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August 2022


Dear Salem Families,


For the past two years, I have been anxiously awaiting the day where we can start the school year normally. Well…THE TIME HAS COME!!! We can now re-focus on what I believe makes Salem so special and that is our community.  As we resurface from the pandemic, I am excited to grow, learn, and have fun together. Therefore, I thought the theme of Together Towards Tomorrow was a perfect fit for us this year! 


Ms. Hansen, Ms. Oldak, Ms. Costello, the custodians, the H.S.A. presidents and I have been working hard over the summer to ensure a smooth start and an exciting year! We have planned for grade level and school wide programs and have continued our commitment to provide enriching experiences that go beyond the traditional curriculum for every grade level. Thanks to Ed Foundation and HEARTS grants and the H.S.A., we will have programs such as Storytime Theater, the Circus, the Mosaic Project, Alvin Ailey, and much more. It is going to be a great year and a time for our community to reconnect with the school!


The staff will be collaborating more than ever learning from each other’s strengths. Together we will become stronger and our tomorrow will be brighter. Salem is an inspiring place to be as an educator, a parent, and a child.  We are looking forward to creating more memories this year and building an even stronger community.  Salem ROCKS commUNITY!


We are continuing our character development program called Salem R.O.C.K.S.  The core values the program focuses on are Respect, Outreach, Compassion, Kindness, and Sensitivity.  It is our hope that as a community both in school and at home, we will teach and model these values to our children.


For some of you, this is the first time you are sending your child to Salem, and for others, this is the last year you will be with us.  Each year brings on different emotions, milestones, and growth. Embrace the journey of each of these years.


Please visit our new website at https://sal.portnet.org/.  The Salem Handbook under “Our School” has all the information you need to know about Salem.


I am looking forward to a wonderful year ahead!


With excitement and enthusiasm,                                          


Dr. Ferrante