It is with deep sadness that I write to you about the school shooting in Texas only a few days after the racist mass shooting in a grocery store in Buffalo. I am reaching a point in my career where I struggle to find words. I grieve all of this senseless violence and I pray for all of the victims and their families.
It is important to remind ourselves of what we do in our district regarding school safety. We have solid emergency and safety plans and our school administrators and security director work closely with the Beacon Police Department and the Town of Fishkill to review these plans frequently. Our mental health professionals are available to speak with and provide assistance to students who want to talk more tomorrow and in the days moving forward.
If you need resources about discussing this with your children at home, this is a good guide. If you want to review community mental health and crisis resources, this link provides information. A key message in this resource and in others is that children benefit from factual information, provided in an age-appropriate way, but none of us benefit from exposure to the repetition of disturbing images and headlines. This is advice I try to follow myself.
We will continue to monitor the situation and make changes to our emergency plans as we learn more about what happened. We will work to be there for our children and for each other to provide support and kindness as we work through this together. If you have any concerns, please reach out to me or a school administrator.
This is just a quick update. My apologies for not getting it out on Friday.
Thank you! I just wanted to say thank you for coming out to vote this week and to the whole community for supporting the budget. It means a lot and we will be able to do many great things next school year due to this support. Thanks!
District Cases this past week: 38
Glenham - 3
Sargent - 1
JVF - 2
RMS - 6
BHS - 13
South - 13
If you need test kits, please reach out to your school or to me at email@example.com. We are working on another test kit distribution this week, probably Thursday, but if you need some before then, please let us know.
Vaccination Clinic- Thursday, May 26 4:00-6:00. The location has changed to the Rombout Middle School gym.
I believe our budget supports small class sizes, arts, music, athletics, extracurriculars, the expansion of pre-k, additional electives at the high school, and mental health supports. It was developed with input from stakeholders and in collaboration with our Board of Education. Let me know if you have any questions.
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Music Concerts Coming Up
This past week Sargent, Glenham, and Rombout all had amazing concerts! If you want to check out the remaining concerts, the schedule is below and they are all at Beacon High School.
5/18 JVF @7:00
5/19 BHS @ 7:00
5/24 South Ave @ 7:00
District Cases from the Past Week- 48
Glenham - 2
Sargent - 0
JVF - 0
RMS - 23
BHS - 10
South - 13
We tried to send test kits home with our Pk-8 students and high school students had the option to pick them up. If you need additional tests, please contact your school or me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get some to you.