From the Board of Education – February 2016

4 Feb

From the Board of Education – February 2016

Mike Suffoletto, President mikesuff@rochester.rr.com

Sue Casey, Vice President bcasey01@rochester.rr.com

Ann Carmody ann.carmody2012@gmail.com

Mike Dedee madedee@rochester.rr.com

Linda Dioguardi lmojpd@gmail.com

Tammy Gurowski tammygurowski@gmail.com

Mike Gustin mgustin@frontiernet.net

 

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CENTRAL PTSA BUDGET ADVOCACY

Our district is fortunate to have a committed Central Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) that serves our students, faculty, staff, and community at large. As we plan for the 2016-17 Webster CSD budget, Central PTSA is offering some important advocacy information related to many topics, including New York State’s Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA). If you’d like to learn more about a petition you can sign to eliminate the GEA and what that could mean for Webster students, please visit http://www.websterptsa.org, and click on the “Advocacy” tab. Under that tab, there is also additional GEA information and a host of other helpful advocacy links.

 

POSTCARDS SERVE AS CONVERSATION STARTERS ON DIFFICULT TOPICS FOR PARENTS AND KIDS

See something? Hear something? Have the courage to SAY something! LOVE your kid. ASK them questions! This is at the core of the message that the District Chemical Abuse Prevention (CAP) team is sharing with families. CAP is sending parents of students grades 4-12 a monthly postcard designed to be a conversation starter to discuss what can be difficult topics with your kids.

Families of fourth through twelfth graders should have received their first post card last month. That post card shared, “Do you know 18% of Webster seventh and eighth graders (150 kids) report that they have gone to a party where alcohol and other drugs were available for their use? Is there a responsible adult present at the parties your child attends? Are you sure you know? Ask and find out.”

The information on the cards comes from Webster’s results of the nationally administered 2015 Youth Risk Behavior. All of the postcards come with the CAP webpage, URL http://www.websterschools.org/cap, and the page’s QR code so parents have access to further information and resources.

 

KINDERGARTEN ORIENTATION PARENT MEETING: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 29

If you have a child who will be 5 years old on or before December 1, 2016, that child is eligible for kindergarten enrollment for the 2016-17 school year. Beginning early this month, parents can download a kindergarten registration packet by visiting the district’s web site at websterschools.org. Packets are also available at District Office (3rd floor of Spry Middle School) and all elementary school buildings.

An important kindergarten orientation parent meeting will take place on Monday, February 29, 6:30 p.m. at your child’s school. You can bring your completed packet to that meeting or you may visit your child’s school from March 1 – March 3, any time from 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. daily, to register. Remember to bring your completed registration packet with all necessary documents. If you have any questions, please contact Webster’s Central Registration Office at 216-0029.

 

FROM THE BOARD TABLE:

During the board’s January 21 meeting, the board received a report regarding the district’s Humanities department. The Humanities department includes all K-12 English Language Arts (ELA)/Literacy instruction, social studies, Languages Other Than English (LOTE), English as a New Language (ENL), and library. The report focused on the adoption and implementation of the K-2 “Fundations” foundational reading program, the collaboration to continue building and strengthening the 6-12 ELA/Literacy program, along with the development and implementation of a district-wide eighth grade social studies project.

Remember, you can view the entire report and board of education meeting by visiting http://www.websterschools.org, and clicking on the “Board of Education” quick link.

The board also approved a resolution to appoint Tammy Gurowski to fill the vacant seat on the board as Tom Nespeca recently resigned. Ms. Gurowski will serve until May 17, 2016. We welcome her to the board and thank her for her willingness to serve our district.

