Announcements

Holiday Parties, Reminders

December 6 - 1:21PM

Good afternoon,

After my last email, I see that some parents signed up for Remind.com. I forgot to add that in order to get texts about snow delays, etc., you need to sign up under "All Students" on the site, so if you did not do that, please go back in and get on that list. It is from that list that I text about closings and delays.

On December 19th and 20th, we will have little holiday parties in our classrooms. We welcome anyone sending in treats for the classes! The Seedlings and Sprouts do not exchange presents, but the Elementary kids have a present exchange. For that, please send in a gift that will be suitable for either gender. The limit for gifts is $15. You can send it in wrapped, but with no name on it - we do a little game to exchange the gifts. Please send in your gift no later than Monday, the 18th. The Elementary party will be on Wednesday, the 20th.

If you have any questions, let me know. Such a busy month!!

Have a good evening, Miss Deb


Baby It's Cold Outside!

December 6 - 1:20PM

Good afternoon everyone!

I see on the weather reports that the temperature is going to begin dropping sometime this week and next week will be in the 30's. This is a good time to remind you all to make sure to send hats, gloves, warm footwear and winter jackets with your child on a daily basis now. Our long autumn weather is soon leaving us and we require all children to be properly dressed for the outside since we spend a good amount of time in the outdoors here at FOG. If the days warm up, we don't need to put them on, but we need to have them with each child every day. Thank you for your cooperation!

I would like to thank Martina Ruocco, E.J.'s mom, for crocheting two sets of hats and gloves that have our initials, FOG, crocheted into them for us to use as spares in case a child comes without. If for some reason your child goes home with our new spares, please make sure they come back to school the next time your child attends. Better yet, once you get them into the warm car, return the spares to the teachers outside so we can make sure these wonderful spares stay with us! Nice way to use your Community Service hours, Martina! We thank you very much!

Also, I hear small hints of snow swirling around soon, so now is also a good time to remind all of you that when the snow or ice flies, make sure you check your emails or phones for school delays or closings. I notify everyone by email first, then I put a notice on WSUS in their Delays and Cancellations spot online, and finally, if you sign up with Remind.com, you will receive a text message on your phone. If you have not signed up on Remind yet and wish to receive texts, make sure you do so before the snow flies!

I usually post any delays or cancellations by 6:30 am. I make my decision based upon many factors including general weather for the day, road conditions in the area, especially in higher elevations, and the decisions of many local school districts as a whole. I do not always follow the Vernon Schools' decisions, so please do not go by their announcements.

We are sending home the Holiday Shop flyers today along with envelopes you can use to put money in for your child to spend on those days. Please make sure your child's name is on the envelope if it is not already on there when returning the envelope to school. Thanks to Victoria for setting this up!

Have a good day! Miss Deb


Fun Events Coming

November 28 - 4:28PM

Good afternoon everyone on this gorgeous day!

First, I want to give a huge thanks to Alan St. Jean, our school's longtime supporter, friend and author of children's books who came to visit our Elementary class yesterday. He lives in Ohio but travels the country doing school presentations and writing workshops. He did a writing workshop with our kids and they created two stories, using the idea of plot, character development, conflict, etc. He loves to tell stories as well so he entertained the kids with a few of his own. Currently some of the lower Elementary kids are working on reading his first book, Aiden of Oren, that is in a three part series. All of his books are wonderful and fun to read for any age, even adults (I happened to read the Aiden series which I completely enjoyed). He has written some picture books and also books geared for older students. Feel free to do some Christmas shopping on his website, www.alanstjean.com.

Thanks to Victoria Young, our fundraising coordinator, we are having two events this month! On December 18th and 19th, we are having a Holiday Shop, where we will set up a classroom like a store so kids can do their own "shopping" for their loved ones, guided by parents and older students. You will be receiving a flyer about his event, along with an envelope that you can put some money into and send back to school so your child can use that to go shopping!

Also, the kids are working on making things to sell at an Art Sale that will occur after our Holiday Concert on the 21st. We did this years ago and it was a really fun event. This will coincide with our Cookie Exchange fundraiser that is an annual event also after the concert. Get those cookie recipes ready!

Have a good evening! Miss Deb


Helping the Hurricane Student Victims

September 14 - 6:13PM

Good afternoon everyone,

Miss Marissa is in touch with a friend of hers who teaches on the island of Anguilla in the British West Indies. She is a high school English teacher and reported to Marissa that their schools are decimated and they don't know when they will be able to reopen at this point in time. The people there are generally poor, so many students cannot afford school supplies as it is, so Marissa had an idea.

She is offering to ship donations of gently used or new school supplies to her friend on the island so that the items will go directly to use by the students in her school when they are able to reopen. Feel free to send in backpacks, glue, paper, etc. Marissa is willing to take on the cost of the shipping, and for that we thank her for her great idea and willingness to help!

Have a good evening! -Miss Deb


Support our FOG mom, Jen Mack!

July 27 - 11:57AM

Happy summer!

I just wanted to share this with all of our last year's families - our FOG mom, Jen Mack is running in the NYC marathon to benefit the hospital she works at. I would love to see some of our families donate to her cause, so if you want to learn more about her and her efforts, please click on the link below. Good luck Jen!!

https://www.crowdrise.com/westchester-medical-center-foundation-nyc-2017/fundraiser/jennifermack-md

Best to all, Miss Deb