Salem Hyde Family Scoop

October 2021

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Happy October!

October already! Time for apples, pumpkins and perhaps a spooky ghost or two! As the temperatures drop, please make sure your child has a jacket and shoes appropriate for outside activities.

As Halloween approaches, we are reminding families that we cannot share food treats this year. If you'd like to send something in for your child's classroom consider stickers, erasers, pencils or small toys instead.

The district has established Covid-19 safety protocols which you can find here:

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Please Note: Indigenous Peoples' Day/Columbus Day Observed October 11th. NO SCHOOL

Covid Pool Testing

Information on the Covid-19 pool testing for students and staff that will be conducted in the buildings can be found here: Cases, Testing & Tracing | The Syracuse City School District | Syracuse, NY (

The Screening Consent Form for your child can be found here: Clarifi COVID-19 (

We will be testing students and staff every Wednesday for those who register for the COVID pool testing

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Book Fair October 12th - October 15th.

The Scholastic Book Fair will be in the Library in October!

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Avoid sending cash to school by setting up a book fair e-Wallet! Visit Scholastic Book Fairs to create an account!

Open House/Curriculum Night

Open House/Curriculum Night is Virtual this year. October 13th 5:00-7:00. Students will be coming home with a flyer for the Open House night.

Please download the Microsoft TEAMS app to your cell phone or device so you can join the virtual meetings. The meeting links will be posted on our school website by October 13th.

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Picture Day is Coming!

We will be taking school pictures on October 27th!

You can get package information and pre-order online at : BJK Photos

*If your child is absent, there will be a make-up day for pictures. Date: TBD

New Staff

More new staff! We are so happy to have these new faces at Salem Hyde!
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Welcome George Patterson - QR Room (Math)

My name is George Patterson and I’m new on the staff at Salem Hyde. I live in the neighborhood and have two daughters that attend here as well. I’m so excited to be working directly with my community and I’m looking forward to this school year.
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Welcome Rachel Padula - 4th Grade

This is my 5th year teaching. After moving back to Syracuse from Buffalo this summer, I am excited to be teaching 4th grade special education this year. My goal for the classroom is to celebrate small victories with the students
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Welcome Maria Swisher - QR Room (Math)

My name is Maria Swisher and I this is my 29th year as an educator in the SCSD. I love what I do, and that is get students to really understand and dig mathematics! I have taught as an elementary teacher for over twenty years and have also worked both as an interventionist and a district level mathematics coach supporting algebra instruction. Needless to say, I love math, but I also love to spend time in my gardens at my home in Tully, be outdoors hiking, traversing creeks, kayaking local waterways, or hearing local music, which is my favorite! That's just a little about me. I am super excited to be at Salem working to build the "Quantitative Reasoning Room." In this space I will support students in filling in instructional gaps through problem solving and fluency work. Thank you so much for the warm welcome and I look forward to many years helping your children here at Salem Hyde.

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Welcome Adam Linden - Math AIS

I’m from Long Island and went to College at Cortland and Lemoyne. I have 3 sons and a pup named Ruby. Ive been teaching for 15 years and am excited to be working with grades 1-6 this school year.
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Welcome Shawna Morgan - Kindergarten

This is my 5th year teaching. I was a 4th grade teacher at LeMoyne Elementary. I am married and have two children! I am very excited to be in Kindergarten at Salem Hyde!

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Congratulations to Ms. Gillette (5th Gr) for completing a marathon! Well Done!

Halloween at Salem Hyde ~ Friday, October 29

We are excited to share that we are able to celebrate Halloween at Salem Hyde! Our parade returns (weather permitting). Please have your child bring their costumes in a bag marked with their name. (No costume weapons, please.)

The parade will begin at 2:00 pm. We will come out the back of the building and walk around to the front of the building. Per guidance from our district, no treats, candy, food, etc. may be brought in to share.

As long as the weather is cooperating, parents/guardians may line up outside along the parade route to enjoy our costumes. Please social distance while outside. Visiting family members will not be allowed inside the building.

If you plan on changing your child’s dismissal plan for that day, please send in a note with your child’s teacher or call the main office before 2:30. Keep in mind that for the safety of all children, we do not do any early dismissals after 2:30 pm. Dismissal begins at 2:55 pm. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and adherence to the expectations for our Halloween parade.

Candy in School (After Halloween)

The amount of sugar a student has before or during school can have a great impact on their behavior. Please limit the amount of candy your child comes to school with. If they are coming to school, pack 2 pieces of candy in their lunch. Otherwise, please ensure your child does not come to school with candy.

Thank you for helping your child have a successful day of learning at school!

Upcoming Dates

  • November 1st - Marking Period 2 Begins
  • November 2nd - No School (Election Day) Parent-Teacher Conferences, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
  • November 9th - Parent Teacher Conferences (Evening) 4:30-7:30 pm
  • November 24-26 - Thanksgiving Recess