As always, we remind you that public attendance at all board meetings and workshops is welcomed. Please plan on attending February’s upcoming board meetings:

  • Thursday February 4, 2016 – BOE Meeting – Strategic Planning update (7:00 p.m., Spry Middle School Auditorium, 119 South Avenue)
  • Thursday, February 25, 2016 – BOE Workshop – BOCES visit (This workshop will begin at 6:00 p.m. in Conference Room B, District Offices, 3rd floor of Spry Middle School; please note timing is subject to change on BOE workshops)

 

 

Parents Invited to Kindergarten Registration Orientation

Kindergarten registration begins Monday, February 29, during Parent Orientation. If you have a child who will be 5 years old on or before December 1, 2016, that child is eligible for kindergarten enrollment for the 2016-17 school year.

Parents can download a kindergarten registration packet by visiting the Central Registration webpage at websterschools.org, or by picking up a packet at your child(ren)’s elementary school, or at the district office, 119 South Avenue.

To register, take the completed registration packet with the original and one copy of all other necessary documents to your student’s school on February 29 for the 6:30 p.m. Parent Orientation. You can also bring your completed packet to your child’s school from March 1 – March 3, any time from 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. daily, to register.

School registration is based on residency. Webster students attend the school assigned to their home address. Use the School Locater Tool on the Central Registration webpage for placement information. Families with students in day care, please note:

  • If your child will attend a commercial day care, take your paperwork to the school assigned to your address.
  • If your child will attend a private day care, take your paperwork to the school assigned to that address.

If you have any questions, please contact Webster’s Central Registration Office at 216-0029.

February STAR Authors!

4 Feb

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Congratulations to the following students for publishing books this month: 

Mrs. Gunerman’s Class

  • Gigi Weissinger – No Homework!
  • Bridget McDonald – Locked
  • Olivia Ritchie – The Snowball Fight
  • Carter Warren – The Lost Shoes
  • Ellie Gramowksi –  Northern Hemisphere
  • Ahsan Haidari – The Mystery
  • Dom Blekot – Fumbled
  • Rajbir Saini – Henry’s Catastrophe
  • Leah Hurlbut – Friends and Bullies
  • Martine Broikou – The Missing Birthday Present

Mrs. Guentner’s Class

  • Sophie Shortino – No More Night Night
  • Sidney Menz – The Lost Dog
  • Massimo Tortatice – The Master Builder
  • Riley O’Neill – The Lost Bunny
  • Chris Mendez – None Left
  • Reilly Adams – Gymnastics
  • Michael Heller – What is That?
  • Jack Centola – Marcella Lost Something
  • Andrew Baird – Mason’s Walk at the Park
  • Boston DeWitte – The Homework Dog
  • Evan Cattron-Too Big Too Small
  • Leah Lasky – The Lost LPS Playset  
  • Kaitlyn Dushuk – Horrible Halloween
  • Taj Hamza – Bad Day at School

Mrs. LaForce-Stack/Mrs. Yarbrough’s Class

  • Ben Chase-The Halloween Scare
  • Alex Saracene—The Unknown Story
  • Maeliana Fanale – The Worst Halloween
  • Brendan Adams – Night of the Living Pumpkin
  • Alexia Williams – The Haunted House
  • Maryn Lillie – The Haunted House
  • Raja Mosher – The Halloween Dream
  • Shanna Smith—The Haunted Paintings
  • Will Larsen—The Creepy House

Ms. Leszczynski’s class – The entire class wrote, “I Love My Family”

  • Christina Babchuk
  • Henry Bonn
  • Xavier Bowen
  • Gabriella Constantino
  • Margaret Corriveau 
  • Sienna Duga
  • Jonah Jobson 
  • Hannah Johnson 
  • Ariana Kaltenbach 
  • Joshua King 
  • Alejandra Lopez
  • Alexander Martin
  • Garrett Mee 
  • Kayana Roberson 
  • Madelyn Roushey 
  • Griffin Saporito
  • Avery Scalzo 
  • Breccan Schaeffer 
  • Caden Stramonine 
  • Preston Waite 
  • Madison Wolfgang
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Principal’s & Assistant Principal’s News – February 2016

4 Feb

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Save the Date! Annual Winter Carnival & Talent Show – March 11, 2016

28 Jan

The annual Winter Carnival and Talent Show is scheduled for Friday, March 11th from 5:30-8:00.  

