April @ Springfield

We are Springfield. That means something.

Spotlight on April

Things are really hopping here at Springfield Elementary this month. Check out what's happening and be sure to mark your calendars for the events detailed in our April newsletter!
Big picture

April Dates to Remember

  • April 3 - Autism Awareness Day
  • April 3 - H&S Association Meeting
  • April 7 - School Closed for Good Friday
  • April 10 - April 14 - School Closed for Spring Break
  • April 19 - Minding Your Mind Assemblies (K-5)
  • April 21 - 5th & 6th Grade Spring Dance
  • April 22 - Earth Day 2023
  • April 25 - Board of Education Meeting
  • April 26 - Spelling Bee (3rd - 6th grades)
  • April 27 - Take Your Child to Work Day
  • April 28 - Planetarium Assembly

Earth Day 2023

Earth Day 2023 is officially Saturday, April 22nd, with this year's theme being "Invest in Our Planet." The theme is focused on engaging governments, institutions, businesses, and the more than 1 billion citizens who participate annually in Earth Day to do their part – everyone accounted for, everyone accountable.

To recognize and support Earth Day, each class will be engaging in an Earth Day activity that students can participate in as a way of coming together in partnership for the planet. This might be a project related to promoting recycling or composting, an outdoor project to help clean up around the school, or even something related to reducing our use of electricity (a "no tech" day, for example). Our Fun Friday theme on April 21st will be "Earth Day Friday!" with students encouraged to dress according to their Earth Day project (for example, their class might be planning an outdoor project so the students may want to dress in clothing suitable for getting in the dirt) or wear Earth tones.

Big picture

April Fun Friday Themes

· Thursday, April 6 - Throwback Thursday (rumor has it that the styles from 80's and 90's are the best, but any decade is fun to represent on this day!)

· Friday, April 21 - Earth Day Friday! (your child's teacher will share a theme based on their Earth Day activity or students can wear Earth tones)

· Friday, April 28 - School Spirit Day

Take Our Children to Work Day 2023

This year, Take Our Children to Work Day will take place on Thursday, April 27, 2023. Our school district supports this wonderful learning opportunity for students, as it helps show them the value of their education in an interactive environment. It also provides a unique bonding experience with a parent or guardian while helping students discover the power and possibilities associated with a balanced work and family life.

If your child is planning on participating by attending a place of employment with a parent, guardian or other family member, please complete and return the form on the attached document (hard copies will be sent home) to the school office by no later than Wednesday, April 26, 2023. Immediately following Take Our Children to Work Day, students must bring a signed confirmation (see attached) from the place of employment they attended stating that they participated in a program or attended the work facility on April 27, 2023. The confirmation must list place of employment with signatures from the parent / guardian / family member and a supervisor or other head authority of the employer; without this confirmation the student’s absence will be considered unexcused for the day.

Student Dress Code

With the warmer days finally closer, please keep in mind that all students are expected to follow our dress code. In particular, please note the following regarding tops and footwear:

  • Half shirts, tube tops, open arm holes, "spaghetti straps" or bare-shouldered tops are not permitted, nor are articles of clothing intended to be worn as undergarments (such as pajamas, etc.). Tank tops are permissible; however, arm hole openings must not be excessively loose (in excess of one inch from the underarm).
  • Beach/shower (flip-flops) type of footwear and non-strapped sandals (sandals lacking a strap across the back of the heel)are prohibited due to safety concerns on the playground equipment and stairs.

State Assessment Schedule

The New Jersey Student Learning Assessment (NJSLA) is the state mandated proficiency test for all 3rd - 6th grade students. The assessment includes test items for English Language Arts and mathematics, plus a section on Science for students in 5th grade. This year's NJSLA will be administered on the dates listed below:

  • All NJSLA testing for ELA and math in grades 3 - 6 will be the week of May 8th - 12th and make-up testing will take place the following week.
  • 5th grade students will be administered the NJSLA for Science on May 16th & 17th.

