Perkins School News - October 2018

Monthly News for Parents

Letter From the Principal

Dear Perkins School Families:

A big thank you to all of you for helping us to get off to a great start to the school year! Our students are into the swing of things, working hard to make this a productive year and the teachers are getting right into instruction and activities to engage students in their learning. We are off to a very positive start at Perkins School!

Family and Community Engagement

We will be starting our Family and Community Engagement Team again this year and are hoping to increase our parent involvement in that group. This team, made up of staff, parents and community members, work together to share concerns, generate ideas and plan for our students’ success because we believe that all children will benefit from a strong partnership between home, school and community. If you are interested in being a part of this team, please call our office at 332-3315.

Student Drop-Off

As you know from a recent communication, the location of our student drop off in the morning has been moved to the front of the school to improve the safe arrival of our students. If you drop your child off to school in the morning, we have adult supervision for children from 8:30 to 8:55 daily in the front entrance on Maple Ave. Please pull up to the curb and drop your child between the markers. You may park along the curb to walk your child to the door. If you wish to sign in as a visitor, you will need to enter through the doors near the main office and sign in at the greeter’s desk. We are encouraging parents to allow children to walk to their classroom independently now that we are into the second month of school.

Ice Cream with the Principal

Each month we recognize students for consistently displaying respectful, responsible and safe behaviors. Displaying these traits will enable students to qualify to be nominated for having Ice Cream with the Principal and to receive a certificate to acknowledge their accomplishment. We believe that when students exhibit these traits, not only will they be successful socially, but they will be able to focus on their learning and to achieve to their maximum potential academically.

Our hope is our that students will internalize the importance of taking on the traits we are emphasizing as we talk about and practice them in our school through the Leader in Me and 7 Habits of Happy Kids. More information about this initiative can be found in this newsletter.

Included in this newsletter are dates for upcoming events. Hopefully you can join us for the monthly assembly and for our fall festival activities on the 31st.

Once again, thank you for being a part of our team and your continued support.

Sue Achille ~ Perkins School Principal

Upcoming Events

  • 10/8 No School
  • 10/9 PreK Field Trip to Apple Shed
  • 10/10 Kindergarten Field Trip to Pick n Patch
  • 10/10 PTA 6:00
  • 10/11 Evacuation Drill 9:30
  • 10/12 Picture Day
  • 10/17 Board of Education
  • 10/18 1st Grade Trip to Fire Hall- Ms. Darcangelis, Mrs. Robbins, Mrs. Breen
  • 10/19 1st Grade Trip to Fire Hall- Mrs. Howland, Mrs. Quku/Mrs. Faust
  • 10/24 Ice Cream with the Principal
  • 10/25 1/2 Of School Conference Day
  • 10/26 Assembly 9:30
  • 10/27 Perkins/Lincoln School PTA Halloween Party @ Lincoln School 1-3
  • 10/29 Bible Club Starts
  • 10/31 Fall Festival Theme Scarecrows. More details to follow.

Staff Spotlight

Cari Taylor- Level III Certified Teaching Assistant

Mrs. Taylor went to school in Honeoye Falls-Lima and really enjoyed school even though it wasn't always easy. " I feel like I can really relate to kids that have a hard time at school because it did not come easy, I really had to work hard." At a young age she loved working with kids. By the time she was 12 she was teaching dance lessons to many young children and continued for the next 10 years. After graduating from high school she went to Monroe Community College and received her Associates Degree in Liberal Arts and then returned to receive her Certification in Early Childhood. She was also a Nanny and had her own daycare business while her children were growing up. When her son started attending Perkins School for UPK she decided it was a good time to start working outside of the house again. She started her career at Perkins in 2012 primarily in Kindergarten but over the last 6 years has worked for many teachers in the building. She says " my favorite thing about being a part of Perkins school is getting to know many, many kids over the years and building relationships with them." Mrs. Taylor really loves coming to work everyday, it doesn't feel like work because we have so much fun! In her free time she loves to do photography, be in nature, and spend time with her family. She resides in Newark with her husband Jonathan, daughter Gabriella (14) and Luke (9). Luke and Gabby are involved in many activities so that keeps her pretty busy.


Food: pasta

Candy: Jelly Belly Jelly Beans and Twizzlers

Color: Green

Sport: Soccer

Drink: Sweet Tea

Season: Spring

Staff Spotlight

Mrs. Kelly Faust – Special Education Teacher

Mrs. Faust has always enjoyed interacting with children. In high school and college, she spent her summers lifeguarding and teaching young children to swim. Growing up in Penfield, NY, her dad was a Physical Education teacher. She witnessed first hand how much fun it was to teach young children!

After graduating high school, Mrs. Faust went to Westminster College in PA and graduated with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Art. After graduating, Mrs. Faust substitute taught and worked in a preschool before deciding to go back to school to teach. Mrs. Faust went to Nazareth College and received her master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. One of her student teaching placements was at Lincoln school in Newark in a self-contained classroom. The teaching placement was such an important and rewarding experience and helped her to ultimately decide that special education was what she wanted to teach. After graduating, she worked at Happiness House for a year and a half as a special education teacher before getting a full-time teaching position at Perkins Elementary.