More information will be coming soon.  In the mean time….we can help you clean out and get more space in your homes!  

Please consider donating small toys or gadgets that make great “penny prizes”. There is a box located outside the main office labeled Carnival.  (No stuffed animals please.)  

Questions, contact Denise Warren: bwarren2@rochester.rr.com

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Community Arts Day 2016 – Join the Planning Committee!

28 Jan

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Save the Date! Community Arts Day – April 9, 2016

28 Jan

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NOTES FROM THE NURSE- JANUARY

19 Jan

“Tis The Season” for winter illnesses!

Once again, a reminder about infection control: cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze, throw away your tissues promptly, and wash your hands! Influenza (the flu) is easily transmitted through the air (sneezing/coughing) and close personal contact. Cold and flu viruses can linger on doorknobs, telephone receivers, computer keyboards, and other surfaces. It is important to wash your hands frequently and try to avoid rubbing your eyes and nose or putting your hands around your mouth.

The decision to keep your child home from school is not always clear cut. Most often your child will do fine in school (with a little encouragement and a box of tissues). Here are some guidelines to use in determining whether your child should stay home.

Any condition you think or know is contagious to others.

Fever greater than 100.4 orally.

Child is too ill, sleepy or lethargic to sit still all day in school.

Severe sore throat, with fever or lethargy, or lasting longer than 48 hours. (Contact your health care provider.) Reminder: If your child has had a throat culture for strep, he/she may NOT be in school until the results are known. If your child is diagnosed with strep, he/she MUST be on the antibiotic 48 hours before returning to school. Red/runny eyes (until cleared as non-contagious by your health care provider).

Severe ear pain or drainage from the ear. (Contact your health care provider.)

Severe headache, especially if accompanied by fever. (Contact your health care provider.)

Honey-crusted sores around the nose or mouth. (Contact your health care provider.)

Significant rash accompanied by fever, sore throat, stomach ache, or a rash in various stages including boils, sores and bumps. (Contact your health care provider.)

Please help remind your child to dress appropriately for the colder weather. This includes warm coat, gloves/mittens, hat, and boots. Snow pants help keep students warm and dry during recess play too.

Remember: Notify the school if your child will be absent: 217-4108.

From the Board of Education – January 2016

5 Jan

From the Board of Education – January 2016

  • Mike Suffoletto, President mikesuff@rochester.rr.com
  • Sue Casey, Vice President bcasey01@rochester.rr.com
  • Ann Carmody ann.carmody2012@gmail.com
  • Mike Dedee madedee@rochester.rr.com
  • Linda Dioguardi lmojpd@gmail.com
  • Mike Gustin mgustin@frontiernet.net
  • Tom Nespeca tnespeca@rochester.rr.com

Follow us on Twitter: @WCSDProud

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Happy New Year to all our Webster students and families! We hope you enjoyed the winter recess and the unusually warm “winter” temperatures. Parents, please note there will be NO SCHOOL on Monday, January 18, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Also, there is a Superintendent’s Conference Day scheduled for Friday, January 29, 2016. There will be NO school for students in grades K-12 that day.

 

COMMITTEES SEEK VOLUNTEERS

Webster’s board of education is, once again, seeking our school community’s assistance and input into the 2016-17 budget process. If you have an interest in learning more about school district budgeting, we invite you to volunteer as a member of the Budget Advisory Committee (BAC) for the 2016-17 fiscal year. This important advisory committee assists the district by providing the superintendent with its perspective on school budget development, the budget process, and budget communications. The BAC will meet four times beginning in February 2016 and ending in April 2016. Residents interested in serving on the BAC should contact Lisa Borrino at Lisa_Borrino@websterschools.org, 216-0017.

