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Letter from Principal Bonaquist, Oct. 12

Filed in Slingerlands by on October 12, 2018

Dear Families,

Important Dates to Remember

  • October 16 – 5th Grade Musical Parent Meeting, 7 pm
  • October 17 – Slingerlands Fun Run
  • October 17 – BOE Meeting, Hamagrael Elementary, 7pm
  • October 26 – Slingerlands Monster Mash, 6:15pm – 8pm
  • November 5-9 – American Education Week
  • November 8 – Eat, Shoot, & Read – Book Fair & Turkey Shoot
  • November 9 – Book Fair
  • November 12 – No School, Veterans Day
  • November 13 – PTO Meeting, 7pm
  • November 15 – Elementary EARLY DISMISSAL at 11:45
  • November 21-23 – No School, Thanksgiving Break


Join us for our first annual Forever Young, Fun Run on WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17TH  This event is in honor of the many years of service of our recently retired PE teacher, Mrs. Robin Young.  We want to promote running as a fun activity that all our students can participate in. The event will begin immediately after school.  Look for the blue permission slips that came home yesterday. Please sign and return to school on Monday.

We need your help with this event!

Here is the link to the sign up genius:

If you have any further questions, please contact Jen Bergeron  or 518-928-4856.

Bike Safety

Throughout the month of October, we will have donation boxes set up to collect gently used youth bicycle helmets. If you have a helmet that has been outgrown and you’ve replaced it with a new one, feel free to donate the old one! Helmets should be in good condition, not broken, and can be placed in the donation bins at Slingerlands Elementary. Gently used adult helmets can also be donated. At the end of October, the helmets will be delivered to Troy Bike Rescue and will be shared with local families in need of helmets, to support safe bicycling practices. Please email Gina Peattie with any questions. (  

Student Behavior Supports
Last spring, our BC student body selected the traits Kind, Responsible and Respectful as important themes for success. Together with the other BCSD elementary schools, we are implementing a program called Response to Intervention for Behavior to teach and reinforce these traits.  This framework helps staff and families support children with their social, emotional, and behavioral needs. Over the past several weeks, we have talked with children about how Kindness, Responsibility and Respect can be put into practice throughout the school. There are times when some children need extra support. Some of the resources we have at Slingerlands Elementary to assist children include:

  • Throughout the school year, our counselor, Mrs. Palagyi, will be going into classrooms to teach lessons on how to handle conflict, how to make needs known in a safe and appropriate way, how to be a friend, etc. Mrs. Palagyi will work with children on a short-term basis as needed, either in a group or perhaps individually.
  • We are excited to have our social worker, Mrs. Gaffney,  here every day to work with children and families.
  • Our new school psychologist, Dr Maureen Cohan, is also here everyday to help children in need.

As a result of our expanded Response to Intervention (RtI) programs, all BC elementary schools are also now using the conduct section of Aspen to record significant behavior concerns for students in grades 2-5. This information is only available to parents/guardians and to your child’s educational team. It is intended to help us provide the most appropriate behavior supports for our students, in a consistent and timely manner. Please be aware that we will contact parents directly about any student conduct that is entered on Aspen and will work collaboratively with families to address any student behavior issues.

Finally, we are asking for your input on potential parent workshops. Please take a moment to complete the anonymous survey at:

Thank you and have a terrific Homecoming Weekend. There will be lots of festivities at the high school for families to enjoy on Saturday 11-2:30.

Have a Great Weekend!