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Season' s Greetings! Nurse’s Notes: Volney School News December 2011 If your child gets sick, please keep him/her home from school. From the Principal’s Desk... A child who is sick will not be Happy Holidays! able to perform well in school and is likely to spread the Traditions are always abundant at Holiday time. Everyone has a story to tell about illness to other chil- something that they do each and every year to make it a little more special for their dren and staff. family. We celebrate some traditions here at school as well. We will have our Holiday Please make ar- assembly on Tuesday December 13th. December 23rd will be a busy place here - our rangements for child- Holiday Sing-Along will be in the morning and the Holiday Movie Get-together in the care ahead of time so you will not afternoon. Hopefully we will get a visit from the “jolly man in red” as well! be caught without a place for your child to stay if he/she is ill. Traditions can also be established for other events and times of the year. After all, aren’t traditions the habits that develop over time? Think about how you can establish Our school policy states that you should not send your child to an academic tradition with your child. Could it be watching a favorite movie together school if he/she has: after a great report card, writing stories about school together, or telling each other about the high points of each day at school or work? Maybe it is making a special 1. Fever in the past 24 hours 2. Vomiting in the past 24 hours breakfast the first school day of each month... 3. Diarrhea in the past 24 hours Having a tradition makes something special. Take time to think about how you can 4. Chills / Sore throat 5. Strep Throat (must have been taking make school a more special place for your child. Kids need to understand how im- an antibiotic for at least 24 hours be- portant it is for them to be successful at school and that their success in school will fuel fore returning to school). their success for the rest of their life. We have high expectations for each and every 6. Bad cold, with a very runny nose or child at this school and you should have a high level of expectation for this school, be- bad cough, especially if it has kept the child awake at night. cause together we are trying to create a tradition of excellence for your child. Have a great Holiday Season and enjoy some time with your family! If your child becomes ill at school and the teacher or school nurse Mr. Hendrickson feel the child is too sick to benefit from school or is contagious to other children, you will be called Parent Group News to come and take him/her home from school. It is essential that Holiday Shop The next Parent Group Meeting Volney Parent Group is asking is on December 13th @ 6:00pm. for donations of new winter the school nurse have a phone number where you can be con- Dec. 12th, 13th, 14th and Hope to see you there! hats, mittens, scarves, and gloves to hang on our tree. The- ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ tacted during the day and an 15th! emergency number in the event “ The Giving Tree” se items will benefit our local you cannot be reached. Please We are once again having families in need. You can send/ be sure that arrangements can the Holiday Shop! It starts be made to transport your child bring these into school from Monday Dec. 12th and will Monday November 28th – De- home from school and that child- run thru Thursday Dec. cember 16th! Your generosity is care is available in case of ill- ness. If your daytime or emer- 15th. The hours are 9:00 - a wonderful gift! gency phone number changes noon each day. The Holiday during the year, please notify Shop was started by our par- The Volney Parent Group your child’s teacher and the office ent group to give students a ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ so that the emergency infor- chance to “go shopping” for mation can be updated immedi- presents for family members. ately. Anyone wishing to volunteer As a reminder—please make sure your should contact Mrs. Beecher child has an extra set of clothes “just in @ 598-2472 or the Main Of- Remember to keep sending in case” as they do play outside at recess fice @ 593-5570. and accidents happen. It is