I am very excited and feel extremely fortunate to once again serve our scholars at University Elementary School this year. University Elementary School is an educational community committed to quality, research-based educational programs for all kindergarten through fifth grade scholars. University Elementary provides our scholars with the opportunity to celebrate the rich diversity that epitomizes our community and to access resources that will effectively prepare them to become outstanding productive citizens.

The University Elementary School community developed this handbook for the benefit of parents and scholars. The information in this handbook is designed to provide you with information that will help to make your child’s school year a productive one by communicating academic requirements and behavioral expectations. Please take this opportunity to review and discuss with your child the information provided herein. For your convenience, University Elementary School does have a link on the District’s website located at www.irvington.k12.nj.us. The UES website includes information for parents and scholars, such as staff e-mail addresses, homework assignments, monthly newsletters, etc. You may also browse the District’s website to keep abreast of district news, events, and school district policies.

Our efforts are directed toward establishing clear lines of communication between home and school. With your input, we are confident that the University Elementary School staff will provide a positive growth experience for your child. While the administrator’s intent is to be available for every parent at all times, depending on the time of day, it is possible that you will be transferred to our automated telephone system. The morning, between 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m., and lunch hours are usually the busiest and require our undivided attention toward ensuring the safety and security of our scholars. If you are calling with a question of a general nature, the main office staff can usually be of assistance.

The climate and culture specialist, guidance counselor, HSSC, and parent coordinator assists the building principal in managing the needs of scholars and parents and are empowered to make decisions related to most issues concerning scholars at UES. The guidance counselor handles a myriad of services related to academics, scheduling, registration, counseling, special education and testing. If you are in doubt about which office to contact, calling the Main Office is always a good place to start. Most questions and concerns can be routinely answered and serviced by the above noted staff. However, questions about grades, progress reports, and academic concerns should initially be directed to the Guidance Office. In doing so, we will be able to service your needs in the most efficient manner possible.

We look forward to meeting you during various events and opportunities throughout the school year. Together, we will work as partners to ensure that our scholars are career and college prepared to live and contribute to a 21st century global society.


Dr. Chinaire Simons, Principal
& The University Elementary School Team