Pine Bush January Newsletter now available

Dear Families and Friends,

I would like to extend warm wishes for a healthy and Happy New Year to all students,staff and families of Pine Bush Elementary. The month of January offers us a unique opportunity to begin anew from the first minute of the first day of the month. Many of us stayed up late on December 31 to watch tens of thousands of people flock to the popular New Year’s Eve location of Times Square in New York City. These celebrants and others around the nation bid adieu to the final moments of the current year and watch with delight as a new year is welcomed.

New Year’s Day is celebrated as a holiday in almost every country in the world, but not all countries, cultures or religions celebrate the New Year on January 1. As an example, the Chinese New Year starts on a different day each year while the Jewish New Year is celebrated about the time of the autumnal equinox in late September. Regardless of the date it is celebrated, a new year presents opportunities for rejuvenation, rebirth and resolutions. Involving children in setting resolutions allows them an opportunity to learn about the importance of goal setting and following through with a personal commitment. This is a fundamental life skill that can be taught in a creative and meaningful way.

May you and your family enjoy a wonderful New Year!


Christopher T. Sanita, Principal

“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors,

And let every new year find you a better man.”

-Benjamin Franklin

2020-2021 Incoming Kindergarten Students

 A special informational session for incoming kindergarten students will be held on January 16, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. at Pine Bush Elementary (snow date on 1/23).  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 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 2020-2021 school year will be held on February 5 and 6 at Pine Bush Elementary School.

Make A Wish 

The Pine Bush fifth grade students and teachers would like to send out warm heartfelt thanks for your support of our Make-A-Wish fund drive. Our 2-day sale of stars allowed us to send a check for $522.00 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northeast New York. Our fund drive is a true example of the remarkable community spirit and generosity that exists at Pine Bush Elementary.  The fifth grade students and teachers thank you for your continued support.

Bus Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Parents are reminded that it is illegal to pass a stopped school bus displaying red warning lights on the road or on school property.  Please be aware of this when dropping off or picking up children at school. In order to avoid a potentially hazardous situation, parents are requested to use the visitor’s parking lot on the right side of the building when dropping off students.  If a child needs to be accompanied into school, parents should park their vehicle and escort their child across the parking lot.  Please do not allow your child to walk across the parking lot unaccompanied at arrival and dismissal times.   

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 (

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.

Notes from the Nurse

Did you know: 

This is the cold and flu season?

Hooked On Health Hint: Wash your hands frequently! (Sing “Happy Birthday” twice while you scrub up!)

Information about germs from the NYS Department of Health:

Germs spread from person to person by way of coughing, sneezing or simply talking. That’s because droplets from an infected person get into the air and are inhaled by people nearby. Anyone within three feet can easily be infected.  Germs also are spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs, and then touches their eyes, nose or mouth. Germs can live for hours on surfaces like doorknobs, desks and tables. Too bad they don’t glow green, so we could see them, and avoid coming in contact with them! But be aware—they’re there. Fortunately, there are ways to avoid them.

Start by learning healthy habits that can help prevent you from getting infected or spreading germs at home, school or work. Simple actions, like covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze and cleaning your hands often, can stop germs! Take these precautions even if you don’t feel sick. You could be infected and able to spread germs before your symptoms begin.

Cover your cough

●      Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

●      If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper arm, not your hands.

●      Put your used tissues in a wastebasket.

●      Wash your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer.

●      Stay home while sick.

Keep your hands clean

Your hands may look clean, but they have germs on them that could make you or someone else sick. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Wash your hands often with soap for 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer to protect yourself from germs and avoid spreading them to others. Soap or hand sanitizer kills germs.

It’s especially important to clean your hands:

●      After wiping or blowing your nose or coughing or sneezing and

●      After using the bathroom. After being in contact with or being near someone who is ill;

●      After touching handrails, doorknobs, telephones or other things handled by many people;

●      Before and after eating or drinking;

●      Before handling food; and

●      After handling garbage or trash.

Stay home if you are sick

Avoid close contact with others if you are ill. Stay home from work or school, and avoid other public places.

●      If you need food or medicines, ask others who are healthy to bring them to you rather than going to the store yourself. Friends or helpers can leave supplies outside your door so that you do not expose them to your germs.

●      Do not share eating utensils, drinking glasses, towels or other personal items.

●      Get plenty of rest, and check with a health care provider as needed.

RATS! A Tale of the Pied Piper

Please join us for a special production of RATS! A Tale of the Pied Piper on Friday, January 24 at 7 .pm., brought to you by the fifth grade drama club.  Tickets will be sold at the door on the night of the performance and prices are as follows:

$5 for adults; $2 for students; children under 5 years old are free


6: School Resumes

8: PTA Meeting, 6:30 pm

16: Kindergarten Information Night, 6:30 pm (Snow date 1/23)

20: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – NO SCHOOL

2: Drama Club Production of RATS!, 7:00 pm           

31: End of 2nd Quarter Marking Period


5-6: Kindergarten Registration 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

6: 2nd Quarter Report Cards Available in eSD

7: PTA Winter Party, 6 pm

17-21: Winter Recess – NO SCHOOL

24: School Resumes









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