May @ Springfield

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Spotlight on May

Spring is in the air and it's a great time to learn and grow at Springfield Elementary School. Check out all of the happenings at our school and be sure to mark your calendars for the events detailed in our May newsletter!
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The Official Last Day of School!

Please make note that the official last day of school is Monday, June 20th. As a reminder, our district calendar is built with three make up days to account for emergency closings. This year we only used two of these days, so barring any unforeseen issues that require an emergency closing we'll hit the 181 student day mark on the 20th and then our kiddos are off to summer adventures!


As indicated on the district calendar, the final three days of school - June 16, June 17, & June 20 - are all early dismissal days (1:20) for students.

May Dates to Remember

  • May 2 - May 27 - NJSLA Administration

  • May 11 - H&S Association Meeting

  • May 13 - H&S Association’s Backyard Night at Johnson’s Locust Hall Farm

  • May 15 - May Faire at Historic Smithville Park

  • May 16 - Grade Six Camp Ockanickon Trip

  • May 17 - Board of Education Meeting

  • May 18 - School Art Show

  • May 23 - Grade Six Regional Field Day at Northern Burlington

  • May 25 - Grade Five Historical Society Trip

  • May 30 - Memorial Day (school closed)

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2022 Summer Learning Programs

Summer Learning Academy: The Summer Learning Academy will be open to all Springfield students who are currently in Kindergarten through 5th grade (students who will be 1st – 6th graders in September). The Summer Learning Academy will be offered free of charge, staffed by Springfield Elementary School teachers, and will run for nine days starting on July 5th and concluding on July 15th. The program will run from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM (transportation will not be provided) with a focus on strengthening skills and building preparedness in English Language Arts and mathematics.


Summer STEAM Camp: The Summer STEAM Camp will be open to all Springfield students who are currently in Kindergarten through 5th grade (students who will be 1st – 6th graders in September). The Summer STEAM Camp will be offered free of charge, staffed by Springfield Elementary School teachers with supplemental activities provided by outside professionals, and will run for five days starting on July 18th and ending on July 22nd. The program will run from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM (transportation will not be provided) and will provide students with a variety of fun and engaging activities in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Music.


Summer Jump Start: The Summer Jump Start program will be open to all Springfield students who are currently in our Preschool program, Kindergarten, or 1st grade (students who will be in the preschool 4-year-old program, Kindergarten, 1st, or 2nd grade in September). The Summer Jump Start program will be offered free of charge, staffed by Springfield Elementary School teachers, and will run five days starting on August 22nd and ending on August 26th. The program will run from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM (transportation will not be provided) and will focus on introducing students to the daily routines, grade level expectations, and start-of-the year skills & concepts for the grade they will be entering in September 2022.


ONLINE REGISTRATION: Registration for our summer learning programs will be completed online via the link below. Online registration forms are due by June 10, 2022. In order to process all information in a timely manner and ensure proper staffing for our summer learning programs, late registrations will not be accepted.


Registration Link: https://forms.gle/AUnEsbeEpM68592W7

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State Assessment Schedule

The New Jersey Student Learning Assessment (NJSLA) is the state mandated proficiency test for all 3rd - 6th grade students. The assessment includes test items for English Language Arts and mathematics, plus a section on Science for students in 5th grade. This year's NJSLA will be administered on the dates listed below:


  • The 3rd and 4th grade NJSLA testing will be the weeks of May 2nd-6th and make-ups May 9th - 13th.
  • The 5th and 6th grade NJSLA testing will be the weeks of May 16th - 20th, and the makeups the week of May 23rd - 27th.

Springfield Elementary Art Show

Be sure to join us on Wednesday, May 18th for our first annual student art show! Our doors will be open from 5:30 to 8:00 PM for students, parents, friends, and family to view the talented student art work that will be on display. Our art teacher - Mrs. Faulkes - has been busy selecting student work for the show and we're excited for our school community to see the great work our students have completed.


Special thanks to Alicia Z. for her "digital" artistry in developing the flyer pictured below.

