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January 11, 2018

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Dear Valley Stream District 30 Families and School Community:

Welcome back to the New Year! I wish all of our families and community good health, happiness and peace as the New Year unfolds. It is obvious that the start of the school year has been a cold and snowy one. I extend a sincere thank you to our custodial staff that did a phenomenal job of preparing our schools for opening after vacation and during the “snow bomb.” We hope there will not be a need for additional snow days; however, I want to remind our community in the event it becomes necessary to add days in order to ensure a 180-day work year, such days shall be added during the non-legal holidays of the spring recess period.  

Over the next few weeks please take a moment to complete this year’s Community Budget Forum Survey which is posted on our website www.valleystream30.com under Announcements.  We value your input and greatly appreciate you taking the time to complete the survey. Results from the survey will be presented at our annual Community Budget Forum to be held on February 5, 2018 before the Board of Education Work Session at Shaw Avenue. 

Please, also, take some time to read the District’s newsletter that will be mailed to your homes this month.  We have provided information on our student programs and an update on PILOTS. 

Congratulations to all of the students and staff participating in Shaw Avenue’s annual student-staff basketball games.  The girls did well, and we look forward to the boy’s game next week.

The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 22nd at Shaw Avenue School, 8:00 p.m. (Your calendars have the incorrect date of January 23rd.)  As a reminder, we are continuing our Parent University workshops on January 24th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Shaw Avenue School for all District parents interested in learning more about reading and writing in the elementary grades (K-6).

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!  Our staff and students have been involved in an array of activities commemorating Dr. King’s memory, actions, contributions and dreams. Schools will be closed on Monday, January 15th in observance of the holiday.

Sincerely,                                                              

Nicholas A. Stirling, Ph.D.

Superintendent of Schools