Ms. Lauren Gemmill
2445 Rosendale Rd.
Niskayuna, NY 12309
518-377-3123
518-377-1098 Fax

Pre School
From the Nurse
Rosendale News

Welcome to a Special Visitor

On Friday December 20th, 2013

we welcomed

Mr. Joe Landry, Niskayuna Town Supervisor to Rosendale

Mr. Landry visited our school to present the students with a plaque recognizing their outstanding participation in the Take Me To Vote 2013 program sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the American Association of University Women. Many students at Rosendale accompanied their parents to the Polling Booths in the November 2013 Elections. It is the intention of the Take Me To Vote program to encourage children to accompany their parents to the polls in the hope that it will inspire them to exercise their own right to vote when they reach voting age.

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OUR THANKSGIVING

GRATITUDE TURKEY

Stop in the front entrance to school

and see our terrific turkey!

Each of the turkey's feathers represents something a Rosendale student is Thankful for this holiday season. Each of the fall leaves represents the gratitude of a faculty or staff member.

The whole school is thankful to the artists

who made this wonderful display possible!

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The Tardy Brothers

Comedy and Juggling

came to Rosendale on

Monday, November 18th

This fabulous juggling show mixed high energy juggling and physical comedy with inspirational

stories. The Tardy Brothers, Matthew and Jason, are living proof that

education, hard work and dedication are a direct path to a successful future.

They were truly amazing!

Thanks Arts In Education Committee for bringing them to Rosendale!

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AUTHOR VISIT

with

Charles R. Smith, Jr.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Made possible through the efforts of

Mrs. Carboni, our School Media Specialist

and the PTO Arts in Education Committee

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You can visit Mr. Smith's website by clicking on the link below:

www.charlesrsmithjr.com

Mr. Smith combines his experience in the areas of writing, photography and sports to write children's books. He enjoys visiting schools and meeting the kids that read his books. He says that the children are an inspiration to him, and his hope is that he can plant a seed that they too can write and take photos as well as encouraging them to read.

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LAUGHTER YOGA

is coming to Rosendale!

on

Wednesday, October 23rd

Robert Rivest activates audience members with laughter exercises, breathing techniques and a playful laugh-along seires of mime games. Audiences of all ages quickly learn that mime and laughter are fun ways to exercise and relieve stress. Robert Rivest's Laughter Yoga for wellness is perfect for relieving tension. It is also a fantastic way of uniting everyone in laughter!

We had so much fun Hohoho, Hahaha and Hehehe'ing!

We also learned how to combine some classic mime moves with laughter yoga!

Brought to Rosendale by the PTO Arts in Education Committee

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School Schedule

of

Half-Days and Testing

Here is a list of the important dates

included in Ms. Gemmill's letter to Parents dated October 18, 2013

Elementary Parent-Teacher Conference Days

(Half-days - 10:45 Dimsmissal)

November 5

November 7

November 13

November 22

March 6

March 12

Professional Development Days

September 4 - All Day

October 22 - Half-Day

February 4 - Half-Day

June 11 - Half-Day

June 24 - Half-Day (Last Day for Students)

Dates for NWEA

September 23 - October 18

January 13 - February 7

May 5 - May 30

Dates for NYS State Assessments

ELA Grades 3-5 - April 1-3

Math Grades 3-5 - April 30-May2

Science Written Test 4th Grade - June 2

A BIG

THANK YOU!

to

The Clifton Park Elks

for their very generous donation of

Dictionaries to every 3rd grade student at Rosendale!

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WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL

We are excited to welcome all our students

back to Rosendale

for another year of fun and learning!

Here we are arriving on the bus and sitting in our new classrooms!

SUMMER READING

Click HERE to go to a letter about the Rosendale

Summer Reading Assignment

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Click HERE to go to the Reading Bookmark Activity

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CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF SUGGESTED TITLES

This list was compiled by Mrs. Carboni and is divided in to sections according to reading level. It contains suggestions for books available in the Rosendale Library including picture books, books for emergent readers and also for independent readers at all levels.

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Fourth Graders Produce

Ellis Island Play

As part of their study of New York State history the fourth grade students in Mrs. Meyer's class wrote, produced, directed and starred in their own play about immigration and the role of Ellis Island in the lives of many of the "tired, poor, huddled masses" who came to the United States "yearning to breathe free."

Click here to view a video of their play on Vimeo.

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Congratulations to First Grade Student Saver Dominic Calareso!

Dominic was the Rosendale Student Banking Grand Prize Winner in 1st National Bank of Scotia's year end raffle for Great Escape tickets for himself and his family.

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Second Grade

Fairy Tale

Reader's Theater Performances

On Wednesday, March 27th our second grade students participated in performances based on fractured fairy tale plays in the form of "Reader's Theater". These plays promote fluent reading while making reading an enjoyable experience. The children made all decisions concerning their reader's theater performances, and did an amazing job!

