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Principal's Corner

Principal's Corner

August 19, 2021
Dear Appleby Family,
It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to E.R. Appleby Elementary School for the 2021-2022 school year! I hope that your summer has been filled with fun family activities and that you have all enjoyed continued health. This has always been one of my favorite times of the year! I love the excitement of preparing for and welcoming our students to Appleby, including our newest family members -- our second graders!
As I start my fifth year as principal of Appleby, I am honored to be part of an incredible team of professionals who are dedicated and passionate about creating the best learning experiences for our students. We have developed a strong educational program that addresses each child’s social, emotional, and academic needs, as well as celebrates their unique talents and interests. We promote an educational environment that engages students in meaningful learning activities that help them develop the critical skills necessary to become independent, responsible, and productive citizens of the world.
We believe that social emotional learning is a key part of our students’ success and will support them throughout a lifetime of learning experiences. We understand that the last 1.5 years have been extremely challenging, and in some cases, even traumatic. In response to that, we will continue to further develop our understanding of trauma informed instruction with the goal of supporting our students in these uncertain times. The principles of trauma informed schools include understanding trauma and stress, building resilience through social emotional learning, embracing cultural equity, providing safety, predictability, compassion and dependability.
We also believe our students’ success is embedded in the community and the partnerships we forge with our families--right now, more than ever, this is key. Through my many years as an educator, I
have seen, time and time again, the power behind these partnerships. Please know we welcome and appreciate your support and dedication to our children. Together, we will inspire and encourage your child to become a successful lifelong learner.
As the pandemic is on the rise again, Governor Murphy has mandated that we will be in masks for the start of the school year. Attached you will find an information sheet that will guide you on how to prepare your child for their return to school on September 1st. I urge you to get started with these preparations. In the coming weeks you can look forward to continued communication about the start of the school year. I look forward to a wonderful and rewarding year with you and your child. Please enjoy the remaining days of summer!

With warmest regards,
Nancy Torchiano, Principal