Sussex Avenue News That You Can Use

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Dear Families,

As we are set to begin our Spring Break, below is a list of suggested activities that you and your child may be interested in exploring, however, it is not mandatory.

To all of the families that celebrate, I'd like to wish you joy and many blessings at Passover and Easter and throughout the year!

Virtual Learning will begin again on April 14th. Have a wonderful, relaxing Spring Break. It is my hope that the weather will cooperate and we can enjoy some time outdoors. Please stay safe and well.

With Great Appreciation,

Lorri Vaccaro


Spring Break Resources

Spring Break 2020

List of Available Resources

Goal: Share resources to complement our instructional programs.

English Language Arts:


  • National Emergency Library- A collection of books that supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities and schools are closed.

  • Unite for Literacy -Free resource with digital access to picture books written in English and Spanish perfect for young readers. You can also choose narration in over 40 languages!

  • Story Online -An award-winning literacy website featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books.

  • Teachers | Books | Readers -Read alouds and more on this blog site created by thirty-one educators.

  • Spanish Stories -Familiar stories translated into Spanish with audio and video options.

  • Read, Wonder, & Learn! -An amazing compilation of read alouds and resources on Kate Messner's blog.

  • Operation Storytime -More read alouds by authors, illustrators, educators, and celebrities.

  • Sports Illustrated Kids -If you have student athletes at home, they may enjoy the articles featuring favorite sports and athletes (great for kids ages eight+).

  • Find a quiet, comfortable place inside or outside. Read a book with your child then talk about the connections you make to your lives.

    • Questions to Consider: What do I think about this book? Do I like it? Why or why not? How does this relate to my life? What about this book is confusing or not clear? What did I learn? Would I read another book by this author? Would I read another book like this again? What is next on my list to read?


  • Author and illustrator, Jarrett Lerner, is creating content daily with these downloadable writing and drawing activities that are sure to engage kids with opportunities for creative thinking. I'd love to see what your kids come up with!

  • Many authors, illustrators, and artists have come together to create content on this YouTube channel.

  • Keep a journal. Write about your thoughts, reflections, feelings, or adventures. You may write about the past, present, or future. Where have you been? Where are you now? Where do you want to go next?

  • Maintain lists. To Do List. To See List. To Read List. To Watch List. Goals to Meet List. Dreams to Live List.


  • Ted Talks by brilliant teens and kids.

  • Virtual tours of museums around the world.

  • Stream encores of past performances from the Met

  • Wonderopolis -What do you wonder about? What do you want to know more about? Explore this site to think about, learn, and share all those wonderings.

  • Imagineering in a Box -Disney has partnered with Khan Academy to bring kids into a world of dreaming, designing, building, and creating.

  • Pixar in a Box -In another Disney-sponsored collaboration between Pixar and Khan Academy, your kids can see how math, science, computer science, and humanities come together in popular animated films.

High School Resources



  • 1. Egg Hunt – Fill plastic eggs with math problems and spread them throughout the house or the yard. Your child can hunt for the eggs and must solve the problem inside each egg in order to keep them!

  • 2. Jelly Bean Graphing – Jellybeans are a popular spring break treat. Have your child sort and graph the different colors in a bag of jellybeans. Then, ask your child questions about his/her completed graph.

  • 3. Coloring Eggs – While your family is coloring eggs, work to color only a fraction of each egg a chosen color. (example – Can you make 1/3 of the egg blue? Can you color ½ of this egg red?) After you are done coloring, write math problems to represent the eggs you have dyed. (example – 4 blue eggs + 8 red eggs = 12 eggs; 3 colored eggs + 5 plain eggs = 8 eggs)

  • 4. Hiking – While hiking/walking, look for shapes or patterns. Math is everywhere!

  • 5. Flashcard Toss – Spread flashcards out in the yard. Have your children race to collect the cards and answer the problems!

  • 6. Board/Card Games – Games are a great way to reinforce math skills. Take some time out to play Chutes and Ladders, Monopoly, Yahtzee, or other board games that your family enjoys!

  • 7. Spring Treats – Have your child read a recipe and help them measure out the ingredients. Have a picnic and enjoy your creation outside!


Boston Children’s Museum -



Mindful Moments/ Brain Breaks

  • Yoga4Classrooms: This YouTube channel offers mindful brain breaks for children using cards/activities that we also utilize in school.

  • GoNoodle: This YouTube channel offers funny videos to get kids laughing and moving.

  • ArtForKidsHub: This YouTube channel offers tons of how-to drawing videos for kids with kid friendly directions.

Supplemental Academic Activities

Math Games

  • Pig Dice Game

  • Tic Tac Toe Math

  • Lego Math Task Cards

  • Make Ten Card Game

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Sussex Virtual Spirit Week

SX All In this Together

Week of April 13th-April 17th

This schedule is to help keep students organized on which Specials activities to complete. However, students will be able to access Specials activities throughout the week. The letter day will be shared by your child's homeroom teacher each day.

Parents please remind your child to make sure they are completing the activities in the Special Area classrooms as well each week. Your special area teachers are also working very hard to provide your child with content from these specialized areas as well. We appreciate your assistance.

Tuesday, April 14th is an F day.

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If you are in need of assistance outside of school hours

If you need immediate assistance:

2nd Floor Helpline: Call or text 888-222-2228

National Suicide Prevention Helpline: Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

24/7 to be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center

Performcare- Mobile Response Services: 1-877-652-7624

Crisis Hotline Serving Morris County: 888-247-1400

Of course, if this is an emergency call 9-1-1.