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 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.  



September 2018


Dear Parents:                                                                          

Welcome to the 2018 reopening of Sixteenth Avenue School!  I trust you and your children had a relaxing, refreshing and enjoyable summer.  I have many new staff members to introduce to you! 

We welcome back Tara Kunkel (AM/PM pre-k disabled), Jen Gjokaj (integrated AM pre-k & PM pre-k disabled) and Jean Marie Gallagher (full day, MD pre-k); additionally, we reassigned Samantha Apgar as a full day, MD pre-k teacher.  Alexa Combs has been hired for our K-2 LLD class while Ashley Delaney joins us for the newly created 2-5 LLD class. Cheryl Rossetti has been reassigned as our K-2 MD teacher, while newly hired Tiffany Mucevski will be teaching the 3-5 MD class this year.  We continue to support our special education resource program with newly hired, Gabriela Zuza, joining Erin Connolly and Gabrielle Lombardi. 

Melissa Cohen, Lori DiPasquale and Donna Fisher return as our kindergarten teachers. Our grade one teachers remain Jessica Galarza, Marge Hansen and Lauren Rassam (full-year maternity teacher for Michelle McCooe).  Grade two welcomes Amanda Sambucini to join Daniela Ribeiro and Laura Cioffi.  Ryanne Doran, Jodie Dransfield and Sherry Freyer have taken on the task of teaching grade 3 this year without subject rotation.  Mary Montone (writing) will now be teaching grade 4 this year with Kristen Martin (mathematics) and Jamie Rosolen (reading). Our grade five teachers have realigned as - Andres Nuiver (writing), Jack Bacigalupo (mathematics), Daniela Buscio (reading).

Toni Clark will be teaching ELA basic skills instruction (BSI) for our primary grades in room 4 and Sheryl Sammaro will be teaching BSI Math classes for our primary grades in the media center.  Our elementary guidance counselor remains Deanna Palmiere, who will now be at our school 5 days per week.  Newlywed, Taylor Hoffman, formerly “Ms. Meurer” remains as our full-time Occupational Therapist this year with supplemental / per diem support with an OT agency worker as needed. 

Alison Dombrowski will remain teaching art with Nicole Zanetakos.  Gloria Arevalo and Yessenia Benitez remain as our World Language/Spanish teachers. Erik Schwartz and Jamie Dopozo remain as our respective gym/physical education and health teachers.  Lisa Rosenberg continues with us as our science lab teacher at the primary grades, K-3.  Pam Longaker joins us from the middle school as our shared elementary, media specialist and teacher of upper-grade “Tech” classes. New hire, Jean Marsicovete, will now serve as the shared elementary instrumental music teacher for grades 4 & 5.

Florencia Torres remains our district behaviorist. Caitlin Ford joins us this fall as the maternity speech teacher for Ali Soto, joining Desiree D’Agostino along with a shared speech teacher in district.  Barbara Lorenc-Lach, affectionately referred to as “Mrs. BLL” is our ESL teacher for all grades.  Gloria Kim, a newly hired school psychologist, joins Jenn Surniak, LDTC, in our CST office this year.  Ellen K. Rosenberg returns as our school nurse along with Linda Maricich and Filomena Milevski, who continue to be our school’s administrative assistants in the main office. 

You may ring the bell at the NEW 14th VISITOR'S DOOR to enter the main office. 

You will be required to follow security plans.

PLEASE be prepared with PHOTO IDENTIFICATION whenever interacting at the main office. 

Parents must use the new 14th Ave. door to enter the office when visiting our school.
Thank you for your cooperation with this matter.

All families will no doubt be inundated with all kinds of forms and other paperwork during the first few days at our school.  Consequently, I urge you to carefully review everything that comes your way.  If you have any questions or comments please contact your child’s homeroom teacher or the main office as needed.  The main office is open from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. 

STUDENT                                                                                   ARRIVAL & DISMISSAL

Grade Levels / Programs                                            Location

Preschool: including Gallagher, Apgar, Kunkel          14th Ave. Pre-K doors

K, 1, including Gjokaj, Combs, Rossetti                     14th Ave. Main doors

3, 4, including Delaney, Muvceski                               16th Ave. Main doors

2, 5                                                                              16th Ave. Side doors (by apartments)

Be advised, older sibling(s) may be sent to youngest child’s location for dismissal, upon parent request.

For arrival, parents are encouraged to drop-off older siblings at the “youngest arrival area locations.”

Parents are encouraged to discuss snack, lunch and dismissal plans with homeroom teachers.          

Parents should also alert the teachers and the main office of any sensitive concerns with parental custody issues.

You may have noticed the sun comes up a little later each day and the sunshine sets a little sooner each evening.  

Make no mistake about it, fall is on the way. 
Savor the time you have enjoying the AM and PM sunlight.                      

Back to School Night is on 9/18/18

More info to follow...

Sincerely,  Dominick J. Silla, Principal

C:        Anthony Iachetti, Acting Superintendent of Schools