Bellows Weekly Bulletin
December 8, 2023
Monday, 12/11 - D Day
- 3rd Grade Early Morning Library - 8:00 AM
- 5th Grade Concert - 6:00 PM - FEB Auditorium
Tuesday, 12/12 - E Day
- 4th & 5th Grade Early Morning Library - 8:00 AM
Wednesday, 12/13 - F Day
- 3rd Grade Early Morning Library - 8:00 AM
- PTSA/FEB Book Fair - 9:00 AM/6:00 PM - Auditorium
- 4th & 5th Grade Early Morning Library - 8:00 AM
- PTSA Book Fair - 9:00 AM - Auditorium
Friday, 12/15 - B Day
First Marking Period Report Cards
First marking period report cards are now on the Parent Portal. If you did not set up an account last year, information can be found on the Rye Neck webpage and the very helpful slides linked below.
All questions should be sent to Matt Madera at email@example.com.
We do not print and send home Report Cards in an effort to do our part in supporting our Green Initiatives in Rye Neck.
FEB Book Fair Schedule 12/13 & 12/14
Click the image to access the document.
The Bellows Science Expo is Coming Soon- Important Information for Families
It is that special time of the school year where we start to ask families to think about and plan for the FEB Science Expo!
For the past eight years, our fifth graders have been placing extremely well in the Middle School categories and last year, Bellows was awarded the “Top Middle School” at the Tri-County Expo!
The linked documents below are filled with tons of information about our annual Science Fair in the spring. Our more streamlined and methodical approach to registering and supporting families through the process of choosing to participate and designing a science project was highly successful last year and we will use that approach this year, too.
Whether your child wants to volunteer their project for consideration for the Tri-County Science Fair & Expo or not, our goal is to ensure you understand the process as well as have enough time to work with your child on designing the project that is right for them. This should be a fun, family learning experience and we hope many families take advantage of this opportunity to engage in science at home, together.
We will be using Google Forms for families and students to submit their ideas for review by our volunteer Rye Neck scientists. This will help us to provide you and your child with timely feedback in an effort to make sure they have ample time to revise their thinking and conduct a solid experiment.
If you are interested in having your child participate in the Science Expo at FEB this year, we ask you to review the two documents linked below as you begin the planning process with your child.
Calling All Fourth Grade Writers - New Enrichment Opportunity
Ms. Bartlett, one of our Literacy Educators at FEB, will be facilitating fourth grade Writer's Club groups beginning in January.
Students who are interested in participating must complete an application with a writing sample to be considered. Teachers will be posting it in their Google Classrooms on Monday, but families can talk to their fourth grader this weekend and review the application here: Fourth Grade Writer's Club Application 2023-24.
The theme for these groups is "Imagine"! Students will be exploring language in creative and playful ways during this exciting enrichment opportunity.
If your child would like to extend their writing experience in fourth grade, this is the opportunity for them!
Student Council News
The FEB Student Council Gingerbread Man Scavenger Hunt
Can you find all the Gingerbread Men hidden all over Rye Neck? Student Council is hosting this fun community spirit-lifting event. Click the image to access the form you need to write down all the businesses you can find the Gingerbread Men in! Happy Hunting! They will have until Thursday, December 14 to find them all!
Inclement Weather Remote Day Information
If you read Dr. Lutinski's Superintendent Update last week, he mentioned inclement weather delays and school closures, as well as Remote Learning Days in some cases. In the event that we do end up with a Remote Learning Day, here is some important information about Bellows:
1- School would be on a 2 hour delay (as Dr. Lutinski stated). This means students would need to be ready to learn remotely with their teacher promptly at 10:40.
2- The day would follow an abbreviated schedule. You would find this information in each classroom teacher's Google Classroom.
3- We still would be following a Letter Day schedule; however, students may have a different Special than they are used to. Teachers would inform them during Google Meets and it would be posted in Google Classroom with the schedule.
4- We ask that you and your children be mindful of our expectations for the day. We want to be sure these times are on-task and productive for all participants.
- Be sure you’re ready with materials.
- Be dressed for learning.
- Save eating for before or after live instruction. Have your water bottle nearby.
- Be in a quiet spot where you can independently participate.
Photos of the Week
Parent Workshops from Effective School Solutions & Rye Neck Schools
Rye Neck Schools and Effective School Solutions (ESS) invite you to join us for a series of virtual and in-person parent-centered presentations on mental wellness throughout the year, starting with our inaugural workshops on December 13, 2023.
Caring for children can be rewarding while simultaneously emotionally and physically depleting. Building Capacity for Parents: Supporting Adults to Avoid Burnout and Enhance Well-Being will help the important adults in children's lives identify the signs of stress and caregiver fatigue; offer tangible strategies to build their capacity; and enhance their emotional and physical well-being.
