As you know, there will be a full teaching day for your children tomorrow (Election Day). In our continuing effort to reclaim some of the class days lost due to Hurricane Sandy, we are changing our dismissal time for this Thursday, November 8, the first day of Parent-Teacher Conferences (which starts at 3:00 p.m.). We will follow a Friday bell schedule with classes ending at 1:35 p.m.,as oposed to the Noon Dismissal printed on our calendar. In other words, students will be dismissed this Thursday, November 8, at 1:35 p.m. This will enable the students to attend each of their classes on Thursday (slightly abbreviated).
We recognize that a week is a long time to lose, and we will work very hard to ensure that our students get caught up with their curriculum by adding extra school time during the existing calendar framework. You should know that we are re-examining our 1st Semester Final Exam Datesand Review for Final Exam Dates to reclaim even more teaching days, so that by the end of the year we will have caught up on the missed days. We will notify you of any changes of those dates as soon as possible.
In the meantime, we look forward to seeing you for Parent-Teacher Conferences either this Thursday (3:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.) or Friday (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.). As ever, patience is sometimes needed as there can be lines. Please do not bring students or other children to the conferences, and try (I know it is difficult) to keep the conference length to around 5 minutes with each teacher. Coffee, tea, and cookies will be available.
Finally, thank you for all of your suport. While the Upper West Side seems to have been spared from most of the hurricane’s damage, our hearts go out to those who have suffered so in the tragic past week. We will be running clothing, blanket, canned food, and toiletry drives, in addition to a cash drive to assist those who have lost so much, and will share that information with the York community as soon as it is available.
Thank you for your trust.
Ronald P. Stewart