Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students,
Spring is almost here! So many wonderful things have happened at East Broadway and we have so many more wonderful events to look forward to in the coming months.
A special thank you to all our chairpersons and committee members for the extra work they do to make the events special for our children. Each of these events builds community spirit and makes children excited to come to school. The amount of time and energy that is devoted to our school does not go unnoticed. We are grateful to have you as part of our team. We truly could not be successful without you.
Please be reminded that our third, fourth, and fifth grade students are taking their New York State ELA on
March 28, 29, and 30. The New York State Math exam will be
May 2, 3 and 4. The children have been working hard during the day to learn the skills necessary to become proficient readers, writers, and math students. Children perform best in class when they get a good night's rest before coming to school. For many, eating a good, healthy breakfast in the morning helps prepare them for their busy day of thinking and learning.
Arrival and Dismissal School begins promptly at 9:10 a.m. This means students should be
in their classroom at this time ready to begin their first lesson. Students who arrive after 9:10 a.m. will be marked late and it will be on their attendance record. The kindergarten door is now open at 9:00 a.m. and the main door on Seaman's Neck road is opened by 8:50 a.m. Please make every effort to arrive prior to 9:10 as the doors will be closed at 9:10 sharp so staff members can be on time for their students. We strongly encourage you to stop, drop and roll along with your vehicle to keep the flow of traffic running smoothly.
Please do not double park before or after school. I realize that it is easier than walking a block or two but this practice will help to keep your children safe. Giving yourself a few extra minutes in the morning and afternoon to find a parking spot will help with these stressful times of the day.
In addition, please be reminded that pets are not permitted on school property, especially during arrival and dismissal. Many of our students are fearful as well as allergic to animals.
CHANGES IN DISMISSAL
The main office is still being inundated with dismissal changes. ALL CHANGES must be in writing. Please do not call the main office or email UNLESS it is an emergency. For security reasons, the staff will not take changes over the phone. If we do not have it in writing, your child will be dismissed according to their usual dismissal procedure. Due to the increase in changes every day, we must adhere to this procedure. Dismissal calls at the end of the day are proving stressful for the children and the staff. There are days when we get over 100 dismissal changes a day. This creates an opportunity for a mistake to be made. Your children are too important for us to make that mistake. Please help us to keep all children safe. Thank you for your cooperation.
As always, we are grateful for your continued support. Together, we really are "Making Every Minute Count!"
Yours in East Broadway Pride,