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


16th Avenue School / PRINCIPAL NEWSLETTER / JANUARY 2019



Dear Parents:

I would like to wish each and every one a happy new year! My wishes for 2019 for all of our families are for good health, a peaceful and secure world with the love and closeness of friends and relatives.  As I write this message, the holidays are now behind us… so I hope that you all have a wonderful break, delicious food, plenty of cozy and enjoyable family events, and the energy to do it all!  As I complete my 15th year as principal of Sixteenth Avenue School I have to say the years just fly by, each one faster than the last. My first students of fifth grade from the fall of 2004 may have already graduated from a four-year college and are working hard at their first jobs.  Even my first class of kindergarteners may already be sophomores at college now!  I continue to love my job and being here with my wonderful students, supportive parents and first-rate staff.  

Please be aware that you must visit our website to review the student dress code.  In January we always pursue policy with much more attention.  Students, particularly in the upper grades (4th & 5th) are going to be reviewed more thoroughly based on how strict the middle school is with the student dress code.  To this end, hoods are not allowed to be worn inside our school, other than at arrival, for outdoor recess and at dismissal. 

Currently, the PTO is selling fleece sweatshirts that are within the dress code policy for color and style.

These may be purchased at the school store this month on January 8th!  

There is no excuse to wear a hood or any other sweatshirt in school not in support of our Student Dress Code.

BIRTHDAYS CELEBRATIONS – Please see your child’s teacher about what is in alignment with our policy and support of class allergies.  Visit the main office for the approved list of approved “Pomptonian Food Items” for your next in-class celebration.  Homemade items are not permissible.           
FYI: DUNKIN DONUTS (including Munchkins) are no longer allowed in our school due to nut allergies.

Our monthly PTO meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 2nd @ 7:30pm in our media center.

The GRADE 5 Parent Committee will meet directly after this PTO meeting.

This month, you will be notified for an official parent/teacher conference.  As always, I support parents that go to the teachers before seeking my authority with any school issues. Be prepared for your conference and the short, efficient time you may have with the teachers.  I would like to take this opportunity to emphasize how important it is that we continue to maintain a quality partnership between the home and school.  SCHOOL IS CLOED ON JANUARY 21st.

Parent/teacher conferences are scheduled to take place on January 22 - 25th.   If you have not scheduled a conference with your child’s teacher, please contact the staff to do so. There will be single sessions scheduled during Parent/Teacher conference days with a student dismissal time of 1:00 p.m. for these dates.

Also, don’t forget to check the ON-LINE CALENDAR for all upcoming events and activities! 

Stay safe, warm and healthy!  Thank you again for all the thoughtful and generous things you do for the entire 16th Avenue School staff.  

May 2019 bring you peace, prosperity and happiness!  


Dominick J. Silla, Principal


C: Anthony Iachetti, Superintendent of Schools