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Letter from Principal Bonacquist, May 3

Filed in Slingerlands by on May 3, 2019

Dear Families,

Please make note of the important events coming up:

  • April 30 – May 9 – Used book donations accepted
  • May 6 – 4th and 5th Grade Choir Rehearsal at 8:15am!!
  • May 7 – PTO Meeting, 7pm
  • May 9 – Spring Concert at SLINGERLANDS, 7pm
  • May 10 – Used Book Sale
  • May 10 – Grade 5 Visit to Middle School
  • May 13 – BCMS Grade 5 Parent Orientation, 7pm (*new date)
  • May 13 – 15 – Nature’s Classroom
  • May 17 – PTO Coffee for grades 4-5
  • May 18 – Rock and Roll Fest 1-3pm
  • May 22Portrait Day Fundraiser with Ashley Brown (rain date: May 23)
  • May 23 – Slingerlands Senior Assembly

Spring Concert

The year is starting to fly!  Next Thursday, May 9th, is our spring concert.  Due to the renovations being done at the HS, the concert will be here at Slingerlands.  We have done very enjoyable concerts here in the past! There is not as much seating for the audience so we ask that you take this into consideration when you decide who will be coming to watch the concert.

PTO Survey

The Slingerlands PTO wants to hear from you! What do you want the future of the PTO to look like for the 2019-2020 School Year? From membership to programs and events, we want your input!   Please click on this link to take a brief survey and share your opinions and ideas.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdyzlieXQaTK93lPsNb3Lm7QmJ_TiNimuVXGzp4kPauhQ2z3Q/viewform?usp=sf_link

We appreciate your time and input.  If you are curious about the results, we will be sharing at least preliminary results at our May 7th PTO meeting.

New Safety Procedures for Entry to Slingerlands School

In February, the district implemented a new identification system called the Raptor Visitor Management System at Bethlehem Central High School, Bethlehem Central Middle School and Glenmont Elementary School. After April break, the Raptor Visitor Management System will be implemented districtwide.

Beginning Monday, April 29, Slingerlands Elementary will begin using the system during the school day.

With this system, visitors are required to present a valid driver’s license or government-issued ID when entering the schools. The Raptor system is intended to enhance school security by reading visitor drivers’ licenses (or other approved ID) and comparing information to a sex offender database that will alert administrators and local police. Once cleared through the system, a visitor badge is printed that includes a photo.

For the remainder of the 2018-19 school year, visitors without a government-issued ID will be asked to give their name and date of birth to be manually entered into the system and reminded to bring their ID during a future visit. Beginning in September of the 2019-20 school year, visitors without a government-issued ID and who have not had their ID previously scanned will be denied access to the school. An ID card scan through the Raptor system is only necessary the first time someone comes into one of the school buildings, after that the visitor’s name and date of birth will be looked up in the system when entering any of the buildings.

The registered sex offender database is the only official database checked by the Raptor system. A visitor’s first name, last name and date of birth are checked; no other data from the ID is gathered or recorded and the information is not shared with any outside agency.

The safety of our students is our highest priority and the Raptor Visitor Management System is an added level of security.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Director of Technology Ray Nardelli at rnardelli@bethlehemschools.org or you may review the Raptor FAQ sheet here.

Have a great weekend! See you next week!!

Warmly,

Heidi