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April 16, 2014

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Alicia Rizzo, Principal

8 Regina Drive Schenectady, NY 12303

Phone: 518/355-7930

Fax: 518/356-3087

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Important immunization changes for students entering grades K-6

The NYS Department of Health and NYS Education Department recently issued immunization requirement changes starting with the 2014-2015 school year. A letter will be sent home to all parents of students in grades K-6 on April 22 explaining these changes. Parents can also read the letter here (PDF).

Lynnwood Wear

Looking for some LES gear? Check out the spring Lynnwood Wear order form. Download the form (PDF)

Elementary Art Show to run April 3 - 27 at the Guilderland Public Library

The Guilderland Central School District annual Elementary Art Shows kicks off on Thursday, April 3 at the Guilderland Public Library. Stop by the library anytime during normal business hours through April 27 to see some of the amazing work of our youngest artists. In addition, an opening reception will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on April 7. All are welcome to attend.

Upcoming school recess and early release days

Please note that all GCSD schools will be in recess from Monday, April 14 through Monday, April 21. In addition, elementary students will be released early on the following days for parent conferences:

Wednesday, April 23: 11:30 a.m. dismissal for Grades K-5

Tuesday, April 29: 11:30 a.m. dismissal for Grades K-2

Tuesday, May 6: 11:30 a.m. dismissal for Grades K-2


Giffy's BBQ set for May 20 at LES

The Lynnwood Elementary School PTA will be hosting a Giffy's BBQ on Tuesday, May 20 from 4 to 6 p.m. Download an order form (PDF) Please send orders with checks payable to Lynnwood PTA in an envelope marked “PTA BBQ Presale” by Wednesday, May 14. There will be a limited number of non-presale meals available for purchase on the night of the event, as well. For questions or if you would like to help with the BBQ, please contact Melissa Klindtworth.

LES celebrates World Read Aloud Day

On Tuesday, March 4, Lynnwood Elementary School students were treated to some surprise "guest readers" for World Read Aloud Day as teachers dressed up as characters from their favorite books to celebrate! Below, Principal Alicia Rizzo reads to students and the staff show off their best costumes.

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GCSD students featured in K-8 Empire State Plaza Art Collection Exhibition Learn more

Camp Invention is returning to GCSD this summer

In partnership with the national nonprofit Invent Now, Guilderland Central School District is pleased to once again offer the nationally-acclaimed Camp Invention program to children entering grades one through six this summer. The program runs from July 21-25, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Farnsworth Middle School. Learn more

students work with members of the Union College hockey team to film a video at LES
To view more "behind the scenes" photos, please visit the district's Facebook page. You can also read more coverage of the filming from the Times Union.

Union College hockey team partners with LES to make video about respect, overcoming obstacles, and the qualities of being a good friend

Lights, camera, ACTION! On Wednesday, Dec. 4, fifteen members of the Union College hockey team visited Lynnwood Elementary School to help shoot a video with students about respect, overcoming obstacles, and the qualities of being a good friend. The players participated in four scenes: dealing with an academic struggle in the classroom; being bullied in the hallway; not being able to make a goal during gym class; and being left out on the playground. Working with students from throughout the school, the team demonstrated how to handle each of these situations to build an even better school community. The video debuted at the Dec. 13 Share & Celebrate event. You can also view it here!


Communicating in a Digital World

Earlier this week, Guilderland Central School District hosted a very important event for all district students, families, and community members aimed at starting a conversation about using today’s technology in a safe and responsible way. "Communicating in a Digital World: A conversation about civility and respect" was held on Jan. 14 and featured a panel discussion about the importance of personal responsibility when interacting with websites, social media, and other electronic communication tools. Learn more about the event, see a video replay, and download event handouts

GCSD introduces new elementary report card

Learn more about the new standards-aligned elementary report card by reviewing our parent guide (PDF). Details of the new report card will also be discussed at upcoming parent conferences. For more information, please contact your child's teacher or building principal.

District to begin releasing APPR scores by request

Beginning Oct. 11, all GCSD parents or legal guardians will have the right to request Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) quality ratings and composite effectiveness scores for their child's current year's teacher(s) and principal(s).
Learn more and download a request form

Student Contact and Medical Information Verification/Update Form

Each year, the Guilderland Central School District requests of all parents their most current and accurate contact information, as well as critical medical information pertaining to their child(ren). In past years, the district sent home hard copies of student health cards for verification and completion by parents. For the 2013-14 school year and beyond, we are now asking parents to make full use of our online systems for this verification process. Learn more This information is extremely important, as our ability to appropriately respond to student medical concerns and to maintain timely communications with parents is dependent on this verification process. Please take a few moments to verify and/or update your child's information as soon as possible.

Important information for parents about placement procedures at LES

Although the school year still has several months left, our district has begun planning for the next school year. Part of the planning includes the placement of students in classes for the new school year. Parents will be notified about next year’s placement on or about August 15th. To help parents better understand the placement process at LES, a letter will be sent home to all parents. View a copy of this letter, including an outline of the Lynnwood Placement Procedure

Parking reminders for parents and school visitors

Parking along the front curb of school is strictly prohibited (even if you are just running in for a minute).
Check our parking lot for an available parking space before parking along Regina Drive.
When there is a large event going on at school (i.e. Share & Celebrate) ends, please exit as our parking lot as promptly and carefully as possible to relieve congestion.
At dismissal time, make sure that your car is not blocking access to the loading zone in front of school when buses are arriving. 

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