From Mrs. Gadaleta

  • We will be observing Character Education Week from February 25 to March 1.

Monday, February 25th - Crazy Socks Day

Please come to school wearing your craziest socks and please donate a pair of new socks to people in need.

Tuesday, February 26th - Career Day

What do you want to be when you grow up? We want to know!

Please dress in a career to represent the career that interests you.

*This is a character education activity and your choice should be a meaningful career that provides a positive contribution to society.

Wednesday, February 27th -Snack Share

Upper building/lower building Snack Share

The student council will be providing a small snack to share with a buddy in the other building. Lower building students are encouraged to still bring their own snack.

Thursday, February 28th - Thankful Thursday

Why are you thankful?

Please come to school ready to discuss all the people and things that you are thankful for.

Friday, March 1st - Table to Table Kick Off

Show your school pride and wear orange and black!

  • The Student Council has been accepted into K-Kids, a service club developed by and modeled after Kiwanis International. K-Kids is a student-led organization committed to community outreach. Our Student Council will act as ambassadors for the student body in leading community service projects.

PTA Press

Thank you

Thank you to all the families who contributed to the class gifts that will be auctioned at the upcoming PTA fundraiser. We appreciate your generosity!

Fundraiser tickets available on MobileArq

We invite you to attend this year’s ‘Rooftop” Spring Fundraiser. The event will be held on Friday, March 29th from 6:30 pm-11:00 pm at the Essex Fells Country Club. This fun night will include delicious food, great music, open bar and an array of silent and live auction items for you to bid on. Please remember to bring your good spirits and your check books (or credit cards)! Proceeds from the event will go towards the purchase and installation of SMART Boards in the classroom. Visit MobileArq to purchase tickets.

Click here to see the invitation and to learn more: https://www.efspta.org

Auction Donations

We are still accepting donations for silent and live auction items! We are asking for your help with procuring exciting auction offerings. Some of our most successful auction items have been gifts donated directly from EFS families (some have joined together to donate amazing packages). With that in mind, please take a moment to think about what you have access to that may be auctioned to raise money for the school. Ideas include: tickets to sporting events, photography sessions, tickets to Broadway shows and concerts, latest electronic devices, sports equipment (i.e. bikes or paddle boards), bottles of wine or other liquor, a night of fine dining, and other experience packages.

Please use the attached donation request letter if reaching out to businesses. If you have a donation, please contact Margaret Nowak at margnowak23@gmail.com. Thank you!

PTA Donation Request

Foundation News

For those of you who have children signed up for winter enrichment, you should be receiving emails about rescheduled make-up dates. If you have any questions, please reach out to efsenrichment@gmail.com.

The annual school play is coming up so make sure to mark you calendars for Friday, March 8th at 7pm and Saturday, March 9th at 2pm. Family and friends of all ages are welcome to come out and enjoy the show and support the children, who have been working hard for months.

Board Bits

  • The Workshop Meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at 7:30pm, in the Superintendent's Office of the Essex Fells School.

  • 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

Art Club

Art Club is a 10 week club that runs Wednesday mornings from 7:30am to 8:30am. This club is offered to 6th grade students only. The 6th graders participate in making murals and sculptures for the school as well as designing their own ceiling tile to be put up in the school for everyone to enjoy.

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.

Stock Market Club

The Stock Market Club is open to fifth & sixth grade students. The students are participating in the TD Stock Market Game and are maintaining portfolios that each started with $100,000. The club kicked off with TD representatives explaining to the students the fundamentals of investing. 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.

Yearbook Club

The Yearbook Club is open to 6th graders only. Participants meet once or twice a month at lunchtime to design the 2018-2019 school yearbook. Dates are decided upon by Mrs. Christopher and the 6th grade participants each month.

Second and Third Grade Book Club

After signing up with Mrs. MacKenzie, students meet during lunch period on Thursday or Friday. 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 personalized notebooks that they use to respond to questions in either written or drawing form. Students are welcome to share their responses if they choose. Students in Mrs. MacKenzie's book club are currently reading Ramona Quimby, Age 8. #WeLoveReading!

Morning Ensemble Rehearsals

Band, Orchestra, and Chorus ensemble rehearsals will be held on Tuesdays (Band), Thursdays (Orchestra), and Fridays (Chorus) at 8am in the Music Room. Students from grades 4-6 are required to rehearse their Spring Concert songs during their morning rehearsals. This is a great time to play as an ensemble and enhance their performance.

**Parents: PLEASE check the school website (Mr. Trogani's page) before leaving your house in the morning as the rehearsals may be subject to change.

Postal Club

Postal Club is open to third grade students 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.

Study Hall

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

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.

School Store

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

Upper Building Book Club

Students in the fourth through sixth grade meet with Mrs. Reynolds 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.

Newspaper Club

The Newspaper Club will be meeting every Monday at 8:OOam in Room 109 with Mrs. Brzostowski. This club is open to 4th-6th graders. Students will be able to shed light upon newsworthy topics and flex their creative and informative writing skills.

School Information & Community Outreach


The Kids Heart Challenge is taking place during the month of February. Registration forms were sent home with the students and we look forward to everyone being a Heart Hero. EFS has raised $3,500 towards our $10,000 goal with two weeks left in the challenge. Thank you for your support.

Kids Heart Challenge


The School Musical will be presented on Friday, March 8, at 7:00pm and Saturday, March 9, at 2:00pm, with rain dates of March 15 & 16. Please see the attached letter for more information about this memorable event.

The Lion King, Jr.


For the 2019-2020 school year: if your child will not be attending EFS or West Essex Junior High School (for current 6th grade students), please notify the school office in writing. See the transfer form attached. Sixth grade records will be sent to WEJHS unless we have written parental permission to send the records to another school.

Transfer Form 2019-20


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


Please support the following:

Pops for Tops

Character Education Week

Table to Table


PK-2 Baseball Registration Form

3-8 Baseball-Softball Registration Form

Essex Fells Men's Softball

WE Spring Soccer

Youth Poetry Contest

Frost Valley - The 2019 Frost Valley Father Daughter Camping trip will take place Friday, May 31st - Sunday, June 2nd, and the reservation form can be found here. Please reach out to John Toth with any questions you may have.