also im- your Box Tops and Campbell’s portant that they are dressed appropri- Thank you, In the spirit of giving… Soup Labels—every little bit ately for outside play during winter months: coats, gloves/mittens, hats, The Volney Parent Group It’s that time of year when we put helps! boots, etc. up our annual “Giving” Tree! The Q. What did Frosty the Snowman do when they placed the magic hat on his head? is Coming! Student Spotlight—Pt. 1! SNOW DAYS AND EMERGENCY CLOSINGS: For the fifth year in a row, Mr. William Barclay, member of the Assembly of New York State, has held a Summer During the school year, it may be necessary for the district to Reading Challenge for students statewide. This program cancel or delay school. If school is closed before the normal promotes reading and reward the students for a job well starting time, there will be an announcement on the radio and done, and this year had the highest number of participants various TV stations stating that “Fulton Schools are since the start of the program! Students who participated and completed this challenge were recognized for this Closed.” If school closes once the school day has begun, it accomplishment. We are proud to announce that two stu- will be announced on the radio and television stations as dents from Volney School met this challenge; Mary listed below: Jerred and Gerrit Ossevoort! Mary is a 2nd grade student in Mrs. DeLisle’s classroom. Gerrit is a Kindergarten Radio Stations: student in Mrs. Borgert’s 620 AM 104.7 FM 105.5 FM classroom. All of the partici- Pictured below is Gerrit with Assemblyman Will Barclay. 570 AM 96.7 FM 94.5 FM pants were invited to a sum- 1300 AM 93.1 FM mer reading party at the Maxwell Memorial Library TV Stations: Internet: in Camillus. Congratulations Channel 3 – WSTM www.cnycentral.com Mary and Gerrit! We Channel 5 – WTVH www.cnycentral.com are very Channel 9 – WSYR www.9wsyr.com proud of Channel 10 http://centralny.ynn.com/ you both! Pictured at left is www.oswegocountytoday.com Miss Mary Jerred. Photo courtesy of the NYS Assembly website. Student Spotlight—Pt. 2! Holiday Food Drive Fulton City School District Announces Winners of First Quarter “It’s COOL 2B In School” Drawings As part of the “It’s Cool 2B in School” attendance awareness campaign, nearly 2,000 students in the Fulton City School District, along with their parents and guardians, signed a pledge at the begin- ning of this school year to attend school, be on time and ready to learn. Establishing and maintaining exemplary attendance habits is an area of focus across the school district. Good attend- From L– R: Mrs. FitzGibbons, Mr. Arrigo, and Mr. Shepard. ance habits are recognized as an im- portant part of meeting the district wide Volney Elementary School recently held PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) expectations to be respect- our annual Holiday Food Drive. The food Pictured below is Mr. Hendrickson, Alicia Merritt, ful, responsible and safe students and drive is held to help make the holidays a and Ms. Spencer. members of the community. little brighter for those less fortunate. It Students who signed the attendance pledge and maintained an attendance rate of 90% was a great success again this year. A big or better during the first quarter were eligible to enter a drawing for a $100 Wal-Mart “thank you” to Joe Arrigo and Justin Shep- gift card. One winner was selected from each of the district’s six schools. The winner ard from Catholic Charities for picking up from Volney Elementary School was Alicia Merritt! Congratulations on a job well done, all of the donations, and to Ms. Spencer Alicia! and Mrs. FitzGibbons for all of their hard Students who continue to maintain attendance rates of 90% or better and have signed work in organizing this event. And a spe- the attendance pledge will be eligible to enter additional drawings held throughout the cial “thank you” to all who so generously school year. donated canned goods and non-perishable The Fulton City School District would like to thank Fulton Sunrise Rotary Club, Fulton Noon Rota- items. The holiday season will be a lot ry Club, Fulton Professional Firefighters’ Association, Fulton Savings Bank, Burke’s Home Center, brighter for so many families! Dental Health Solutions of Fulton, Kathy’s Cakes