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April 16, 2014

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Dr. Beth Bini, Principal

6270 Johnston Rd. Albany, NY 12203

Phone: 518/456-3771

Fax: 518/464-6443

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Important immunization changes for students entering grades K-6

The NYS Department of Health and NYS Education Department recently issued immunization requirement changes starting with the 2014-2015 school year. A letter will be sent home to all parents of students in grades K-6 on April 22 explaining these changes. Parents can also read the letter here (PDF).

Elementary Art Show to run April 3 - 27 at the Guilderland Public Library

The Guilderland Central School District annual Elementary Art Shows kicks off on Thursday, April 3 at the Guilderland Public Library. Stop by the library anytime during normal business hours through April 27 to see some of the amazing work of our youngest artists. In addition, an opening reception will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on April 7. All are welcome to attend.

Upcoming school recess and early release days

Please note that all GCSD schools will be in recess from Monday, April 14 through Monday, April 21. In addition, elementary students will be released early on the following days for parent conferences:

Wednesday, April 23: 11:30 a.m. dismissal for Grades K-5

Tuesday, April 29: 11:30 a.m. dismissal for Grades K-2

Tuesday, May 6: 11:30 a.m. dismissal for Grades K-2

 

Special Valentine's Day project at WES

This February, 1st Sergeant Dennis Palow came to visit Mrs. O'Brien's and Mrs. Ray's 4th grade classrooms to talk about his experiences in the army and traveling all over the world. He also spoke to the students about the positive impact kids can have when they make Valentine's Day cards for injured soldiers. Afterward, the students made cards that will be delivered to soldiers for the upcoming holiday.

students with Valentines Pictured at left, students show off the Valentine cards they made for injured soldiers. Bottom row (l-r): Brody Below, Giada Champagne, Sam Seebode. Top row (l-r): Marisa Giuliano, Liam Teague, Isabelle Camoin.
students with Sergeant Dennis Palow Pictured at left (l-r), students Isabelle Camoin, Katie Shorter, Brady Dubay, and Emma Fiscaletti pose for a photo with special guest 1st Sergeant Dennis Palow.

 

Camp Invention is returning to GCSD this summer

In partnership with the national nonprofit Invent Now, Guilderland Central School District is pleased to once again offer the nationally-acclaimed Camp Invention program to children entering grades one through six this summer. The program runs from July 21-25, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Farnsworth Middle School. Learn more

Communicating in a Digital World

Earlier this week, Guilderland Central School District hosted a very important event for all district students, families, and community members aimed at starting a conversation about using today’s technology in a safe and responsible way. "Communicating in a Digital World: A conversation about civility and respect" was held on Jan. 14 and featured a panel discussion about the importance of personal responsibility when interacting with websites, social media, and other electronic communication tools. Learn more about the event, see a video replay, and download event handouts

GCSD introduces new elementary report card

Learn more about the new standards-aligned elementary report card by reviewing our parent guide (PDF). Details of the new report card will also be discussed at upcoming parent conferences. For more information, please contact your child's teacher or building principal.

District to begin releasing APPR scores by request

Beginning Oct. 11, all GCSD parents or legal guardians will have the right to request Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) quality ratings and composite effectiveness scores for their child's current year's teacher(s) and principal(s).
Learn more and download a request form

Student Contact and Medical Information Verification/Update Form

Each year, the Guilderland Central School District requests of all parents their most current and accurate contact information, as well as critical medical information pertaining to their child(ren). In past years, the district sent home hard copies of student health cards for verification and completion by parents. For the 2013-14 school year and beyond, we are now asking parents to make full use of our online systems for this verification process. Learn more This information is extremely important, as our ability to appropriately respond to student medical concerns and to maintain timely communications with parents is dependent on this verification process. Please take a few moments to verify and/or update your child's information as soon as possible.

Note to parents regarding access during afternoon dismissal time

Please note that the back doors for parent pickup at the 2 p.m. dismissal time will be opened from 1:50 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. only. Y-time will have someone stationed to watch for people that will be picking up children from their program after 2:15 p.m.

Help us earn free equipment

As the school year gets underway, please be sure to register your Price Chopper AdvantEdge card with the WES Tools for Schools code 15921. By doing so, you will automatically earn credit for our school every time your AdvantEdge Card is used. Visit the Price Chopper Web site to sign-up today!

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