Sussex Avenue News That You Can Use

Principal's Corner

Principal's Message

Thank you to the Morris Township Fire Department for visiting our 3rd graders to discuss fire safety.

Mr. Rich Ferrone, Manager of Safety and Operations for the Morris School District presented to families on District Security. Thank you to all that were able to attend.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our Sussex Avenue families! I am grateful to be a part of such an amazing community!

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Week of November 25th - November 29th

  • November 25th is an E day.
  • November 26th- Picture Day Make Ups
  • November 27th- 4 hr. 20 min Day Dismissal @ 1:25
  • November 28th-29th- Thanksgiving Break

  • Looking Ahead:

    • December 3rd- 5th- Holiday Shop
    • December 17th- Grades 3/4 Choral Concert @10:00 . Grade 5 Band/Orchestra @1:30
    • December 22nd- 5th Grade vs. Staff Basketball Game
    • December 23rd- January 1, 2020 Winter Break- School is Closed

Quote of the Week

This week's quote was This week's quote is "If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will look lovely." -Roald Dahl

Thank you to William Frost in Mrs. Gutierrez's class for the great quote.

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. Stritmater- Grade 3

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What do you love about working at Sussex?

The kids! I love getting to watch them grow everyday and get to see former students when they visit.

What are some of your hobbies/passions?

Hiking and just being outside.

Favorite life quotes.

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” ― Fred Rogers

Role Models

My Mom

Meet Ms. Folmar- 5th Grade

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What do you love about working at Sussex?

People who are brave enough to grow and wise enough to laugh.

What are some of your hobbies/passions?

Reading, advocacy and teacher leadership.

Favorite life quotes.

“The function of freedom is to free someone else.” – Toni Morrison

Role Models:

Toni Morrison, Harriet Tubman, Beyoncé and Ruth Bader Ginsberg

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Nurse's Corner

Vision screenings were held at Sussex Avenue School this month. Vision impairments in children are common, and uncorrected vision problems can impair child development, lead to behavior problems in the classroom, and ultimately interfere with literacy and learning if uncorrected. Early detection and treatment are critical. Also, visual functioning is a strong predictor of academic performance in school-age children, and visual disorders in childhood can continue to affect their health into adulthood.

Some signs that your child may be having issues may include, but are not limited to the following:

Eyes don’t "line-up"

One eye appears crossed or looks out

Eyelids are red-rimmed, crusted or swollen

Eyes are watery or red (inflamed)

Rub their eyes a lot and/or close or cover one eye

Tilts head or thrusts head forward

Has trouble reading or doing other close-up work

Holds objects close to eyes to see

Blinks more than usual or seems cranky when doing close-up work

States things are blurry or hard to see, or that they feel dizzy, nauseous, or has a headache after looking at work close-up

Squints eyes or frowns

Please remember that your child may still have an eye issue even if he or she does not complain or show any signs.

All 4th graders will have a mandatory screening this school year per NJ state law. However any student at any age can have their vision tested if they are having issues.

Our screening machine tests for 6 potential vision issues. We will keep all parents/guardians informed if a referral to a physician is recommended.

If you have any questions/concerns about vision screening and/or your child is having eye issues, please contact the health office as soon as possible. We hope we can help you get the answers and possible care your child may need in order for them to thrive socially and academically.

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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