Update from the superintendent – Friday, May 15
Dear North Colonie Families,
We made it through another week! I continue to be amazed by our outstanding students and staff and all of their hard work that they put in on a weekly basis. I also applaud you, our North Colonie families, for all of the help you have provided to ensure that our students remain engaged. Trust me when I say that it does not go unnoticed. If you can, please take some time to read the important information below.
Last Day of School
The last day of school for instruction will be Wednesday, June 17. In the upcoming weeks, you will receive more information about end of year plans from your building principal.
We know that many of you have questions about our revised grading processes with the school closure. The district is finalizing its grading plan for all levels and it will be shared with families by the end of May.
Board of Education and Budget Meetings
The Board of Education will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, May 18. The district budget hearing will take place on Thursday, May 28. All meetings will be livestreamed on YouTube. A link to each livestream will be emailed on the day of the meeting and posted on our district website.
We are also aware of technical difficulties that took place during last night’s budget meeting. That was an issue with YouTube, which was unfortunately out of our control. If you would like to watch the meeting, you can do so here.
Food Distribution Update
On Friday, May 22, the district will distribute two meals to families due to the Memorial Day holiday. Please note there will be no meal distribution on Monday, May 25. We will resume our normal pick-up locations on Tuesday, May 26. Home delivery for the week of May 25 will take place on Tuesday, May 26 and Thursday, May 28. Two meals will be provided each day.
Honoring our Retirees
As a number of employees are planning to retire at the end of the school year, we wanted to do something special for them in light of the school closure. While we plan to hold a virtual retiree ceremony in June, we also wanted to encourage our community to share some well-wishes. If you know someone who is retiring, please feel free to send a card or kind message to the district office at 91 Fiddlers Lane, Latham, NY 12110 and we will make sure they are delivered to each retiree. View a full list of this year’s retirees.
- Food Service hits the 30,000 meal mark! – Our incredible Food Service department has been working tirelessly to ensure our families are receiving meals. On Wednesday, they served their 30,000th meal since the school closure! I’d like to thank them so much for their dedication to our families. They are an inspiration to us all.
- United Way 5.18 Day – 5.18 Day is the single largest day of community impact in the Capital Region. Typically, this event is an all-day volunteer day where we send out hundreds of volunteers throughout the Capital Region to participate in service projects. Last year, 400 volunteers completed 40 projects. This year, due to the pandemic, we cannot be physically together to volunteer across the Capital Region. However, we can still make a tremendous impact virtually. To learn more about the day’s activities and gain insight into the schedule of events, visit www.unitedwaygcr.org/518-day.
- Students meet world-renowned archaeologist – Shaker Latin students recently got to meet with world renowned Roman archaeologist Darius Arya via Zoom! Darius leads the American Institute for Roman Culture and answered questions about Ancient Rome. What a great opportunity for our students!
I hope you all take some time to enjoy the warmer weather this weekend! We sure do need it!
D. Joseph Corr
Superintendent of Schools