October 14, 2022
We had another great-but-shortened week, including outdoor and indoor Fire Prevention assemblies for all ages, courtesy of our Pocantico Hills Fire Department. We also enjoyed an amazing Harvest Soup made with the bounty from our garden along with some special added touches from our kitchen. As we look ahead to next week, we’re finally back to having full weeks of school, which is always appreciated given how much we have to teach the kids – and we’re already halfway through the first quarter! Next week is also Digital Citizenship Week, and Ms. Papa will be exploring this topic during her library classes.
Speaking of report cards, we’ll be holding virtual parent/teacher conferences during the second week of November, so be on the lookout for a link to sign up in a future Friday Flyer as the time approaches. Also, middle school parents should log into the parent portal to see their children’s current grades and assignments. We had all the children log into their student portal while at school this week, so they have access as well.
While tomorrow marks the end of Hispanic Heritage Month, that in no way means we stop celebrating our Hispanic families’ heritages! We believe in celebrating our cultural diversity throughout the entire year, regardless of what recognition month it is.
BUS ARRIVAL READINESS
Our bus routes to school are running very smoothly and on schedule right now – and you having your child/ren outside at your bus stop and ready to board when the bus pulls up is critical to this success. As the weather begins to get colder, it is always tempting to stay inside for as long as possible, but we really need to make sure everyone is outside before the bus shows up. Thank you!
FOUNDATION SWAN LAKE WALK FUNDRAISER
Our Pocantico School Foundation is raising funds for mental health programs and ongoing community outreach programs at Pocantico Hills School. You can make a pledge online in honor of your student, or checks can be made to: Pocantico Hills School Foundation. Students and staff will walk around Swan Lake while learning about the ecology of the Rockefeller State Park Preserve. Date TBD depending on weather!
PTA HALLOWEEN PARTY – OCTOBER 28, 6:00-7:30!
The PTA Halloween Monster Bash is back! The party will be held on Friday, October 28th, from 6:00 - 7:30 pm in the school gymnasium, with “low sensory time” being from 5:30 – 6:00 pm. After that, there will be a DJ and a photobooth, plus you’ll even be able to purchase dinner at a food truck in the bus circle! On top of all that, there will be a bake sale fundraiser, a 50/50 raffle, and more. Cost is $5/person or $20/family of 4+. Volunteers are needed! Could you help make this party a success? Contribute desserts? Volunteer at a table? Learn more or sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090548aeaf2da3fd0-ptahalloween
PICTURE DAY PHOTOS & RETAKE DAY
You should have received an email this week from Irving Simon with a link to access and order copies of your child’s photo from Picture Day. Did your child miss Picture Day or is the photo flawed? Not to worry. Retakes are scheduled during the school day of November 4 (please ignore the calendar’s reference to October 19). Plus, you also have an additional opportunity to return to school with your children in the late afternoon/early evening for SIBLING or FAMILY PHOTOS. More information to come.
In case you signed your child up for intramurals but forgot the schedule, here it is:
Grades 3 and 4 - Mondays and Wednesdays
Grades 5 and 6 - Tuesdays and Thursdays
SESSION 1 (October 3 - October 17): TENNIS
SESSION 2 (October 18 - October 31): SOCCER/FUTSAL
SESSION 3 (November 1 - November 10): FLAG FOOTBALL
SCHEDULE CHANGE TO MAKERBOT 3D PRINTING CLUB
Due to high demand for Mr. Cook’s Makerbot 3D Printing Club, he will be running TWO clubs – one for 5th grade, and one for 6th-8th grades. Registration is currently closed, but for those who are involved, here is the new schedule:
Mondays: 5th Grade (starting October 17)
Tuesdays: 6th Grade (starting October 11)
NEIGHBORHOOD EVENT: CHAPPAQUA CHILDREN’S BOOK FESTIVAL
The Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival is this Saturday, October 15th, at the train station. Admission is free - here is the link for more details! https://ccbfestival.org/
Have a super weekend!
LOOKING AHEAD . . .
NOTE: FOUNDATION ANNUAL SWAN LAKE WALK - New Date To Be Advised
Board of Education Meeting - 7:30 PM
PTA Halloween Costume Party - Gym
Halloween Parade - 2:15 PM
Board of Education Meeting - 7:30 PM
Picture Retake Day: Absentee Retakes: 10:00 - Noon
Sibling or Family Photo: 4:30 - 5:30
NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
Professional Development (AM) and Parent/Teacher Conferences (PM)
End of First Marking Period
Veterans Day (District Closed)
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