All posts by Kelly Huggins

Newell Elementary School Teacher of the Year–Mrs. Kim DeRisi

Dear Newell Elementary School Family,

It is my pleasure to share that Mrs. Kim DeRisi has been selected as Newell Elementary School Teacher of the Year!

Over the past few years, Mrs. DeRisi has transformed our elementary school halls into works of art. Her creative flare, passion for her craft and love for our children truly shine through and through each and every day. Her daily interactions with staff, students and parents reflect the person of character that she models, regardless of the situation. Mrs. DeRisi’s approach to promoting a curriculum with coherence and establishing a culture for learning are evident in the many projects that the students of Newell have experienced in her art classes.

Newell Elementary School is a better place because of Mrs. DeRisi and we are so honored to have her on our team!!


PARCC Information–3rd and 4th Grades

March 31, 2017


Dear NES Parents/Guardians of 3rd and 4th Grade Students,

We want to make you aware of some important information regarding the PARCC Assessments coming up next month.

Our third and fourth grade students are in the process of previewing the PARCC test format and practicing taking both the PARCC Language Arts (ELA) and Math assessments. If you’d like to explore the PARCC test samples and resources, please take time to visit the PARCC website- This would also be a great opportunity to encourage your child to do his/her best, discuss the importance of a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast each day to prepare students for a productive morning of testing. Please also ensure they come to school with a nourishing snack and their favorite books to read if they finish early.

REMINDER: Our 3rd and 4th grade students will begin testing on Monday, April 24th and complete testing on Tuesday, May 3rd. Due to Bring Your Child to Work Day on April 27th, we will not be PARCC testing on that date. Each grade will participate in four days of Math testing and three days of Language Arts(ELA) assessments. Each day of PARCC testing will begin in the morning and conclude before 3rd and 4th grade lunches. Please note that it is important for students to arrive on time in order to be present for the first testing section of each day. Make-ups for both grades will take place May 4th- May 19th. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding the administration of the PARCC Assessments.

As always, thank you for your continued support.


Tara Silva
Vice Principal

NES Celebrates Read Across America Week…

ALL WEEK LONG! Beginning Monday, Feb. 27 through Friday, March 3rd

Monday (2/27)
Favorite Character Day: Dress up as your favorite character! Who will you be? The Lorax, Sam, the Grinch, Horton or maybe even a Sneetch?

Tuesday (2/28)
Knock Your Socks Off Day: Wear your finest, fanciest or wackiest socks to show your love of Fox in Socks!

Wednesday (3/1)
Wacky Wednesday: Dress as wacky as possible.

Thursday (3/2)–Read Across America Day!
Pajama Day: Wear your comfy-cozies for
the Cat in the Hat to see.
Special Author Visit–Mr. Michael Dooling

Friday (3/3)
Funny Food Friday: Wear green in honor of
Green Eggs and Ham.

Random Acts of Kindness Week–February 20-24

February 2017

Dear Newell Families,         

February is Random Acts of Kindness Month.  During the

week of February 20-24th, we will be helping our neighbors in

our local communities by conducting a Toiletry and Personal

Hygiene Drive for the Cream Ridge Food Pantry as well as the

Allentown Presbyterian Church’s Food Pantry.               

If you are able, please donate an item or two from your

child’s grade level listed below.  Please send these supplies to

school with your child OR drop them off in the breezeway by

Newell’s Main Office during Parent-Teacher conferences on

February 22nd and 23rd.

Collection Dates:

FEBRUARY 21, 22, 23 and 24th

PRE-K:  baby wipes, diapers

Kindergarten: toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss

1st Grade:  soap (pumps and bars of soap)

2nd Grade:  shampoo (for adults and children)

3rd Grade:  deodorant, body/hand lotion

4th Grade:  toilet paper, tissues

As always thank you for your support!

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