES CARES”
(Wear RED, CARES-wear, or NES gear!)

Monday (Oct. 30): “I’m a Jean-ius, I’m healthy as can be”
(Wear your jeans!)

Tuesday (Oct. 31): “Hocus Pocus! Good health is our focus!”
(Wear your costume!)

NES Celebrates Week of Respect…

NES WEEK OF RESPECT

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 2-6 in 2017) 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 us?
It means character education. It means talking about the CARES program in classes. It means starting to implement the Olweus lessons. It means doing what we already do.

Additional resources noted below

Get More Respect
First – a gentle and quick nod to the spirit of cooperation:

Second video: Respect

. . . it’s simply called “Respect”, has no dialog, and is only 2:30 long. Meanwhile, it’s super-easy to see that it’s all about treating people the way you want to be treated. It also fits nicely into “what you cultivate will grow”.

NES Back-to-School Night Information…

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT

September 13, 2017
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 19, 2017 beginning at 7:00 P.M. This “parents only” evening will be divided into two parts—a 30-minute presentation provided by your child’s classroom teacher, and a 30-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.

30 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.

Schedule
For parents of Pre-K through 4th grade students whose last names begin with letters A-L report to your child’s classroom: 7:00-7:30

For parents of Pre-K through 4th grade students whose last names begin with letters M-Z report to your child’s classroom: 7:45-8:15

30 Minute Program in Auditorium
Please join us for a slideshow presentation that will highlight staff as well as our hopes and dreams for the 2017-2018 school year.

For parents of Pre-K through 4th grade students whose last names begin with the letters M-Z report to the auditorium: 7:00-7:30

For parents of Pre through 4th grade students whose last names begin with the letters A-L report to the auditorium:: 7:45-8:15

*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 Karen Schumacher and Melissa DeSarno.

Sincerely,
Kelly Huggins, Principal
Tara Silva, Vice Principal

NES Summer Reading Challenge Update…

Dear NES Students,

We are in need of your help in order to reach our goal for the Summer Reading Challenge.

Currently NES has read a total of 1,168,886 minutes. If you remember from our Summer Reading Challenge Kick-Off in May, I promised the following….

* If NES students read 1 million minutes, I will…wear the Allentown High School Red Bird Mascot Costume
* If NES students read 2 million minutes, I will…give an extra recess and water ice for all NES students
* If NES students read 2.5 million minutes, I will host a game show with slime and pie in your eye

So, get going NES students! Keep reading and make sure you are logging your minutes!! I would love to be able to grant an extra recess and shower you with water ice on a warm September day!!
Enjoy the rest of the summer!
Mrs. Huggins

NES 4th Grade Farewell/Step-Up Day

June 13, 2017
Dear Parents and Guardians of Fourth Grade Students,

I am pleased to inform you that today we held a Fourth Grade Farewell/Step-Up Assembly and Middle School Orientation at Stone Bridge Middle School. The assembly honored our fourth grade students by reflecting on their elementary school experience and providing a chance for the students to look to their future at Stone Bridge Middle School. The students were given special certificates of recognition to mark the end of their elementary experience at Newell. Ms. Negro, Middle School Principal, introduced herself and shared a few highlights the students can look forward to next year at Stone Bridge Middle School. Lastly, our fourth graders were given a tour of the building by current students of the middle school.

We designed this informal student program as a transition activity for our fourth graders to help prepare them for their new grade and new school next year. On August 22nd, Stone Bridge Middle School will host an Open House for parents and students to tour the building and meet some of the terrific staff at Stone Bridge Middle School. Please refer to the Stone Bridge Middle School letter that was distributed to your child today.

It has been an absolute pleasure educating your children and working with you as partners during this exciting journey.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Huggins
Principal

NES–4th Grade Redbird Walk Down Memory Lane…

June 2, 2017
Dear Parents and Guardians of 4th Grade Students,

Earlier today, I invited each of our 4th grade students to a very special event–4th Grade Redbird Walk Down Memory Lane. This will be a time where all of NES students and staff will line the halls and wait for our 4th grade students to parade through the school. As our 4th grade students walk the halls, they will be hearing claps, cheers and statements of praise for all of their accomplishments while here at NES. This is our special way to share with our 4th grade students how proud we are and how excited we are for the next “piece” of their puzzle. I also wanted to extend the invitation to our 4th grade parents to join in the fun by asking you to line the blacktop area by our playground at 3:00PM to clap and cheer on our children! Details about our 4th Grade Redbird Walk Down Memory Lane are noted below.

If you plan on attending this event, please complete the bottom portion of this letter and return to your child’s teacher by Wednesday, June 7th.
Sincerely,
Kelly. Huggins
Principal

Date: Thursday, June 15th
Time: 3:00 PM NES 4th Grade Students to Begin Walk
Location: NES Halls & Playground Area
End Time: 3:20 PM NES Gymnasium

**Weather–if it is raining, we will still hold our event. The only change will be parent location. If it is raining, we will ask parents to report to the gym doors by cottages where you will be invited into the gymnasium to line up along the walls of our gymnasium while our 4th grade students parade around the gym to hear you clap and cheer on your children.

__________________________________________________________________________________________
4th Grade Redbird Walk Down Memory Lane

Student Name:_________________________ Teacher:______________________________

Parent Name:__________________________

_____ Yes I plan on attending Redbird Walk Down Memory Lane.

NES Support Worker of the Year…Mrs. Koontz

Happy Friday Newell Elementary School Family!

I am pleased to share that Mrs. Cindy Koontz has been selected as Newell Elementary School Support Worker of the Year!

Mrs. Koontz has spent the past 15 years supporting the students of NES in and out of the classroom. She meets each day and student as a NEW Day, one where we start over with a fresh start. Mrs. Koontz is patient, hard-working and very giving of her time. We are so very fortunate to have Mrs. Koontz on our team!

Please join me in saying….CONGRATULATIONS MRS. KOONTZ!