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Principal's Corner

Week of October 29th-November 2nd

  • October 29th is an F day.
  • This week is Spirit Week! See the Schedule below!

Looking Ahead:

  • 10/31 @ 9:15 Halloween Parade and Festivities
  • School is Closed November 6, 8, 9th for Election
  • 11/12 Book Fair
  • 11/15 Literacy Night 6:30-8:00
  • Conferences: Evening conferences November 28th.

Spirit Week!!!



Autumn is in the air...

Wear Fall Colors!



Sock it to the ghouls...

Wear your Crazy Socks to school!

Wednesday 10/31

Happy Halloween...

Wear Your Costume/something festive!



It’s November…

Wear Blue for National Diabetes Month!



Get ready to Fall Back this weekend (Daylight savings time)...

Wear your clothes Backwards!

Halloween Day Arrival

Please have your student to school by 9:10 on Wednesday, October 31st. We will be beginning the Halloween festivities at 9:15 and will have the upper parking lot closed to traffic.
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Are you ready Sussex Avenue School?

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The high-flying, slam-dunking, rim-rattling Harlem Wizards are coming to Morristown. Tickets are on sale now!! Seating is limited and we expect tickets to sell out, so order your tickets today at or through the order forms sent home by backpack mail.

Don't miss out on this exciting community event! Come to see Mr. Lewis, Ms. Slawecki, and Mrs. Vaccaro take on the Harlem Wizards.

Questions? Contact Lauren Hassan at
Last week our "Quote of the Week" was “Whatever is good to know is difficult to learn."- Greek Proverb.

I hope the conversations around the quote each week make their way home and continue to evoke discussion on how to internalize and apply these words to our student's daily lives.

The Weather Outside is....

The weather is quickly changing. Students will go outside for recess unless there is inclement weather and/or the temperature is below 32 degrees.

It is advisable to send your child to school dressed in layers as the building is warmer in certain spots than others.

The general rule we will use is should mom and dad send you in with a coat, they are to go out with a coat. However, we cannot force them to wear it outside. Please discuss with your child your expectations on wearing their coats, jackets, etc. for recess.

3rd Grade Goes to Waterloo Village!

The third grade spent a day at Waterloo Village. The children spent their time discovering the ways of the Lenape including how they hunt, where they live, what they use for medicine and the Lenape's great respect and reverence for nature. Third graders enjoyed such things as trying to grind down corn into cornmeal and building pots with many natural items for decorating them. The children will return to class with some wonderful hands-on experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.
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Nurse's Corner- Ms. Ruta

Many parents ask. "When is my child sick enough to stay home from school?" This is not always an easy question to answer. I hope these tips can help. You should not send your child to school if he/she has:

  • Fever (must be fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medicines
  • Vomiting or diarrhea in the past 24 hours
  • Strep throat (must have been taking an antibiotic for at least 24 hours before returning to school)
  • Contagious Conjunctivitis ("pink eye") until treated with eye drops for 24 hours

Please make sure we have a phone number where you can be reached during the day and notify us if it changes.

Here's to healthy days ahead!

Is it bullying or is it conflict?

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NJ State Law’s Definition of Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying (HIB):

HIB means any gesture, any written, verbal or physical act, or any electronic communication, whether it be a single incident or a series of incidents, that:

  • Is reasonably perceived as being motivated either by an actual or perceived characteristic, such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression, or mental, physical or sensory disability or by any other distinguishing characteristic;
  • Takes place on school property, at any school-sponsored function, or on a school bus; or off school grounds, as provided for in N.J.S.A 18A37-15.3
  • Substantially disrupts or interferes with the orderly operation of the school or the rights of other students, and that
  • A reasonable person should know, under the circumstances, will have the effect of physically or emotionally harming a student or damaging the student's property, or placing the student in reasonable fear of physical or emotional harm to his persona or damage to his property; or
  • Creates a hostile educational environment for the student by interfering with a student’s education or by severely or pervasively causing physical or emotional harm to the student.

Behaviors not considered HIB but may fall within the code of conduct violation of the school building:

  • A physical altercation, fighting or teasing of another student not based on any distinguishing characteristics
  • Deliberately saying harsh statements or comments to another student or calling them names that are not based on a distinguishing characteristics
  • Writing unkind statements, comments including slander or criticism that do not include any distinguishable characteristic
  • Not sitting with someone on the bus, not having lunch with someone, or gathering others to socialize and not including another child
  • Gossip or rumors not based on distinguishing characteristics
  • Stealing property or money from another student, even if done by force
  • Cheating on test, quizzes, or homework
  • Exclusion from sports teams, social clubs, music events or honors courses
  • Not taking into account others feelings or thoughts as long as it is not associated with a distinguishable characteristic.

A great article published by (an excellent parent resource) can be found here to help parents and children understand the difference between the terms conflict and bullying. For additional information about anti-bullying in the State of New Jersey can be found here.

Whether it is a case of conflict or bullying, our goal is to make every student feel safe and secure. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not reach out to any of the individuals below.

School Contact Information

Sussex Avenue School

Anti-Bullying Specialist

Sasha Soriano, MA, LAC

(973) 292-22550 x6554

Sussex Avenue School


Lorri Vaccaro

(973) 292-2250

Morris School District

HIB Coordinator:

Debora Engelfried

31 Hazel Street

Morristown, NJ 07960