Friday Update 3/17/2023

Friday Update 3/17/2023
Farid Johnson

Dear Siwanoy families,

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Did you know that belief in leprechauns likely stems from Celtic belief in fairies— tiny men and women who could use their magical powers to serve good or evil? In Celtic folktales, leprechauns were cranky souls, responsible for mending the shoes of the other fairies. Who knew?

I do know a child asked me if I was the leprechaun that came into her classroom the other day. I replied "If so then I must be in the Guiness Book of World records as the largest one in history!"

Lastly, Ramadan begins on March 22nd. May this Ramadan bring joy and peace to those that observe the day.

Siwanoy Upstander Gallery Walk

Thank to all that were able to make the gallery walk and took time to view some of the art work during your parent/teacher conference. The teachers and students worked hard to make everything special. Even the word special is an understatement. The positive feedback from this gallery walk was truly amazing and inspiring. Our belief here at Siwanoy, of course, has been "everyday a better you", and being an upstander goes hand and hand with that mantra. Our students and community are primed and ready to take their upstander responsibilities to the next level!

CultureFest Planning Committee Update



When: Thursday, May 4th, 5-7pm

Where: Siwanoy Playground

The second annual Siwanoy CultureFest is on and we need everyone’s help to make this event a success! Families can sign-up to contribute to CultureFest in one of three ways:

Bring a family dish (homemade or store bought) 

Sign-Up to lead the community in an interactive group performance or activity 

Host a cultural booth to share about your culture

´╗┐More info at this link. Please sign up here by Friday, April 21st. 

Questions? Email

What is CultureFest? A large community potluck, along with community performances of music, dance and more, the second annual Siwanoy CultureFest invites families to share in and celebrate the cultures and traditions of our Siwanoy families. 


The "We Are Siwanoy" Committee was formed under the belief that every Siwanoy family should feel seen, heard and valued. Through community engagement, projects and events, we work to share in and celebrate what makes our Siwanoy community special.

Word of the Month - Integrity

The word of the month is Integrity. Having integrity means knowing the difference between right and wrong and choosing to do the right thing, even when it is hard. This also means being honest, avoiding gossip, and being an upstander.


Please be sure to check out our SEL Newsletter!


Music Updates from Mr. Vamos

If you are planning on participating in the NYSSMA PIANO festival, which will be taking place on June 9th and 10th at Yorktown High School, please fill out this Google Form and send in a 22$ check made out to The Pelham School District no later than April 10th. This is a hard deadline! If this is something your child is interested in they should talk to their piano teacher first so that they can choose the best repertoire and level. Feel free to email Mr. Vamos if you have any questions. He can be reached at


Mr. Vamos in a musical!

Please see the link below for information about our very own Mr. Vamos participating in a musical at Concordia College on March 11th, at 11am. We are very proud of him!

Mr. Vamos at Concordia

Math Puzzlers - Grades 1 and 2 only

Please use this link to sign up for Math Puzzlers

Building Bridges program starts May 8th

Please see the link below about additional information on Building Bridges and on how to get involved.

Building Bridges Program


Upcoming dates:

3/20 - Day 5

3/21 - Day 6

3/22 - Day 1

3/23 - Day 2

3/24 - Day 3


It was so nice to see everyone in their green attire today. The kids and staff had a blast!


Farid Johnson

Principal, Siwanoy School


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