Barry Primary Newsletter
June 1, 2020
Message From the Principal
With school buildings closed for the remainder of the academic school year, we recognize that some students may have personal belongings in the buildings that they need to collect. Students also have school equipment and materials that need to be return at the close of the academic year, such as computers, calculators, and textbooks.

A schedule for has been constructed to allow safe access to Barry Primary. Below is a schedule of collection dates that will be followed to ensure safety and social distancing guidelines :

Good weather - Plan A
  • Date - June 17th
  • Time for Parents - 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Grade levels - Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd
  • Teachers will be spread out around the large parking lot and bus loop. (See diagrams)
  • Use the same drive-up method we did for handing out our 1st work packets
  • Collect Readers/ tablet’s/ chromebooks/ MiFi's/ library books.
  • Hand students their desk supplies, any student belongings, artwork, report cards, etc. and say good-bye
  • All staff will be wearing face masks and gloves.

Poor weather - Plan B
We will split the day into two time frames:
  • 1st grade will work from the cafeteria and 2nd grade will work from the overhang and main lobby. The time would be from 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Kindergarten would work from the vestibule and main lobby from 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
We would use a walkie talkie to let groups know who was pulling up so their teacher can bring the students stuff forward to the car and collect items.

OUR RETIREES - Ms. Creighton (Social Worker), Ms. Kirsch (Social Worker), Ms. Francey (Teaching assistant), and Ms. Corey (1:1 Aide) will be retiring this year. They will be at the end of the overhang area so everyone can celebrate them and all they have done for our children and families over the years. As you pass by in the car, please give them a honk and a wave.
 
Please join us on June 17th...it is important for your child to have some closure to the year by saying goodbye to their teacher.
Budget Voting By Absentee Ballot
Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order 202.6 the annual budget vote will be conducted by absentee ballot only. You should have received an absentee ballot in mail. If you did not and wish to receive one please contact the District Clerk, Alicia Zupancic at 607-758-4100 X2202 or azupancic@cortlandschools.org .

Please fill out the absentee ballot by placing an X for “yes” or ‘’no” on each of the five propositions. In addition, please place an X for only two of the four people running for school board. You do not need to sign our put your name on the ballot. 

Once you are completed filling out the ballot, please place it inside the postage prepaid envelope and sign and date the back of the ballot envelope. Then, place it in the mail to the District by June 5th. We need all ballots received by 5 p.m. on June 9th. 

If you wish to hand deliver your ballot to the District, 1 Valley View Drive, Cortland, NY 13045, please place it in the secure ballot newspaper box outside the building. We ask that you kindly not enter the building to drop off the ballots. 

If you have any questions on how to fill out or ballot or how to mail the ballot back, please contact Alicia Zupancic, District Clerk, at Alicia Zupancic at 607-758-4100 X2202 or azupancic@cortlandschools.org .
Chit Chat Challenge
Make sure to continue to encourage your child to practice conversation skills throughout the summer months! Ask questions that require them to provide more than a one-word answer. If you can, work towards lengthening the number of times you go back and forth with a conversation while staying on topic.

Here is fun idea:
Take turns telling a story, each person adding a new detail or event to the story. See how long you can make the story! Pick a new story topic each day!
Kindergarten News
Kindergartners on the K3 Team have been learning about weather. During this learning, they are hearing about the water cycle and how rain forms. They have completed a couple of experiments to see these processes.
First Grade News
First Grade Families continue to do an excellent job with Distance Learning! We all miss our students very much! Some of the first grade teachers had an idea on how to still be with our students every day! The Flat Teacher project was inspired by the book, Flat Stanley ! After digitally reading the Flat Stanley book with our students, we sent home flat paper version of ourselves! That way, we could spend time with our students and be there to keep them company during the day… and, whenever they needed us most. We also sent home a Flat Teacher Bingo with activities such as cooking a meal or doing a chore with a Flat Teacher!
Second Grade News
In the beginning of May, the 2nd graders finished the Unit 5 CKLA reader called, “Sir Gus”. For the past few weeks we have enjoyed learning through science and math themes. We read, write, watch educational videos, and sometimes even make a craft based on that week’s theme. Our theme weeks so far have been: Insects, Plants, and Time. We will finish off the year by learning about Money. We continue to miss seeing our students in person each day. The 2nd grade team wishes our students the very best summer and a smooth transition to Smith Elementary School next year! 
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
Food Service Continues Until June 30th
Breakfast and lunch will be available for every student, Monday through Friday, at locations across the community from 11 a.m. to 1p.m. until June 30th. 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
  • Rickard Street Apartments 
Cortland Free Library
2020 Virtual Summer Reading Program at Cortland Free Library Coming Soon!
  • Registration begins Monday June 29 at cortlandfreelibrary.org
  • Every Monday we will have a virtual program starting with our Summer Reading Kickoff with Moreland the Magician.
  • Weekly prize drawings and Take & Make activities.

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