Sussex Avenue News That You Can Use

Principal's Corner

Principal's Message

Literacy Night and the Book Fair were huge successes! Thank you to all of those who joined us and all of our volunteers. We couldn't have done it without you.

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 is if mom and dad sent you to school with a coat, we will send you outside with a coat. However, we cannot force them to wear it. Please discuss with your child your expectations on wearing their coats, jackets, etc. for recess. I'd like nothing more to help keep them healthy and feeling well so they can continue to be with us each day.

Week of November 18th - November 22nd

  • November 18th is a F day.
  • November 22nd- Spirit Day

  • Looking Ahead:

    • November 26th- Picture Day Make Ups
    • November 27th- 4 hr. 20 min Day Dismissal @ 1:25
    • November 28th-29th- Thanksgiving Break
    • December 3rd- 5th- Holiday Shop
    • December 17th- Grades 3/4 Choral Concert @10:00 . Grade 5 Band/Orchestra @1:30

Quote of the Week

This week's quote was This week's quote is "Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much." -Blaise Pascal

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.

Literacy Night Fun!

Look at What is Happening at Sussex!

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Ways to Help Your Child Build Their Reading Comprehension

The video below discusses ways that parents at home can assist with developing your child's reading comprehension skills. Although the video is a teacher holding a comprehension conference, these same strategies and conversations can be had at home.
Reading Comprehension: Tips and Strategies for Parents

Social Emotional Learning

SEL for Parents
SEL for Parents (in Spanish)
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Meet Ms. Leeson- Grade 3

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What do you love about working at Sussex?

I love working with an inspiring teaching staff, and of course the students!

What are some of your hobbies/passions?

Traveling, exploring, reading, skiing, hiking, the arts, and animals!

Favorite life quotes.

"Learning never exhausts the mind." -Leonardo da Vinci

Role Models

My mother, now and always!

Meet Mrs. Slawecki- 4th Grade

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What do you love about working at Sussex?

My students, past and present! :)

What are some of your hobbies/passions?

I love crafting and spending time with my family.

Favorite life quotes.

Leave a little SPARKLE wherever you go!

Role Models

My parents

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Nurse's Corner

With lice still lingering in our school, it seems appropriate to provide accurate and evidence-based research information regarding this topic. To sum-up many research-based articles, some of the most important things to consider when faced with lice are the following:

Lice do not pose a public health issue, meaning they do not cause health issues. Yes, they are often viewed as “disgusting” and can lead to intense feelings of frustration, however, they pose no threat to the health of anyone who has them.

Lice rarely are transmitted via objects (hats, coats, combs, etc.), they are just about always transferred from head-to-head-contact.

Treating the head is THE most important intervention. Lice cannot live more than 24 hours off of someone’s hair because they need a blood meal to survive. Therefore, treating the head is top priority. Treating the home can be limited to laundering all bedding in hot water, vacuuming upholstered couches and upholstered seats in cars, and vacuuming carpets and rugs. Focusing on common items that heads come in contact with in under 24-hour periods should be the main focus of treating the home. (Don't drive yourself too crazy!)

Research shows that head lice screening programs have not been proven to have a significant effect over time on the incidence of head lice in the school setting and that educating parents about proper treatment is more helpful in the management of head lice in the school setting. In addition, research finds that lice transmission occurs mostly at sleepovers, and at-home events, and not in schools. Many schools have changed/updated their lice policies/procedures in order to be more in accordance with these current, evidence-based research findings.

MUCH more information can be found at the website provided below It is a clinical report based on research on the topic of lice from: “Pediatrics, A Journal of The American Academy Of Pediatrics.”

As always, please know that you can call the health office at anytime to discuss your questions/concerns. I am always happy to work with you regarding any issue.

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

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


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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