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May Fun Fridays

Get in the spirit with this month's fun Friday themes -


  • May 6 - School Spirit Day
  • May 13 - Sports Day
  • May 20 - School Sprit Day
  • May 27 - Red, White, & Blue Day

Student Dress Code Policy

As we head into the warmer weather days, please be sure that your child is adhering to our district dress & grooming policy (Policy 5511). It is important that students understand the full policy, with the following components being of significance during the warmer days:


  • Apparel shall not be tight fitting, sheer, brief, low-cut, or revealing above or below the waist (i.e. low hanging pants) as to be embarrassing or indecent.
  • Half shirts, tube tops, open arm holes, "spaghetti straps" or bare-shouldered tops are not permitted, nor are articles of clothing intended to be worn as undergarments (such as pajamas, etc.). Tank tops are permissible; however, arm hole openings must not be excessively loose (in excess of one inch from the underarm).
  • Short shorts and short skirts are not permitted. Appropriate length can be determined by placing arms dangling by sides of the body; if the skirt/shorts are shorter than the longest finger, they are too short.
  • Clothing with holes or rips in the back is not allowed; however, clothing with holes or rips is permissible under the following circumstances:
  • Holes or rips in the hip and/or thigh area are permissible only when skin is not visible above where the students longest finger is situated when arms are at his/her sides (students must wear an additional layer, such as “biker” shorts or yoga-style pants, under the ripped clothing for any area above the placement of the longest finger as referenced above)
  • Holes at or below the knee are permissible so long as the clothing does not create a safety hazard for the student (i.e. ripped cuffs that may present a tripping hazard).
  • Beach/shower (flip-flops) type of footwear and non-strapped sandals (sandals lacking a strap across the back of the heel)are prohibited due to safety concerns on the playground equipment and stairs.
  • In all cases where a pupil's appearance is questionable, the Superintendent/or designee will evaluate and make the final decision.

Now Seeking Kindergarten Students for September 2022!

Kindergarten registration is now open for children who will turn five-years-old by September 30, 2022. The registration form is attached and can also be found on our district website by clicking here.
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Preschool Registration

Registration for our 3-year-old and 4-year-old preschool programs is now open. Please note that students in our preschool programs must be fully toilet-trained. The PK-3 program runs each morning from 9:00 - 11:30AM, and the PK-4 program runs each afternoon from 12:30 - 3:00PM. Each program only accepts a limited number of enrollments, and registration is first-come first-served. Please see the attached registration form for full details or visit our website for registration and preschool information by clicking here.

Notification of Security Drills

New Jersey recently passed a law requiring that schools notify families following the completion of security drills. Our school completes a monthly security drill - including, but not limited to, lockdown drills, evacuation drills, and shelter-in-place drills - and will provide an email detailing the day, time, and participants of each monthly drill following its completion.
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Schoolstore.com

Do you like to shop online? If so, be sure to first link to your favorite online retailers via schoolstore.com. Our H&S Association receives a percentage back based on purchases, so just one extra click means extra funds for our students!
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NB FFA Spring Plant Sale

The FFA Chapter at Northern Burlington County Regional High School is holding 3 plant sales on the following dates:

Saturday, May 7th, 2022 from 9am - 2pm

Saturday, May 14th, 2022 from 9am - 2pm

Saturday, May 21st, 2022 from 9am - 2pm

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2022 Springfield Township Memorial Day Ceremony

The 2022 Springfield Township Memorial Day Ceremony will be held at 10:00 AM, on Memorial Day, May 30, 2022, at the Springfield Township Veterans Memorial Park, on Island Road, Jobstown, New Jersey. This year, we are specifically honoring those American Patriots who lost their lives at the Battle of Petticoat Bridge (here in Springfield Township), in the American Revolutionary War, on December 23, 1776. The sacrifice of these brave patriots helped enable the success of General George Washington's attack on the Hessian Barracks in Trenton, on December 25, 1776.


Participants scheduled include:

  • Mansfield Cantata Singers
  • Northern Burlington Co. H.S. Air Force Junior ROTC Cadets
  • Burlington County Farm Fair
  • Wainwright's Landscaping Construction Contracting, Inc.
  • Springfield Township Historical Society
  • Springfield Township Police Department
  • Springfield Township Fire Department.
  • Springfield Township Community Volunteers

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COVID Home Tests Available

If your child is experiencing COVID symptoms and you are in need of a rapid antigen home test, please contact Mrs. Ricciani. Our school received a supply of home tests from the Office of Emergency Management, and will make these available for Springfield families upon request.
COVID-19 Quarantine & Isolation Dashboard

Please use this link to view the weekly status for our school with regards to individuals in quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19.

Board Approved Safe Return Plan - Click Here to View

The district's Safe Return Plan outlines current health & safety protocols in response to COVID-19.

COVID-19 Weekly Activity Level Index Reports

Please use this link to view the NJ Department of Health's weekly CALI reports. These reports indicate the level of transmission risk which impacts the quarantine requirements for students and staff members.

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Birthday Treats!

As we close in on the end of the school year, don't forget that birthday treats are available for purchase through our cafeteria and will be served to students during lunch periods (due to health & safety precautions, we are currently not allowing outside snacks to be sent in and served). Order forms for birthday treats can be downloaded via the attachment at the bottom of this newsletter.