Albert Payson Terhune Elementary School General Information

      Mission Statement

      • The Mission of Albert Payson Terhune Elementary School is to foster academic excellence by promoting learning and creativity in a safe and child-centered environment through a partnership of family, staff, and the community. 

        Our goal is to create independent thinkers and social problem solvers who are respectful of themselves and others.

      Attendance Reporting

      • If your child will be absent from school for any reason, please make sure to let Nurse Silva know. Either call the attendance line at 973-633-3150, extension 4 or send an email to Please make sure to include your child's name, their teacher, and the reason for their absence (please include symptoms).  

      Code of Conduct

      • ​I will come to school each day ready to learn.
        I will act in a safe and responsible manner.
        I will respect all school property.
        I will treat others the way I would like to be treated.
        I will be respectful, polite, and kind to all students, teachers, and staff.



      • Allergies - Nut Free Lunches - Allergies

        There are quite a few students with food allergies at APT.  Although we provide an allergy table, these students are permitted to sit with their class during lunch/snack as per parent request.   As the safety of our children is paramount to all of us at APT, we need your support to make our school “nut free zones” during snack time, lunch time and class parties. A child with a nut allergy can suffer a serious reaction merely by touching a food containing a peanut or tree nut.

        Therefore, we ask that you adhere to the following safety guidelines:

        ● Please do not send in any peanuts or peanut butter

        ● Please do not send any tree nuts or foods containing tree nuts. Examples of common tree nuts include almond, Brazil nut, cashew, chestnut, filbert, hazelnut (Nutella), macadamia nut, pecan, pine nut, pistachio, and walnut. 

        It is hard for the cafeteria aides to check all the lunches but things like whole nuts, peanut butter and Nutella are clearly visible.  Students who have these items will be asked to see the nurse for replacements. 

        Thank you in advance for your cooperation.


      • School Time Schedule

      • Visiting the School

      • Regular Arrival Procedures

      • Regular Dismissal Procedures

      • Inclement Dismissal Days

      • Dress Code Requirements

      • Transportation

      • Early Pick Up

      • Parking

      • Absence from School

      • Lunch Program and Schedule

      Highly Qualified Teacher Status

      • The federal law, called No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requires teachers to be “highly qualified” in the subjects they teach.  As parents you have the right to inquire about the qualifications and the “HQT” status of your child’s teacher.  At Albert Payson Terhune Elementary School every classroom has a “Highly Qualified Teacher” who is dedicated to the success of each child.  You are encouraged to continue to support your child’s education and communicate with his or her teacher on a regular basis.  By partnering with your child’s teacher, together we can provide your child with the best education possible.