2023-2024 School Calendar

The Board of Education approved 2023-24 school calendar is attached for your review, and can also be accessed on our district website by clicking here.
Big picture

Student Birthday Celebrations

Looking to surprise your child with a birthday treat during the school day? If so, please review and follow the guidelines below:

  • Birthday treats can be purchased directly from our cafeteria using the order form attached to this newsletter. To ensure the cafeteria has ample supply of the treats you'd like to order, we ask that the form is submitted at least two weeks prior to when you'd like the treats to be given out.
  • You may send in treats for your child; however, ONLY prepackaged and sealed products are permitted. Due to a number of food allergies throughout the student population, we can only allow prepackaged and sealed products so that the ingredients list can be reviewed by our school nurse prior to any treats being given out. DO NOT send in any homemade items or loose items such as doughnuts or soft pretzels.
  • Whether purchased from the cafeteria or sent in as a prepackaged & sealed product, all birthday treats will be given out during the student lunch periods.

Extended Day Care Program

Before & After School Care

If you're in need of before and/or after school care, we've got you covered. Our Extended Day Program is run by school staff and is available each morning from 7:00 - 8:30 and each afternoon from 3:20 - 6:00. The program is available five days per week, and drop-in supervision is offered for those unexpected situations. Register online by clicking here or download the registration forms from our website by clicking here or directly from the attachment below.

Summer Learning Programs

We are pleased to announce that for the summer 2023 we will be offering a variety of engaging programs for Springfield students. Descriptions for each of the programs, including dates and hours as well as important information regarding grade level eligibility, are provided below. Thanks to funding secured through the American Rescue Plan, all of the programs listed are being offered free of charge!

  • Summer Learning Academy: The Summer Learning Academy will be open to all Springfield students who are currently in Kindergarten through 5th grade (students who will be 1st – 6th graders in September). The Summer Learning Academy will be offered free of charge, staffed by Springfield Elementary School teachers, and will run for eight days starting on July 5th and concluding on July 14th . The program will run from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM (transportation will not be provided) with a focus on strengthening skills and building preparedness in English Language Arts and mathematics.

  • Summer STEAM Camp: The Summer STEAM Camp will be open to all Springfield students who are currently in Kindergarten through 5th grade (students who will be 1st – 6th graders in September). The Summer STEAM Camp will be offered free of charge, staffed by Springfield Elementary School teachers with supplemental activities provided by outside professionals, and will run for five days starting on July 17th and ending on July 21st. The program will run from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM (transportation will not be provided) and will provide students with a variety of fun and engaging activities in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Music.

  • Summer Jump Start: The Summer Jump Start program will be open to all Springfield students who are currently in our Preschool program, Kindergarten, or 1st grade (students who will be in the preschool 4- year-old program, Kindergarten, or 1st grade in September). The Summer Jump Start program will be offered free of charge, staffed by Springfield Elementary School teachers, and will three days starting on August 22nd and ending on August 24th. The program will run from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM (transportation will not be provided) and will focus on introducing students to the daily routines, grade level expectations, and start-of-the year skills & concepts for the grade they will be entering in September 2023. Registration forms are due to the main office by June 9, 2023. In order to process all information in a timely manner and ensure proper staffing for our summer learning programs, late registrations will not be accepted.

Home & School Association

Check Out the HSA's Upcoming Events

April H&S Association Meeting

Monday, April 3rd, 7pm

2146 Jacksonville Jobstown Road

Springfield, NJ

Join the Home & School Association for their April meeting at 7PM in our school cafeteria.
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture

April Lunch Menu

Big picture
Check out what's cooking in the cafeteria this month!

  • Student Lunch - $3.25
  • Student Breakfast - $2.00
  • Snacks & Ice Cream available ala carte!

Daily alternate entrees are peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, hot dogs, and salad platters.

Student Drop-Off Reminder

For those families dropping off students in the morning, please be reminded that the drop-off window is 8:30 - 8:45 AM. If it is past 8:45, you must park and escort your child to the Main Office (for everyone's safety, students should not be let out of vehicles at the end of the bus loop).