Autumn Lane Family Focus

A School Community Newsletter

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A message from the principal

Happy New Year Autumn Lane Families,

Welcome 2023!! It's amazing how quickly the fall of 2022 went. With that said, our school community had some wonderful events to wrap up the year. You will see some pictures below illustrating just a few of the amazing things that happened in your child's school.

This January there are some fun family events, and some changes to be on the look out for. The major change is to our end of day car rider system. In a few weeks we will be transitioning to a new system, PikMyKid. Below you will see a more thorough explanation. There will also be more information shared over the next two weeks to prepare for this change. Our school will be making that transition on January 23rd.

Another change to expect is that our school will be sending the Family Focus weekly rather than monthly from now on. Each week will bring updates as well a new focus from various departments within our school. We hope that you find this communication helpful, and we would love to hear feedback for improvement.

Finally, the Annual Parent Perception Survey window has now reopened. As you know that feedback is critical for school improvement. Our goal is to get 200 responses this year. Please take the 10 minutes to share your input for us to make your family's school experience the best it can be.

With great respect,

Mr. Michael Ferris

Proud Principal of Autumn Lane

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Introducing PikMyKid a new Car Rider Pick Up App/System

In our ongoing efforts to enhance your children’s safety, we have decided to begin using the PikMyKid Dismissal Application. Throughout the country, it has been proven to simplify dismissal, reduce traffic congestion, and most importantly, improve overall safety.

The unique features of PikMyKid allow you, as parents, to easily change pick up modes, quickly delegate to an alternate individual for pickup, change to an ‘After School’ program, and even schedule for future pickup mode, pickup individual, and after school programs. This app allows you to be in full control of your child’s dismissal and it gives us, the school, complete information regarding dismissal and the ability to acknowledge every change and to instantly check your child’s dismissal status should you have a question.

We are very excited about this addition and know you will be too. Check your emails over the next week for additional information and we will be on our way to a safer, quicker, and more efficient dismissal process. To Learn a little more on your own, please check out the following link that will show you a few of the PikMyKid features.

Parent App Registration Video

CAR TAG #s will be sent next week!! Parents may need it to finish registering in the app.

Parent App Manage Dismissal Plans

Parent Perception Survey (Complete and WIN $150)

Parents, we want your input! Please click here and to complete the GCSD Family Perception Survey by Friday February 17 for our school. This annual anonymous survey helps our district to understand how families feel about their school. Question categories include culture, relationships, safety, instruction, and discipline. By completing the survey, you can enter to win an accompanying sweepstakes for a chance to win a grant prize of $150 Visa gift card courtesy of the Center for Youth. To enter the sweepstakes please email your name, and phone number to and mention that you are entering the Family Perception Survey Sweepstakes by February 18th. You do not need to complete the survey to enter.

Autumn Lane increased it's school participation on this survey by 200% last year. WE APPRECIATE YOUR FEEDBACK!!

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Important Upcoming Events

1.18 - PTA Family Skate Night

1.21 - PTA Winter Wonderland Event

1.23 - Start of Pik-My-Kid New Car Rider Pick Up System

1.23/24 - Winter Wonderland Fun in PE

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Winter Wonderland

Please see the link below for the upcoming Winter Wonderland school wide event on January 23rd and 24th. We are looking for parent volunteers to come in and help make this happen.

Autumn Lane is a Great Place to Learn and Grow

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Early Childhood Education

Showing kindness to others and ourselves has a big impact. Here are 21 ways to show kindness. These acts of kindness can be done at any time and in any order. Let’s spread even more kindness as we enter 2023!

Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow:

Take some time together to remember and talk about favorite moments from the past, today and some of the things you are looking forward to.

Leader in Me Leaders of the Month

Congratulations to the students below for being selected for leadership in Putting First Things First!
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Leader in Me Habits

Habit 1: Be Proactive- You are in charge of you

Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind- Have a plan

Habit 3: Put First Things First- Work first, then play

Habit 4: Think Win-Win- Everyone can win

Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, then to be Understood- Listen before you talk

Habit 6: Synergize- Together is better

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw- Balance feels best

K-12 Project Based Learning Exhibition

We are excited to announce our first ever K-12 Project Based Learning Exhibition. Please join us on February 9th for a fun evening showcasing Project Based Learning in the Greece Central School District! This evening will include:

  • Overview: What is Project Based Learning?

  • Classroom Project Displays

  • Student Presentations

  • Pizza will be provided! (RSVP Here)

Olympia High School

Thursday, February 9th

6:00 - 7:00 pm

Athletic Opportunities

For K-5th Parents:

  • Greece Storm Jr. Boys Lacrosse

    • Who: K-6th grade Greece Boys interested in learning the sport of lacrosse
      What: 7 Week Winter Lacrosse training--> Instructional lacrosse skill sessions (no equipment needed other than sticks)
      When: Wednesday nights 7:30-8:30pm at Odyssey starting January 11th and will continue on the following dates (1/11, 1/18, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1)
      Where: Odyssey School gymnasium
      How: Sign up on by going to registration. $25 per participant

    • Any questions, reach out to Coach Cole at

  • Greece Power Girls Lacrosse

    • What: This 7 Week Series is designed to teach & enhance the skills necessary to become successful and have fun playing lacrosse! *** No Experience Necessary *** *** Equipment will be provided as needed ***

    • Who: ALL girls in grades K-8 welcomed

    • When: January 9th - February 27th Mondays 7:00 - 8:00 PM (No Practice Feb. 20th Due to Winter Break)

    • Where: Total Sports Experience 880 Elmgrove Rd, Rochester, NY 14624

    • Cost: $90 Payments can be made by: ● Cash ● Venmo - greecepowerlax ● Check - Made to Greece Power Ladies Lacrosse Additional Details: ● If your daughter intends to play on our team during the Rochester Girls Lacrosse Alliance spring season (March-June), it is strongly encouraged that she participates in this series!

    • For more information, please visit

Community Schools and Kids Care


The Greece Central School District's before and after school program, KidsCare, has been quite busy over the past few months supporting our students' social-emotional and recreational development. Please click through the Link to read up on the latest happenings!

Community Schools News You Can Use

GCSD Parent Exchange - DATE CHANGE -Click here for the updated flyer!

Food Pantry Update

We are incredibly grateful for all the donations we are receiving. We ask that you kindly email to schedule donation drop offs. Thank you!

Donations Update

If you have items that you would like to donate to the Center for Youth (GCSD Community Schools), please complete this form.

Infinite Campus Help

In order to be better connected to your classroom community as well as view your child's report card please take some time to log into the campus portal. Please use the following links to gain access to Infinite Campus.

Also please be sure to update our office with any changes to your address or phone numbers. It is imperative we have the most accurate contact information.

Parent Portal Helpful Information

Parent Portal Activation key.docx

How to access Parent Portal_041020.pdf

District Calendar

Click on this link for the district calendar.
Greece Central School District

Click this page for key information regarding all things going on in Greece Central School District.