All posts by Kelly Huggins

NES To Host Homework-Free Weekend

We are very excited to share with our families and our students that NES will be hosting our first of several Homework-Free weekends. This coming weekend–also nationally known as President’s Weekend, the teaching staff at NES will announce to the students that they will not be assigning homework for the entire weekend! This is a district-wide initiative to allow for more family time and a stress-free weekend for all. We hope your family enjoys the quality family time!

Our next Homework-Free weekend will be over the Memorial Day weekend. Mark your calendars now!
~Kelly Huggins

~NES Celebrates 100th Day of School~

Today, Wednesday, February 15th was our 100th day of school. There were special activities completed in school and at home to celebrate our learning time together. I have posted a few below. Please be sure to ask your child how they celebrated the 100th day!! Enjoy the photos. ~Kelly

We certainly are 100 Days Smarter!

100 things students LOVE about NES!

2nd Gr. class participating in a 100th Day STEM activity.

Save the Date…Guys Night Out Feb. 7th

Guys’ Night Out 2017 is right around the corner! The 7th Annual Guys’ Night Out will be held on Tuesday, February 7, from 6:30-8:00p. All students, both boys and girls, are welcome to bring a “guy” (fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, guardians) to the festivities. Permission slips will be sent home with your child on Thursday, January 19. Information will also be available on the Virtual Backpack. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Moore at

NES Staff Sending Positive Messages to Students in the New Year

The walls along the halls of Newell Elementary School are filled with student work, seasonal displays of snowflakes and snowmen, New Year’s Resolutions, and powerful, positive messages for our students.

I thought you would like to see/read one of our positive messages to our students. You can even use these statements at home!

Happy New Year!
Kelly Huggins


NES Parent Teacher Conferences

November 7, 2016

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 kids.
Conference sign-ups will occur electronically through the PTC website. Click on the link below 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 during the afternoon of November 9th until the end of the day November 17th.

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 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 to schedule a conference with a specific teacher.

Our conference days and times are as follows:

Monday, November 21st– 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 22nd – 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 1st– 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Friday, December 2nd – 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.

Kelly Huggins

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.


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.