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Tamarac Elementary School

Principal's Message

December 2017

Dear Tamarac Community,

I hope everyone had an outstanding Thanksgiving and was able to spend it with family and friends.   December is an exciting time of year for everyone.  Great field trips have been planned and special programs are being brought in.  Our hallways are always filled with high level of excitement during this holiday season.  It is truly a magical time of year!

Thanks go to Christine Petras and our PTA for running our 3
rd Annual Vendor fair.  Thanks also go to our Father’s Club for facilitating crafts while our parents were able to shop without children. It was fantastic to welcome the Sachem Arrowettes to the fair this year and having the chance to see so many Tamarac Alumni on stage.  It was also wonderful to see our parent groups working together again to make great things happen.

Star Wars tickets are available.  Please visit our website for more information.  It should be a great time.  If you are interested in attending, please send in your money and form as soon as possible.  This will be a sold out event!

Our holiday boutique is scheduled for December 8
th, 11th and 12th.  There will be PTA volunteers to help our students shop.  Please feel free to volunteer and complete the form that was sent home.  If you need another copy, you can find it on our website.  Parents wanting to shop with their children must sign up as a PTA volunteer and assist all of our student shoppers.  Please pre-register prior to the holiday boutique.

December 21
st is our Holiday Concert at 7:00 PM at Sachem East High School.  Our Chorus, Band and Orchestra have been working hard preparing for the big show.  Please come join us; it is sure to put you into a festive mood.

Please mark your calendars for December 11
th and 19th.  These two dates are our half days for parent-teacher conferences.  Students will be dismissed at 12:15 PM. 

Important Dates to Remember

12-5                 Ugly Sweater Day

12-5                 3-4 Dance

12-7                 1st and 2nd grade dance 3:15 PM – 4:45 PM

12-8                 PTA Movie Night – The Grinch 6 PM

12-8 11&12     Holiday Boutique

12-11               Half-day Parent-Teacher Conferences

12-12               Ugly Sweater Day

12-16               Star Wars Private Screening

12-19               Half-day Parent-Teacher Conferences

12-19               Ugly Sweater Day

12-21               Comfy Cozy Day

12-21               Winter Concert at East 7:00 PM

12-22               Holiday Spirit Wear

I have a couple of important reminders.  Please make sure you write a note in the morning to your child’s teacher if there is a change from their typical dismissal.  This includes staying after for Girl Scouts, walker line pick up, After-Care, I-Ready, etc.  Please limit phone call changes to emergencies only.  There has been an abundance of last minute changes and this puts a lot of unnecessary stress on the Main Office and classroom teachers. 

Please do not drop off your child before 9:00 A.M. each morning.  There is no one available to watch our students prior to that time.  Any student who is late to school (entering the building after 9:15 A.M.) must be walked into building and signed into school. 
Please remember the front drive at Tamarac is for buses only.   Whether you are dropping off your children for a before school activity or Before Care, please do not use the bus loop before school at any time.  We must adhere to this practice to keep our children safe!

The last day of school before the holiday break is Friday, December 22, 2017.  School will begin again on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.  On behalf of the Faculty and Staff, I would like to wish our families, who celebrate, a Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Happy Kwanza  and to the entire Tamarac Community a Happy and Healthy New Year.  May 2018 bring all of us peace, prosperity, health, and happiness.


Michael S. Saidens