CONGRATULATIONS ON A WONDERFUL PERFORMANCE

TO THE CAST AND CREW OF

The Popsicle Boy, Spiderella, The Three Little Elephants, The Cheetah and the Sloth, The Emperor's New Hair, Three Silly Goats Gruff, Rafunzel and Slurping Beauty!

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IMPORTANT DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR

Below are the Conference and Professional Development Days

for the rest of the year:

Please Note - The half-day due to teacher professional development

scheduled for

MAY 21st has been changed to JUNE 6, 2013

School will be in session all day on May 21, 2013

and there will only be

a half day of school on June 6th, dismissing at 10:45 am.

April 16, 2013 - Dismiss at 10:45 due to Teacher Professional Development

June 6, 2013 - Dismiss at 10:45 due to Teacher Professional Development

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Opera To Go

Comes to Rosendale

Presenting

PINNOCHIO

Monday, February 25th Opera Saratoga's Opera to Go performed the story of PINNOCHIO in operatic style at Rosendale.

This musical adaptation of Carlo Collodi's book tells the story of the puppet, Pinocchio, and his quest to be a real boy. With music by Mozart, Offenbach, Donizetti, Pergolesi, Sullivan and Rossini the Cast of Characters took us on an adventurous musical ride.

Go to operasaratoga.org/education_operatogo.php to learn more about this company of young singers who bring fully staged, fully costumed operatic performances to more than 40 elementary schools each year.

Below are some pictures from today's performance:

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO GO TO A LETTER FROM MS. GEMMILL

Letter to Parents - December 17, 2012

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THANKS TO ALL OF THE

2nd GRADE STUDENTS AND PARENTS

The students, parents and teachers of Rosendale's 2nd Grade recently completed a Community Service Project and collected over 400 children's books.

The books were donated to an elementary school in Schenectady.

We hope that all the students at Pleasant Valley Elementary School will enjoy reading these great books.

GREAT JOB 2nd GRADE!

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FOLLOW THE LINK TO THE LIBRARY CLASSROOM WEBSITE TO SEE SOME

INTERESTING AND AMAZING FREE VERSE CREATED BY

4TH GRADERS IN MRS. MEYER'S CLASS

Link to the Poems

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PEACEFUL SCHOOL BUS ASSEMBLY

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

In our Peaceful School Bus Assembly today we talked about what makes our bus noisier and brainstormed what would be acceptable activities to decrease the noise level on the bus.

We also matched older students with younger students so that everyone has a bus buddy.

Here are some pictures of us with our bus buddies, and also some of the ideas that we came up with about what makes the bus noisy and how we can fix the problem.

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IMPORTANT DATES IN

DECEMBER 2012

And

JANUARY 2013

Friday, December 14th - Favorite Color Day

Friday, December 14th - School Store Open

Friday, December 21st - School Store Open

Monday, December 24th - Tuesday, January 1st - NO SCHOOL - Holiday Recess

Friday, January 11th - Crazy Hair Day

Tuesday, January 15th - Professional Development Half Day - 10:45 Dismissal

Monday, January 21st - NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Wednesday, January 30th - Rosendale Concert at NHS

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WE ARE COLLECTING

TOYS FOR TOTS

Help the Marine Corps help children in need to have a happy holiday

Collection until - December 14th

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LUNCH MENU

Starting in January the lunch menu will only be available on-line.

There is a link to the menu from this page.

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

We all had a wonderful time walking in our

Annual Halloween Parade

and the weather was kind!

Thanks to all the teachers, faculty, staff and parents

who make Halloween so much fun at Rosendale!

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THANK YOU PTO!

A HUGE THANK YOU to the Rosendale PTO for

SLAPSTICK SCIENCE

On Friday, October 5th Rosendale students were treated to two amazing assemblies presented by Dr. Quinton Quark of Slapstick Science.

The program entitled Much Work With Little Effort was an exciting science assembly where the students learned that with physics they can do anything. Hoisting 200 pounds over their heads, lifting 1000 pounds of classmates, or throwing an inflatable clown over Dr. Quark's head is simply a matter of understanding Kinetic Energy, Potential Energy, Friction and Simple Machines.

Here are some photographs of the thrilling experiments being performed:

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A Letter to Parents Regarding Pre-Assessments

and

Some Resources for Additional Information

As students returned to school in the month of September, they have taken, or will take,

"pre-assessments" for subject areas and courses.

Click here for a letter to parents about the pre-assessments

and

Click here for some informational resources

about the changes taking place in education.

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WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL!

Welcome Back to all our returning students, faculty and staff

and a big

Nice To Meet You

to all our new students, faculty and staff.

Here are some photographs from our

First Day of School 2012-2013

Click HERE for a gallery of more photos of Back to School around the District.

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America's future walks through the doors of our schools each day.

-Mary Jean LeTendre