Sussex Avenue News That You Can Use

Principal's Corner

Principal's Message

It was wonderful to have the opportunity to see and chat with so many families as you came for your Parent/Teacher conference. I look forward to seeing you and your children again for our Evening Book Fair & Literacy Night on Wednesday, November 13th beginning at 6:30.

Thank you to all of the community members and their family members that have and/or are currently serving in our Armed Forces.

Have a wonderful week!

Week of November 11th - November 15th

  • November 11th is an A day.
  • November 12th- 14th Book Fair
  • November 13th- Evening Book Fair & Literacy Night @6:30-8:30

  • Looking Ahead:

    • November 22nd- Spirit Day
    • November 26th- Picture Day Make Ups
    • November 27th- 4 hr. 20 min Day Dismissal @ 1:25
    • November 28th-29th- Thanksgiving Break
    • December 3rd- 5th- Holiday Shop
    • December 17th- Grades 3/4 Choral Concert @9:30 . Grade 5 Band/Orchestra @1:30

Quote of the Week

This week's quote was This week's quote is "It's not how far you fall, but how high you bounce back that counts." Zig Zigler

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.

Ways to Help Your Child Build Their Reading Comprehension

The video below discusses ways that parents at home can assist with developing your child's reading comprehension skills. Although the video is a teacher holding a comprehension conference, these same strategies and conversations can be had at home.
Reading Comprehension: Tips and Strategies for Parents

Social Emotional Learning

SEL for Parents
SEL for Parents (in Spanish)

Community Service Projects Happening at Sussex

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Meet Mrs. Jacobus- 4th Grade

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What do you love about working at Sussex?

I love the relationships that I have established with my colleagues.

What are some of your hobbies/passions?

I love to run and be outside, spend my days at the beach, and traveling.

Favorite life quotes.

"You can't go back and change the beginning but you can start where you are and change the ending." - C.S. Lewis;

"In this life, we cannot always do great things. But we can do small things with great love." -Mother Theresa

Role Models

Mrs. Lucignani (6th grade English teacher, formerly Miss Griffith), my mom (always)

Meet Ms.Levine - Art

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What do you love about working at Sussex?

Having the opportunity to inspire and encourage creativity.

What are some of your hobbies/passions?

Art & Music

Favorite life quotes.

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” -Albert Einstein

Role Models

My Grandma

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Nurse's Corner

Let's take a moment this week to focus on our mental health and well-being. Let's give our children the power to "unplug" from today's fast-paced world and stressful schedules. One of the best ways to "unplug" is through the powerful practice of Yoga. Yoga helps children to learn to live in the moment, focus on the task at hand, and handle problems peacefully. The more children practice Yoga, the greater the benefits. They become more aware of their own bodies and how they function. The American Academy Of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends Yoga as a safe and potentially effective therapy for children coping with emotional, mental, physical, and behavioral health conditions. Additional benefits of yoga include regulated blood and hormone levels, and decreased abdominal pain in children with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Yoga has been shown to improve self-confidence, mood, stress reduction, anxiety, concentration, hyperactivity, classroom behaviors, and emotional balance. And last but definitely not least, yoga is a relatively inexpensive activity to practice! Many great resources and information about Yoga and children can be found online. Give it a try!

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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