Happy November Lynnwood Families,
As November begins many of us think about all of the things we have to be grateful for in our lives. One of the things I am grateful for is the chance to be with the Lynnwood students each day as they learn and grow. At times the process is beautiful and exciting but, I can assure you none of them go through the process without a few challenges along the way. Some of the challenges students face are learning to be a student, solving problems and how to effectively deal with relationships. At Lynnwood we hear people talk about the “Whole Child.” In case you wonder what that really means, it means that at the Elementary School level we are not just teaching students reading, math, science, social studies, technology, etc. but, we are also teaching life long social and emotional skills that will serve them well as they grow. As with any new skill students are not perfect at it all the time and need lots of opportunities to make mistakes and fix them. They also need practice doing it over and over until they master it. Additionally, just like with academics they need experts working alongside them to guide them as they take on more challenging and complex skills.
Some of you may have heard me say, “The elementary school classroom is like a laboratory for social justice.” Just like in a science lab students make decisions about things they should try and then see if it works. At times, they make mistakes and learn they need to try something else. For example, “I want John to like me so if I say something mean about Joe he might be my friend.” Students may try this and find this is not an effective way to build friendships. There may be a consequence such as, “Now John and Joe both don’t want to be my friend.” These things happen daily in Elementary School and the teachers and staff work to help students problem solve these issues using healthy strategies that we hope they will apply to other areas. Although at times consequences must be assigned, more often than not student misbehavior provides an opportunity for us to teach important social and emotional skills in ways that are far more powerful than a short term consequence. Our staff works hard to understand WHY the behavior is occurring so we can address it in a meaningful way. I believe all of our students are doing the best they can do at that moment. If they are falling short of expectations it is our job to give them the “tools in their tool box” they need to meet the expectations.
In summary, although at times it may appear “the school is doing nothing” in reality a great deal of work is happening behind the scenes to help students learn to regulate and monitor their behavior. We have a talented staff here at Lynnwood who work hard to prepare students for an ever changing world. Our students are being faced with unprecedented challenges and our goal is to raise happy, healthy and engaged students who are prepared to take on these challenges as they leave Lynnwood. This year a group of Lynnwood teachers have formed a year long learning community so they can dig deeply into our work so we have a solid understanding of current effective practices for supporting student behavior. As a parent of three children I know these moments can be stressful and challenging but, at Lynnwood we want to be your partner through it all. Please know your child is cared about and loved here at Lynnwood. I hope you will agree that is something to be thankful for this month.
Tuesday November 14th 2017 @ 7 pm
Lynnwood will be presenting in front of the Board of Education on Instructional Coaching and Student Achievement.
We hope that you can attend or tune into the BOE Meeting on
Spectrum TV-Educational Channel 16
We are sorry to have to share the sad news that Miss Siggy, the first facility dog in the school district, passed away on November 3rd. She was three months shy of 14 years old. She and Catherine Ricchetti (our Social Worker) had been featured in many news stories regarding the positive impact Miss Siggy had made on our students and school community over the past 12 years. Miss Siggy worked at Pine Bush, Guilderland, and Lynnwood Elementary Schools. She will be dearly missed.
Cold Weather Gear
The weather is getting colder —winter cannot be far away!
Make sure that you dress your child appropriately each day and keep in mind that our teachers try to take their students outside for recess on dry days. Hats, gloves and warm jackets are appreciated.
Parents and Visitors at School
We at Lynnwood appreciate the support you give us and your interest and involvement in your child’s education. In order to make the most of instructional time during the school day, we ask for your continued cooperation in following our procedure for visitors to our school.
*If there is a classroom activity that you are invited to, you need to be checked in at the Office transaction window, (GOVERNMENT ID REQUIRED) put on your visitor’s sticker and proceed to the classroom activity. Please check out at the window on your way out.
*If you need to see your child, come to the transaction window and we can call your child to come up to meet you. If you need to drop off something to your child, you can leave it with the secretaries and they will arrange for your child to pick it up.
Our goal is to avoid as many interruptions to classroom instruction as possible.
*If you need to speak with your child’s teacher, please arrange this in advance by setting up a conference or a time to talk with the teacher on the phone. Between the school hours of 8-2, teachers are not typically available for meeting with parents.
*If something unplanned occurs that necessitates that you urgently communicate with your child’s teacher, please notify the Main Office secretaries and they will check on the teacher’s availability.
*If you have any questions on these procedures, please contact Mrs. Rizzo.
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.
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: https://snn.neric.org/guilderland/
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 www.guilderlandschools.org, 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.
Whenever your child will be absent from school—we ask that you phone us in the morning to report this. When calling, please give us a brief description of his/her symptoms—especially if they are flu-like symptoms. We are now required to keep track of this information. Call our Health Office at 518-355-7930, (ext. 3106) for all absences. Please send in an excuse note when your child returns to school.
Thank you for your cooperation
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.
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.
Picture Re-take Day
If your child was absent from school on our first Picture Day—or if you don’t like the way your child’s pictures turned out—he/she can have their picture taken on Friday, December 8th, 2017 from 8:30 am-9:30 am.
Return the unwanted photo packet to school.
The Math Zone
By Mr. Mell, Lynnwood Math Specialist
Looking for some fun online math games? Need a little help with math homework? Want an easy way to launch Reflex, IXL or ThinkCentral? If so, then try the Math Zone!
The Math Zone is a K-8 web site created and maintained by the Guilderland Math Specialists. The site includes many fun math games that offer practice and help support concepts learned in class. There is also a Homework Helper page that includes fun and short tutorials for many of the skills students encounter on their homework. Lastly, the parent section is a great place to learn about our math curriculum and how to support your child at home.
The Math Zone can be accessed on Lynnwood’s web page under the Teacher Pages link. You can also bookmark and access the site directly by using the following web address: http://mathzone.guilderlandschools.net. Enjoy!