Dear North Colonie Families,
I hope that you were able to relax and find some time to rest over the weekend. I appreciate all that you are doing to support our students at home during this time. I know it is tough for many, so please remember, we are here for you and would like to assist you in any way we can. Do not hesitate to reach out to a teacher, principal or me.
We will continue to send you updates and new information as it becomes available. Please read the important information below.
WMHT supports at-home learning with on-air and online educational programming
Starting today, our local PBS station, WMHT Public Media, is offering an educational programming block targeted to support in-home learning for students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12 while area schools are closed. We hope many of you had a chance to take a look!
From 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, WMHT WORLD will offer programming for students in grades 4-12. Each full day line-up will cover a range of subjects including science, math, social studies, history and literature. Read more here.
A message from Albany County Executive Dan McCoy
Albany County Executive Dan McCoy shared a message with me over the weekend that he wanted to share with our families. Please read his letter here.
Our IT department is still here to help you!
If you or your student need IT assistance, please create a helpdesk ticket at https://nccshelpdesk.ncolonie.org. To submit a ticket, use your student’s username (without the @nccsk12.org) and password. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org from your student’s email account and a ticket will automatically be created for you.
Board Meeting and Budget Committee Meeting on Wednesday, March 25
Please note the Board of Education meeting originally scheduled for Monday, March 23 has been moved to Wednesday, March 25 and will be held with the regularly-scheduled Budget Committee meeting. The meetings begin at 7 p.m.
Following CDC guidelines, these meetings will NOT be open to public attendance, but we will share a livestream link with the community on Wednesday morning. The link will also be located on the district homepage.
Child Care for Essential Personnel
The Colonie Youth Center (CYC) is working with the North and South Colonie School Districts to provide childcare for your children, grades K-6. This full day program will be located at the Rudy A. Ciccotti Family Recreation Center at 30 Aviation Rd in Colonie.
Initial registration will include Wednesday, March 25 – Friday, April 3, and will be extended as directed. The cost is $40 per day per child. Lunches will be provided by the school districts and snacks will be provided by CYC. The structured program will run from 7am-5pm and include self-directed educational time, arts and crafts, and gym time. There will be no access to the aquatic center. Electronic devices are permissible; Wi-Fi will be available.
Transportation is not provided. Subsidized care is not available at this time.
For more information, visit https://www.colonieyouthcenter.org/programs-services/before-after-school/. To complete an application, visit http://www.123formbuilder.com/form-5347757/form.
Social Worker Request Form
If your child is experiencing an emotional wellness concern during this unsettled time, please do not hesitate to reach out to us through this form, and one of the district’s social workers will be in touch with you to discuss strategies, skills and supports. This information will be kept confidential.
Note: this is not a request for emergency services. If your child is having a psychiatric emergency, or you fear they are a danger to themselves or others, please call 911 immediately.
Virtual Spirit Week
This week, we’re hosting a virtual spirit week on our district social media platforms! Each day has a different theme and you can learn more about them here. Be sure to participate and use the hashtag #NCSpiritWeek when sharing. We can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with each day!
I know this hasn’t been an easy time for many. If you can, I would encourage you to support the small businesses in our community. They need our help and we can all rally together to give them the boost that they need right now. Thank you.
Superintendent of Schools