FROM THE DESK OF MR. COAKLEY
Here it is, October, and we are half way through the first Quarter. During the first part of the school year the students have worked hard at learning classroom and school routines. In the classrooms, students are working at building caring communities where they can support one another in their learning. To build a positive school environment, students have also learned about the behavior expectations for many of our common areas. We have also spent time on reviewing and practicing safety drills all month and will continue to do so. It has been a great start to the school year, I am excited to see what this year will bring. Please do not hesitate if you have any questions or concerns to contact the school.
Vision, height, and weight screenings are in progress. Vision screening is conducted by Lion's Club with a program called SPOT. Spot is a revolutionary automated vision screening technology that has been developed to quickly detect indications of the most common treatable sight threatening conditions in children. A referral form will be sent home for those students having difficulty with vision screening. Please have your child return the form once it is completed by the eye doctor.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me any time at 518-483-7803, ext 2.
Flu Season Information
Children with the flu should be isolated in the home, away from other people. They should also stay home until they have no fever without the use of fever-control medicines and they feel well for 24 hours. Remind your child to protect others by covering his or her mouth when coughing or sneezing. You may want to send your child to school with some tissues, and a hand sanitizer.Please visit health.ny.gov/flu for more information.
Counseling Connection with Mrs. Henning:
Hello everyone and welcome back to school! I am very much looking forward to spending time with your children this year! At this time I am preparing some correspondence to send home with students. This will consist of information regarding Lunch Bunch groups that will be offered this year. There will also be a permission slip included. Please don’t hesitate to call me if you have any questions.
Here is a little tip to help your child develop healthy self-esteem:
Notice when your child has done something well and tell them!
They should hear 5 positives for every 1 negative thing you say.
OPEN HOUSE AND AIS PARENT MEETING
Wednesday, Oct. 23rd, from 5:00-6:30 pm
For those interested there will be a brief AIS (Academic Intervention Services) and Title I informational meeting in room 210. Our AIS providers will give an overview of the program and answer any questions that you may have.
There will also be several community groups set up throughout the building to share some helpful information on their services.
Donuts and cider will be provided in the cafeteria. We hope to see you there!
FROM THE DESK OF LAURIE GARLAND - HOME SCHOOL COORDINATOR
First Meeting of the Parent-Teacher Organization
October 15th at 3:00pm
The conference room which is located on the first floor in Flanders.
PTO stands for Parent Teacher Organization and the goal is to have parents and teachers work together for the good of the students and school. All parents/guardians are welcome to attend. You do not have to come to every meeting to be part of PTO. You choose your level of involvement in discussions, decision making, organizing, decorating, chaperoning and participating in events. Feel free to call me with any questions.
Tools For Schools
Many families signed up for Tools for Schools. If you shop at Price Chopper, you can be
part of our school getting supplies every time you use your Advantage Card. It is never
too late to sign up, so if you have an Advantage Card and haven’t registered for Tools for
Schools, you still can by going to: www.pricechopper.com/tools-schools. Our school code
is 16427. It takes only a couple minutes.
My Contact Information
If you have any questions throughout the year, I can be reached at the following:
518-483-7803 option 3
KINDERGARTEN NEWS FROM MRS. LACLAIR
KINDERGARTEN NEWS FROM MRS. TOPA
“Who is in your family?” Mrs. Topa’s Kindergarten class has been learning about family. Every student brought in a family picture and shared with their new friends. They also learned that their classroom is like a family. They painted their hands to put on a classroom/home family tree. Lastly, they learned about all the activities families can do as well as the activities each student can do.
FIRST GRADE NEWS FROM MISS IVES
FIRST GRADE NEWS FROM MRS. VARIN
SECOND GRADE NEWS FROM MRS. HARKNESS AND MRS. DEMERS
Second grade is building number sense and reviewing basic facts in math to build our foundation for the rest of the year!
We will also be going to The Wild Center on October 10 to learn about owls, view nature exhibits, and explore nature by going on The Wild Walk.
