Story by Janmarie Foschini
Elementary School Principal Dianne Connolly stated during the Greenwood Lake School Board meeting on Wed., Oct. 10 that it was a “wonderful week at the Elementary School.”
Connolly said students participated in Fire Prevention Week and its activities such as a visit from the local firefighters, where students learn about fire safety and prevention. Children also watched a video about fire safety and went outside to see the fire trucks and equipment.
Middle School Principal Jeffrey Golubchick stated it was a busy week at the Middle School. The first “Coffee with the Principal” was held as an informational meeting regarding the two high schools – Chester Academy or Warwick Valley H.S. – that students can decide to attend. Additional dates are set for more sessions.
Students will be given the opportunity to visit both high schools and shadow an upperclassman. Family meetings will be held in which families meet privately with the Principal and Guidance Counselor as well as a lunch bunch group with students, the Guidance Counselor and Principal. These are all wonderful opportunities to learn more about the two high school choices available to students.
Principal Golubchick thanks the PTSA for their generous donation to allow a copy of the book, “Wild Robot,” to be gifted to each family. He also thanked the PBSI Team for being the “most amazing team” and helping launch the #ChooseMind Campaign this week.
Students were greeted as they arrived at school to pieces of the setting from the book throughout the entrance to the building, an assembly in the gym followed by Mindfulness activities in their classrooms. The school will be visited by the author next month.
Food Service Presentation
Members of the Food Service gave a presentation on foods being served in the cafeteria. The food service department is working with the Board on ways to improve as well as to add to what students are eating and stay within the guidelines from the Federal Food Program. Currently the staff is surveying what students are bringing from home and asking students what they would like to see added to the menus.
PTSA Vice President Patricia Wark reported to the School Board that they raised $1,000 from their first fundraiser of the school year. She also said that Trick Or Trunk forms were sent home. The event will take place on Sun., Oct. 28 at the Middle School. Bingo Night is tentatively set for Fri., Nov. 2 with more information to follow.
Village Liaison Report
School Board President Susan Selser, on behalf of Village Trustee Katheleen Holder, who was unable to attend the meeting, said that the Greenwood Lake Teen Center is now open. She asked that everyone use caution when driving down Waterstone Rd., as children will be walking and crossing the road.
Halloween festivities in the Village of Greenwood Lake are set for Sat., Oct. 20. Village Trick or Treating, the Fire Department annual Halloween Parade and Costume Contest, and the Terror on the Trail are set.
Elementary School Senior Clerk Appointed
Jaclyn Marco has been appointed as full time Senior Clerk for the Elementary School.
Next Board Meeting
The next School Board meeting will take place on Tues., Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. in the Elementary School Gymnasium, located at 80 Waterstone Rd. in Greenwood Lake.