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Dear Parents/Guardians:

Thank you all for your patience and effort throughout our virtual learning period.  Many of you have been asking when the students can come to pick up personal items.  We have put a schedule together so that we can conform to social distancing rules as well as provide some closure for the school year.  When you come to pick up, as you wait please keep a 6 foot distance between you and the family in front of you.

We will have the teachers outside the school on John St on their scheduled day (see below for schedule).  Each homeroom teacher will have the personal items that were left behind by the students in their desks and lockers, in a bag with their name on it.  On the scheduled days that you are to report to pick up materials, you need to drop off any school materials such as reading books, textbooks, chromebooks, etc. that you may have in your possession.  The schedule is 9:30-12 pm each of the following days for the specific grades:

Wednesday, June 10 - PK and K

Thursday, June 11 - Grade 1

Monday, June 15 - Grade 2

Tuesday, June 16 - Grade 3

Wednesday, June 17 - Grade 4

Thursday, June 18 - Grade 5 

We look forward to seeing everyone on your given days.

Thank you,

Sean Dunphy

Principal ~ SAES

Posted by sdunphy  On Jun 05, 2020 at 9:10 AM
Dear Parents/Guardians of Band Members:

How To Return Your Child's Band Instrument:

For those who are returning their Music Shop instruments for the summer, there is an attached PDF graphic to explain how to request the form.

Returning your Child's Rental.pdf

After you have gotten your return form, please email the page to Mrs. Cotter at [email protected] so that the form can be attached to the instrument and tagged for return. If you have loaned a school instrument, you do not need to fill out any forms. Please, just return the instrument so it can be cleaned and put away for next year. All Instruments can be dropped off to the school during school hours 9am-1pm on Mondays or Thursdays. This is when an administrator will be there at the school. 
All instruments must be dropped off at the school by June 11th, so they can be ready for the following week when pickup will happen. If your instrument is not there by June 11th, you will need to bring the instrument to the Music Shop individually. 
If you and your child would like to keep your Music Shop rented instrument for the summer, you may contact the music shop directly for any concerns or questions about the monthly rental and hope they enjoy playing and practicing for the summer!
If your child's instrument is in the school either in their locker or in the music room, please contact Mrs. Cotter so that it can be located and returned or put away as needed.

Thank you
Sean Dunphy
Posted by sdunphy  On Jun 04, 2020 at 12:59 PM
Dear Parents/Guardians:

Although we are in the midst of a school closure due to COVID-19 we are moving forward with our registrations for new students in the 2020-21 school year. Students who are currently enrolled in South Amboy Elementary School do not need to complete the registration process but do need to submit updated health records at a later time. 

For the first time, we will be doing our registrations online. Please go to to begin completing the registration process. Before doing so please review the following:

  • Pre-Kindergarten students must turn 4 on or before October 31, 2020 (Policy #5111).

  • Kindergarten students must turn 5 on or before October 31, 2020 (Policy #5111).

  • You must live in the City of South Amboy. Some homes have mailing addresses within South Amboy but are zoned for other districts. Please see this map for more information or call Amy Wolfe at (732) 525-2118 ext. 2221

We also need the following items to be uploaded when registering or that the items are emailed to [email protected]. Please make sure that the documents listed are sent or we will not be able to proceed with the registration process.

  • Primary Proof of Residency: Property Tax bill, deed, lease agreement, mortgage statement, etc. (Please provide one of these items)

  • Secondary Proof of Residency: License, car registration, utility bill, bank statement, other bills, etc. (Please provide two of these items)

  • Statement of Domicile

  • Original Birth Certificate

  • Current Student Physical

  • Current Immunization Records

After reviewing the items someone from the school will call you between 9:00 and 12:30 and go over all information included in the online registration. We will provide details for a parent orientation at a later date. 

We are very pleased that your child will be attending our school and look forward to providing your child with the very best education possible.


Sean Dunphy
South Amboy Elementary School

Posted by sdunphy  On May 22, 2020 at 5:34 PM
Dear Parents/Guardians:

This coming week, May 4-8, is Teacher Appreciation Week.  Please see below an easy way to honor your teacher during this virtual learning period that we are going through:

Students to Recognize Teachers Going the Extra Mile for Home Learning with Brainly’s ‘Online Educator of the Year’ Awards 

Students can award the best online educators now through May 8, and the winning teacher in each category will receive $1,000 towards classroom resources 
April 30, 2020 ⏤  The coronavirus pandemic has forced students and educators to adapt, essentially overnight, to the new reality of distance learning and instruction from afar. Teachers are facing the Herculean challenge of creating engaging, interactive online lesson plans, motivating kids to stay focused, and ensuring every student receives the help they need.  

That’s why Brainly, the world’s largest online learning community of students and parents, has launched the Online Educator of the Year Award to recognize educators who have enacted inclusive solutions for students to finish out the school year at home. The scholarship is in partnership with DonorsChoose, Codecademy, and ClassTag. 

“In this challenging time, we’ve seen many go above and beyond in their new virtual settings through meaningful, accessible learning. Even before the pandemic, the job of a teacher has never called for a typical 9-5 workday, and now we’re seeing teachers put in even more hours than ever before to ensure their students don’t fall behind while learning from home,” says Eric Oldfield, Chief Business Officer of Brainly.  

