September 2010 Calendar
Monday -- School Closed for Labor Day
Thursday -- School Closed for Rosh Hoshanah
Friday -- School Closed for Rosh Hoshanah
9/7 FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL, HALF-DAY, 12 p.m. dismissal
New Families Orientation,
10 a.m., NMPR;
FM clothing and
merchandise sale, 12-12:30 p.m., front hall
opposite the school
9/8 First full day of school;
Welcome Coffee, 9:15
FM clothing and
merchandise sale, 3-3:30 p.m., front hall
opposite the school
9/9 SCHOOL CLOSED (Rosh Hashanah)
9/10 SCHOOL CLOSED (Rosh Hashanah)
9/11 Last Day to submit picnic meal order form to
Deli (12 p.m. deadline)
9/13 Annual Fox Meadow Family Picnic, 5:30 p.m., FM field
(Rain Date 9/14);
Last Day to
submit Obento Lunch Trial Order Form
9/14 Rain Date for Annual Fox Meadow Family Picnic,
5:30 p.m., FM field
9/15 Lice Check
9/16 Open House, 7-9 p.m.
9/17 Last Day to submit order forms for Photo Day;
Last Day to
submit order forms for clothing and other
9/20 Registration for After School Clubs Opens
9/21 Welcome PTA Meeting, 7:30 p.m., NMPR;
Activities Meeting, immediately after
conclusion of PTA Meeting
9/22 Obento Lunch Trial for those who
9/23 Photo Day
9/24 Last Day to Register for Lunch Programs and Lice Check;
Last Day to
Register for After School Clubs
10/4 First Full Day of Kindergarten;
10/7 Multicultural Breakfast, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Place TBA
10/11 SCHOOL CLOSED (Columbus Day)
Lunch Programs: Beginning on 10/4 (no
lunches on 1/2 days)
PTA President's Message
Dear Fox Meadow Families,
Welcome back! I hope you all had a great summer and are ready for a fun, challenging and exciting year
at Fox Meadow. We are all looking forward to seeing old friends
and making lots of new ones.
Please take a careful look at the contents of this Update and the
back-to-school folder your child (one per family) will bring home
during the first week of school. Both the Update and the folder
contain notices and forms that may require your attention, and, believe
me, some of these deadlines will be here
before you know it! Also check out the school and PTA website
where there's even more useful information to be found.
I want to thank everyone who turned in your PTA volunteer form and urge
anyone who didn't to get involved in any way you can-- there's always
plenty to do! And if you haven't already, please join the PTA for
the 2010-2011 school year and give us your updated contact information
for this year's Directory. You can join online at the PTA Store -
Electronic Membership Form or print and submit a hard copy of the
You can email me anytime at email@example.com or call me at 723-7364
Have a safe, fun holiday weekend!
From the Principal's Desk
Principal Duncan Wilson's previous messages can be found
in the "Principal's Corner"
under "School Information" on the Fox Meadow Elementary
Have You Registered Yet for the Fox Meadow PTA?
If you have not already done so, please remember to
register for the Fox Meadow PTA for the 2010-11 school year.
We now offer the convenience of on-line registration and payment.
Paper forms are still available to download and submit to the PTA
basket in the main office. New this year, you now have the option
of listing a cell phone number in the Student Directory in addition to
your home phone number and address.
PTA Membership entitles you to one complimentary Student Directory and
extra copies at the bargain price of $2.50 each. PTA membership
is required for your children to participate in the PTA lunch programs,
the Fox Meadow After School Clubs, the first Fox Meadow School Play,
and many other wonderful PTA offerings this year.
For those who have already registered for the 2010-11 school year,
please be sure to let us know of any changes to your contact
information so that the Student Directory can be updated in time.
The Student Directory will be distributed at the Open House starting at
7pm on Wednesday, September 16, 2010, at the tables on the far side of
**Please note that the contact information collected by the PTA is
independent of the forms distributed through the District Office, so
please remember to let both the PTA and the District Office know of any
Questions, additions, or changes to the Student Directory should be
directed by e-mail as soon as possible to:
Directory of Students Co-Chairs:
Sharon Hoffman at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jane Fanning at email@example.com
New Families Orientation
for families who are new to Fox Meadow Elementary School
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
10:00 a.m. in the New Multi-Purpose Room (NMPR)
(second floor, above the kindergarten wing,
closest to the corner of Butler Rd. & Brewster Rd.)
