December 2019


Greetings Bloomingdale Families,

It’s hard to believe that another month has come and gone already and that the Holidays are upon us. I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving break, and as I look back on the past month I have so much to be thankful for. We had a fantastic Halloween Celebration and honored our veterans with a Veteran’s Day Celebration. We practiced and learned new character traits and celebrated our students with our monthly PBIS assembly. We held an awards breakfast to recognize outstanding student accomplishments and we had our first day to play in the snow. Looking ahead, we have our holiday concerts on Wednesday, December 4th at 10:00 a.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. The evening concert was a big hit last year, but it does create some logistical issues and limited seating. We ask that grandparents and extended family members try to attend the morning concert if possible. For the evening concert, teachers will be supervising students in their classrooms while the students are not performing, so that there will be more room in the gym for families to watch their children perform. Please do not drop off students in their classrooms before 6:00. We ask that you sign your children out of their teacher’s classroom after their portion of the program is done to help with this part of the logistics. Also, if you are willing, we would appreciate any parent volunteers who are interested in helping supervise the classrooms where students are waiting to perform. We will need everyone’s help to make this event a success. In the end, it is always a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season and well worth any inconvenience.

Other events slated for December include our Monthly Parent luncheon on Friday the 6th, and Holiday Giving on Monday the 9th. Picture retakes will take place on Wednesday the 11th. I want to remind everyone that our Winter Break begins on December 21st and, therefore, the last day of school is Friday the 20th. Time goes by so quickly this time of year. I encourage everyone to find some time to relax, slow down, and just enjoy the time together.

Bruce VanWeelden


Bloomingdale Elementary School


There are various illnesses going around school, as is typical for this time of year. Remember, if your child is ill with a fever please be sure to keep them home for 24 hours after the fever ends, or they have completed 24 hours of medication if it has been prescribed by your healthcare provider. Time to rest and recuperate is an important part of recovering from illness! Here at school we emphasize the importance of covering our coughs and washing our hands, please help us by reviewing this with your child at home too!

Also, it’s not too late to get a flu vaccine, the CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu vaccine yearly.

I hope you all have a healthy, safe, and enjoyable holiday season!

Nurse Meghan

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1ST Grade "Mis-Match" Day

One of the choices for a birthday celebration in Ms. Schmidt's class is to wear all mis-matched clothes!

5th Grade at Work

Winners of the bridge building competition

Homework Haven

Homework Haven is Coming to Bloomingdale School!

Homework Haven is a one hour after school program available to all students in grades 3-5,

who would like to spend time with Mrs. Munn and Mrs. Branch getting help with their homework and other assignments.

Homework Haven will run from 3:30-4:30 on Tuesday and Thursday.

Snacks will be provided.

A bus will also be available to bring students home at 4:30.

If your child will attend Homework Haven, please send in a note the day of so that we are aware of those students who will be attending.

If you have any questions, please contact

Mrs. Branch at, or at 518-891-3198.

PBIS CELEBRATION, Presented by 3rd Grade 11/21/19

Citizenship "Bear Paw" Awards:

Kindergarten...Kyleigh Trombley is a star student. She is kind, helpful, and always tries her best. She is one of the first ones to join on the rug and is a great listener. Kyleigh is a hard worker and never gives up. She always has a smile and a warm hello. Great job, Kyleigh!

Grade 1...Tyler Herbert has come a long way so far this year. He is eager to learn and is always making us smile. Things in first grade are not always easy but he always pushes himself to do his best. I am so proud of how well he is doing and look forward to seeing how far he will go this year.

Grade 2...Isabella Fuller is a wonderful role model in our classroom. She gives every assignment her best effort, always listens, and consistently strives to be her best. She is also a kind, thoughtful friend. She is a pleasure to have in class! Thank you for making every day better!

Grade 3...Coral Palyswiat is an outstanding student. She comes in every morning with a smile on her face and is always kind and helpful to everyone. She is a hard worker and is always a joy to have in class.

Grade 4...Emma Stephenson is a hard worker, dedicated student, and a great friend. She gets her job done, exceeding the expectations set for it no matter the task. Emma has really taken responsibility for her own learning and has become a great example for her peers to do the same. Emma is there to help whenever help is needed...our room wouldn't be as great without you in it!

Grade 5...Cooper Patnode has been working extremely hard each and every day to be polite, responsible, and respectful. When he saw me come in to school carrying 4 heavy bags, he even offered to help me carry my bags down to the classroom. I know that self control is very challenging for many students, but regardless, he keeps trying his best each day, and I know that this improved self-control will help Cooper climb to new heights along his educational journey. Congratulations, Cooper! I am very proud of you, and happy that you are such an important part of our 5th grade family!

Lunchroom...Kadence Allen & Jaylee Niederbuhl never have to be reminded of the rules!

Sportsmanship...Mark Hart, Jr. receives this award for his amazing hard work, strong character, positive attitude and safe moving skills. He is always following directions and helps his classmates when needed. He really is becoming a super role model for his peers. Thank you for shining your light in PE, Mark!

Upstander Award...Julia Pickard is kind, respectful, and a good friend to everyone she interacts with. She does her job and does it well no matter how hard the task, and she makes sure everyone feels included and has a role when working in a group project. If you need a friend, you can count on Julia to be there for you. Thanks for being you, Julia, we are lucky to have you in our school!

Citizen of the Month...Cooper Patnode

Bear Paw Count for the month = 844 TOTAL = 2353

1st place...Kindergarten

2nd place...3rd Grade

The new Student Council members and Ambassadors were introduced...stay tuned for more information and their work in action!

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Monday, 12/2............50th Anniversary of High School Building

Wednesday, 12/4......Winter Concert, 10:00, 6:30

Thursday, 12/5..........Math Club, 2,3,4,5th grade, 3:30-4:30

Friday, 12/6...............Parent Luncheon, 12:00 grades 3,4,5, 12:25 grades K,1,2, Wear GOLD

Monday, 12/9............Holiday Giving, 1:00

Wednesday, 12/11....Picture Re-Take Day

Thursday, 12/12........Math Club, 2,3,4,5th grade, 3:30-4:30

Friday, 12/13.............Wear SILVER

Thursday, 12/19........PBIS, 5th Grade, 2:30, 3,4,5th grade skating party at Civic Center, 9:30 - 11:30 (helmets/gloves)

Monday 12/23 - Friday 1/3.....HOLIDAY BREAK!!!



Monday, 1/6...........School back in session

Wednesday, 1/8.....Bingo for Books at Petrova...5:30....All Families

Friday, 1/10............Parent Luncheon, 12:00 grades 3,4,5, 12:25 grades K,1,2

Wednesday, 1/15...Family Chess Night at Petrova...5:30

Monday, 1/20.........NO SCHOOL...Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Thursday, 1/30.......PBIS 2:30, staff, LPCA trip K, 1, 2