From the Desk of the Principal
I hope you are all enjoying the first hint of warm weather. It is hard to believe we are already entering April. We expect continued fluctuation in the weather. Please be sure to send your student(s) to school each day with appropriate clothing and gear to go outside for recess. We always want the students to get out and move around, and will make the best choice for recess activities each day depending on weather and field conditions.
Do you feel magic in the air? The PTA presents a Harry Potter night on April 12th. Do not worry – all muggles are invited! If you would like to help bring the wizarding world to life for our students please contact Melissa Veino at Melissa.firstname.lastname@example.org. The PTA is looking for volunteers to help serve Harry Potter themed treats, assist with crafts, and oversee many special magical activities. April also brings us Spring Recess. Please note that this year school will be closed from April 19th through April 26th for Spring Recess.
Planning for June Jamboree is underway. This year June Jamboree will be on Friday, June 14th. If you would like to assist in the many volunteer opportunities, please contact Mrs. Baxt at 518-281-5416 or email@example.com. “Many hands make light work” and lots of fun for kids! All attendees must have signed up to volunteer, and all volunteers will be asked to actively assist in student-centered activities.
Over the past few weeks, I have heard from multiple families with concerns about online challenges that encourage children to engage in risky behaviors or self-harm. Specifically, families are concerned about disturbing and influential videos popping up while their children are online. We all want our children to be safe online. I have looked into recent concerns about Momo and Fire Fairies and discovered that although videos and images exist, the disturbing videos or memes are not proliferating popular children’s sites, and that it is unlikely that children will run across one of these online challenges while viewing age-appropriate sites. However, this is a good reminder that with online activity there is always a probability of children coming across harmful or inappropriate content. We should be teaching and reminding our children that if they do encounter something that does not seem right, that they should tell an adult. I feel these concerns also remind us that online activities should be supervised and have appropriate time limits. Lastly, it is important to remember that media and technological educational opportunities are more effective when combined with human interactions; students will benefit more cognitively if they engage with a parent, or knowledgeable other, while interacting with technology.
My last message for this month is one of gratitude to Ms. Patti Burns. Ms. Burns is retiring after ten years at Boght Hills! This last week Ms. Burns dedicated to working with Ms. Judy Ahl who will be stepping in to serve our school community at Boght Hills. We are lucky to have Ms. Ahl! Throughout the week there has been a wave of individuals from across the District stopping by to wish Ms. Burns the best; this is a testament to
the good work she has done and the many lives she has touched throughout her time with North Colonie. Personally, I will miss the supportive, insightful, and good-humored friend that helped me transition during my first year at Boght. Congratulations, and thank you, to Ms. Burns for all she has done for us. We wish her the best in her retirement (and expect her to visit).
- Required Physicals – all required physicals are due now . If you have not sent your child’s in yet, please do so ASAP. Letters/or phone calls have
been sent/made to all who still do not have them on file. If your child’s physical has been done, please be sure to submit that paperwork at this time. If physicals are not in prior to our school physician’s schedule, your child will be scheduled for a physical here at school.
- Students entering 6th grade in the fall of 2019, in order to begin school in September all students entering 6th grade must have on file in the Health Office by September 1st the documentation of receiving the Varicella #2 and Tdap vaccination.
- Students entering 7th through 12th grade in the fall of 2019, in order to begin school in September all entering 7th and 12th graders must have on file in the Health Office by September 1st the documentation of receiving the Meningitis vaccination.
- Sports at the secondary level: If your 7th – 12th grader will be playing a fall sport, they will also need an updated physical before they can even tryout. Most fall sport tryouts begin mid – late August. In order to be cleared to try out- their physical must have been performed since August of 2018 on. Check the North Colonie athletic page for additional information. One additional note , if your child has used an inhaler or Epi Pen in prior years, you MUST either get a use and carry order for them to try out or if they no longer require an inhaler, they must obtain a discontinue order.