IMES Monthly Update

January 2023

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Social Emotional Learning Theme: Our Emotions

In January, our K-5 students will explore emotions. We use The Zones of Regulation, a framework and curriculum that helps students identify their emotions. Some of these resources were introduced last year and will continue to be used during Morning Meeting conversations, lessons with clinicians in the classrooms, and school-wide assemblies. Emotion identification fosters self-awareness, helps students talk about their feelings, helps with conflict resolution, and helps children move forward when difficult feelings surface.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

In January, students learn about a very important civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. His words and actions continue to teach us important life lessons. Read alouds and morning meeting will be opportunities for learning and discussion.

Response to Intervention (RtI)

As per our Response to Intervention District Plan mandated by New York State, benchmarks (or screenings) will be administered this month for students in grades K-5. The assessments are administered as a whole group and individually, depending on the grade and subject area. Winter benchmarking gives us the opportunity to review student growth since the last time we benchmarked, in the fall. The results of the screenings, along with other relevant data, is reviewed by the RtI Team. If your child qualifies 1) to enter services, 2) for a change of tier in services, or 3) to exit from services, you will receive a communication in early February.

Elementary Progress Reports

Classroom Teachers and Special Area Teachers will be completing progress reports for all students towards the end of this month. We anticipate these reports being made available on the Parent Portal in Infinite Campus at the end of the day on Friday, February 3.

Health Reminders

The New York State Department of Health reminds us to be careful and cautious as we have seen an increase in student and adult sickness before we went on winter recess. Communities and schools are encouraged to follow these precautions to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

1. Staying up to date on vaccines, including Flu and COVID-19.

2. Washing your hands often with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds.

3. Not coughing or sneezing into your hands; sneeze or cough into your elbow.

4. Staying home when sick or symptomatic.

5. Wearing a well-fitting, high-quality mask when in public indoor spaces.

Change of Dismissal Form Link

Please click the link if your child's dismissal plan changes from the typical routine. Reasons to complete the form include playdates, early pick-ups from school, and pick-up at 3:30 pm in the gym.


As a reminder, please call the school in the morning if your child is absent. The school attendance line is 763-7150.

Outdoor Recess

A reminder for clothing for outdoor play.

If the temperature, including the wind chill, is below forty degrees, students should wear the following:

  • Warm coats
  • Long pants

On snowy days in order to play in the snow (including sledding) students will also need:

  • Snow pants
  • Boots
  • Hats
  • Gloves

Please be aware that if a student is not dressed appropriately, he or she will be unable to attend outdoor activities (including recess). If the temperature including the wind chill falls below twenty degrees, the students will stay inside for recess. Dr. Louis A. Corsaro, the school district physician, has advised us in these matters.

Lost & Found

We have a growing Lost and Found collection. It would be helpful if your children had names on their items so we can return them. Additionally, please have your child check the Lost and Found for missing belongings.

Mark Your Calendar: January

Tuesday, January 3 School Reopens!

Wednesday, January 4 Fifth Grade Parent Night @ Middle School

Thursday, January 5 BOE Meeting @ 7:30pm

Thursday, January 12 9:30 am Principal's Coffee & PTO Meeting

Monday, January 16 Schools Closed in honor of Martin Luther King Day

December Fun!

Shout Outs!

Thank you to all our teachers and staff for building relationships with our students and creating teaching and joining our school community!

Thank you to our PE Teachers for leading the FiFA Fridays Fun!

Thank you to our PTO for supporting and planning enrichment experiences for our students and for hosting the holiday boutique for students and families.

Thank you to our Compact Team for creating the beautiful Light and Holiday bulletin board!

Curriculum Information

If you would like to read about each grade level’s curriculum, you may access our Curriculum Guides for the 22-23 school year on our IMES website under the Quick Links section.