Kindergarten Mini-Day–Tuesday, Sept. 4th 2PM NES

We are excited to welcome our new Kindergarten children and their families to NES on Tuesday, Sept. 4th at 2PM. The Mini-Day will last about an hour. Children will report to their classroom for a meet and greet with their teacher and their classmates while the parents will attend a PTA Welcome gathering in the auditorium. At the end of the Mini-Day a bus will be available for you and your child practice seat belt buckling.

Looking forward to meeting all of you!
Kelly Huggins

Mr. Sulyok Named…Outstanding Educator Phoebe Hearst Award

Dear NES Family,

I am honored to announce that Mr. Sulyok has been named NES Outstanding Educator Phoebe Hearst Award through our one and only PTA. Every year, during Staff Appreciation Week, the PTA selects one educator who is outstanding in their field and passionate about their content and, Mr. Sulyok truly models these characteristics each and every day.

Congratulations Mr. Sulyok!

NES Honors Our Staff for…Staff Appreciation Week

NES is taking the time to honor our staff this week for Staff Appreciation Week. With the help of our CARES Committee and our wonderful PTA, we have a very special week planned for our NES staff. Today, Monday, May 14th our staff were “showered” with flowers from our Garden of Gratitude. PTA is hosting a special lunch on Wednesday and some other “sweet” treats throughout the week for our staff.

I would like to thank the staff of NES for their dedication, excitement and passion they bring each day when working with the children. We are very fortunate to have such a talented, committed group of individuals working together to ensure that the children of NES have the best educational journey that an elementary school has to offer! And they do it right!!

Parents, if by chance you see your child’s teacher from this year or year’s past, please take a moment to thank them for all they do each and every day. It will mean a great deal to them. Thank you!

Enjoy Staff Appreciation Week!

Newell Elementary School Teacher of the Year…

Hello NES Family,

It is our pleasure and privilege to announce MRS. WENDY PRUSIK as NEWELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHER OF THE YEAR!

Mrs. Prusik began at Upper Freehold Regional School District in 1993 and has spent the past 25 years dedicating her career to our 1st grade elementary school students, their parents and our staff. In addition to the time she has put in to her planning, instruction and assessment, she has spent just as much time after school hosting craft clubs, cooking clubs, staff yoga classes, participating on our LA and CARES committees and most recently hosting a homework club for our English Language Learners.

Mrs. Prusik is the perfect example of going above and beyond! While speaking with us earlier this week, she shared the following statement that we felt we should all remember….”Little things can change EVERYTHING.”

Please join us in CONGRATULATING MRS. PRUSIK on being selected as Newell Elementary School Teacher of the Year!

Kelly & Tara

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