BLOOMINGDALE NEWS

APRIL 2019

A Note from the Principal

Greetings Bloomingdale Families,


According to the calendar, spring has finally arrived! Those of us who live in the north country are well aware that the calendar does not dictate when spring arrives in the Adirondacks. While the weather forecast does have some warmer temperatures and the maple sap is starting to flow, we still have some cold days ahead. Please continue to send your child to school with appropriate clothing- warm hats and gloves, winter boots, jackets and snow pants. We want students to get outside and play every chance we can, but we don’t want to do that at the risk of students getting soaking wet, cold, and ultimately, sick.


A special “Thank You!” to the Bloomingdale Parents Club for bringing our students two fabulous events this past month. Students truly enjoyed listening to Patrick Darrah as he performed and reminisced about his time as a student here in Bloomingdale. Also, “Peter Rabbit” Movie Night was a great way to finish up Pajama Day and begin a hard earned weekend. The Parents Club will have another meeting on Tuesday, April 23rd at 6:30 pm in the Bloomingdale Library. All are welcome to join us.


Grades 3, 4, and 5 will be taking the State ELA exams beginning on April 2nd. The exams are untimed and take place on a computer over the course of two days. Historically, most students finish the exam session in less than 1 hour. Students should not stress over the test and they do not need to study. In fact, there is little to study for. Make sure your child is well rested and has a good breakfast prior to the examination period. All we ask is that they try their very best.


Spring Break is from April 6- April 21st. We will return to school on Earth Day, April 22nd. Arbor Day is Friday April 26th. This will be a good time to celebrate our Earth and the beautiful forested environment we are lucky enough to call home. I hope everyone is able to enjoy time together as a family during our break. Your children have worked extremely hard this year and deserve this break. When we return to school on April 22nd, we have only 2 short months until summer vacation begins. These are extremely busy months here at school, so please check the school calendar regularly for highlights, changes and updates.


Happy Spring Everyone!


Mr. VanWeelden

Principal


VISIT TO THE DENTIST!

Mrs. Snizek, Ms. Schmidt and her First Grade Class visited Dr. Murray's Family Smiles Dental Office in Saranac Lake on March 14th and learned all about what to expect when they have a dental appointment.

Fort Ticonderoga Visitors

Ms. Williams' Fourth Grade Class has been studying the Revolutionary War in Social Studies. Visitors came from Fort Ticonderoga decked out in period costumes and taught more about how soldiers lived during those times. The students tried to make a spark for fire using flint and dressed in some of the clothing and gear worn by the soldiers

Ski Club

Sixteen students came out for Ski Club this year! The last day was warm and sunny and the skiers got to play games - on skis - out on the field. The perfect end to a great season!
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A Note From Student Council

The kids will be coming home with books they can keep from our "used book give away", sponsored by the Student Council. Be sure to keep an eye out for these books and enjoy them over Spring Break!

Also, the Kindness Challenge is ongoing and will be extended...ask your kids how they are doing and feel free to send a note in to school when you witness an act of kindness at home!

Important Dates for April

April 2 & 3.........ELA Testing for 3rd, 4th & 5th Grades

April 5................Show & Tell (something that fits in a backpack)

April 8-19...........Spring Break!

April 23..............Bloomingdale Parent's Club Meeting, 6:30

April 26..............Dare Program, 5th Grade

April 30, May 1..Math Testing for 3rd, 4th & 5th Grades

Upcoming Events for May

May 1..............Math Testing for 3rd, 4th & 5th Grades

May 2..............Family Math Party for 2nd-7th Grade, 6-7:30, Petrova

May 3..............Family Swim Night, NCCC

May 3..............Bloomingdale Parent Luncheon

May 12............Mother's Day

May 14...........Pendragon Theatre trip, 3rd, 4th & 5th Grade

May 15, 16.....Dare Program, 5th Grade

May 20...........Spring Concert, 10:00, 7:00

May 22, 23.....Kindergarten Screening at High School, by appointment

May 28...........5th Grade Field Day (rain date 5/29)

May 29...........PBIS Assembly

May30...........4th Grade Field Day (rain date 5/31)

PBIS Assembly, March 27th, presented by Mrs. Lawless' 3rd Grade Class

The following students were awarded Citizenship "Bear Paw" Awards for Love of Learning::

K: ......................................Henry Hann

1st: ...................................David Martin

2nd: ..................................Owen Smith

3rd: ...................................Porter Dominesey

4th: ...................................Brice Heery

5th (Ms. Grandjean).........Astacia Bruno

5th (Mr. Gray)....................Gerald Woodruff

Lunchroom Award............Louisa Parsons

Upstander Award..............Emma Stephenson

Sportsmanship Award......Jack Brown

Classroom Award: 1st Place....4th Grade 2nd Place......2nd Grade

Citizen of the Month..........Owen Smith