Note from Principal Buff
I can’t believe how quickly the summer has gone by and that I am writing a welcome back letter for the start of the school year! Welcome Back! I am so excited for the start of the 2013-2014 school year and I hope you are too. We have many great things in store for this year. The North Albany Team has worked very hard to plan many events and activities that I am excited to share with you. I ask that you please take the chance to review this letter and all supplementary material completely as it contains important information for the school year.
The parent/ school partnership is one of the most important contributors to your child’s success. It is our goal at North Albany to create a welcoming and warm environment for you and your child. This is why I am so excited to encourage you to utilize our Parent Resource Room located in our Main Office. The Parent Resource Room will allow you access to a computer, materials to help educate your child, parent support materials and we will also hold special events in the room. We will also be continuing School Banking for our students out of the Parent Resource Room. Students will be able to open their own back account and begin to learn the value of saving money.
Communication between school and home is also a crucial piece to your child’s education. We are continually trying to improve the ways we share information with you. I will continue to send home my monthly “Notes from the Principal” and we will also send home our school newsletter every five weeks. During the course of the school year we often send home information with the students in their folders. I encourage you to ask your child if they receive information on a daily basis. This will be the best way to stay current on school happenings. I would also like to encourage you to register for School News Notifier. This will allow you to get emails from the school reminding you of school events and happenings. It is very easy to register. You just have to go to albanyschools.org and click on school news notifer. You will just have to enter in your email information and check that you want emails from North Albany. It also informs you of a school delay or cancelation. Lastly, please consider joining our PTA. Your input is important to us and the PTA is a great way to increase the communication between home and school.
I would like to take this time to formally invite you to two events planned early in the school year. The first event is the Second Annual North Albany Welcome Back Family BBQ. It will be held on September 4th from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. Please see the enclosed flyer about our BBQ. We hope that you will be able to join us for the evening and we look forward to mingling with you. We will also be having Seventh and Eighth Grade Orientation that evening starting at 6:00 PM in our Library. All seventh and eighth grade students with their parents are encouraged to attend. A parent must accompany students that are attending orientation. The second event planned for September is “Dad’s Take Your Child to School Day and Dad’s Breakfast” starting at 8:30 AM on September 17th, in the YMCA gymnasium. This event has grown tremendously over the years and we look forward to continuously growing the involvement of our fathers/father figures.
We look forward to seeing all of you for the first day of school on September 9th. School starts at 8:30 AM and ends at 3:00 PM. For the first day of school all Prekindergarten and Kindergarten students will start their day at 8:50 AM for a “First Day of School Orientation” in our cafeteria. Therefore, all Prekindergarten and Kindergarten students should enter through our main entrance at 8:45 AM. Our elementary entrance and exit are through our side door by Hackett Park and our middle school entrance and exit is through our main doors. The safety of our students is always top priority therefore, during the school year all parents will have to enter and exit the building through our main entrance and sign in. As a courtesy to our elementary parents we will have sign in sheets stationed by the elementary entrance for you to sign in for the First Day of School. After the first day, all parents must follow the sign in procedures and come in the main entrance. I want to assure you that you are always welcome to visit but we must have a structured and organized process and require all guests to sign in for the safety of all our students and staff.
Our breakfast program begins at 8:10 AM. We have a ‘free and reduced’ breakfast/lunch program for our families who are eligible through federal guidelines. The 2013-14 application for Free and Reduced Price School Meals/Milk will be sent home with your child the first week of school. We ask that you fill out the application and send it to our main office no later than September 20th, 2013. Students who do not eat breakfast should plan on arriving at school at 8:25 AM. All tardy students must enter through our main entrance.
We ask your cooperation in seeing that your child arrives to school on time each day and is also picked up promptly at our 3:00 PM dismissal. Please make arrangements with your child before he/she comes to school regarding afterschool pick up. Individuals other than parents, who will be picking up your child, must have their names on file in the main office and arrive with their photo I.D. If scheduling difficulties arise, please notify the school immediately. If you have an older sibling picking up younger siblings they must meet them at the elementary side door. Our goal is to provide a safe and orderly dismissal procedure and your help is needed to make this successful.
Please call no later than 9:00 AM if your child is going to be absent from school that day. This is so we can begin our attendance calls promptly. The school telephone number is (518) 475-6800. The office will be open at 8:00 to receive your calls.
Lastly, during the first week of school we will be sending home many important forms to be completed by you and returned by your child. Please look in your child’s book bag/folder for them and/or ask your child for them. For our new parents and for students who grew over the summer you can purchase new North Albany Blue Shirts (voluntary uniforms) from Lodges on Pearl Street. Their telephone number is (518) 463-4646.
As always, I thank you for your continued support and I am looking forward to a wonderful school year of working together preparing your child for success this year and in the future. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 475-6800. I hope to see you at our BBQ!!!
Lesley Buff ,
North Albany Academy