Principal’s Newsletter – March/April 2017

Dear Families,

We may have a few more snowflakes ahead of us, but spring is just around the corner and we’re ready to celebrate the warm weather and cheer on our students with their spring academics.  We look forward to seeing all parents and guardians at Student-Led Conferences on Thursday, March 9th.  Students will be dismissed at 11:20 am on this day.  Please make arrangements to pick up your child early.

Deciding when a child is too sick to go to school can be difficult. Please know that good health is more important than a perfect attendance record. In order for your child to be available for learning, and to control communicable diseases in school, it is important to keep your child home for the following reasons:

  • Fever above 100.4 degrees – Your child should be fever free, and off of all fever reducing medication for 24 hours before he or she returns to school. Students returning to school before they are well are more susceptible to illness and may expose others. Please do not give your student medication to treat a fever and then send him or her to school.
  • Sore throat or tonsillitis – A minor sore throat is usually not a problem, but a severe sore throat could be a symptom of a more serious illness. Keep your child home from school and contact your health care provider. if your child is diagnosed with Strep Throat, he or she may return to school 24 hours after antibiotic treatment begins.
  • Spots/Rash – Do not send your child to school with a rash until your health care provider has said that it is safe to do so. Children with ringworm, scabies, or impetigo can return to school after 24 hours of appropriate treatment. The affected area should be covered if possible.
  • Bad Cough/Cold Symptoms – Children with bad coughs/colds need to stay home, and possibly see their health care provider. When the cough improves and the child is feeling better they may return to school. It can take well over a week for a bad cough to completely go away.
  • Eye Inflammation or Discharge – If your child’s eye is red with a cloudy or yellow/green drainage; matted eyelids after sleep; eye pain and/or redness, you should keep your child home, and contact your child’s health care provider. If your child is diagnosed with pink eye, he or she may return to school 24 hours after treatment has begun.
  • Vomiting and/or Diarrhea – your child should stay home until the illness is over, and for 24 hours after the last episode (without medication).
  • Ear Pain – Consult with your health care provider. Untreated ear infections can cause problems with hearing loss.
  • Head Lice – Student must be treated with a special preparation for killing head lice (available over-the-counter).
  • Acute Pain – Students that have pain that requires narcotic medication for relief should not attend school.

Lastly, the NYC Parent Surveys will be distributed at Parent-Teacher Conferences this year.  This survey gives the school feedback on what we are doing well and what we still need to make even better.  We need to hear from you.  Each class that receives 100% survey completion will receive an ICE CREAM PARTY!  We encourage all parents to complete these surveys and return them to your child’s teacher as soon as you can.


Warmest Regards,


Veronica DePaolo



Please review the upcoming calendar of events scheduled for the month of March/April.


Event Date Location
Report Cards Distributed


Thursday, March 9, 2017
Student-Led Conferences Thursday, March 9, 2017

Half-Day – Dismissal 11:20 AM


PTA Meeting Monday, March 20, 2017 School Auditorium 5:30 PM


Student of the Month Ceremony Monday, March 20, 2017 School Auditorium 6:00 PM


New York State ELA Exam Grades 3-5


Tuesday, March 28th – Thursday, March 30th
Spring Recess April 10, 2017 – April 18, 2017


School Closed
NYC Parent Surveys Due


Friday, March 31, 2017
New York State Math Exam Grades 3-5 Tuesday, May 2nd – Thursday, May 4th







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