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Letter from Principal Bonacquist, Mar. 5

Filed in Slingerlands by on March 5, 2021

Dear Families,

It is hard to believe it has almost been a year since the world turned upside down as the result of the Pandemic.  All the negatives immediately come to mind – illness, quarantine, masks, social distancing from family and friends and major disruptions to life. However, we can also find MANY silver linings – We are successfully making in person learning happen (we are among the minority of schools in this country that are in person for a full day), the children are engaged and thriving, our teachers are working harder than ever to make learning exciting and connect with the children, our students are finding joy in simple activities (playing in the snow, playing rock, paper, scissors, taking walks for mask breaks…). We would like to celebrate the resiliency of our students and staff with a “We are Slingerlands Strong Day” on Friday, March 12th.  As part of this we are going to have a Duct Tape the Principal to the Wall fundraiser. This should be a lot of fun for the kids!  I promise to send out pictures!

We had some very cold days this week!  Several parents, along with the PTO, have donated boxes of hand warmers to us.  The staff that help with arrival and dismissal, PE and recess REALLY appreciate these! Thank you!!

Virtual Science Fair Projects need to be uploaded to Flipgrid by March 10th.  In order to upload this you need to log in to Flipgrid using your child’s email address.  This can be found in Clever or Aspen if you don’t know it.  Reach out to me if you have any questions.

Friday, March 12 Early Dismissal Day

There is an important March calendar update for families. Friday, March 12, 2021 will now be an early dismissal day for all students K-12. 

  • Dismissal for Grades K-5 is at 12:10. Bus riders and walkers/bikers will dismiss at this time. 
  • Car pick-up will begin at 11:40 and end at 12:00. Please fill out this form for your child’s dismissal for this day:

Friday Spirit Day – Celebrate Slingerlands Strong –  Friday, March 12   Wear your Slingerlands Strong T-shirt,  Slingerlands or BC spirit wear!

Arrival and Dismissal – Please drive slowly through the parking lot during drop off and pick up.  I have seen many ‘near misses’ when a child drops something, runs back to the car that is already moving or falls.  As a driver, you cannot always see these things happen, so for the safety of everyone, please slow down when driving through the parking lot.

Have a great weekend!




Upcoming Dates to Remember:

March 12 – Early Dismissal at 12:10 (11:40-12:00 for car pickup)

March 17 – Board of Ed Meeting, 7pm

April 2 – No School, Good Friday

April 5-9 No School, Spring Break

April 10 – School Resumes

April 14 – Board of Ed Meeting, 7pm



Cars can enter the parking lot at 9:00.  We will begin letting cars through as soon as the buses are done, which is about 9:15.  If you are running a little late and do not see any staff member still out in the back, you may have to park and walk your child up to the front door and ring the bell.

Dismissal – 

Parents will be allowed in the parking lot at 2:55.  When the weather turns bad, we will likely back this time up again to as early as 2:45.

Walkers / Bike Riders – 

Bikers and walkers will be released at 3:15.

If it rains and your child will NOT be walking/riding, please contact the office and let us know.

COVID Tracker 

Please remember to complete this each morning for each of your children. This needs to be completed everyday, EVEN if your child is home sick or is in quarantine.  If you haven’t completed it, we will be giving you a reminder.