Contact Information: 

Dominick J. Silla, Principal

201-796-8700 @ ext. 2992

Dominick Silla is the Principal of Sixteenth Avenue Elementary School.  
He has been the principal of 16th Avenue School since the fall of 2004.  

Mr. Silla holds a master's degree in the area of early childhood administration
and a second master's degree in the area of administration and supervision.  

Mr. Silla began his career as a teacher at the Maywood Montessori School in Maywood, NJ.  
He also served as a teacher in the Bronx, NY, as well as River Vale, Oradell and River Edge, NJ.
Additionally, Mr. Silla served as an Elementary Principal in West Milford, NJ.  
Mr. Silla looks forward to serving the Elmwood Park community.  


Sixteenth Avenue School 

16th Principal Newsletter / February 2020

February 3, 2020 

Dear Parents and Students,   

February is filled with activities, as you can easily see from our list of dates for the month. 

We have many activities scheduled this month. 

Our PTO meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 5th at 7:30 p.m. in our media center.

ASK your child… “What are the PTO PENNY WARS?”  This PTO fundraiser starts today!

Please note that all Progress Reports will be distributed and posted for parents to view on the online Parent Portal on February 6th.   The beginning of February marks the halfway point in the school year. This is an excellent time to take stock of your youngster’s academic progress and contact their teachers if anything seems not to be progressing well. Please also inquire about extra-help/remediation/tutoring time as needed for your child.  Your child’s teacher may also offer more challenging material related to the school’s Gifted and Talented Program or simply as needed.  Please inquire about things through your teacher first.  Hopefully you have already addressed this at our parent/teacher conferences.

February 7th will be an early dismissal day for all students at 1:00 p.m.  Please send your child to school with a snack/small lunch on this date.  Be advised, we host school breakfast even on the half-days.

On Friday, February 7th, the PTO will host a VALENTINE’S DAY DANCE as follows:                
Students in PRE-K – 2 may attend from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.    
Grades 3-5 may attend from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.  
STUDENT PERMISSION SLIPS are located in the main office or on the PARENT PORTAL!

SCHOOL will be CLOSED {FEBRUARY 17 & 18} for the observance of Presidents Day.

The Student Retention List is now out.  Letters were sent home in January.  District policy dictates the schools to notify parents, with letters, of any students failing at least one major academic grade (E) for Math, Reading/Writing, Science, or Social Studies subjects.  Just because a student enters the Retention List, does not mean the student will ultimately fail and repeat a grade level.  Our hope is that you continue to collaborate with your child’s teacher(s) to help improve the grade(s) as needed.

As always, we are all only a phone call or e-mail away.

Stay warm and cozy and remember, spring is just around the corner!   


Dominick J. Silla, Principal

C:         Anthony Iachetti, Superintendent of Schools       
          Jillian Torrento, Assistant Superintendent