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WELCOME BACK COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER - Sept. 8, 2023
Back to School Bash Postponed...
THE NEW DATE FOR THE BACK TO SCHOOL BASH WILL BE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 FROM 5-7PM. PLEASE JOIN US THEN!
Indoor Recess - Bees
Today during recess, six first grade students reported bee stings on our playground. These children were taken to the school nurse to receive treatment. Thankfully, none of the students were seriously injured. Following our school district procedures, parents of the affected children were quickly notified. We want you to be aware as your student may talk about the insects when they get home.
Pest control experts have made several visits to UNES, including this week. As you may have noticed at your home, this is a time of the year when bees, wasps and hornets can be more aggressive.
We are taking necessary precautions to prevent such incidents from occurring in the future. Our District Facilities Department is working with the pest management company to walk every area of our campus and, out of abundance of caution, please be advised we will have indoor recess until we can be sure that the playground is safe.
Principal Craig Dreves
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Monday, September 11 - PTA Meeting @ 6pm
Monday, September 18 - Friday, September 22 - START WITH HELLO WEEK
Friday, September 22 - Parent Coffee with Principal Dreves & BACK TO SCHOOL BASH RESCHEDULED
Monday, September 25th - Yom Kippur (NO SCHOOL).
Thursday September 28th - Elementary Back to School Night.
Monday, October 2 - Stomp out Bullying Day - Wear Blue
Monday, October 2 - Wednesday, October 4 - Hispanic Heritage Salsa Dancing Event!
Wednesday, October 4 - Walk/Bike to School Day
Friday, October 6 - Picture Day
Monday, October 9 - Indigenous People's Day (NO SCHOOL)
Friday, October 27 - TRUNK OR TREAT!
PLEASE LEAVE THE TOYS AT HOME
We ask that students DO NOT BRING TOYS TO SCHOOL, unless there is a special show and tell or other event planned and your teacher specifically asks for items to come to school. Thank you for your cooperation!
NO FOOD CELEBRATIONS PLEASE
If you would like to celebrate your child's birthday at school, please speak to the teacher first. Some ways to celebrate your child's birthday (with teacher consultation) could include:
- Coming in to school to be a surprise MYSTERY READER .
- Sending in a craft or other non-food item for kids to enjoy.
- Sending in non-food goodie bags.
Cupcakes, cookies, donuts and other items could contain allergens and our staff cannot allow them to be distributed to the kids.
INTERESTED IN BEING A CLASS PARENT??
If you are interested in being a class parent for your child's class, please complete THIS SURVEY - CLICK HERE. While submitting your name does not guarantee that you will fulfill the role, we would love to have 2-3 interested class parents to help make each of our classrooms a special place this year! Please complete this survey by 9/28 (Back To School Night).
If you're wondering what a class parent could/would do, the PTA and our Family Resource Coordinator have created this useful description of the ideal class parent experience - CLICK HERE.
START WITH HELLO WEEK 9/18-9/22
Start with hello week raises awareness about social isolation and educates students and the community on how to prevent it by reaching out to others who may feel left out, lonely or invisible. Our goal is that all students in Nyack feel a sense of belonging and celebrate spreading kindness to all.
Say Hello to somebody in our school community and introduce yourself. Wear yellow or green (The colors of inclusion).
Wear an article of clothing displaying a positive message or represents something important to you.
"BE A RAINBOW IN SOMEONE ELSE'S CLOUD." Wear rainbow colors.
Kindness always wins! Wear KINDNESS from head to toe! Mix & match SOCK DAY!
Task for the day: Nyack spirit: Wear school colors(Red and Black) to show we support each other in this great community!
STOMP OUT BULLYING DAY
COFFEE WITH THE PRINCIPAL
Mr. Dreves is hosting virtual parent coffee sessions on the third Friday of each month from 9:30-10am. There is no set agenda, and parents are welcome to come and discuss what's on their minds.
The first Parent Coffee will be held Friday morning (9/22) at 9:30am.
BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT - SEPTEMBER 28
I will send a reminder again, but please mark your calendar for our IN PERSON BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT at Upper Nyack Elementary on Thursday, September 28 @ 6:30pm.
