Friday Update 11/5/2021

Farid Johnson

November 5, 2021

Good afternoon Siwanoy!

I would like to start off by saying thank you to everyone that showed up Tuesday evening. Seeing your faces, hearing your ideas and questions, and partaking in conversation with you all gave me such hope for our community. I think with ensuring that our children are emotionally and physically safe, comes the idea of also making sure we are resilient in the face of adversity as well. Your support and passion for the work we have ahead of us is much needed and appreciated. Please keep the dialogue going because we are headed in the right direction :-).

A special thank you to our diversity committee for always engaging in dialogue around these topics. We continue to be conscious of various issues that come up in our community and work tirelessly to be proactive in our efforts to educate students, families, and community members about acceptance, resilience, and differences. Please be sure to view some of the resources that were sent out in the latest newsletter from the Diversity Committee. There will be more to come!

Native American Heritage Month

We started November off with Native American Heritage Month! Our bulletin boards look amazing thanks to Ms. Diano and our diversity committee. Thank you so much for all of your hard work.


Happy Diwali to all that celebrated. The celebration of Diwali began November 4th and it symbolizes the spiritual (victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance.) What a timely celebration!!!

COVID Testing Reminder

ALL Covid tests must be returned Monday morning. Thank you for your cooperation with this!

What to do if your child has COVID-19 symptoms

It is critically important that you monitor your child’s symptoms. If any child is showing symptoms of COVID-19, they must not attend school and you should notify our school nurse, Mrs. Keller. Students who exhibit one or more of the following symptoms may return to school ONLY if they receive a negative PCR test. A list of testing locations is available on the District website. As a reminder, COVID-19 symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Nausea or vomiting

Daylight Savings Time

Daylight Savings time begins Sunday, November 7th. Don't forget to set your clocks back one hour to get that extra hour of sleep!

Veteran's Day

Thursday, November 11th is Veterans Day. School will be closed. I hope that you will take a moment to thank someone for their service or spend it in a way that is meaningful for you and your family.

School Picture Retake Day

For Makeups & retakes - Roll Call is sending one photographer back on Friday, November 12, from 9am - 11am. Priority is given to those that were absent on Siwanoy Picture Day. To book your session, please complete this form as soon as possible: We will write back to you closer to the time to confirm your spot and handle each retake during school hours. Please note if your child wasn’t absent and you request a retake, your original gallery will be deleted.

Questions? Emily Venugopal 

Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair was a tremendous success. Thank you so much to all of our hard working parents for making it run so smoothly.

Word of the Month

This month's word is GRATITUDE! Please ensure that you ask your children about the word of the month because they have been doing work in school based on this word. We will also be holding Town Hall meetings starting on 11/19 as well!

  • 11/8 - Day 5
  • 11/9 - Day 6
  • 11/10 - Day 1
  • 11/11 - Veteran's Day - No school
  • 11/12 - Day 2 - Photo retake day

Keep spreading the love! #everydayabetteryou

Farid Johnson

Principal, Siwanoy School

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