1/24/22 - 1/28/22

School News

Dear Essex Fells Families,

EFS will continue to utilize the current COVID-19 guidelines in place. We are researching the implementation of student testing in the Health Office if needed. Tents are ordered to support outdoor eating and learning opportunities throughout the year. Thank you for your continued support.


Dr. Michelle V. Gadaleta


As of 1/11/22, New Jersey Schools have now been directed to utilize the reduced Isolation/Quarantine Guidelines recently recommended by the CDC.

Individuals with symptoms testing positive for COVID-19 must Isolate from other people for 5 full days before returning to EFS on day 6 as long as they are fever free (100.4 or greater) for 24 hours or more without fever-reducing medication and are not exhibiting symptoms. The Isolation period is counted from the first day of symptoms or the positive test date in an asymptomatic case as day 0. If symptoms persist after day 5, continue to Isolate until fever free and other symptoms have improved. It is encouraged that you retest with an antigen test after day 5 prior to returning to school.

Individuals without symptoms who test positive for COVID-19 must Isolate from other people for 5 full days with day 0 being the day of the positive test. If no symptoms develop, Isolation can end after 5 full days before returning to EFS on day 6. If symptoms develop within one week of the positive test, the 5-day Isolation period starts over with day 0 being the first day of symptoms.

Individuals who are Exposed to a positive COVID-19 case must Quarantine for 5 full days before returning to EFS on day 6 unless they have recovered from COVID-19 within 90 days or have completed 2 weeks past all vaccination requirements including boosters for those eligible.

Upon return, these individuals must wear a tight fitting mask at ALL times and remain physically distant from others for an additional 5 days.

Please continue to inform the school of any COVID-19 exposures or positive tests so that we can assist you with return dates and procedures.

  • Twenty five COVID-19 cases have been reported to the district since our return from holiday break with students in attendance at school. The last reported case was on 1/19/22.

  • COVID-19 Vaccinations: children ages 5-11 are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine. The CDC recommends everyone ages 5 and older get a vaccine to help protect against COVID-19.

  • A student is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose.

  • If your child becomes vaccinated, please send a copy of the student vaccination cards once completed to Nurse Renz.

  • Travel Quarantine: Any unvaccinated student/staff member who has traveled outside of NJ, NY, PA, CT or DE will need to quarantine for 10 days or provide a negative COVID test on day 3, 4 or 5 to return to school with results from a physician. Domestic travel will need to be quarantined for a minimum of 3 days and International for a minimum of 5 days. Vaccinated individuals are exempt from quarantine but are encouraged to test on days 3-5 upon return.

  • The Safe Return Committee will review current procedures and make any necessary changes at the next meeting in February.


The Student Council will be hosting a candy gram sale for Valentine’s Day. Each candy gram will cost $2. Parents can buy candy grams for their child or students for their classmates. Candy grams will be given out in school on Monday, February 14, 2022. Please CUT out and COMPLETE the form below. Each candy gram will be attached to a bag of candy.

ALL FORMS are due NO LATER than Friday, February 4th.

(Candy Gram Order Form)


Author/Illustrator Lee Harper is coming to EFS on Friday, March 4th 2022.

Lee Harper is best known for his illustrations in the Turkey and Woolbur series. He has won many awards and honors and his work can be found in the permanent collection of The Mazza Museum of International Art from Picture Books. If you would like to order books for Mr. Harper to sign, please use the order form below and send into Mrs. Trafford by Friday February 4th. Any questions please email Mrs. Trafford at ktrafford@efsk-6.org

For more information on Mr. Harper please visit his website, https://leeharperart.com/.

(Order Form)


Registration for Preschool and Kindergarten 2022-2023 will open January 24th thru January 28th. Click below for more details.

(PK/K Registration)

TRANSERS FOR 2022-2023

For the 2022-2023 school year: if your child will not be attending EFS or West Essex Middle School (for current 6th grade students), please notify the main office in writing. See the transfer form attached. Sixth grade records will be sent to WEMS unless we have written parental permission to send the records to another school.

(Transfer Form 2022-2023)


All students go outside for lunch/recess daily as well as group activities. As the cold weather is upon us, please remember to send your children to school with coats, hats and gloves to keep them warm while outside.

The gym is used as a warming station for students to access as an option during cold temperatures. Thank you to the EFCC for the usage of the outdoor heaters during the winter months. Please see below Weather Guidelines for Children.

(Weather Watch for Children)


1/25/22 - PTA Family Fun Night (NO HOMEWORK!)

2/3/22 - PTA Meeting @8:45am

2/4/22 - Spirit Meeting (Wear Orange & Black)

2/18/22 - 12:45pm Early Dismissal

2/21/22 - School Closed

2/22/22 - School Closed: Staff Professional Development


Please be sure to send a reusable water bottle labeled with your child's name everyday to school. At this time, our water fountains are still not available for use due to State COVID-19 restrictions however, students are allowed to use the water filling stations to refill their water bottles as needed during the day.


Just a reminder that if your child is going to be absent from school you must call the attendance line (973-226-0505, press 1) and leave a detailed message as to the reasons for the absence. Nurse Renz must track all illness related school absences.


After school, students may not remain on school grounds unless supervised by an adult. Bicycles must remain on blacktop/sidewalks and may not be ridden on the grass.

