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Letter from Principal Bonacquist, Sept. 28

Filed in Slingerlands by on September 28, 2018

Dear Families,

It was so great to see so many families at our Family Fall Festival!  It was a beautiful night and I saw children and families having a great time!  I would like to thank Heather White, Betsy Danz, Christine Banewicz, and Tina Gough for all their hard work in coordinating this event.  Thank you to the many volunteers that helped out for the evening. We continued our 25+ year tradition of our Cake Walk. Thank you to Mr. Betor and Mrs. Clarkson for running this event.  I’d also like to thank our first grade team – Mrs. McCaffrey, Mrs Costello, Ms. Bacon, and Ms Koutsakis for serving up snowcones all evening!

Important Dates to Remember

  • October 3 – BOE Meeting, 7 pm, BCHS
  • October 4 – Go Home Early Drill – Dismissal at 3:05 – all children need to ride their bus home
  • October 5 – School Pictures
  • October 8 – No School, Columbus Day
  • October 10 – Walk to School Day
  • October 11 – Slingerlands Forever Young  Fun Run
  • October 16 – 5th Grade Musical Parent Meeting, 7 pm
  • October 17 – BOE Meeting, Hamagrael Elementary, 7pm
  • October 26 – Slingerlands Monster Mash

Farm To You Fest  – October 2-6

Next week is our annual Farm to You Fest.  This is a statewide celebration of local food and farms. Next week marks the 11th anniversary of our participation in this event. This is an opportunity to help students make the connection between the food on their plates and the fresh food grown on neighboring farms. We hope you will encourage your child to try school lunch, with all fruits and veggies on the menu from local farms. Children are encouraged to bring in fresh produce for the Squash Hunger drive.  Children are invited to participate in the recipe contest, attend the Farmer’s Market on Saturday, October 7th,  at the BCMS and participate in the Scavenger Hunt.  See website for more information,  

Wear Blue Monday

October is anti-bullying month!  The middle school and high school chapters of No Place for Hate are kicking off the month of October with a kindness campaign. The groups are asking all Bethlehem Central students and staff K-12 to wear blue to school on Monday, October 1. No Place for Hate works throughout the year to create a positive school climate for all students.  Kindness is one of our core values at Slingerlands and we have been talking about this since the beginning of the year.  I encourage you to talk about this with your child(ren) and for your family to wear BLUE on Monday.

Early Go Home Drill – Thursday, October 4th

New York State requires all school districts to hold an annual “Go Home Early” drill to ensure that students and staff know what to do in case an emergency requires school grounds to be cleared and students to be transported home or to another location. All Schools will dismiss 15 minutes earlier than their regular dismissal that day and there will be no late buses for the Middle School and High School. Students who walk or ride a bicycle to school are required to take the bus home on the day of the drill. We ask parents NOT to pick their child up on this day, unless it is for an appointment. In the event of a real emergency, where access to the school or travel on roads might be restricted, your student will be better prepared by going through the drill on October 4 and riding a bus home.  Additional information

Walk to School Day  – Wednesday, October 10th

Walk/Bike to School Day is a national event, held this year on October 10. Join other kids throughout the county by walking or biking to school on October 10! Slingerlands families are encouraged to participate in this fun, healthy event that brings our school community together. Students who walk or bike to school will receive fun stickers, water, and fruit upon arrival, as well as participate in physical fitness activities outside before the start of school. Please join us in the back of the school at 8:50 for an activity with our PE teachers. We ask that all children have a parent with them. Additionally, throughout the month of October, we will have donation boxes set up to collect gently used youth bicycle helmets. If you have a helmet that has been outgrown and you’ve replaced it with a new one, feel free to donate the old one! Helmets should be in good condition, not broken, and can be placed in the donation bins at Slingerlands Elementary. Gently used adult helmets can also be donated. At the end of October, the helmets will be delivered to Troy Bike Rescue and will be shared with local families in need of helmets, to support safe bicycling practices. Please email Gina Peattie with any questions (

Forever Young Fun Run – Thursday, October 11th

Join us for our first annual Forever Young, Fun Run on Thursday, October 11th.  This event is in honor of the many years of service of our recently retired PE teacher, Mrs. Robin Young.  We want to promote running as a fun activity that all our students can participate in. The event will begin immediately after school.  Look for the yellow permission slips that came home today. Please sign and return to school on Monday.

We need your help with this event!

Here is the link to the sign up genius:

If you have any further questions, please contact Jen Bergeron  or 518-928-4856.

Have a great weekend!


Heidi Bonacquist