Friday, November 15, 2019

Weekend Update Nov 15

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As I think about all that I am thankful for... the Stonehedge students, faculty and community is certainly high on my list.  I feel blessed everyday to be able to learn and lead here.  Thank you for sharing your children with me.  It is an honor. ~ Amanda

Drop Off
To assist us with arrival and dismissal:
If you have to get out of your car, please park out front to escort your student in.  If you are picking up, the doors open at 3:10 and students will be dismissed at 3:17.  For safety reasons, please plan to pick up your child and make your way out of the building.  We exit busers from the same door and we are having some congestion. 

PTA Updates
Your help is needed... many of our PTA board members will be moving up to middle school.  Please consider joining and helping out.

One immediate opportunity--Stonehedge is in need of a parent to volunteer who will assist in coordinating the Yearbook this year with the intent of taking over yearbook next year.  Please reach out to the Blue or Gold office if you are interested.

Additionally, if you are interested in helping out at Kindergarten night please contact the office to sign up!

Finally, please consider attending the Open Forum.

Winter Has Arrived
When winter weather is predicted, stay tuned to the @WestGeneseeCSD twitter feed, the website, district Facebook page, the West Genesee app, and the local radio and television stations for information on delays and cancellations. In addition, please make sure that your child has appropriate clothing. Students not only walk to and from the bus, but also play outside for recess. We want to make sure they stay warm!

Blackboard communications software allows us to send emails, texts, phone app notifications, and make phone calls. (Phone calls will be used for emergency situations only) Parent/Guardians and Staff will NOT need to sign-up to receive information from schools that you are registered for in Schooltool. (You will have the option to opt-out if you choose not to receive emails, texts, and/or phone calls.)

For more information and/or to sign-up (if you are not a parent/guardian or staff in the Schooltool system) go to the website and click on the WG Communications sign-up/school app link.

Coming up Next Week...
Wednesday, November 20 - Board of Education Meeting - WGHS Library 7 PM

In the near future...
Monday, November 25 & 26 -  1/2 day Parent Teacher Conferences dismissal 11:30 AM
Wednesday - Friday, November 27-29 -  Thanksgiving Recess

Friday, November 1, 2019

Weekend Update November 1

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WOW... November certainly whipped in, didn't it?  November is going to be a busy month. Be sure you are doing everything you can to BE IN SCHOOL AND PRESENT! Attendance is an important focus at Stonehedge.  If you are not in school you are not learning!

What's happened at Stonehedge this week?

Pumpkin Hedge

Pumpkin Hedge was a huge success.  Thank you to all of the parents and volunteers who set up, attended, and cleaned up.  What a great school community we have!  Honestly, I am already looking forward to next year!


The kids had a great time catwalking with their classes and celebrating in the classroom.  Thank you to those parents who were able to volunteer to assist during the parties.  It was a very exciting and busy day!

Turkey Trot

The PE staff is full of great ideas!  The Turkey Trot was an awesome way to spend the day after Halloween.  Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate with us and we had to walk/jog inside.  However, the kids did great and got to work off some of that Halloween candy.  Thank you to all of you who donated sweet treats.  The donations will go to Dr. Paciorek's office who is sending candy to Troops overseas and supporting our PTA! WIN, WIN.

News And Announcements

Safety is so very important to all of us.  If you are dropping off your little one, remember doors open at 9:00 AM.  If you have to get out of your car, you have to park your car.  Please do not try to park in the drop-off lane.  Also, please abide by the cones and DO NOT pass in the drop off lane.

Math Bedtime Routines
I have suggested millions of times... that parents should read to their children every night because reading improves literacy skills. I have no idea why I have been leaving out math!?!  Check out this cool site our Math Coach, Joe Curtain, shared

Positivity Project, Bravery and Veterans' Assembly

Next week's trait is Bravery.  We'll be celebrating Bravery and Veterans' Day with a special assembly.  We have invited students to bring their family members who are serving or who have served in our Armed Forces.  We will have a reception in the Library before school and the celebration will be held in the gymnasium.   

Upcoming Dates: 

Next Week:
Tuesday, November 5 - 1/2 day with dismissal being 11:30 AM.
Wednesday, November 6 - BOE meeting 7 PM
Thursday, November 7 - District-wide Spelling Bee Camillus Middle School 9:30 AM
Friday, November 8 - Veterans' Day Celebration 8:30 AM

In the Near Future: 
Monday, November 11 - NO SCHOOL Veterans' Day
Wednesday, November 13 - PTA Meeting 6:30 PM
Monday, November 25 & 26 -  1/2 day Parent Teacher Conferences dismissal at 11:30 AM
November 27-29 -  Thanksgiving Break

Friday, October 25, 2019

Weekend Update October 25

Stonehedge Welcomes New York Times Bestselling Author/Illustrator, Troy Cummings.