 

The board is also looking for volunteers to serve on the district’s Food Service Wellness Committee. As a district, we are committed to providing a school environment that promotes and protects children’s health, well-being, and the ability to learn by fostering healthy eating habits. If you would be interested in serving as a member of the Food Service Wellness Committee, please contact Webster CSD’s Assistant Superintendent for Business, Brian Freeman, at 216-0017.

 

WEBSTER CSD CONDUCTING YOUNG CHILDREN CENSUS

If you have children living in your household who are five (5) years old or younger, please complete Webster CSD’s online young children census. The census can be accessed by visiting websterschools.org, and clicking on the link found on the lower right-hand corner of the home page. If you know someone who has young children but does not have access to a computer, they may still participate by calling Webster’s Central Registration Office at 216-0029. The census will close on January 31, 2016.

 

FROM THE BOARD TABLE:

During the board’s December 10 meeting, the board received a report regarding STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) in Webster CSD. The report focused on ways the district is building knowledge within each subject area as Webster prepares our students to be college, career, and community ready. The overall goal of our district’s STEM education’s goal is to challenge students to ask/answer questions and to solve problems using critical thinking, analysis, creativity, design, and collaboration. The report also concentrated on how STEM areas of study reinforce the district’s Essential Skills for all students: resilience, perseverance, collaboration, integrity, time management, self-management and communication. You can view the entire report by visiting websterschools.org, and clicking on the “Board of Education” quick link.

As always, we remind you that public attendance at all board meetings and workshops is welcomed. Please plan on attending January’s upcoming board meetings:

  • Thursday, January 7, 2016 – BOE Workshop – Strategic Planning survey results (This workshop will begin at 6:00 p.m. in Conference Room B, District Offices, 3rd floor of Spry Middle School)
  • Thursday, January 21, 2016 – BOE Meeting: Humanities report (7:00 p.m., Spry Middle School Auditorium, 119 South Avenue)

January STAR Authors!

5 Jan

imagesYLT7IJW4Congratulations to the following students for publishing books this month: 

Mrs. Gunerman’s Class

  • Benjamin Horvath – The Touchdown
  • Shalin Zerbe – Where are the Presents?!
  • Drew Syracusa – Stop Crying
  • J. J. Bay – Just in Time to Dance
  • Tyler Flood – The Lost Video Game!
  • Melissa Robinson – A Shell Necklace Catastrophe
  • John Richardson – The Hermit
  • Maxim Avlasevich – Soccer Everything
  • Jack Bovenzi – Thanks to the Coach
  • Nickolas Dickson – The Lost Ball
  • Kaitlin Dowling – Seashells
  • Anthony Marcellus – Where are my Rocks!?
  • Zac Montalto – Hanna the Hamster
  • Aidan Ramos – The Missing Football

Mrs. Guentner’s Class

  • Logan Farney – Soccer Ball Game
  • Anna Coppola – Help Me!
  • Allison Volker – The Day at the Park
  • Patrick Wood – Where’s the Frisbee
  • Maresa Girard – The Lost Dog
  • Nicholas Myers – Power Out
  • Joey Crescimanni – Face Your Fear
  • Jack Maerlender  – Run Away Costume!
  • Max Braithwaite – The Blue Jump Rope

Mrs. LaForce-Stack/Mrs. Yarbrough’s Class

  • Jack Roetker—Monster Disaster
  • Jasmine Kendrick—Halloween Story
  • Jackson Klehr—The Haunted House
  • Lily Farnung – What’s in the Closet?
  • Gavin King – The Haunted Mansion
  • Jacob Mendola – The Headless Horseman
  • Trevor Ross – Halloween Night

Mrs. St. James’ Class – Each student wrote, “What I Love About the Holidays”

  • Lydia Beach
  • Maya Blair
  • Zachary Bowman
  • Rachel Bulger
  • Tessa Carey
  • Franco DiMartino
  • Mariah Ferra
  • Braelyn Lawyer
  • Gianna Marr
  • Gabriella Masucci
  • Tori Mellon
  • Kayla Mongiovi
  • Alexis Morris
  • Alex Mulye
  • Eddie Muratore
  • Andrew Naiko
  • Jake Nicolay
  • Oliver Oldfield-Aldridge
  • Lydia Quagliata
  • Evelyn Short
  • Emmie van Wichen
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Principal’s & Vice Principal’s News – January 2016

5 Jan

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Did You Guess the Right Teacher?