PTA Press


Ordering for the second half of the year is now open on MobileArq. Please note there are new options for pasta Mondays, including salad and meatballs only. Please talk with your kids about your selections, so that you are sure you are ordering the right amount of food. Ordering ends Sunday, 1/23. Lunch service will begin on 1/31.


Family Fun Night is January 25th. Take a break from homework and cooking and spend quality time together as a family! Order dinner from La Famiglia in Caldwell. They will donate a portion of each bill back to the PTA for takeout, delivery or dining in. This offer is good for both lunch and dinner on 1/25 but you MUST mention Essex Fells School when placing your order! Tell us how you spent your family fun night by emailing EFSpta@gmail.com and you will be entered to win a prize.


The secretary and vp positions are open on the PTA for next school year. Please reach out to Margaret Nowak (margnowak23@gmail.com), our nominating chairperson, if you are interested or if you have any questions.


Don't forget to upload all your class holiday party photos to our yearbook site, Entourage. Click here for the upload tutorial.

Foundation News


A few important updates:

  • Given today’s delayed opening, Set Design and Handball were not held. The make-up date of March 17 will be used.
  • Set Design: The drop-off location will be in the art room.
  • Coding Jr. will not be held on Wednesday, January 26. The make-up date of March 16 will be used.
  • Coding Club will not be held on Thursday, January 27. The make-up date of March 17 will be used.


  • Parent volunteers are needed! We will need a photographer to capture rehearsal moments, as well as a creative person to assist with designing the Frozen Jr. If you are interested in volunteering, please email effeeplay@gmail.com.
  • A wooden toy chest is needed as well. If you have one available to lend to Mrs. Banek, please email effeeplay@gmail.com. Thank you!

Clubs and Activities

Please check out the clubs and activities available to our students and generously sponsored by the Essex Fells Foundation for Educational Excellence. Teachers who run the clubs/activities will reach out to students with information and schedules.

Keyboarding Club

Keyboarding Club will begin the week of 1/17/22 and is open to all students in grades 1-4 during lunchtime on Monday's and Wednesday's in the media center. Dates will be flexible based on weather and other school activities. The club will be on a first come first serve basis with a maximum of 15 students. Students will 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.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Castellano at jcastellano@efsk-6.org.

6th Grade Broadcasting Club

Broadcasting Club is a club where students meet weekly to direct, film and produce the morning announcements. Students meet at 8:00am in the gymnasium with Mrs. Castellano, Mrs. McNish and Mr. Pannullo, if you have any questions please contact them at jcastellano@efsk-6.org, KMcNish@efsk-6.org and mpannullo@efsk-6.org.

Meeting Dates:

1/25/22 - Groups 1, 4, 5

2/1/22 - Groups 2, 3, 6

2/8/22 - Groups 1, 4, 5

Morning Ensemble Rehearsals

Orchestra rehearsals are held at 8:00am in the music room on Tuesday's.

Band rehearsals are held at 8:00am in the music room on Thursday's.

Chorus ensemble rehearsals are held at 8:00am in the Music Room on Friday's.

Study Hall

Study Hall is a club that is open throughout the entire school year to students in grades 4-6 on Tuesday and Thursday during lunch/recess or just recess. This club allows children to study for tests, work on homework and long term assignments. If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Criscione at ncriscione@efsk-6.org.

Board Bits

The next Board of Education Meetings will be held on the following dates:

  • Workshop Meeting - Wednesday, February 2, 2022
  • Regular Business Meeting - Wednesday, February 16, 2022

2022-2023 School Calendar - Revised

2022-2023 Calendar

Job Opportunities

2021-2022 Opportunities

*Crossing Guard Substitute Interest*

The BOE is currently exploring the option of placing a crossing guard at the intersection of Essex Road and Hilltop. If you are interested in serving as a substitute when a guard is not available, please contact the main office. Hours include Monday-Friday 2:30-3:30pm.

For any Essex Fells Families who have recently moved within town, please update all information with the main 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

Community Outreach


The Annual Frost Valley Essex Fells Father/Daughter Weekend (Essex Fells residents Grades K-6) is back and scheduled for Friday May 13th - Sunday May 15th. An email to prior attendees and community members was distributed this past weekend with detailed information. If interested in attending, please reach out to moran0906@gmail.com no later than Jan. 30th as registration will close with payment required by early February.


Please help support the EF Garden Club and receive beautiful flowers at the same time!

Our Annual Plant Sale will take place on May 7th but you are able to Pre-Order amazing flowers collections from Beds & Borders-located on the North Fork of Long Island. Pre-Orders are due by January 31st and will be delivered the week of May 2nd.

(Bed & Borders 2022 Catalog)

(Order Form)


The West Essex /James Caldwell Ice Hockey team is hosting a Public Skate Fundraiser on January 29th from 1:30pm to 2:50pm.

(Ice Hockey Flyer)


If you have 60 college credits and love children, apply to be a sub at EFS! Interested in finding out more about a typical day as a sub?? Contact Mrs. Rivera in the main office for all the details!


The Tiny Treasures Before/Aftercare program at Essex Fells School is available for the 2021-2022 school year. If you would like to register your child, please complete the registration packet below and contact Jennifer Zampino directly.

Please note: Before Care is suspended at this time due to low enrollment.

(Tiny Treasures Registration Packet)

Lost and Found

Please contact Mrs. Rivera (trivera@efsk-6.org) if you are missing any items. Labeling all of the items that come to school is very helpful. If the items are labeled we can quickly get it back to the child so nothing is lost.

We will be donating any items left in the lost and found at the end of the January.