NES Teacher of the Year Nominees….

Dear Newell Elementary School Family,

We are thrilled to announce Newell Elementary School TEACHER OF THE YEAR NOMINEES…….

* Mrs. Kim Fanning
* Ms. Jennifer Hutchison
* Mrs. Marci Kockman
* Ms. Kristin Norkus
* Mrs. Wendy Prusik
* Mrs. Nancy Qualiano
* Mrs. Dana Schleider
* Mr. Paul Sulyok
* Ms. Carolyn Zindel

We are certainly proud and privileged to be working with such amazing educators who bring such passion, dedication, heart and soul to their calling.


Kelly & Tara

NES Celebrates Random Acts of Kindness Week & Read Across America Week

February 2018
Dear Newell Families,

February is Random Acts of Kindness Month. During the week of February 20th-23rd 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 21st and 22nd.

Collection Dates:
FEBRUARY 20, 21, 22 & 23

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! AND…a very special THANK YOU TO MRS. BLUM for organizing our drive.

AND…a very special THANK YOU TO MR. ROWLEY and our CARES CREW for organizing our PAJAMA PALOOZA donations to
Lala and Mimi’s Charity! NES students and staff donated 329 pagamas–way to go!

READ ACROSS AMERICA WEEK…February 26-March 2nd
Read Across America Day 2018 is Friday, March 2nd and we have a lot of activities planned for the week/day of!!!!!

Our illustrious Cat in the Hat will be making his rounds on Friday, March 2 to classrooms for special read alouds as well as surprise visits!

We will also have our special week dress-up days. Many thanks to Ms. Blum for coming up with the following ideas:

Monday, Feb 26: Green Eggs and Ham: WEAR GREEN
Tuesday: Feb 27: Fox in Socks: WEAR CRAZY SOCKS
Wednesday: Feb 28: Wacky Wednesday: CRAZY HAIR DAY
Thursday: March 1: One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish: SHOW OUR COLORS: WEAR YOUR CLASS SHIRT!
Friday: March 2nd: READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY: Wear your PJS!

Finally, author Audrey Vernick will be visiting Prek through 4th grade classes. Ms. Vernick has written many interesting fiction books in which she uses humor to discuss the challenges children face. Her nonfiction books are equally interesting as she writes about successes in sports. Please click on link to learn more about Ms. Vernick. During her visit, Ms. Vernick will discuss the writing process with suggestions to help students as they pursue their own writing projects.

AND….THANK YOU TO MRS MOORE & MRS. BLUM for organizing our READ ACROSS AMERICA WEEK. AND….THANK YOU TO OUR WONDERFUL PTA who helped fund the author visit!

NES Teacher of the Year Nominees

Monmouth County Teacher of the Year
Upper Freehold Regional School District
The Selection Process

Candidates for the Upper Freehold Regional School District’s Teacher of the Year Recognition Award Program will be identified from among teachers nominated according to the process noted below. Nominations may be submitted to the appropriate administrators from Tuesday, February 6th, to Thursday, February 22nd. One recipient will be identified at each school to receive this award. The nomination process is as follows:

1. Candidates may be nominated in one of the following ways:
Self Nomination
Nomination by a colleague
Nomination by a parent, student, or community member
2. Letters of nomination should be sent to the appropriate building administrator.
Pre K-4 Ms. Kelly Huggins
Gr. 5-8 Mr. Brian Myslinski
AHS Ms. Connie Embley
Notification and Selection
Teachers will be notified that they have been nominated on Friday, February 23rd.
Meeting with building T.O.Y. Selection Committee, Monday, February 26th
Nominees will be invited to complete a Professional Summary Sheet and each candidate will be invited to have a conversation with their School Selection Committee.
Each candidate may bring any materials to the Selection Committee Meeting that would help the committee better understand the work of the candidate as it relates to how the candidate has:
Connected people to create community
Contributed to promoting a curriculum with coherence
Contributed to establishing a climate for learning
Contributed to the development of character

C. The selected representative for each school will be announced on Wednesday, February 28th.


(Please check one:)




___ DISTRICT “at large”

I would like to nominate: __________________________________________________________for recognition as the Upper Freehold Regional School District’s 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year. To support this nomination, I offer the following evidence of his/her contribution to our school district.
All completed nomination forms must be submitted to the appropriate Administrator,by Thursday, February 22nd at 4:00PM. Thank you.

Contributions to creating a sense of community:

Contributions to promote a climate for learning:

Contributions to modeling a commitment to character:

Signature of Person making the Nomination (Optional)

NES Celebrates National Science & Tech Week…

Students of NES will participate in various activities to celebrate National Science & Technology Week during the week of December 4th. These activities include STEAM related projects, Science related projects pertaining to units of study and our 3rd and 4th grade students will be participating in the National Hour of Code.

NES Celebrates Governor Newell’s 200th Birthday

Governor Newell’s 200th Birthday Celebration
December 2017

On Tuesday, December 5th, the staff and students of Newell Elementary School will be recognizing Governor Newell’s 200th Birthday Celebration. William A. Newell was born on September 5, 1817. It was difficult for us to hold this celebration on September 5th because our students had not yet returned from summer break. We thought it was fitting to hold this celebration the last month of the calendar year, on the same date that he was born.

Newell Elementary School will be holding various class activities and discussions throughout the day on Tuesday, December 5th. These activities will include a special morning announcement given by one of our 3rd grade students who wrote a paper on Governor Newell’s life and his accomplishments. We will also be singing a school-wide Happy Birthday song, honoring Governor Newell and his accomplishments. Decorative Happy Birthday balloons will be displayed in and outside of the school to mark the celebration. Classroom teachers will share and highlight some of Governor Newell’s important facts and accomplishments during his life. These facts and accomplishments include:

William A. Newell Facts
~Newell Elementary School is named after Governor William A. Newell.

~William A. Newell resided in Allentown New Jersey in 1819
when he was 2 years old. After residing in other locations in New Jersey, William A. Newell moved back to Allentown in his adulthood and resided on the corner of Main Street and High Street.

~William A. Newell attended Rutgers College and University
Of Pennsylvania for medical school.
~William A. Newell has a memorial section located in the Allentown
Presbyterian Church Cemetery

William A. Newell Accomplishments
~William A. Newell was elected to Congress in 1847

~William A. Newell created the Newell Act. This act designated a
series of lighthouse stations between Sandy Hook and Little
Egg Harbor. These stations were equipped with a cannon
that would shoot a rope to ships to help rescue shipwreck

~William A. Newell was elected Governor of New Jersey in 1857

~In 1860 Abraham Lincoln appointed Governor Newell to the
Life-Saving Service of New Jersey, which later was termed, The
U.S. Life-Saving Service of New Jersey and became part of the
U.S. Coast Guard in 1915

~In 1880 William A. Newell was appointed as Governor of
Washington Territory

~In 1882 William A. Newell returned to Allentown, New Jersey
where he continued his medical practice

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 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 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.

Kelly Huggins

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…


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…


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.

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.

Kelly Huggins, Principal
Tara Silva, Vice Principal