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Principal Andrea Williams

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April 2018

Dear Primary School Friends & Families,

Spring is here! April showers, hopefully not snow, will bring May flowers. The children have grown so much this year. As I continue to interact and get to know them, it is evident that our teachers and staff do their very best each day to make the children’s educational experience, the best one!

Coming up:

April 9th – May 18th NYSESLAT Speaking testing
April 11th – 12th Grade 3 ELA State Testing
April 16th – 19th Incoming Kindergarten Screening
April 17th – 19th Grade 1 Field trip: Fireman’s Museum
April 24th – 26th Grade K, 1, 2 Art in the Library
April 30th Grade 3 Field Trip to Palace Theatre
May 1st – 2nd Grade 3 Math State Testing

We will be offering our “Invitations” summer program for qualifying students again this year. The dates are July 9th through August 2nd. Monday thru Thursday. This 20 day academic program is designed to provide Language Arts and reading support to students in grades K-3 who may benefit from additional instruction in these areas as they enter the 2018-19 school year. We will be providing more information in the coming months.

The Primary School has a goal this year to achieve 100 followers on Twitter! Twitter is a great way to stay up-to-date and connected to the happenings at our school. Please follow us: @ICCPSPrincipal.

Happy Spring Reading,
Andrea Williams
Primary School Principal


March 2018

Dear Primary School Friends & Families,

Well it almost feels like spring although there is still snow on the ground, we are all looking forward to some warm weather. The children are all deep into their learning and our teachers are continuing to work hard. As I visit classrooms throughout the day, I am always excited to see the many little “lightbulbs” going off as children are just beginning to read, learn how to add and subtract and even their multiplication tables. Ichabod Crane Primary school is truly an amazing place and the children we serve make it all that much better.

A friendly reminder of upcoming dates when school will not be in session:
March 16th No school for students/ Staff Conference Day
March 21st Incoming Kindergarten Parent Info Night 6 PM to 7 PM
March 28th incoming Kindergarten Screening All day
March 30th – April 8th Spring Break

We here at the primary school want to make sure all our families feel welcome and encourage you to volunteer. Please reach out to your child’s teacher to see if your assistance is needed. We are always looking for substitute teachers to assist throughout the year. If you are interested in subbing in our school, please download and submit an application from our school website here.

The Primary School has a goal this year to achieve 100 followers on Twitter! Twitter is a great way to stay up-to-date and connected to the happenings at our school. Please follow us: @ICCPSPrincipal. DIrect link: https://twitter.com/ICCPSPrincipal

Happy Spring Reading,

Andrea Williams
Primary School Principal


February 2018

Dear Primary School Friends & Families,
Happy mid-winter month! It continues to be an amazing school year at the Primary school. The children are continuing to model our Character Traits! This month we are recognizing students who demonstrate “honesty”. Please continue to talk with your child about honesty and the importance of being honest to themselves and others.

Many of us, along with our children, have been experiencing the flu this season. Please be on the look-out for an informative letter from our nurse, Faith Kubow. We want to be sure and try to limit the germs in the school so all our students and staff are healthy and able to teach and learn.

This month we will have our annual, “Read for Ronald McDonald” kick off. Packets will be going home with all our students. The event runs from February 12th through March 12th. Students will be encouraged to read as many books as they can. Please return all envelopes, completely filled out and enclose the donations as well. The event was planned in the hopes that our students will do plenty of reading during winter break.

When we return from winter break, there will be a new drop-off procedure for our families who drop students off in the morning. Parents will be dropping students off in the State Farm parking lot entrance. More information will be forthcoming.

A friendly reminder of upcoming dates when school will not be in session:
Monday, February 19th President’s Day
Tuesday – Friday, February 20th through the 23rd Winter Break

The staff and students have some exciting events to come in February. Kindergarten and First Grade will have a Dental visit on February 7th. The 100th day of school, (with no snow days), will be on February 12th. “The Polka Dots” by the Palace Theatre will be performing for our Kindergarten through Third grade students this month as well.

The Primary School has a goal this year to achieve 100 followers on Twitter! Twitter is a great way to stay up-to-date and connected to the happenings at our school. Please follow us: @ICCPSPrincipal.

Happy Winter Reading,

Andrea Williams
Primary School Principal


January 2018

Dear Primary School Friends & Families,
Happy New Year!! I can’t believe it is already 2018. We are looking forward to a successful year of teaching and learning. Our top priority is to educate our children on the foundational skills that are needed for success. Please continue to encourage your child to read each night and talk about what they are reading.

Along with academics, we take much pride in teaching our children how to be “good people.” Each month we recognize a different “Character Trait” by announcing those students who have displayed a positive attitude regarding that trait. This month it is “respect.” Please talk with your child about what it means to be respectful and, specifically, provide examples of respect.

Kindergarten registration and screening for all students entering Kindergarten in September 2018 will be beginning soon. In order for your child to enter Kindergarten in September, he or she must be 5 years of age on or before December 1, 2018. Parents of eligible students will receive a letter from the Primary School about the registration process. If you have an eligible child and do not receive a letter by February 15th, please contact the Primary School.

A friendly reminder of upcoming dates when school will not be in session:
Monday, January 15th Martin Luther King, Jr.
Monday, February 19th President’s Day
Tuesday – Friday, February 20th through the 23rd Winter Break

The Primary School has a goal this year to achieve 100 followers on Twitter! Twitter is a great way to stay up-to-date and connected to the happenings at our school. Please follow us: @ICCPSPrincipal.

