October News

JHE 2018


Building a culture of trust and collaboration!

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Dates to Remember!


  • School Banking 7:50-8:15 a.m. JHE Lobby
  • Galway Scholars Parent Information Evening 6:00 p.m. Elementary Library



  • Popcorn Friday $1 per bag


  • Columbus Day-School is closed



  • School Banking 7:50-8:15 a.m. JHE Lobby
  • 9th-period Support Lab 2:30-3:30 p.m.
  • PTSA Fall Fundraiser Ends


  • Announced Lockdown Drill
  • Board of Education Meeting 6:30 p.m. HS Library
  • PTSA Meeting 6:30 p.m. Elementary Library


  • Popcorn Friday $1 per bag


  • 9th-period Support Lab 2:30-3:30 p.m.


  • 9th-period Support Lab 2:30-3:30 p.m.


  • School Banking 7:50-8:15 a.m. JHE Lobby
  • Kindergarten Field Trip to Elm's Farm
  • 9th-period Support Lab 2:30-3:30 p.m.


  • Progress reports go home
  • 9th-period Support Lab 2:30-3:30 p.m.


  • Superintendent's Day-No school for students K-12


  • 9th-period Support Lab 2:30-3:30 p.m.


  • 9th-period Support Lab 2:30-3:30 p.m.


  • School Banking 7:50-8:15 a.m. JHE Lobby
  • 9th-period Support Lab 2:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Unity Day-Wear Orange


  • Board of Education Meeting 6:30 p.m. High School library
  • 9th-period Support Lab 2:30-3:30 p.m.
  • PSTA Book Fair Begins in the HS Library
  • Popcorn Friday $1 per bag
  • Lion's Club Vision Screening for Kindergarten Students


  • 9th-period Support Lab 2:30-3:30 p.m.


  • 9th-period Support Lab 2:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Elementary Building Team 2:30-3:30 p.m. Elementary Cafeteria


  • School Banking 7:50-8:15 a.m. JHE Lobby
  • Halloween Parade K-2 & Vocabulary Parade 3-6 1:15 p.m. for staff and students only
  • 9th Period Support Lab is canceled for JHE students this evening
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Book Fair Times and Events!

We are very happy to announce PTSA's Fall 2018 “Enchanted Forest” Book Fair. Due to construction, there has been some changes.the most significant is we will be in the High School library. This creates a few challenges, but we hope you and your students can still participate in some way.

Access to the Book Fair will be through the rear of the library. There is a corridor in the Auditorium lobby, near the High School gym. (We will have plenty of signs.) This is to minimize disruption to High School students, who could be using the classroom at the front of the library during construction.


  • Thursday, October 25 – Thursday, November 1 (school days) 7:50am – 2:45pm
  • Friday, November 2 7:50am – 11:00am
  • Family day Saturday, October 27 9:30am – 12:00pm

We will offer classroom previews to all JHE students.

Each morning during the Book Fair, a PTSA member will be in the JHE lobby from 7:50am – 8:15am. They will collect any returned wish lists which include payment for books. The PTSA will deliver the books back to the classrooms, later the same day.

PTSA has online payment option called eWallets. It’s similar to the school meals system and a record of all children with accounts for the Book Fair will appear on our cash registers. Information has been sent home with each student. We also have an online Book Fair.

During the morning appearances at JHE, we will have the All For Books Lollipop pull. It’s proved a very popular fundraiser and this time we’re using the money to buy books for the Galway Food Pantry Holiday Gift Baskets.There will also be some special raffles, including a giant unicorn pool float and two fairy gardens. These raffles will be located in the High School library.

There will be fun facts related to our theme at morning announcements along with a “Name a Gnome” contest. Our five push gnomes will be recommending books at morning announcements during the Fair called “Gnome on a book”.

The Book Fair is open to everyone on the morning of Saturday, October 27th. There will be a lot of great books, games, craft activities and food.

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School Banking-What is it? How do I enroll? Can anyone enroll? How do we make deposits?

Q: Who is our banking partner?

A: Our banking partner is First New York Credit Union.

Q: How do I enroll my child?

A: Applications are available by emailing bsemo@galwaycsd.org.

Q: Is there anything else I need to do except fill in the application?

A: Please be sure to fill in the W9 section, send a copy of your ID and have the student sign at the bottom of the form (even if it’s just printing their name). Please be sure to put Galway-Joseph Henry Elementary so our school receives credit.

Q: How does this help JHE?

A: If we reach 75 new accounts by December 31, the bank will make a donation of $1,000.00 to JHE. We will use the money to support school spirit by purchasing spirit wear for every student at JHE.

Q: Where do I send the application once I fill it out?

A: You may send the application to school on banking day (Wednesday) and we will bring it to the bank after your child makes their deposit. You may also mail it in directly to the bank.

Q: When and how does my child make deposits?

A: Student may bring deposits every Wednesday morning. We accept deposits from 7:50-8:15 A.M. The deposits are taken to First New York Credit Union – Glenville Branch on the same day.

Q: How much does a deposit have to be?

A: There is no minimum deposit. Understanding the benefit of saving money is the goal.

Q: How do I know the deposit was made?

A: Students will receive a receipt for their deposit and an empty envelope for their next deposit each Wednesday. Please be sure to fill in all the information on the envelope. If you do not have an envelope from the bank, you may use a plain envelope and include the student's name, account number, date, and amount of the deposit.

Q: Can any family member sign-up or does it have to be a JHE student?

A: Everyone is encouraged to open an account. Each account opened on behalf of Galway will benefit JHE.

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Elementary Building Team (EBT)

Mission Statement: Creating an environment of academic success through awareness, engagement, and involvement for all students to achieve their highest potential and to promote the collaborative effort among students, teachers, families and community.

