Late September/October Reminders

September 19 - 10:25AM

Dear Parents,

I can hardly believe that September is almost over!! I was just wrapping my head around this month! So a few reminders are due:

  1. Milk orders for October need to be in by next week. That order will be placed next Thursday so we need to have your sheets before then. Not many people are using this service , so I’d like to make a plug here for it – it’s a great service and the kids get fresh milk with their lunch – no need to worry about milk going a little warm before they eat and it’s such a healthy alternative to juices.

  2. October music lessons for Miss Vicki are coming up and those are due to be paid by the 1st. The cost is $40 with checks being made payable to Vicki Botta. These lessons involve piano, violin, viola, guitar and cello for kids usually age 5 and up. We are only beginning tomorrow with lessons so if you haven’t signed up yet, you are not too late.

  3. Fabulous Friday lunch orders for October are also due soon so if you are interested, please fill out the form I sent via email and also the Elementary Handbook and send in cash only for the month.

  4. Jot down on your calendars the date of October 2nd for our annual Apple Picking at Pochuck Farms (Rain date for October 3rd). Info will be sent home shortly on that event.

Thanks, Deb

Helping Others

September 17 - 2:37PM

Dear Families,

During the year, not only do we do various fundraisers for our school, but we also try to help others, whether it is someone local we know needs help or an organization that we believe in. Sometimes the children will want to donate to a particular organization and we organize a drive to show them how to start to fundraise and to show them that their ideas are indeed valid.

At this time I know of a particular family that needs help with a few things. The family consists of a single mom and her daughter who moved up from Texas to escape a bad situation. She found a job right away, which is wonderful, but she needs help with regard to her daughter. The little girl who is 2 years old and a size 2T needs winter clothing (coming from Texas where it’s blazing hot!), and also a toddler bed.

If anyone has any of the above items, you can bring them to school and I will see to it that the items are given to the family. Thank you ahead of time for what you can give.

Also, I would like to thank those families who have helped us out tremendously so far with community service. I have moms who come in and help the Lower Elementary kids with reading, we have parents taking photos that will eventually land in our yearbook at the end of the year, organized by other moms who create them; I have a dad who cleaned out our gutters, a parent who does our milk order and another one the Scholastic orders, and the list goes on and is still growing. A special thank you goes out to the Rich family who came and redid our soft water system/filters which was a tremendous amount of work! Dan went way beyond the call of duty and we cannot thank him enough for his time, materials and effort! We all truly appreciate the help. No pun intended, but our school community is rich because of all of you who find ways to help make this school a better place.

Yours in the spirit of helping, Deb

P.S. We still need someone to organize our Fundraisers for the year – any takers?? This job could be handled by more than one person – it gets big and complicated, depending upon the fundraisers chosen.

First day of school!

September 4 - 4:53PM

Hello Families!

Our first day was a success and we are very thankful for the beautiful weather as well! That always helps with first days!

I forgot to mention that our new Aftercare Attendant this year is Caitlin Neill, a lovely woman, and since she is new with us and has no children at our school, she is unfamiliar with our parents. Because of this, I have instructed her to ask for Driver’s Licenses of parents until she gets to know anyone who picks up their child after 3:00. We apologize for this inconvenience but we only want the safety of our children to be first and foremost.

Also, there were a few children who did not come with slippers for class today (mostly in Elementary), so please remember to send them in as soon as possible to keep in your child’s locker.

For the Sprouts and Seedlings parents – We give you a folder each day when your child goes home that will contain their work and any other notes that you may read. We give these to you by hand instead of placing them in backpacks and we ask that you return the folder by hand to the teacher when you come back the next time. This minimizes not only ruining folders, but it also minimizes the chances of you or us missing important information or notes if the folders were hidden in backpacks each day.

If any of you have any questions, feel free to email me anytime! If I have time during the day I will email you back, but if not I will email you back as soon as I can. If you have an immediate notation for me, feel free to simply text me at my cell number which is 845-701-9544. Those I see as they come in and can respond quickly. can always call – something we seem to be moving away from in our society it seems!

Have a great evening! Deb

School Begins Soon!

August 21 - 5:02PM

Our first day of school is set for Wednesday, September 4th. Get those backpacks, lunchboxes and slippers ready!!

Field Day at Rickey Farm!!

June 21 - 3:40PM

Parents, don't forget to mark your calendars for an AWESOME first annual Field Day at Rickey Farm in Vernon on July 6th from 10 am to 8 pm! There will be music, entertainment, Activities for Kids, Local Vendors and Food, Silent Auction.....what a great family fun day!! Tickets are $10 per adult (advanced sales - $15 on the day of the event) and $5 for kids over 3.

A portion of the proceeds will be given to our school toward the purchase of a new playground set, which is quite costly. We truly appreciate your donations and help toward making this day a great success for Vernon and for our unique school!

Fields of Green fundraiser at the Rickey Farm