Barry Primary Newsletter
April 1, 2020
Message From the Principal:
I would like to thank our families and staff for their support and tireless efforts during this unprecedented time in educational history. Working together and supporting one another has been the key to making great new things happen. Even though we are delivering learning differently with distance learning we are still holding true to our guiding principles of a guaranteed and viable curriculum. All grade level teachers are still centered on our essential standards and working toward student mastery. 

Please continue to communicate with your child's teacher. Working together is the best way for us to come out stronger on the other end. Please enjoy this video that captures the Barry Primary spirit.

Please stay safe and I look forward to our return to Barry Primary School.

Lisa S. Kaup
Technology Help?
For those who received a device, please read through the directions that were provided with the device. You will need to connect to your own home WiFi. If you have any questions or problems using the device, you can email:  helpdesk@cortlandschools.org or call: 607-758-4188.

This same email may be used if you did not previously request a device, but would like one. Important to know: Chromebooks do not function without Wifi access.
Food Service Continues
Breakfast and lunch will be available for every student, Monday through Friday, at locations across the community from 11 a.m. to 1p.m. Locations include:
  • Barry Primary bus loop
  • Junior Senior High School bus loop
  • Randall Middle bus loop
  • Smith Intermediate bus loop
  • Virgil School bus loop
  • Parker School (parent drop-off area)
  • Penguin Trailer Park (11a - noon only)
  • Rickard Street Apartments (11a - noon only)
Contacting the School
Our school buildings are closed to the public. On site staff in each of our buildings has been reduced to a small rotating group of essential employees. Teachers and office staff are working remotely from home.  

Teachers have posted their contact information on the Distance Learning Portal which is accessible from the District website. A staff email directory is available from the Barry Primary website. As a general rule, staff email is the person's first initial and last  name  @cortlandschools.org.

If calling our main office, please leave a voice message. We will make every effort to respond within a 24 hour period.
Kindergarten Registration
Steps to register your child:
  • Child must be 5 on or before December 1, 2020. Children who turn 6 before December 1, 2020 must attend school.
  • Parents are urged to call (607)-758-4106, prior to April 20, 2020, to make a registration/screening appointment and to receive a pre-registration packet.
  • All students must have an appointment prior to the school registration/screening dates listed below!

All screenings will take place at Barry Primary School
  • Dates for screenings are June 29, 30 and July 1, 2020

There will be a Kindergarten Meet and Greet May 5, 2020, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
  • This is an event for parents AND their entering kindergarten student.
  • There will be activities for students and students/families will get to meet all of our kindergarten teachers and other staff members.
Kindergarten News
The Kindergarten Team is so thankful for all of the support parents and caregivers have provided! Teachers have prepared packets full of academic materials for all students, which include activities to help maintain all skills learned this year. The Kindergarten Team has implemented online distance learning tools to support all students, and to ensure home-school communication. Teachers have spoken to students and families personally, and we are proud of all of the hard work that is being accomplished. We continue to encourage parents and caregivers to reach out to us with any questions, whether it be related to academics, technology or otherwise. We are Cortland Strong!
First Grade News
In First Grade, we have been very busy learning new ways to learn from home! We are extremely appreciative for the patience and support we have received from our families during this unprecedented time. Each week, first graders will be working on their home packets which include; ELA, Math, Science and Social Studies, Art, Music, P.E. and Library learning opportunities. In addition, many first graders are listening to read-alouds from their teachers on ClassDoJo and Facebook. The first grade staff encourages families to contact them with questions or to share their child’s work! Please continue to visit First Grade on the “Distant Learning Portal” on the Cortland Schools website for weekly lessons and activities.  
Second Grade News
In second grade, we have taken the quote, “Learn something new today” to heart. As we have taken on the challenge of learning and teaching from our homes, we have ALL picked up some new tricks. The 2nd grade team would like to thank our students and their families for showing us an amazing amount of flexibility, patience and perseverance. In the last 2 weeks of March, second graders were sent home Scholastic News articles about Harriet Tubman and Leland Melvin (an astronaut and former professional football player), journal pages, handwriting practice, reading passages with questions, phonics and math review sheets, as well as ways to continue learning in the special area classes. We have loved hearing from families and answering their questions. Please visit the 2nd grade on the “Distance Learning Portal” on the Cortland Schools website page for ways to contact us and for even more ways to learn from home.
Library News
The library has an ongoing list of resources for families to use at home. You can find these in a google doc link found on all of the grades Distance Learning Portal in the library section!
Art Update
I am so proud of my creative artists & families at home! Keep creating (even in the simplest forms) everyday and finding new ways to use your imagination with what you can find in nature and around your house! Parents, I encourage these moments as bonding and self care opportunities for your family in these challenging times.

Here are a few students doing the daily drawing challenges, Art packets, and their own imaginations! Keep up the creative work!
-Ms. Moshkowski
Indoor Games and Activities to Get Children Moving
Whether the weather is too cold or too rainy outside, these easy indoor gross motor activities for kids are the perfect way to blow off excess energy. The best part is that all of these activities use items from around the house, making them simple enough to do when you need an activity like right now. Or like five minutes ago.

And if you have multiple children, then these activities are perfect for encouraging teamwork and a little healthy competition too!
News from the Nurse
It is important to practice good hand washing to protect yourself and others from getting sick.
Good hand washing should be done:
  • after coughing or sneezing
  • when caring for the sick
  • before during and after you prepare food
  • before eating
  • after using the toilet
  • when hands are viable dirty
  • after handling animals or animal waste

The new term we keep hearing about is "social distancing." Together we can slow the spread of COVID-19 by making a conscious effort to keep physical distance between each other. Read more about social distancing by clicking here .
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