The elementary building team is a committee who meets monthly to develop programs and activities to support our mission statement. Current members include parents and staff from JHE. If you have ideas on programs you would like to see at JHE please email mlmcdougall@galwaycsd.org. We would love to hear your ideas. This year we continue our focus on building school spirit, hosting family events, and supporting PTSA initiatives. If you are interested in volunteering to serve on our Elementary Building Team (EBT) please contact the main office. EBT meets from 2:30-4:00 p.m. one time per month. This month's meeting is October 30, 2018.

Hannaford Helps Schools

The Hallo-Word Parade is coming to JHE!

On Wednesday, October 31, 2018, we will once again hold a non-spectator Hallo-Word parade for students. Children in grades K-2 are encouraged to bring traditional Halloween costumes to school. Please be sure costumes are labeled with your child's name and teacher. Safety is our first concern and while parents and friends will not have an opportunity to view the parade, students will be able to see friends' costumes during the indoor parade and video will be uploaded to our Facebook account for friends and family to see.

If you have signed up to help your child’s teacher on the 31st, you will receive a visitor wristband prior to that day. We do not allow any other visitors to the parade. Please have that wristband visible and available when you arrive at school. As children interpret the frights of Halloween differently depending on their personal situations, guidelines for costumes will be strictly enforced in order to mitigate any fear or worry. If your child wishes to participate in the parade, please be sure their costume meets our guidelines.

In addition, grades 3 -6 will hold a special Vocabulary Costume Parade. Specific details were sent home with each student. Special thanks to PTSA for providing prizes for the following categories.

  • Best 4 Syllable word
  • Best Noun
  • Best Adjective
  • Best Mathematical
  • Most Creative
  • Most Electrifying
  • Funniest
  • Best Scientific
  • Most Unforgettable

Winners will receive Book Fair certificates.

The guidelines for all costumes are as follows:

  • Costumes must fit over existing clothing
  • Costumes must not imitate blood or injury
  • Weapons associated with costumes need to be left home
  • Costumes which hide student's faces (masks) may not be worn. Use makeup only.

Thank you very much for your support in helping to make this student-centered activity fun and enjoyable for all.

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School Dismissal Manager

School Dismissal Manager is up and running at JHE. No more notes or phones to change your child's dismissal plans! Thank you to everyone for your patience while we worked out the technical difficulties of our new system.

How Do I Get Started?

Everyone parent/guardian who provided us with an email should have received instructions on how to use the system along with your personal credentials. If you have not, please call Mrs. Semo and we will update your email address and resend the welcome message. Once you receive the message, simply log in whenever there’s a change to your child's dismissal plans. Every child already has a default dismissal that was set up based on where he/she goes three or more days a week. When you alter the default dismissal, you are creating an exception for your child and this information is sent to the classroom teacher, bus driver, and office staff. If you create an exception indicating your child will be picked up, you will see two boxes. If the person picking up your child is a parent of a Galway student, you simply need to start typing in that parent's last name and then choose the parent from the drop down. You do not need to provide that parent with your PIN number as they will have their own and be linked to your child on the day(s) you assign, If the person is a grandparent, friend, aunt, uncle etc... you will need to type in their last and first name. They will need to bring a government issued ID.

You can also use School Dismissal Manager to report an absence, early pick-up or tardy. There is no need to send written correspondence or follow up with a phone call. Once you create an exception, you will also receive a confirmation email detailing the change you made.

How Does This Help With Daily Dismissal?

Each day, just prior to dismissal, School Dismissal Manager will automatically send an up-to-the-minute dismissal report for ALL students to JHE. Last minute scrambles for both parents and school staff are avoided and the safety of every student is ensured. It's simple. It's safe.

Parent Reference Guide to School Dismissal Manager

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Why do we take attendance in homeroom and for each subject?

New York State uses the amount of instructional time a student receives in a specific course to compute and compare student growth across the State of New York. For example, if a student is consistently late and misses reading class each day, that student’s results, or lack thereof, would not be compared to the another student’s results who may have been present every day of the school year and received much more instruction. These growth scores are then used to calculate the growth score for the teacher.

If a student misses 60% of the instruction, his or her results would not be included in the growth calculation of the teacher.

A student who has met the 60% enrollment requirement will have her or his

Student Growth Percentile (SGP) score weighted in the teacher’s growth score proportional to the student’s enrollment and attendance in the course.

For example, a student who is enrolled for 75% of the course duration with 100% attendance is weighted 0.75 X 1.0 or 0.75; a student who is enrolled for 90% of the

course duration with 90% of attendance is weighted 0.90 X 0.90 or 0.81.

The course attendance does not negatively or positively impact a student’s daily attendance taken in homeroom. Nor, does this impact a student’s grade other than if they miss a subject; they miss the instruction, which may impact learning.

A student who has met this 60% enrollment requirement will then have her or his

Student Growth Percentile (SGP) score weighted in the teacher’s MGP proportional to the student’s enrollment and attendance in the course.

For example, a student who is enrolled for 75% of the course duration with 100% attendance is weighted 0.75 X 1.0 or 0.75; a student who is enrolled for 90% of the

course duration with 90% of attendance is weighted 0.90 X 0.90 or 0.81.

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Easy Steps to Merge Your Calendar with Galway CSD's!

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Morning Arrival

Breakfast is served everyday beginning at 7:30 am. All students are welcome to eat breakfast. Students arriving prior to 7:50 am, who are not eating breakfast, will need to wait outside the front entrance. Due to construction, we do not have available space to house students who arrive prior to 7:50 am, who are not eating breakfast. We are also not able to provide supervision outside the main door prior to 7:50 am. Students who do not eat breakfast, need to be dropped off between 7:50-8:00 am. Thank you for your support while we work through the challenges of construction.