As we move into the final months of the school year, we will certainly be very busy at VCE! The first week in May includes NY State Math testing for grades 3-5. We will be testing students on the mornings of May 2-4. NY State Science Performance testing for grade 4 will take place May 24-26, and the written test will be administered on Monday, June 5th.
In addition to upcoming field trips and cultural arts programs, our students are practicing for our upcoming spring concerts which will be held as follows:
- Kindergarten students will perform at their moving up ceremony on June
- The concert for grades 1 and 2 will be held at 9:30 am on Tuesday, May 23rd in the gym at VCE
- The third graders will have their own recorder and vocal music concert on Wednesday, May 17th at 9:30 am in the courtyard. (Indoors in the event of inclement weather)
- Our 4th and 5th grade students (vocal, band and orchestra) will perform at 7:00 pm at Nyack High School on Thursday, May 11.
As the weather warms up, I would like to remind families that loose fitting clothing and a bottle of water will help to keep children cool. Sneakers are still a must for physical education classes. Sandals should have ankle straps for safety.
Finally, I am asking for the help of families with what is becoming a rather large distraction and a safety issue in school in recent weeks. Increasing numbers of students are bringing “Fidget Spinners” (see photo below) to school. These are made of plastic and small metal ball bearings. They are quite popular, and are being traded, borrowed and played with during the day. They are also being thrown, both accidentally and intentionally, and we have had a number of injuries. Originally designed and marketed as a tool for those with Attention Deficit Disorder, these Fidget Spinners are now being used as toys by many students. Your help in making sure that students keep these at home is greatly appreciated so that we may continue to keep the focus on educational activities.
The staff and I are looking forward to seeing our VCE families at our many spring events. Thank you for sharing your children with us each day!
Gina Cappiello, Principal