Happy October Lynnwood Families,
It is so exciting to have all of our students back and to see Lynnwood come alive with the busy sounds of our students being back in the building. I hope everyone enjoyed all of the Open House presentations and that you are as excited as we are about the coming year. We started the year with exciting news about how our students are doing in Math and ELA! We will have a team presenting to the BOE on November 14, 2017 about how we are working to ensure our students are learning and growing in a joyful and supported environment. I hope you will join us or tune into our BOE meeting that evening. The Lynnwood community is so fortunate to have such talented and innovative staff teaching their children. I cannot thank our staff, past and present, enough for their tireless dedication to our students.
Although academic success is an important part of our work we also strive to balance that with opportunities engage our community and celebrate the simple joys of childhood. We have continued long standing traditions such as Apple Fun Run and Share and Celebrate to ensure we are continuing to provide joyful school experiences. October will bring more opportunities to do so with our Longhouse Week and October Share and Celebrate. I encourage all of you to also look at the PTA newsletter for other opportunities to enjoy the school community at events like our Monster Mash Halloween Celebration.
Finally, last year, our building cabinet worked to revise our student handbook. The handbook is in its final stage of editing and will be placed on the website in the near future. You may wish to note some changes including guidelines for student use of personal electronic devices such as cell phones, etc. Building Cabinet also worked to ensure we are following the District’s Health and Wellness policy. Please be sure to consult with your child’s teacher about how guidelines for promoting health and wellness at school, including snacks and celebrations are being implemented in the classroom. We appreciate your support in helping us to promote a healthy lifestyle as part of our mission to educate the whole child. We know our students do well when they have opportunities to eat well, exercise and get plenty of sleep. Predictable evening routines really do have an impact on students here at school.
Thank you for sharing your children with us, we are honored to be able to work with them each day. I hope your Fall is filled with wonderful family memories that will last forever.
School News Notifier
GCSD is pleased to offer you “School News Notifier” (SNN), an electronic notification system designed to help keep parents and the community in touch with what is happening at Lynnwood and the Guilderland School District. Receive information about upcoming events, emergency closings, delays and more right in your email inbox!
How do you sign up?
Simply visit the district website at www.guilderlandschools.org, click on the “School News Notifier” icon and follow the on screen instructions to create a user profile today!
Our school day begins at 7:50 am and ends at 2:05 pm. Any student arriving to school at 8:00 a.m. or later will be considered tardy.
LAST MINUTE TRANSPORTATION CHANGES
We kindly ask your cooperation in giving us a WRITTEN NOTE when your child is taking an alternate bus route home at dismissal. Last minute phone calls to change your child’s after school drop off location are an opportunity for mis-communication.
Important Information for Parents
If your child is home sick from school and you would like to request his/her homework for the day, please try to call school before 11:00 am.
Pick up homework after dismissal time in the Main Office.
Late for School
If your child will be arriving to school after 8:00 a.m., make sure they stop at the Office Vestibule Window to get signed in and receive a “late pass” to take to their teacher. Remind them to drop off bus notes, etc. with the Secretary before going down to class.
Early Bird Drop Off
This is a free service provided by the District. It runs from 7:30 am until 7:45 am. No sign-up is needed—it can be used on an as-needed basis. Please do not drop your child off any earlier than 7:30 am.
1 and 2 hour weather delays also pertain to early drop off. Stay informed
Student Breakfast/Lunch Prices for the
2017-2018 School Year
Breakfast: $1.95—Lunch $2.80—Milk—60 cents
Go to WWW.SCHOOLCAFE.COM
View your student's cafeteria account balance and purchases
Make secure online payments anytime, anywhere
Set up hassle-free automatic payments for each student
Receive low balance e-mail messages
Parking at Lynnwood Elementary
We kindly ask everyone to use the parking lot whenever visiting the school. Parking along the front curb is strictly prohibited. This is a fire lane and MUST remain open for emergency vehicles. If your car is parked in the fire lane—even for a very brief visit—you will be asked to move your vehicle. Also, parking in the “Drop Off” lane is prohibited as well. Please use our parking lot.
Is My Child Too Sick For School?
Guilderland Central School District works with Albany County Department of Public Health to help protect children from spreading communicable diseases. Keeping children home when they are too sick for school protects other students and staff from potential illness.
If your child is not feeling well in the morning before school, please check their temperature with a thermometer (prior to giving any medication). Any student with a temperature of 100 F (or 37.7 C) must remain home. Please notify the nurse’s office by phone each day your child will be absent from school. (355-7930, ext. 3106)
Symptoms that child is too sick for school:
If your child has any of the following symptoms, please keep him/her home. It will be necessary to pick your student up from school if he/she shows any of the following symptoms at school:
• Fever: temperature of 100 F (or 37.7C) or higher. Child must be fever-free and not using fever reducing medication (Tylenol, Motrin, Advil) for a full 24 hours before re-turning to school.
• Vomiting: child may not return to school for 24 hours following the last episode of vomiting.
• Lice: Children may not return to school until they have been treated and no live lice are present.
• Diarrhea: more than one watery stool in a 24-hour period, especially if the child acts or looks ill.
• Chronic cough and/or runny nose: continual coughing and greenish nose dis-charge. These 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 follow-up. Untreated ear infections can cause permanent hearing loss.
• Eye infection: Eye infection: pink eye (conjunctivitis) 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.
Greetings from the Health office!
*Fall is upon us and ticks can be quite active this time of year. Remember to check your
child after being outside. Other recommendations can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/lyme/prev/
*Cold and flu season are on the horizon, flu vaccines are available at local pharmacies and your primary providers are starting to get them in. Protect your student! Get the Flu shot.
*As your children get their physicals, make sure to send a copy in to the health office especially for students new to Lynnwood, Kindergarten, 2nd and 4th grades.
Learning is messy business! Be sure to supply a second set of clothes in your child’s cubby/locker—as the
Nurse’s “loan closet” is depleted. This will save you a trip to school if your child gets dirty. The soiled
clothes will be sent home in a plastic bag for you to launder.
will be sent home in a bag for you to launder.
By Mr. Mell, Lynnwood Math Specialist
How do we instill a love for math in our children? Here are a few tips. First, make math meaningful or “real” by pointing it out in the world around us. At Lynnwood, we call these connections Math Moments. Show your child how you use a checkbook, count change at store, read a recipe, measure a board or even count the goals at a soccer game. Then, when you are out and about, see if your child can find ways on their own where math is used.
It is also important to not talk negatively about math. It is easy to joke and say things like, “Math was never my thing in school.” Keep in mind though that this can send a message to our children that math is not important. Remember, attitude has everything to do with learning. Let’s keep math talk positive.
Lastly, play! That’s right, play with math. Children learn early that math is work. This doesn’t mean though that it can’t still be fun. Don’t be afraid to bring out those old board games. Many games like Monopoly, Yahtzee and Connect Four are fun ways to both spend time as a family and incorporate math.
Hopefully these few easy ideas will help in getting your children to joyfully say, “I love math!”