2 Jan

About Half Did!

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Our mystery teacher is Mrs. Lawson. Mrs. Lawson has a dog and a gerbil. Additionally, she loves the color yellow, gardening, and reading. She also enjoys eating at Olive Garden whenever she can! In the future she hopes to learn to cross country ski.

Congratulations to those who guessed correctly, and watch for another Name That Teacher game soon!

Name That Teacher

23 Dec

Name That Teacher!

Get to know our KN Teachers!

Here’s how it works:

We will give you a hint, and you get to guess which teacher matches our clues.  Check back soon to see if you were right!

Did You Guess the Right Teacher?

23 Dec

42% Guessed Correctly

 
Our Mystery Teacher is Mrs. Kriewall. This is Mrs. Kriewall’s second year at Klem North and she always strives to be the best teacher that she can be! Her favorite books are the Harry Potter series and she has a dog and cat at home. Her favorite restaurant is Chipotle and she is a great chef!
 
 
Congratulations to those who guessed correctly, and watch for another Name That Teacher game soon!

NOTES FROM THE NURSE:

14 Dec

DECEMBER

A reminder about Pertussis (Whooping Cough): Pertussis is always present in the community and usually starts to increase about the same time as the flu. If your child develops a persistent cough that becomes worse over time, he/she should be evaluated by his/her physician so that the appropriate tests are performed and treatment is initiated.

Pertussis most often occurs in infants and younger children who frequently acquire the disease from older siblings, adolescents, and adults who have a mild disease. While Pertussis most fre-quently occurs in unvaccinated or under-vaccinated children, it also occurs in school-age chil-dren and adults who have had the recommended Pertussis immunizations.

For more information: http://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/clinical/index.html

http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/pertussis/fact_sheet.htm

Name That Teacher

12 Dec

Name That Teacher!

Get to know our KN Teachers!

Here’s how it works:

We will give you a hint, and you get to guess which teacher matches our clues.  Check back soon to see if you were right!

PTSA Spotlight

12 Dec

Kim Benzoni

Kim Benzoni

Klem North welcomes Kim Benzoni for a second year as PTSA treasurer. She keeps the books for all PTSA funds.

Kim has two children at Klem North. She has a son in the fourth grade and a son in the first grade.

In her free time, Kim enjoys gardening, cooking, baking, ballroom dancing, and reading. Additionally, Kim enjoys water skiing — and is pretty good at it!

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Principal’s & Vice Principal’s News – December 2015

7 Dec

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From the Board of Education – December 2015

5 Dec

From the Board of Education – December 2015

 

  • Mike Suffoletto, President mikesuff@rochester.rr.com
  • Sue Casey, Vice President bcasey01@rochester.rr.com
  • Ann Carmody ann.carmody2012@gmail.com
  • Mike Dedee madedee@rochester.rr.com
  • Linda Dioguardi lmojpd@rochester.rr.com
  • Mike Gustin mgustin@frontiernet.net
  • Tom Nespeca tnespeca@rochester.rr.com

 

 

