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


October 2018

Dear Parents and Students,

We have a few weeks of school behind us already and the month of October is already here. It will be a very busy time at school as you can see from the calendar.  May I bring to your attention some of the important events?  October 3rd will be our 1st PTO Meeting at 7:30 p.m.


“WEEK OF RESPECT” – {Oct. 1-5} activities are currently being supported by our school counselor, Ms. Deanna Palmiere. Students will no doubt be involved with activities in the classrooms related to these topics. Ask your children about these events!

Fire Prevention Week begins this month as we host the annual EPFD fire truck visit on Monday October 15th for our primary students in our preschool – grade 3 homerooms.  

FYI - SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED on Monday, October 8th in observance of Columbus Day.

Be aware that students have a 1:00 p.m. early dismissal on October 11th – and no breakfast or lunch will be served by Pomptonian food service. *Children are encouraged to bring a small lunch and/or snack from home.

1st marking period Progress Reports for all grades will be distributed to parents on Friday. October 19th.

This year the elementary schools will participate with a Halloween TRICK-or-TRUNK event at EP Memorial High School on Friday, October 26th.  This is an evening event, beginning at 6:30 p.m.  More information will be sent home from the PTOs from each elementary school.

More information will also be sent home soon related to our Halloween Parade. This year the parade will only host students from preschool, K, 1 and 2.  Our students in grades 3, 4, & 5 will be encouraged to wear costumes for the day, but they will not be part of the parade on 16th Avenue.  Other activities may be a part of the upper grade levels for this day without parent visitation.  Many changes have been implemented this year due to security concerns. 

My hope is parents will be accepting of the school fostering the same experiences for the children without some of the parent contact as in past practice.  By limiting the parade to the primary grade students, we will be able to secure student safety in a more manageable way.

If you are a parent of a preschool, K, 1, or grade 2 child, be sure to join us Wednesday, October 31st at 1:45 p.m. for our annual Halloween parade on the 16th Avenue lawn. Class parties will take place from 2:00-3:15 p.m. in your child’s classroom; however, this year we will only be inviting the “class parents” into each homeroom. 

Due to our new security procedures, adults will no longer be allowed to enter the school for the Halloween parties following the parade.  Should there be inclement weather the outdoor parade may be cancelled. We will have a parade for the children indoors, but we will not have parents inside the school should this occur.  More information will be sent home to all parents in the near future.  Thank you for your continued support with our school.


Dominick J. Silla,

C:         Anthony Iachetti, Superintendent of Schools