Flanders News

March 2020

FROM THE DESK OF MR. COAKLEY

Dear Parent/Guardians,


It is hard to believe that is already March. The month of February was certainly a busy one, as we find ourselves in the second half of the school year. We want to send out a couple of reminders to not drop off your child(ren) before 7:00 am. All children that arrive at school before 7:20 must report to the cafeteria and remain there until 7:20.Parents are not permitted to stay in the cafeteria with the students. We ask if parents drop their kids off that they do not linger in the building. All parents must exit by 8:00 a.m. Also Parents are reminded that our students will continue to play outside for recess and should dress accordingly. Please check with your child(ren) to be sure they are bringing the proper clothing to school for outdoor recess and physical education classes. I hope everyone has a great month of March! Spring is almost here.

NURSE'S CORNER WITH MRS. PREMO

WINTER HEALTH REMINDERS:


A healthy school environment requires the cooperation and effort of us all working together. During this time of year we tend to see a higher incidence of strep throat, respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses. Everyone can help to protect themselves and their families from many of these airborne illnesses. There are many concerns about Caronavirus. Everyone can doe their part to help respond to this emerging public health threat. Follow the Habits for Good Health listed below recommended by the Center for Disease Control.


HABITS FOR GOOD HEALTH



  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze-throw the tissue away after you use it. If you do not have a tissue, cover your mouth and nose with the inside of your elbow.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water especially after you cough or sneeze. If you are not near water, use an alcohol based hand cleaner. Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. * see below THE RIGHT WAY TO WASH YOUR HANDS
  • Stay away as much as you can from people who are sick.
  • If you or your child gets the flu, stay home from work or school. Do not go near other people so that you don't make them sick too.
  • Try not to touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. Gems often spread this way.
  • Dress for the weather. Come to school dressed for the winter. Wear layers of loose fitting clothing. Wear mittens and gloves. Wear a hat. Remember, the air that is trapped inside your clothing, warmed by your body heat, is the best protection from the cold.


*The Right Way to Wash Your Hands:



  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold) and apply soap.
  2. Rub your hands together to make a lather and scrub them well; be sure to scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Continue rubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds. (Sing the "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end twice.)
  4. Rinse your hands well under running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.


With the end of winter/beginning of spring, 5th grade students are getting ready to transition to 6th grade at Middle School. Just a reminder, students entering 6th grade need to see their physician prior to entering to receive the Tdap immunization. Please schedule that now and let me know when your child has received the immunization.


Any questions or concerns, please contact me.


Mrs. Premo, RN

(518) 483-7803 ext 2

DR. SEUSS DAY






We are celebrating Dr. Seuss's Birthday on Monday, March 2. Students are encouraged to either dress up as their favorite Dr. Seuss character or celebrate with "crazy" hair. Throughout the day we will have guest readers from the community coming in to read to students.

PRE-K NEWS FROM MRS. GOACHEE

Pre-k is working on Friendship Skills and Being Bucket Fillers! We made a special snack together with an ingredient from each friend to add to the mix. We are excited to celebrate Spring and St. Patrick's Day in March!

KINDERGARTEN NEWS FROM MRS. LACLAIR

We were very busy in February getting ready for Valentine's Day and the 100th Day of School. We focused on how to leave "heartprints" on others through both our actions and words and also set a goal to collect 100 cans of food by the 100th Day. Each day the students updated their can counts using tally marks and counting by five. Thank you to all who supported this endeavor. We collected 132 cans is all which will be donated to the local food shelf. On the 100th day of school, the kiddos made necklaces with 100 beads, designed headbands with 100 stars, wrote about what they would still like to be able to do when they are 100 years old, and ended the day by making a 100 Day trail mix!

FIRST GRADE NEWS FROM MISS IVES

The Busy Bee Classroom has been hard at work this month. We learned all about dental health, folktales, and even started adding with three numbers! We are becoming such wonderful mathematicians! We also had a lot of fun celebrating Valentine's Day, the 100th day of school, and Global play day. We can’t wait to see what fun new things March will bring.

