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2018-19 Welcome Letter from Principal Heidi Bonacquist

Filed in Slingerlands by on August 20, 2018

Dear Families,

Welcome to the opening of what promises to be a wonderful school year!  At this time of the year, there is great anticipation of what is to come, and I am really excited to get started!

Slingerlands takes great pride in our educational program that focuses on developing the whole child.  We do this by creating an atmosphere where students can learn in a caring and safe environment. Together, our staff encourages students to engage in a lifelong love of learning. As we focus on student achievement we will provide a variety of academic and educational experiences that promote student growth and learning throughout the year. We have high expectations and are committed to help every child succeed. We will continue to emphasize our motto, “Always our Best,“ as we teach and expect respectful, responsible, and kind behavior.  I am very proud of the talented, dedicated faculty and staff that I have at Slingerlands.  I promise that we will give your child their best every day.

We are so fortunate to have families that are so committed to their children’s education. During the upcoming school year I encourage you to continue to play an active role in your child’s learning. Parent involvement plays a critical role in our school’s success. Some ways to support and increase your child’s academic success include:

  • Make attendance a PRIORITY including limiting tardiness and absences
    • Our school day begins at 9:10 and ends at 3:20.
  • Check the school website regularly for the latest information
  • Communicate often with your child’s teacher
  • Read with your child every day
  • Limit television and social media and encourage outside play
  • Encourage your child to talk about their day with you

Your child’s elementary school years are a special time in his or her life. During this time children undergo important developmental changes. It is also a time when children become more autonomous and they transition from “learning to read” to “reading to learn.” It is my belief that parents are the first teachers of their children and they play a central role in their child’s education. I invite you to participate in open, honest and continuous communication with your child’s teachers to ensure a successful home-school partnership. I encourage you to tell our teachers about your child’s needs throughout the year so that he or she has “THE BEST” educational experience.

The passion and dedication of our PTO has continually impacted the quality of the educational program in our school. Our PTO is an amazing group of people who commit to focus their time, talents, energies and resources for our children’s education and welfare. For the community, our PTO sponsors movie nights, the Fall Family Festival,  and fundraisers at local restaurants to name a few. For the school they support quality education by returning money from PTO sponsored fundraisers directly to the school for field trips, supplemental curriculum materials, special school programs and projects. I encourage you to become an active serving member of our PTO.

Looking ahead to the 2018-2019 school year:

New Faculty and Staff Members

  • Mr. Mick Doemel – Physical Education
  • Ms. Samantha Famigletti – English as a New Language (ENL)
  • Mr. David Stewart – noon aide
  • Mrs. Zahra Esmaeili – noon aide
  • Mrs. Jennie Mahony – noon aide


BC Teachers new to Slingerlands this year

  • Ms. Katy Adams – art teacher
  • Dr. Maureen Cohan – school psychologist
  • Mrs. Heather Quinn – CSE Chair

We also welcome back Mrs. Reid and Mrs. Messier, who have been home on maternity leave!

Important Dates:

  • August 17th   Teacher assignments and bus route information will be available on the Aspen

Parent Portal (contact if you are having difficulty

logging in)

  • August 29th   New student orientation for children in grades 1-5 (and any new kindergarteners who registered over the summer) 2-3pm
  • Kindergarten Bus orientation – You may attend at any school
    • Hamagrael Tuesday, August 28   2pm
    • Slingerlands Wednesday, August 29   10am
    • Glenmont   Wednesday, August 29  2pm
  • Wednesday, September 5th     Supply Drop Off  4:00-5:00pm – Many, but not all, teachers will be here.
  • Wednesday, September 5th Kindergarten Meet and Greet – 4:00-5:00pm
  • Thursday,  September 6th First Day of School
  • Monday, September 10th Rosh Hashanah – No School
  • September 11th   First PTO Meeting 7pm
  • September 13th Open House
  • Friday, September 21 Fall Family Festival, 5-7:30pm

Safety is Always our #1 Priority!

Teacher Assignments

Later today, you will receive an email letting you know that you can access your child’s teacher assignment on Aspen.(Assistance with Aspen) To access the Welcome Back letter from your child’s teacher click here – Welcome Back Letters.  

I look forward to another great year! Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions, comments, or concerns. My email is  and my office phone number is 518-439-7681.

See you all soon!


Heidi Bonacquist