From Mrs. Gadaleta

What a wonderful time of the year ...

PTA Holiday Shop - We want to thank all our students for their generosity in purchasing gifts at the PTA Holiday Shop. You have brightened the lives of many less fortunate children.

The Spirit Meeting on Friday will focus on December's Vision 2020 theme of Generosity.

The 6th grade is looking forward to their Elves on Strike mini-production for parents and 1st graders on 12/11/19 at 10:00am.

Report Cards - The first marking period ends on December 6 and report cards are accessible on December 13. You may access the Genesis link through our school App, EFSNJ. You will also receive an email at 12 noon on the 13th outlining the steps to access the reports. If you need help, please email Lisa Evangelista at levangelista@efsk-6.org during school hours.

The All School Winter Concert will be held on Wednesday, December 18, at 9am. Family and friends are invited to join us and may enter through the gym doors. Signing in at the main office is waived for the concert. Students are asked to dress in appropriate festive attire.

All School Photos are still available for purchase at $15 each. If you are interested, please notify the main office and send cash or a check (made out to Essex Fells School). Photos are available on a first come, first served basis.

The Lost & Found Bin is overflowing. Please check it to see if your child is missing anything. After the Holiday Break in December, unclaimed items will be donated to charity.

PTA Press

Vineyard Vines

Vineyard Vines T-shirts are coming soon! Additional details will follow.

Holiday Shop

Thank you to all who supported and donated to the Holiday Gift Shop!

Foundation News

Enrichment - Winter Registration is now open. Please be sure to visit effee.org for the most current information. These classes will run for 8 weeks in January, February, and March. Sign up today on MobileArq as some classes are close to being filled!

School Musical - Auditions for this year’s school musical, Beauty and the Beast, were held on Wednesday & Thursday, and conclude on Friday, December 6, for those interested in participating from Grades 4-6. Audition schedules were sent home last week!

Holiday Shopping - The holidays are upon us! If you shop on Amazon, please consider using AmazonSmile and supporting the Essex Fells Foundation for Educational Excellence. It's a win-win for all!


SPAM ALERT - It has come to our attention that emails sent through the school's Blackboard server are being delivered to SPAM folders, especially if you have a GMAIL account. Please be sure to check your SPAM folder to ensure that you are not missing any key emails from the Foundation, PTA, or BOE. Thanks!

Board Bits

Please note the next scheduled meetings for the Essex Fells Board of Education. Both will be held in the Media Center. Formal action will be taken.

* Regular Meeting on Wednesday, December 11, 2019

* Reorganizational/Workshop Meeting on Tuesday, January 7, 2020

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

Clubs and Activities

Please check out all 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. Included is the email address for each club/activity advisor.

School Musical

Please see the attached audition/rehearsal information for the School Musical: Beauty and the Beast.

School Musical

Mrs. Banek - dbanek@efsk-6.org

Art Club

Art Club is a 12 week club that runs Wednesday mornings from 7:30am to 8:30am. This club is offered to students in grade 6 only. They participate in designing ceiling tiles to be put up in the school for everyone to enjoy. Future Art Club dates are: 11/27, 12/4, 12/11, 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5 (no classes on 12/18, 12/25, 1/1).

Mrs. McNish - kmcnish@efsk-6.org

Arts & Crafts at Lunch

Arts and Crafts will be offered on Thursday during lunchtime to students in grades K-3 beginning in October. This club will operate as a first come first serve class giving the students a chance each week to sign-up. They will be given a variety of art materials to pick from, which will allow students to explore medium that they don’t get to use very often. This will be a pleasurable non-structured environment that allows the students to tap into their personal creative abilities and explore new art processes.

Mrs. McNish - kmcnish@efsk-6.org

Broadcasting Club

Broadcasting is a club where students in grades 5 & 6 meet weekly to direct, film and produce the morning announcements.

Mrs. Castellano - jcastellano@efsk-6.org

Mrs. Whitman - jwhitman@efsk-6.org

Early Morning Orchestra, Band & Chorus Rehearsals

All early morning (8:00am) rehearsals for students in grades 4-6 have begun. Please see Mr. Trogani's website for more details.

Mr. Trogani - jtrogani@efsk-6.org

Keyboarding Club

The Keyboarding Club is open to all students in grades K-3 during lunchtime in the tech room. Days of the club vary and Mrs. Castellano notifies the students on the days the club is running. Students 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. Please note that the maximum number of students on any given day is 18. Attendance is on a first come first served basis.

Mrs. Castellano - jcastellano@efsk-6.org

Postal Club

Postal Club will be starting in the new year. It is open to students in grade 3 and is held Wednesday mornings at 8:00am in room 110. The postal club participates in writing letters, creating posters, and delivering the school mail to the classrooms.

Mrs. Truchel - mtruchel@efsk-6.org

School Store

School Store is a club run by students in grade 6 periodically throughout the year during the lunch periods. Fellow students may make purchases of items ranging in price from 10 cents to $3.00.

Mrs. Whitman - jwhitman@efsk-6.org

Stock Market Club

The Stock Market Club is open to students in grades 5 & 6. We meet at lunchtime to buy and sell stocks while discussing trends in the news that impact the market. The culmination of the club will be a prize to the student who is able to make the greatest profit from their investment.

Mrs. Castellano - jcastellano@efsk-6.org

Mrs. Christopher - schristopher@efsk-6.org

Stories with Holes

Stories with Holes is a winter club for students in grades 4-6 that runs one time a week from January through March. This lunchtime club inspires imagination, increases cognitive functioning, and develops listening skills as students think in creative ways to find the answers to the riddle-like challenges in the stories.

Mrs. Whitman - jwhitman@efsk-6.org

Study Hall

Study Hall is a club that is open throughout the entire school year to students in grades 4-6 during lunch/recess or just recess. This club allows children to study for tests, complete homework, and work on long term assignments.

Your child's homeroom teacher can be contacted with any questions.

Second Grade Book Club

After signing up with Mrs. MacKenzie, students in grade 2 meet during their lunch period on Thursdays in the Winter. They enjoy their lunch, read a good book, and discuss big ideas! Students may simply listen to the story or participate in reading out loud with copies of the book provided by the Foundation. All children have their own notebooks that they use to respond to questions in written or drawing form. Students are welcome to share their responses if they choose! Students in Mrs. MacKenzie's book club are reading Bob, by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead. The Third Grade Book Club took place in the Fall. #WeLoveReading!

Mrs. MacKenzie - kmackenzie@efsk-6.org

Upper Building Book Club

In the Winter semester, students in grades 4-6 meet with Mrs. Reynolds on Fridays during the first lunch. She gathers signatures for up to twenty students who are eager to spend their time reading and responding to a novel. Journals are used to draw and write on topics related to the book. Students lounge in the back of the media center, eat lunch, and soak up the pleasures gained from reading a great book.

Mrs. Reynolds - jreynolds@efsk-6.org

School Information & Community Outreach


Student Council Fundraiser


Magazine donations are welcome and can be dropped off in the main office.


EF Cub Scouts Food Drive