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RCSD Community Update: 11/18/22

Dear RCSD Community,

Thank goodness we don’t live in Buffalo. As of noon today, four feet of snow have fallen with more on the way. I am having trouble imagining what the lyrics to that snow day message would be. Unrelated to the weather, please remember that we have a short week next week: schools are closed Wednesday through Friday and offices Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving recess.  My next Community Update will be the Friday after the break, so I’d like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy, healthy Thanksgiving. My plans for this weekend include hunting for turkey brining supplies and loose-waisted pants, not necessarily in that order!

Elementary Parent-Teacher Conferences

The first round of parent-teacher conferences took place at the three elementary schools this Thursday. All conferences were in-person this year affording parents the opportunity to get an up-close look at the contents of their students’ lockers.  I stopped into all three schools and heard some positive feedback from parents who had already completed their conferences. 

“Take Your Parent to Lunch Days” at Osborn and Midland

Over the past two weeks, Osborn and Midland Schools have hosted parents of Kindergarten and 1st graders to “Take Your Parent to Lunch Days.” For many parents of our youngest students, this is the first time they have been to their child’s school during the school day. I had a chance to stop by both, and parents seemed like they were thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to get a window into their students’ worlds while sampling some fine cafeteria fare. We look forward to more opportunities for families to participate in food-related events at all the schools. 

Thanksgiving Food Drive

The RHS Counseling Department is holding its annual food drive to benefit Meals on Main Street/Caritas of Port Chester until November 22. They are particularly in need of cereal, corn, spaghetti sauce, canned tuna, mac and cheese, and pasta. If you remember, slip a can or two into your student’s backpack for delivery to one of the collection boxes located in and around the high school. Who knows? You might unearth last week’s lunch leftovers at the same time. 

RMS Production of Frozen JR.

In a seeming nod to the recent weather pattern, RMS is putting on Disney’s “Frozen JR.” in two performances this Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center at Rye High/Middle School. Tickets are available at the door. To the cast and crew, break a leg!

Rye Fund for Education

You may have seen lawn signs and banners for the Rye Fund for Education posted around the City. As part of its relaunch, the Fund is seeking to build their contact list and to reach a goal of 300 donors in 30 days. The campaign will wrap up on November 30. I encourage you to check out the Rye Fund website and learn more about this wonderful organization. 

Have a terrific weekend.

Eric Byrne, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools