December News

Happy Holidays Lynnwood Families,

As we move through December and towards the Holiday Break I often think how lucky I am to do what I do every day. There is no more joyful place than an elementary school in December. This month I have been able to hear students sing and play music in our holiday concert and to practice for our Holiday Sing- A- Long and Pajama day that is coming up on December 22. I have been able to see teachers teaching about the many holidays that are celebrated this time of year and seen Art work displayed that captures the spirit of childhood. If you have not been here there are reindeer, penguins, Gingerbread men and snowflakes everywhere! I have seen beautiful Holiday books displayed in our library that students can not wait to read! Teachers are planning activities that will become part of the students memories for a lifetime. It truly is an amazing time of year to work in an elementary school. However, what really makes me stop and take in the spirit of Lynnwood is the sense of kindness and service I see in our community at this time of year.

In addition to all the joy we know there are people in our communities who need help this time of year. I could not be more proud of the efforts of the Lynnwood community as they continue to step up in service of others. Every single group at Lynnwood has participated in some type of service this year. Our PTA has sponsored a morning of Kindness event in partnership with the Ronald McDonald house. They have also continued their commitment to the Helping Families project providing help to families who need a helping hand during the holiday season. Our Teaching Assistants have led a Holiday Toy Drive for children in our area who have wishes for the Christmas Season. Our Faculty has adopted a family in our community for the Holiday to provide them with help to enjoy the magic of this season. We even have our first graders who are collecting to help our furry friends at the Guilderland Animal Shelter who also could use a Holiday boost! These acts of service and kindness to others is the foundation of the spirit of Lynnwood all year long and I am so excited for our future as these students who have been a part of such a loving community take on the world.

I hope you all will find time to create wonderful memories with your families and loved ones over the Holiday break. I hope you will look for ways to carry on the tradition of kindness in your daily lives and continue to make our world a better, kinder place for everyone. On behalf of the myself, and the entire Lynnwood staff thank you for the gift of your children and the opportunity to be a part of their lives. They bring us great joy all year round but, especially during the Holiday Season. Be well and Happy Holidays!



Upcoming Events:

Tuesday December 19th- BOE meeting 7:30pm

Friday December 22nd- LES Sing -A- Long and Pajama day

Monday December 25th-Monday January 1st 2018- NO SCHOOL

Emergency Closings

If the school district should decide to close early due to the weather we should receive notification by 10:30am. Our high school students will dismiss first at noon, then the students from the middle school will dismiss at 1:00 pm, and lastly the elementary school students will be dismissed at 1:55 pm, which is our regular dismissal time. You will be notified via SNN (School News Notifier) as an email or text on your cell phone.

You’re not an SNN subscriber yet? Here’s the link:

School Closing Information/Early Bird Drop Off

School closings, delayed openings and early dismissals resulting from weather conditions or other emergencies will be announced over TV stations 6, 8, 9, 10, 13, Guilderland’s cable access Channel 16, on the district website, as well as on radio stations WYJB , WRVE and on WGY.

Closings will be announced by 6:30 AM.

Whenever the start of school is delayed an hour or two, students who are transported by parents must also arrive at school later. Our early-drop off program also starts later on delay days.

If we have a 1 hour delay, the front doors will not be opened until 8:30 AM

a 2 hour delay, they will be open at 9:30 AM.

Remember—whenever schools are closed for emergency reasons, all after school and evening activities will be cancelled also.

Review of Sick Rules

  • Fever: temperature of 100 F or higher. Must be Fever free and not using fever reducing medication for a full 24 hours before returning to school community.
  • Vomiting: may Not return to school for 24 hours following last vomiting episode.
  • Lice: may Not return until they have been treated and no live lice are present.
  • Diarrhea: more than one watery stool in a 24 hour period, especially if child acts or looks ill.
  • Chronic cough and or runny nose: continual coughing and greenish nasal discharge. Conditions may be contagious and may require treatment from your health care provider.
  • Sore Throat: especially with fever OR swollen glands in the neck.
  • Rash: body rash especially with fever or itching
  • Ear infection with fever. Without fever can attend school but the child may need medical treatment and followup as untreated ear infections can cause permanent hearing loss.
  • Eye infection: Pink Eye or thick mucus or pus draining from eye.
  • Unusual appearance, behavior: abnormally tired, pale, lack of appetite, difficult to wake, confused or irritable. This is sufficient reason to exclude a child from school.
  • Strep: = fever, sore throat,swollen lymph nodes, enlarged tonsils, headache and or stomach ache
  • Coxsackie virus: = symptoms fever, sores in mouth rash on hands and feet, feeling unwell, loss of appetite.

Always call to notify school of your child's absence, be it due to illness or appointments.

Leave voicemail with nurse's office 518-355-7930 xt 3106

For all absences send a note,including planned absences or family travel.

PS: it's Flu season, get the FLU shot!

Thank You!

Laura Rutkowski, R.N.

Young Artist of the Month at LES!

Going forward this year I will be choosing a Young Artist of the Month at LES! December’s Young Artist of the Month is Vera Gorospe of Mrs. Janssen’s fourth grade class!

Vera is always developing her craft through sketches she works on at home and school. She cares for the tools, materials, and space in the art room and is a willing participant in discussions about artists and art-making. Vera embraces problems and perseveres by creating preliminary sketches and revising her work. Her last project conveyed ideas, feelings and personal meaning through mixed media!

Keep up the great work Vera!

Ms. Kovacik


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Newsletter December 2017.pdf
Lynnwood newsletter vol 3 - December 2017.pdf