Lower School Welcome and Information for the Start of the School Year

Posted on August 8th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

Dear Lower School Families,

Welcome to the 2018-19 school year! Thank you so much for the incredibly warm welcome to Allendale Columbia over the past several weeks! Your enthusiasm for AC and your children is absolutely contagious! As I have walked around the school and met several of you at our first “Meet and Greet” session, there is no doubt that we are going to have an amazing year ahead! Our Lower School team and I are so excited to welcome our returning students as well as getting to know our 37 new students and their families!

In this letter you will find new information for the 2018-19 school year and important dates for August and September.

Key Information for 2018-19 School Year…

This upcoming year we are incredibly fortunate as we welcome a new Learning Advocate for Reading in the Lower School. Ms. Amanda Gianniny, a graduate of Nazareth College, will be joining AC in late August, and she brings experience that will greatly enrich the literacy program for all students. She is an experienced facilitator of the acquisition of reading skills and has also coordinated various enrichment programs for students that meet the needs of each individual child. I know you will join me in giving Amanda a warm welcome!

This year there are also a few shifts in teaching assignments. Mr. Matt Glavin will be joining Mrs. Stephanie DePaul-Pragel to teach in fourth grade this upcoming year. Mr. Glavin has several years of experience teaching upper elementary and previously taught fourth grade with Mrs. DePaul-Pragel. We are looking forward to seeing the amazing year of learning this team provides our fourth grade students! In addition, Mrs. Annie King will move from teaching first grade to join Mrs. Jennifer Truong in second grade this year. We are in store for a sensational year of inquiry and wonder in second grade and across the Lower School!

MyAllendaleColumbia.org: This is the place to go for helpful updates, forms, and information you will need throughout the school year. You will find information regarding Encore, the Rainbow Room, curriculum, grade level supply lists, and the Allendale Columbia School Student Parent Handbook.

We need your “Helping Hands”! Helping Hands are parent volunteers who help maintain the safety in the Columbia Circle during drop off each morning. These parent volunteers assist Allendale Columbia administration, faculty, and staff members in helping students get out of cars and buses and guiding them safely to the school doors. Helping Hands takes place during the heaviest traffic time in mornings from 7:45 a.m to 8:20 a.m. The drop off area at Columbia Circle is along the sidewalk near the Nursery classroom windows. There is no parking permitted in the Columbia Circle outside of the visitor spaces, so parents who would like to walk their children into school should park in the back parking area behind the gym. If you’re interested in joining our Helping Hands team, please contact Shannon Baudo at 585.641.5344 or admissions@allendalecolumbia.org.

Encore: AC Encore is a before- and after-school program that was established in September 2011 to offer enrichment opportunities to Allendale Columbia students, as well as to interested students in the greater Rochester area. AC Encore is offered during five seven-week sessions throughout the year and takes place Monday through Friday. More information about Encore will be provided during our orientation and parent nights.

Mark your calendar….

Thursday, August 9th (9:00 – 11:00 a.m.) – Family Meet and Greet
Please bring your children to the Design and Innovation Lab and Playground on Thursday, August 9th! We will share a few treats and get to know one another better before the school year begins!

Thursday, August 9th (8:30 p.m.) – AC Family Movie Night
The Admissions Team will provide popcorn and the movie Moana for your family to enjoy!  All you need to bring are blankets, chairs, and friends!  The movie will be shown on the back field by the AC playground. Click here for more information.

Friday, August 24th (5:30 – 8:00 p.m.) – Lower School and Middle School Welcome Back Picnic
This will take place at King’s Bend Park in Pittsford. Click here for more details regarding this event!

Tuesday, August 28th, 2018 (6:00 – 8:00 p.m.) – New Parent Orientation
This event is for all parents that are new to the Allendale Columbia community or new to the Lower School.. There will be light appetizers at 6:00 p.m., and then opening remarks by Mick Gee at 6:30 p.m. followed by a meeting about Lower School from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. This event is not intended for the children but rather for parents new to AC to have an opportunity to get information about the upcoming school year, ask questions and enjoy some social time with one another.

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018 (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) – Hopes and Dreams Conferences
Parents meet with grade level teachers to discuss their hopes and dreams (expectations) for their child’s year ahead. K-5 Teachers will be in contact to schedule individual meeting times with you and these times are flexible throughout the first week of school.

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 (8:20 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) – First Day of School for Grades K-5
Happy first day of school! Parents, please plan on extra time for drop-off and pick-up as it always a little more busy on the first couple days of school.

Friday, September 7th, 2018 (8:30 – 9:30 a.m.) – Nursery and Pre-K Orientation
Nursery and Pre-Kindergarten school students and their parents meet their teachers and other students, as well as look at the classroom.

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018 (8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.) – First Day of School for Nursery & Pre-K
First official day for our Nursery/Pre-Kindergarten students!

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 (6:30 – 8:30 p.m.) – Lower School Parents’ Night
Please join us for an evening of conversation regarding the year ahead. You will have the opportunity to meet with your child(ren)’s teachers, ask questions about events and curriculum, and hear more about the amazing program we offer at AC. We hope that you will join us!

In the coming weeks I will be sending some additional information (and a challenge) for you to share with your children…stay tuned! We hope you enjoy the last days of the summer holidays, and we look forward to seeing you very soon! Feel free to contact me at any time if you have questions or concerns.

Warm regards,

Mrs. Michelle Feiss
Head of Lower School

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