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Letter from Principal Bonacquist, Feb. 9

Filed in Slingerlands by on February 9, 2018

Dear Families,

Last night we had our culminating event for our One School, One Book program – Live the Adventure! I can safely say that everyone had a great time!  I would like to thank the many (almost 30) teachers that ran each station.  It was a long day for them but it was the key to a successful event.  Also, a huge thank you to Karen Geldugig and the many volunteers that assisted with refreshments.  Once again, thank you to the PTO for their support with this initiative.  If you would like to donate your book back to the school, to send on to Grassroot Givers, please drop it in the box in the lobby.

I Ready Information:
Parent reports for the winter i-Ready Diagnostic Assessment in reading and mathematics are now available in Aspen. These assessments were administered in January to students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. 

The parent report for each diagnostic assessment can be found in a student’s document folder in Aspen.  All diagnostic results are listed separately: i-Ready ELA and i-Ready Math.  Click for complete instructions for accessing the reports in Aspen.

While many students showed growth on this most recent benchmark assessment, some did not. As with any standardized test, there is variation from the first to second administrations. As students take the test several times, this statistical variation smooths out and a trend line becomes clearer. Please keep in mind that no single assessment provides a complete picture of your child’s abilities. However, when combined with grades, classroom activities, and unit quizzes and tests, benchmark assessments can provide important information about a student’s progress. 

The i-Ready Diagnostic assessments help create an individualized instruction path for your child.  Instruction can be provided in the classroom by the teacher as well as via the i-Ready Instruction online platform which can be accessed both at school and at home. Click for complete details on i-Ready Instruction, including home access.

Should you have any questions about the i-Ready Diagnostic or i-Ready Instruction, please feel free to contact me.

If you have specific questions related to your child’s progress, I encourage you to speak to his/her teacher.

Important Reminders:

  • Kiss and Go Lane – If you drop your child off in the morning, you MUST pull over to the curb (not in the front circle – this is handicap drop off only) or find a parking space. The lane along the sidewalk is for drop-off only. Children should be ready to say good bye and get out of the car quickly to keep the traffic moving. Thank you so much for your help with this. Children only should be getting out of the car.  Please stay in the Kiss and Go Lane, which start as you enter the parking lot from Union Ave.
  • We will have our first lockdown drill on Thursday, February 15th. For more information on required Safety Drills see –

Have a great weekend!


Heidi Bonacquist