Sussex Avenue News That You Can Use

Principal's Corner

Principal's Message

I hope everyone has enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday. Thank you for all the donations to our Thanksgiving baskets. We were able to provide a full Thanksgiving meal to two of our families and three families received pies. It was such an amazing experience to share with the families the generosity of the community.


With December comes winter weather. Please be sure to send your children in with layers. We will be going outside whenever possible.


We have many exciting things taking place this month. I am looking forward to the upcoming Choral, Band/Orchestra Concert on the 17th. Mark your calendars!

Week of December 2nd - December 5th

  • December 2nd is a B day.
  • December 3rd- 5th- Holiday Shop


Looking Ahead:


  • December 17th- Grades 3/4 Choral Concert @ 10:00 . Grade 5 Band/Orchestra @1:30
  • December 20th- Basketball Game- Staff vs. 5th Grade/Spirit Day - More information will be coming.
  • December 23rd- January 1st- Winter Break- School is Closed
  • January 9th- HSA Winter Family Fun @6:30
  • January 20th- Martin Luther King Jr. Day- School is Closed
  • January 23rd- Spirit Day
  • January 24th- School Store

Quote of the Week

This week's quote was This week's quote is "If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will look lovely." -Roald Dahl


Thank you to William Frost in Mrs. Gutierrez's class for the great quote.


Students spend time discussing this quote throughout the week. They discuss what they believe it means, why they believe the person said it. Finally they reflect on these questions and determine how they can apply it to their lives.

Quest Tackles a Challenge

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Meet Ms. Nicol- Grade 4

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What do you love about working at Sussex?

Working with such an amazing and talented staff to educate great kids!

What are some of your hobbies/passions?

Reading, Pilates, Traveling

Favorite life quotes.

Be who you needed when you were younger.

Role Models

My grandmother (appropriately named Grace), Barack and Michelle Obama

Meet Ms. Gillespie- 3rd Grade

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What do you love about working at Sussex?

I love being able to make a difference in the lives of my students each day!

What are some of your hobbies/passions?

skiing, scrapbooking, spending time with my family and watching the New York Mets

Favorite life quotes.

You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. ~Christopher Robin

Role Models:

My parents

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Nurse's Corner

We’re at the beginning of that time of the year when you will likely hear a child say, “I don’t feel well.” Sometimes it is an “easy-call” as to whether or not you should or should not send them to school for the day. Other times, however, making that decision can be more challenging. Do you send them, or do you not send them? How do you make the right decision? You don't want to keep them home sick if they’re not sick, but you also do not want to send a sick child to school. Some guidelines to help you make this decision a little easier when their symptoms fall in that “grey” area are as follows:


FEVER: Fever is a warning that all is not right with the body. No child with a temperature of 100.0 or more should go to school. DO NOT SEND THE CHILD TO SCHOOL UNTIL HE HAS BEEN FREE OF FEVER FOR 24 HOURS WITHOUT THE HELP OF FEVER-REDUCING MEDICINE. IF ANTIBIOTICS ARE PRESCRIBED, THE CHILD MUST COMPLETE 24 HOURS OF ANTIBIOTICS BEFORE RETURNING TO SCHOOL.


COMMON COLD: Children with heavy cold symptoms and hacking coughs should remain at home. Colds are caused by viruses and do not always present with a fever, but they can definitely make someone feel lousy. Also, frequent sneezing and coughing, even with good hygiene practices, still increases the chance that they will pass their germs to someone else in the classroom. Use your best judgment when deciding what constitutes “heavy symptoms”. A deep and constant cough, and/or severe congestion usually mean more severe symptoms and warrant a student staying at home.


SORE THROAT: A child with a sore throat but without other symptoms may attend school. Often times, sore throats come from dry air and post-nasal drips, and are not always indicative of infection. However, if a sore throat is combined with white spots that can be seen on their tonsils, and/or a fever is present, keep your child home and contact your doctor because they may have a viral or bacterial infection and possibly need antibiotics.


RASHES: Do not send a child to school if they have a rash of unknown origin, unless their doctor indicates that it is safe to do so.


VOMITING AND DIARRHEA: Keep a child home and consult your doctor if one or both of these symptoms are present, even if a child does not have a fever. Please keep in mind that the Norovirus does not always present with a fever.


TOOTHACHE: No matter the severity, please seek a dentist’s advice immediately and do not send the child to school. Toothache pain can rapidly get worse and usually indicate an infection and the possible need for antibiotics and/or pain medication.


EARACHE: No matter the severity, it is important to see the child’s doctor without delay, as earaches can rapidly get worse and often indicate an infection and the need for antibiotics and/or pain medication.


HEADACHE: If there are no other symptoms, the child usually need not stay home unless they have a history of migraines. Please encourage them to drink fluids during the school day.

Please send in all doctor’s notes to the health office. The more information we receive, the better informed we are, and the better we can care for our students.


The health office will continuously work with you by keeping your healthy child in school and calling you only when we feel it is necessary for your child to be sent home.

In addition, please remember to update your emergency phone number as changes occur. Send in new phone numbers and contact information with your child or call the main office.

Sussex Avenue Home School Association (HSA) E-Blast!

For this week's HSA e-blast click here.

Appointments

I am happy to meet with any member of the community! Should you like to discuss questions, concerns, or any matter, please contact Ms. Melissa Johnson at 973-292-2250 ext. 6550 to schedule an appointment.
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