Kindergarten Returns Full Time Starting March 1

The Board of Education has approved two changes to the instructional model: 1) Kindergarten students will resume five days a week of in-person learning starting on Monday, March 1. The Full Remote Program is still available to families. 2) Live Virtual Wednesdays will be eliminated for students in grades 1-5 starting March 10 to provide one additional in-person school day every other week. March 10 will be an in-person school day for B Day students and A Day students will have a remote day. The schedule will alternate going forward.

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20160331-project-linusStudents in Bell Top’s K-Kids club huddled around tables in the Art Room before school on Thursday, constructing fleece blankets for charity. They cut through the outer edges of the fabric with scissors and then tied the strands together into knots.

The blankets will be donated to patients at Albany Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital through the charity Project Linus.

Project Linus, named for the Peanuts character who always has his security blanket, is a national nonprofit that donates blankets to children in hospitals, shelters and social service agencies.

“Just the fact that a stranger made this for them is huge. It makes them feel special,” said JoAnne Marcario, coordinator of the Project Linus chapter in Albany and Rensselaer counties.

Students were taught how to make the blankets from kits, and were instructed by staff from Project Linus and Bell Top.

“Service learning is an important component of a Bell Top education,” Principal Jim McHugh said. “The students start to learn that there’s something bigger than themselves while helping others.”

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