Dear Green Meadow Families,
I hope all of you had a wonderful Spring Recess! Upon our return, it was great to have our second graders join us five days per week, along with our kindergarten and first grade students!
At this week’s Board of Education Meeting, Mr. Simons, our Superintendent of Schools, discussed the district’s continued planning that would also bring back our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders full time, with a hopeful start date of April 26. The newly released NYS Department of Health Guidance allows for physical distancing requirements in the instructional classrooms to be reduced (from 6 ft to 3 ft), which now gives us the flexibility and the space needed to move forward with a plan for all students. More information on the proposed plan will be forthcoming at Monday’s (4/19) Virtual Community Forum. You may join via a link on our district website. This will be an opportunity for the community to ask questions and share feedback regarding the proposed plan.
Drop Off / Pick Up
With the increase of students attending daily in-person learning, our car line is growing. We continue to work with the Schodack Police Department and make adjustments to our procedures for greater efficiency and have seen some improvement. Please be mindful of our neighbors and avoid blocking driveways. Also, please do not block the entrance/exit to the Questar III Sackett Center parking lot. We have had situations where their employees cannot leave due to cars blocking the exit. If you are comfortable, please consider having your child ride the bus, as we do have space on some of our routes. Families wishing to make a switch to the bus may call Mrs. Nolette in our main office or the Transportation Department. Please arrive at your scheduled time. Details can be found here. Thank you for your patience and assistance. It is greatly appreciated!
Proposed School Budget
The Board of Education recently adopted a proposed school budget for 2021-2022 with no tax levy increase. The budget will be voted on by District residents on Tuesday, May 18th. Detailed information regarding the proposed budget and other propositions is posted on the school district website. I encourage you to view this information to assist you in making an informed decision. Additionally, our Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Simons, will be attending our PTO meeting on April 27th to discuss the proposed budget.
I’d like to extend a sincere thanks to our Character Education Committee, chaired by Mrs. Jaimee Kusche, and the many students and staff members that have appeared in our virtual assemblies this year. Please take a moment to view our most recent Character Education assembly which can be found on our website.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our PTO and Stewart’s for supporting our school. Our PTO is always there for us. We recently received a $1,000 donation from Stewart’s Holiday Match which is being used to support our character education program and host a virtual author visit in May. PTO has arranged for author Ty Allan Jackson to visit our students next month. Thank you PTO and Stewart’s!
Our beautiful tree in the front of our school bloomed this week! I’m far from a photographer, but please enjoy the photo I took below!
Thanks for your continued support of Green Meadow!
Daniel G. Garab
- NYS 3-5 ELA Exam – A Day Students
- Virtual Community Forum, 6:30 p.m.
- NYS 3-5 ELA Exam – B Day Students
- Board of Education Meeting (virtual), 7:00 p.m.
- NYS 3-5 ELA Exam – Full Remote Students @ Genet
- PTO Meeting w/ Mr. Simons