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The School of Saint Elizabeth is a very special place with a supportive environment that thrives from the contributions of all its members.  With the help of faculty, staff, parents and students, St. E’s is where children grow academically and spiritually. We welcome students of every religious belief, race and ethnic origin.  Combining deep-rooted traditions and current best practices, we are dedicated to providing students with the tools necessary to be successful in the 21st century. The result produces individuals who are responsible, lifelong learners, effective communicators and problem solvers.  Our students learn to cherish their faith and become active, contributing adults.

As principal, I believe it is imperative to educate the whole child which includes academic, social/emotional, and spiritual learning.  All children require a nurturing environment that is safe and structured, as well as an environment that allows and provides for individual and collective growth.  This caring culture is based on Christian values that permeate all activities. Since each child is a unique individual, he or she has the right to learn in his or her own way to ensure success.  To this end, instructional strategies such as differentiated learning, school-wide enrichment, personal learning, and targeted supplemented instruction ensure the academic success of all students.  

Our vision for the School of St. Elizabeth comes from its existing mission statement: “to impact the world positively by nurturing children with Christian values in a Catholic academic tradition of excellence.” We continue to build upon our one-hundred year history and tradition, as we move forward, working collaboratively as a school community fostering 21st century skills to prepare our students for the innovative era.  Initiatives for the 2019-2020 school year include developing a growth mindset, using the engineering design process to become critical thinkers and reflective learners, and incorporating the fruits of the Holy Spirit to deepen character and spiritual development.  

As a Future Ready NJ Certified school with AdvancED STEM certification, we focus on empowering our students and provide them with the tools to work in an inquiry based learning environment. We focus on encouraging our students to develop the skills to discover creative solutions to complex problems. We are using Google Apps for Education, chromebooks, tablets, formative assessment tools,  interactive whiteboards, and other assistive technologies. STREAM, 3D Design and printing, coding programs, 1:1 technology for grades K-8, video editing and production, and our Innovation STEM Lab are incorporated into our educational programming.

Our school utilizes the Power School for our student management system.  This web-based application automates critical functions such as attendance, classroom grading and reporting. Parents are able to gain access to their children’s grades and track their progress. This time­-saving tool allows our school to focus on our primary missions – faith formation and student achievement. 

The School of Saint Elizabeth is accredited by AdvancEDAs our school moves forward, we remain committed to ensuring excellence in staff development opportunities which is a critical microcosm of creating lifelong learners in our professional staff and our students.

Please feel free to visit our school. We love the excellent things occurring here. Our halls resonate with warmth and positive energy.

Thank you and God bless,

Debra Ostrowski, Principal

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