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Letter from Principal Bonacquist, June 26

Filed in Slingerlands by on June 26, 2019

Dear Families,

As we look back on the 2018-19 school year, I would like to thank our hard working and caring staff who have made a huge difference in the lives of our students each day.  Our focus is on developing the whole child and our teachers are committed to this through the rich, engaging experiences they provide to our children.

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!

  • Melissa Leach will be heading to Hamagrael to teach 5th grade.
  • Jessica Winn will be teaching 5th grade at Glenmont.
  • Justine Marinello will be going to Hamagrael to teach kindergarten.
  • Ted Biernacki is retiring once again. Our new band teacher is Ms. Sarah Baker.

For next year, the teacher placements will be:

  • Kindergarten: Mrs. Costello, Mrs. Collette, Mrs. MacMillan
  • Grade 1: Mrs. Monthie, Mrs. McCaffrey, Ms. Koutsakis, Ms. Bacon
  • Grade 2: Mrs. Messier, Mrs. Reid, Mrs. Reiss
  • Grade 3: Mrs. Fitzpatrick, Mrs. Roos, Paradis-Skiba, Mrs. Gentile
  • Grade 4: Mrs. Clarkson, Mrs. Kourt, Mrs. Ward
  • Grade 5: Mr. Betor, Rogers, Ms. Roth (new hire)

During our final assembly yesterday we celebrated the outstanding work of all of our students and staff members. We also honored the PTO for all the wonderful things they do for our school.  We would not be a special place without all the fun activities and the support they provide to us.  I also want to thank the MANY people who volunteered in some way at Slingerlands.  Your support 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!

  • Heather White and Betsy Danz are transitioning from Co-Presidents to other positions on the PTO Board. A HUGE thank you to both of them for their incredible dedication to Slingerlands!!!
  • Thank you to Francine Sinkoff for all her hard work and commitment to the school and children!

Our new PTO Board for 2019-20

  • Heather Mullins and Bethenny Bortis will be the new Co-Presidents
  • Co-Treasurers: Resa Ostrander and Holly Andreou
  • Co-Secretaries: Jennifer Bergeron and Christine Magill
  • VP Membership: Betsy Danz
  • VP of Events: Heather White
  • VP of Communication: Gina Peattie

Report cards will be posted on Aspen on June 28th . We’ll send out an email through Aspen to let you know when you can view them.

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.

In closing, I take this opportunity to congratulate all students of Slingerlands Elementary School! I wish you all a very happy, safe, and enjoyable summer. Please be sure to take time as a family to talk, play and READ together.

I look forward to seeing you in August. To those who are leaving us for new places we wish you all the best!!

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

Supply Lists for 2019-2020

Yearbooks –  Any further questions about the yearbooks should go directly to Katrina Lawrence – or 518-526-4008)


Heidi Bonacquist