Jefferson Elementary School

Preparing the children of today for tomorrow...


Mrs. Karen Lunardoni 

Mrs. A. Serafin
Mrs. Y. Bauder

School Counselor/ Anti-Bullying Specialist
Mrs. A. Cicchino

Human Resources Manager/ District Anti-Bullying Coordinator
Phyllis Prestamo

Phone: 973-584-8955    
Fax: 973-584-4380
Absence Verification: 973-584-8957

School Hours:  9:10 AM - 3:20 PM 
(doors open at 8:50 AM)
NOTE: When there is a delayed opening, the doors of Jefferson School open at 10:50.
When there is an early dismissal, the students are dismissed at 1:40.
 Jefferson School
Next Week at a Glance for Families
Mrs. Karen Lunardoni, Principal
September 22 - 26, 2014

 Dear Jefferson Families,

            As you can see from the calendar below, school pictures are being taken next Wednesday, school is closed on Thursday, and the children will all participate in the Officer Phil Safety Assembly on Friday.  Additionally, our third grade classes begin their active participation in the Shop Rite Young Consumers Program, and it is kicked off this Tuesday with fun and enriching math lessons provided by professional presenters.  This will be our second year of participating in this program; and based on the reaction of last year’s students we expect this year’s students to completely enjoy this enriching experience.  Additional topics I would like to address this week are the wealth of curriculum information you can find on, and the implication of the enterovirus that has received much publicity as of late.
          Would you like to know more about the specific learning objectives for each grade level?  Would you like to know the units of study your children will enjoy?  The information is available to you on  Simply do the following:

-       Go to

-       Select “Curriculum” from the horizontal navigation bar towards the top of the page

-       Select “Departments” from the drop-down menu

-       Select “Parent Friendly Curriculum” from the vertical navigation bar on the left of the page

-       Select the grade level and subject for which you want more information.

Please note that at this point the sections for Reading, Writing, and Social Studies are complete.  The sections for Math and Science are works in progress; in fact, Science is undergoing a major revision because of the adoption of new state standards, so the information for that discipline will be the last to appear.  I hope you are as impressed as I am with the rigor of the curriculum as well as how it is organized into motivating units of study.  If you find yourself with a few spare minutes it may be worthwhile to check out other features of the web site…there is so much to see! 
           As for the enterovirus…below is information that has been provided to the schools by the state:

The virus had entered NJ, but there is no cause for alarm.  Please read the recommendations below:
To help protect yourself and others from enterovirus infections:

*       Wash your hands often with soap and water

*       Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands

*       Avoid close contact (kissing, touching, sharing eating utensils and shaking hands) with people who are sick

*       Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as door knobs and toys

*       Stay home when sick and call your healthcare provider

*       Use good respiratory hygiene; coughing and sneezing into a tissue or elbow and properly disposing of tissues.

There is no vaccine or specific antiviral medication for enterovirus infections. However, individuals should be aware of other illnesses that are preventable such as the flu. It's never too early to get a flu shot.

Enteroviruses are transmitted through close contact with an infected person, or by touching objects or surfaces that are contaminated with the virus and then touching the mouth, nose, or eyes. Answers to frequently asked questions about enteroviruses and EV-D68 can be found at:

      What are we doing at Jefferson School to help curtail the spread of all illness?  We are making ongoing efforts to maintain a clean environment with special attention provided to spaces where we know there has been illness.  We provide the children with opportunities to wash their hands often; in fact, every teacher has non-alcohol based hand sanitizer available for children as they enter instructional spaces within the school.  The one thing over which we do not have control – and the main cause of the spread of illness – is when children come to school ill.  No matter how much we clean and sanitize, we are helpless against the organisms that are spread by individuals who are ill.  Obviously, I am an advocate for the importance of regular school attendance, but the health and safety of the general school population trumps any negative aspects of missing school.  Thank you for your cooperation as we work together to keep our children healthy.
    The weather forecast suggests that we will have a beautiful weekend...I hope that it is an enjoyable one for all of you.


Think about it…

Someone once said, “I follow the rules and try to make my school a better place.”  What does this mean to you? (The children will discuss this during class meetings this week)

 Renaissance testing continues throughout this week


Board of Education meeting at Lincoln Roosevelt School at  7:30




Happy Birthday to Nolan McAdams


Shop Rite Young Consumers Program for Third Grade Classes… Lessons:

Mrs. Meiser: 9:30
Mrs. Eberding:  10:30
Becker:  11:30

Note: This is the first of two lessons that will be presented to each class.  Watch for future notice of the Family Information Evening.




Happy Birthday to Nolan Monaghan and  Justin Smith


School Pictures Today!

Be sure to smile for the camera!




School Closed for Rosh Hashanah


Happy Birthday to Joseph Benanti, Riley Booth, and Devon Lemme


Birthday Lunches

K: Nolan McAdams, Nolan Monaghan, Devon Lemme, each with a buddy

Gr. 2: Justin Smith and a buddy

Gr. 3: Joseph Benanti and a buddy


Officer Phil

Safety Assembly!

10:15 Pre-K, K, 1, 2

2:00 Grades 3 and 4 and pre-K





Welcome from Principal Lunardoni

Welcome to the website of Jefferson Elementary School... the home of Koala-Kindness! This is a place where you can find information about what is happening in our educational community, upcoming events, and how we can strengthen the essential bond between your homes and our school.

Jefferson Elementary School is located in the Succasunna section of suburban Roxbury Township. Our motto, Learning: A Shared Responsibility, is more than just words; it describes who we are, what we do, and how we do it. We believe that Jefferson Elementary School is a model of the educational strength that results from a happy marriage among the home, the school, and the community. With shared goals and determination, we can do anything!

Our Pre-K – 4 school is the educational home to approximately 350 children, 300 families, and 60 faculty and staff members. We are proud of our school and the culture of cooperation and Koala Kindness that we cherish and nourish.

Our Mission Statement just about says it all:

Joint effort among students, staff, parents, and community to
Encourage critical thinking, scientific exploration, artistic/musical creativity, emotional and physical well being by realizing the
Fullest potential of each unique individual by
Facilitating a developmentally appropriate curriculum which establishes a sound
Educational foundation for
Responsible and respectful citizens, who are
Self motivated, independent, lifelong learners
Occurring in a
Nurturing environment that

Strives for excellence with accountability and
Celebrates a "Community of Learners" which
Holds each individual as an
Ongoing contributor to society with
Our motto being:

In order for our Jefferson School website to be as responsive as possible to the needs of our readers, we need the feedback of you, our technological family. Please send comments, suggestions, requests, ideas, and questions to our webmaster using the direct link below. Be assured that your feedback will be carefully considered.

Thank you for visiting!

Karen Lunardoni


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