Update for Columbia Graduation and Goff Elevation Celebration

In response to further changes to New York State guidelines for outdoor gatherings announced earlier this week, Columbia High School has consolidated its three graduation ceremonies and will instead host one graduation for the Class of 2021 on Friday, June 25 on the CHS turf field at 4:00 p.m. Howard L. Goff Middle School will follow the plan for Columbia Graduation and also host one Elevation Celebration for all 8th grade students on Thursday, June 24 at 4:00 p.m. on the CHS turf field. Each student may be joined by up to four guests.

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Dear Genet Families!

Happy Friday to all of our families! Another week is in the books, and we have been going on full cylinders. There are a few updates for everyone looking forward:

The week of January 25, 2021 will be an A Week and the 4th week in our Specials Rotation at Genet.

COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS
As we continue to move forward in these winter months, it is crucial to the success of our school and school community that we continue to have open communication with families regarding when our students have either had contact with someone that has tested positive to COVID-19 or has begun to develop symptoms. The first line of support starts at home with each of you. If your child has developed any of the symptoms related to COVID-19, please do not send them to school. If anyone with your family is being tested for COVID-19 and your child has been in close contact with them, please refrain from sending them to school and reach out to us at Genet. Please call or e-mail our amazing school nurse, Mrs. Condo (CondoMa@egcsd.org), or myself at school to notify us of what is going on with your child. We can advise you moving forward. We rely on your support to ensure our school continues to remain open. We will continue to update our families as cases are brought to our attention. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.

SAFETY DRILLS REMINDER
This coming week Genet will be holding two safety drills on January 28th and January 29th. These drills are required by the NYS Department of Education. The drills will be held in coordination with local law enforcement. A communication will go out to families just prior and at the commencement of the drill via School Messenger. If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

RECESS and RECESS ATTIRE
As a reminder to our school community, we strive to get our students outdoors as much as possible, especially during recess. This does require that students will need their appropriate outdoor attire for the cold weather. Please remember to send your child to school with the necessary clothing for outdoor recess. Warm jackets, hats, gloves and snow boots/appropriate foot attire is required.

Each morning we review the local weather and make a determination if the air temperature outside with the wind chill is safe for our students to go outside. We notify students and staff if we are going out for recess prior to lunches. If the air temperature feels like 20 degrees or higher (with the wind chill) we take our students outside. If the air temperature is below 20 degrees, students will have indoor recess in their classrooms.

DAILY COVID-19 SCREENING TOOL
I would like to thank all parents for your diligence in filling out the daily COVID Screening tool. Please remember that when you fill out the form, you are doing so for your child and must enter their name when completing the screening tool. This must be filled out online everyday for each of your children. The COVID-19 Screening Tool link is: https://entry.neric.org/egcsd. Save the link on your phone for quick access each morning.

Updates from the Library by Mrs. Garno
Library has been different this year, but we are still having lots of fun. Students have been checking out books and reading lots of new titles this year. Thanks to the Book Fair and donations through DonorsChoose, the library has almost 100 new books on top of the books that were purchased at the beginning of the year. The students love seeing new and different titles to choose from.

Students in 4th and 5th grade have also been learning about history through Primary Sources. They are finding it very interesting to see how different some things were in the past and also how similar things looked during the flu pandemic of 1918. I want to let parents know that if you receive an email about an overdue book, it is being sent as a reminder that your child has a library book checked out. I know that this year is a little crazy and that the schedule for the Library is different every week. Students are able to return library books any day they are in school. Each classroom has a basket near their door for book returns and they are collected every morning. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns by emailing me at GarnoSa@egcsd.org.

I wish you all the best and thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

Wayne Grignon
Principal

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