As part of our PARP (Pick a Reading Partner) celebrations, our wonderful PTA brought Mr. Troy Cummings to Stonehedge to share the joys of writing and storytelling with our students.  As a child, Mr. Cummings spent all his time writing stories, drawing pictures, and keeping an eye out for monsters!  He says that he does pretty much the same things now, but he has also written and illustrated more than thirty children's books, including; THE NOTEBOOK OF DOOM series, THE BINDER OF DOOM series, CAN I BE YOUR DOG?, and THE EENSY WEENSY SPIDER FREAKS OUT (BIG-TIME!) He has also illustrated books by other authors, including CARING FOR YOUR LION (by Tammi Sauer), LITTLE RED GLIDING HOOD (by Tara Lazar), MIGHTY TRUCK (by Chris Barton), and VROOM VROOM GARBAGE TRUCK (by Asia Citro).  His visit was greatly appreciated by the students and staff.

Guest Readers
Throughout this month of PARP we've been very lucky to have some guest readers come in and read to our students. Mrs. Cunningham's class even had a furry friend come visit!

Mr. Moran and service dog Riley read to Mrs. Cunningham's first grade class

“Pumpkin”hedge is tonight October 25th 6:30 – 8:00 pm!  ,     FrFriday

“Pumpkin”hedge will be held outside.  Remember to dress appropriately for the weather.
There will be available parking behind the Gold Team and next to the Blue Team by the District Office.  The times were staggered to help eliminate any congestion and so students could experience “Pumpkin”hedge with their classmates.

Kindergarten and 1st Grade – 6:30 pm
2nd and 3rd Grade – 7:00 pm
4th and 5th Grade – 7:30 pm

Look for the start of the Jack-O-Lantern trail at the end of the Gold Team.

If you pre-paid, remember to bring your tickets.  The tickets will be admission to the refreshment stand.  If you did not pre-order it’s not too late!  You can purchase tickets at the start of the Jack-O-Lantern trail.

The bathrooms in the Blue Team Lobby will be open for use. Here is a preview of some of the awesome pumpkins you will see tonight!

Positivity Project

  • The Positivity Project (P2) strength for next week is “Creativity”.

Eyeglass Drive
The Health Office will be conducting another Eyeglass Drive for the Lions Club this year and we will be collecting eyeglasses until Friday, November 22. 

Coming up Next Week...
Tuesday, October 29 - Picture Retakes (Gold Lobby) - 6:00-8:00 pm 
Thursday, October 31 - HALLOWEEN
Friday, November 1 - Turkey Trot

In the Near Future...
Tuesday, November 5- Half Day for Students - 11:30 am dismissal for students
Wednesday, November 6 – Board of Education Meeting - 7:00 pm - HS Library
Friday, November 8 - Veterans Day Tribute - 8:30-10:30 am

Friday, October 18, 2019

Weekend Update Oct 18

With Halloween right around the corner... the children are growing so excited.  I wanted to share a few helpful guidelines:

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  • Classrooms will be having parties (times vary throughout the day) 
  • You may send in a bag with a costume 
  • costumes should be appropriate for school. Remember our little ones frighten easily, please no scary masks, blood, or weapons
  • only adults who are designated helpers will be permitted in the classrooms during parties
  • If you should be in need of a costume, please reach out to Mrs. Sheehan (school counselor) at 315-487-4633. She has many to give out. 
Personally, I am excited for Pumpkin Hedge on October 25, 2019.  The pumpkins for the classrooms arrived this week.  Each class will be decorating a pumpkin for display. You can display a pumpkin, too (drop off is Thursday 10/24 3:45-5:30). To accommodate parking we have suggested times, but feel free to come when it is convenient for you:

K-1: 6:30
2-3: 7:00
4-5: 7:30

Fire Safety
We had our Fire Safety Assembly with Firefighter Dave Mazzoni and other members of Fairmount Fire Department.  The fire department discussed the importance of "stop, drop and roll," having a safe meeting place, checking your smoke detectors regularly, and calling 911.

Attached to the email you received, updating you that a new blog post had been posted, are a few fire safety activities for your family.  You can click on the attachment in the email to open the Fire Safety activities file.

I have enjoyed reading to many of our classrooms for PARP.  It is not everyday you get to wear your superhero cape and read My Principal is a Superhero.  Working with your children brings me such joy and happiness.  I am truly grateful to do this work.  Thank you Mrs. Colburn's class for the priceless pics!  (I'll save them forever)

I also read the Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers.  Which lead to Isabella Dickinson bringing me a book recommendation!  I can't wait to read all about Nibbles the book eating monster. Thank you for your excitement, 1st graders.

