Van Buren Elementary
Principal's Message

20 Ford Street
Baldwinsville, NY 13027
Danielle Nahorney -  Principal
Main Office (315) 638-6121
Fax (315) 638-6170





January 4, 2018

Dear Van Buren Families,                                                                               
I hope that this letter finds you warm and well during this cold spell! While our holiday break became more of a hibernation period, I hope that you were able to spend quality time with loved ones.
The start of a new year is always an exciting time to reflect on our past and plan for what’s to come. This month, as part of our partnership with the Positivity Project, our students are learning about #perseverance and #hope/optimism. Learning about both of these strengths will help us set goals and work toward accomplishing them throughout the year ahead. You can read more about each strength on the attached character cards.
With the start of the new year, I would like to take the time to welcome a new teaching assistant to Van Buren, Miss Sarah Tryon. I would also like to welcome back Mrs. Chris Middlemore, a recently retired special education teacher, who will be a substitute for Mrs. Kristin Connell during her maternity leave. We congratulate Mrs. Connell on the birth of her daughter!

Next week, we are excited to kick-off one of our PTA’s favorite events: PARP (Pick a Reading Partner)! On January 12th we will be hosting author/illustrator Timothy Young and learning about his books and journey to becoming an author. You can learn more about his work at . Following the kick-off assemblies, students’ PARP packets will be sent home to track students’ reading minutes through February 2nd. During PARP, our PTA has planned a variety of events including a new event called “Family Fun Reading Night” which will be featuring an “OK to Read Corrale” as part of this year’s “Saddle Up and
Read” theme. If your child is interested in featuring his or her favorite book, please remember to send in the form attached.
As the colder weather continues to approach, please ensure that your child has proper attire to wear outdoors for recess (coats, hats, etc.). While students are bringing more items to school with them, our lost and found continues to grow. If your child has lost a coat, hat, sweatshirt, etc. please check the lost and found located in the cafeteria.
Additional information and updates can be found below regarding various school and PTA events taking place the rest of the month. As always, thank you for your continued support!

Happy New Year!
Mrs. Danielle Nahorney

PARP (Pick a Reading Partner)
PARP (Pick A Reading Partner) is coming soon! This is one of the PTA's biggest programs, and one of the
students' favorites! During our kick-off assemblies on January 12, we will be hosting author Timothy Young. He will be reading his books, talking about writing, and doing drawing demonstrations for the students. Attached you will find a book order form if you would like to order any of his books. Order forms are due Thursday, January 4th . Mr. Young will be signing them as well. New to our PARP program this year, the PTA will be hosting a Family Fun Reading Night. As part of this event, there will be an "OK to Read Corral" reading fair where students can showcase a book that they love and recommend (think science fair, but with books). If your child plans to feature his or her favorite book, be sure to complete the flyer attached by Friday, January 5th .

Chorus Night at the Crunch
On January 27th, Van Buren’s Chorus will be performing. See the attached flyer for details on discounted tickets through our PTA!

Syracuse University Parent Assistance Center
All parents and family members can and should have meaningful participation in their children’s education, especially when the child receives special education support and services. Effectively communicating and collaborating with the school team is essential to improved outcomes for students with disabilities. The Baldwinsville Central School District is pleased to host a four-part family engagement series presented by SUPAC - Syracuse University Parent Assistance Center. Each session will provide strategies and information to build upon the next in helping families to navigate and participate in the Special Education Process for their
children! Please see the attached flyer for more information regarding dates and topics of each session.

Important Dates

The District calendar can be found under the “District” tab at or by clicking here . Here aresome upcoming events and dates to remember:

January 10th - PTA Meeting at 7:00 pm in Library
January 12th - PARP Kick-Off Assemblies
January 15th - No School: Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
January 19th - Family Fun Reading Night
January 23rd - PARP Book Swap during lunches
January 26th - End of 2nd Marking Period
January 27th - Chorus Night at the Syracuse CRUNCH
January 30th - PARP Free Book Give-away during lunches
February 2nd - Report Cards Available in Parent Portal

Stay connected! With winter finally here, don’t forget that you can sign up to get text alerts from the district by texting YES to 68453. Access Van Buren Elementary’s website, by clicking the “Schools” tab at the District’s website, , or by clicking here . On the left of the page, you can find many helpful links, such asour school events calendar, school directory, and the PTA!
We communicate a lot of information via email, so be sure to keep your current email address up to date, and check it often!
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Last updated on 1/4/2018