Perkins School News - October 2019

Monthly News for Parents

Letter From the Principal

The month of September has flown by! I am excited by how much our students have accomplished already! Thank you to our families who have quickly adjusted to new routines for arrival and dismissal. We are pleased with the amount of instructional time we have gained for our students with a new streamlined dismissal process. Thank you for your support as we get off to a positive start at Perkins School.

It was great to see many of you for Open House. We love when our students have a chance to show off their work and their classrooms to their families. If you were not able to complete our parent communication survey, please follow this link so we can learn more about how to stay connected.

Again, this year we will be hosting our Fall Festival on Thursday, October 31st. I am excited to take part in this very special Perkins tradition this year. We will have activities for children all throughout the day beginning with our costume parade in the morning. Again this year, parents will be welcome to join us for the day courtesy of our Parent Hospitality Room with refreshments and activities for younger siblings provided by our very own Perkins School PTA. We want everyone to experience how much fun it is to be here at Perkins!

At Perkins, we know that parents are our primary educators. When we work together with families, our students make the most gains! If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, please feel to reach out. I would love the opportunity to work together to continue to make Perkins the best place for every student, every day!

Rhonda Underhill ~ Perkins School Principal

Upcoming Events

  • 10/8-PTA Meeting at 6:00 PM
  • 10/9-Fall Picture Day
  • 10/11-No School, Superintendent's Conference Day
  • 10/14-No School, Columbus Day
  • 10/15-Kindergarten Pick'n Patch Field Trip
  • 10/16-PreK Apple Shed Field Trip
  • 10/17-PreK Firehouse Field Trip
  • 10/22-PreK through 5th grades Half Day, dismissal at 11:20am
  • 10/25-Monthly Assembly at 9:15
  • 10/30-Ice Cream with the Principal at 2:15

Teaching Assistant Spot Light

Mrs. Ashburn was born and raised in Hanover, PA. She attended St. Joseph’s School from kindergarten through 8th grade, then graduated from Delone Catholic High School. She met her husband, Charles, while attending Pennsylvania College of Technology. They will be married 10 years this December. After college they moved several times for her husband’s work, while Brittany stayed at home raising their two sons, Connor and Colton. Five years ago they moved to Newark after her husband took a job in Seneca Falls. After volunteering at Perkins School when their youngest child started pre-k, Brittany knew she wanted to work with children at the school. She became a Teaching Assistant last year and has been loving every minute of it. She enjoys welcoming the students with a hug and smile every morning. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family, watching her boys play football, traveling and baking.

Favorite food: Italian

Favorite drink: Coffee

Favorite candy: Milky Way

Favorite Color: Pink

Favorite sports team: Baltimore Ravens

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· 2019 physicals for UPK, new to Perkins school Kindergarten, all first graders, new to Perkins 2nd graders. If not turned in or scheduled appointment called to nurse, then a physical with the school dr. will be arranged.

· Please make sure your child has a complete set of spare clothes in their locker. Spills at lunch do occur at this age; as well as accidents.

· Call the nurse at 332-3312 or email when your child will be out of school; follow up with a note if you don’t email which I can print

· All tardy and early dismissals require a note for the reason to be considered legal absences

· If your child has medications the doctor has ordered, an adult needs to bring the medication into the nurse’s office to be signed in. Doctor’s orders are required for all medications.

· Due to allergies of some of our students, we suggest bought treats to bring into classrooms for parties and birthdays. If possible avoid peanuts and peanut butter items. Labels are important for teachers to check to make sure treats are safe for our students with allergies.

Halloween Safety!

· A responsible adult should accompany children on the neighborhood rounds

· Teach your children to never enter a stranger's home or car

· Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home

· All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant

· Avoid masks, which can obstruct vision

· Fasten reflective tape to their costumes and bags, or give them glow sticks

· Adults should carry flashlight for visibility

· When buying Halloween makeup, make sure it is nontoxic and always test it in a small area first

· Remove all makeup before children go to bed to prevent skin and eye irritation

· Teach children not to run from house to house

· Teach children to walk, don’t run across the street – look both ways – don’t walk in between cars.

· Do not go to homes with lights off

· Children and adults are reminded to put electronic devices down, keep heads up

Fall Festival Costume Parade

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2019 at 9:15AM

The costume parade is back again this year for the Perkins School Fall Festival! The costume parade will go around the bus loop beginning at 9:15AM. For safety reasons, costumes should not be worn on the bus to school. Please have your child bring his/her costume to school. There will be time for him/her to change into and out of his/her costume at school. Costumes should be age-appropriate, not too scary, and no violent characters, please. Make-up, masks, and props (guns, knives, swords, fancy high-heeled shoes) are not allowed due to the length of our walk and concerns about visibility when wearing costumes.

If the weather does not cooperate for an outside parade, alternate plans for indoors will be developed. We look forward to seeing you there!

PARENTS: The Information You Need!

Tips for Working with the Beginning Reader

Reading each day with your child will help to develop important early reading skills. Here are some tips for working with children as beginning readers:

· Encourage your child to use his/her finger to point to each work.

· Read a sentence and have your child repeat it.

· Don’t be afraid to read the same book again. Repeated reading helps build reading fluency which is quickly and accurately.

· Take turns reading sentences or pages.

· Talk about the story as you read it. What do you think will happen next? What does this story remind you of? How do you think this character feels?

· 15 to 20 minutes is plenty for a beginning reader.

Have fun reading together!

Teacher Spot Light

Mrs. Ciulla is thrilled to be joining the Perkins team this year. She started the year as a long term sub in kindergarten and will continue the rest of the year as an AIS teacher at Perkins and Lincoln. While it is her first year teaching at Perkins, Mrs. Ciulla is no stranger to Perkins school. Her mom taught at the school and Mrs. Ciulla attended kindergarten, 1stand 2ndgrade here many years ago.

After graduating from Newark, Mrs. Ciulla attended SUNY Oswego where she graduated with a degree in Childhood Education. Mrs. Ciulla lived in Boston for 5 years after graduating college where she met and married her husband. They have a daughter, Eloise (1) and a yellow lab Bailey (9). Mrs. Ciulla loves spending time outdoors with her family, baking and sewing.

Food: Mexican

Drink: Coffee

Color: yellow

Sports Teams: Syracuse Basketball // Buffalo Bills Football

Dessert: Chocolate Cake

Season: Summer and Fall

Subject: Reading and Math

Perkins Elementary School

For additional information and photos of events and happenings check out the Perkins School web page at and Perkins School on Twitter by going to @Newark_PS