PK-5 Half Day – Tuesday, November 29

There will be a half day for all students in grades PK-5 on Tuesday, November 29 due to parent conferences. Dismissal times: Pre-K (DPS/Genet/Red Mill) at 10:45 a.m., Genet at 11:15 a.m., Bell Top/DPS/Green Meadow/Red Mill at 11:30 a.m.

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Dear Genet Families!

This week we were visited by the East Greenbush Fire Department to end our weeklong Fire Prevention discussion. Students were spoken to by the EGFD in small groups and had an opportunity to visit and tour the fire trucks! We want to express our gratitude to the EGFD for all their hard work and for taking the time to visit our school.

Also, our 4th Graders took field trips to our 8th President Martin Van Buren’s home in Kinderhook as well as visiting an old school house and the Van Allen House. The students had a wonderful time together and, even more importantly, enjoyed the opportunity of seeing what they learn about in the classroom firsthand. Our students asked insightful questions and were complimented on how well behaved they were. A special thank you to Mrs. Murphy and the 4th Grade Team for organizing this wonderful opportunity!

Last Friday, October 14th we had our first Movie Night at Genet in the auditorium. While there are still renovations taking place with the windows, we had a wonderful time watching SuperPets!

Our Fall Scholastic Book Fair has also come to a close and we are so grateful for the opportunity to provide students and families a chance to put books into their child(ren)’s hands. Genet’s Fall Book Fair was a success because of our PTO and our School Community! I loved seeing students pick out books that they were excited to read and share with you at home.

Thank you to our PTO for sponsoring all of our events for our school community.

Additionally, we had our Fall school pictures this past Wednesday! If your child was absent, they can have their pictures taken on Friday, December 2nd. This will also be our picture retake day, too. Thank you to our PTO and parent volunteers who were able to help with this event.

A friendly reminder that tomorrow, Monday, October 24th – Our 5th Graders will be taking a field trip to Thacher Park and having the opportunity for some teambuilding activities! Please make sure your child is to school on time so we can ensure all are present for this trip!

Here are a few important updates for families:

Safety Drills:

This week, in conjunction with local law enforcement agencies, Genet will be holding its first lockdown drill. This drill is required by NYS and is something that our district and building has been practicing for sometime. As this is the first drill, I will be notifying the staff and students over our PA system to preset all students prior to the drill beginning.

All of the safety drills that we practice at Genet are done so to ensure the safety for all.

If you have any questions regarding this drill, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Candy Monster is still at Genet!

The Candy Monster is still at Genet and needs our help filling it for our Trunk or Treat event this Friday, October 28th. Students and families can donate bags of candy to our Trunk or Treat by feeding the Candy Monster! Each bag of candy donated enters your child’s classroom into a drawing for a special surprise from our PTO!  Please make sure any bag of candy donated is labeled with your child’s name and classroom teacher!  Donations will be accepted through Friday!  Thank you for your help.

Genet’s Halloween Parade – October 31, 2022

Last week a communication was sent home regarding our upcoming Halloween Parade. I have attached that the letter again to this week’s Genet Journal. Please note that if you are looking to pick your child(ren) up after the Halloween Parade, you must complete this google form by Friday, October 28th: Genet’s Halloween Early Pick-Up List Google Form. No additional names will be added after 6:00 PM to ensure an orderly pick up for all students.

Attendance Matters:

Going to school every day, on time and ready to learn is the first step to doing well academically. Start building this habit in preschool so they learn right away that going to school is important. If your child is healthy, they should be in school. Here is a hyperlink with additional information: Attendance Matters.

COVID-19:

We are seeing an uptick in COVID-19 cases for students and staff, which is consistent with what is happening in the Capital Region. Please take the necessary steps to protect your child and others from COVID-19. If your child is showing symptoms of COVID-19, keep them home and Mrs. Condo by calling 518-207-2684.

Each of our schools are offering free COVID-19 test kits for employees, students and their families. Contact your child’s school if you would like any COVID test kits.

Genet’s Trunk or Treat in need of Volunteers:

The PTO is looking for help in keeping our Trunk or Treat event a safe, orderly and fun event for our families. We are in need of volunteers to help with different stations and help run activities for students. Please consider helping Genet keep this event a fun night for all to remember! If you can offer some of your time (1 Hour Shifts) you will receive a free trunk or treat entry for your own child(ren) upon arrival! Here is the link to sign-up: Trunk or Treat Volunteer Sign-Up.

Thank you for your continued support of Genet! Have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely,

Wayne Grignon
Principal

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