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Dear Genet Families!

Happy “Spooky” Friday the 13th to you and your family! This week students voted on who their favorite author was between David Shannon and Mo Willems. Students utilized online voting to make their selections. At the time of this letter, results are not in and I will report back out to everyone when they are finalized.

Yesterday, I emailed all families with a few updates from Genet. One was the approved calendar for the 2020-2021 school year. Another update was regarding the use of hand sanitizer within our building. Please review the letter that was sent home yesterday. Again, if you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Condo or myself.

On March 26, we are going Purple at Genet in support of Epilepsy. We encourage students to dress in purple on that day. The PTO will be selling snow cones for 1.00 on that day. All proceeds will be donated to the Epilepsy foundation. Our student council has begun hanging up signs around Genet to begin promoting the event! More information to follow!

As communicated by the Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Jeffrey Simons, large group gatherings have been postponed/cancelled until further notice. Sadly, this affects Genet’s STEM Fair. We are looking for another date to host this wonderful community event and once a date has been selected we will let you know. This will also affect Genet’s Morning Program on March 27th. The Character Education team is looking for alternatives, such as hosting our Morning Program on Genet TV for our students.

With all the media coverage regarding the Coronavirus (Covid-19), it is easy to become misinformed. I encourage you to check the district’s website frequently regarding decisions for Genet and the East Greenbush CSD.

Updates from the Art Room, by Mrs. Letourneau
Since some warmth is in the air, kindergartners will be focusing on some exciting spring themes in art class. First graders are completing their precious mixed media barn owls, and learned that these birds live on every continent in the world, except Antarctica, and they do not hoot! Second grade classes finished their dazzling metallic owl marker/paintings. This awesome, huge group of owls or ‘Parliament’, are currently on display in the school’s main lobby.

All third graders are starting or will be starting their fibers unit, involving weaving and unweaving. In fourth grade, we are trying to focus on patience and brush control, while working in watercolor and creating fine lines in our winter tree sunset painting. Blue mountain ranges are the theme for fifth grade, as we continue to work on achieving the illusion of distance in our tempera paintings. Students are learning how changes in color values help to make this happen. Watching segments of painter Bob Ross inspires us and we are amazed at how easy he makes his techniques look!

Looking for a creative arts camp for the summer of 2020? The Arts Center of the Capital District just came out with a wide variety of fun choices! The age groups are ‘Kid Camps”- ages 6-8; ‘Big Kids Camp’-ages 9-12; ‘Pre-teen & Teen Camps’-ages 13-17. For more info: and 518-273-0552.

Upcoming events at Genet:

  • Monday, March 16 – No School for Students (Superintendent’s Conference Day)
  • Tuesday, March 17 – Happy St. Patrick’s Day and Coding Club, 8 AM
  • Thursday, March 18 – Coding Club, 8 AM
  • Thursday, March 18 – BOE Budget Workshop 7 PM, Genet Auditorium
  • Friday, March 20 – No School for Students (Superintendent’s Conference Day)

Thank you for your continued support of Genet and from all of us here at Genet, we wish you a happy and healthy upcoming week!


Wayne Grignon

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