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Principal's Corner

Information on the Flu and the Coronavirus

I write to you to provide an update on what we are doing at Sussex/MSD to keep our students and staff healthy. In addition to our regular disinfecting practices:

  • Buildings and Grounds have begun utilizing an FDA approved disinfectant that is sprayed in the evening on all surfaces that kills all types of germs/viruses.

  • Teachers have conducted lessons on proper hand washing techniques as well as providing additional opportunities to wash their hands frequently.

  • We have additional hand sanitizing stations set up in the cafeteria.

  • We continue to ask students to refrain from sharing food and drinks. (No eating from the same plate, drinking from the same cup, sharing from the same packet/bag of food, etc.) This is a practice we should utilize regularly with the increasing amount of food allergies as well.

What are some things families can do:

  • Keep children home when they are sick, especially if they present with fever (above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, or 37.7 C). Children should be fever-free (without fever-reducing medication) for at least 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Stay home when you yourself are sick.

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your bent elbow or use a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands. Do not cough or sneeze into your hands.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

  • The CDC also recommends getting a flu shot, stating that “it’s not too late to be protected” from the influenza virus, which also causes respiratory illness.

  • Please check your child before school each morning for signs of respiratory illness, especially fever, persistent cough, or shortness of breath.​​​​​

Week of March 9th - March 13th

  • March 9th is a F day.
  • March 10th- Presentation at TJ on Technology (See Below)
  • March 13th- School Store

Looking Ahead:

  • March 16th- March 23rd ACCESS Testing for Bilingual Students
  • March 19th Author Visit
  • March 24th- Bayer to Visit the 4th Grade
  • March 26th- Spring Pictures
  • March 27th- Spirit Day
  • April 1st- 3rd Grade Final Share
  • April 2nd- Science/Art Fair- See below
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Quote of the Week

This week's quote was "Don't let your dreams just be dreams." Zain Elkady and Jakub Skripak in Mrs. Gutierrez's class.

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.

Introducing the Morris School District Special Education Parent Advisory Group (SEPAG)

We are pleased to announce that the Morris School District Special Education Parent Advisory Group (SEPAG) is a newly re-established parent-led group that seeks to encourage honest and effective communication, collaboration, understanding and mutual respect in a supportive partnership, inclusive of all students, parents, educators, and the community at large. Our mission is to foster collaboration between students, parents, community members, administration, staff, and the Board of Education, for the purpose of improving the quality of district-wide special education policies, programs and practices. Please click the links below for more information.


Estamos muy complacidos de anunciar que El Grupo Asesor de Padres de Educación Especial del Distrito Escolar de Morris (por sus siglas en inglés SEPAG) es un grupo nuevamente restablecido dirigido por padres que busca animar una comunicación honesta y efectiva, colaboración, entendimiento y respeto mutuo en una alianza de apoyo inclusiva, que incluya a todos los estudiantes, padres, educadores y a la comunidad en general.


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Information from the Center of Disease Control (CDC)

Do your part to stop the spread of flu at child care facilities and schools

The More You Know

In the late 1980s on Saturday morning, public service announcement commercials were broadcasted on NBC called "The More You Know." The session and published article from our very own Director of Technology, Erica Hartman below are very similar.

If your child has a cell phone or you are considering placing one in their hands this session is for you! Please consider attending. The images below are images and do not contain an active link to RSVP.

I encourage all families to attend and bring your child. If you are interested in attending, please click here to RSVP.

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Volunteers are Needed for the Science Fair

Please consider volunteering to help set-up for the Science Fair or assist during the event, or better yet, BOTH

Please click the link to sign up to volunteer! Thank you.

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

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


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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