From Mrs. Gadaleta

  • Please join us for the Spirit Meeting on Friday, March 1, at 8:45am, in the gym. We encourage everyone to wear orange and black.

  • The Lion King, Jr., sponsored by the Essex Fells Foundation for Educational Excellence, will be performed on Friday and Saturday, March 8 & 9. We're looking forward to an exciting show. Please see more information below.

  • We are very excited to introduce One School, One Book to EFS. One School, One Book is a program designed to create a singular reading experience within a school community. We will ALL be reading the SAME BOOK at the SAME TIME. How exciting! We have chosen Wishtree by Katherine Applegate. On Monday, each family and staff member will receive a copy of Wishtree as a gift from the Essex Fells School along with a reading schedule. The books will be sent home in an envelope with the youngest child in the family. Each night, parents are asked to read the scheduled chapters to their children. This program is designed to be a read-aloud for all readers. We ask families to discuss the reflection questions about the story which will be posted nightly via our alert system. In school, teachers will be extending the learning by making connections from the book with the students. We are looking forward to sharing this experience as a collective school community. Enjoy!

PTA Press

No Fuss Lunch

Friday is March 1st. Please make sure to place your March lunch orders.

Fundraiser Tickets Available on MobileArq

We invite you to attend this year’s ‘Rooftop” Spring Fundraiser. The event will be held on Friday, March 29th from 6:30 pm-11:00 pm at the Essex Fells Country Club. This fun night will include delicious food, great music, open bar and an array of silent and live auction items for you to bid on. Please remember to bring your good spirits and your check books (or credit cards)! Proceeds from the event will go towards the purchase and installation of SMART Boards in the classroom. Visit MobileArq to purchase tickets.

Click here to see the invitation and to learn more: https://www.efspta.org

Auction Donations

We have received some exciting auction items already and there is still time to help!

We will be accepting auction donations until March13th!

If you would like to make a donation or have a donation from a business, please contact Margaret Nowak at margnowak23@gmail.com.

Thank you for all your help!

PTA Meeting

Please join us for our next PTA meeting Wednesday, March 6th at 8:45 am in the media room.

Foundation News

A party will be held for the Lion King, Jr. cast on March 13th at 3:05, to celebrate all of the hard work of the kids participating in this year's school play. Parents should pick up their children at 3:30 PM.

The Nominating Committee of the Foundation is seeking two new Trustees for next year's academic year. If you are interested in the learning about the roles and responsibilities of a Foundation Trustee and would like to get involved, please email or call Kathy Critchley at critchley@earthlink.net.

Board Bits

  • The Essex Fells Board of Education Workshop Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 6, 2019, has been cancelled. The Regular Meeting has been rescheduled from Wednesday, March, 20, 2019, to Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 7:30pm in the Media Center of the Essex Fells School. Formal Action will be taken.

  • For any Essex Fells Families who have recently moved within town, please update all information in the school office by providing three (3) proofs of residency: a deed, lease or tax bill; a photo ID; and a utility bill, all with your name and Essex Fells address. In addition, a signed residency/domicile status form, provided by the school, is required.

Upcoming Events

Clubs and Activities

Please check out all the clubs and activities available to our students and generously sponsored by the Essex Fells Foundation for Educational Excellence:

Art Club

Art Club is a 10 week club that runs Wednesday mornings from 7:30am to 8:30am. This club is offered to 6th grade students only. The 6th graders participate in making murals and sculptures for the school as well as designing their own ceiling tile to be put up in the school for everyone to enjoy.

Keyboarding Club

The Keyboarding Club is open to all students in grades K-3 during lunchtime in the tech room. Days of the club vary and Mrs. Castellano notifies the students on the days the club is running. Students practice proper keyboarding techniques in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. This is a great alternative for students who do not want to play outside while developing their typing skills. Please note that the maximum number of students on any given day is 18. Attendance is on a first come first served basis.

Stock Market Club

The Stock Market Club is open to fifth & sixth grade students. The students are participating in the TD Stock Market Game and are maintaining portfolios that each started with $100,000. The club kicked off with TD representatives explaining to the students the fundamentals of investing. We meet at lunchtime to buy and sell stocks while discussing trends in the news that impact the market. The culmination of the club will be a prize to the student who is able to make the greatest profit from their investment.

