Smith Intermediate School
Newsletter, January 2023
Happy New Year!
January is here and with it comes talk of New Year’s resolutions. Sticking with a resolution is easier if there is a specific goal and plan in mind. Some examples are instead of “I will read more”, try “I will read for 20 minutes each night before I go to bed”. Instead of “I will try to arrive at school on time”, try “I will organize my school supplies before I go to bed and get up 10 minutes earlier on school days so that I can arrive on time.” What will be you and your child’s goals be this year? Perhaps your child wants to improve his reading skills. What steps will he need to take to do that? Perhaps you plan to be more involved with his education. How will you do that? Share your goals and plans – then help one another stick to them! Not sure where to start? Talk to your child’s teacher about goals he/she would like to see your child achieve and how you can work together to make it happen
Winter Weather is Here!
Students go outside daily for recess unless the temperature is below 20 degrees. Please make sure your child comes to school prepared for outdoor weather. This includes wearing a winter coat, hat, gloves, snow pants and boots.
Weather Closings & Delays
We are in full swing of winter and can therefore expect there will be school closings and delays. We depend on our automated phone system to contact our families. If you are not receiving automated phone calls, please contact the main office at (607)758-4180 to make sure we have the correct phone number on file. We also use this system to call when children are absent from school so it is imperative to keep phone numbers up to date.
Winter Weather Safety
It is very tempting for children to want to climb on, around and/or slide down snow banks. But, when those snow banks are located near roadways or parking lots, it becomes a serious safety issue.
Please take time to discuss this with your child. Additionally, it is important for students to know that in winter weather visibility can be limited for drivers, making it difficult to see children. It is best to remain on the sidewalk, walk slowly and be alert to traffic.
As for parents dropping off students at school, please adhere to the speed limit in the parking lot and bus loop for the same reason, limited visibility.
For students who ride a bus, it is important to remain on the sidewalk until the bus comes to a full stop. Use the handrail when boarding/exiting the bus, as the steps might become slippery. If an emergency occurs, remain seated and wait for directions from the driver.
News from the Nurse
All 3rd graders and new 4th graders must have a physical exam on file. School physicals are Wednesday mornings.
If your child is sick, please keep your child home.
Pack pants for accidents, spills, mud or snow.
Return borrowed pants & leggings back to the nurse.
Dress for winter weather & outdoor recess.
4th grade students have begun to learn about the research process in library class, including using databases and locating specific information for their topic.
3rd grade students are locating books around the library using the call numbers we have been learning about. They have also started using the library catalog to explore the different kinds of books that we have on our shelves.
Just a quick reminder to return books to the library when we have library class and have kids keep them in safe places if they bring them home!
Digital Access Survey
The NYS Digital Equity Survey is a short questionnaire that will help districts identify students who may need access to reliable internet and/or a digital device for completing schoolwork at home. NYS requires that school districts collect this information to better serve our families needs. Thank you for completing this survey.
Digital Access Survey