Now through May 8, current U.S. middle-school and high-school students (ages 13 and up) can nominate and vote for their favorite educators three categories: Academic Teachers, Administrators, and Extracurricular Instructors. 

The winning educators will each receive $1,000 towards classroom resources through their partners at DonorsChoose, as well as a featured post on and a one-year Brainly Plus subscription-- not to mention major bragging rights. 

All students have to do to nominate a teacher is write a 4-5 sentence response to the question: “How has an educator been exceptional in your transition to remote learning?” As an added incentive, the students who nominate the winning educators will also receive a Samsung Galaxy Tablet, a Codecademy Pro student scholarship, and a one-year Brainly Plus subscription. 

“We’re calling on everyone impacted by school closures and the transition to online education to help us celebrate the teachers, instructors, administrators, coaches, and mentors that have made a difference in the lives of the students who need them. These exceptional educators are finding new creative ways to connect with their students-- leaving sidewalk chalk math problems outside students’ homes for them to solve, teleconferencing poetry readings, dropping off packets to students without reliable internet access. It’s truly heartwarming, and these amazing educators deserve to be recognized,” says Oldfield. 

For more information about Brainly’s ‘Online Educator of the Year Award’ and details on how to nominate and vote for your favorite educator, visit

Thank you,
Sean Dunphy
Principal ~ SAES
Posted by sdunphy  On May 02, 2020 at 10:31 AM
Parents, Students and Staff,
Our Fourth Grade Living museum lives on... virtually.  We are proud of the students for participating and taking on this task from home this year.  They worked hard writing a biography report and studying about their famous person. We hope you enjoy seeing them "morph" into character and we know you will surely learn a lot! 
Mrs Falvo

Enjoy the virtual museum:

Posted by sdunphy  On May 01, 2020 at 9:25 AM
Dear Parents/Guardians:

This week we had all our students in grade K-5 take a reading diagnostic test.  In order for our teachers to get a true accurate depiction of where our students' reading and comprehension levels are at this time of year, we need to let student's take this test on their own.  Dr. G created a video for parents to view about this testing.  Please view it at your leisure:


Sean Dunphy
South Amboy Elementary School
Posted by sdunphy  On Apr 29, 2020 at 9:12 AM

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We hope that you are all safe and getting back into the swing of balancing distance learning with your other responsibilities. As we transition to providing instruction through distance learning, we have decided to have our students take the Reading Diagnostic through iReady. The results through the i-Ready Reading Diagnostic will help teachers assess the needs of each and every student in their class while monitoring progress throughout the remainder of the school year. We cannot stress how important it is for your children to take the assessment by themselves as any assistance will have an effect on the overall results and placement. 

Please review with your children the presentation below which matches their grade level before starting the reading diagnostic:

The students will be taking the diagnostic assessment on Monday, April 27 and Tuesday, April 28. On these days there will be no additional assignments for Reading or Writing given by the teachers. When students complete the diagnostic we will review their placement and begin assigning lessons to help support students and provide enrichment. Students who rush or have results that do not align with their current academic performance may have to retake the diagnostic just as they would if we were still in regular school sessions. 

For more information on how you can support your children during this next phase of instruction please feel free to visit i-Ready Central to learn more. 


Sean Dunphy

Sean Dunphy


Posted by sdunphy  On Apr 23, 2020 at 1:18 PM

April 22, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We want to take the time to thank you all for reaching out to your classroom teachers and administration with your concerns about our shift to distance learning. Our teachers have done an amazing job in this transition and have worked tirelessly to help you and your child through this experience. We know that together with your support we will emerge from this stronger than before.

As a school, we want to continue to encourage our staff and students to strive to meet the high expectations that are set through our curriculum, but also recognize that this is a difficult time for us all. If your child is having trouble we encourage you to continue reaching out to the classroom teachers to discuss what steps can be taken. We also want to take this time to remind our students that we want them to do their best and to remind you all that, although our students may struggle with assignments, we want you to encourage them to work independently so that we can identify how we can better serve the student.

We have organized some resources for you to reference to help access some of the programs and information within them.

i-Ready Reading Overview

Accessing i-Ready Math

Accessing Reading Plus

Submitting Assignments in Google Classroom

Uploading Photos and Pictures in Google Classroom

Asking Questions in Google Classroom

A Parents Guide to Google Classroom

Please feel free to reach out to us if there are any other videos and tutorials you would like to see us post.


Mr. Sean Dunphy Dr. Martin Gurczeski

Principal ~ SAES Vice Principal ~ SAES

[email protected] [email protected] 

Posted by sdunphy  On Apr 23, 2020 at 1:14 PM
Dear Parents/Guardians:

I had emailed this PDF out to everyone through Genesis, but in case you have trouble accessing it, please take a look at the free webinar series from High Focus Centers offered in the flyer below.


Sean Dunphy
Principal ~ SAES
Posted by sdunphy  On Apr 23, 2020 at 11:47 AM
Dear Parents/Guardians:

Below you will find the list of Honor Roll students for grades 4 and 5.  Congratulations to all our Honor Rollees.

4th gr MP 3.pdf

MP3 5th grade.pdf

Stay Safe!

Sean Dunphy
Principal ~ SAES
Posted by sdunphy  On Apr 10, 2020 at 8:11 AM
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