Dear Families and Friends,
During the first week of April, students in grades 3, 4 and 5 will begin to complete computer-based New York State exams in English Language Arts. These assessments will be followed by computer-based Mathematics exam to be given the first week of May. These exams will be administered beginning at 8:45 a.m. each morning according to the following schedule:
Grade 3-5 English Language Arts exams
Wednesday, April 3 and Thursday, April 4
Grade 3-5 Mathematics exams
Wednesday, May 1 and Thursday, May 2
To ensure that our students are relaxed, confident and prepared to do their best, we ask that you please encourage your children to:
- Get to bed early and be well rested;
- Eat a healthy nutritional breakfast;
- Arrive to school on time each morning;
- Do their best by reading directions and test items carefully and completing each section of the test.
We respectfully request that you please do not schedule any non-emergency appointments during this time frame. However, if your child is physically ill, we encourage you to have them remain home from school on the test days. Make up exams will be scheduled over the two school days immediately following each examination period. We want children to feel their best to be able to perform their best.
Finally, please remember that these exams are only one measure of a student’s progress over the course of the school year. Our students have been well taught to use good reading, writing, thinking, listening and computation skills. We are confident that they will be successful and thank you for your continued support at home.
Christopher T. Sanita
Bus Evacuation Drill
On Tuesday, March 5, all Pine Bush Elementary students will participate in a routine bus safety drill at 9 a.m. This drill is the last of three annual drills which are required by New York State. The purpose of these drills is to instruct students in procedures that would be utilized in the event of a bus emergency. Prior to the drill, students will participate in group bus meetings.
Lifetouch Photographers will be at Pine Bush Elementary on Monday, March 11, for Spring Pictures. Flyers will be sent home in early March. Please be sure to fill out the form and send it in with your child on March 11.
Early Dismissal for K-2 Students
Parents of students in grades K through 2 are asked to please make note of the following early dismissal date. On Thursday, March 21, students in grades K through 2 will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. so that teachers may hold parent conferences.
Superintendent’s Conference Day
Friday, March 22 is a Superintendent’s Conference Day and there will be no classes for all Pine Bush students on that day.
Family Vacations and Student Attendance
School attendance is extremely important during the elementary years to the academic growth of children and the development of positive attitudes toward school. Parents/guardians need to make every effort to have their children attend school on a daily basis. If a student will be absent more than two (2) days, parents/guardians are encouraged to call the school to request work. Absences due to illness cannot be avoided, but long absences for other reasons should be avoided if at all possible. It is strongly recommended that families do not take vacations while school is in session as it may affect a student’s overall performance at school. Student/family vacations are not recognized as excused absences. A great deal of learning takes place during the school day. Learning is not only reflected in written work or work that can be sent home, but primarily takes place during hands-on activities, discussions and interactions between teachers and students in the classroom. Teachers are not expected to provide assignments in advance as many times it is difficult to predict the pace at which the class will be learning new information.
School Delays and Closings
As the winter approaches, it is possible that weather conditions may require closing school on certain days. Delayed openings may also occur. Information concerning closings and delayed openings will be carried on the following radio and television stations:
- WGY 810 AM
- WYJB B95.5 FM
- WRVE 99.5 FM
- WRGB (TV) Channel 6
- WXXA (TV) Channel 8
- WTEN (TV) Channel 10
- WNYT (TV) Channel 13
- Capital News Channel 9
- Local Cable TV Channel 16/1302
- Guilderland Website
Parents please note that on days when the opening of school is delayed by one or two hours, there are no staff present to supervise children who arrive at the regular time. Please do not drive your child to school earlier than the delayed opening time expecting that someone will be available to watch him or her.
Whenever schools are closed for emergency reasons all night activities and continuing education classes are also cancelled.
Movie Night – Mark your calendars! Join us Friday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m .to watch “Ralph Breaks the Internet” hosted by the Guilderland High School Environmental Club. Bring the whole family for a night of fun. Blankets, pajamas and pillows are encouraged as we gather in the cafeteria. The movie is free and popcorn and snacks will be available for purchase. Please note that all children must be accompanied by an adult.
Pine Bush Follies – Whether you sing, dance, perform magic or have some other hidden talent, the Follies is the place to showcase your creative spirit! At the Follies you can perform your individual or group act in front of our Pine Bush Community. The Follies will be held on Saturday, March 23 at 1 p.m.
Notes from the Nurse
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) weekly feature, “Did You Know?” highlights the importance of physical activity and improved academic achievement. Physically active children tend to have better grades, attention, attendance, and classroom behaviors. All children ages 6-17 should get 60 minutes or more of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity daily. Click here to learn more.
The CDC also says that adequate sleep contributes to a student’s overall health and well-being. Sleeping the number of recommended hours on a regular basis is associated with better health outcomes including: improved attention, behavior, learning, memory, emotional regulation, and an overall improved academic performance at school. To learn more, click here.
5 Bus Evacuation Drill, 9 a.m.
8 PTA Movie Night, 6:30 p.m.
11 PTA Spring Pictures
13 PTA Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
15 Author Visit: Matthew McElligott
21 11:30 Dismissal for K-2 Students (Parent Conferences)
22 Superintendent’s Conference Day – NO SCHOOL
23 PTA Follies, p.m.
25-29 Spirit Week
27 Spring Concert, 7 p.m.
2 11:30 Dismissal for K-2 Students (Parent Conferences)
3-4 NYS ELA Testing, Grades 3-5
5 End of 3rd Quarter Marking Period
11 3rd Quarter Report Cards available on School Tool
19-26 Spring Break – NO SCHOOL