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Letter from Principal Bonacquist, Oct. 11

Filed in Slingerlands by on October 11, 2019

Dear Families,

Some of you have heard the rumor about Val Kraupner…….  Unfortunately it is not a rumor! After working at Slingerlands for the past 14 years, Val will be heading to a position at the Middle School.  This was a bittersweet decision for Val as she has loved her time at Slingerlands. I know you join me in thanking Mrs. Kraupner for all she has done for all of us and wishing her the very best! She will be splitting her time between here and the MS for the next few weeks as we work to hire her replacement.

Forever Young Fun Run

We finally were able to have our Fun Run event!  This event was designed to honor our long time PE teacher, Mrs. Young.  What a great event!!  We had almost 140 kids participate in the run.  Thank you to Jen Bergeron, Mr. Doemel, and the teachers and parents that assisted with the event!

Fall Family Festival

What a beautiful night for our Fall Family Festival!  So many parents and teachers worked together to make it a fun night for everyone!  A special thank you to Tina Gough, Christine Banewicz, Bethany Bortis, and Heather Mullins.

Crayola Colorcycle Program

Once again we will be collecting used markers for recycling.  There is a box in the lobby. See here for more information.

Tools for Schools  – You need to register every year!

Registering for Tools for Schools earns money for the Slingerlands Elementary School to purchase school supplies, gym and recess equipment, resources for teachers and students and much more!  This year I was able to purchase about $800 of supplies for our classrooms! It’s free, and the earlier you register the sooner Slingerlands will begin to earn points. Track your contribution on the bottom of your Price Chopper receipts. Betsy Danz is the parent coordinator of this project.  If you have any questions you can email her at        

Slingerlands code is 15749.  Parents can register their advantage by using this link:  

Sleepy Time Stories by Slingerlands Staff

We are so excited to share with you a new feature on the Slingerlands PTO Facebook page!  Slingerlands faculty and staff will be sharing some of their favorite picture books throughout the school year for Sleepy Time Stories by Slingerlands Staff.  Each week a new faculty or staff member will read aloud a different book. Books will be appropriate for all ages and students can enjoy watching with the entire family!  Our first book was read by Mrs. Bonacquist on Thursday, October 10th.

Here’s how to watch:

  1.     Optional but highly recommended: get in pjs and gather your family together.
  2.     Log on to Facebook and go to the Slingerlands Elementary PTO page:
  3.     Scroll down to find the post.
  4.     Play the video and enjoy!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  As a school, Slingerlands will be participating in the Making Strides for Breast Cancer campaign with a loose change collection.  There will be a coin collection container in the front lobby and in the Kindergarten common area for children to place their coins in.  

It is a wonderful community service project for our students.  They love bringing in their baggies of coins from the bottom of mom’s purse, dad’s pockets, their allowance, in the car and under couch cushions.  Of course bills are also accepted and appreciated. If every student brought in one dollar, we would have over $400.00 to give to the RACE FOR A CURE. We have set a goal of $600.00

The collection will begin Monday, October 7th and end Thursday October 17th.  We thank you for your support.   

Monster Mash

October 25th  is our PTO sponsored ‘Monster Mash.’  This is a costume Halloween party. The most important  thing about this event is that children are safe and they have a great time! We ask that children not wear masks (or face paint that covers the whole face) – we need to be able to recognize every child.  Several primary aged children have talked with me about not wanting to have scary costumes at the party. In particular, they were upset by the amount of ‘blood’ that was a part of the costumes. This was true for some of our ‘walking dead’ costumes.  This is a good reminder that this is a school event where the majority of the students that attend are from grades K-3. I ask that you consider this when choosing a costume to wear to this event. We also ask that they not carry accessories such as wands, swords, etc.  This event is for Slingerlands students and their families. We ask that friends from other schools and older siblings not attend. This is a family event and all children need to be supervised by an adult. We hope to see everyone there!!  

Upcoming Dates:

October 14 – No School (Columbus Day)

October 15 – 5th Grade Musical Parent Meeting, 7pm

October 16 – BOE Meeting @ BCMS, 7pm

October 17 – School Picture Day – PAYMENT DEADLINE IS OCT. 17

October 25 – Monster Mash

October 28 – BC Music Faculty Recital @ BCMS, 7pm

November 6 – BOE Meeting, Eagle Elementary, 7pm

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

November 7 & 8 – Slingerlands Book Fair

November 11 – No School (Veterans Day)

November 12 – PTO Meeting, 6:30pm

November 14 – Elementary Early Dismissal at 11:45am

November 20 – Elementary Early Dismissal at 11:45am

Enjoy the long weekend!!