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District Wide Book Swap

November 3–7 donate books to classroom teacher

November 12 & 13 “Book Swap” – swap your tickets for “new to you” books.

6:00-8:00 p.m.

In the Spackenkill High School Library

Do you have any school-age books in good condition that you no longer want?  Donate them to our 5th annual STA sponsored book swap.  During the week of Nov. 3 -7 bring your donated books to your classroom.  The number of books you donate will be recorded by your classroom teacher.  At the book swap you will receive tickets that correspond with the number of books you donated.   You will then use these tickets to get “new to you” books on November 12 & 13 

For more information contact Jodi Girard 463-7810 or email

Pumpkin Math

Mrs. Scoralick's 3rd grade class visited Nassau School to participate in the annual Pumpkin Math activity with Mrs. Drummond's Kindergarten Class.  The classes were grouped with their "buddies" and used pumpkins to explore many areas of math and science. 

Magic Jim Assembly

On Monday, Magic Jim visited Nassau Elementary and entertained our students with a fun filled anti-bullying character education assembly.  This educational anti-bullying program uses magic, humor, and storytelling to engage students. 

Box Tops For Education

The Spackenkill Elementary PTA would like to remind you that the classroom that collects the most box tops will win an in-class party. 

Please make sure you cut out the box tops neatly, put them in an envelope or baggie and label the bag with your name, your teacher's name and the number of box tops in each bag. 
The contest ends on October 27th so let's see who can collect the most box tops for our school!

It's Apple Season

At Nassau Elementary School the first grade students in Mrs. Briody’s class had a fun-filled morning making applesauce.  Students took turns using a food mill to peel the apples.  It was a great day that turned out to be very yummy.

National Math Competition Open to Elementary Students


The Spackenkill District is fortunate that the AMC 8 (MAA American Mathematics Competitions 8) will be offered again this year at Todd Middle School on Tuesday, November 18 after school. This is a national mathematics competition for Grades 8 and under, and 30 slots are available.  We receive results that reflect the student's standing in the pool of participating students all across the United States.  

This year there will be 4 practice sessions offered prior to the test.  They will be held at Todd Middle School  in Room 13 from 2:30 to 3 pm on Thurs., Oct. 9; Thurs., Oct. 16; Thurs., Oct. 30;  and Thurs., Nov. 13.  

Parents/guardians of elementary students who wish to participate should contact Todd mathematics teacher Cindy Nguyen at

Lego Contest Winner

Congratulations to Jacob Brandenburg!  We are so proud of Jacob for winning first place in the 4 to 6 age category at the Poughkeepsie Plaza's 21st Annual Lego Contest this past Sunday.

Keep Kids Safe from Enterovirus & Seasonal Flu

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has issued an advisory related to enterovirus EV-D68; a serious respiratory illness that has been confirmed in over a dozen children in New York State.  This virus can cause severe respiratory illness in children, especially those with asthma and other chronic respiratory conditions, sometimes resulting in hospitalization. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), school-age children are most likely to get infected with such enteroviruses and become ill because they do not yet have immunity (protection) from previous exposures to these viruses. The New York State Education Department (NYSED) would therefore like to provide the following guidance.

According to the NYSDOH, the EV-D68 virus is transmitted through close contact with a person who is already infected, and/or by touching objects or surfaces contaminated with the virus and then touching one’s mouth, nose, or eyes. There is no specific treatment or anti-viral medications available, but aligned with the NYSDOH’s guidance, NYSED is requesting all school employees to enact and follow the prevention efforts noted below, which are essential in minimizing spread of the virus as well as preventing the spread of influenza (seasonal flu):

Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
Avoid touching of eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.

Symptoms of illness may include any of the following:  fever, runny nose, sneezing, coughing, and body aches.  If you or your child is experiencing these symptoms, follow up with your health care provider.  As always, if you or your child is symptomatic, stay home. CLICK HERE to visit the CDC website.

CLICK HERE to read about precautions for preventing the spread of seasonal flu.


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