FOURTH GRADE NEWS FROM MR. GORDON, MS. WOOD AND MRS. LAVIGNE
We had a great start to the new year! We have 23 students in Ms. Wood’s class and 24 students in Mrs. LaVigne’s class. We are big in size and big in great behaviors. The students not only work hard, but are also very helpful and compassionate. We are ready to take on the rest of the year!
FIFTH GRADE NEWS FROM MR. LAFLESH AND MISS HOLLIDAY
MUSIC NOTES FROM MRS. BONVILLE
Welcome to Music 2019-2020
Our School year has gotten off to a musical start. I am so happy to see what students have accomplished in such a short time. I am looking forward to so much more as we have changed from seeing students once a cycle to seeing them twice a cycle. Our music position that was cut 8 years ago has been restored. My new teammate is Ms Marjorie Kelting. You will find her right here at Flanders and in the Davis building. Welcome Ms Kelting!
This year at my Flanders students will study units that include review of previous concepts and skills, folk music and folk song legend Woody Guthrie, our Winter Concert, children’s literature, creative composition, Jazz and improvisation, and musicals. Our grade 4-5 students will also continue with the Soprano Recorder program. I am very excited.
Winter Concert Date
Please mark your calendars now!! Our Flanders Winter concert will be at the Malone Middle School auditorium on Thursday December 12, 2019. The concert begins promptly at 6:00pm and includes all K-5 Flanders students. Please note the time change is now 6pm and NOT 6:30pm. Thank you for your encouragement and for supporting Music in our schools.
Music and Social Media
“Mrs. Bonville’s Music Rooms” will soon be posted via google sites. I am still learning therefore it is a work in progress. Thank you for your patience.
PRE-K NEWS FROM MRS. GOACHEE
Mrs. Goachee’s Pre-K is off to a good start with lots of adventures! We walked to Stewart’s for ice cream, visited the Wead Library, and rode the bus to Bonesteel’s for our first field trip!
LIBRARY NEWS FROM MRS. CLARK
PHYSICAL EDUCATION NEWS FROM MR. GORDON
My goal, as a physical educator, is to provide children with the skills and attitudes they need to enjoy healthy and active lifestyles. Flanders physical education program is a non-competitive program with an emphasis on effort and cooperation.
Just a reminder that your child needs to wear sneakers on physical education days. Please note the we do go outside for class, so please dress for the weather.
ART NEWS FROM MRS. CROTEAU
Character Trait for October
Helpfulness - The quality of giving or being ready to give help.
The Flanders Elementary Parent Teacher Organization is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to institute and sustain a close relationship between the parents, teachers/staff, and students through opportunities within the home, school, and community. Our PTO advocates for school and family social interaction and provides an unbiased forum for sharing information on issues that impact our children.
Goals and Objectives
The goals and objectives of the Flanders Elementary Parent Teacher Organization are as follows:
- Promote communication between parents, faculty, and students.
- Foster and enhance the educational environment.
- Recruit membership and coordinate membership efforts for projects and programs that support and enrich the curriculum and educational goals for Flanders Elementary.
- Create and cultivate a sense of community
OCTOBER DATES TO REMEMBER
- 10/07 Fire Prevention Assembly
- 10/'10 2nd Grade Field Trip to the Wild Center
- 10/14 Columbus Day
- 10/15 PTO Meeting
- 10/18 3rd Grade Field Trip to the Adk Wildlife Refuge & Rehab Center
- 10/23 Flanders Open House & AIS Parents Informational Meeting
- 10/24 1/2 Day for Students - Staff Development
- 10/25 No School for Students - Staff Development
- 10/31 Halloween
- 10/01 Leighton Mills
- 10/03 Rourk Meacham
- 10/06 Dawson Matott
- 10/13 Conlan Sweeney
- 10/14 Rowan Denny
- 10/16 Alyssa Recore
- 10/19 Kendsley Richards
- 10/19 Jacob LaFlesh
- 10/19 Dexter Joyal
- 10/20 Sydney Scott
- 10/21 Ava Vasquez
- 10/22 Sydney Marshall
- 10/27 Joey Trombley
- 10/27 Gino Trombley
- 10/29 Juneau Cassidy
- 10/31 Hailey Charland