News from Administration
Dear Unqua Families,
Welcome back to the 2018-2019 school year! We are excited and ready to begin the year. We hope that you have all enjoyed a healthy and restful summer as this packet reaches you. It has been quite busy at Unqua preparing the building for students and staff for a successful year. We have a new parking lot annd new hallways throughout most of the building.
Students in grades 1- 5 begin classes on Thursday, September 6. Kindergarten students begin on Friday, September 7. Students will be expected to be in class ready to start the day by 9:25. The first bell rings at 9:15 which allows students ample time to walk to their classroom, unpack and begin the day. Students are considered late if they are not in their classroom by 9:25. Our lunch periods will be as follows for this year: Kindergarten and Grade 1 @ 11:45, Grades 2 & 3 @ 12:20, and Grades 4 & 5 @ 1:00. Kindergarten students will be assisted by staff and members of our Safety Patrol in the first weeks of school during lunch to help them learn the routines of the lunchroom. Lunch can be purchased by all students beginning on the first day of school.
Please note that due to many children with allergies to several food products, particularly peanut based products and tree nuts, I am respectfully requesting that you refrain from sending your child to school with any peanut based products for snack within the classroom. Peanut based products and tree nuts can be brought in for lunch in the cafeteria. More specific information will follow for specific classes.
We have included a map which includes a summary of our arrival and dismissal procedures. Please note that there are to be no cars driving down the alley way for morning YMCA drop off, morning rehearsals, or support services. Please also remember to use the Stop, Drop and Go procedure on Unqua Road in front of the building for arrival to keep the area safe for all children. Please help us ensure their safety by not parking in this area and not remaining for more time than it takes for your child to safely exit the car. Students should always exit the car on the curbside, not onto the street side, as Unqua Road is extremely busy.
Also, please remember that we cannot change a child’s dismissal routine after 1:30 pm. Please be sure to send in a note to your child’s teacher if there needs to be a change in their regular dismissal routine so that we can notify the appropriate staff members and ensure a safe dismissal. If your child receives a bus pass from transportation, they will be put on that bus at dismissal unless you notify the classroom teacher that you will be picking your child up.
As a parent, we hope you will stay in contact with your child’s teachers throughout the school year about these and other important programs. We hope you will participate in the many events and meetings with our PTA to give your valuable input and time. Most of all, we know you will be your child’s greatest advocate. These are the qualities that make Unqua parents so wonderful and appreciated. Please join us on Back to School Night on Thursday, September 20th to hear more.
Please refer to the following numbers to be sure your concerns are addressed in the appropriate manner:
General Office 308-5601 Attendance 308-5621 Nurse 308-5691
We look forward to the journey of another school year with all of you and know you will be an active part of your child’s educational life. Enjoy the rest of your summer.
Mrs. Deanna Catapano, Principal
Mrs. Patricia Quinn-Hendry, Assistant Principal
Mrs. Stefanie DelGiorno, Special Education Supervisor