District hosts first All Things Liberty Night on Nov. 7

The Liberty Central School District is hosting its first All Things Liberty Night and everyone is invited to join us at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 in the High School Media Center.

The evening will include conversation about All Things Liberty with Assistant Superintendent Dr. Patrick Sullivan;  Elementary Assistant Principal/Director of Community Schools Robert England, and Elementary Dean of Students/District Safety Coordinator Nathaniel Zacek

We’re excited to share news about our students and staff and all the great new things happening in the elementary, middle and high schools.

The evening will include information about the “Three Frameworks” – Technology, Behavioral Supports, and Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) – which are the foundation of the district’s commitment to be the best teachers, administrators, mentors, and advocates to our students.

There will also be time to answer your questions about All Things Liberty.

Please RSVP on this form before Oct. 30 by writing your name and the amount of people attending.

We hope to see you there!

LES to host Fall Field Day on Oct. 31

Liberty Elementary School is hosting its very first fabulous, fun LES Fall Field Day on Thursday, Oct. 31!

The LES Fall Field Day will feature a hay maze, relay races, the great pumpkin roll, tasty fall snacks and many more fun fall activities! Students will attend the outdoor event by grade level.

Parents are welcome to join their child’s class. A schedule will be sent home to let parents know what time their child’s class will attend the field day.

The Fall Field Day takes the place of the former Halloween Parade. Costumes and character make-up are not permitted on the day of the Field Day.

The LES teachers and staff have planned a wonderful event where all our students can participate in the games and activities on the athletic field. Students should wear sneakers and dress appropriately for outdoor weather.

We are looking forward to a successful, first annual Fall Field Day and we hope to see you there!

The rain date for this event is Nov. 1.

¡La Escuela Elementaria de Liberty organizaron su primer fabuloso Día de Campo de Otoño el ueves 31 de octubre! La fecha de lluvia para este evento es el 1 de noviembre. Día de Campo de Otoño ocupa el lugar del antgue desfile Halloween. No se permiten disfraces ni maquillaje de personajes el día del Día de Campo.

LES contará con un laberinto de heno, carreras de relevos, el gran rollo de calabaza, deliciosos bocadillos de otoño y muchas más actividades divertidas de otoño. Los estudiantes asistirán al evento al aire libre por nivel de grado. Los padres pueden unirse a la clase de sus hijos. Se enviará un horario a casa para que los padres sepan a qué hora asistirá la clase de su hijo al día de campo.

Los maestros y el personal de LES han planeado un evento maravilloso donde todos nuestros estudiantes pueden participar en los juegos y actividades en el campo deportivo. Los estudiantes deben usar zapatillas de deporte y vestirse adecuadamente para el clima al aire libre.

¡Esperamos tener un exitoso primer Día de Campo de Otoño anual y esperamos verte allí!

Elementary will get new gym floor in July, 2020

Soccer players practicing on a field
Liberty’s soccer players practice on the restored athletic fields.

Liberty’s athletic and physical education facilities are looking better than ever before, and additional improvements are scheduled to begin in the coming months.

In September, school opened with safe and beautiful baseball and soccer fields for students to play on and the community to enjoy. A comprehensive drainage project – which included new turf, manhole covers that allow for drainage, additional stone in perimeter, regrading, and more – means our fields, located behind the middle and high school campus, will be ready for years’ of play.

Liberty voters approved the use of the district’s capital reserves to repair the fields in late 2018.

Experts are keeping a careful watch of the newly-installed turf, ensuring that it is healthy and robust. It is hoped that games and practices will begin by the second week in October.

Floor replacement won’t disrupt P.E. classes

In May 2019, voters approved the replacement of the Liberty Elementary School gymnasium floor, and district officials had hoped that the work could be complete before the start of the  2019-20 school year. But delays in receiving the mandatory state approvals – the district didn’t get the nod until August – pushed the project back.

Securing bids, awarding the work, and ordering materials is expected to take several months. And although the replacement could have begun this winter, that would have left the school without the  gym – which is used for P.E. classes, community events, and assemblies – for weeks, possibly months.

Rather than interrupt the students’ educational program and activities, the floor’s replacement has been slated to begin July 1, 2020.

What’s the difference between half day and full day Pre-K?

