Message from the Superintendent

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Dear Parents and Springs Community Members,

It seems like every week we have faced a tragedy in the world. I have struggled to understand these selfish acts of hatred. I have felt helpless, not knowing what one person can do. I thought there has to be something I can do.

I spent a good part of my day reading a story about Friends Against Bullying, written by social workers from Longwood School District, to students in grades K-3. Many students have  since stopped me in the hall to ask how the characters in the story are doing. They were genuinely concerned if the characters were getting along. This is where I believe I can make a difference, imparting to our students at a young age to be kind and considerate of each other.

Kindness is the act of being considerate, compassionate and empathetic towards other people and living beings.  World Kindness Day was created in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement and this unofficial holiday encourages people to be kind to each other and spread happiness, joy and peace through kindness. So, I’m asking the Springs Community to join me on November 13, 2017 World Kindness Day, to make a small gesture to be kind. Say hello to a stranger. Leave a kind note for someone. Rake the leaves for a neighbor. Buy a cup of coffee for the person behind you on line. Call a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while and say hello. Pay extra attention to your pet. I’m ready to do at least one random act of kindness on November 13, 2017. Can I count on you? 

I must publicly commend and thank all staff and students of Springs School, as well as the Springs Fire Department and both EH Village and EH Town Police for their professionalism and cooperation during a recent smoke incident in one of our classrooms. We learned that a motor in a heating unit in the classroom malfunctioned causing smoke in that classroom. Staff and students were evacuated to our off-site locations. Special thanks to the Springs Library, Ashawagh Hall, and the Springs Community Presbyterian Church for hosting our students during the evacuation. I was so impressed on how quickly everyone pulled together to ensure the safety of our children. I also want to thank the parents for their patience and trust in us. 
As you know, the district has been working hard on plans for a school expansion and we are moving forward with the required SEQRA (State Environmental Quality Review Act) review. For this, we need environmental surveys completed, by both a botanist and an archaeologist, of the property that will be cleared for the proposed soccer and baseball fields. They will report any significant findings. As soon as these reports are received I will make a recommendation to the BOE to pass a resolution to go out with a bond referendum.   
There is always so much going on every day at Springs School. Please join me in my first Friday Morning Coffee Hour on November 17, immediately following Spirit Meet.  Also, remember November 16th, evening Parent-Teacher Conferences, November 17tth dismissal at 11:15 followed by Parent-Teacher Conferences and November 20th dismissal at 11:30 followed by Parent-Teacher Conferences. Additionally, the Springs School Board monthly meeting will be held November 20th at 7 pm. Please join us then in honoring the staff at Springs School that have served our school for 25 years or more. 

The Fourth Annual Springs School TURKEY TROT will take place on the morning of Monday November 20, with a rain date of Tuesday November 21.This fun walk/run is sponsored by our PTA, to raise funds to support our Elementary School Swim Program and Ice Skating Events at Buckskill for grades 6-8. The TURKEY TROT is open to all Springs School students in grades K through 8. We welcome  volunteers to join us and help cheer on the children and guide them along the designated course. If you would like to volunteer to help out the day of the race or with advance preparations, please contact Claire Condon at cwclaire@gmail.com

Last but not least, Save the Date for the Springs School Opera, December 6th at 7 pm at East Hampton High School.  The staff and children have been working really hard. 

I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving. Please enjoy quality time with family and friends. This year I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to serve the Springs Community. 

Warmest regards,

Deb Winter