Pine Bush October newsletter now available

Dear Families and Friends,

 As we glance at the warm autumn colors that vibrantly fill the landscape around us, we are reminded that cooler nights and shorter daylight hours will soon greet us as well.  The month of October brings a rapid shift from the opening pace of September to a more balanced measure of classroom instruction and school activities. 

It was a sincere pleasure to have an opportunity to meet so many parents and families at our PTA Ice Cream Social and evening Open House events in September.  It is our hope that you were provided with valuable information about the classroom learning environment and grade level curriculum that your child will experience this year. 

Our annual Apple Fun Run was also a widely attended school activity.  This event promotes health and wellness for our students in a non-competitive environment.  All student participants were awarded for their efforts with a bookmark and an apple which reinforces our commitment to physical fitness and healthy food choices.

We invite parents to join us for conferences which begin this year with half-day conferences on Thursday, October 24th and the following Tuesday, October 29th.  We will have a full day of conferences on Tuesday, November 5th.  Parent conferences provide an opportunity for you to speak with your child’s teacher in further detail about your child as a young learner.  We ask that you please consider sharing any important information that you feel will assist your child and his or her teacher toward a successful school year.

In addition to these conferences, we have an abundance of wonderful events for students and families in the coming weeks.  Many of these activities can be found within this newsletter or the school district calendar. Please accept our open invitation to attend any or all of these worthwhile events. 


Christopher T. Sanita


“I can smell autumn dancing in the breeze. The sweet chill of pumpkin, and crisp sunburnt leaves.” Ann M. Drake

Vacations and Trips

Vacations and trips that are taken by children while school is in session are viewed as unexcused absences by New York State.  The state believes that it is not feasible to fully replicate missed instruction. Despite the best efforts of teachers and parents, it is impossible to make up for missing the class discussion, interaction and teacher-directed instruction.  If an absence cannot be avoided, parents need to notify the office, in writing, as soon as possible.

Teachers are not responsible for providing work to be completed over the vacation.  Reading, keeping a written journal, or creating a photo journal are good independent learning activities for the children.

Copies of materials distributed to the students during the absence will be collected.  Parents are responsible for having their child complete and return any missed assignments.  Once again, this work cannot fully replicate what the child missed. Parents should try to schedule vacations according to the school calendar whenever possible.

Please make every effort to have your child attend school each scheduled day. 

Early Dismissal

Parents are asked to please make note of the following early dismissal dates.  On these dates, students in grades K through 5 will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. so that teachers may hold parent conferences.  The dates are:

Thursday, October 24 and Tuesday, October 29

Also, Tuesday, November 5 will be a full day of Parent Conferences.  There will be no classes for all Pine Bush students on that day.  Parents who did not sign up for a conference during Open House are encouraged to contact their child’s teacher in order to do so.

Student Drop-Off Procedures

Students may be dropped off as early as 7:25 am in the cafeteria where they will be supervised until the school day begins at 7:45 am.  Students cannot be dropped off before 7:25 am as there is no one in the building to supervise them.  Students should be escorted to the building by a parent between 7:25 and 7:45 a.m. or anytime after 8:00 a.m. when students are considered tardy. There will be a staff member present to assist with student drop off between 7:45 – 8:00 a.m.  Please do not allow your child(ren) to exit your vehicle until directed by a staff attendant.  Thank you for your cooperation and support.

 Aftercare Attendance

If your child will be absent from their after school scheduled daycare program, please notify the Pine Bush main office at x3102 and their aftercare facility.  Thank you!

Halloween Costumes

We encourage students to participate and enjoy a safe Halloween with us at school.  Parents are asked to be mindful of appropriate costumes for children to wear during school. 

Please do not allow children to bring the following costume accessories to school:

any weapons, pointed or sharp objects including toy guns, swords, spears or  knives;

– hair spray or hair dye that needs to be applied at school;

– any items placed inside the mouth such as fake lips or fang teeth.

Pine Bush School Store

Pine Bush’s very own school store will officially open for the 2019-2020 school year. The items for sale are school-related and include erasers, pencils, pens, sharpeners, key chains, notepads, etc. Prices range from $.10 to $1.50. The store is open for business from 8:00-8:15 a.m. and rolls into the Yellow Pod on Tuesdays, Green Pod on Wednesdays and Blue Pod on Thursdays. The schedule is announced during morning announcements and posted in each pod.  Come shop with us!!

