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Letter from Principal Bonacquist, Nov. 1

Filed in Slingerlands by on November 1, 2019

Dear Families,

Safety Drills

This week we had our first lockdown drill.  This was announced to the teachers so they could prepare the children.  We have three more to do this year and they are unannounced. We have been practicing evacuation drills (formerly called fire drills) and we had our first bus drill.   I think you will find the document on the link helpful in understanding these –

New Clerical Assistant

Please join me in welcoming Jennifer Hammond to our office team!  Jennifer will be working in the mornings until November 12, when she will start full time.  Jennifer is working hard to learn the ropes, thank you for your patience with us as we make this transition. 

Spirit Day

Friday, November 8th will be Spirit Day at Slingerlands.  Show some school spirit and wear black and orange or BC school spirit wear.  The online school is still open –  Last day to order is November 15th.

Monster Mash

The Monster Mash was a huge success!!!  Thank you to Bethany Bortis and Miten Neghandi who co-chaired the event,. Also, thank you to all the parents who volunteered that night!

Sleepy Time Stories by Slingerlands Staff

Eat, Shoot, and Read – Thursday, November 7th

    • The Book Fair – in the primary wing
      • November 7th    8am-7:30pm
      • November 8th    8am-5pm
    • Turkey Shoot (Basketball Hoop Shooting) Thursday, November 7th 4-7pm
    • Refreshments in the Cafeteria Thursday, November 7th 4-7pm

Book Fair is Coming!
Are you ready for a Scholastic Arctic Reading Adventure where there will be SNOW MUCH TO READ?  That’s right, it’s time for the Annual Slingerlands fall book fair. This year the book fair will take place on November 7th (8am – 7:30pm) and November 8th (8am to 5pm). You should have received flyers home this week, including a schedule of when classes will be visiting the book fair. 

Visit our Book Fair homepage to shop online (Nov.1 -Nov.14), set up eWallets, and more! Please use the QR code or go to:

The Slingerlands Fall Scholastic Book Fair is one of the most well attended and most well liked events of the year.   For the book fair to run smoothly volunteers are needed to help with set up, decorations, running the days of the book fair, and clean up.  Please look at the volunteer opportunities and consider joining the Slingerlands community for a fun few days of celebrating children’s literature.   

We still need volunteers!! Follow this link to sign up for times to volunteer:

If you have any questions, please contact Holly Andreou at

Attention “Schools-In” Parents

When you are dropping your child off to Schools In each morning, please drive carefully in the parking lot.  Over the past few weeks I have had many reports of cars going too fast and not paying attention to people in the parking lot.  

Important Dates:

November 6 – BOE Meeting, Eagle Elementary, 7pm

November 7 – Slingerlands Eat, Shoot & Read, 4pm – 7pm

November 7 – Slingerlands Book Fair, 8am – 7:30pm

November 8 – Slingerlands Book Fair, 8am – 5:00pm

November 11 – No School (Veterans Day)

November 12 – PTO Meeting, 6:30pm

November 14 – Elementary Early Dismissal at 11:45am

November 16 –  Harlem Wizards vs. BCSD staff  4pm High School Gym

Bethlehem Central Community Foundation Fundraiser

November 20 – Elementary Early Dismissal at 11:45am

November 27-29 – NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Break

December 3 – Elementary Early Dismissal at 11:45am

Have a great weekend!!