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Principal's Corner

I hope this holiday season provided you with many opportunities to gather with friends and family and continue making cherished memories.

It is my wish that each of our families has an abundance of health and happiness this year!

Week of January 6th - January 10th

  • January 6th is a F day.
  • January 7th- Grade 4 Residency begins.

Looking Ahead:

  • January 20th- Martin Luther King Jr. Day- School is Closed
  • January 23rd- Spirit Day
  • January 24th- School Store

Quote of the Week

This week's quote was "I'd rather regret the risks that didn't work out than the chances I didn't take at all." - Simone Biles (Gold Medal Olympic Gymnast)

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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I-Ready Reading Challenge

We will be beginning a reading challenging beginning the Month of January titled: Race for Success. The rules of the challenge are simple and as follows:

* At the conclusion of each school week, I will total up by class the i-ready reading lessons that were completed for the week AND passed. Lesson can be completed at school and/or at home.

*In order to be included in the total, lessons must have a pass rate of 75% or higher.

*At the beginning of each week, during the morning announcements the total number of completed lessons by class for that week will be shared. In addition, each homeroom’s race car on the bulletin board in the main hallway will be moved along the racetrack to provide a visual.

*The class with the most completed lessons will earn a reward. The reward suggestions have been provided by our student council representatives back in December. This month the class with the most completed and passed I-Ready Reading lessons, we earn a free homework pass.

*The winning class will be announced at the end of the month during our morning announcements.


Thank you to all that donated hats, scarves, mittens and gloves to our Mitten Tree. It was so wonderful to see the look on the students faces as they delivered their items. It is powerful when we share in the joy of giving!
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BASKETBALL UPDATE- 5th Grade Students vs. The Teachers!

We are SUSSEX! That was the chant heard throughout the gymnasium. The chant was introduced by Ms. Johnson and the 4th Grade Cheerleaders.

It was such an exciting game to be a spectator at! The students and staff showed their amazing basketball and sportsmanship skills but most importantly had fun playing against each other!

Thank you to the following staff members who helped the game be such a success!

*Ms. Marvez

*Ms. Clark

*Ms. Harris

*Mr. Lewis

*Mr. Mullen

*Ms. Kelly

*Ms. Badenhausen

*Ms. Johnson (Cheerleader Coach and Commentator)

A special thank you to Dalia King for helping me maintain the scoreboard. It was a nail biter! Final Score: Students 99 - Teachers 102. Great job by all!

I am looking forward to the Volleyball Game in the Spring!

Extra! Extra! Read All About it!!! FREE Preschool

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Now that the holiday's are over many of us are having visions of Spring and warm weather. Below is our spring testing window to aid in any Spring planning.

Our testing window for the New Jersey Student Learning Assessments Schedule (formally PARCC) will be 4/20/20 - 5/29/20.

Students will have two unit session of ELA (90 minutes for grades 4/5, 75 minutes for grade 3) and three unit sessions (60 minutes each session for all grades) of math. Each unit will be conducted on separate days.

Fifth grade students will also participate in two units of the NJSLA Science Assessment between 5/4/20- 6/5/20.

Exact testing dates will be provided in the upcoming months.

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Below are some excellent resources centered around Social & Emotional learning. The last article is a Parent's Resource Guide to fostering such important skills such as kindness, empathy, gratitude, resilience, perseverance, and focus or attention in our children.
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Meet Ms. Martell- 5th Grade

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What do you love about working at Sussex?

That I get you help families and children in the community become a contributing part of their family.

What are some of your hobbies/passions?

My passion is sharing my culture and being proud of where I was born. My hobbies are dancing, music and time with family.

Favorite life quotes.

Never quit! And know when to say “ that’s the best I can do”

Role Models:

My father and mother.

Meet Mr. Edilson Echavarria- Building Foreman

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What do you love about working at Sussex?

I love the opportunity to work with kids, our future generation.

What are some of your hobbies/passions?

Fishing and Gardening

Favorite life quotes.

"Never wish life were easier, wish that you were better." Jim Rohn

Role Models

Nicola Tesla, for his tenacity and contribution to the design of the modern alternating current electricity supply system.

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Nurse's Corner

Please know the signs and symptoms of the flu and help prevent its spread. The flu is already in our community. Please do your part and help to keep us all healthy this flu season!
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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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