Sussex Avenue News That You Can Use

Principal's Corner

Principal's Message

Wishing all a very Happy Diwali to all those that celebrate!

Student Council held their first meeting this week and what a productive meeting it was. Below you will find our first Student Council led Spirit Week.

Have a great week!

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Week of October 28th - November 1st

  • October 28th is a F day
  • Spirit Week- This week
  • October 31st- Halloween Parade 9:15 a.m.

  • Looking Ahead:

    • November 4th & 6th- Parent/Teacher Conferences
    • November 5th- Election Day- School Closed
    • November 12th- 14th Book Fair
    • November 22nd- Spirit Day

Spirit Week!

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Quote of the Week

This week's quote was This week's quote is "It doesn't matter how slowly you go as long as you don't stop." -Confucius

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.

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

For this week's HSA e-blast click here.

Exploring the Life of the Lenape

Sussex 3rd graders traveled to Waterloo Village to learn about Lenape and their lifestyle. They took part in some hands-on activities the Lenape would do daily.
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Meet Ms. Amsallen- 5th Grade

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What do you love about working at Sussex?

I love coming to work and seeing all the wildlife that comes to visit. Deer, geese, groundhogs, foxes and more!

What are some of your hobbies/passions?

I love being out in nature, gardening, hiking, sitting...I also enjoy practicing and teaching yoga, spending time with dogs, and watching movies.

Favorite life quotes.

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” ― George Bernard Shaw

“More smiling, less worrying. More compassion, less judgment. More blessed, less stressed. More love, less hate.” ― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

Role Models

Oprah Winfrey, Mahatma Ghandi

Meet Ms.Tuzzeo - 3rd Grade

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What do you love about working at Sussex?

My students

What are some of your hobbies/passions?

spending time with family and friends, concerts, cooking new recipes, outlet shopping, exercise, outdoors, prayer

Favorite life quotes.

Don't ever change who you are.

Role Models

My father

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Nurse's Corner

Since Halloween is next Thursday, this week's newsletter will focus on safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics. I hope these help ensure that all Sussex Avenue Trick-or-Treaters have a safe and healthy holiday!

  • Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
  • Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
  • Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes. Makeup should be tested ahead of time on a small patch of skin to ensure there are no unpleasant surprises on the big day.
  • When shopping for costumes, wigs, and accessories, look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant.
  • If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child's costume, make sure it is not sharp or long. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he stumbles or trips.
  • Do not use decorative contact lenses without an eye examination and a prescription from an eye care professional. While the packaging on decorative lenses will often make claims such as "one size fits all," or "no need to see an eye specialist," obtaining decorative contact lenses without a prescription is both dangerous and illegal. This can cause pain, inflammation, and serious eye disorders and infections, which may lead to permanent vision loss.
  • Review with children how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they ever have an emergency or become lost.
To keep homes safe for visiting trick-or-treaters:

  • Parents should remove from the porch and front yard anything a child could trip over such as garden hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations.
  • Parents should check outdoor lights and replace burned-out bulbs.
  • Wet leaves should be swept from sidewalks and steps.
  • Restrain pets so they do not inadvertently jump on or bite a trick-or-treater.
On the Trick-Or-Treat trail:

  • A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
  • Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
  • If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you and agree on a specific time when they should return home.
  • Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
  • Because pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, remind Trick-or-Treaters to stay in a group and communicate where they will be going, remember reflective tape for costumes and trick-or-treat bags, carry a cellphone for quick communication, and remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk if possible. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic. Never cut across yards or use alleys. Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks and never cross between parked cars or out driveways. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-orTreaters, so just because one car stops, doesn't mean others will!
Have a healthy halloween:

  • A good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating will discourage youngsters from filling up on Halloween treats.
  • Consider purchasing non-food treats for those who visit your home, such as coloring books or pens and pencils.
  • Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.
  • Try to ration treats for the days and weeks following Halloween and not eat them all in one day!
©2016 American Academy of Pediatrics


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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