Principal’s Message

Welcome to 2021! May this year see much improvement in – everything.

This year we changed our holiday celebration to Grinch Day. This was done virtually as teachers did a read aloud of the book and students followed up with fun activities such as an online scavenger hunt for the Grinch.

Thank you to the reading and speech teachers for organizing this event. It is our hope that next year we are able to do Grinch Day live in our school.

We begin the New Year with hope for an end to the pandemic. Along those lines, the New York State Department of Education has scheduled the ELA and math exams for the Spring of 2021. These exams are administered to students in grades 3 – 8. As of the writing of this letter, there has been no change to this
schedule. If there is a change, then families will be informed as soon as the information is available. There will be more to come on State testing next month.

Since all schools will be on remote only instruction through most of January, the Parents Encourage Reading Connections (PERC) event we run each year will be moved to February.

Please note an important message from the Valley Central School District:
The Valley Central School District announces the anticipated half-day and full-day Universal Prekindergarten (UPK) Program for 2021-2022.
Eligible children include those who reside in the District and who will be 4 years old on or before December 1, 2021.
If you have an eligible child or know someone who has an eligible child, please share this information with them. Applications will be available beginning, Thursday, January 21, 2021. The application period runs from January 21, 2021 through March 18, 2021. Please visit the UPK webpage at   https://www.vcsd.k12.ny.us/about-us/universal-pre-kindergarten  in early January to find out how to request an application and for additional
information.

January has some important dates to remember:
 January 4 – Return to remote instruction for all students
 January 11 – Board of Education Meeting in Central Office 6:30 PM
 January 19 – Return to hybrid instruction – Team 2
 January 21 – Return to hybrid instruction – Team 1
 January 21 – PTO meeting in the library 6:15 PM
 January 18 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – No School