June 12 update from Supt. Long

Dear Parents & Families:

It does not seem possible that we are entering into our final week of the 2019-2020 school year.  I wanted to reach out with a few reminders and updates:

RETIREMENT CELEBRATION

As many of you know, Mrs. Schroeder, Mrs. Waldron and Mr. Blanchet will be retiring this year. To honor them, and their combined 96 years of service, we would like to say our goodbyes with a parade on Tuesday, June 16 at 3 p.m. Anyone wishing to participate in the parade will be able to drive by the retirees, who will be wearing their face masks and seated a safe distance apart, in the Menands School courtyard. 

RETURN OF SCHOOL MATERIALS & STUDENT BELONGINGS

See the schedule for below for retrieving student materials left behind and returning district materials. Please plan to return: school issued *chrome books including chargers, text books, library books, and any other materials belonging to the school/district.  

The following dates and times have been established:

  • Wednesday, June 17, 8AM – 4PM.
  • Thursday, June 18, 8AM – 4PM
  • Friday, June 19, 8AM – 4PM

Please bag all items to be returned, please use one bag for each child and label it with their name, grade, and homeroom teacher.

Drive up to the “School Entrance” where you will be greeted by school personnel. Remain in your vehicle, and If possible, wear a mask.

Please be patient, it will take time to collect and distribute materials in a safe and orderly manner, particularly if you have more than one child.  

In the event you will be unable to drop materials off, please contact Liz Mentiply by email: lmentiply@menands.org or by phone (518)465-4561, extension 119.

Please note: 8th Grade students should keep their chrome books; they will need them to continue to participate in planning meetings for graduation.   Additionally, once we have inventoried, cleaned, sanitized and made any necessary repairs to chrome books, we will have some available to loan for the summer. If you are interested in this, please share that information during the drop off/pick up time.

SUMMER ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITY:

We are pleased to share with you that Capital Region BOCES has created a wonderful opportunity geared toward grades K-5, they have asked we share the following:

Summer vacation may look a bit different this year, but a new website will provide eight weeks of activities to keep your children engaged all summer long! Starting July 3, visit summeradventure.capitalregionboces.org for a week-by-week collection of fun, enriching activities for elementary-age children. Curated by educators, these theme-based activities range from arts and crafts and backyard science to mindful moments and staying active — perfect for a summer spent at home! The site is being developed by Capital Region BOCES, in partnership with our district and other regional schools.

We recognize that this has certainly been a unique school year, and that uncertainty still remains around the start of the upcoming school year.  We will continue to provide regular updates as we receive updated information and guidance around re-opening, and plan accordingly.

I wish you all a happy, healthy summer!

Sincerely,

Dr. Maureen A. Long
Superintendent