February 28th marked the end of our 2020 PARP (Parents as Reading Partners) Program with the theme, “Reading Takes You to Infinity and Beyond.” Congratulations to those participating students for their personal efforts and kudos to those students who have successfully met all criteria for award recognition. I would like to personally commend our PARP Committee Chairpeople, Cristina Goodwin and Laura Panaro, for organizing and creatively promoting reading. Thank you both for all of your hard work!
Speaking of promoting reading, I’m happy to announce that in our Accelerated Reader Program, our students have read 30,422,663 words in a total of 3,585 books so far this year in their own leisure time. Way to go everyone! Great Job! Let’s continue to read, read, read!
The Kindness Committee enjoyed their field trip to bring donated goods to the Ulster County SPCA in Kingston on February 5th. Our furry friends surely appreciated the kindness and generosity of the Riccardi School community and Kindness students got to learn about the mission of the SPCA. Thank you to all families who donated!
We enjoyed 2 PTA-sponsored assemblies in February: the first was “Cat Tales,” with a spirited performance by a troupe from the Center for Performing Arts in Rhinebeck for our PK – 4th graders. The second was Bill Robinson’s “World of Animals,” a program in which Mr. Robinson brought birds and reptiles to Riccardi for all PK – 6th grade students to observe, learn about, and even hold! Thank you to the performers and Mr. Robinson as well as Shannon Denise for organizing these assemblies for our students!
Believe it or not, Pre-K and Kindergarten registration for the 2020 – 2021 school year took place on Thursday, February 27th. If you know anyone who has an eligible child and has not received the information mailed, please have them contact the main office at 247-6870. It is important that all children be registered in March so that the appropriate number of class sections is scheduled for September 2020. Kindergarten visitation is planned for May.
Day Care Transportation forms are due by April 1st in order to receive transportation for the 2020-2021 school year. These green forms were first sent home in February, so please contact the Main Office at (845) 247-6870 if you have not received one.
As of 2/28/2020, we have used 4 of the 6 allotted weather-emergency days. Please refer to the District Calendar for allocation of unused snow days.
Have a wonderful March and a Happy Spring!