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.
Kelly. Huggins

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!

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.