Positivity Project
For P2 this week we focused on Integrity.  Students talked a lot about saying "what you mean and meaning what you say" and "doing the right thing even when no one is watching."  Next week, we'll focus on the trait of Perspective.  Perspective helps us make sense of the world around us. It gives us a sense of what truly matters. 

Coming up next week...
Thursday, October 24 - Open Library Night - 6:30 pm -7:30 pm
Friday, October 25 - Author Troy Cummings visits Stonehedge
Friday, October 25 - "Pumpkin"hedge - 6:30 pm - 8 pm

In the near future...
Tuesday, October 29 - Picture Day Retakes - 6 pm - Gold Lobby
Thursday, October 31 -  HALLOWEEN
Friday, November 1 - Turkey Trot

Friday, October 11, 2019

Weekend Update October 11

What is going on around Stonehedge?

It has been a busy week.  First grade attended the Merry Go Round Playhouse production of the Boy Who Cried Wolf. What a creative, talented group of young actors!?!  The students were attentive audience members and really learned a valuable lesson in how important it is to always tell the truth!

Today was P2 Buddy Day!  5th graders worked with Kindergarteners, 4th graders buddy with 2nd graders and 3rd graders paired up with 1st grade.  They created cards to share with Veterans in celebration of Veterans Day.  It is so inspiring to see the older kids helping to model and lead the younger students.  It made my day!

Can you feel the excitement on this little kinders face?

What's up next week?
Monday, October 14 - Columbus Day - No School
Tuesday, October 15 - PTA Meeting - 6:30 pm - Blue Cafeteria
Wednesday, October 16 - Fire Safety Presentation Grades K-2
Wednesday, October 16 - Board of Education Meeting - 7 pm - WG High School Library

In the near future...
Friday, October 25 - Author Troy Cummings visits Stonehedge
Friday, October 25 - "Pumpkin"hedge - 6:30 pm - 8 pm

Friday, October 4, 2019

Weekend Update Oct 4

Around Stonehedge this week...

Positivity Project Assembly

We had our first P2 Assembly this week!  It was AWESOME!  The students were impeccable audience members.  We celebrated our school community. We talked all about the traits we've learned so far. We sang and danced.  Mrs. Lawrence and Mrs. McCarthy's classes taught us a kindness song with hand motions.  It was so endearing I teared up watching them.  I even got to wear a superhero cape that displays my superhero trait of "LOVE."  Please ask your little one about it.  It was one of my most favorite memories of Stonehedge so far.  You could feel the energy and enthusiasm in the room.  Next week, we'll focus on Being Present and Giving Others your Attention


At our P2 Assembly we introduced our SOCKTOBER Sock Drive.  Stonehedge will be collecting new socks the week of October 16-20th.  The socks can be sent in your child's backpack.  At the end of the week, the socks collected will be donated to our local Rescue Mission.  We hope to help those in need in the upcoming winter months.  #otherpeoplematter

Pick A Reading Partner (PARP)

We are really digging all of our PARP activities.  We had a very successful book fair.  Thank you to those families who supported us by purchasing books for their homes and for the classrooms, too.   The students are enjoying the guest readers who have been surprising them this week.  {A superhero may have read to a few classes today ;) } Monday, October 7th the first PARP slips are due.

Math centers

First grade has been really rocking out the math centers.  They are reviewing concepts taught previously, scooping, popping, and rolling dice.

Whisper Reading with Mrs. Simmons

In library...

Students are preparing for an author visit from Troy Cummings. Thanks to the PTA, he'll be here on Oct 25th. 

Ways to help PTA

The PTA does more than just sponsor author visits.  They host the book fair, Picture Day, Pumpkinhedge, Spirit Days, and that is just to name a few.  You can help by signing up, attending meetings, volunteering to help out at events, and participating in fundraisers (Box Tops, Buffalo Wild Wings, Tops in Education, Shoparoo).

To eat Breakfast or not to eat breakfast?

Our mornings here at Stonehedge often begin with breakfast. Parents and guardians please talk to your children about breakfast.  If you want them to attend, we get the kiddos off the bus at 8:50.  If they eat at home, talk to them about not eating a second breakfast at school.  The easiest way to manage their account is through myschoolbucks.

Coming up next week:

PARP is going on all month
Monday, October 7 - Open Library Night - 6:30-7:30 pm - Stonehedge Library
Tuesday, October 8 - Merry-Go-Round Theater - 1st Grade

In the near Future: 

Monday, October 14 - Columbus Day - No School
Tuesday, October 15 - PTA Meeting - 6:30 pm - Blue Cafeteria
Wednesday, October 16 - Board of Education Meeting - 7 pm - WG High School Library