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Letter from Principal Bonacquist, Jan. 18

Filed in Slingerlands by on January 18, 2019

Dear Families,

Please make note of the important events coming up:

January 21 – NO SCHOOL, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 28 – Slingerlands Concert at BCHS

February 4 – Grade 2 Math & Science Night, 7pm

February 6 – BOE Meeting, BCHS LMC, 7pm

February 8 – Slingerlands Give & Go

February 18 – 22 – NO SCHOOL, February Break

February 28 – Slingerlands Science Fair

Applebee’s Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser – *DATE CHANGE* – The new date for the Applebee’s Fundraiser is March 16th.

Culture Festival

It was so exciting to see so many families here for our first Culture Festival!   We really appreciate all the families that came to share their culture and traditions.  The food was wonderful! We received so much positive feedback that we can’t wait to do it again! A special thank you to Maria Rogers and Sarah Platek who coordinated the entire event.  We had almost 40 staff members (including three recent retirees) who were here last night to make sure it was a great event for everyone. We couldn’t do such a successful event without the commitment of the Slingerlands Staff.

Be Kind T-Shirts

We are taking orders for the T-shirts you saw the staff wearing last night.  The shirts

Say “Be Kind” in 21 languages.  Click here for more information


I know that all of you enjoyed  sampling some foods from the ‘Around the World

Cafe.’ Thank you to all the families for sharing your traditional foods.  Also, thank

You to all the organizations and restaurants that made donations.

School Messenger – important**

Here is a step-by-step for anyone who wants to make sure their info is up to date and/or check to see if they have opted-in to receive text messages:

  1. Check to be sure your cell phone information is listed properly in the Aspen Parent Portal:
    If you see that this information is not correct in Aspen, you will need to update your contact information by emailing District Registrar Melissa Haas at Please note that it may take a day or two before this information is updated in Aspen. School Messenger syncs with the Aspen Parent Portal on a daily basis so once Aspen is updated, it will take less than 24 hours for your number to be updated by School Messenger.
  2. If your information in Aspen is correct, you may already be able to receive messages from School Messenger.
    To find out if you are, simply text “Y” or “YES” to 67587. This is the “short code” number School Messenger uses to send messages on behalf of the Bethlehem Central School District. You can do this anytime and you should receive a confirmation text from School Messenger in response. If you are still unsure, please email for support.

How often will I receive text messages?

The district does not intend to use School Messenger frequently for text messages or phone calls. These are most likely to be used when a time-sensitive matter must be brought to the attention of district families. Most routine communication from the system will be sent via email. However, text messages will be sent via this system for snow days, school delays, early dismissals or in the event of an emergency or unforeseen event.

PLEASE NOTE: In the event of an emergency, school closing or delay, the district uses multiple communications channels to reach families, including posting to the website, School Messenger, social media, and TV, radio & print media. Always check more than one source of information in the event of school closing, or delay, or in cases of emergency as sometimes power outages, or internet access could be limited.

More information about School Messenger can be found here:

Enjoy the long weekend!!!

Heidi Bonacquist