Principal's Corner

    As always it seems like we jumped right into March. I hope everyone had a wonderful February
    recess. If you went away someplace warm for vacation, I hope you intend to bring some of that
    weather our way soon. I truly do enjoy the winter but I am ready for spring and the opportunity
    to get your children outside more often.
    In early February, VES welcomed Congressman Tonko to our library where he presented our
    school with 34 fiction and non-fiction texts. These books were part of a grant from the Library
    of Congress. A few pictures with Congressman Tonko can be found on the website.
    VES also welcomed David Ruch as part of our Arts in Education program. David is a special
    musician and artist who ties history into his performances. In February, David presented World
    Cultures with 3rd grade and Colonial America with 4th grade. It was educational and
    Prior to the break, our student council lead students in a Spirit Week. As always, the students
    looked great and had the opportunity to dress in a variety of ways throughout this fun-filled week.
    As we kick off March, we have a variety of activities and events to keep us busy. Starting next
    week, we have our Dino-Mite Scholastic Book Fair in the conference room. The book fair will
    be open from 3-7 p.m. each night with our family fun night scheduled for March 5th at 5 p.m.
    We have some awesome visitors coming that night so we hope to see you there.
    Next week we will have our Incoming Kindergarten Parent meeting. During this time we will
    discuss the registration process and what to expect from our Kindergarten Screening in May.
    With the 2nd semester coming to a close, we will be holding our Parent-Teacher conferences on
    March 14th and 19th. Please be sure to use the Canyon Creek Conference Scheduler to
    schedule your conference with the teachers.
    On March 13th we will have our VES Science Fair. We look forward to seeing all of the
    amazing science fair projects. Our resident “scientists” will be on hand to review each project
    and speak to your children. Good luck future scientists!!
    April 29th-May 5th is national "Screen-Free Week" where children, families, entire schools, and
    communities rediscover the joys of life beyond the screen. The Elementary School, Middle
    School, Voorheesville Public Library, PTA, local churches, and community organizations will be
    offering a variety of fun screen-free programs, activities, and incentives the entire week.
    Serendipity Daycare already runs a program that is screen-free and will set up incentives for
    families to remain screen- free while at home that week. We are looking for parents to become a
    part of this wonderful initiative. If you are interested in making a donation for the prizes or
    becoming involved, please contact Gail Brown at gail.brown@voorpl.org or Lori Storrow
    at loristorrow@yahoo.com .
    Let's plan to unplug from digital entertainment and spend that free time playing, reading,
    daydreaming, creating, exploring, and connecting with family and friends!   
    As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at any time.