Friday, August 16, 2019

It's the Middle of August


Some of the best memories are made in flip-flops!

I hope you and yours have made some glorious memories this summer.  I can not believe how fast August is flying by.  The Stonehedge staff is working hard preparing the entire building for the start of the 2019-2020 school year. The second half of the month is a perfect time to start building healthy routines to prepare for September.  At my house, we start going to bed and getting up at "school times."  Don't worry we have a few weeks left to read some new books, visit the public library, and spend some extra time talking with one another. Last weekend, I had a proud mama moment which reminded me how important summer can be for our learning. My daughter and I were driving to camp with my 5 year old nephew.  While we were driving my daughter started playing "A,B, C--I Spy" with my nephew.  She told him to find something on our drive that started with an A and then she found a B object and so on.  I was so proud of my little teacher in training. My nephew was so excited to talk about his understanding of our language.  It reminded me how important it is to use every minute to talk about learning with our kiddos.  Summer is a great time to make learning easy, breezy and fun.  And, August is a great time to start preparing for the start of the year.

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Summer Mailing
Our summer mailing, which includes placement, meal, and transportation information, is scheduled to go out on Wednesday, August 21st so you should receive it by that Friday or Saturday.  Please don't hesitate to call the office with any questions you may have.

Orientations
Kindergarten Orientation will be Monday August 26 at 9:00 a.m.  

New Family Orientation will also be on Monday August 26 at 1:00 p.m. Of course, all families are welcome to join us to get acquainted with the building and new classroom locations.

First Day of School is a Half-Day
Half days can lead to a change in dismissal for students. Please be sure to send in a note if your child's dismissal will be different on our first half day.

Signing-in at Stonehedge
Please remember that visitors need to identify themselves before being allowed to enter the building. We installed a system called Raptor that requires all visitors to submit their driver’s license to be scanned before receiving an identification sticker to wear while in the school. Parents will be able to leave items for their child without entering the school.  We appreciate your cooperation and willingness to help us continually improve our safety procedures.

Upcoming dates
  • Monday, August 26 - Kindergarten Orientation - 9:00 am - 10:15 am
  • Monday, August 26 – New Family Orientation - 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
  • Wednesday, August 28 - Pop In with the Principals - 4:00 pm-6:00 pm - Stonehedge Playground

Back to School
  • Wednesday, Sept. 4 – Welcome Back! First Day for Students -½ Day (11:30 am Dismissal)
  • Thursday, Sept 12 - Open House – 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Friday, August 9, 2019

Happy August Stonehedge Families!

I am TOO excited to see all of those little Stonehedge faces! It is a true honor to be a leader at Stonehedge and within WGCSD. The staff are working hard preparing for an amazing start to the 2019-2020 school year.


Welcome our new building secretary Sue Tschernjawski. She's been a member of the WGCSD for years and feels as though being the building secretary at Stonehedge Blue is her "dream job."


What's coming up?

Monday, August 26 Kindergarten Orientation at 9:00 a.m. and New Family Orientation at 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 28 Pop-in with the Principals at Stonehedge Playgrounds from 4-6 p.m. PTA is sponsoring the event with Snow Cones!

The summer mailing with teacher, lunch, and transportation info will be coming later in the month.

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL is on Wednesday, September 4 and it is a half-day with 11:30 a.m. dismissal.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Mrs. Keevil Signing Off...


I have been very fortunate to have been part of such an outstanding school community. Part of the difficulty in making this my last year is knowing that I will be leaving this wonderful group of children.

I would like to thank all the staff – both teaching and support staff – who make this school a wonderful place to work and an outstanding environment for children to learn.  It has been my pleasure to lead Stonehedge Elementary and I wish you all well in the future. Enjoy the warmth of summer and the love of family and friends.

Sincerely,
Lori

Students arriving for their last day of the year!





A long-standing tradition, our faculty and staff line the sidewalk and wave to students as the buses depart.


Mrs. Simmons signing on...

I am honored to be joining the Stonehedge school community as your new principal. I am already looking forward to the fall and getting to work with all of the students, families and staff at Stonehedge.  But, we won’t wish summer away just yet!  It is a great time to connect with family and friends.  Be sure to take time to relax, unwind, and learn something new!  See you in the fall.

Sincerely,
Amanda


Thursday, June 13, 2019

Carnival Day

Although Mother Nature wasn't cooperating with our plan for a water carnival, some last second adjustments were made and the students had a blast even without using water. Students enjoyed an obstacle course, relay races, face painting, snow cones, potato sack races, and other games.  Fun was had by all! Thanks to our tremendous physical education staff and the countless other staff members and volunteers who helped out during this year's carnival.

Second graders:












First graders:










Kindergarteners:











Important Dates:
Friday June 21 - Last full day of school for students
Monday June 24 - Half day for students, dismissal at 11:30
Tuesday June 25 - Half day for students, dismissal at 11:30

~Lori

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Elementary Special Olympics
On Friday, May 24, the very first West Genesee Inaugural Elementary Olympics for special education students took place at the high school. Students took part in several track events, including the 50m, 100m, and 200m, and field events, including the shot put, standing long jump, softball throw, and hurdles. Fifty-nine West Genesee Elementary students (from East Hill, Onondaga Road, Split Rock, and Stonehedge Elementary Schools) participated this year. The enthusiasm of the high school students was evident as they cheered on athletes, revved up the spectators, and danced along to the music.  It was a very special event for all!









Continuing the yearly tradition, the staff and students of Stonehedge lined our sidewalk and hallways with handmade signs, high fives, and a lot of cheers, to welcome our athletes as they returned from their day of competing.








Second-grade field trip to Corduroy
The Stonehedge PTA sponsored a trip to LeMoyne College for students to attend a live performance of Corduroy. The story was written by Don Freeman many, many years ago but remains a favorite with teachers and children alike. Have you ever dreamed of being locked in a department store at night? The endearing story of Corduroy, that wonderful little bear,  paints a picture of the adventures that might unfold (for a teddy bear at least) in such a situation. Be sure to ask your second-grade student what happens in the story.


Kindergarten Readiness Session #2
We had a wonderful turn out for our first Welcome to Kindergarten get together. Our next session is scheduled for Tuesday, June 4, 6:00-6:45. For this opportunity, children will stay with classroom teachers while parents meet with Mrs. Sheehan (school counselor), and Mrs. Dunham (Speech and Language Specialist), and me. We will provide an overview of the transition to kindergarten. Doors will open at 6:00 and the parent presentation will begin at 6:10 in the Blue Cafeteria.




Important Dates
May 31 - Kindergarten field trip to Corduroy
June 4 - Kindergarten Readiness Night - 6:00 - 6:45
June 5 - Board of Education Meeting - 7:00 - WG High School Library
June 11 - Water Carnival K-2

~Lori