Donald P. Sutherland Elementary School teachers and staff have organized a Lunchtime Car Parade for the students on Monday, April 6 starting at noon. School staff will be driving in their cars and saying hello to students and families as they drive through neighborhoods with signs and decorations.
Student Assistance Counselor Alyssa Evans provides health and wellness tips to help students during this extended school closing. Some tips include: have a regular sleep and wake schedule, keep a routine, shower and get dressed, get physical activity, stay socially connected while physically distant, avoid excessive media exposure, avoid boredom and wash your hands.
The East Greenbush Central School District announced more dates and times for families in the school community to pickup free food at Columbia High School. This service is open to anyone.
Four Bell Top students were featured in an author’s visit to the school last month. First graders Francesca, Gianni, and Santina Cardona, and their younger brother Roberto Cardona, who is in kindergarten, are all characters in the children’s book “What’s in Nonna’s Frittata?” by Susan Kralovic and Nadia EK DePaola
We have received additional guidance from the State Education Department and, under the Governor’s Executive Order, school districts are expected to continue to provide on-line instruction, serve meals to students and maintain childcare programs for parents who are essential workers on all weekdays (including Good Friday and during the scheduled Spring Break) until schools are re-opened. Thus, there will be no Spring Break later this month.
At this time, based on the extended closure of not only school but non-essential businesses, Howard L. Goff Middle School will be canceling the Washington D.C. (8th grade), Philadelphia (7th grade) and Silver Bay (6th grade) field trips for the spring of 2020. It is with great disappointment that we must make this decision, but student safety is always our top priority.