SECOND GRADE NEWS FROM MRS. HARKNESS AND MRS DEMERS

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THIRD GRADE NEWS WITH MISS PARKER

I can’t believe we are over halfway through the school year. Third grade has made so many gains and continues to make more! As we approach March, we continue to work on reading skills including comprehension and summarizing. We will be diving into “ main idea and details” this month. Please take some time each night to read and practice these skills with your child.
We are super eager to see some spring weather! We already started to decorate the halls with adverb rainbows and adjective flowers. Congratulations to Lyam, Joey and Rowan for earning February's characteristic award- Perseverance.

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THIRD GRADE NEWS WITH MRS. LACHANCE

Mrs. LaChance’s class will be diving back into multiplication and division. Students are excited to challenge their mastery of multiplication with daily hands-on games and activities. Students are encouraged to study facts nightly.

The class is excited for the beginning of March for a full week of activities and learning about Dr. Seuss.

ART NEWS FROM MRS. CROTEAU

In ART we are learning about Value

Now that students have applied their knowledge of color and color mixing to different projects, it is a great time to focus on teaching them about value. Value is an element of art that can bring any student’s work of any age up to a move advanced level. For example, instead of kinders just painting pink flowers, showing them that adding a bit of white to red can make their own beautiful painterly pink. Value in the art curriculum isn’t just exploring with tempera paint. Students learn how to use it with a variety of media including watercolor, oil pastels, chalk, etc. Having students practice mastering this element builds confidence in their work and pride in their finished compositions.

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LIBRARY NEWS FROM MISS CLARK AND MISS COOK

During library class, the Kindergarten students from Mrs. Topa's class used their gross motor skills and directional sense to play the Let's Go Code game! The students practiced their analytical thinking and problem solving skills. This game incorporates science, technology, engineering, and math. The students were very engaged when building their mazes, coding the path to one another, following the code, and reaching their robot!

PBIS NEWS

The character trait for the month of February was perseverance. All students were given a star to decorate and then write 1 goal that they had which would require perseverance in order to achieve it. The stars are displayed throughout Flanders. A few students shared their goals at the PBIS assembly.


The character trait for March is problem solving.

FLANDERS FAMILY FUN NIGHT BASKET WINNER

Congratulations to Shauntae Payne!

MARCH BIRTHDAYS

  • 3/01 - Cooper Russell
  • 3/03 - Aubri Marshall-Hart
  • 3/05 - Landon Cook
  • 3/05 - Amber Dudley
  • 3/06 - Drake Robideau
  • 3/07 - Amelia Barbaria
  • 3/10 - Noah Prairie
  • 3/12 - Gabriel Ellis
  • 3/14 - Blayke Lewis
  • 3/15 - Jarrid Dumas
  • 3/17 - Adisin Deshane
  • 3/17 - Quinn Burke
  • 3/18 - Zebulan Martin
  • 3/19 - Bennett Babbie
  • 3/19 - Izzabella Magoon
  • 3/19 - Courtney Humphrey
  • 3/20 - Rayah Leclerc
  • 3/20 - Josie Burke
  • 3/21 - Kole Dumas
  • 3/21 - Avery Jarvis
  • 3/23 - Paisleigh Niles
  • 3/24 - Gavin Kendrick
  • 3/24 - Kaiden Cox
  • 3/25 - Levi Leonard
  • 3/25 - Lyam Leonard
  • 3/28 - Dante Kahl

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

  • March 2 - Dr. Seuss Day
  • March 5 - Pre-K - 2nd Movie Night
  • March 7 - Daylight Savings Time Begins
  • March 17 - St. Patrick's Day
  • March 19 - First Day of Spring
  • March 19 - 1/2 Day Staff Development - 11:00 am Dismissal
  • March 20 - Full Day Staff Development - No School
  • March 24 and March 25 - NYS Testing for Grades 3-5th.
  • April 2 - Academic Showcase