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Principal Andrea Williams

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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