Altamont Elementary School

October, 2015 Newsletter

Thank You for Open House

I want to thank all the parents that were able to attend our Open House events. The year is off to a good start with the students and we couldn't do it without your support. Remember to log in to your School Tool Account and update the information about your child. That is WHERE WE GO in the event of an emergency. You will also access report cards and conference notes from there.

New Security Procedures

Starting this week, we are implementing the new security protocols for entry into the school. Parents and visitors will need to show an acceptable ID, such as a Driver's License in order to enter the school. This should only need to happen one time, and afterwards the office can just record you in the building as a "Returning Visitor."

For dismissal, we are hoping parents can sign the children out and wait in the lobby. We are also going to try to have students who are being picked-up dismiss a minute or two early and this will help alleviate congestion.

Lastly, with all change, it takes some time and we are asking for your patience and understanding as we try to make our school more safe for the students and still maintain a caring and nurturing environment.

Thank you for your support and cooperation.

Picture Day

Thursday, Oct. 8th, 8:30am


Wear your big smile:-)

AES PTA Meeting

Thursday, Oct. 8th, 6pm


Please join us for our meeting

Practice Emergency Dismissal & Lock-down Drill

Friday, Oct. 9th, 1:30pm

AES School

On Friday, October 9, at about 1:30, we will practice a "Lock-down Drill" with the students. I, along with the teachers, will talk with the students before-hand about this. We go to great lengths to ensure this is not a "scary" event, but rather something we need to practice just like a fire-drill.

I'll announce the drill over the PA system and the teacher will guide the students to a location in the classroom where the students will remain silent for a short time. After the drill, the students will exit the school quietly for the Early Go Home Dismissal.

If you have any questions, please call the school.

Students do go home 15 minutes early. This is the perfect time to be sure your child knows what to do in an emergency situation such as getting home and not having an adult there.


Friday, Oct. 9th, 6:30pm


This is a fun event for the entire family. The first one is usually hugely attended. We hope to see you there. There is food and drink available for purchase along with the BINGO cards.

Columbus Day-No School

Monday, Oct. 12th, 12am

Your home

K-5 Early Dismissal

Thursday, Oct. 29th, 11:30am


Students are dismissed at 11:30 for conference meetings. Be sure your child knows where to go that day.

1st Day of Enrichment Programs

Friday, Oct. 16th, 2-3:30pm

Rooms TBA

The 4th and 5th grade students participating in this will need to be picked up by an adult after the program.

Costume Parade

Friday, Oct. 30th, 1:30pm

In front of school

Please join us as the students parade around the front of the school in their costumes. We ask that parents wait out front and there are no masks allowed for adults. We need to see you!!

In the event of rain, we'll parade through the school and parents can watch in halls. Let's hope for nice weather:-)

Conference Day-NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, Nov. 3rd, 12am

All Schools

Craft Fair

Sunday, Nov. 8th, 10am-3pm

Altamont school

Come see the many items for sale from the vendors. ALL 5th grade students are expected to help out at some time during the day. More info. will follow. There are 3 shifts for 5th graders and information should be coming home about this.

No School-Veterans Day

Wednesday, Nov. 11th, 7pm

All Schools

Picture Retake Day & PTA Meeting

Thursday, Nov. 12th, 6pm


Please try to attend this important event that is a revised follow-up from the Capacity Study. The intent is to focus on ideas and solutions.

HomeSpun Family Dance

Friday, Nov. 13th, 6:30pm


Join us for one of the most enjoyable nights of the year. I promise you'll have a great time. Bring the neighborhood:)

School Day Start Time

Student should be here by 7:50 every day. Arrival after 8:00 will be considered tardy.


PTA News

Dates to Remember:

Thursday October 8 PTA Meeting @ 6:00

Friday October 9 Bingo Night @ 6:30

Sunday November 8 PTA Craft Fair 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Thursday November 12 PTA Meeting @ 6:00

5th Grade Yankee Candle Sale

Please support our 5th graders as they raise money for their end of the school year trip. The sale will run from October 1st – 16th. If you have any questions or need to find a 5th grader, please contact Amber Brate at 861-8026 or

Volunteers Needed for School Banking

If you have time about once a month on a Friday between 11:00-1:00 please consider helping with the school banking program. Students with accounts at SEFCU make deposits at school during lunch on Fridays. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Kelly Stang at if you would like to volunteer.

Thank you to everyone who has signed up to help with PTA activities and who has joined with a PTA membership this year!

Haven't joined the AES PTA yet? If you need a membership form please contact our Membership Chair, Alexandra VanDeusen at

Box Tops for Education

Please continue to send in your box tops to the school. The

PTA receives about $750 each school year through this

program. The first submission deadline is November 1, 2015.

Through the Campbell’s Labels for Education program we

can get free merchandise for our school. Send in proofs

of purchase (UPC codes) from participating Campbell products.

Tyson Project A+

We will also be collecting labels from bags and boxes on Tyson products.

We will receive 24 cents per label to help fund PTA activities.

Price Chopper Tools for Schools

Help Altamont Elementary earn free education equipment! Simply visit Price Chopper's Web site ( to register your AdvantEdge card for our school. Our school code is 15679.

From July 26, 2015 through March 26, 2016 , every time you use your Price Chopper AdvantEdge Card, AES can get credit towards free educational equipment. This costs you nothing and will not interfere with credits you are earning for any other shopping promotions at Price Chopper. Please tell your family, friends, co-workers and neighbors! Thank you for your support!