Flanders News

October 2019

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.

Nurse's Corner

Vision Screening

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.

Reminder:

October is fire safety and awareness month...don't forget to change the batteries in your smoke alarms.

OPEN HOUSE AND AIS PARENT MEETING

When

Wednesday, Oct. 23rd, from 5:00-6:30 pm


Where

Flanders


More information

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


When:

October 15th at 3:00pm


Where:

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:

lgarland@maloneschools.org

518-483-7803 option 3

KINDERGARTEN NEWS FROM MRS. LACLAIR

We are off to a GREAT start! We are very busy as we build our classroom "family". We have read many books and enjoyed many activities that help us to learn how to make good choices as we get to know more about each other and what it means to be a good friend. We especially enjoyed a fun day of learning about team work as you can see in the pictures below.

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

The Busy Bee Classroom has been focusing on community building, as well as having a growth mindset when tackling new challenges. Students put these new skills to work during a recent team building STEM activity. During our engineering science unit, students worked together to build bridges using everyday classroom items. By collaborating with classmates, we were able to be both problem solvers and successful engineers.

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.

THIRD GRADE NEWS FROM MRS. LACHANCE AND MISS PARKER

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

The class of 2027 is off to a great start in their final year at Flanders Elementary. We have started Writer's Workshop and a new Math program. We attended our first field trip of the year as we visited 4H Camp as part of Conservation Day! We have also had a chance to step away from our academics and enjoyed an ice cream cone at Stewart's.

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

There are some exciting new databases to share with students and their families on the Malone Central School District website. Students in the Library have been exploring Scholastic Bookflix! This program brings classic stories to life in a fun and engaging way. Hop on to our library resources to check it out.

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

PBIS

Mr. Coakley set the stage for our first monthly PBIS Assembly. The students were eager to join in with his famous cheer..."WE ARE"...with the students cheering "FLANDERS". You could definitely feel the energy in the air!


Character Trait for October


Helpfulness - The quality of giving or being ready to give help.

PTO

MISSION STATEMENT


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

OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS