Principal's Message

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome everyone to our Thelma L. Sandmeier School community.  I am honored to have the opportunity to return to TLS to lead a school with such persevering students, an extremely dedicated staff, and a supportive school community.   I have been a part of the Springfield School District for the past 23 years, starting my career teaching music TLS and JCS elementary schools.  My experience has also included teaching at FMG and JDHS, as well as gaining educational leadership skills as a department coordinator, supervisor and building administrator. It is my firm belief that every student deserves a quality education in a nurturing and safe environment.  This only happens when the school and its families work together for the best interests of the children.  I look forward to fostering effective communication with all of our faculty, staff and parents to develop the necessary relationships to best serve our children.


The next three years that you and your child spend with us hold the promise of boundless opportunities to promote and to stimulate your child’s academic, emotional, and social growth and development.  They will be three of the most challenging and exciting years in their young lives because these years are critical to the development of the child.  We are proud to offer a challenging and rigorous curriculum in all of our content areas and special areas including Art, Music, Library, Health and Physical Education.  We also are proud to offer programs that support additional areas of student need such as Special Education, AIS, Gifted & Talented, Counseling, Speech, Physical and Occupational Therapy.  To further enhance each child’s opportunity to become a well-rounded, life-long learner, students can further explore opportunities in Choir, Band, and Strings, Student Council, Talented Arts Program, Homework Club and others.


We welcome our parents and guardians to join our PTA to further our partnership with our families.  The PTA is a great way to become engaged in your child’s learning and school community. Again, the partnership of our families and staff are essential elements to the overall growth and achievement of our students.


I am excited about what this new academic year will bring, and looking forward to seeing how our talented staff and amazing students rise to the challenges of the 2020-2021 school year!  Please use this website to explore the different areas of Thelma L. Sandmeier school.  Please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss any concerns or share ideas that can help make our school the best place to be!



Ronald Slate





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Thelma L. Sandmeier Elementary School
666 South Springfield Avenue
Springfield, NJ 07081
Phone:973-376-1025 x3497