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December was a month to

 All of our classes learned about traditions and celebrations their peers and families have during this time of year. It is a time we all reflect on who we are and how we can be so different, yet very much the same. 

We continue to be proud of our Fourth Graders who consistently each year have their Blythedale tradition, to show kindness and compassion. They make cards and gifts for the children at Blythedale Hospital. We appreciate the support and assistance from the parents who assist in the process and delivery of the toys. We had a record number of donated gifts. Thank you to our giving families. 

January brings Inspiration Month. We look forward to our assembly coming in January. Students will be helping us remember ways we can inspire and support each other. 

We will be starting our Wellness Wednesday reminders again this month. It is a time and opportunity to take a few minutes to breathe and be mindful of our surroundings and healthy choices.


Please be sure to follow the procedures for a safe drop off. Please drive slowly in the parking areas and follow the directions of staff during arrival and dismissal. If you are bringing your Kindergarten – fifth grade child to school, it is imperative you ensure your child is released to a staff member. Our drop off time is between 8:00 and 8:20 for staff outside. Please do not allow your child to leave the car without adult supervision. If you come after staff has moved indoors, please walk your child into the school building. 

We have been fortunate to not have had too much snow and the facilities department does their best to get the parking lot ready for arrival and/or dismissal. Please take it slow as you enter the parking lot. The speed bumps have been lifted for plowing capabilities; please use caution as you drive in slowly. 

PTA News

The students have been working hard learning lines, parts, placements and songs for the upcoming play. On Friday, January 18 and Saturday, January 19 the PTA will once again produce their annual play. This year the students are performing in Madagascar,Jr. We wish them well and know their hard work will be seen on stage. There is an activity night scheduled for Friday, January 11. 

Kindergarten & UPK Registration

Begins February 4 – 7. Students born between Dec. 1, 2013 and Nov. 30, 2014 are eligible for Kindergarten. Students born between Dec. 1, 2014 and Nov. 30, 2015 are eligible to register for UPK. 

Lakeland CSD Community Forum January 15 7PM @ Van Cortlandtville Elementary School 

The Lakeland Central School District will hold a Community Forum regarding Lakeland and Walter Panas High School site and field Improvement projects on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at 7 PM in the Van Cortlandtville Elementary School auditorium. The agenda will include: information on the projects' plans and designs, questions will be addressed and an opportunity to express your opinions.



Grades 2, 3, 4 and 5 have been working on their keyboarding skills using the new and improved Typing Agent program during Library class. A new cart of chrome books has streamlined these sessions. Please make sure your child has working headphones or earbuds. 

In Kindergarten and Grade 1 we have been doing “Author Studies” on Eric Carle and Tomie DePaola exploring what makes these author/illustrators unique. Our pre-schoolers have been learning about the biggest, smallest, tallest and fastest animals in our world—much to their amazement!

ELA and Math Coaching!

This month in the E4 room the students in Pre-K – 1 created snowman designed using shaving cream and liquid glue. They had a great time and it was exciting to see how the students’ snowmen turned out unique. In grades 2 - 5 the children are busy creating gingerbread man traps. They were grouped in partnerships and given a set of materials to create a trap that would hold the gingerbread man. Please continue to discuss the children’s experiences with these projects. 

The December STAR benchmark assessments have been given and we have been meeting with the teachers to discuss student progress. The teachers and coaches use a problem-solving process to analyze data from their class to assist teachers in planning and implementing instructional strategies that will differentiate on the basis of the students’ varying skill levels. We also discuss how different instructional strategies may help a particular student or group of students. 

        Jennifer Crivelli (Math Coach) Megan Quinn (ELA Coach) 

PBIS/Character Education

December was spent focusing on the many ways L-T students and staff could show kindness as part of "The Great Kindness Challenge." Staff and students tried to complete as many kind acts as possible and they are displayed throughout the hallways. The fourth grade students completed their annual Blythedale Project where they wrapped presents and made cards for the children there. We are looking forward to January and our theme of Inspiration. We will be kicking off this theme on the first Friday in January and we are excited for another spirit week ahead.

News From The Nurse

 Winter is here and so are colds and flu. A cold is a viral infection of the throat and nose. Symptoms include a sore throat and coughing. Colds are usually transmitted through direct contact with an infected person. Flu is a more severe viral infection. Symptoms include sudden onset of aches, pains, chills, cough and a fever > 100’ F. Influenza is spread through droplets of an infected person sneezing or coughing. A person becomes infected breathing in these droplets. Please remind your children that using tissues and hand washing is the best way to stop the spread of germs. 

Please keep your children home when they are ill. It is hard for a child to concentrate in school when he/she is not feeling well. Your child should have a normal temperature for 24 hours before returning to school. All absences must be reported on a daily basis. Please call 914-528-2519. State law requires written parental explanation for all absences. Please send a note in when your child returns to school to his/her teacher. 

Reminders! Please send your children to school properly dressed. It is best you send your children dressed in layers. The temperature varies in the building from room to room. If dressed in layers your children will be prepared. Weather permitting the children will participate in outdoor recess. Send them with hats, scarves and warm jackets. Label all clothing! 

Have a Happy and Healthy New Year!
Daniella Ferreira RN