Sussex Avenue HSA Weekly Bulletin:
September 5 - Welcome Back!
A note from our Co-Presidents

We would like to welcome you to the 2018/2019 school year! We are looking forward to a great year filled with many exciting activities for our children. The success of these activities is dependent on people who are enthusiastic about volunteering at our school. We have many volunteering opportunities that are active at different times during the year and require various levels of commitment. Whether you are a working parent or a stay at home parent, there is something for you that will allow all of us to work together to enhance our childrens' experiences this year.

Please take a moment to read about a few upcoming volunteer opportunities described below, along with important dates for this month that you need to know. We are also still looking for an HSA Secretary!! We would love for new parents to join our board and get more involved!

We look forward to seeing you at our first HSA Meeting on Thursday, September 27th at 9:30 am in the Sussex library as well as at Back to School Night on Tuesday, September 25th.

We wish you and your children all the best on the first day of school!  If your child is a pick up, please remember to send in a note on the first day.

Kathleen Kalaher Humbert and Kristin Deleppo
Upcoming Events:

  • First Day of School - Thursday, 9/6
  • No School - Rosh Hashanah - Monday, 9/10
  • Family Fun Night - Tuesday, 9/12
  • Staff Appreciation Lunch - Thursday, 9/13
  • Family Fun Night - Monday, 9/17
  • No School - Yom Kippur - Wednesday 9/19
  • School Store - Friday, 9/21
  • Back to School Night - Tuesday, 9/25
Volunteers Needed! 
Did you know…… research shows that when parents are involved in their children’s education, children are more likely to: earn better grades, score higher on tests, have better social skills, be more positive in their attitude toward school & graduate and continue their education among many other benefits!

The success of our HSA relies on parent volunteers. We are looking for people to be active in the community at Sussex Avenue School sharing their talents or expertise!

*Please contact Melissa Johnson ( for more information regarding the following volunteering opportunities:

  • Co-Chair - Cultural Arts - Work together with current Co-Chair on coordinating events for this amazing program. Some events include Author Day, BJ Ward Assembly and 3rd, 4th and 5th grade residencies. A Co-Chair also greets our Cultural Arts presenters that come to Sussex. 
  • January and May Family Fun Nights -. A Co-Chair is needed to help coordinate our winter and spring Family Fun Nights. We are also looking for volunteers to assist with set up and clean up. 
  • School Picture Day - Tuesday, October 17th. Volunteers needed to help throughout the day. Different shifts available.

*Please contact Lauren Hassan ( for more information regarding the following volunteering opportunities: 

Fall Fundraiser Co-Chair - Coordinator needed to distribute catalogs, organize and send orders to the fundraising company and distribute orders
Holiday Store Co-Chair - Purchase Inventory, set-up store, coordinate volunteers and schedule classes. (Mainly November - December, store dates 12/3 setup, 12/7 cleanup)
Color Run (May 10th, Rain Date May 17th)
   - Solicitation Chair - Reach out to area businesses and sports teams to donate student-friendly prizes for our top fundraisers; Potentially set-up a table during the lunches one day to encourage student participation and give them an opportunity to view the prizes
   - Supplies Chair - organizes the ordering of race shirts and race dye; organizes water stations
   - Volunteer Coordinator - Sets-up sign-up genius and coordinates volunteers the day of event; must be present day of event


The HSA is currently looking for volunteers interested in running our after-school clubs. Clubs will run for 6 weeks, beginning 9/24 and ending 11/2.  Each club will meet once a week at Sussex Avenue School from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM. Some possible ideas for clubs include reading, drama, chess, newspaper, arts and crafts, computer games or coding, indoor soccer, yoga, dance, scrabble, board games, and scrapbooking. There will be a stipend for each Club Leader. If you are not already an employee (full-time, part-time, sub) of the MSD, you will need to be fingerprinted and background checked before leading a club. There is a sign-up fee of $25 per student for each club.

If you have an idea for a club and you are willing and able to run it, please contact Lauren Hassan ( ) by Tuesday, September 11th (or earlier!) . Clubs start early this year and we need time to get the paperwork out to students. Please provide the following information:
-) a brief description of the club activity
-) the day (s) you are available to run the club
-) the maximum number of students in the club
-) any required supplies (such as paper, glue etc.). We will ask for a supply fee from each participant if needed.

HSA will coordinate all the logistics for setting up an after-school club (i.e. scheduling, sign up process). You will be responsible for escorting the children to the side entrance of the school at 4:30 PM for pickup. Children in the Sunset program will need to be escorted to the cafeteria. 

The HSA can't run the clubs without our wonderful volunteers! The children really enjoy the clubs and look forward to participating in them each year. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions concerning the after-school clubs, please email .

Staff Appreciation Luncheon

Once again the HSA will welcome back our wonderful Sussex teachers and staff with a luncheon on Thursday, September 13th. Please consider signing up for a donation or two and help us make this day special! 

Click here to sign Luncheon Sign Up Link
Eblast email management

Do you have a rising 4th or 5th grader AND an incoming 3rd grader? In an effort to maintain accurate "by grade" contact lists, the HSA is asking that you let us know if you have an incoming 3rd grader. You can either respond to this email or text "classof28" to 22828 and follow the instructions in the response text. Either way takes only a minute of your time but saves the HSA hours of administrative volunteer time and effort! Thank you! 
A note from Central Office regarding Back to School Paperwork

This year the Morris School District is using an online system for Back to School paperwork and updating emergency information. You should have received instructions and your student's unique "Snapcode" in the mail. The District is asking that this be completed prior to the start of the school year. If you have not yet received this information, please contact Melissa Johnson at