Dear Bloomingdale Families,

Time certainly goes by quickly at Bloomingdale Elementary School! It is hard to believe that we are nearly done with 2 months of school already. As summer quickly gave way to fall, it seems as though fall is already passing into winter… I notice our days getting shorter and our temperatures getting colder. With that in mind, I ask that you remember to dress your children appropriately for the weather. We go outside almost every morning before classes and every day for lunch recess, as long as weather permits.

We want to start off with a HUGE Thank You to the Bloomingdale and Paul Smiths/Gabriels Volunteer Fire Departments for taking time out of their own busy lives and helping us learn about fire safety and prevention. We can’t thank both Departments enough for all they do to help keep us safe each and every day.

We continue to highlight various character attributes for student success. As I write this letter, we are celebrating “Red Ribbon Week” from October 28th-November 1st to help foster a healthy lifestyle and encourage our students to remain Drug Free.We are also preparing for our Halloween Celebration that will take place on Thursday, October 31st, between 1:30 and 2:30, followed by a costume parade around the bus circle (weather permitting). November’s Parent Luncheon is slated for Friday, November 1st. Our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders eat lunch from 12:00-12:25 and our K, 1st, and 2nd graders eat lunch from 12:25-12:45. Bloomingdale Elementary School will continue it’s tradition of honoring our military veterans on November 8th with a short assembly beginning at 2:00. Parents are welcome to attend. Finally, Parent/Teacher conferences are on the calendar for November 25th, 4:00-7:00 p.m. and also on November 26th from 8:30-11:30 a.m. There will be no school for students on Tuesday, November 26th. You should expect to hear from your child’s teacher regarding the time and date of your Parent/Teacher conference, and we look forward to seeing you there.

After school extra-curricular activities are beginning to form here at Bloomingdale. You should see notices coming home that invite your child to participate in those activities that they are eligible for. Many activities are grade/age specific and most have a limit to how many can participate, so get those permission forms in as soon as you can. A reminder that we do NOT provide late busses to attend the after school programming, so if your child would like to attend, transportation home needs to be arranged by the parent or guardian.

With so much to do and so many exciting events, I’m certain I might have missed

something. Please use the Bloomingdale Calendar on the district webpage ( to stay up to date with all that is happening in Bloomingdale Elementary! Happy Fall Everyone!

Bruce Van Weelden


Bloomingdale Elementary School


Pick up for Coffee will be, Friday 11/16 (small orders will go home on the bus) OR pick up at school Monday 11/25 & 11/26 during parent teacher conferences.


Friday, 11/1...............Parent Luncheon, Wear Orange Day

Monday, 11/4............Parents' Club meeting, 6:00 - 7:30, Bdale Library

Tuesday, 11/5...........Fort Ticonderoga presentation, 4th & 5th Grade

Thursday, 11/7.........Math Club

Friday, 11/8...............Veterans Day Celebration, Family Swim @NCCC, wear Red, White & Blue

Monday, 11/11..........Veterans Day, NO SCHOOL

Wednesday 11/13.....Academic Awards Breakfast

Thursday, 11/14........Math Club

Friday, 11/15.............Wear Gray

Saturday, 11/16.........Community Cafe, 9-11:00 AM, SLHS Library Media Center

11/18 - 11/26...........Scholastic Book Fair

Thursday, 11/21.......PBIS, Grade 3, Math Club

Friday, 11/22............Wear Pink

Monday, 11/25.........Parent Teacher Conferences 4:00 - 7:00

Tuesday, 11/26........Parent Teacher Conferences 8:30 - 11:30, NO SCHOOL

11/26 - 11/29..........Thanksgiving Break, NO SCHOOL


Wednesday, 12/4........Winter Concert, 10:00 & 6:30

Thursday, 12/5............Math Club

Friday, 12/6..................Parent Luncheon, Wear Gold

Thursday, 12/12..........Math Club

Friday, 12/13...............Wear Silver

Thursday, 12/19..........Math Club

12/23 - 1/3..................Holiday Break

Scholastic Book Fair

November 18 through 26 (ends during Parent/Teacher conferences on Tuesday 11/26)

3rd Grade, Mrs. Lawless

Halloween activity

Students consider what would happen if their body didn't have bones.

3rd Grade, Mrs. Lawless

The Kiwanis Club presented dictionaries to all the 3rd Graders

Rulf's Orchard with the 1st & 2nd Grades

Thanks to the generosity of the Bloomingdale Parents' Club


Mrs. Branch, with help from Mr. VanWeelden, has purchased VR HEADSETS for the students at Bloomingdale. Mr. Merrihew, our Technology Integration Specialist, has undertaken the job of getting them ready and set up for us and has guided a few of our "trips". Several of our classes have used them to take virtual field trips to the 7 Wonders of the World, Africa, and animal habitats! They have been used in grades 2, 3, 4 and 5 so far, with more viewing opportunities being planned.

Kindergarteners planting garlic

Mrs. Foppert helped us plant garlic, hoping for a good harvest in the Spring


Citizenship "Bear Paw Awards"

Bear Paw count this month = 966 Total for year = 1509

Kindergarten......Carter Reynolds is an awesome student. He is eager to learn and do our centers. He is quick to lend a hand as well as give great advice. I am very proud of him. He is a great guy! Thank you, Carter!

Grade 1..............Quin Salls is a hard worker who always tries her best in everything that she does. She is always willing to help others around her, whether it be helping her teacher or her friends in or outside the classroom, she is always there. Thank you for always being someone that we can rely on.

Grade 2..............Kade Stephenson is a polite, kind, thoughtful young man. He is quick to lend a helping hand to both his friends and his teacher. I can always count on him to make the right choices and to consider others. He is a pleasure to have in class! Thank you for making every day better!

Grade 3..............Nathaniel Besio never has to be reminded of the school rules. He always treats others with kindness and respect. Thank you for being an incredible student!

Grade 4..............Cadence Kennedy is continuously an upstander in our school. She stands up for others no matter what, and sets the example for her peers on how to be a leader. Cadence is an exceptional student and friend that any teacher or classmate would be lucky to have in their classroom.

Grade 5..............Louisa Parsons is a very good student. She is always attentive and shares her ideas and strategies with the class. She also gives A LOT of her time to help others who are struggling with concepts and skills. Furthermore, Louisa is a good friend and role model, gently encouraging her classmates to make good decisions and wise behavior choices. It is for these reasons and many more that I have chosen Louisa Parsons as our 5th Grade Student of the Month!

Lunchroom........Eliza Endries always remembers the cafeteria rules!

Sportsmanship...Addison Comiskey has grown into a strong, confident, persistent, and positive student in PE. She works hard at everything we do in class, is fair, honest, considerate, and kind. Addison is the kind of student any PE teacher would want in her class and the kind of teammate I would want on my team! Great things come to those who work hard, Addy. Keep it up!

Upstander...........Carter Conger is always being a friend. Whether he is helping in first grade or helping some of the younder students, he is always there to be a friend. Great job Carter!

Citizen of the Month....Nathaniel Besio

Bear Paw Trophy Awards: 1st Place.....1st Grade, Ms. Schmidt

2nd Place....4th Grade, Ms. Burke