Elementary School Newsletter

From the Principal’s Desk

Dear Parents and Caretakers,

I’d like to welcome everyone back for what will be a great 2020-2021 school year! It was wonderful to see so many students excited to be back at school with their teachers and friends.

Unfortunately, due to the required social distancing mandates, we’re unable
to meet the mandated NY Physical Education (PE) requirements. Your child will meet their PE teacher over the next week. A weekly calendar will be sent home in which your child will be expected to complete the daily PE activity. They will be held accountable with a pass or fail for the course.

Student Forms

Take some time to read and fill out the informational papers that were sent home with your child and return them to school as soon as possible. These are extremely important in the event of an emergency.


Please be outside at the bus stop 10 minutes prior to the time sent to you in your original beginning of the year letter.

It is important that your child get on the bus letter that he/she was assigned. This will help Birnie Bus stay on schedule and keep our cohorts safely together.

Any permanent bus changes must be in writing and may take up to a week to go into effect. You will be notified when the change has been finalized.

Arrival and Dismissal

Morning Arrival

K-2 students can be dropped off starting at 7:30 AM. They will be held in the vestibule/lobby until 7:40 AM, at which time they will be released to go to their classroom.

3-5 students can be dropped off starting at 7:45 AM. They will be held in the vestibule/lobby until 8:00 AM, at which time they will be released to go to their classroom.

If you have students in both start times they can ALL be dropped off at the early time. Those 3-5 students will walk to their classroom and sit outside the door until 8:00 AM.

Afternoon Pickup

K-2 student dismissal is from 12:35-12:50 PM.
3-5 dismissal is from 1:00-1:10 PM.

If you have children in both dismissal times, you will have to loop back in the parking lot and wait until the grade 3-5 students dismiss at 1:00 PM.

Just a few reminders to help arrival and dismissal to go smoothly:

  • Have your child enter/exit the car on the passenger side.
  • I would encourage you to not get out of your car. Practice having your child enter/exit the vehicle independently.


Any K-2 student is considered late after 7:55 AM. Any 3-5 student is considered late after 8:15 AM. You should escort your child into the building and sign them in.

Parent Meet & Greet

In lieu of Open House this year, we
have scheduled Parent Meet & Greet nights. Your child should have brought an invitation home. If you did not receive one, please contact your child’s teacher. This night has been designed to allow you to meet your child’s teacher, see the classroom, hear an overview of your child’s day, and learn how to access your child’s device in the event we need to go remote.

  • Attendance is limited to 1 parent
    per household (unless the child has 2 households).
  • Arrive 5 minutes before your scheduled time. The teacher will meet you at your designated parking lot.
  • No students will be allowed.
  • Masks are required.
  • Parents will sit at their child’s desk and use their child’s device.


The 2019-2020 Yearbooks have arrived. If you had previously purchased one, it was delivered to your child last week. We have extras for sale in the office for $10.

As always, if you have any specific questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or the main office.

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