Dear Families and Friends,
May signals a shift in the balance of nature from the grays and browns of early spring to vibrant pastels showing in newly blossomed flowers. We are finally greeted by the welcome sights and sounds of Spring! Children are eager to get outside and play during recess and when they arrive home from
school. It is important that we encourage them to engage in physical activities that are age-appropriate, safe and fun.
Participation on teams can be a wonderful way for children to learn specific skills and interact cooperatively with peers. The ability to function as a member of a team will be a vital component of sustained success in today’s global economic climate. Many studies have shown that routine, daily
exercise is a known stress reducer and can be an effective prevention measure against many common diseases including heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer.
At Pine Bush, we are engaged in several activities and initiatives centered on health, wellness and physical fitness. Students will soon be participating in Jump Rope for Heart during their Physical Education classes for the American Heart Association. All students and staff will participate in ACES (All Children Exercise Simultaneously) Day on Wednesday, May 8.
If children experience the benefits of health and wellness through participation in team sports and other physical activities, they will be well prepared to deal with life’s challenges and lead a healthy lifestyle as
an adult. Please encourage your children to go outside and PLAY!
Christopher T. Sanita
“True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind
and exercise of the body; the two are ever united.” – Wilhelm von Humboldt
School Budget Vote
On Tuesday, May 21, Guilderland Central School District residents will head to the polls to vote on a $102,107,375 proposed budget for the 2019-20 school year. The proposed budget, presents an increase in spending of $1,181,860 or 1.17 percent over the current year’s budget. If approved by voters, it would result in a 1.44 percent tax levy increase in the coming
year—below the district’s maximum allowable tax levy limit as calculated under the state’s “tax cap” formula.
Registering to Vote
Voter registration is required in the Guilderland Central School District. If you are not registered with the school district or the county, you must do so prior to the vote. You may register to vote at any of the district elementary schools on May 9, May 13 and May 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. or at the district office (8 School Road, Guilderland Center) on the aforementioned
mentioned days from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You may also register with the ALBANY COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS during their normal business hours. For more information, please contact Linda Livingston, district clerk, at 456-6200, ext. 3125.
End of the Year Borrowing
May 31: All library materials must be returned on or before May 31.
June 4 -7: Scholastic Book Fair (flyer will be sent home)
June 10 – 26: Library books cannot be checked out during the book fair due to
Inventory procedures. Students may borrow up to ten books to use over
The summer. Permission slips are required for summer borrowing and
will be sent home ahead of time. Please note: Books borrowed during
the school year must be returned in order to participate in summer
Transportation Employee Appreciation Week
The week of May 13th-May 17th is Transportation Employee Appreciation Week at Pine Bush Elementary School. Once again this year, we will be honoring our school bus drivers by presenting them with gift bags of snacks which have been donated by the students. Each child is asked to bring an unwrapped, non-perishable snack to school by Thursday, May 16. Snacks
should be brought to classroom teachers, who will send them to the office where the gift bags will be filled. We are also asking students to consider writing a short note of appreciation to their individual bus driver.
Student Leadership Awards
Congratulations to the following Pine Bush Elementary fifth grade students who will receive the Capital Zone Student Leadership Awards at a ceremony at Hudson Valley Community College on Monday, May 6 at 7 pm. The following students will be recognized:
On Wednesday, May 8, all Pine Bush students will be participating in ACES day. ACES stands for All Children Exercising Simultaneously and is a worldwide effort to promote fitness in school age children. At 1:00 pm on this day, the students at Pine Bush will be participating in a fifteen minute walk around the school, weather permitting. Otherwise, students will enjoy 15
minutes of activities in the gym using Wii Fit.
Jump Rope for Heart
During the month of May, we are offering students a chance to participate in the annual Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser. This event is sponsored by the American Heart Association. Jump Rope for Heart is a fun and effective way to teach heart healthy habits. It emphasizes the importance of physical activity as a lifelong goal for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. We would like to financially support the efforts of the American Heart Association. In keeping with our
district policy, we ask that students not go door to door asking for donations. All donation envelopes need to be returned to your child’s teacher by Tuesday, May 14.
Notes from the Nurse
May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month (https://www.aafa.org) Asthma and Allergy Facts:
- There is no cure for asthma. The best way to manage asthma is to avoid triggers, take
medicine to prevent symptoms and prepare to treat attacks.
- Over 60 million people in the US have asthma and allergies. These conditions impact every aspect of life but don't have to define you.
- People with asthma have concerns beyond their physical health. They may be burdened by financial impacts such as missed work days and the cost of medicine.
- Common asthma symptoms are coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing and chest tightness.
- An asthma episode, also called an asthma flare-up or asthma attack can happen any time. Mild symptoms may only last a few minutes while more severe asthma symptoms can last hours or days.
- Up to 60% of adults and 80% of kids with asthma also have allergies that trigger their asthma – also known as allergic asthma.
- Kids with asthma have concerns beyond their physical health. Kids miss more than 13.8 million school days.
- Each day, ten Americans die from asthma, many of these deaths are avoidable with proper treatment and care.
- An allergy arises in the body when it produces an immune response to things such as cats or pollen that don’t affect most people. If you get too close to something that you’re allergic to (also called an allergen), you may experience symptoms like sneezing, shortness of breath, and itchy, watery eyes.
- What causes allergies to occur? The exact causes of allergy symptoms are still being investigated. However, it is known that these are due to immune system pathways that lead to inflammation after an encounter with allergenic proteins in the environment. These proteins are often from plant pollens, animal dander, insect venom, or certain foods.
- What triggers my allergies? There are different types of triggers for allergies. These triggers can include foods, pets, medicines, and even sun exposure. There are four types of allergies: respiratory allergy, skin-related allergy, food allergy and insect allergy.
- The top 8 sources that cause allergic reactions are: Grasses, Ragweed, Cat, Food, Dust mites, Birch, Dog, Venom
May 12-18 is Food Allergy Awareness Week
Food Allergy Awareness Facts:
- A food allergy is when the body's immune system sees a certain food as harmful and reacts against it. Symptoms can be life-threatening.
- Nearly 6 million children (1 in every 13 US children) and more than 26 million adults in the US have food allergies. Food allergies impact every aspect of life, but it doesn’t have to define you.
- Hand sanitizers do not remove food proteins. Use soap and water or wipes to clean hands and surfaces.
- Managing food allergies means you have to carefully read all labels, every time, even on non-food items. Ingredients can and do change.