LES February Newsletter

Dear Lynnwood Families –

Thank you for making me feel so welcome during Mrs. Rizzo’s absence.  It has been such a pleasure getting to know your students and I feel so lucky to spend time each day with all of them.  Whether I am in the cafeteria, the library, outside for bus duty, or singing along in music, I have been having a great time here at Lynnwood.  It is such a special place.  You should know that your students are in good hands with the excellent staff that we have here each day.

Thank you for your understanding and assistance with the parking lot.  We appreciate you helping to keep our school safe for all during drop off and pick up.  It seems as though we have worked out the kinks for now.  As always, feel free to call or stop in anytime if you need something or just want to say hello.  Be well and stay warm.

Marcia A. Ranieri; Interim Principal
Lynnwood Elementary School

I hope this finds you and your family well and in good health as it’s been a tough season for colds and flu. The Ground Hog has predicted an early Spring, let’s hope Punxsutawney Phil is right!

We’ve been working diligently to maintain our culture and standard, we appreciate all your support in making Lynnwood great.

We have a busy month ahead with a lot of fun and exciting things in store. With that in mind, we’d like to place some emphasis on starting the day with a nourishing breakfast.

Prepare for school the night before, arrange clothes, lunch, backpack, homework, instruments, bus notes, lunch money etc.

If you have little time and find you’re eating on the run, choose a healthy option, fruit, breakfast bars, yogurt, hard boiled eggs, string cheese. We also have breakfast available to students here in the cafeteria. Breakfast is $1.95. If you think your child may be eligible for a free or reduced meal plan, please don’t hesitate to contact the office staff, it’s completely confidential.

We are also seeking parent volunteers who may wish to help out our cafeteria during lunch. Our lunch shift is from 11:00am – 1:00pm however, we welcome any availability. This is a great way to stay involved and spend additional time with students.

Phys Ed; gymnastics is coming to an end and children will be required to wear sneakers to class once again, beginning February 14th.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Nurse’s Notes

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. It takes 2 weeks after the shot to build up immunity so sooner is better than later!

February Events and Dates to Remember

2/8  – PTA Family Valentines Spaghetti Dinner, 5:30-7:30 pm

2/8 – 2nd Grade Chinese New Year Walkthrough – school activity

2/12 – Kindergarten Registration, School Year 2019/20 (names A-M) 8:00am – 2:30pm located in the Library Bookroom

2/13 – Kindergarten Registration School Year 2019/20 (names N-Z) 8:00am – 2:30pm located in the Library Bookroom

2/13 – 3rd Grade Field Trip, Young Peoples Concert, Guilderland High School 11:30-1:30 pm. Lunch schedules adjusted to accommodate travel.

2/14 – PTA 5th Grade Carnation Sale, $2.00 ea. or 3 for $5.00

2/15 – Mr. Fry/Ms. Bollentin – Field Trip to the Regional Food Bank, 9:30-12:00

2/18 – 2/22, Winter Recess President’s Week – NO SCHOOL

2/25 – 5th Grade DARE Program Freeman/Fry – Officers Patti Stallmer & Matt Hanzalik, GPD

2/26 – 5th Grade DARE Program Romano/Vandenburgh – Officers Patti Stallmer & Matt Hanzalik, GPD

From the Lynnwood PTA

Please Pass the Butter…Dinner Conversations

At the end of the busy school/work day many of us gathering at home around the table for dinner. Whether it’s a quick meal and back on the go or a time to enjoy every bite on our plate, the conversations can be so important. Sometimes the conversation may start with “please pass the butter” and “tell me about your day.” But how do you get past the quick answer of “okay,” “good,” “fine.” This small group around the table is your CIRCLE. Take the moment to turn off the electronics and start the conversation, connect. Start with the open questions: “what was your favorite part of PE today?…tell me what science experiments you tried,” etc. Soon one quick answer will lead to a long discussion, topics you didn’t think to bring up, and most of all everyone sharing what is important and meaningful to them. The evening show and tell.

During the month of February, disconnect from electronics at dinner and enjoy these “please pass the butter” heart-warming conversations with you circle.

Join us for our Family Valentine’s Day Spaghetti Dinner on February 8

Bring your family circle and we’ll provide the conversation starters…

Welcome to Lynnwood

Jeremy Barss is Lynnwood’s new PE teacher. He also teaches PE at Altamont Elementary and Health at Farnsworth MS.  He loves making class fun for the kids! In addition to teaching, he coaches youth wrestling and is the head coach for both Modified Football and Modified Softball. Despite such a busy schedule he also enjoys hiking, fishing and spending time with his yellow lab Duke. Please give him a warm welcome when you see him!

Fundraising Updates

Clip Those Box Tops! Clip $800 by March 1

Box Tops for Education– We collect box tops all year! Our next submission is March 1 and our goal is $800. That’s 2 sheets per family. Attach the box tops to the form on the back or place in a Ziploc bag and send them to school. The challenge is on… how many you can you clip. Any questions, email Maureen at Mosie76@gmail.com.

More information on Box Tops for Education

Price Chopper Tools for Schools – register your PC card and designate Lynnwood. Keep on shopping!


Dinner is served by our favorite guys! Sign up your favorite guy by emailing Dana: danaday76@aol.com.


Please support our 5th grade by buying a carnation for your favorite valentine on 2/14 during lunch! $2 each or 3 for $5


Help spread the word – if you know an incoming kindergartener who has not received their packet please have them call the LES office. Registering now helps keep class size small.

Upcoming Events

Feb. 6 @ 7 p.m.  — PTA Meeting

Feb. 8 @ 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. — Family Valentine’s Day Spaghetti Dinner (RSVP by Feb. 4)

Feb. 12 & 13 @ 8:30 to 2:30 p.m. — Incoming Kindergarten Registration

2/12 A – M, 2/13 N – Z — Feb. 14 – Valentine’s Day Carnation Sale during lunches

Feb. 18 -22: NO SCHOOL

Did you know…

Valentine’s Day is coming soon! If your child is exchanging cards start early and address a few at a time to avoid tired hands!


Thank you to the 70+ families who joined us Friday, January 18 for Bingo Night. We packed the cafeteria with lots of yells for BINGO. It was a great family night out for all with great prizes too.


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