The basic plan is as follows:
Session 1 =
-Grades K-2 go directly to the classrooms to meet the teacher
-Grades 3-5 go to the All Purpose Room (Cafeteria) to meet with Mr. Dreves and support staff
Transition time - Grades 3-5 transition first and K-2 families follow after an announcement
Session 2 -
-Grades 3-5 go the classrooms to meet the teachers
-Grades K-2 go to the All Purpose Room to meet with Mr. Dreves and support staff
If you have additional children in other grades and were not able to make both sessions, or if you'd like to meet a special area teacher, teachers will be available in their rooms for a short period of time after the two sessions.
PLEASE UPDATE YOUR CONTACT INFO
Updated Contact Information: Please make sure that your information in the Infinite Campus student information Parent Portal is up to date. In case we need to reach you immediately, it is important that we have the correct contact information. Should information need to be updated or your parent portal password needs to be reset, please contact the district registrar at 845-353-7038 or email MaryEllen Lydecker at
MORNING BREAKFAST PROGRAM
Morning Breakfast Program
The district offers a morning breakfast program at the elementary level for kids starting at 8:00am. It is important that parents do not drop child(ren) off prior to 8:00 am as there will be no adult supervision prior to 8:00 am (no exceptions).
Our morning breakfast program is for any and all students. There is no cost for this program except the cost of breakfast, but we ask that you register if you think you will take advantage of this service (even if you don’t intend to use it every day) because we need to have adequate supervision.
Normal drop off time remains 8:30-8:45am, unless parents are registered for the morning program.
CLICK HERE for Registration Form
BREAKFAST / LUNCH
Breakfast will be available for students each morning; the cost will be $1.10 this year. Those students should report to the cafeteria and breakfast will be provided. Lunch is available each day for students and the cost will be $2.45; students have an option of a hot meal or a cold meal. Meal accounts can be prepaid weekly or monthly for your convenience through MyPaymentsPlus.com (online payment plan).
As both breakfast/lunch is NO LONGER FREE, it is important for you to return your completed FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH applications to the main office for processing if you qualify. Free & Reduced Meal Application Forms are now available in FILLABLE PDF format. Simply click on the form, fill it out electronically, download to your device and attach it to an email addressed to email@example.com.
The District still accepts hard copies as an option. Please call 845-353-7036 with questions or if you need assistance.
Please refer to the attached map (CLICK HERE FOR MAP) for a visual explanation. Take special note of the following:
To help make the dismissal process more efficient, on the first day of school, we sent home 2 bright yellow STUDENT PICK UP cards that are specific to your child. Please place these on the dashboard of your car, or carry them with you if you are a walker, and this will assist us in releasing your child more quickly. Also, if someone other than the parent is picking up, these cards will expedite that process, but you will still need to call the school to notify us. If they get lost, please call us for new ones. Please bring these cards for at least the first two weeks while the staff gets to know everyone, and then save them in a safe place for the rest of the year.
Kindergarten students ONLY are released promptly at 3:00pm from the main entrance. Parents should arrive by 3pm to receive their children. In Kindergarten, we work hard to do hand off directly to the parents, so when you see your child, please approach the yellow gate and the teacher will release your child.
Walkers: Walkers are dismissed beginning at 3:10pm. In grades 1-2, walker dismissal is from the main entrance and an adult must be present for students to be released. In grades 3-5, walker dismissal is from the exit near the gymnasium and students listed as a walker will be released without an adult to receive them. In the first weeks, please have your STUDENT PICKUP TAG when you pick up your child to expedite dismissal.
Bus Riders: Bus riders will gather in the gymnasium and students board buses as they arrive. An adult must be at the bus stop to meet K-1 students; if an adult is not there, the student will be sent back to school PRIOR to 4:00 PM and AFTER 4:00 PM, they will be sent to the district office at 13A Dickinson Avenue, Nyack. Families of students on buses that leave more than 15 minutes after their normal release time will be notified of a late departure.
Car Riders: Students whose parents will be picking them up by car will wait in the main hallway to be dismissed from the central door at UNES.
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