and Specialty Treats and Performance Physical Therapy for their generous donations in support of this campaign. Happy Holidays! A. When Frosty put the magic hat on his head, he came to life and danced. Saluting Our Veterans! This year for Veteran’s Day, Volney School decided to honor the relatives of students and staff with an assembly. Before the actual assembly, Mrs. Kimball coordinated a “meet and greet” in which each of the Veterans shared their experience. We learned that we had Vets from WWII all the way through our current war in the Middle East. To start the event, the Chorus students sang “Proud to Be and American” and said the Pledge of Allegiance loudly and proudly. The purpose of the event was to thank each veteran for their service, and each was presented with a Certificate of Apprecia- tion and a flower from their family member. Thomas Morelli We Are Thankful For... ...good food, good friends, and good times! Recently all of the students in Ms. Hughes' Kindergarten class made their very own Thanksgiving Feast! The students made mashed potatoes, fruit salad, they decorated cookies, and ate tur- key cold cuts. The kindergarteners were all dressed up as Native Pictured in the photos making their Thanksgiving feast are: Jacob Ingersoll, Americans and Pilgrims in cele- Maliki Pope, Keira Scott, Teddy Peder- bration for their feast. They really son, Anna Lund, Paige Ball, Lucas Smith, enjoyed learning all about the Madison Tyler, Brayden Moshier, Tyler Budd, Emma Kerfien, Lauren Bush, Laura First Thanksgiving Dinner. Bartlett and Laura’s mother Mrs. Bartlett who was helping out in the class. December 2011 Calendar of Events December 1st: School Spirit Day / Assembly @ 8:45am December 23rd: Holiday Sing-Along / 9:15am December 1st: Fulton Community Tree Lighting / 5:00-7:00pm December 23rd: Holiday Movie / 1:30pm December 6th: Holiday Concert / 6:30pm / GRB Auditorium December 26th: NO SCHOOL / Recess / Office Closed December 7th: Gertrude Hawk Candy Order Pick-up December 27th: NO SCHOOL for Students / Recess December 13th: Parent Group Mtg. / 6:00pm December 27th: Board of Ed. Mtg. / 7:30pm / BOE December 13th: Board of Ed. Mtg. / 7:30pm / BOE December 28th: NO SCHOOL for Students December 20th: Site-Based Mtg. / 4:00pm / Library December 29th: NO SCHOOL for Students December 20th: Hanukkah (Begins at sundown) December 30th: NO SCHOOL / Recess / Office Closed December 22nd: School Spirit Day / Assembly @ 8:45am January 2nd: NO SCHOOL / Recess / Office Closed Q. How many candy canes are made each year? Monthly Role Model “On-a-Roll” Model Teacher: Student Selected: Teacher: Student Selected: Mrs. Grabowski Grace Olon Mrs. Grabowski Hunter Riebel Ms. Hughes Tyler Budd Ms. Hughes Lucas Smith Mrs. Rowlee / Mrs. Hendrickson Antonita Bond Mrs. Rowlee / Mrs. Hendrickson Geena Abbott Mrs. White Zachary Brown Mrs. White Sydni Perry Mrs. Caltabiano/Mrs. Hendrickson Leah Rowlee Mrs. Caltabiano/Mrs. Hendrickson Ty Hodges Miss Wood Sydni Casler Miss Wood Tylyn Boshart Mrs. Borgert Unavailable Mrs. Borgert Travis Mazzaroppi Mrs. DeLisle Ryan Nichols Mrs. DeLisle Mallorie Smart Mr. Downes / Mrs. Hendrickson Lyndsey Warner Mr. Downes / Mrs. Hendrickson Makayla Ellis Mr. Greer Sarah Wells Mr. Greer Alexis Bardin Mr. Kimpland Samuel Thompson Mr. Kimpland Troy Rook Mrs. Sawyer Ella Henderson Mrs. Sawyer Rylee Teifke Mr. Smith / Miss Caprin Katelyn Gerth Mr. Smith / Miss Caprin Jeremy Fuller Mr. Farfaglia Michael Janaro Mr. Farfaglia Luvlee Croci Mrs. Brewster / Mr. Hibbert Cassandra Seaton Mrs. Brewster / Mr. Hibbert Jason Riebel Mrs. Healy Alyssa Young Mrs. Healy Mandee Price Mrs. Schnall / Miss Caprin Travis Loomis Mrs. Schnall / Miss Caprin Autumn Kennedy Ms. Arden / Mrs. Zimmerman Tyler Thompson Ms. Arden / Mrs. Zimmerman Jaymes Garrison Mr. Dempsey Juliet Manchester Mr. Dempsey Joseph Benavidez Mrs. Wiegand Katie Hall Mrs. Wiegand Collin Bennett Mrs. Petrie Coby Wells Mrs. Petrie Alex Stoutenger Mr. Bartlett/ Mrs. Zimmerman Jasmine James Mr. Bartlett/ Mrs. Zimmerman Hunter Dudley Mr. Cahill Caitlyn McAfee Mr. Cahill Kali Swank Mrs. Kimball Michael Gerth Mrs. Kimball Cassandra Hartranft Congratulations! Great job! A. There are about 1.76 BILLION candy canes made each year for the Holiday season!
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