Principals' Update

April 20, 2020

Dear Families,


We can't begin to thank you enough for your continued support as we move forward in our school closure and distance learning. As of today, the Governor has closed school buildings until May 15th. This newsletter will provide you with many updates and information that will be helpful in the weeks ahead. We hope that you are all staying safe and healthy and we cannot wait until the day we can return to school.


Sincerely,


Mrs. Young

Mrs. Valente

New Learning

Starting April 27th, elementary students will begin their first week of new learning. This means that teachers will be preparing lessons that are new content and no longer review. It is important that we take these next critical steps to move forward in the curriculum. Our teachers are working diligently to prepare meaningful lessons that are both practical and manageable. We recognize that each family is doing their very best to work with their children on academics. We ask that you please continue to support and encourage your child to engage in the work assigned. Your child's teacher will be communicating with you prior to the 27th to inform you of how lessons will be presented in a digital format.

Guidelines for new learning content

Here are some guidelines for what new learning may look like at home.


Our grades K-2 students should spend approximately 3 hours per week completing Math, ELA, Science, and Social Studies lessons. These 3 hours will include the learning for all subject areas. They may spend up to an additional 1 hour per week on the Unified Arts lessons and review from the major content areas. This means students should be working for a total of 4 hours per week.


Our grades 3-5 students should spend approximately 4 hours per week completing Math, ELA, Science, and Social Studies lessons. These 4 hours will include the learning for all subject areas. They may spend up to an additional 1 hour per week on the Unified Arts lessons and review from the major content areas. This means students should be working for a total of 5 hours per week.


You can expect that teachers will post new ELA and Social Studies lessons on Mondays and Wednesdays and new Math and Science lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We understand that you may not be able to get to the lesson on the exact day it is shared. We ask that you encourage your child to complete the work by the end of the weekend so they do not fall behind and become overwhelmed with assignments.

Milk Distribution

On April 10th we were pleased to give away 1,080 gallons of milk to our Corinth families and families of surrounding districts. We are so happy to share that we will once again pass out milk on Friday, April 24th from 9:00 to 12:00. You may drive through the bus loop at the elementary school during this time to pick up milk.

Saratoga County Sheriff Poster Contest

BALLSTON SPA, NY -- Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo (R,C,I ) today announced a COVID-19 poster contest for students in grades K-12 in Saratoga County. The theme is ‘What Saratoga County First Responders Mean To Me.’

Students of all ages from Saratoga County are invited to participate in designing a poster illustrating what a Saratoga County first responder means to them. Artists should consider incorporating one of the following:

Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office

Saratoga County Public Health Nursing

Emergency Medical Services

Fire Departments

Posters must be received by Monday, May 18, 2020.

“I encourage students from across Saratoga County to take part in our poster contest,” said Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo “This is an excellent opportunity to engage our youth and highlight the brave men and women who are working on the frontlines to stop the spread of COVID-19.”

Twelve winners will be selected from the submissions and invited to participate in an awards ceremony at an upcoming Saratoga County Board of Supervisors meeting.

All posters submitted will be placed on display in the public area of the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa and throughout the Saratoga County Municipal Building. The twelve winning posters will be placed on display in the Supervisors Boardroom located in the County Municipal Building, 40 McMaster Street, Ballston Spa.

Those who wish to enter the contest can mail their completed poster (on any size paper) to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, New York 12020 or e-mail their submission to sheriff@saratogacountyny.gov.

They are also encouraged to share their artwork by tagging the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office via Facebook @SaratogaCountySheriff and Instagram @SaratogaSheriff,

Students or their parents should include the artist's first and last name, age, grade and school attending. Submissions should include an email or phone number.

Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office staff members will choose the best entry.

The contest provides a creative and fun way for students to depict positive influences that first responders are leaving on the community working to stop the spread of COVID-19. By designing posters, students help to highlight the important work of our emergency responders in Saratoga County.