Principal’s Note: From the Office of Susan L. Osterhoudt
We began January with another entertaining and educational assembly from Kit’s Interactive Theater. Students enjoyed learning about school days in an old schoolhouse. A special thank you to our PTA for arranging such wonderful assembly for our students.
Also this month was our Riccardi Variety Show. Featuring acts from students in grades 3-6, and including this year’s 6th Grade Act, the Variety Show continues to be a fun and whimsical celebration of performance arts, music and dance. Thank you to Mrs. O’Donnell for chairing, organizing, coordinating and advising students for this event. Also thank you to Mrs. Trotter-Bodie for your hard work and dedication to this event as well as Mr. Bodie for editing and engineering sound for the Variety Show performance and Variety Show assembly. Great job to all of our performers!
Finally in January, Riccardi welcomed a brand new Pre-K program to our building. Welcome new Pre-K families as well as current Riccardi families whose little ones are enrolled in this wonderful program! A special welcome to Pre-K teachers, Ms. Samantha Williams and Ms. Angelina Fagerstrom. Riccardi’s first Pre-K class is off to a great start in their dedicated classroom and we look forward to growing together.
With the close of January and the start of February, we say a bittersweet goodbye to our Art Teacher, Mrs. Jodi Adams-Hill. We will miss Mrs. Adams-Hill as our Art Teacher, but we also wish her the best of luck as Saugerties High School’s new Art Teacher. Riccardi warmly welcomes Mrs. Jodie Fisher, who will begin teaching art at Riccardi on February 1st. Mrs. Fisher has hit the ground running and we look forward to the art work that she will introduce our students to and teach them to create.
Our 2019 Read-a-thon, Reading for Recreation, is Friday, February 1st. Thank you for supporting our school! Funds raised will go toward improving our playground. Winter months are a great time to pick up a good book and read, read, read! Reading at home with your child has a direct connection with your child’s academic success and helps establish a lifelong love of reading.
Speaking of academic success, report cards will go home Friday, February 1st, and quarterly awards will be presented to students in grades 2-6 the same day. I continue to encourage an on-going, effective line of communication between home and school. We have just begun the third marking period, and student preparedness for the day is vital to a student’s academic success. Following a routine of coming to school on time and having all materials and homework assignments ready to start the day will help ensure your child’s academic success.
Have a Fabulous February!