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Letter from Principal Bonacquist, Nov. 6

Filed in Slingerlands by on November 6, 2020

Dear Families,

I think this announcement got lost in my communication a few weeks ago.  I will be postponing my retirement once again!  My last day will be April 9th! I am optimistic that we will be in a better place by then!

Lunch and Snack

As you know, kids are required to wear a mask except when they are eating.  Kids are asked to eat first and not talk unless they put their mask up.  This is harder to manage with our youngest learners but we are working on it!!  It is hard to find the balance between safety and children being able to socialize.

Student Pictures

When students have their picture taken with the Adirondack Photography Company, we upload these to Aspen, our student management system.  Since we are not able to do this, Lisa Whalen will be taking pictures of all the kindergartners and new students to put into Aspen.


Our goal is to be done with arrival at 9:25.  That is the time the staff goes inside.  If you arrive after this and no one is outside, please park and bring your child to the door.  We have had to be very flexible about the start of the day, but if you arrive after 9:30 your child will be marked tardy.  Thank you for your help with this!

Thank you for all you do to support our school!

Have a great weekend!




Upcoming Dates to Remember:

November 9: Spirit Wear Order Deadline

November 11: Veterans Day, NO SCHOOL

November 13: Slingerlands Virtual Coffee Hour Grades 4-5, 10AM

November 19: Parent Conference Day, EARLY DISMISSAL

November 25, 26, 27 – No School, Thanksgiving Break


PTO  Update

SCHOOL PHOTOS:  Saturday November 7th is the last opportunity to participate in Slingerlands School Photos by Amy Hershberg Photography and there are still spots available if you want to have photos of your student taken:  

Wicked Smart Spirit Wear orders need to be in by November 9th:

Silver Graphics Art orders for Hanukkah need to be in by November 9th:  

Bethlehem Face Mask (new order):  orders need to be placed by November 11th at 5pm:  

Ongoing Reminders:


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 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 email.