Many parents and guardians may wonder which is better: full day Pre-K or half day Pre-K.  The answer is “neither.” There is a difference and that difference is in the length of the day.  The full day Pre-K program offers students more time to socialize with friends at school. It’s not the length of the day, but the experience itself that matters for your Pre-K child.  At Liberty Elementary School, we strive to provide all Pre-K students with a high quality Pre-K experience that is focused on social interaction and language development.

Students in the full and half day Pre-K programs receive the same opportunities for instruction through daily structured play.  All Pre-K children engage in a variety of well-designed social activities such as literacy learning centers, construction sites, science exploration and experiments, dramatic play, songs, games, movement and interactive applications on classroom technology.  Students interact and speak with their peers and teachers throughout their day, which helps promote language strong language skills.

One of the top priorities of Pre-K is to engage students in language usage.  Whether a child is enrolled in a full day or half day program, parents and/or guardians can help at home by engaging their child in conversation.  Every moment of the day is an opportunity to notice everything around you, ask and answer questions and facilitate learning!

Student entrepreneurs enjoy Market Economy Day at LES

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a market economy?
What skills are needed to be an entrepreneur?
How can I balance creating a quality product while making a profit?

These are the questions our young entrepreneurs at Liberty Elementary School asked themselves leading up to their Market Economy Day on June 14

Market Economy Day is a third grade tradition that seeks to increase the financial literacy of the next generation of future entrepreneurs. By using a school store as a means to teach challenging subjects like finance, business and investing, teachers seek to train a new group of future business owners and creative thinkers.

In this unique form of instruction, students frequently encounter situations that provide the opportunity to relate economic terms and concepts to real classroom situations. The instruction leading up to Market Day focuses on the basics of economics, entrepreneurship customer service and money management.

Free meals for kids starts July 1 in Liberty

To ensure no child is left hungry over the summer, the Liberty Central School District will serve nutritious summer meals to at no cost from July 1 of this year through August 23. Participating sites (listed below) will provide free, nutritious meals to kids and teens 18 and under.

Meals will be provided to all children without charge. There are no income requirements to participate in this summer program.

This is the sixth year that Liberty has offered the program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge. There are no income requirements to participate in this summer program, and students do not have to be enrolled in Liberty Central Schools.

Francis A. Hanofee Park
136 Sunset Lake Road

From July 1 to August 16, breakfast and lunch will be served each weekday at Hanofee Park. Breakfast will be served 8:30-9:30 a.m. Lunch will be served 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Liberty Middle School
125 Buckley Street

From July 1 to August 23, the district will also provide breakfast and lunch each weekday at the Liberty Middle School. Breakfast will be served 7:30-9 a.m. Lunch will be served 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Both sites are considered “restricted open sites,” meaning that children who do not attend the day camps or summer school programs that take place at Hanofee Park or Liberty Middle School are welcome to visit either location for a free meal.

For additional information, please contact the district’s business office at (845) 292-6171.

Learn more about the NYSED Parent Dashboard

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is developing a Parent Dashboard to increase transparency and make information about school performance and other school-level data easier for parents and the public to access. This is part of New York’s ESSA plan.

NYSED is gathering feedback from parents and stakeholders to guide the work of developing the Parent Dashboard. NYSED will use this feedback to identify the data that is most useful to parents and the public.

Click here to review frequently asked questions and watch a brief video about the Parent dashboard. 

Is your child ready for pre-k/kindergarten?

As the calendar pages flip toward September, you might be asking if your child is ready for school. Whatever age your child is when they start school, you can help them enter the classroom with confidence by being your child’s first and most important teacher. To ensure the best possible school experience, there are skills and tasks that all children should be comfortable with before entering the classroom.

1. Teach independence

The more things a child can do on their own, the more time they, and their teacher, will spend on classroom activities. Practice having your child:

  • Use the toilet by themselves.
  • Put on coats, boots and shoes with minimal assistance.
  • Make choices: red or blue crayon; blocks or dolls.

Bradley Strait, principal at The Learning Community, a pre-K through grade 2 school in the Broadalbin-Perth Central School District, recommends making incremental changes toward Independence

“Set your child up for success,” he said. “Instead of letting them pick an outfit from their whole wardrobe –and risk them picking shorts when it’s snowing outside – lay out two weather-appropriate outfits and let them choose which one to wear.”

