September 8, 2017
Dear IM Families,
Welcome to the new school year! The first week of school at Increase Miller has been a great success! In the classrooms, both teachers and students are engaged in learning and they are working together to build relationships and create a community that focuses on our Be Your Best standards.
This week, students and teachers have also been busy unpacking and organizing supplies, learning routines, and following the procedures for our first practice fire drill this afternoon. The drill was announced and the children evacuated the building quickly and quietly, demonstrating both responsible and safe behaviors. We are very proud of them.
Fire drills are important to ensure the safety of all our students. We also implement additional school safety drills including lock-down drills, lock-out drills, shelter-in-place drills and emergency evacuation and dismissal drills. We must conduct these drills in accordance with New York State Law under Project SAVE regulations. For emergency dismissal drills or early closings, you will be contacted using the automated notification system. The automated notification system will contact you based on the information you provided. If any of your contact information should change during the course of the year, please notify the main office so that we can update our records. Additionally, please review your family plan with your child so they are aware of what to do when we must dismiss in an emergency. For further explanation of these drills, you may review the Family Handbook on our school website or attend the first Principal’s Coffee scheduled for Wednesday, September 20th at 9:30 a.m. in the cafetorium. Immediately following the Principal’s Coffee is the PTO Meeting scheduled at 10:00 a.m.
In your child’s backpack this week, you should have received our Elementary Code of Conduct, Be Your Best. This guide emphasizes our Kind, Responsible, and Safe message to students. Please review the Be Your Best Code of Conduct with your child and return the signed acknowledgement form next week.
The staff and I are looking forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Please mark your calendar for parent Curriculum Nights to meet your child’s teacher, learn about the grade level program, and receive general information about the classroom activities.
Curriculum Night for K, 1, and 2 Wednesday, September 27th
Curriculum Night for Grades 3, 4, and 5 Thursday, September 28th
In terms of the calendar, I would also like to remind families that schools will be closed on Thursday, September 21 and Friday, September 22 for Rosh Hashanah.
Once again, welcome back and we look forward to working with you and your children this school year!
Kerry Ford & Andy Galotti
Principal & Assistant Principal