Dear Lynnwood Families,
In the past few months many of my conversations with staff, students and families have been around the area of safety and security. It is without question that the recent events in Parkland, Florida have had a tremendous impact on school communities across our country. As a school community we are faced with looking at how to balance an open and welcoming school community, while ensuring we are maintaining the safest school environment possible. The time has come for us to look at our policies and procedures and reflect upon if our current procedures are meeting the needs of our students and community. We as a school community have begun to collaborate with each other to talk about this important issue. It is my belief that we have tremendous power when we come together as a community to face challenges such as these.
We are beginning with our Building Cabinet which is made up of teachers, parents, teaching assistants and the principal. The members of building cabinet are reviewing the district visitor policy and comparing it with the procedures that are listed in the Lynnwood Handbook. We are also reflecting on the daily operations of the school building. Cabinet Members are seeking further input from each stakeholder group to bring back to our cabinet for discussion. A discussion about this was held at the most recent PTA meeting as well to gather feedback from our parents. The Building Cabinet members will engage in a conversation about this topic based on stakeholder feedback at our March meeting. The goal will be to make recommendations for updating our Handbook in relation to our visitor policy and procedures for school wide events.
In addition to the work being done by our Building Cabinet, our Building Crisis Team is working with our Safety and Security experts to reflect on our work and evaluate our responses as well as our efforts to be proactive in this area. The Building Crisis team will also participate in additional training with our School Safety Officer, Mr Tim Murphy. As
you know from our recent events that required a relocation to the High School, we have an extraordinary crisis team who are committed to keeping our school safe and secure. I could not be more proud of how the team and the rest of the staff responded to this event. The care with which our students were handled during this event was beyond my expectations. I am confident that our students are cared for by the highest quality professionals.
Thank you for trusting us with your children. We know they are priceless treasures and we are committed to do all we can to keep them safe and secure while they are in our care. I can assure you , as Principal, the weight of this responsibility is not lost on me and it remains a top priority for my staff and I.
Wednesday, March 7
LES PTA Mtg., 8:30 a.m.
Thursday, March 8
LES, WES Bus Evacuation Drill, 9 a.m.
Friday, March 9
LES PTA Family Movie Night, 6 p.m.
Friday, March 16
LES Share & Celebrate, 1:15 p.m.
Wednesday, March 21
No School-Superintendent's Conference Day
Friday, March 23
LES PTA Bingo Night-6:30pm
Monday, March 26
LES Spring Concert, 7 p.m.
Friday, March 30
No School-Good Friday
REMINDER TO PARENTS,
If your child is sick and must be home from school or has another reason to be absent,
you are responsible to notify the school. Make sure to call or email the nurse or main office with the date and reason.
Kindergarten, Second, Fourth and Fifth grade students be sure to have your physicals and send a copy to the health office. The grades for this are changed for next school year and become K, 1,3 and 5. If your student is in those grades next year, please be sure to send a copy of that physical to the health office, once completed.
As spring approaches, please keep in mind that it's messy, and a change of pants kept in the locker may be helpful for those playground mishaps with mud. Also Tick season is coming and we need to be regularly checking students for ticks. On April 10th at 7pm at the Guilderland Town Hall there will be a presentation on Tick-Borne Diseases.
Young Artist of the Month at Lynnwood Elementary School
Skyler Rothenay of Mr. Freeman’s 5th grade class has been chosen as Lynnwood Elementary School’s Young Artist of the Month for March!
Skyler always strives to do his best work in art class! He creates many sketches outside of his class time and often uses his free time to practice his drawing skills. Skyler considers techniques that will make his work really come alive! Keep up the great work Skylar!
-Ms. Kovacik, LES Art