Lynnwood’s January Newsletter

January 2019

Happy New Year Lynnwood Families-

We hope you had a wonderful holiday season, enjoyed the break, and spent quality time with loved ones.  Now, it is January and that time when many of us reassess our busy lives and think about what we want to accomplish or what we can do to improve our lives, health, well-being etc.  With that in mind, we feel it’s a great time to reinforce some school policies we have in place for a healthy balance of safety and success at Lynnwood. Mrs. Rizzo is currently out on medical leave and during her absence Ms. Ranieri will be filling in. Ms. Marcia Ranieri is another administrator in the district who oversees the World Language and English as a New Language Departments.  Please call the main office if you need to get a hold of Ms. Ranieri, or you can email her at

Please see below for a few reminders of our school policies:

I’d like to readdress the morning routine for those of you who bring your students to school. There has been some concern that policy is not being followed in the way in which we have set forth to best protect our children. Please be very conscientious of the practice of these policies to best ensure our standard of safety.

Student Drop Off & Pick-Up

If are going to park your vehicle, you must park in the lot and walk your child in, hand in hand, through the crosswalk. The semi-circle drop off lane is NOT for parking, it is a single lane drop off ONLY. Please keep the white walk area free for our children so they do not have to walk between vehicles. If you exit your vehicle, you are not permitted to leave your vehicle in the drop off lane.  Never, under any circumstances should any parent without a registered disabled parking sticker be parking in the disabled parking area in front of the school. Late arrivals, when there are no monitors present in the parking lot, you are required to accompany your child into the building and sign them in. Parents are required to park in the lot and walk-in with your child, this applies to students returning from medical appointments as well. Adhering to these practices will deliver the best outcome.


ALL VISITORS ARE REQUIRED TO REPORT DIRECTLY TO THE MAIN OFFICE UPON ENTERING THE BUILDING.  Visitors will be asked to provide ID and given a visitor badge/sticker.  Please drop off sneakers, forgotten lunches, musical instruments, notes, homework, etc. to the secretaries in the Main Office. We will gladly see that the item is delivered to the classroom. Classrooms will NOT be interrupted during instructional time.  In the morning before 7:45 students should report to the cafeteria. Students who are early arrivals should not go directly to the classroom. Staff is not available to supervise before 7:45. This is a safety concern and we want to be sure all students report to the appropriate location upon arrival in the morning.  Please kindly remind your student of this procedure.

Cold Weather Gear

The weather is not always cooperative but when it’s permitting, we do try to get our children outside.  Please make sure that you dress your child appropriately each day. Hats, gloves and warm jackets are appreciated.  If your child needs snow pants or additional outdoor gear the classroom teacher will let you know.

PE:  Gymnastics season is upon us so sneakers are not required for physical education until further notice.  However, socks are mandatory attire. Feel free to send in an extra pair of socks with your child for them to leave in their cubby or locker.

Grade 5 Ski Club is held every Wednesday at Maple Ski Ridge through February 6. Should we have to cancel a lesson due to school closing, we will have a makeup date of February 13th. The ski bus returns to Lynnwood at approximately 6:15 p.m.

Reminder, ski equipment is not permitted on the daily bus. Please make the proper arrangements to drop off your child’s equipment before the end of the school day.

SNN – School News Notifier – Are You Connected?

School News Notifier is an electronic notification system designed to keep parents and the community informed with what’s happening at Lynnwood Elementary School. Receive information about upcoming events.  If you are not already signed up, please visit our districts website at and click on the “School News Notifier” icon to create your profile and receive the latest school news.

GCSD moves to SchoolMessenger for Emergency Notifications

The Guilderland Central School District has moved from One Call Now and School News Notifier (or SNN) to SchoolMessenger as a way to contact our parents, students and staff members. SchoolMessenger is used for emergency notifications, such as school closings/delays and emergency situations in schools. Read more here. 

Get Registered for an Online Lunch Account.

Did you know we offer the convenience of placing funds into your student’s lunch account online? View your students’ cafeteria account balance and purchases, receive low balance alerts.

Simply visit the district website, from the main page under District Services select Cafeteria Services, you will find the SchoolCafe link. Sign up today!

Student Lunch Price: $2.80 Milk: $.60 Breakfast: $1.95

School Closings and Delays

School closings, delayed openings and early dismissals resulting from weather  conditions or other emergencies will be announced over TV stations 6, 8, 9, 10, 13, Guilderland’s cable access Channel 16, on the district website, as well as on radio stations WYJB , WRVE and on WGY.

SNN messages/texts will also be sent to subscribers.  Closings will be announced by 6:30 AM. Most importantly, instead of One Call Now, notifications will also be sent via SchoolMessenger. (Please see above)

Whenever the start of school is delayed an hour or two, students who are transported by parents must also arrive at school later.  Our early-drop off program also starts later on delay days.

If we have a 1 hour delay, the front doors will not be opened until 8:30 AM; a 2 hour delay, they will be open at 9:30 AM.

Remember, whenever schools are closed for emergency reasons, all after school and evening activities will be cancelled as well.

Nurse’s Notes

Please be mindful of proper washing and disassembling of cups and thermos’ to avoid reinfection.

Sick rules – For vomiting, diarrhea or Temp of 100 or more, stay home until below 100 for 24 hours without help from medication.  Stay home if don’t feel well or have a cough, runny nose or sore throat.
Proper hand washing especially after tissue use is essential to curtail spread of germs.
—->20 seconds of rubbing soap filled hands together before thorough rinsing and drying is most effective.
Cough/sneeze  etiquette: bring elbow to face before we cough or sneeze to capture germs and prevent their spread.
Whenever your child will be absent from school—we ask that you phone us in the morning to report this.  When calling, please give us a brief description of his/her illness—especially flu-like symptoms. Call our Health Office at 355-7930, (ext. 3106) for all absences.  Please send in an excuse note when your child returns to school.
It’s still Flu Season, and not too late to get vaccinated.  Ask your doctor about getting a flu shot.

Dates to Remember

January 10 – 5th Grade Egg Drop Project

January 11 – 5th Grade Egg Drop Project

January 18  – PTA Bingo Nite, 6:00 –7:00 pm

January 21 –NO SCHOOL, Martin Luther King Day

January 25 – PTA Bingo Nite Snow date

January 28 – Kindergarten Information Night (Parents Only), 6:30-7:30 pm

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