Come and hear all about the wonderful things that Fox Meadow
School has to
offer and how you can get involved. Find out about events during
the school year and school traditions.
We will be giving a tour of the school at the end of the meeting so
that you can see what a warm, inviting school Fox Meadow will be for
your children and you.
Younger siblings welcome! Refreshments will be served.
Hope to see you there! Any questions call or e-mail
Judy Stanley at 721-6064 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Merchandise for Sale
Tuesday, September 7, 2010 from 12-12:30 p.m. and
Wednesday, September 8th from 3-3:30 p.m.
at tables in the front hall opposite the school office
Stop by to purchase:
Order forms will be available at the tables for other advance-order
only items. In addition, the colorful 2-page brochure and the
order form are both available to download by visiting the Forms section of
the PTA website.
Order forms must be received by mail or submitted in the basket in the
school office by September 17, 2010. If you have any questions,
please contact Clothing Committee Chair:
Susan Edlitz (email@example.com)
Annual Fox Meadow Family Picnic
Your Classmates, Teachers, and Friends for the
Annual Fox Meadow Family Picnic
Monday September 13, 2010
5:30 p.m. on the Fox Meadow Field
(Rain date 9/14)
Bring dinner & your blanket -- look for where your grade is seated.
Please support the Fox Meadow PTA. If you order your dinner
at DeCicco's Marketplace (in the Village),
10% of your total goes to the PTA. Follow this link to the Forms
Page on the PTA website for your Fox Meadow Picnic
REMEMBER: don't bring dessert. Support 5th Grade Activities by
buying your dessert from the 5th Grade Bake Sale table!
Meadow Open House
Thursday September 16, 2010
Fox Meadow Elementary
Meet your children's teachers and other parents in the class. Stop by
the gym starting at 7 p.m. for refreshments and to pick up your copy of
the Student Directory. There will also be a presentation about
our school's English as a Second Language program for interested
parents from 7 - 7:30 p.m. in the Library. Teacher presentations
will start at 7:30 p.m. We look forward to seeing everyone!
Fifth Grade Activities Meeting
Attention all Fifth
There will be a 5th Grade Activities meeting immediately after the
7:30 p.m. PTA meeting on Tuesday, September 21, 2010. We will
briefly review all of the planned special events for the 5th grade year
and be available to answer any questions you may have. We will
also have sign up sheets for anyone who hasn't yet filled out a
volunteer form. If you are interested in volunteering for any of
the 5th grade activities, please try to attend. Please feel free
to contact us in the meantime if you have any questions. Hope to
see you on September 21st.
Fifth Grade Activities Co-Chairs:
Amy Song firstname.lastname@example.org
Beth Zadek email@example.com
Margarita Meyer firstname.lastname@example.org
Suzanne Glaser email@example.com
Lice Check Enrollment and (Unrelated!) Pizza, Pasta, and
This year, we are pleased to offer on-line registration
for all PTA-sponsored lice checks and lunch programs. Now on the
PTA website, please click the Lice Check and Lunch
Programs link under the table of contents to register. Please
remember that the deadline for lice check and lunch orders is
Friday, September 24, 2010. No changes or refunds will be
issued once the lunch program begins.
Pasta Taste Test
If your child would
like to try the pasta or meatballs before ordering for the year, you
can stop by S&J Pizzeria at 58 Garth Road any time during its
regular business hours from Friday, September 17, 2010 through
Tuesday, September 21, 2010. Be sure to tell them you are
from Fox Meadow School.
The price to try out the pasta or meatballs is $2.
If you have any
questions or would like to volunteer to help serve pasta on Tuesdays,
please contact the Pasta Committee Co-Chairs:
Sloan Greenspan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Margaret Trimarchi (email@example.com)
is a Japanese style boxed lunch. This year, we will again be
offering a choice of chicken or sushi (California rolls). Nijiya, our new Obento
lunch vendor, has offered to run a trial lunch on Wednesday, September
22, 2010. The lunches will be delivered to the school for the
children who pre-order the taste test. Forms to sign up for the
taste test only will be included in your family's back-to-school red
folder during the first week of school and are available by clicking
this link to the Obento Lunch Trial
Order Form or by visiting the "Forms" page of the PTA website.
