From Mrs. Gadaleta

  • The Genesis Parent Portal closes tomorrow, March 29, at 3:00pm. Please use this opportunity to view your child's report card. The Genesis Parent Portal can also be accessed through the Essex Fells School App.

  • The One School, One Book program has been a great success. We are so pleased with the response to this initiative and the conversations that reading Wishtree provided.

  • We are looking forward to our visit from famed author David Adler on Thursday, April 4. Please see below for more details.

PTA Press

Fundraiser Donations

Thank you to all our EF families that have donated to this year’s fundraiser! Thanks to your generosity we have some amazing auction items this year! We greatly appreciate it.

Fundraiser Tickets

See you Friday night!!!! Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets ahead of time. Don’t worry if you didn’t purchase your tickets yet. You can buy them at the door.

School Supplies:

School supply kits for the 2019-2020 school year are now available! Deadline is April 17, 2019.

Here’s how to order:

  • Visit: www.shopTTkits.com.
  • Enter code 67226.
  • Select the kit(s) your child(ren) will need for the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Add to cart and place order.
  • All orders must be shipped to the school.

Please see the attached flyer former information. Contact Lauri Wactlar at lwactlar@comcast.net if you have any questions. School Supply Kits

Egg Hunt

The Egg hunt will be held on Friday, April 12th at 2pm. The hunt is for Pre-K through 1st grade students and all Essex Fells children of this age or younger. Please see the attached flyer for more information. Egg Hunt

Foundation News

Last week, Mrs. Reynolds' Book Club wrapped up their reading of and journaling about The Homework Machine, celebrating with a wrap party, which included homemade treats and slime! We hope the kids from the Upper Building enjoyed this fun weekly club sponsored by the Foundation.

Reminder: The last of the winter classes ended this week. We'd love your feedback: efsenrichment@gmail.com. Also, be sure to sign up for Spring classes by the April 10th deadline.

Lastly, we hope the cast & crew enjoyed the ice cream party hosted by the Foundation, which was held this week to celebrate their outstanding hard work and talent.

Board Bits

  • The Workshop Meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, at 7:30pm, in the Superintendent's Office. Formal action will be taken. The Regular Meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at 7:30pm, in the Media Center.

  • 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.

The 6th Grade Art Club has concluded for the 2018-2019 school year.

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.

The Upper Building Book Club has concluded for the 2018-2019 school year.

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

Author Visit

David A. Adler, Author of the Cam Jansen series and the Picture Book Biography series, will be visiting Essex Fells School on April 4th. Mr. Adler has written over 250 books and was awarded the 2016 Theodor Seuss Geisel award for his book Don’t Throw it to Mo. If you have a book you would like signed by the author on April 4th, please send it to Mrs. Trafford by Monday, April 1st. For more information on David A. Adler, please visit http://www.davidaadler.com/index.htm. Please contact Mrs. Trafford at ktrafford@efsk-6.org with any questions.


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) or check your email 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


WE Varsity Field Hockey

Essex Fells Men's Softball

WE Spring Soccer

YMCA Summer Camps


EFRD Summer Program

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.