Welcome to a new school year. I hope that your summer was exciting, yet full of the necessary rest and relaxation to prepare you for the new year ahead. As we approach the start of school, many staff members have come in early to prepare their learning environments and plan. As a staff, we look forward to developing new relationships with you and your children, and to the successes and challenges that each school year brings.
We have some organizational changes taking place this year. Stefania Valenza joins our support staff as school psychologist. Stefania comes to us with years of experience in the role and will be a resource for us all. Sandy Fiorino joins our kindergarten team as an Aide in Ms. Barnett’s class and Sharlaine Holness joins our special education team as a aide in Ms. Rumore’s class. Also, Annabel Terrell moves from part time to fulltime here at KSS, providing ESL and RTI services for students.
Many families have expressed concern as to the status of after school programming this year. The Port Chester Council for the Arts along with OneWorld have been chosen to operate the after school programs in all of the Port Chester elementary schools for the 2013-2014 school year. We will reach out to you as soon as we have further information.
The school day remains the same starting at 8:30am each day. Please be sure to get your child to school on time. Dismissal for grades K, 1, and 2 is at 2:45pm on the intermediate playground adjacent to Upland Street, with the exception of kindergarten during the first week of school, as noted in the attached letter from Dr. Kliszus. Dismissal for grades 3, 4, and 5 is at 3:00pm, also on the intermediate playground adjacent to Upland Street.
On behalf of our staff, I would like to thank you in advance for being an active part of your child’s education. Our district’s mission is “Success for All Students.” As a staff, we strive to meet that mission each year, but we recognize that it’s only possible when we are working together with families. We look forward to working with you all this year.