• Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! 

    Dear SIS Families,

    Welcome to the 16-17 school year!  We hope you are having a relaxing summer and are starting to think about all the possibilities the new school year holds.  We have been working hard to ensure that the building is clean, refreshed and ready for the opening of school.  If you see a new name on the bottom of this letter, don’t be confused. Miss Barette got married over the summer and is now Mrs. Turner!  While we are enjoying some of the quieter days of summer, SIS just isn’t the same without the children.  Please read the information below carefully in order to be ready for the opening of school. 


    First Day of School

    The first day of school for all students is Thursday, September 1st.  School begins at 9am and buses are dismissed at 3:25pm.  Any student arriving after 9AM is marked late.  Any student signed out before 3:15pm will be marked as missing that academic time since our instructional day goes until 3:15.  Thank you for not signing out students early unless it is absolutely necessary.

     

    Placement Information

    Placement information will be available beginning Thursday, August 18th, after 10AM.  In order to access your child’s placement information, please login to the Infinite Campus Parent Portal.  Individuals new to IC received an email from our technology department with an activation code.  Click on the Parent Portal link from the district homepage to access your account. 

     

    Once you learn your child’s class placement, please go to the SIS homepage to access classroom websites and your child’s welcome letter and additional supply list. 

     

    Please be reminded that you will NO LONGER receive a list of students in the class. As a school district, we may no longer share names and contact information for the class for reasons of confidentiality.  Please do not ask our office staff to share the names of classmates with you.   

     

    Parent AM Drop-Off and PM Pick-Up

    We anticipate that most students will take the bus to and from school, but in case work obligations or after school activities make taking the bus difficult, we would like to review our parent am drop-off and pm pick-up procedures.  We also want to take this opportunity to review some basic bus guidelines.

     

    AM Parent drop-off – will happen in the front of the building near the orange cones beginning at 8:30AM.  When you pull into the building lot, please pull up to the furthest cone and a staff member will assist you.  Parents should remain in the car and children should exit the car on the sidewalk side of the car as opposed to the traffic side for safety.  Please listen to staff directions, so we can keep the students safe.  If you require more time to drop your child off, please park your car in a designated spot and then walk your child into the front of the building.  Cars are not permitted to enter the bus circle.  Thank you for your cooperation.

    PM Parent pick-up – will happen at the back of the school near the 5th grade wing (turn right as you enter our parking lot).   If you are picking up, your child should bring a note to school.  When pulling into the traffic loop, staff members will ask to see ID and will have you sign out the student(s) you are picking up.  Thank you for your cooperation with this.

    Bus – Please send a note if your child will be taking a different bus home.  We will be reviewing bus safety and basic behavioral expectations with all students at the start of the school year.  We appreciate you taking the time to remind your child to use an inside voice and keep hands, feet, and belongings out of the aisles while on the bus.   They should also wear a seat belt.   As a reminder, we have a NO ELECTRONICS policy in school (except for Kindles) and on the buses.  Electronic devices are very expensive and children and families become very upset when they get lost or broken (this happened often in the past when we tried allowing this).  Please be assured that your student does not need a cell phone while at school.  If there is a need for a child to call home in an emergency, we will allow them to use the school phones.  Thank you. 

    Somers PTA Directory – IMPORTANT

    The SIS directory will now be online and run by our PTA.  Please go to:

    https://www.myschoolanywhere.com/join.a5w

    And put in code: somersSIS

    Please contact Maribeth Linares at linaresfamily@mac.com if you have any questions. 

    Contact Information

    It is vital that we have up to date contact information for each child enrolled in the Somers Central School District.  Please review and update your household contact information via the Infinite Campus Parent Portal.  Please confirm that all telephone numbers (home, work and mobile) and emergency contact information is correct.  In addition, please be sure to add your child’s pediatrician and dentist as “non-household contacts.” 

     

    Back to School Information

    Please visit the SIS website and select the link “Back to School" and then "Important Back to School Information”.  This page will provide you with information and forms regarding:

    • Emergency School Closing Information – print this page and return ASAP
    • Website, TV & Social Media Permission letter –complete ONLY if you wish to OPT OUT
    • Free & Reduced Lunch Information
    • Pesticide Information
    • Acceptable use policy for technology – all 3rd graders and new students to SIS are asked to review this with their parents.  You are both asked to sign the acknowledgement page and return it to your child’s teacher. 4th and 5th graders already have this on file.


    Security Procedures

    Just a reminder, upon visiting SIS (and any of the Somers schools) you will need to ring the bell at the main entrance to access the building.   Visitors are required to show a driver’s license, which will be scanned against a national database.  Once your license is cleared in the system, a visitor’s pass will be generated for you to wear during your visit.  Please be patient with office staff and volunteers as they verify your information. 

     

    Many families find it helpful to visit SIS over the summer in order to get ready for the transition to a new school year.  You are welcome to visit, but please avoid August 30th  and 31st , as our teachers are involved in orientation and professional learning activities and will not be able to greet students and families on those days.  Families will not be able to access the building on these days.   

    Meet the Teacher Nights – Save the dates! – These evenings are for PARENTS ONLY

    3rd Grade:                        Tuesday, September 6th at 7PM

    4th Grade:                         Tuesday, September 20th at 7PM

    5th Grade:                         Thursday, September 22nd at 7PM

    Special Area and special class special education teachers will be available at 6:30pm on these evenings (more info to follow)


    Lunch

    Lunch will be available for purchase for all students beginning September 1st.  Please be sure to send in a check to replenish your child’s lunch account.  If you wish to pay by credit card, visit the My School Bucks website.  Please remember that if children owe for more than 3 lunches, then no desserts and only cheese sandwiches are available for lunch. 

    Please feel free to contact us or the office staff if you have any questions or concerns.  We look forward to welcoming you and your family back to school in September and we anticipate a great year! 

    Sincerely,                                                                                                                 

    Stacey Elconin            Elizabeth Turner

    Principal                       Assistant Principal