A Message From Your Principal

A Message From Your Principal
Posted on 05/01/2020

May 1, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians:

May the 4th be with us all!  Our journey of E-Learning Platforms continues in Kindergarten and 1st Grade. Please check out the District Website and click on the parent link for helpful information on our E-Learning platforms.  We appreciate everyone’s continued patience as we continue to navigate this learning environment. 

Students, Families, and staff continue to inspire me with the ability to embrace our new learning environment and experiences.  I have visited E-Learning sessions . . . excitement and enthusiasm abounds.  Keep up the good work and remember that P.R.I.D.E. will always be on your side!

Hopes and Dreams: My hope and dream for everyone is that we come out on the other side of this pandemic healthy and with a stronger resolve to do the best we can each and everyday no matter what comes our way.  We’ve got this . . .

Things to Keep in Mind:

Reflections on E-Learning . . .  

Feel Good Fridays: The focus of this day for students will be time to work on projects, assignments, or optional activities that have been provided throughout the week. It is also time for students to step away from their screens if their work is completed, or they are able to meet assignment deadlines.

Attendance:  Attendance is being monitored through completion of assignments via the E-Learning platform as well as student participation in online lessons, such as Zoom sessions or Google Meet sessions with teachers or other means of check-ins scheduled by individual teachers.

Reading Instruction: We continue to seek was to deliver high quality instruction in our E-Learning Platform.  Students will be assigned leveled books along with comprehension questions. Students answer questions and record themselves reading assigned stories in Seesaw.   Classroom teachers will provide feedback to students based off of recorded readings and answers to comprehension questions.  E-sessions with students will take place based off of needs.  Classroom teachers will provide our families with the scheduled E-session for students when needed.  Please encourage your children to practice their sight words and read each and everyday.

Digital Etiquette:  A couple of things to consider in an E-Learning Environment . . .

  • Come to digital sessions with a positive attitude
  • Find an ideal location to attend digital class sessions
  • Refrain from eating and drinking
  • Come dressed for success
  • Most important . . . have fun while learning with your teacher and classmates

Dates and other Information:

Progress Reports: Mid Trimester is May 4th.  Student progress reports will be sent home electronically on May 12th.  Progress reports will contain a summary of progress in our E-learning environment.  It is important to continue to monitor your child’s progress.  Please reach out to your child(ren)’s classroom teacher if you should have any questions.  

Field Trips: All field trips have been cancelled for this school year.  They may be scheduled upon our return.  If this is not possible, any money that was paid for in advance will be refunded once we return to school for the remainder of the year.

Kindergarten Registration: If you or someone you know is a parent who needs to register a Kindergarten student, please contact Mrs. Costanzo at scostanzo@pittsgrove.net.  There is a link at the bottom of our website with more information on Kindergarten Registration.

May 1st is School Spirit Day . . . wear your blue and white to show your Elmer P.R.I.D.E.

Teacher Appreciation Week: May 4th – May 8th. National Teacher’s Day is celebrated on May 5th and Nurse Appreciation Day will be celebrated on May 6th, as well as many other celebration days. Elmer Elementary couldn’t be more proud of all of our Staff!  You inspire each and every day!

Mother’s Day:  In the United States, Mother's Day started nearly 150 years ago, when Anna Jarvis, an Appalachian homemaker, organized a day to raise awareness of poor health conditions in her community, a cause she believed would be best advocated by mothers. She called it "Mother's Work Day."  Since then, many traditions have evolved.  We celebrate you on May 10th . . . Happy Mother’s Day!

School will closed on Monday, May 25th in observance of Memorial Day. 

A quote . . .

"A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart."  ~ unknown author ~

Stay Well!

Daniel F. Bruce

Daniel F. Bruce




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