August 28, 2015
Dear Grundy Avenue Parents, Students, and Staff,
I am writing to introduce myself as the new principal at Grundy Avenue School. My name is James Foy. I was previously an administrator in the East Williston School District. Prior to becoming an administrator, I was a teacher in the Half Hollow Hills Central School District. During my entire career, I have focused on bringing out the best in each student. Our children are the most important things in our lives. I believe that school should be a place where students feel comfortable to be themselves, take risks, and enjoy learning. It is a place where parents entrust others with the people they love most in their lives and a place where teachers and staff are dedicated to making learning fun and helping students to achieve their best.
Although I have only been here for a few days, I have already seen the commitment and adoration that parents, teachers, and staff put into making this a special place for the students. I am looking forward to joining all of your efforts of enriching the school for the students. I would like to invite you to join me for a cup of coffee in the Grundy Avenue Cafetorium at 5:00 pm on September 9, 2015. This will be a nice chance to meet each of you prior to the beginning of Curriculum Night where you will get to meet your child’s teacher and see their classroom.
Prior to our informal meeting on September 9th, I would like to share a little more about myself on a personal level, so that we can all better establish partnerships that will ultimately promote student success. Below, you and your children can read the “Top Ten Things to Know about Mr. Foy.” I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. I am looking forward to a happy and successful school year. Please never hesitate to contact me with anything that may help you or your children.
“Top Ten Things to Know about Mr. Foy”
10. New York Jets: From August until January, unfortunately not February, I settle down with family and friends to watch the Jets play football. I have been to many games and have seen a lot of victories and losses. I just can't wait to see the Lombardi trophy in the hands of a Jet! I also played football from the age of six until I graduated from high School. I played Rugby for a year in college but found my true love for the game when I got to coach a youth football team for three years. We even went undefeated one year winning the Superbowl. Way to go guys!
9. Games, Games, Games: Some of my favorites are Chess, Monopoly, Sorry, HeadBandz and May I?. My wife and I often invite our friends and family over for "Game Night," and we have so much fun. On a side note, Mrs. Foy wins all the time.
8. New York Yankees: Baseball has always been a favorite sport of mine, second only to football. When I was younger, I played catcher and loved to watch Gary Carter. Now I know what you are saying, "Gary Carter was a Met!" I also had an uncle that would talk baseball with me all the time. The conversations would always revolve around the Yankees. So before I knew it Gary retired and the Yankees were still around.
7. Vacations: Traveling is so much fun. You can see different cultures and experience things that you would never at home. I have been to Ireland, England, Holland, the Caribbean, and all up and down the East Coast. One place that I hope to travel to is Africa. I've always wanted to take a Jeep safari through the plains to see what life is like there.
6. Working on my home: Renovating a bedroom, painting, gardening, or carpentry can lead to an extreme amount of satisfaction. Granted it takes a lot of time, patience, and frustration but the end-result is worth its weight in gold. My house is always a work-in-progress.
5. Reading: I love to read! My favorite book of all time is, Where the Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls. When I was in fifth grade my teacher, Mr. Reilly, read this to me. Since then, I have probably read it about eight more times. My true passion in literature is in fantasy. Harry Potter, Eragon, and Maximum Ride are all favorites. I also listen to books on tape. What a cool way to “read” a book!
4. My iPhone, iPad, and Laptop: Technology has come so far that I can access my email from anywhere and all my information can be all in one place. I love to listen to music and I have my whole music collection in my pocket. As an educator, I embrace new technology. We are preparing students for a future where technology will continue to enhance our lives.
3. Exercising: I love going to the gym or just getting some fresh air with a nice run or bike ride down to the beach. I enjoy finding all new and exciting places to explore. Some of my favorite exercising involves playing sports with my friends.
2. Working with children: Have you ever met a child that couldn't make you smile? Children are the most honest and innocent people around. I am privileged that I get to go to a job that centers upon children. Granted, there is never a dull moment, but when you’re really just a big child yourself you tend to fit right in.
1. My Family: The most important thing in my life is my family. I come from a family of five. We are all very close and I get to see them all the time. In July 2008, I got married. We have a son named James. We love to go on outings together. My son loves animals and amusement parks. This summer he found his new love…Water Parks!