Principal's Message / JANUARY 2018



Principal's Newsletter

Dear Parents/Students,

I would like to wish each and every one a happy new year! My wishes for 2018 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 fourteenth 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 freshmen 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 start to pursue policy with much more attention.  Students, particularly in the upper grades (4th & 5th), are going to be reviewed more 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 9th beginning at 1:00 p.m.  

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.  See the main office for the approved list of 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.

Our monthly PTO meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 3rd  @ 7:00pm in our media center. 


The GRADE 5 Parent Committee will have a “ZUMBA Class” Fundraiser - JANUARY 12th at 6:30pm in our gym.

The grade 5 class with the highest participants for the event will earn a reward party from the grade 5 Parent Committee!

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. With an exciting new year upon us, 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.  I look forward to working with all of you to provide our students with an education that will prepare our children for everything they will face in the near future.

Be aware parent/teacher conferences are scheduled to take place on January 16 - 19, 2018

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 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 2018 bring you peace, prosperity and happiness!  

Have a very Happy New Year!  

Dominick J. Silla, Principal