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Principal's News

From the Desk of Mr. Norman...

"The world's favorite season is the spring.  All things seem possible in May." -   Edwin Way Teale

Dear Parents/Guardians:

During this month much emphasis is placed on our annual budget vote. The Superintendent and Board of Ed. have committed to providing the community with a detailed account of the district's proposed budget. The budget will be discussed at Board of Ed. Meetings and George Washington's May 7th PTA meeting. All community members are encouraged to familiarize themselves with this year's budget and cast a vote. The voting will take place May 15th from 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. at Van Cortlandtville Elementary.

The faculty and staff would like to take the opportunity to thank you for all your support throughout the year.  We will have a Parent Appreciation Tea during the PTA meeting on May 7th to show our appreciation.  We will have refreshments (desserts, coffee, tea, and snacks for you to enjoy during the meeting.  The superintendent will also be in attendance to speak on the 2018/19 District Budget. Please join us. Once again I'd like to remind parents, the process of student placement for the next school year will continue to consist of the following goals:

-To create heterogeneous classes (academically, socially, and emotionally)
-To maintain gender and class size balance
-To provide for the unique needs of all children

As a result of our process, it will not be feasible to honor parents request for student placement. If you have valid concerns that you believe will impact your child's placement, by all means submit a letter stating these concerns and it will be reviewed.

The weather continues to be tricky during this time of year. Please make sure that your child wears a jacket, sweater, or long sleeves that will keep him/her comfortable during the chilly days. At the same time, the days are warming up as we move closer to June. Shorts are permitted, however, parents please support us by not having your children wear spaghetti strapped tops, blousy tank tops, mid-riff tops, and other "extremely casual clothes" if possible.

In addition, backless sandals, flip-flops and platform shoes could be dangerous when your child is playing outside during recess; we highly discourage wearing these types of shoes to school.

Thank you.

Tracy Norman