Happy Winter Reading,

Andrea Williams
Primary School Principal


December 2017

Dear Primary School Friends & Families,

I hope everyone had a wonderful and “yummy” Thanksgiving! Over the holiday break I thought about how thankful I am for having the opportunity to spend each of my days with your children. As the leader of the building, I want to be sure and comfort our community in knowing that we are here to “serve our children.” They are the number one priority and we will always treat them respectfully and demonstrate by modeling for them the importance of kindness, while focusing on their education.

December is set to be a busy month! At the Primary school, one of our goals is to continue to strengthen the relationship between the community and our staff. The building is meant to be a place that families feel welcome, and free to collaborate with us. Here are some important dates for the upcoming month:
12/9 PTA Breakfast with Santa (more info to come from PTA)
12/12 Festival of Trees 4 PM to 7PM (Weather Date: 12/13)
12/25 – 1/1 Winter Break

Our 6th Annual Primary School Generosity Tree is on its way. Students and parents are able to pick either “angels” for gifts or “gingerbread boys” for food items that will all help our local families enjoy a merrier holiday. We ask that the gifts be wrapped, the angel attached and returned to school no later than Friday, Dec 15. The food items should not be wrapped, the gingerbread boy attached and returned to school no later than Friday, Dec. 15th. Thank you for your ongoing support of this program and your continued generosity. This is a wonderful opportunity to model for the children the meaning of the holiday season.

Thank you to all parents who attended last month’s Parent-Teacher conferences. We had an impressive turn out, which shows us that together, our children’s education is the number one goal. In collaboration with many stakeholders, the district has generated our “Rider Goals 2021.” The goals have various components, but one underlining theme…the academic success of our students. We here at the Primary school acknowledge that we are the stepping stones towards success for all. As pieces of the building blocks, toward High School graduation, our role is to instill a love of learning, while providing the foundation for future exploration and higher level thinking.

Happy Winter Reading,

Andrea Williams
Primary School Principal


November 2017

Dear Primary School Friends & Families,

Fall is finally here! We are in the swing of things, as the teachers and students are working hard each day. I have had the opportunity to visit each classroom and I am truly impressed with the educational experiences our children take part in daily. Please continue to encourage your child to read each night. It is imperative that they are given the opportunity to take adventures through the pages of a book.

We had a busy October, and thankfully, November is just as busy. We value the relationship between home and school, and so there are many wonderful things planned for this month.

Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for November 9th and the 16th. The conferences are scheduled by appointment. Please be sure and check with your child’s teacher to confirm your day and time. Some important reminders for your conference include arriving on time, no children should accompany you unless requested by the teacher. If you cannot attend, please notify your child’s teacher. It would be helpful for you to prepare some questions in advance so you can get the most out of your scheduled time.

As a reminder for your calendar, our conference days will be early dismissal days. On Nov. 9th and the 16th, pick up is 11:15 AM and bus dismissal is 11:30 AM. The building will be closed on November 10th in honor of Veteran’s Day. Thanksgiving recess will be Wednesday, Nov. 22nd to Friday, Nov. 24th.

The weather is getting cooler so please be mindful and dress your child accordingly. We value the importance of having the children play outside and release energy so appropriate clothing is needed.

I am happy to report that my goal of ensuring that every child in the Primary school has a wonderful, safe and enriched learning environment is moving along nicely. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions and/or concerns. I can be contacted in the Primary school at (518) 758-7575 ext. 6002.
Happy Fall Reading,

Andrea Williams
Primary School Principal


October 2017

Dear Primary School Friends & Families,

We are so excited that the first month of school was a success!! As the new principal, I am truly grateful for the amount of parental involvement that we have at the Primary School. The teachers, teaching assistants, office staff, custodians and support staff all have one goal, educating and nurturing our students. As I walk through the building, I am seeing happy, engaged and focused children. All the ingredients that make an effective school. Thank you to all the parents who I have met, numerous times. The events, such as; Popsicles with the Principal, Back to School Picnic, and Open House were all well attended.

I cannot believe October is already here! We have a very busy month coming up, with many activities for you to join and experience with your child. On Tuesday, October 3rd, we will host our first Rachel’s Challenge Assembly for parents to attend. This event will take place at 6 pm, in the HS Auditorium. In support of Fire Prevention Week, we have special visitors planned from our local fire department to teach the children about safety and fire prevention. This will take place on Tuesday, October 3rd. Also, our first Picture Day will be on Thursday, October 19th. Make sure and encourage your child to “smile for the camera.” Friday, October 20th is a full professional development day for our staff, there is no school for the children. Finally, on Tuesday, October 31st we will celebrate our Harvest Day and children will be released from school at 11:30 AM, pick up time is 11:15 AM.

One of the wonderful things about the Primary school is our active PTA. This team works hard to help make your child’s educational experience a positive one. The next PTA meeting is Wednesday, October 11th at 6:30 AM in the MS LGI room. This year, the PTA is sponsoring the annual PTA Harvest Party, along with the first “Trunk and Treat” event. Both of which will take place on Friday, October 27th at the Primary School. The PTA will also begin the Book Cart on Tuesday, September 26th. This allows the children to purchase inexpensive and slightly used books. Reading and being exposed to books is the best way to encourage your child to love to read. Having many books available to your child will give them the opportunity to have an adventure as they get lost in a good book.

I am proud to be the principal for your child and won’t hesitate to say that to anyone who asks! You may have already received an order form for our “Little Riders” shirts. You can take this opportunity to show your school spirit and pride by ordering a shirt. All orders are due to the Primary school office by October 6th.
It is my goal to ensure that every child in the Primary school has a wonderful, safe and enriched learning environment! Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions and/or concerns. I can be contacted in the Primary school at (518) 758-7575 ext. 6004.

Happy Fall Reading,

Andrea Williams
Primary School Principal