Chateaugay Central School
February 2012 Inside this issue:
From the Superintendent Message From Mrs.
Budget Process Begins With the start of the new year also comes the beginning of the budget development process for area schools. While the past few years have proven to be very difficult for many school districts, including CCS, this year is prov ing to be the most difficult plan ning year yet. There are many reasons for this difficulty includ ing the fazingout of federal stimulus funds, another year of nearly flat state aid, and contend ing with the new tax-cap law. When you consider the above, combined with exploding costs such as health insurance and
retirement benefits, you can start to see the difficulty in put ting together a responsible budget for 2012-2013. The Board of Education and I are
committed to building the best possible budget which balances fiscal responsibility with main taining the quality educational programming that we are very
proud of here at CCS. In the coming months, I will con tinue to discuss some of the
challenges facing our school in this new fiscal reality.
Parent-Teacher Conferences, Elementary Ski Day, February Break,
Kindergarten Registration, Elementary Testing
Message From Mrs.
January 23, 2012 - The structural steel being delivered for the project.
Building Project Update As you can see from the above picture, things are really starting to progress in a visual way with the building project. The can opy over the visitors' entrance has been draped in plastic so that the masonry and structural work could start during the cold weather. We were also very excited to see the structural
steel being delivered on January 23rd. By the end of that first day, the construction crew had
gym starting to take shape, it
Student Council News,
must be pointed out that the
All County Musicians, Fundraising
contractors have been hard at
work, through some of he coldest weather of the year, doing the fundamental work on the foundation, electrical, and plumbing systems. Although
most of that particular work is
it was gratifying to see the skele
Yearbook Order Form
never seen, without it, the
building would be a useless shell. (7 know there is a meta phor about life in there some where.)
Mark your calendars
erected much of the steel for the classroom addition. While
Dale Breaultjr., Superintendent
Report Cards Mailed
ton of the new classroom and
Home — Week of Febru
Board of Education Highlights 12/20/11
Held an open discussion on
Approved Monique Smith
February 4 — All-County
sign change orders.
as substitute ski club advi
Authorized Mr. Breault to
the contract of the Health
Authorized Mr. Breault to
Insurance Consortium Con
move forward with the refi
nancing of the prior building
Upcoming BOE Meetings:
Monday, February 13, 7:30 pm
Added Connie Martin and
Monday, February 27, 7:30 pm
Raymond Boulanger to the Received a thank you note from the Migrant Education
non-teaching substitute list.
Granted additional sick days to Chandra Henderson, Julie
February 4-6 — Ski Club's Smuggler's Notch Trip
February 20-24 — MidWinter Break, No School
Burgoyne, and Tim Seymour.
h From Mrs. Fowler
is our very
letter - Mrs.
own Mr. Breault. He's
The month of February
to be teach
shares a few events
ing the stu
that we've come to
LOVE. The All County
Musical Festival, Valen
tine's Day, Parent
Elementary Ski Day,
Day: Do you re
and Winter Break
bring us joy at the be ginning, middle, and
ing in the early grades of elementary school and writing your valentines for your classmates? When you were in kin dergarten learning to write not only your
end of the month.
All County Music Festival: Miss Simon-Shult has
been busy preparing eight members of the elementary chorus for the All County Music Festival which will be held at Brushton-Moira
name; but the names of
all your classmates, it could literally take hours to choose just the right valentine for
classmate and teacher's name on the little
white envelope. Then, as you grew in age, the relationships became more special. As your writing skills became more devel
oped and fluent; you wrote a very special message to your valen
Central School The
the exact classmate
students will practice on Friday, February 3 and perform on Satur day, February 4 from
who loved the cartoon,
you have. Then, you'd
Yes, you say, "The card
9:00 am - 3:00 pm.
want to write your
matters, but still I LOVE chocolate, dia
The students who will
be participating are Catherine Jock, Ken nedy McComsey, Emily Ashlaw, Destiny Bigelow, Hopejaquish, Am ber Jarvis, Taylor Sta ples, and Cody Warriner. This year the special choral director
princess, prince, or ani mated movie character
name on the card.
Your parents wanted to help you but you wanted to write the
names all by your self. You would finally concede and write
your name on the val entine and let your parents write your
tine. Some of you still have those letters and cards.
economy and raising kids became more expensive, or you're too tired to go anywhere even on a holi day; you'll be reminded that "words" truly matter and are a cherished gift.
I think it's safe to say that at school Valentine's Day
is truly a special day for the students. I certainly enjoy watching them give their classmates and
teachers that special, cho sen valentine. I'm so glad that the principal also gets to have her name written
monds, books, and an
on that little white enve
evening out." Later, as you must work out more because the calo
lope! A special thanks to Mrs. Hanley and her stu dents. They always make
ries in the chocolate
me a Valentine holder to
went straight to your stomach and hips, or the money became tight because of the
collect my valentines.
(Continued on page 3)
Elementary News (Continuedfrompage 2)
Parent Teacher Conferences:Thursday, February 9, 2012 Parents are invited to participate in parent teacher conferences on Thursday, February 9, 2012. Stu dents will be dismissed from school at 11:30 am
and busses will depart at I 1:45 am. Teachers will be available during the day and during evening hours to accommodate parents. Teachers are also willing to schedule parents on alternate dates dur ing their planning periods and/or double dismissal. If you receive a teacher request for a parent con ference, please make every effort to schedule and keep your appointment. Teachers prepare student work, grades, and additional comments to help you better understand how your child learns and to show you activities that can be helpful to use with your child at home. They also share many positive comments about your child. If you do not receive a teacher request for a par ent conference, you are more than welcome to schedule a conference. Teachers will prepare for your conference in the same manner. Parents are the key to accelerating student learn-
ing. We thank you in advance for your commitment to your child's continued growth and education.
Elementary Ski Day: Friday, February 10
Fourth and Fifth Grade students will have the oppor tunity to ski all day on Friday, February 10. More information will be coming your way outlining the day. The students have a great time starting out on the Bunny Hill, then moving on to the chair lift, and finally advancing to the face of the mountain. A special thanks to the Board of Education for sup porting the Ski Club Advisors and High School Ski Club members in presenting our young students with a day of outdoor fun!
Winter Break: February 20-24 Winter Break is scheduled for February 20-24. En joy your time with your family. By this time of the school year, the students are getting tired and rest less. Please help your child by keeping routines and making sure bedtime is consistent. Attendance Notes
Parents are reminded to provide a note if your child is absent or tardy for school. Should your child have a doctor, dentist, counseling, law guardian, or other type of professional appointment, please provide the school with a note from the profes sional providing the service. Often the re ceptionist automatically provides this note.
If you made the appointment and forgot the note, the receptionist can fax the note to the school fax number: 497-3 170.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation.