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Letter from Principal Bonacquist, June 22

Filed in Slingerlands by on June 22, 2018

Dear Families,

Please join me, along with the entire staff in celebrating the many wonderful learning experiences that have taken place for our students at Slingerlands School this year! Together, we have worked to support all children as they grow and learn. What a pleasure it is to work in such a dedicated, supportive learning community.

This year we will be saying goodbye to some very special staff members.  We wish all of them the very best as they head to new adventures!

  • The following teachers are retiring – Mrs. Ceas, Mrs. Mudge, Mrs.  O’Shea, Mrs. Raffe, Mrs. Sieme, and Mrs. Young. We will miss you!
  • Mrs. Marra is heading to Eagle!
  • Mr. Adams will be headed back to the HS
  • Mrs. Lieblold will be going to Hamagrael.

For next year, the teacher placements will be:

  • Kindergarten: Mrs. Monthie, Mrs. Collette, Mrs. MacMillan, Miss Marinello.
  • Grade 1: Mrs. Costello, Mrs. McCaffrey, Ms. Koutsakis, Ms. Bacon
  • Grade 2: Mrs. Messier, Mrs. Gentile, Mrs. Reiss, Mrs. Reid
  • Grade 3: Mrs. Fitzpatrick, Mrs. Roos, Mrs. Paradis-Skiba
  • Grade 4: Mrs. Clarkson, Mrs. Kourt, Ms. Winn
  • Grade 5: Mr. Betor, Mrs. Ward, Mrs. Leach, Ms. Qualtere

At assembly on Wednesday, we honored the PTO for all the wonderful things they do for our school. I also want to thank the MANY people who volunteered in some way at Slingerlands.  Your support is essential and is greatly appreciated!

I would like to thank the out-going board members and welcome the new.  Thank you for all you do for our school and children!

PTO Executive Board Members:

Co-Presidents:  Betsy Danz and Heather White

Treasurer:  Resa Ostrander          

Assistant Treasurer:  Outgoing – Holly Andreou

VP Membership:  Christine Banewicz

Secretary:  Heather Mullins

VP of Outreach:  Francine Sinkoff

New board position:  VP of Fundraising::  Bethany Bortis

Thank you to outgoing board members Karyn Pauze and Keri Meltzer!!!!

Report cards will be posted on Aspen on Friday afternoon.   We’ll send out a School News Notifier email (SNN) to let you know when you can view them.

School Supplies:  

Order a school supply kit and save yourself the time shopping for school supplies.  This year we are partnering with Supplies Made Simple to offer Slingerlands families the option to purchase your child’s entire student supply bundle online.  The supplies will be delivered right to the school prior to the start of the school year.  5.5% of all school supplies sales are donated back to the PTO to use for school activities and classroom supplies.  Actual ordering of supply kits and prices will be available in early July.  Ordering should be open in early July – we will send an email when this is available.  Supply lists will be available soon on the website.

All of our students, K-5, now use headphones when they access technology for assessment or instruction.  If you would prefer that your child have their own set, please send them in a ziplock bag with your child’s name.   Teachers in grades 3-5 prefer that children have a headset with a mic.

Please remember that the Bethlehem Public Library has some exciting programs for children and families this summer. Visiting regularly is a great way to keep your child’s reading skills fresh and also make reading a fun family activity.  

Congratulations and good luck to our 5th graders moving on to the Middle School!

Thank you all for another wonderful year!  I hope all of you have a happy, fun and safe summer!


Heidi Bonacquist