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Colt News March 2019

| March 5, 2019

Letter from the PrincipalParent Portal InformationHealth Office NewsBH Supports the Ronald McDonald House

Letter from the Principal

Dear Families:

We hope you enjoyed the break. The children will have many adventures to share.

We would like to thank Mr. and Mrs. Moustakas,  and their volunteers, our esteemed panel of judges, students, and families for the amazing science fair! The students learned a great deal and really rose to the occasion as presenters. 

A  select group of 5th and 6th grade band, orchestra, and choral students from each of the elementary schools will perform during the All-District Concert on March 1st at 7:30 pm at Shaker High School (snow date is March 4th-hopefully we won’t need it!) We are very  proud of the extra effort and skill these students have shown, and are grateful to the music educators for their instruction, as well as the classroom teachers for their flexibility.

We are always looking for opportunities to invite family members to visit for part of the school day.  Please consider joining us form 7:30-8:00 a.m. on March 15th for the St. Patrick’s Day breakfast.

Please remember that students will not attend school on Friday, March 22nd, as this is a day of professional learning for district staff. 

March is Women’s History Month.  Which historical, or present day, female figure has made an impact on your life?  If possible, be sure to let her know how she changed the world, or you in it, by her example.

During the months of  February and March, our students and staff have participated in a Read-A-Thon to support the Ronald McDonald House. Be sure to send in all the pledges your child(ren) collected as soon as possible so that we can share our compassion with the families whose children are ill. Money is due back by March 7th, please.

Daylight savings time begins on March 10th.  Don’t forget to “spring ahead” one hour.

Parents/Guardians of incoming kindergartners are invited to an informational meeting on May 1st at 6:30 pm in the Boght Hills cafeteria. More information to follow.

Mr. Puccioni

Parent Portal Information

Did you know:

Parent/guardians who have an IC portal account can log in to the Portal and update their email address, add a phone number and add a second email address. All they need to do is log in to the Portal and select Contact Preferences on the sidebar. Once their changes are made, they click the Save button.

NOTE: If an employee of North Colonie CSD has a portal account for their children, they MUST leave the primary email address as their North Colonie email address. They can add their home email address as the secondary email address.

Health Office News

I hope everyone had an enjoyable and relaxing winter break! February was a busy month in the health office! Just a reminder that students cannot come to school with a temperature of 100 or higher and must be fever free for 24 hours without the use of Ibuprofen or Tylenol. Also, please do not send your child to school if he/she has had vomiting or diarrhea during the night of early that morning.

Please continue to send in recent physical and updated immunizations into the health office.

Feel free to call me for any concerns or questions at 785-0222.

Ingrid Davis RN

With all of the illnesses, absences and sending sick children  home that we are experiencing this winter, here is a handy reference guide to when your child is ready to come back to school.

I need to stay home if…

  • I have a fever – temperature of 100.4 or higher
  • I am vomiting within the past 24 hours
  • I have diarrhea within the past 24 hours
  • I have a rash – body rash with itching or fever
  • I have head lice – itchy head, active head lice
  • I have an eye infection – redness, itching, and/or “crusty” drainage from eye
  • I have been in the hospital – hospital stay and/or ER visit

I am ready to go back to school when I am…

  • Fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, i.e. Tylenol, Motrin
  • Free from vomiting for at least two solid meals
  • Free from diarrhea for at least 24 hours
  • Free from rash itching, or fever. I have been evaluated by my doctor if needed
  • Treated with appropriate lice treatment at home and proof is provided to nurse
  • Evaluated by my doctor and have note to return to school
  • Released by my medical provider to return to school

Boght Hills Students once again supported the Ronald McDonald House!

Boght Hills once again participated in the Read for Ronald McDonald House Program this year! The program supports the Ronald McDonald House of Albany, which provides housing and supportive services to families of children who are sick and receiving treatment from our local area hospitals.

Our Boght Hills students once again be used their reading to raise money to support the families at the Ronald McDonald House.  Students were encouraged to gather pledges from family and friends in support of the reading they will do for the months of February and March. Donations raised will be used to support the families at the Ronald McDonald House.

Reading for the program will end on March 7th. Please encourage your students to participate in this valuable program! Last year, 80 Boght Hills students participated in the program, earning about $2500. We hope to see even more participation this year! Information packets went home with students on January 30th.

To view the Read for Ronald McDonald House informational video, please see the link on the Read for RMH fundraising webpage.

For additional information or questions, please contact Nancy Damato at

Remember, no school from April 22nd to April 26th. It is Spring Vacation!

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