Yearbook Club

The Yearbook Club is open to 6th graders only. Participants meet once or twice a month at lunchtime to design the 2018-2019 school yearbook. Dates are decided upon by Mrs. Christopher and the 6th grade participants each month.

Second and Third Grade Book Club

After signing up with Mrs. MacKenzie, students meet during lunch period on Thursday or Friday. They enjoy their lunch, read a good book, and discuss big ideas! Students may simply listen to the story or participate in reading out loud with copies of the book provided by the Foundation. All children have personalized notebooks that they use to respond to questions in either written or drawing form. Students are welcome to share their responses if they choose. Students in Mrs. MacKenzie's book club are currently reading Ramona Quimby, Age 8. #WeLoveReading!

Postal Club

Postal Club is open to third grade students and is held Wednesday mornings at 8:00am in room 110. The postal club participates in writing letters, creating posters, and delivering the school mail to the classrooms.

Study Hall

Study Hall is a club that is open throughout the entire school year and runs from Monday- Thursday. It is open to students in grades 4-6 during lunch/recess or just recess. This club allows children to study for tests, work on homework, and long term assignments.

Stories with Holes

Stories with Holes is a winter club for students in grades 4-6 that runs one time a week from January through March. This lunchtime club inspires imagination, increases cognitive functioning, and develops listening skills as students think in creative ways to find the answers to the riddle-like challenges in the stories.

School Store

School Store is a club run by sixth grade students periodically throughout the year during the lunch periods. Fellow students may make purchases of items ranging in price from 10 cents to $3.00.

Upper Building Book Club

Students in the fourth through sixth grade meet with Mrs. Reynolds Fridays during the first lunch. She gathers signatures for up to twenty students who are eager to spend their time reading and responding to a novel. Journals are used to draw and write on topics related to the book. Students lounge in the back of the media center, eat lunch, and soak up the pleasures gained from reading a great book.

Newspaper Club

The Newspaper Club will be meeting every Monday at 8:OOam in Room 109 with Mrs. Brzostowski. This club is open to 4th-6th graders. Students will be able to shed light upon newsworthy topics and flex their creative and informative writing skills.

School Information & Community Outreach


Thank you to all the families who participated in The Kids Heart Challenge. The American Heart Association is very pleased with our results online of $10,681. Our final tally will be announced at the April Spirit Meeting. Congratulations for attaining our online goal!


Band, Orchestra, and Chorus ensemble rehearsals are held at 8:00am in the Music Room on the following days:

* Tuesdays - Band

* Thursdays - Orchestra

* Fridays - Chorus

Students in Grades 4-6 are required to rehearse their Spring Concert songs during their morning rehearsals. This is a great time to play as an ensemble and enhance their performance.

Parents: PLEASE check the school website (Mr. Trogani's page) before leaving your house in the morning as the rehearsals may be subject to change.


For the 2019-2020 school year: if your child will not be attending EFS or West Essex Junior High School (for current 6th grade students), please notify the school office in writing. See the transfer form attached. Sixth grade records will be sent to WEJHS unless we have written parental permission to send the records to another school.

Transfer Form 2019-20


Magazine donations are still welcome and can be dropped off in the main office. Thank you.


Please support the following:

Pops for Tops

Table to Table


WE Varsity Field Hockey

Essex Fells Men's Softball

WE Spring Soccer

Youth Poetry Contest

YMCA Summer Camps

Frost Valley - The 2019 Frost Valley Father Daughter Camping trip will take place Friday, May 31st - Sunday, June 2nd, and the reservation form can be found here. Please reach out to John Toth with any questions you may have.


GIRLS ON THE RUN- Looking for an additional spring activity for your Girls? (Grades 3rd-5th Girls) Please visit the website (girlsontherunnj.org) All sites/days/times can be found under the location tab. Online program registration opens Fri. 3/1. Several close sites in Essex County for girls grade 3-5 including one right at Grover Cleveland Park on Tuesdays and Fridays.