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December 16, 2020

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Dear Valley Stream District 30 Families and School Community:

This month we held our annual parent-teacher conferences to provide information on the progress of our students. The high parent attendance continues to signal that there is a great partnership between our parents and schools. The home/school partnership is strengthened when parents and teachers work together to provide the best environment for learning both at school and at home.

This time of year is always a joyful time for our school community. Our remote and hybrid students have been bustling with activities leading up to winter break, and our children are full of excitement for the holiday season (please see the recently posted Picture This “Holidays Around the World” video in students’ electronic backpacks). In addition, a very special thank you is sent to our PTAs for their ongoing involvement with our schools. It is not too late to join the PTA to support more activities being planned for the new year.

During this time of year, our teachers and administrators do reinforce the messages of giving and gratitude with students. Students have collected food, socks and toys for those less fortunate this season, and they did so with enthusiasm and the genuine desire to help others. I believe that this is one of the most important lessons we can ever teach our children. My wish, again, for this holiday season is that we reinforce this message continuously with our young children – not only during the holidays, but year round.

I remind all staff and families that there are New York State travel restrictions in place throughout the holiday season. Please be in contact with your schools if you plan to travel outside of the contiguous states (New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont), which are not included in the travel restrictions for New York State. See https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory.
If the need to report positive cases of coronavirus during the holiday arises, please email your principals during this time. Health surveys will continue to be requested after returning from the holiday break.

The survey for parents and staff to volunteer for Covid-19 testing is still open (see our website or your child’s electronic backpack for the letter and link). This Friday will be the last day to get multiple meals from our food service provider before the holiday break.

I am so appreciative of the wonderful staff that comprises Valley Stream 30. Not only do I have the opportunity to work with experienced and caring administrators, but also I recognize the hard work of our teachers and support staff. These individuals work with our children on a daily basis. They go “above and beyond” for students and are nothing but dedicated to helping them “picture” new levels of success.

Please accept my sincere wishes for a joyous holiday season. Looking forward to saying farewell to the old year and hello to the New Year! Schools will be closed from December 19, 2020 - January 3, 2021.

Sincerely,

Nicholas A. Stirling, Ph.D.

Superintendent of Schools