Mrs. Faust is starting her 14th year at Perkins Elementary. Mrs. Faust began her career at Perkins splitting her day teaching both special education and UPK. This is her 6th year teaching special education in a first grade integrated setting full time.

Outside of school, Mrs. Faust enjoys spending time with her husband Mr. Faust, who works in Farmington, and her children Brooke (9) and Tyler (6). She loves the beach, swimming, hiking, watching sports and spending time with friends.

Mrs. Faust’s Favorites

Food: Hamburgers and Sugar Cookies

TV show: The Good Doctor

Color: Red and Black

Sports: Swimming, Softball and Basketball

Sports Teams: New York Jets, Syracuse Orange (Basketball & Football)

Subject: Writing and Science

Season: Fall

Notes from the Nurse


· 2018 physicals for UPK, new to Perkins school Kindergarten, all first graders, new to Perkins 2nd graders.

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

· All tardy and early dismissals require a note for the reason or considered illegal

· If you child has medications the doctor has ordered, an adult needs to bring 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, suggest bought treats to bring into classrooms for parties and birthdays. If possible avoid peanuts and peanut butter items. Labels important for teachers to check to make sure safe for our students with allergies.

Halloween Safety!

· A responsible adult should accompany 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

· Adult 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 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

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Social and Emotional Building Level Support Services Perkins Elementary Building

To Our Families,

The Perkins building provides social/emotional services through a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS). MTSS is a framework that many schools use to provide targeted support to struggling students. It screens all kids and aims to address behavioral as well as academic issues. The goal of MTSS is to intervene early so students can catch up with their peers.

Here at Perkins, there are three tiers of intervention in MTSS.

Tier 1: Is universal and best practice for all students by providing them with a positive, safe and structured environment through classroom culture and management. This would include school and class wide behavior expectations and our 7 habits of happy kids and Leader in Me initiative. If you would like to know more about the leader in me please go to their website,

Tier 2: These supports are designed to be small group social/emotional supports provided to students through two different programs. First, we have small group skill building sessions. Students will participate in small group learning and activities to help with building their social emotional skills (i.e. impulse control, making friends, problem solving, staying calm, following directions ect.). Second, students may qualify to participate in our Check in/out program (CICO). Please click on the link below for a tutorial of the features of this program.

**Participation in Tier 2 services are based upon social/emotional screenings that are completed three times a year. Based upon student’s scores they may qualify for either CICO or small group skill building. These services run on two cycles through the year. Other data such as behavior reports, teacher and parent recommendations, and attendance data also help in determining qualification for Tier 2 social/emotional services. If your child is chosen to participate you will receive contact either by mail or phone.

Tier 3: More individualized supports that are developed through a team process we call Instructional Support Team (IST). IST provides a team problem solving approach to create an intervention plan with specific goals and tracking of progress based upon students' strengths and areas of weakness. Parents are typically more involved in this process and will have the opportunity to be part of the team which meets monthly to review the plan. Students will be referred to IST after not responding successfully to Tier 1 and Tier 2 services.

October Newsletter Organizational Skills

PARENTS: The Information You Need!

As we get the school year under way, please work with your student at home to make sure they know the following:

  • · Spelling their first and last names (if you need practice paper, please let us know)
  • · Address
  • · Birthday
  • · Parents/Guardians first names
  • · How to tie their shoelaces (videos on YouTube work wonders!)

Thank you for all your support at home, we greatly appreciate it!

Join us on the evening of November 15th for Math & Movement Night

This year Lincoln and Perkins School will be hosting a Math and Movement Night for all UPK - 2nd grade students and families.

Math & Movement uses multi-sensory learning approaches to teach students valuable skills to support their understanding of math and reading. Math & Movement recognizes that students learn through different styles so on this night students and families will engage in exercises that include visual, auditory, and kinesthetic elements.

The learning process is more effective and easier when students exercise their bodies and minds simultaneously through educational math games, helping students retain more information. This, in turn, increases students test scores, self-confidence, and retention rates.

Best of all, kids love to learn this way!

Save the date and more information will coming home soon.

Pizza Hut BOOK IT At-Home Reading Incentive Program

This year, we are again implementing the Pizza Hut BOOK IT at-home reading incentive program. BOOK IT! motivates children to read by rewarding their reading accomplishments with praise, recognition and pizza. This program runs from October-March. The efforts for getting this program going in our school stemmed from the PTA and the PARP (Pick A Reading Partner) program.

You received a calendar last week with a parent letter. Send these completed calendars back to school at the end of the month and your child will receive a coupon for a free one-topping personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut with no purchase necessary!

Pizza Hut is proud of BOOK IT! readers! The restaurant manager and team will congratulate BOOK IT! kids for meeting their monthly reading goal and reward them with a free, one-topping Personal Pan Pizza and a Passport to Reading and sticker on their first visit. On each subsequent visit, they get another stamp (sticker) for their Passport to Reading, another Personal Pan Pizza, and more kudos!

For more information and printable activities go to

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