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Letter from Principal Bonacquist, Apr. 26

Filed in Slingerlands by on April 26, 2019

Dear Families,

Please make note of the important events coming up:

  • April 29 – School Resumes
  • May 1 – BOE Meet the Candidates, 6:30pm, BCHS Cafe
  • May 1, 2 – NYS Math Testing, grades 3-5
  • May 3 – Slingerlands Transportation Breakfast
  • 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 22 – Portrait Day Fundraiser with Ashley Brown (rain date: May 23)
  • May 23 – Slingerlands Senior Assembly

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 or you may review the Raptor FAQ sheet here.From April 29-May 5, 2019, children, families, and communities will rediscover the joys of life beyond the screen. Plan to unplug from digital entertainment and spend all that free time playing, reading, daydreaming, creating, exploring, and connecting with family and friends!

Learn more about Screen-Free Week.

See you next week!!



Other reminders:

Bethlehem Rock and Roll Fest will be Saturday, May 18th from 10am – 1pm.  This will take place in the Communit Care parking lot on Delaware Ave. For more information  –

April 22 –Ashley Brown Portrait Fundraiser booking begins at 8 am. For more information and scheduling visit

April 30 – May 9 – Used book donations accepted

Are you a Stay at Home Parent looking for something to do and make a little cash?!?

Become a Part of BCSD Child Nutrition Team as a Substitute!

We have shifts at all BCSD schools (K-12) and shifts are during the day, so you can still be home in the mornings and early afternoons with your children! We will train you in the kitchen (no experience necessary) and your foot will be in the door for many opportunities for part or full time work in the future. If you want to learn more, please contact Allissa Eiser, RD, Food Service Director by email at