Monday, May 28, 2018

Happy Memorial Day...

On Memorial Day, we stop each year to remember and honor the military men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice so that we can live the life that we are all so accustomed to. Memorial Day is filled with parades, bands, military memorabilia and honorees, picnics, barbecues, ice cream, fire works, and more. Across our country it is a day of remembrance and honor for people that most of us never knew, and never knew what the true fight was. Yet part of what makes the American people so great is their ability to band together in times of need and do the small things that make the world a better place; small things like say thank you to complete strangers. The women and men of our military are sacrificing their lives on a daily basis for a country that we all belong to. Without the amazing members of our military (past and present), we would not be able to live the life that we have come accustomed to enjoy over the decades. Beyond what they are doing to keep our country safe, our military friends bring with them a whole host of ideals, actions, and methods about life that we should be learning from. You don't have to be in the military to exemplify the ideals with which their foundation lies. Hard work, effort, help your brother or sister, support your colleagues regardless of all else, and respect for those around you are not hard concepts to understand. On any given day, we can learn from each other about to make our environments a better place, so that we can help make the world a better place. If we as civilians can find a way to make the world a better place, we are also helping make the world a safer place for our military. That is the least we can do to help support all of our friends and strangers that risk their lives each day to protect our freedoms. So, please take time this Memorial Day to thank all of those that you know and don't know in uniform. Thank our veterans who have given their time to help protect our country and way of life. Without all of these fine women and men of the military, we would not be having our parades, picnics, and fireworks. Thank you to all of our military (past and present) for everything you have done to provide our country with a way of life, and for passing on your lessons of respect, support, and camaraderie for all of us who serve the world in a different way. Happy Memorial Day all!!

Community Schools Carnival

On Saturday, June 2, 2018, the Rome Alliance for Education Community Schools Organization is hosting a community carnival and literacy fair at Bellamy School. The event will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and is free for the public. There will be several different activities for students to participate in and food will also be available. Finally, join us in the ribbon cutting of completing our first full year of partnership with community schools in Rome. To volunteer to participate or for more information on the event, please contact melissaroys@romecommunityschools.com.

2018-2019 Student Transfers

Each year, students and families at the elementary level request transfers to a different school due to childcare needs and family requirements. In the past, we have always asked everyone to complete a new transfer request form for the following year. In essence, we hit the reset button each summer with student enrollment and registration; essentially requiring everyone to jump through hoops again to get their students enrolled in a different school due to childcare reasons. The amount of time and resources that are expunged on the District end is also tremendous. That's why for 2018-2019, we will NOT be requiring families to submit a new request. For the first time, whatever school your student is attending in June 2018 is the school that we are going to enroll them in for the 2018-2019 school year. The only reason that any family would need to submit a transfer request for 2018-2019, would be if their child needed to attend a different school than where they currently attend.  

Voter Registration Event

On Tuesday, June 12, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Liberty Gardens, there will be a voter registration event to encourage more members of our community to become registered voters. During the event, you can register to vote, learn about where to vote, and review the voting process in general. Voter registration is open to any United States citizen who is 18 or turning 18, with no felony convictions. If you plan to attend to register, please know that you must provide a driver's license, social security card, or a New York State issued DMV number. For more questions about the event, please contact 315-798-5765.

Rising Stars Summer/Fall Registration

Rising Stars is a fun learning experience that teaches stage and life skills through games and activities, individual coaching, and actual performances on the Capitol Stage. The program focuses on developing the students' own creativity, building self-confidence, improving reading comprehension and speaking ability, accepting responsibility, and teamwork. If you are interested in learning basic through advanced stage techniques, as well as life skills, Rising Stars may be for you!! For more information about the program and how to register, please visit their website at https://www.romecapitol.com/rising-stars/