Sussex Avenue News That You Can Use

Principal's Corner

Principal's Message

What a great week of building community! For the last 12 days, all classrooms dedicated their time to building a community of learners. Students engaged in excellent lessons centered on perseverance, valuing the differences in all people, and ways to fill other people's bucket. A healthy classroom is one that fosters an understanding and acceptance of our differences in life and learning, celebrates them, and challenges students to take educational risks. Sussex Avenue School is a healthy community indeed. What an amazing example of the #MSDAdvantage!

Week of September 23rd- September 27th

  • September 23rd is an A day.
  • September 23rd- i-Ready Diagnostic window opens
  • September 24th - Back to School Night @ 6:30 beginning in the gymnasium.
  • September 27th - Spirit Day

Looking Ahead:

  • September 30th- Rosh Hashanah- School is Closed
  • September 30- October 4th- Week of Respect
  • October 4th - School Store
  • October 7th- Whole School Assembly The Ned Show- Mindset Mission
  • October 7th- Clubs begin- Running Club begins October 3rd.
  • October 8th- Picture Day
  • October 9th- Yom Kippur- School is Closed
  • October 17th- Family Fun Night
  • October 25th- Spirit Day

Upcoming Week of Respect

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Guided Math in Action

Students in Ms. Lubrano and Ms. Byrne's class were engaged in their guided math stations. They utilized place value manipulatives to help them understand how numbers are constructed and the value of each digit. They then wrote numbers in both standard and in expanded form.

The students were excited, eager, and having FUN with math!

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Team Building in Ms. Johnson and Ms. Caruso's Class

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The Ned Show is Coming to Sussex!

On October 7th, The Ned Show will be visiting Sussex! NED which stands for Never give up, Encourage Others, and Do your best leads students through a journey to find their positive mindset. The show is filled with storytelling, humor, illusions and amazing yo-yo tricks where our kids learn the hidden message in NED's name.

We are receiving this assembly at no-cost ($1,800 value) because another school paid-it-forward to us. In turn we will pay-it-forward to have another school receive this assembly at no-cost by agreeing to advertise and conduct a sale of NED-messaged yo-yo's. NED-messaged yo-yo's will be available for purchase for 10 days following the assembly. A flyer will be coming home. THERE IS NO OBLIGATION TO PURCHASE, however, if you are interested in purchasing, please make checks payable to our school. A flyer will be coming home within the next two weeks with more information.

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

The Home and School Association (HSA), as indicated above, provides many programs and opportunities to our students. Each week the HSA sends out a weekly e-blast advertising upcoming HSA sponsored events. If you would like to join the HSA E-Blast, please send an email to or text CLASSOF29 to 22828.

For this week's e-blast click here.

Quote of the Week

This week's quote was "If you can't make a mistake, you can't make anything." - Marva Collins

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.

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Meet Ms. Marvez 3rd Grade Bilingual

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What do you love about working at Sussex?

Greeting students in the morning as they come in the door, Spirit Day, and working with the dedicated and professional staff at Sussex Avenue School.

What are some of your hobbies/passions?

I enjoy meditating, spending time with my pets, and traveling.

Favorite life quotes.

“Who is wise? He that learns from every one.” – Benjamin Franklin

Role Models: Serena Williams

Meet Mr. Mullen- Physical Education

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What do you love about working at Sussex?

Our kids are so much fun!

What are some of your hobbies/passions?


Favorite life quotes.

The Man at the top of the Mountain did not fall there.

Role Models: My Father, Mothers, and Brothers.

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Nurse's Corner

Healthy Sleep Habits and Your Kids

Summer is over and early mornings are back. Are your children having a rough time getting out of bed? Are you having a tough time getting them into bed at night? Children need more sleep than adults because of their rapid development. Most parents know this, but may not know just how many hours of sleep are required and the negative result of being sleep deprived.

So how much sleep do your children need? According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) (2016) recommendations, school-aged children (6-13 years) should be getting 9-12 hours of sleep per day on a regular basis. Better sleep habits can improve attention, behavior, learning and memory. Sleep deprivation can lead to the opposite, and can also result in more injuries, obesity and even depression.

How can sleep habits be improved in your home? For starters, turn off those screens! The AAP suggests all screens (televisions, computers/tablets, phones) be turned off at least 60 minutes before bedtime. Better yet, take them out of your children’s room completely. Develop a consistent, “wind down” routine instead, to ease into better sleep.

The AAP makes additional recommendations for healthy sleep habits. These include making sleep a priority for the whole family by being a role model. Plenty of physical activity during the day promotes better rest as does controlling the temperature in your home as you are able (hot temperatures can make for poor sleep). Avoid over-scheduling your children with evening activities so they have some downtime before bed and after homework.

If you have concerns about your child not sleeping, talk with your pediatrician. Your child’s teacher can tell you if they don’t seem awake and alert in school. Most sleep issues are easily treated but it’s important to rule out any underlying medical condition like sleep apnea. Let’s get these children (and ourselves) to sleep!


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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