Dear Parents and Guardians,
It is hard to believe that we are starting 2018! We hope everyone had a restful and enjoyable winter recess. Winter is upon us, so please be sure to send your children to school appropriately dressed with coats, hats and gloves so that weather permitting, they can go outside for recess.
Please remember that our emergency contact system, “Schoolmessenger”, will alert you via phone call and/or text message if there are any delays, closings, or early dismissals due to inclement weather. Please be sure that your updated contact information is accurate so that these important messages can be sent to you. Please also remember to have emergency plans in place in the event that school ever dismisses early and children need to be dropped off earlier than normal at their bus stop. Camp Herrlich does NOT run their program on emergency early dismissal days, so if your child normally goes to aftercare with Camp Herrlich, be sure that you have a backup plan in case of emergency. Also, please be aware that we currently have options for 1 hour, 2 hour, OR 3 hour delays for a delayed opening of school due to inclement weather. Please check the “Schoolmessenger” alert that is sent, and plan accordingly for your child to be at the bus stop to be picked up either 1 hour, 2 hours, or 3 hours later than his/her normal time based on the alert.
Our 3rd and 4th graders did a wonderful job at their holiday concerts in December. Thanks to Ms. Chasanoff for all of her efforts in putting on such great shows. Thanks also to Mrs. Pozzuto for helping facilitate the props for the concerts.
- Please remind your children to take a look in the lost and found for missing items. When you visit our school, please feel free to look for lost items as well. Our lost and found is located around the corner from the greeter station when you enter and sign into the building.
- Please remember that children are not to be dropped off in the morning before 8:45 a.m.
- Please note that on 1, 2 or 3 hour delay days, there is no breakfast program. We do serve lunch on 1, 2 and 3 hour delay days.
Wellness Wisdom - brought to you by our District’s Health and Wellness Committee
Here are a few health and wellness tips for winter to help you stay in good health.
Provided by Mana Health Associates
- Winter is cold and flu season. Wash your hands often!
- Eat Healthy.
- Stay Hydrated.
- Stay Active.
Coach’s Corner – brought to you by our Literacy Coach, Janine Garrison
The challenge below is a great way to promote reading importance in the household and a really fun way to engage in text with children. All that is involved is choosing a different book together each week:
Winter Reading Challenge - for kids and families
- Week 1: Book with a color in the title
- Week 2: Book by an author whose last name starts with "w"
- Week 3: Non-fiction book about winter
- Week 4: Book about a winter sport
- Week 5: Book with a recipe
- Week 6: Multicultural book
- Week 7: Caldecott winner
- Week 8: Book about loving, caring or sharing
- Week 9: Book that is a song you sing
- Week 10: Favorite book from your childhood
- Week 11: Dr. Seuss book
- Week 12: Book that became a movie
- Week 13: A #picturebookoftheday book
Dates to Remember
January 8 BOE Meeting 7:30 PM @ Pawling Elementary School
January 12 NO School for Students – Superintendent’s Conference Day
January 15 NO School – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 22 BOE Meeting 7:30 PM @ Pawling Elementary School
January 25 PTA meeting 7:00 PM in elementary school library
Important Upcoming Calendar Dates to Remember
February 5 Board of Education Meeting @ 7:30, PES
February 19 No School (President’s Day)
February 20 No School for Students (Superintendent’s Conference Day)
February 20 Board of Education Meeting @ 7:30, PES
February 22 PTA meeting @ 7:00, PES
Have a Happy and Healthy New Year!
Dr. Kirkhus, Principal
Mrs. Rivas, Assistant Principal