Budget Vote: May 21, 2013 at BCHS, 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
• Slingerlands Spring Concert, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
• School Budget Vote & District Election, BCHS Gym, 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
• Board of Education Meeting, 7 p.m.
• Memorial Day, No School/Offices Closed
• Grade 4 NYS Science Test, Performance Test
• Grade 5 "Survivor Day" at Town Park
• Grade 4 NYS Science Test, Written Test
Slingerlands Parent Teacher Association & Parent Teacher Organization
A message from Co-Presidents Jenean Taranto Watson and Dana Burns
Happy May! Hard to believe that there is little more than a month of school remaining. Although the close of the school year is just around the corner, there are nevertheless still many exciting PTA and PTO sponsored events and programs ahead.
May 13-17 is Healthy Kids week. The committee, as always, has many exciting activities planned. Stay tuned for information that will be coming home, and please visit the Healthy Kids Committee webpage for more information on Healthy Kids Week. Thanks to Colleen Carroll-Barbuto and Cindy Ferrari. Click here to read the Slingerlands Parent Letter for Healthy Kids Week [PDF].
Our next PTA and PTO meeting is May 14 at 7 p.m. During the meeting we will discuss, among other things, the wind down of the PTA and the proposed 2013-2014 PTO budget. The meeting will begin with a “Dance Crazy” demonstration in the Slingerlands gym. “Dance Crazy” is a ballroom dancing program geared toward 4th and 5th grade students. The students who join the Dance Crazy club will meet twice per week to learn various ballroom dances. The club members also participate in dance competitions with students from other capital region schools. This program would begin in the fall. Come and see what it’s about. Parents, bring your 4th graders to watch dancing and enjoy ice cream sundaes. A question and answer session will follow the performance. Following the Dance Crazy Demonstration we will convene in Mrs. Clarkson’s classroom for the remainder of the PTA/O meeting.
The annual Art Show, Ice Cream Social and the Buy One Get One Free Scholastic Book Sale event will take place on May 16. The Art Show and Book Fair will be held from 4:30-7:30 and ice cream will be served from 4:30-7:00. For the second year, Books for Giving will be held in conjunction with the Book Fair which provides the opportunity to purchase a book and donate another to the Slingerlands Library in honor of your child’s classroom teacher.
Local author James Preller is visiting Slingerlands Elementary on May 22-23. His published work include readers, picture books, and chapter books. He is perhaps best known for his fiction series for young readers, Jigsaw Jones. He will be meeting with all K-5 classes in the library to discuss his books and the writing process, and will autograph books as well. This author visit is part of a series of visits to BCSD's schools organized by the school librarians in collaboration with building teachers and PTAs.
The School Budget vote and district election is on May 21. Please be sure to go out and vote!!
Our last formal PTA/PTO meeting will be held on June 11. At this time we hope to begin the process of winding down of the PTA and vote on the PTO budget and new officers.
As always, the PTO and PTA thank you for your continued support.
Once again, the Slingerlands PTA will host its annual Basket Raffle. There are 19 Raffle Prize Baskets all donated by families, staff and the Slingerlands Community. Click here for photos and a detailed description of each basket.
Core Curriculum Presentation
At our November general PTA/PTO meeting, we were fortunate to have Dave Hurst (BCSD K-12 Math Supervisor) and Andrew Baker (BCSD K-12 ELA Supervisor) present on the CORE curriculum. Their presentation was both informative and insightful. For those who were unable to attend the meeting, please see the Powerpoint that accompanied their presentation: VIEW COMMON CORE PRESENTATION »
See the following documents that explain the grade level curriculum standards for ELA and math that will also be helpful:
If you are interested in becoming a PTO member, please complete a membership form and return to Mary Ellen McCaffrey, VP of Membership. Please note that you may become a member at any time but that the deadline to be included in the Membership Directory has passed.
• PTO Membership Form [PDF]
The CAP COM School Banking program helps children learn to save by making deposits at school. READ MORE »
New fundraising opportunity with target
Help us "Take Charge of Education" by registering Slingerlands Elementary with your Target Red Card. Click here to visit Target's registration page. Our school id number is 75465. One percent of your purchases at Target or Target.com will be donated to Slingerlands Elementary.
follow us on Facebook & Twitter
The Slingerlands PTA now has a Facebook page. Click here to visit the page. (You must be logged in to Facebook to see the page.) The PTA also has a Twitter account, found at http://twitter.com/SlingerlandsPTA.
Box tops for Education
Do you have a pile of box tops sitting on your window sill? Don’t forget to send them to school. Last year we raised over $700 with all those tiny cardboard and plastic labels, so it is worth the effort of clipping them.
There are collection boxes in the main entry and in the kindergarten-first grade wing. We collect current (non-expired) box tops. Please cut them out and please don't submit anything that doesn't say "Box Tops for Education."
Check out this customized Box Tops for Education video that was made for our school. It’s a fun, inspiring way to celebrate all the good your clipping (and clicking) did last year – and how we can do even more this year. Please share this video with your friends and family! Each person who views our school’s video before November 15th can enter for a chance to win 5,000 Bonus Box Tops! Another simple way to make a big difference.
Have quesitons? Please contact Joanne Hicks at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PTA & PTO Forms/Info
• 2012-13 PTA Calendar [PDF]
• PTA Check Request Form [PDF]
• PTO Check Request Form [PDF]
• PTA Cash Box Request Form [PDF]
• PTO Cash Box Request Form [PDF]
• Committee Descriptions [PDF]
• PTA Guidelines for Room Parents [PDF]
• PTO Membership Form [PDF]
• Volunteer Form and Information [PDF]
ongoing events and activities
• Please remember to register for Slingerlands School at Price Chopper for the Tools for Schools program. It's quick and easy, and our teachers benefit greatly from "free" supplies and materials. Remember to save box tops for the Box Tops for Education program throughout the year. Collection bins are in the main lobby.
• Help us "Take Charge of Education" by registering Slingerlands Elementary with your Target Red Card. Go to https://sites.target.com/site/en/corporate/page.jsp?contentId=PRD03-005174&ref=sr_shorturl_tcoe and register. Our school id number is 75465. 1% of your purchases at Target or Target.com will be donated back to Slingerlands Elementary.
PTA/PTO Meeting Minutes
• November 1, 2011 [PDF]
• June 13, 2011 [PDF]
• May 10, 2011 [PDF]
• March 8, 2011 [PDF]
• January 11, 2011 [PDF]
• November 9, 2010 [PDF]
• September 14, 2010 [PDF]
If you would like more information or are interested in volunteering for any of these committees, please contact a board member. Click here for a listing of committee descriptions.
• 1,000 Book Project
• After-school Enrichment
• Bethlehem Music Association
• Book Fair
• Books for Giving
• The Bookworm (Literary Magazine)
• Box Tops for Education
• Community/School Outreach
• Earth Day
• Eat, Read and Shoot
• Fall Fundraiser - Yankee Candle
• Field Day
• 5th Grade Musical
• 5th Grade Pit Party
• Garden Committee
• Going Green
• Grade Parent
• Harvest Dance
• Healthy Kids
• Lip Sync
• Math & Science Night
• Moving On ceremony
• Nature’s Classroom
• Plant Sale
• Raffle Baskets
• School Banking
• School Directory
• School Pictures
• Spirit Wear
• Spring Fundraiser – Krause’s
• Staff Appreciation Luncheon
• Transportation Brunch
• Tools for Schools
• Used Book Sale
• Welcome BBQ