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Letter from Principal Ksanznak, Jan. 24

Filed in Archive by on January 24, 2020

January 24, 2020

Dear Parents,

This year our students in grades 3-5 will be taking the New York State ELA and Mathematics computer-based assessments rather than the paper and pencil assessments that we have done previously.  The teachers will work with the students in the months ahead to help them become familiar with the format.  The ELA tests will take place on March 25 and 26 and the Mathematics in April after the April break.

Next week we will have our annual Hamagrael Family Math & Science nights.  The program provides children and parents an opportunity to work together on a variety of hands-on math and science activities that will be set up around the auditorium.  Here is the schedule for the week:

Hamagrael Family Math & Science – Auditorium, 6:30-8 p.m.

Tuesday, January 28 – Grades K & 1

Wednesday, January 29 – Grades 2 & 3

Thursday, January 30 – Grades 4 & 5

Thanks to our PTA for their support of the program and to our coordinators Sarah Genovese and Dan Lewis for all of their efforts.  We are looking for someone to help out as this will be Sarah’s last year as one of our coordinators.  If this is something you are interested in, please feel free to talk to me, Sarah or Dan at the event or send me an email.

Although my Green Bay Packers didn’t make it this year we will be celebrating the Super Bowl here at Hamagrael next Friday, January 31.  Our students and staff can wear attire from their favorite team, Hamagrael attire or black and orange to show school spirit.

Today your child will be bringing home a form for the Community Service after school event. Please return the permission form by Friday, January 31.  Thank you.  You can also find the form in our Virtual Backpack.

Please remember to check our online calendar to keep up-to-date with upcoming events here at school and across the district.

Have a wonderful weekend.


Dave Ksanznak

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • 1/28 – Family Math & Science Night Grades K & 1, 6:30-8 p.m.
  • 1/29 – Family Math & Science Night, Grades 2 & 3, 6:30-8 p.m.
  • 1/29 – Dr. Randy Cale, Parent Program @ Slingerlands Elementary, 6:30 p.m.
    • “Be Technologically Savvy, Not Sad”
  • 1/30 – Family Math & Science Night, Grades 4 & 5, 6:30-8 p.m.
  • 2/1 – Family Skate Night @ Bethlehem YMCA, 5:15-6:45 p.m.
  • 2/5 – Community Service Afternoon, 3:20-4 p.m., Auditorium
  • 2/6 – Lip Sync Dress Rehearsal, 3:30 p.m., Auditorium
  • 2/6 – CAPER, 6:30 p.m., Auditorium
  • 2/13 – Hamagrael Lip Sync, 6:30 p.m. @ BCMS Auditorium
  • 2/15-2/23 – February Break
  • 2/24 – School Resumes