WEBSTER BOE APPROVES RESOLUTION ON URBAN-SUBURBAN PROGRAM

During the November 19 meeting, Webster’s Board of Education voted yes on a resolution to begin the Urban-Suburban Interdistrict Transfer program in the Webster Central School District. The district will welcome 25-30 Rochester City School District students in grades 2, 3, and 4, to Webster beginning in the fall of 2016. Webster CSD has been actively researching the Urban-Suburban program to explore this unique opportunity in our district over the past 15 months. The Urban-Suburban program is celebrating its 50th anniversary and was originally established with the goal to “voluntarily reduce racial isolation and the segregation of academic opportunities in elementary and secondary schools in order to enhance and enrich racial and ethnic awareness among students, teachers, and parents.” Urban-Suburban program administrators recently amended the original mission statement of the organization to include the goal of “deconcentrating poverty and enhancing opportunities for students in the city and suburbs.” A total of 12 area districts (with five that began in the 2015-16 school year) participate and all have reported positive feedback on the program. For further information on the Urban-Suburban program, please visit the district’s web site at websterschools.org, and click on the “District” dropdown menu, followed by the “Urban-Suburban” link.

 

COMMUNITY INVITED TO PUBLIC FORUM ON SMART BOND FUNDING

Webster CSD and your board of education invite all Webster CSD families and community members to attend the Thursday, December 3, board workshop for a public comment forum regarding how best to spend funds allocated to our district as part of the Smart Schools Bond Act. This Act was passed during the 2014-15 New York State budget cycle and allocated $2 billion to finance improved educational technology and infrastructure that will improve learning and opportunity for New York State students. All proposed projects using Smart School Bond Act funding need to be reviewed and approved by the New York State Education Department. Webster is slated to receive approximately $4.4 million in Smart Schools Bond Act. Please plan on attending this important board workshop.

 

FROM THE BOARD TABLE:

In addition to the approval of the Urban-Suburban resolution during the board’s November 19 meeting, the board also received a facilities report from Brian Freeman, WCSD Assistant Superintendent for Business, and Blaine Cunningham, WCSD Buildings and Grounds Manager. The report included updates on a variety of projects throughout the district, including roof replace-ments at Schroeder, Plank South, Klem South, and Schlegel Road that were completed over the summer, along with many other completed summer projects. The report also included a complete look ahead to facilities’ projects slated for the summer of 2016. Public attendance at all board meetings and workshops is always welcomed. Please plan on attending December’s board meetings:

  • Thursday, December 3 – BOE Workshop – Public Comment Forum on Smart Bond Funding (Thisworkshop will begin at 6:00 p.m. in Conference Room B, District Offices, 3rd floor of Spry Middle School)
  • Thursday, December 10 – BOE Meeting: STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math-ematics (6:30 p.m., Spry Middle School Auditorium, 119 South Avenue)

On behalf of the entire board of education, we wish you a joyous holiday season! Enjoy the holidays with your families, friends, and loved ones.

Holiday Helping Hands – Wednesday, December 2nd!

30 Nov

gingerbread cookie holiday

Join us in the Klem North Cafeteria at 6:30pm for a fun family night!  

The focus of this evening is charitable giving and three activities are planned.  

We will be tying fleece blankets that will later be delivered with a book to kindergarten, 1st grade and second grade children in one of the Rochester City School District schools. Our 5th grade classes will deliver these special items to the students and will spend time reading the new books together. Come help us get 180 blankets tied and ready for delivering for our Books and Blankets Program! 

AND WE STILL NEED BOOKS!!!  A box is located in the Klem North lobby for like-new or new kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade books.  

We will also have a station set up to draw pictures or write letters to be sent to our military.  

Children will have an opportunity to create a holiday craft project!  

This is another well-loved Klem North event – don’t miss it!

Did You Guess the Right Teacher?

25 Nov

About Half Did!

Our mystery teacher is Mrs. Gunerman. Mrs. Gunerman got into a little trouble in second grade for getting out of her seat and helping other students with their work. She has two cats named Simon and Theodore. She loves relaxing with her children and red is her favorite color!

Congratulations to those who guessed correctly, and watch for another Name That Teacher game soon!