2. Read together

Children have to learn to read before they can read to learn. Learning the alphabet is the first step.

  • Sing the alphabet song together.
  • Point to written letters as you sing.
  • Point out the letters in your child’s name.
  • Choose books about your child’s interests.
  • Visit your local library and let your child choose books to read with you.

3. Count together

Recognizing numbers and understanding their relationship to one another is a basic foundational math skill.

  • Count steps together while you walk up and down a flight of stairs.
  • Count pieces of cereal or crackers as you put them in a bowl (or as you eat them!).
  • Ask your child “how many?” when you see groups of items that number fewer than 10.
  • Practice sorting and classifying—big, small, near, far, under, above, colors— as a way to reinforce early math skills.

4. Look for social opportunities

In preschool and kindergarten, children are learning social skills such as sharing, communicating and listening. Look for opportunities for your child to practice.

  • Make playdates.
  • Go to library story times.
  • Visit local playgrounds.

5. Establish—or reinforce—routines

Help your child become accustomed to routines by establishing a set of activities to do every morning upon waking and every evening before bedtime.

  • Get dressed.
  • Brush teeth after meals.
  • Put dirty clothes in a laundry hamper.
  • Read before bed.

6. Engage your child in conversation

A three-year-old might not yet have a robust vocabulary, but they can still express their needs, wants, hopes and fears in their own way. And the more you talk with them, the more words they will learn.

  • How do you feel?
  • Why do you like this toy?
  • Why are you scared?

Why is pre-K and kindergarten important?

Children benefit from early-education programs, like prekindergarten or kindergarten, because they learn academic and social skills that lay a solid foundation for the rest of their years in school. Kids who attend early-education programs receive higher reading, math and cognition test scores into early adulthood and earn more money over the course of their lifetime compared with those who did not have the benefit of early education.

Is my child not ready for school—or is it something else?

If you have questions about what your child should be able to do at their age, speak with your child’s pediatrician, call the early intervention office in your county or contact the school for support. The sooner kids get the help they need, the sooner they’ll be able to thrive at school.

So your child will be going to school!

Whether it’s preschool or kindergarten that your child will be attending, change can be unsettling for everyone involved. Before school starts, there are a few things parents should know and can do to help ease their family into a new school routine.

Visit the school

The more time your child spends at the school they’ll attend—especially with you—the more comfortable they’ll be when they start attending school by themselves.

  • Arrange a tour at your local elementary school or early learning center.
  • Attend concerts or other public events that interest your child at the school.
  • Play on the playground.

Know the rules

It’s true: Schools have lots of rules and policies, all geared toward ensuring a safe and healthy environment for students and staff. Check out school handbooks or websites to be familiar with rules that you know will impact your family, such as:

  • Pick-up and drop-off times and locations.
  • Parking.
  • Food for classroom parties/birthdays.
  • Safety policies, such as propping doors open.
  • Visitor and volunteer rules and policies.

Attendance matters

Regular attendance builds the school-going habit and helps children develop relationships with teachers and school staff. But there are other reasons daily, on-time attendance is important.

  • Teachers schedule their time in the classroom to the minute; late arrivals can disrupt learning and distract other students.
  • Early grades lay the foundation for future learning, and regular attendance helps children develop the reading, writing and math skills they will need in the future.
  • If your child says they don’t want to go to school, talk to your child’s teacher as soon as possible—you might be able to help address a small issue before it becomes a big problem.

Teamwork works

Once you’ve made the decision to enroll your child in school, think of their teacher and school as a partner. You all have the same goal for your child: to be happy and successful.

Talk with your child about what’s happening in their world away from home and take advantage of the many ways schools share information with families.

  • Parent-teacher conferences.
  • Parent-teacher organizations or school community councils.
  • Read through papers sent home.
  • Check out teacher and/or school websites, if they have one.
  • Find out how your child’s teacher prefers to communicate: email, phone, text message app.

Remember, you’re all in this together. If there is something happening at home or school that you think is, or could, negatively affect your child, let their teacher know. They can’t help if they aren’t aware. They can work with you and your child to find solutions or accommodations to make school a positive place were your child can learn and grow.

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