Please Do Not Send Any Glassware to School

For the safety of all, we ask that students not bring any glass water bottles or storage containers to school.   There have been instances where these items have broken inside student lunch boxes or accidentally dropped on the floor in classrooms and the cafeteria.  These items can shatter and leave small shards of glass even after being swept. Thank you, as always, for your cooperation.

School Messenger

As of July 1, 2019, SchoolMessenger fully replaced School News Notifier (SNN) as a way to receive email news from the district and its schools. If you are a parent or guardian of a student and had been receiving email news through SNN you are not required to do anything if you would like to keep receiving messages through SchoolMessenger.

If you are a current K-12 parent/guardian or the parent/guardian of an incoming kindergartner you have already been signed up for SchoolMessenger through contact information that is automatically entered at the time of student registration.

If you would like to modify your notification preferences, please visit the School Messenger login page ( and select “Preferences” from the menu in the top left corner of your SchoolMessenger home screen. Please note: When choosing your preferences, it is important to know that Non-School Hours Emergency would be notifications that may impact the start or the cancellation of the school day. This would include, but is not limited to, weather-related delays and closings, and/or building specific incidents that would require a delay to the start of the day.  A School Hour Emergency would be an alert about something that has occurred during the school day that requires us to contact you immediately. We encourage you not to disable any contact type for type of broadcast.

School Pictures

Adirondack Portraits will be at Pine Bush Elementary on Wednesday, October 16, to take individual pictures of all students.  These pictures will be included in our school yearbook and will be available for purchase by parents.  

School Banking

School Banking will now take place on the 3rd Thursday of every month. Students will be able to bank every third Thursday in the cafeteria from 7:45 am—8:15 am.  

Emergency Early Dismissal Drill

Please note that on Friday, October 11, all Pine Bush students will be participating in an annual Emergency Early Dismissal Drill.  On that day, students will be dismissed from school approximately 15 minutes earlier than usual.  More information concerning this drill will be sent home at a later date.

Apple Fun Run

The annual Pine Bush Elementary Fall Apple Fun Run was held on Friday, September 27.  The weather cooperated so that Pine Bush family and friends were able to attend and cheer the students on as they participated in this non-competitive event.  All students received a bookmark as they crossed the finish line. Apples were also given to all students. 

Tips For Parents and Students From Your School Nurse:

  • Get Lots of rest- it can take several weeks to get into a new routine! Lots of Good Rest helps!
  • Eat fresh fruits, veggies, whole grains and lean meats as part of a healthy diet!
  • Start your day off with breakfast at home or at school!  Also, bring a snack to school!
  • Exercise outside of school together as a family.
  • Talk about the day with your child, what was good, bad, fun, funny, and hard and so on. Communication is comforting!
  • Wash hands often!

Unfortunately illness is a part of childhood!  Sometimes as a parent it’s hard to know when your child is sick enough to stay home.

Please keep the following guidelines in mind:

  • Your child must be fever free for 24 hours, without the aid of fever reducing medicines such as Advil or Tylenol.
  • If your child has vomited in the past 24 hours, please keep him/her home.
  • If your child has had diarrhea in the past 24 hours, please keep him/her home.
  • If your child was diagnosed with Strep throat, he/she must be on antibiotics for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • If your child has a bad cold, with a very runny rose or bad cough, especially if it has kept the child awake at night please keep him/her home.
  • If your child has a rash of unknown origin, please have it evaluated by his/her Physician before returning to school.
  • If your child has redness in his/her eyes with eye drainage in the morning please keep him/her home and consult your Physician before returning to school.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me.


Krystal Varrenti, RN

Upcoming Events


9 Yom Kippur, NO SCHOOL      

11 Emergency Early Release Day, Dismissal 15 Minutes Early

14      Columbus Day, NO SCHOOL

16   School Pictures

16   PTA Meeting, 6:30 pm

24   11:30 Dismissal for K-5 (Parent Conferences)

25   PTA Spooktacular, 6:00 pm

29 11:30 Dismissal for K-5 (Parent Conferences)


 6  Superintendent’s Conference Day – NO SCHOOL

11  Veterans Day – NO SCHOOL

15 PTA Movie Night, 6:30 pm

20 PTA Meeting, 6:30 pm

20 PBES Learning Fair, 6:30 pm

 27-29, Thanksgiving Recess – NO SCHOOL


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