Principal's Message / December 2017



Principal's Newsletter

Dear Parents and Students,

The holiday season has officially begun! Ready or not… Thanksgiving is already just a pleasant memory and we are turning our attention to this very busy month of December. The monthly PTO meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 5th at 7:00 p.m. in our media center. Parents may park in the teachers’ lot and enter the main 14th doors for the meeting.  

The PTO Holiday Fair will take place in room 30 on December 14th & 15th.
  Students will have an opportunity to purchase holiday gifts for their loved ones.  Please call the office if you have any questions about the Holiday Fair.   PLEASE INFORM THE PTO IF YOU CAN BE OF ASSISTANCE FOR THIS EVENT.

Your child will bring home his/her 1st Marking Period Report Card on December 15th
Take the time to review this important information and contact your child’s teacher as needed when we return from vacation. School resumes on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.   Holiday Class Parties, sponsored by the PTO, will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 21st, which is a full day of school with a regular dismissal at 3:15p.m.   Students will be dismissed at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, December 22nd.  The PTO will have your “preorder” bagels for this half-day. 

Please send a note to your child’s teacher whenever you are planning to pick-up your child from school earlier than our 3:15 p.m. dismissal.  Please call the office, before 2:45 p.m. or by 12:30pm for 1:00pm dismissals, if you wish to remove bus transportation for any given day – and wish to pick-up your child early. All too often parents come to the main office with no prior notification for doctor appointments and other scheduled events.  We may not be able to retrieve your child in a timely fashion if he/she is already on a bus line or on line to be dismissed when parents arrive in the office shortly before the usual dismissal time. 

Another important reminder is related to our birthday celebrations at school.  Please contact your child’s teacher before planning any celebration.  We must follow the state regulations with regard to healthy snacks for such occasions.  Additionally, be reminded that no food is allowed for celebrations {except preordered snacks from Pomptonian Food Company.}  If you are not aware of these items – please visit the main office and/or speak with me directly.  We must support the safety of all students related to food allergies.  Thank you.

As you may know, our long-time school secretary, Jessica Michalowski,  has been reassigned as the administrative assistant for the Department of Special Services in the Elmwood Park Board of Education Office. Her promotion is well deserved. Your assistance and support of Linda Maricich as our school secretary is appreciated.  Mrs. Maricich has worked at our school for the last 12 years as a special education aide and lunch monitor.  She has been working hard to support all of our school functions since her hire on September 1st this year.

Mrs. Maricich may be reached at:
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Soon a second secretary will be announced for our school.  Your patience with this matter is greatly appreciated.  Please let me know if there is anything I may do to assist you during this transition period.

Our teachers continue to work hard to make steady progress in all areas of our school improvement goals.  I feel very grateful working with your children on a daily basis.  I also want to take this opportunity to wish all of you a wonderful and magical holiday season!

Children are what make this time of year so very special for all of us, so I hope you will enjoy spending time with your own youngsters and those of your families and friends. Stay safe and warm and healthy!  

Thank you for all the thoughtful and generous things you do for the 16th Avenue School staff! 

May 2018 be filled with peace, prosperity, and happiness for all of us!  

Very Happy Holidays to all!

Dominick J. Silla, Principal


Anthony Grieco,
Superintendent of Schools

Anthony Iachetti, Director of Special Services