There will be a virtual presentation at 10:00 AM for parents/caregivers of children in grades K-5 and another at 6:00 PM for parents/caregivers of children in grades 6-12. Parents and caregivers are welcome to attend the session that is most convenient to their schedules. While the workshops will present the same information, the age-specific examples will vary.
Click the flyer below to RSVP.
Rye Neck Website and Feedback
Rye Neck Schools launched a new website in 2021 through Blackboard. In 2022, Blackboard was acquired by Finalsite, which will no longer support our website's template as of 2025. In the coming months, we will choose a new Finalsite template for a summer 2024 launch. Additionally, Rye Neck is in the process of updating its current app to include more student-specific information, such as your child's schedule, grades, and important documentation.
Mary Lanza and the Technology Planning Advisory Team created the 2023 Rye Neck Website Survey to gather feedback from the community that will guide decisions about our new website. The 2023 Rye Neck Website Survey is offered in three languages (English, Japanese, and Spanish); and it includes questions about our current website, the Rye Neck App, and our social media presence. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey by December 12, 2023.
Reminder About Absence Procedures
If your child is going to be absent or late for any reason, please email the main office at FEBattendance@ryeneck.org or call 914-777-4600. All absences need to be reported by 9:00 AM.
Please remember to report upcoming absences for holiday travel.
If your child is reported absent by his/her classroom teacher, and you have not called the office, you will be notified via the automated system to verify the absence.
In case of severe, contagious disease, pediculosis (head lice), or prolonged illnesses, please notify the school nurse, Samantha Krench, MSN RN. It is our procedure that the nurse notifies parents of children in the class regarding exposure to a contagious disease.
If your child becomes ill in school and needs to be sent home, the nurse will notify you at the emergency phone number provided. For this reason, it is important for the school to have parents’ work numbers/cell numbers, as well as an additional one or two emergency numbers of neighbors or close relatives.
It is important that children arrive at school in time for the opening bell at 8:40 a.m. Arriving late (8:45 a.m.) after morning routines and instruction have started is disconcerting to a child and disruptive to the class. Plan to give your child a smooth beginning to his/her day by scheduling ample time for early morning procedures.
If you need to remove your child from school for any reason during the school day, please email or call the main office first.
Important: Visitors and Dropoffs
Please note that there is a sign on the front door and on the sign-in kiosk ➡️
- All visitors must sign in with ID at the Raptor kiosk at the front entrance. If you have forgotten your ID, you can type your information in. Once you are signed in, please ring the doorbell to gain entry. Your visitor sticker will print inside the building.
- If you are dropping off a student, just ring the doorbell and we will let the student in.
- If you are only dropping off lunch, homework, etc, just ring the doorbell and we meet you at the door.
Early Morning Program Reminders
All students should ring the bell at the front entrance for morning programs; students should be dropped off no earlier than 5 minutes before the program begins to ensure there is supervision.
- Early Morning Library starts at 8:00.
- Band for Beginners starts at 7:45; Intermediate Band starts at 8:15.
- Strings starts at 8:10.
- Math Olympiad and Continental Math programs start at 7:45.
Upcoming Dates to Remember
- December 20 - Board of Ed Meeting - 7:00 PM - MS/HS Community Room
- December 22 - Early Dismissal - 11:30 AM
- December 25-January 2 - Holiday Recess
- January 9 - RNIC Meeting - 9:15 AM
- January 15 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - School Closed
- January 17 - Meet the Scientists - 5:30 PM - FEB Library
- January 17 - Board of Ed Meeting - 7:00 PM - MS/HS Community Room
- January 18 - ESS Parents K-5 (Spanish-speaking) - 6:00 PM - Location TBA
- January 22 - Booster Club Meeting - 7:30 PM - MS/HS Library
- February 8 - Gr 3-5 Principal's Conversation - 9:30 AM - FEB Annex
- February 10 - PTSA Parent's Night Out - 7:00 PM
- February 12 - Booster Club Meeting - 7:30 PM - MS/HS Library
- February 14 - Board of Ed Meeting - 7:00 PM - MS/HS Library
- February 15 - RNIC Meeting - 9:15 AM - FEB Annex
- February 19-23 - Winter Recess - School Closed
PTSA and Booster Club
After School Clubs Have Openings! Plus: Cooking!
Clay Sculpture with MADE (Thurs) We’ve added a MADE Sculpture Class and another Cooking Class due to it’s popularity. And, there’s still availability in several After School Clubs! Open spots remain in: Cooking: Winter Delights (Thurs)
We’ve added a MADE Sculpture Class and another Cooking Class due to it’s popularity. And, there’s still availability in several After School Clubs!
Open spots remain in:
Cooking: Winter Delights (Thurs)
Debate Club (Mon)
Expressive Art (Mon)
STEAM Lab with Ms. Franks (Tues)
Dodgeball & Capture the Flag (Weds)
Visit www.ryeneckafterschool.com to register and for more info!