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Letter from Principal Ksanznak, Nov. 9

Filed in Hamagrael by on November 9, 2017

Dear Parents,

All Bethlehem Central schools will be closed tomorrow, Friday, November 10 to observe Veterans Day, a day to recognize and thank all military personnel who served the United States. We will resume school on Monday, November 13.

Our Parent-Teacher Conference days being next week on Tuesday, November 14.  The conferences are an opportunity for you to meet with your child’s teacher to discuss academic and social growth as well as the grade level program.  We will be dismissing children at 11:45 a.m. on the parent-teacher conference days.  The day before each conference day we will send home a “purple slip” to be completed and returned to school with your child.  This helps ensure that all early dismissal plans are in place.  Please complete a form for each child in the family. Thank you.

Here is the schedule for our conferences:

                        Tuesday, November 14 – 11:45am dismissal

                        Wednesday, November 29 – 11:45am dismissal

                        Friday, December 8 – 11:45am dismissal

Our November PTA meeting will be held on Thursday, November 16 beginning at 7pm in our library.

On Friday, November 17 we will have our Hamagrael School Picture Make-up/Retake day.  If you would like school pictures to be retaken, just send back the original packet you received.  Keep the class picture, though.  Any students who were absent on picture day will receive a flyer early next week.  You can preorder online at and use the ID: AD087028Q1.

Also on Friday, November 17 our 13th annual Hamagrael Turkey Trot is set and ready to begin at 3:30pm.  This is always a fun community event for our kids.  Thanks to Mr. Berschwinger for organizing this for us as well as to our PTA for their support of this event.

In the spring of 2017, a focus group was formed to study the use and impact of homework at the elementary (K-5) level. The group is comprised of teachers, principals, and central administrators. The group reviewed journal articles and research on the subject (Visit to access the materials) and had very meaningful discussions. The next phase of the review process involves surveying parents. As such, we are asking that you complete a homework survey (Visit to take the survey) by Friday, December 1st. Thank you for your continued support.

The week of November 13-17 is American Education Week.  This is a week to recognize our educational system and for me to thank our teachers and parents for working collaboratively to provide our children with the best education possible.  Your child’s teacher will be sending you an invitation to visit the classroom to see the wonderful things going on.  Below is a poem that my father, a former school superintendent, gave to me when I got my first teaching position to remind me of the importance of a positive home-school communication network:

Two Sculptors

I dreamed I saw a studio

And watched two sculptors there.

The clay they used was a child’s mind

And they fashioned it with care.


One was a teacher – the tools he used

Were books, music, and art.

The other; a parent, worked with a

guiding hand,

And a gentle, loving heart.


Day after day, the teacher toiled with a touch

That was careful, deft, and sure,

While the parent labored by his side

And polished and smoothed it o’er.


And when at last, their task was done,

They were proud of what they had wrought.

For the things they had molded into the child

Could neither be sold or bought.

And each agreed they would have failed

If either had worked alone.

For behind the parent stood the school

And behind the teacher, the home.




Dave Ksanznak