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Principal's Information

Principal: Ronald Perry
Email: rperry@esmschools.org
Phone: 315-434-3850
East Syracuse Elementary School
230 Kinne Street
East Syracuse, NY 13057
I would like to wish the entire East Syracuse Elementary School community a Happy New Year. May we all enjoy a happy and productive New Year.

Please note that school is closed on Monday, January 20, 2020, for Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday. See our school calendar for other important events.

I want to remind our families that we do a series of safety drills each year to teach our students and our staff how to respond in various situations. A "lockdown" drill requires staff and students to practice hiding and being silent inside a locked room or office. We have held two drills thus far. Our staff and students do an outstanding job. We train our staff to respond only to law enforcement or a school authority figure. We will need to do two more lock-down drills before school dismisses in June. I feel confident that our students and staff are prepared should an emergency arise. Please talk to your student/s about these drills. Call me if you have any questions or concerns.

Speaking of safety, I have noticed that we sometimes get jammed up at the rear student drop off door. It is especially concerning during the winter months. I have seen cars passing other cars and that is never safe. Please have your student ready to depart your car as soon as you are in position. This will reduce the chances of a jam up and make the drop experience safer for everyone. Please stay in line for the safety of our students and adults.
I like to remind our school community in January, the start of a new year, that we are a Responsive Classroom school. Responsive Classroom practices stress social and emotional skills including Cooperation, Assertiveness, Responsibility, Empathy, and Self-control. Our staff work to build relationships with students and among students. We do this every day all day. There is special emphasis of these traits during Morning Meetings that begin at 8:30am each day in each classroom. These meetings help us build those relationships.

We compliment Responsive Classroom with the 7 Habits of Effective Kids. You have probably heard your student talk about these habits. The 7 Habits include: Be Proactive; Begin with the End in Mind; Put First Things First; Think Win-Win; Seek First to Understand then to Be Understood; Synergize; and Sharpen the Saw. Discussing these habits could be a good conversation starter over the evening meal.
ESE will celebrate the 28th anniversary of the Science and Engineering Fair this year. The event is aligned to our grading rubrics and is similar to the MOST's Science and Technology Fair that is held yearly at the SRC arena on the OCC campus. Your children will bring home information about the fair and how they can participate in it in the coming weeks. The fair is scheduled for March 13, 2020, from 6p to 71). Let's think about some project ideas!

We will administer the New York State ELA test in April 2020. Students will once again use their chrome-books to take this assessment. There will be additional significant changes in place to make the testing easier. We will have more intònnation soon. The tests are a program assessment and not a student assessment. Our goal at East Syracuse Elementary is to have maximum participation. By doing so, wc can demonstrate the positivc impact of good instruction combined with family support at home. Call if you have any questions about the NYS tests.

Character Education
Our character education theme for January is "LEADERSHIP". I hope you will join our staff in highlighting this theme, perhaps over a dinnertime conversation.

Ronald L. Perry
Principal
East Syracuse Elementary School