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!

We had an amazing week together at Genet! The excitement of Halloween was in the air! Our 5th Graders visited Thacher Park and participated in team building activities. The 5th Grade Team and students had a blast and did not let the weather damper their time together. Thank you to the 5th Grade Team for organizing this event for the students and a special shout out to Mr. Scher for locating a grant to pay for the opportunity for all students.

Genet was visited by two members of the East Greenbush Police Department: Sgt. Tubbs and School Resource Officer Ashley, who gave all students a presentation on how to stay safe while Trick or Treating tomorrow evening. We are very appreciative of their time and dedication to our community.

Last Wednesday, Genet hosted the Board of Education meeting and some of our 5th Graders participated in a performance in showing our appreciation to our dedicated Board of Education. I would like to thank Mrs. Scolaro for all her work with our students and to our 5th graders who volunteered to participate. You did an amazing job!

Friday, we held our first Character Education Assembly in the auditorium since the new windows have been installed. Our 4th Graders did a wonderful presentation about Courage and even planned an event for some of our staff to demonstrate courage. We acknowledged several students who received a Pride Paw for demonstrating this month’s Character Ed trait of Courage. Congrats to all those who were recognized this month. Moving forward, parents are welcome to attend our Character Education Assemblies on the first and last Friday’s of the month.

Here are this month’s Pride Paw recipients for Courage:

  • Daniela Aldana
  • Michele Alfano
  • Michele Alfano
  • Marwa Anarkhil
  • Brianna Bickel
  • Austin Bobersky
  • Owen Bobersky
  • Tyler Bowman
  • Josh Brown
  • Marion Brown
  • Audrey Chenot
  • John Cross
  • Cameron DeVine
  • Tyler DiNovo
  • Brody Dunavin
  • Link Fowler
  • Victor Gonzales
  • Shyann Gonzales
  • Kaylee Granda-Ramirez
  • Emily Grandison
  • Nick Hastings
  • Ryan Hayashi
  • Zoe Herbert
  • Avery Hulett
  • Kiara Johnson
  • Laila Jones
  • Kavin Kadimi
  • Blake Kettlewood
  • Blake Kettlewood
  • Charlie Kirsch
  • Marc Lamoree
  • Noah Lind
  • Peighton Lurie
  • Duke Mensing
  • Stephen Merarangno
  • Aabha Mittal
  • Landon Mocerine
  • William Morales
  • Melvin Morales
  • Danny Murphy
  • Danny Murphy
  • Shlok Patel
  • Karsen Peek
  • Avery Pierson
  • Julianna Pinneo
  • Natalie Polsinello
  • Molly Powell
  • Joshua Rivera-Santiago
  • Nolan Roberts
  • Mia Ruger
  • Valentino Salvioli
  • Myles Schermerhorn
  • Mae Shatraw
  • Aimon Shatraw
  • Piper Sherwin
  • Paige Smith
  • Logan Smith
  • Blake Spring
  • Charlie Stearns
  • Quinn Sullivan
  • Aldrin Daniel Suyat
  • Allie Thobourne
  • Liliana Trifiletti
  • Hailey Underwood
  • Josh VanOrden
  • Ruby Weah
  • Rosie Wendeborn
  • Carter Wood
  • Tucker Wright
  • Areeba Zahe

On Thursday, October 27 Genet participated in the Big Apple Crunch through our Food Services Department and the FarmOn! Foundation.  Mrs. Wise, our Food Service Director, helped organize the event for all schools through Windy Hill Orchards who donated apples to our school district. During lunch all students were offered an apple and pictures were taken to see how big their bite was! Thank you to Mrs. Wise for all her assistance with this fun event for our students!

Lastly, we had a tremendous turn out for our 2nd Trunk or Treat Event!  It was so well attended, we had to run out to purchase additional candy!  All of the students looked great in their costumes.  Thank you to our PTO for organizing the event for our school.  Thank you to all the families who signed up to either volunteer to help or organized a trunk and a special thank you to all the families who donated candy for the event.  We could not have pulled this event off without your support!

Here are a few important updates for families:

Halloween Parade:

As previously shared, Genet’s Halloween Parade will begin at 2:00 PM in the fields behind Genet.

Students should come to Genet with their costumes in a bag for them to put on before the parade.  If your child has make-up to put on, they may do so at that time while getting dressed for the parade.

We are not able to accept any additional names for picking your child up after the parade.  Students who are on the list can be picked up in the courtyard (where the ice cream social takes place – across from the playground).  Students will be organized by last name – as to keep siblings together.

Parents pickup up your child(ren) will need to have your driver’s license.  Please understand that we have a very large number of students being picked up early and this pick-up procedure will take time.  I kindly ask for your patience as members of the safety team and myself ensure families are reunited at the end of our Halloween Parade.

Student Council Elections:

This year we had so many 5th Graders who looked to become the leaders of Genet’s Student Council.  I want to congratulate all who participated in the process!  The 5th graders voted and this year here is our Student Council Board:

  • President: Morgan Hallenbeck
  • Vice President: Julia Meltz
  • Secretary: Grace Holland

Safety Drills:

Last week, our students had our first lockdown drill.  Our students and staff did a wonderful job in practicing our drill.  We are looking to schedule another drill in the coming month.  This week we will look to hold a practice fire drill while the weather looks warm and willing to cooperate.

As mentioned before, 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.

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.

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

Sincerely,

Wayne Grignon
Principal

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