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Letter from Principal Kloss, Oct. 6

Filed in Elsmere by on October 6, 2017

October 6, 2017

Dear Elsmere Families

It was fun, busy week at Elsmere. Just a quick recap of the week:

* Farm-to-You week “Squashed out Hunger” and raised awareness of the role farms play in our lives, through a produce collection, harvesting veggies from our school garden, dressing like farmers, and guessing the weight of pumpkins grown in the middle school garden. The scavenger hunt at the middle school farmer’s market is this Saturday. Thank you to Kathie Dubin and Liz Cartagena for bringing this to Elsmere

* Walk-to-School Day was a tremendous success on Wednesday with what seemed like half of our students and families able to take a lovely stroll to school. Thank you to Jen Spore, Liz Cartagena and Johanna Stebbins.

* Wear purple day showed a beautiful support to our friends battling pediatric cancer.

*Almost all students have now completed the iReady assessments in reading and math. We were able to glean a great deal of useful information to help provide each child with the specific individualized instruction and support needed. Parent reports will be available soon.

Our highlights for next week include:

  • No school on Monday in recognition of Columbus Day
  • Ecologist George Steele visits Elsmere Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday to teach students how to be scientists in studying the plants and animals directly around us. Thank you PTA!
  • Visits from the Elsmere Fire Department on Friday for grades 3-5. The fire department will be back the following week to talk with students in grades K-2
  • Friday at 5:30 is the annual Kindergarten/First Grade Potluck Dinner where new and
    more experienced families come together to share in the enjoyment of these first years of school together.

In every class, students have been writing, writing, writing! This is such an important skill and wonderful way to communicate. If you want to capture these great childhood moments and help your young ones improve their writing skills, why not consider starting a family journal? It could be turn out to be very precious.

Next Wednesday, Oct. 11, the Bethlehem Central School District Strategic Planning Committee is hosting a Community Forum from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the high school library.

 The committee is seeking to gather input for a strategic plan tentatively titled Design for Excellence 2025. The long-term plan will examine the district’s core values, mission and vision, and map out goals and strategies that will help guide district decision-making into the next decade. The planning process is just beginning and will likely extend through early 2019.

Please consider attending the forum on Wednesday to share your vision for the future of BC. You can RSVP here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BCSD-Community-Forum

Learn more about the Strategic Planning process: https://www.bethlehemschools.org/strategic-planning-committee/

Have a fantastic three-day weekend!

Kate