3/8/21 - 3/12/21

School News

Dear EFS Families,

Essex Fells School will be implementing a reduced quarantine timeline for travel according to NJDOH guidance updated on 2/17/21. The local Department of Health and school physician continue to discourage travel while NJ restrictions remain in place, however, if you choose to visit a location outside of NJ, NY, CT, DE, PA you may utilize a 10 day quarantine without testing or 7 days with negative test results on day 5, 6, or 7 upon return to NJ.

  • Anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 90 days prior to the trip will not need to quarantine.
  • Vaccinated persons must still abide by the quarantine guidelines for travel.


If anyone in your home has exposure, symptoms or has been tested for COVID-19, students must be kept home from school. In addition, quarantine means you must remain home for the 14 day duration only to leave for essentials such as seeking medical attention. Quarantine does not apply solely to school but to all activities outside your home and household family. As of today, Essex Fells School currently has had zero new cases reported to the district. Please remain vigilant in maintaining safety protocols so that we can continue to learn and work in a safe and healthy school environment.

Thank you for completing the Spring Break Travel Survey. Essex Fells School plans to re-open on Monday, April 12, 2021 for in-person learning. Again, if you are traveling outside of NJ, NY, CT, DE, PA during the April 2nd-9th closure, you must quarantine upon return unless you have had COVID-19 within 90 days prior to the trip. Families will need to quarantine for 10 days without a test or 7 days with negative test results taken on day 5, 6 or 7 after return to NJ.


Our 2nd marking period ends on 3/12/21. Report cards will be ready for viewing through Genesis on 3/19/21. You can access the link from our App or the shortcuts section of our website, https://www.efsk-6.org. Teachers will be setting up virtual conferences through Sign-up Genius for Wednesday and Thursday, March 24th & 25th. Look for details in upcoming alerts.


Michelle V. Gadaleta


See below schedule for rehearsal and filming dates by scene.

March Rehearsal and Filming Schedule


Our School has Heart!

Essex Fells Elementary School did a phenomenal job in raising $16,300.00 for the American Heart Association. All money raised goes to research in the fight against heart disease. All month we participated in fun activities and learned about how to take care of our hearts. Thank you to all the families for helping us in this fundraiser.

TRANSERS FOR 2021-2022

For the 2021-2022 school year: if your child will not be attending EFS or moving on to West Essex Middle School (6th grade) next year, please complete the below transfer form and send to Mrs. Rivera in the main office at trivera@efsk-6.org. Sixth grade records will be sent to WEMS unless we have written parental permission to send the records to another school.

(Transfer Form 2021-2022)


All students will continue to go outside for lunch daily in addition to a variety of classroom lessons. Please remember to send your child(ren) to school with their coats, hats, gloves and scarfs to keep them warm. During school hours students are asked to maintain physical distance when playing on the fields, grass, and equipment. Students must follow lunch monitor rules during recess to insure the health and safety of EFS. After school, students may not remain on school grounds unless supervised by an adult. Physical distance and masks must be maintained at all times. Please follow these same simple rules when not in school for protection of everyone in Essex Fells and local areas.

PTA Press


Our EFS spring spiritwear sale will open on March 8TH. Kids are growing and the weather is changing so keep an eye out for some new and great designs!


Don't forget to keep uploading photos to our 2021 EFS yearbook. Be on the lookout for yearbook sale information.


Purchase a custom brick and leave your mark at EFS school. Anyone with questions please contact Angela Vega.

(Brick Sale Order Form)


Spring is on it's way and so is bar-b-que season. Check out Connor's hot sauce creations at https://connorssaucery.com/ and spice things up. 10% of all profits will go to Muscular Dystrophy research and other projects that benefit children with this disorder.

Foundation News

MEET THE CAST of this year's school movie, Aladdin Jr!

Aladdin Cast

The Foundation is accepting Aladdin themed artwork from students to support the school production through the end of next week. All submissions will be posted on the Foundation website and select illustrations will be included in the movie. Please send your child to school with their artwork (1) in an envelope addressed to EFFEE - Ashley Moran, (2) email it to effeeplay@gmail.com or (3) you can drop it off to Ashley Moran's house at 149 Forest Way, Essex Fells, NJ 07021 (mailslot is to the right of the front door).

The cast and crew of Aladdin Jr. are still looking for Persian rugs, pillows, and a balcony location. If you can help, please email dbanek@efsk-6.org.

Stay tuned for a link next week for a custom t-shirt to support Aladdin Jr!

We continue to be thankful for the hard work and dedication of all our teachers and school staff who put our children first in spite of the challenges posed by COVID-19 and remote education. Thank you EFS teachers and staff!

Board Bits

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

  • Regular Monthly Business Meeting - March 17, 2021

  • Regular Monthly Business Meeting - April 21, 2021

2021-2022 VACANCIES

2021-2022 Vacancies


2021-2022 School Calendar

For any Essex Fells Families who have recently moved within town, please update all information in the school 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 Tiny Treasures Before/Aftercare program has been suspended indefinitely at Essex Fells School.