Fort Edward Elementary Newsletter

Fall Edition 2019

Falling Back into the School Routine

Dear Fort Edward Families,

School is back in full swing, and September flew right by us, as it always seems to. Thank you to all for your patience as we adapted to the new traffic patterns on Case Street. We strive to keep our students safe at all times, so thank you for driving cautiously near school, and dropping students off in designated areas only.

We want to see your child in school every day! Did you know that student attendance is a critical component in your child's education? Tardiness and absenteeism negatively affect student learning. Here are a few facts from Attendance Works (

  • Absenteeism in the first month of school can predict poor attendance throughout the school year. Half of the students who miss 2-4 days in September go on to miss nearly a month of school.
  • Absenteeism and its ill effects start early. One in 10 kindergarten and first grade students are chronically absent.
  • Poor attendance can influence whether a student can read proficiently by the end of third grade.
  • By 6th grade, chronic absence becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school.
  • Research shows that missing 10% of the school year, or about 18 days of school, negatively affects a student's academic performance. This is only 2 days per month, and is called chronic absence.

Thank you for your help in developing the habit of attending school each day, and on time.

Thanks to all who attended Open House on September 12, 2019. Family members were able to meet teachers, view classrooms, and learn about the educational programs your children are participating in. Sign ups for Parent-Teacher Conferences (November 22, 25, & 26) were available. If you did not yet sign up for a conference day and time, your child's teacher will be in touch with you soon.


Karen Jones

Documents Available

There are many useful documents available on the Fort Edward UFSD website, including:

  • Code of Conduct
  • Computer Acceptable Use Policy
  • Sexual Harassment Policy
  • DASA Policy
  • Attendance Policy

Thank you Firefighters!

A big THANK YOU to the Fort Edward Fire Department for teaching our students about Fire Safety on 10/9 and 10/10!

From the Health Office

Mrs. Horne would like to remind families that physicals are required for all students in grades 1, 3, and 5. You are welcome to call Mrs. Horne at ext. 3114 to double check whether you need to turn in this document this year.

PTO Corner

  • A huge thank you to everyone who supported the PTO frozen food fundraiser. All orders will be delivered the week of November 18th, 2019.

  • Please like the PTO on Facebook. You’ll find all meetings times and all other announcements on our page. Our meetings are now held in the Elementary Teacher’s Lounge and we are always looking for new members.

Important Dates:

  • 10/31 - Halloween Parade and Performance, Auditorium, 8:30 AM (doors open at 8:15)
  • 11/1 - No School for Students, Superintendent's Conference Day
  • 11/6 - Picture Retake Day
  • 11/11 - No School, Veteran's Day
  • 11/12 - Board of Education Meeting, 6:30 PM
  • 11/22, 11/25, 11/26 - 12:00 Dismissal for Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • 11/27-11/29 - No School, Thanksgiving Break

Enrichment Club - Tuesdays & Thursdays after school

The Enrichment Club is off to a great start! Students in grades 3-6 are able to stay after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays to learn about all different topics including bowling, rocks & minerals, buoyancy, walking & running, and more! There are openings still available for the November programs. If students are interested in joining, please ask your teacher for more information.

Second grade learns about Honey!

Second graders learned about honey and beeswax, thanks to Mrs. Morey's own hives! The students made authentic chapsticks from real beeswax, and enjoyed honey-topped waffles they made right in their classroom. Thank you to Mrs. Morey for this tasty learning experience!

Lost & Found

Our lost and found is starting to fill up. With cold mornings and warmer afternoons, it is easy for students to forget that they wore a jacket or sweatshirt to school in the morning. Please make sure clothing items and lunchboxes are labeled with your child's name, and be sure to check the lost & found from time to time to look for missing items.

All County Chorus

The All County Chorus Concert will be on Saturday, October 26th at Whitehall High School at 3:00pm.

Jazz Band, Elementary Chorus, Junior High Chorus, and Senior High Chorus will all perform.

Tickets: Adults - $5.00, Students/Senior Citizens - $2.00, children under age 5 free

There will be students from Fort Edward performing, so please come and see a great concert!

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Digital Citizenship Week

In Computer Technology class, students are discussing how to be safe online, have a positive image, and leave behind responsible footprints.

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Halloween Fun!

This year, our Halloween tradition must change a little bit. Our older students in grades 3-4-5 usually walk to the nursing home to sing songs to the residents there. As the nursing home is under construction now, we won't be able to do that this year. Our teachers have planned the following Halloween program instead:

Parents will be welcomed into the auditorium on Halloween Day at 8:30 AM (doors open at 8:15)

  • Our young students in Pre-K (AM), Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades will parade across the stage in their costumes, one class at a time
  • Our students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades will take the stage, and each grade will sing a song
  • The band will then play some Halloween songs for us as well

The program will conclude at about 9:15 AM. All parents and family members are welcome to attend! Please send students to school in their costumes.

We have many treats and candies here at school on Halloween. Rather than sending sweets into school, we will have a collection of non-perishable food items for our Backpack Program instead. This is voluntary, of course, and we do appreciate your support of this important program!

We hope to see you in the Auditorium on Halloween morning at 8:30!