RCSD Community Update: 4/29/22

Dear RCSD Community,

I feel like April is actually the month going out like a lion this year - here’s hoping for some warmer weather in May. 

Dr. Denise Pope of Challenge Success

The RCSD has been a Challenge Success partner school since 2018. Last week, we learned that we were fortunate enough to book Dr. Denise Pope, the founder and head of Challenge Success, to come to spend the day with students and teachers and then speak to our community this coming Monday, May 2, at 7:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) at the High School/Middle School. Ordinarily, we would have a lot more time to promote the evening event, but Denise had a last-minute availability, so we grabbed it with both hands. I have heard her speak in the past, and her message about reframing what success looks like for our students is a powerful and necessary one, and particularly relevant now, given the challenges (no pun intended) that kids have faced over the past two and a half years.

I hope you will be able to join us on Monday night. If you can’t come in person, there is a link to watch live on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/ipYgDl4uU60. Unfortunately, we are not allowed to record the session. 

RCSD 2022 - 2023 Budget Vote and BOE Election

With May upon us, we are officially in budget vote and Board of Education election season. To learn more about the 2022 - 2023 school district budget and Board of Education candidates, please consider coming to (or watching online) the Budget Hearing at the May 3 Board of Education meeting, or/and reading the Focus on Excellence budget newsletter which will arrive in your mailboxes in early May. In the meantime, please mark your calendars to vote on Tuesday, May 17, from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Rye Middle School Gym. If you, a spouse, or family member will be out of town during the voting hours for any reason, be it work or travel, please vote via absentee ballot; applications for ballots are available here. If you’re new to Rye or recently moved within Rye, you will need to update your voter registration in order to vote in this and other elections. Voter registration materials can be found on the RCSD website here

Backyard Sports

Rye Recreation has partnered with a group called Backyard Sports to provide an inclusive after-school multi-sport program for students in grades K-8 who need a little extra assistance.  The program is run by adult coaches; volunteers are paired with an athlete to assist them in acquiring sport-specific skills and participating in competitive games and challenges, all the while in a safe environment.  The program takes place on Thursdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m. at Rye Rec. To register, please click on the link here: Multi-Sport Program with BYS.

Administrative Professionals Day 

Administrative Professionals Day was this Wednesday, April 27. Hopefully, we did a good job expressing our appreciation for the people who keep our schools and offices running smoothly and efficiently, but any and all expressions of thanks are most deserved and welcome, no matter what day it is. We are so fortunate to have such wonderful staff in our schools.

School Principals Day - Sunday, May 1

Strangely enough, School Principals Day is this Sunday, May 1, not even a school day! I’d like to proactively give thanks for our dedicated principals at the five schools: 

Rye High School

Suzanne Short

Rye Middle School

Joseph DiGiovanni

Midland School

James Boylan

Milton School

Annemarie Piekarski

Osborn School

Angela Garcia

COVID-19 Cases

Beginning with my community update this week, we will no longer report case numbers on a weekly basis. Below, please find the New York State Dashboard where you may check school case numbers whenever you like -- we continue to report case counts to the state on a daily basis. The link is: https://schoolcovidreportcard.health.ny.gov/#/searchResults

Welcome, May! Have a wonderful weekend.

Sincerely,

Eric Byrne, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools