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.  


16th Avenue School





Dear Parents and Students,


Happy November! What a delightful month this is! It is the official start of the holidays and brings all of us thoughts of remembered family celebrations and traditions that we now share with our own children. As you know full well, November also rushes by with astonishing speed, particularly at school. Don’t forget that Daylight Savings Time ends on November 4th so make sure to set your clocks BACK one hour Saturday evening, November 3rd.


Please check the Online Calendar @ and review the 16th site!


School will be closed for students on November 6th for the Election Day and Teacher In-Service Day. The school is also closed on November 8th and 9th as a four-day weekend for NJ Teacher Convention is observed. Be sure to also note that American Education week begins the week of November 12th. However, more information will be sent home about any parent visitations that week from the superintendent, Mr. Iachetti. There may be some changes to this event due to updated security procedures.


November 21st we will have a 1:00 p.m. student dismissal.

School will be closed on November 22 & 23 in celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday.


Please also note that parents may not ever walk in the hallways or to any classroom unannounced for any reason. There have been several violations of this rule and that is simply not acceptable. Security is a real concern in every school building and it is imperative that we always know who is in the building. So, again, although it may seem ungracious, please DO NOT hold the door open for anyone else if you have been let into the school already.

All visitors must come to the main office to obtain a school pass. All adults must use the Main Office Visitor’s Door in the 14th Avenue parking lot to enter the school. I’ve explained to all visitors that the safety of our students and staff continues to be of the utmost importance.


***No students should be on the school grounds prior to 8:30 a.m.***


I must also remind you to support your child’s school uniform on a daily basis. The dress code is posted on the website. Be aware that your child may wear any outdoor clothing you wish, even with hoods. This is acceptable for arrival and dismissal. If your outdoor clothing or sweaters are not supportive of the student dress code, such as having attached hoods, the articles of clothing may be worn indoors or for outside gym or recess classes, but not in the classrooms. *Please review the dress code online with your child as needed.


As always, please check our website often and carefully for important information.


I hope you and your families have many things to be thankful for this year. I know I do! I’m certainly happy to be able to work in Elmwood Park and I am very glad that I am able to be here at 16th Avenue School doing what I love. Very best wishes to all of you! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!



Dominick J. Silla, Principal


C: Anthony Iachetti, Superintendent of Schools