Of course, you may also visit Nijiya on your
own. It is located at 18
N. Central Ave, Hartsdale, 949-2178, open
9 a.m.-7 p.m. To sample the lunch offerings that will be
available, you must place your order directly with Nijiya
at least 2 days prior to the date you would like to pick it up.
Tell Nijiya you are from Fox Meadow.
Note: Nijiya is strictly take-out;
there are no eat-in tables at the deli.
Remember, registration for the year long lunch program must be done
on-line and is separate from the taste test form.
If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help serve obento on Wednesdays, please contact one of the Obento Committee co-chairs:
Margaret Hanish (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Akemi Nakamura (ASLJ01@gmail.com)
Yoko Katoh (email@example.com)
Hiroko Ota (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Note: Your family must be a member of the 2010-11 Fox Meadow PTA
in order for your children to participate in any of the lunch programs.
After School Clubs
Fall 2010 After School Clubs brochure
is now available on-line!
Registration will take place exclusively on-line,
from Monday, September 20, 2010 through
Friday, September 24, 2010
Fall Clubs Session begin on Monday, October 4, 2010
The PTA is pleased to offer an exciting line-up with over 10 new
clubs. We are also proud to announce that we have gone GREEN. The registration
process is now exclusively on-line (no more paper forms)!
For more information, please visit the Fox Meadow After School Clubs
Website at Fox Meadow After
Reminder: Your family must be a member of the
2010-11 Fox Meadow PTA in order for your children to participate in
School Photo Day
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Your child will be receiving an order form for photo day in his or her backpack
shortly after school begins. Please return the form with payment
to their class teacher no later than Friday, September 17, 2010.
We need one order form for each child.
Due to the large number of students being photographed on photo day we
do not accept payment on the actual day. All order forms and
payments must be submitted beforehand. If there is no payment for
your child then unfortunately we cannot permit a photo to be taken.
Extra forms will be available in the main office. Any queries,
please do not hesitate to contact the Pictures Committee Co-Chairs:
Amanda Jackson (email@example.com)
Janine Blieden (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Volunteer in the Library
Welcome back to Fox Meadow. We are looking for
volunteers to donate a little time at the Fox Meadow Library.
Whether you can give an hour a week or every other week, we welcome
your help. Jan Schorr, the Fox Meadow Librarian, is looking for
volunteers to help re-shelve books, or re-label them or to help on some
other small discreet projects. If you have some time to
volunteer, please stop by the Library and speak with Jan or let one of
the Library Services Coordinators know
when you are available. It is a great opportunity to see the
children picking out books, reading, and researching topics.
In addition, parents are welcome to set up their own accounts to borrow
books from the Library. Just stop by the Library so an account
can be set up for you.
If you have any questions, please call or e-mail the Library Services
Margot Milberg at 472-1474 or email@example.com
Lynda Ortner at 725-6306 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Wanted: Whiz Kids Committee Co-Chair
Please contact Deb Morel
if you are interested in co-chairing the Whiz Kids Committee with
Allison Spitalny. Periodically, during
lunch recess throughout the winter, this committee leads children (in
grades 1-3) in fun, creative and/or educational activities. The
chairs coordinate the volunteers who lead and assist the children
during these lunchtime sessions.
Nutrition & Food Safety Committee's Tip of the
Month: The Best Breads
With school just around the corner, it is almost time to
start packing those lunches again. The sandwich remains the
staple of most lunch boxes and it's not just what's on the inside of
that sandwich that makes a difference in your child's nutrition.
It does not matter if you choose a roll, pita or slice, what does
matter is what it is made of. Check that it is made of 100% whole
grain, be it wheat, cornmeal or rye. Whole grains are great
providers of fiber, phytochemicals and
essential B vitamins.
Multigrain does not necessarily mean that the bread contains 100% whole
grains so the best thing to do is to check the ingredient
list. Remember, ingredients are listed from greatest to least,
100% whole grain (no matter what the type) should be the 1st ingredient
on the list. If your child eats an entire sandwich at lunch, he
or she has met 2 out of the 3 recommended whole grain servings for
their day. Breads that contain 100 % whole grains as their key
ingredient, will also be high in fiber but just to be sure check the
label for at least 3 grams of fiber per slice.*
What about the new breads available with extra added fiber?
