BPES March Newsletter Now Available

Grades 3-5 English Language Arts and Mathematics Exams

During the last full week of March, students in grades 3, 4 and 5 will complete computer-based New York State exams in English Language Arts.  These assessments will be followed by computer-based Mathematics exams to be given the week we return from April break. 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, March 25 – Grades 3-5 (day 1)
Thursday, March 26 – Grades 3-5 (day 2)

Grade 3-5 Mathematics exams

Tuesday, April 21 – Grade 3 (day 1)
Wednesday, April 22 – Grade 3 (day 2) and Grade 4 (day 1)
Thursday, April 23 – Grade 4 (day 2) and Grade 5 (day 1)
Friday, April 24 – Grade 5 (day 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 at 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. 

Pine Bush 25th Anniversary Playground Gala

Pine Bush Elementary School is celebrating its 25th year anniversary and we will be holding a Gala to commemorate the occasion.  This wonderful event will be an opportunity for our school community to come together to share memories, stories, and celebrate the dedication of past and present Pine Bush teachers, staff and students who have made Pine Bush Elementary School such a special place.

We invite you to join us at Treviso Restaurant on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 6 pm.  Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served from 6-7pm with a formal dinner, silent auction, and dancing to follow from 7-10 pm.

While celebrating this milestone, we will also be promoting our fundraising efforts to replace our current playground as the physical structure is also in its 25th year.  Our playground not only serves our school, but our community at large during the summer months, on weekends and school vacations. Replacing the playground will come at a large expense and we will need community funding to help make it happen.  Please consider joining us for this special event.

Bus Evacuation Drill

On Tuesday, March 3, all Pine Bush Elementary students will participate in a routine bus safety drill at 9:00 am.  This drill is the last of three annual drills that 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.

Spring Pictures

Lifetouch Photographers will be at Pine Bush Elementary on Friday, March 13, for Spring Pictures.  This date has been changed from March 25th.  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 13th.

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 Tuesday, March 31, 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 20 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

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
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
Guilderland Website (www.guilderlandschools.org)

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 canceled.

PTA Activities

Movie Night

Mark your calendars! Join us Friday, March 6th at 6:30 pm to watch “Frozen 2” 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 beverages 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 21st at 1:00 pm.

Notes from the Nurse

National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. http://sm.eatright.org/NNMinfo 

Nurses tip: Include a variety of healthful foods from all of the food groups on a regular basis.

Krystal Varrenti, RN

Upcoming Events


3     Bus Evacuation Drill, 9:00 a.m.

6     PTA Movie Night, 6:30 p.m.

11  PTA  Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

13   PTA Spring Pictures

20 Superintendent’s Conference Day – NO SCHOOL

21 PTA Follies, 1:00 p.m.

25-26 Grade 3 – 8 NYS ELA Computer-Based Testing

30-4/3 Spirit Week

31   11:30 Dismissal for K-2 Students (Parent Conferences)


1 Spring Concert, 7:00 p.m.

4 Playground Gala – Treviso Restaurant, Albany, NY – 6:00 p.m.

6 NO SCHOOL for K-2 Students (Parent Conferences)

10-17 Spring Break – NO SCHOOL

21-24 Grade 3 – 8 NYS Math Computer-Based Testing

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