Bloomingdale School

November 2018 Newsletter

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 continue to highlight various character attributes for student success. During October we focused on Open Mindedness, Identifying and Appreciating the Good in others, Integrity, and Perspective. We celebrated “Red Ribbon Week” to help foster a healthy lifestyle and encourage our students to remain Drug Free. Thank you to the BPOE Elks Lodge 1508 for supplying us with the rewards and incentives to serve as reminders. We also celebrated Fire Safety and Prevention week with the support of the Bloomingdale and Paul Smiths/Gabriels Volunteer Fire Departments. We can’t thank both Departments enough for all they do to help keep us safe.

As I write this letter, we are preparing for our Halloween Celebration that will take place on Wednesday, October 31st, between 1:10 and 2:30. Many thanks to the Bloomingdale Parents Club for helping to sponsor the day’s activities. November’s Parent Luncheon is slated for Friday, November 2nd. Our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders eat lunch from 12:10-12:35 and our K, 1st, and 2nd graders eat lunch from 12:35-12:55. Bloomingdale Elementary School will continue it’s tradition of honoring our military veterans on November 9th with a short assembly beginning at 2:15. Parents are welcome to attend. Finally, Parent/Teacher conferences are on the calendar for November 19th, 4:00-7:00 p.m. and also on November 20th from 8:30-11:30 a.m. There will be no school for students on Tuesday, November 20th. You should expect to hear from you child’s teacher regarding the time and date of your Parent/Teacher conference, and we look forward to seeing you here.

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

From Nurse Meghan


It can be hard to know when to send children to school if they tell you that they do not feel well. Usually, the best place for them is in school, but there are some times when keeping them home to rest or call for an appointment with your health care provider is recommended.

Please keep your child home and/or contact your child’s doctor for:

  • Fever greater than 100° (taken by mouth)

  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea within the last 24 hours

  • Severe sore throat along with fever and feeling ill for more than 48 hours, or after exposure to Strep throat infection

  • Honey-crusted sores around the nose or mouth or rash on other body parts

  • Large amounts of mucous (liquid) from their nose, with face pain or headache

  • Severe ear pain or fluid coming from the ear

  • Severe headache, especially with fever

If your child has a fever, it is not a good idea to give them medicine like Tylenol or Advil and send them to school because as soon as the medicine wears off, the fever may return and you will be called to come and pick up your child.

Please keep children home for 24 hours after the fever ends or they have completed 24 hours of medication if prescribed by your healthcare provider.

Remind children to throw away used tissues, cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze, keep their hands away from their face, and to wash hands often with soap and warm water will help keep everyone healthier.

Its flu vaccine season! The New York State Department of Health recommends that all children 6 months and older get the flu vaccine. By getting your flu vaccine every year you help protect yourself and everyone around you!

Veterans Day Commemoration Ceremony

Friday, November 9th at 2:15 pm, Bloomingdale School will hold

a short assembly to honor veterans and active duty military.

Parents are welcome to join us.

Also, there will be a short parade this year in Saranac Lake on Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11th. This is a change from the normal celebration. It will begin at the WW1 Memorial on the corner of Church Street and Route 3 at 10:15, and then proceed to the Harrietstown Town Hall for the Ceremony. This year marks the 100th Anniversary for the Armistice Day of WW1. As many students and children in the area as possible are encouraged to be a parade participant! Carry a flag and dress in Red, white and blue!

Dates to Remember

  • Nov. 2: Parent Luncheon: 5, 4, and 3rd Graders Lunch is @ 12:10-12:35 - K, 1 & 2 Lunch is @ 12:35-12:55
  • Nov. 7: Puppet Show for K and 3rd Graders
  • Nov. 9: Veterans Day Celebration @ 2.
  • Nov.19-20th: Book Fair
  • Nov. 20-23: NO SCHOOL
  • No. 26-29: Book Fair
  • Nov. 28: PBIS Assembly @ 2:30


Pick up for Coffee will be, Friday 11/16 (small orders will go home on the bus) OR pick up at school Monday 11/19 & 11/20 during parent teacher conferences.

Upcoming December Events

  • Dec. 6: Winter Concert 10AM & 7PM
  • Dec. 7: Parent Luncheon 5, 4, and 3rd Graders Lunch is @ 12:10-12:35-K, 1 & 2 Lunch is @ 12:35-12:55
  • Dec. 19: PBIS Assembly @ 2:30
  • Dec. 21-Jan. 1: NO SCHOOL- Winter Recess.
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