Dear Families and Friends,
As the month of December commences with shorter days and darker nights, many of us have already undertaken to crossing items off our holiday to-do lists. These may include a variety of tasks such as decorating our homes, baking cookies, mailing cards and attending parties; each of which requires thoughtful planning, time and effort.
For most of us, the hours and days of the holiday time are spent searching for the “perfect” gift for a relative or friend to symbolize our appreciation and gratitude. It is important for us to always remember that the most precious gift is that which cannot be found from any retailer. This is the gift that comes from the heart. For many friends and relatives, this gift may be simply the gift of time and companionship.
Spending time with family and friends can be an equally rewarding gift for the giver and recipient. The fond memories of moments spent with loved ones are long cherished and revered, especially at this time of year. Perhaps the best gift that our school community can offer your children and family is the gift of time. Time spent teaching and learning, reading and writing, listening and reflecting, and caring and sharing.
Thank you to each of our teachers and teaching assistants for all you do to provide meaningful educational experiences in a caring and respectful classroom environment. Thank you to each of our parents and families for encouraging your children to always strive toward their best and to foster a lifelong love for learning.
May you and your family enjoy the peace and tranquility of a joyous holiday season.
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” ~ Helen Keller
2019-2020 Incoming Kindergarten Students
A special informational session for incoming kindergarten students will be held on January 24, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. at Pine Bush Elementary (snow date on 1/28/19). Information and registration paperwork will be mailed home in December. To be sure that your child is listed in our database, please contact the GCSD Central Registrar, Zeynep Rice by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (518) 456-6200, ext. 3109.
If you choose to send an email, please include the following information:
- First and last names of both parents (if applicable)
- Your child’s first and last name
- Your child’s date of birth
- Your home address and phone number
Children must be five years old by December 1 of the year that they enter kindergarten to be eligible to attend school. Parents of eligible children who are not notified by mail by early January should contact the Central Registrar. Kindergarten registration for the 2019-2020 school year will be held on February 6 and February 7 in the main office at Pine Bush.
Lost and Found
There are several clothing items, including winter coats, hats and gloves in our Lost and Found area in the front lobby. Please check with your child to see if they are missing any clothing items. If so, encourage them to search through our Lost and Found.
We also request parents to write your child’s name inside their winter coats so that we may quickly return these costly items to your child. With the exception of winter coats, we are planning to donate unclaimed items from our Lost and Found to a local charity over the holiday break.
Energy Cost Savings
As part of our district-wide energy saving efforts, the building temperature will be set at 70 degrees during the school day. Please encourage your child to dress appropriately during the winter months.
Pine Bush Winter Concert
Pine Bush Elementary School will hold its annual winter concert on Wednesday, December 5th at 7:00 p.m. in the school gymnasium. At this performance the fourth and fifth grade chorus and fourth and fifth grade band and orchestra will present a program of musical selections. Parents, grandparents and family guests are invited to attend.
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
- 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 cancelled.
Upcoming PTA Activities
The PTA Kids Holiday Craft Fair – each year, the PTA holds a holiday sale where students can purchase, at nominal prices, small items for family and friends for the holiday season. This year the craft fair will be on Thursday, December 6th and Friday, December 7th with a snow date of Monday, December 10th. These are the new dates of the craft fair. These dates are different from what is listed in the school calendar.
The Community Service Team will be meeting in the cafeteria on Thursday, December 6th from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. All 4th and 5th grade students are welcome to attend.
Notes from the Nurse
Let’s fight the flu together!
Your decision to get the flu shot or not goes well beyond you. It also affects the many lives you touch…
Influenza is a contagious disease of the respiratory tract (nose, throat, and lungs) that can lead to serious complications. Flu symptoms may include fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, and muscle aches. The best way to protect your family from new influenza strains is to get vaccinated each year.
The top five most virus-contaminated areas in the home are:
1. Telephones (have you cleaned your cell phone lately)
2. Appliances such as the refrigerator and microwave
4. Light switch and door handles
5. TV remotes
Follow good health guidelines: eat right, exercise, and get plenty of rest to help boost your immunity to fight the effects of colds and flu. Wash hands frequently, do the elbow cough, and disinfect hot spots at school, work, and home.
**If your child has outgrown sweatpants or other comfortable clothing that you would like to donate, please consider sending them to the school. Extra clothes come in handy when students fall in a puddle at recess or spill water or milk on themselves at lunch. Thank you and Happy Holidays! **
3 Picture Retake Day
5 Winter Concert, 7:00 pm
6-7 PTA Kids Holiday Craft Fair
24-1/1 Holiday Recess – NO SCHOOL
2 School Resumes
9 PTA Meeting, 6:30 pm
21 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – NO SCHOOL
24 Kindergarten Information Night, 6:30 pm (Snow date 1/28)