Unfortunately, the type of fibers added to the bread has not been
proven to have the same positive effects as the naturally occurring
fibers in whole grains. When checking the ingredient list, added
fibers are typically inulin, polydextrose, maltodextrose
or isolated oat/soy fibers. Note that the food label will not tell
you the fiber source, only the total grams. That is why it is so
important to check the ingredient list.
Pepperidge Farms, Arnold, Vermont Bread Company and Miltons
Baking all make excellent 100 % whole grain breads. Trader Joe's
whole grain variety of english
muffins are another great option. If your child (or you)
is an adventurous eater, try a sprouted
bread. These do not contain flour but actual sprouted grains. Some
picks recommended are Alvarado Street Bakery and Food for Life Ezekiel
4:9 Sprouted Whole Grain bread. Note, they taste best toasted and
need to be stored in the fridge since they do not contain
What about picky eaters? Take care when choosing a whole grain
white, many are not as healthful as they appear. The 1st
ingredient on the list should be whole grain white flour (albino white
wheat) such as Arnold's
line of Whole Grain Country White. Pepperidge Farm's Farmhouse
Whole Grain White is another good option since it contains more whole
wheat than refined flour.
*Note: A child's recommended fiber requirements
are based on age plus 5 and is measured in grams.
Please send comments, suggestions, or recipes to the Nutrition and Food
Safety Committee Co-Chairs:
Kira Almeida MS, RD/CDN, CDE (email@example.com)
Toby Amidor MS, RD/CDN (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Friends of the Scarsdale
Public Library 2010 Book Sale
Friends of the Scarsdale Library
is pleased to announce the
2010 Book Sale
September 11, 2010 - September 19, 2010
at the Scarsdale
More than 50,000 books are for sale. Proceeds are
used to support the library and fund events, including children's
Please click on Friends of the
Scarsdale Public Library 2010 Booksale for
(Children Having Individual Learning Differences),
a Committee of Scarsdale PT Council,
invites you to its first meeting of the school year on
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
7:30 p.m., Fox Meadow NMPR
Don't miss out on C.H.I.L.D. updates and meeting announcements!
Join our mailing list to receive event notices, website updates, and
C.H.I.L.D. newletters. For more
information about C.H.I.L.D., please visit our website at www.scarsdalechild.org
or e-mail Sue Adams, C.H.I.L.D. Chair at email@example.com.
Children's Activities at the Scarsdale Public Library: Wag
us at the Scarsdale
Library for the
opportunity to read your favorite tale to a
furry, four footed friend.
Story loving dogs will be available on the
following Saturdays at 3:00 p.m.:
October 9, 2010
November 6, 2010
December 11, 2010
This program is open to independent readers of all ages
who would like to practice reading aloud. Registration is
required and each child will be allotted ten minutes with a dog.
Volunteer dogs and their people are all certified and registered
through The Good Dog Foundation.
Finney Children's Room
54 Olmsted Road
Public Notice from the Scarsdale
Union Free School
District of School Board
Policy and FERPA Rights
School Board Policy 5500 of the Scarsdale Union
District provides that the District may
from time to time disclose directory information from the records of
present or former students. Directory information includes the
student's name, address, and school attended. The District has
received requests to release directory information from PTAs and the Village of Scarsdale for the purpose of
mailings and issuing pool passes.
In accordance with School Board Policy 5500 and with the Family
Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, a parent or
student, 18 years of age or older, may refuse to permit the release of
directory information. The Superintendent of Schools must be
informed in writing by the first day of school, September 7, 2010, by a
parent or student, 18 years of age or older, that such directory
information, or some part of it, may not be released. A letter
must be sent to the Superintendent at the Offices of the Board of
Education, 2 Brewster Road,
A copy of School Board Policy 5500 is available for inspection at the
Board of Education Office at the above address, or a copy may be
obtained by contacting Lois Rehm, District Clerk, at 914-721-2410 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lois Q. Rehm
Dated: July 20, 2010
Monthly Updates and Weekly E-Blasts
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us publicize upcoming events by sending your news to Diane Baylor at email@example.com
for the monthly Update or to Pam Rubin at firstname.lastname@example.org
for the weekly e-blast (or to both of us if you're not sure). See
the Update and Weekly
Deadlines on the PTA homepage for additional information.
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