Tag: Elementary School

Does Shenendehowa have any policies regarding fundraisers? My child attends Skano and we just received our third fundraiser and we’ve been back to school less than a full month. Grade-level – Playground – PTA. A bit much, don’t you think?

Written by on November 2, 2016 in Grapevine

A.  Shenendehowa does have a policy regarding fundraisers.  All district processes were followed for the fundraisers that have taken place so far this year.  Each fundraiser was for a different purpose and organized by a different group.  Please don’t feel obligated to participate in each one.  We understand parents will need to pick and choose […]

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Would any of the elementary schools accept Box Tops for Education that have expired? Thanks.

Written by on October 21, 2016 in Grapevine

A. The company does not accept them, so we do not.

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Why are the Intermediate Wing Special Education and AIS classrooms at Skano allowed to have furniture – fouton couch, bean bags, etc? I thought furniture was regulated due to student health and safety – viruses, bacteria, germs, illnesses.

Written by on September 15, 2016 in Grapevine

A.  All classrooms have a variety of furniture to meet the needs of the students at that grade level.   Any furniture or equipment that is purchased for student use needs to be approved by the head custodian to ensure it meets our safety and fire retardant requirements.  If you have further concerns, please speak with […]

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As I look through my child’s Karigon school supply list, I noticed a $10 fee for “special activities”. Perplexed on what special activities are being done, I looked at other supply list in Karigon and throughout the district. Schools like Tesago and Arongen do not ask for extra money. Why is my child asked to send in extra? What special activities will this money be used for?

Written by on August 23, 2016 in Grapevine

A. The district policy on school supplies states:  Teachers may request up to $10 during the course of the year for special projects that will complement the curriculum or for student recognition activities. Grade level activity accounts must be established with the district for deposit and use of these funds. See the complete policy here: https://www.shenet.org/school-supplies/

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how do I get a copy of a yearbook from the late 80s when I went to skano elemental school?

Written by on July 28, 2016 in Grapevine

A. Skano does not have any from the late 80s on file, so we are not sure if there even was one. 

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how come Karigon is not allowed to play tag, go on the playground without sneakers, play soccer or do flips on the bars?

Written by on June 17, 2016 in Grapevine

A. Anytime school implements certain rules for playground activities, it is typically to improve the safety of students.

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Has there been any talk about making kindergarten all day, instead of half day? Half day kindergarten is ridiculous, especially for working parents. How does 2.5 hours of school prepare a child for 1st grade???

Written by on March 22, 2016 in Grapevine

A. Yes, but we don’t have the physical space to do so. We currently have extended day kindergarten for students in need of extra support.

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I know that teachers in the elementary schools have requested that the portal be closed down for several weeks, while they input grades but does it need to be closed for SO long? Is that still necessary, especially most teachers are regularly keeping up with inputting their grades? The middle school teachers don’t seem to need this length of time. The trouble is, as parents, we rely on the portal to help our kids stay on top of things. I know the district wants to encourage parents to be involved, but insists on closing it for weeks and weeks, it’s contrary to parent involvement. Can this be reevaluated? Thanks.

Written by on January 26, 2016 in Grapevine

A. We are looking into it.

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When is the CogAt testing for 4th grade students?. When can the parents expect the form for signup?

Written by on December 18, 2015 in Grapevine

A: Parents will receive notification of the testing in early January. This information will include dates of the CogAT tests.

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