Holiday sing along
Elementary students sang their hearts out today at the Annual Holiday Sing along. Principal, Karen Lederman thanked students, staff and their families for the donations to the holiday service projects including: the hat and mitten tree, food drive, collecting for Toys for Tots and the care packages for soldiers. See more pictures...Posted 12/19/14
Christmas Around the World
Kindergarten students logged a lot of miles yesterday during the Annual Christmas around the world activity. Students spent the day rotating (traveling) through kindergarten classrooms that represented different countries. Students learned about how holidays are celebrated in other countries and received a stamp in their passport for each country they visited. Thank you to all the parent volunteers who helped with the activity! See more photos... Posted 12/18/14
Students participate in Hour of Code
Students at Tamarac Elementary School recently participated in activities as part of the Hour of Code, a worldwide effort to introduce students to computer programming and show how anyone can learn the basics of computer coding.
Librarian, Janice Toomajian, and Teaching Assistant, Judy Anderson showed second grade students a video of President Obama inviting the students to try their hand at coding, then launched into a code.org Angry Birds activity. Learn more..... Posted 12/16/14
Gr. 3-5 Winter Concert Postponed
Gr. 3-5 Winter Concert scheduled for tonight, Dec. 10 has been postponed to the concert’s snow date, Thursday, December 18 at 7 p.m. in the District Auditorium. Posted 12/10/14
Hat and mitten tree makes for warm holiday
Tamarac Elementary School kicked off its annual Hat and Mitten Tree tradition this month. Students, staff and the Brunswick community donate hats and mittens that will be given to St. Joseph’s House in Troy, various organizations and including some students in the district.
Fifth grade teacher Nicolle Motzer said this has been a tradition for more than ten years and is a joint service learning project between the elementary and secondary school. “The Secondary School Kids Care Service Club donates many handmade knitted and crocheted hats and mittens," said Motzer.
Donations can be made until Friday, December 12 at the main office at the Elementary School. Thank you to all who donated! Posted 12/5/14
Tamarac Schools Collecting Toys
Help Tamarac Schools bring joy to a needy child this season. If you would like to contribute, please send one new unwrapped toy. Drop off sites are in the elementary and secondary school lobbies. Toys will be collected until December 17. Posted 12/2/14
Website Redesign Survey
The District website is going to be redesigned. We want a fresh design that makes it easy for you to find the information you need while also highlighting the many exciting opportunities in our schools. We also recognize that more users are viewing our site on mobile devices, so we want to create a site that optimizes all platforms. Please share your thoughts on the website by completing this short survey. Posted 11/23/14
PTSA Elementary Directory
The deadline for the PTSA elementary directory is rapidly approaching. In order for your child's information to be included in this project, you must opt in by filling out, and returning, the directory form ASAP. You can include as much or as little information as you desire and remember, there is NO COST to participate. All PTSA members will receive a free copy of the directory once it is complete. See PTSA Elementary Directory Form... Posted 11/21/14
Seventh Grader Claire Stafford Wins Annual Brittonkill Spelling Bee
Congratulations to seventh grader Claire Stafford who won the Brittonkill Spelling Bee on Wednesday, November 19. The championship word was "superfluous." Claire will represent Brittonkill at the Regional Spelling Bee at Proctor's in Schenectady on February 24, 2015.
First runner-up was seventh grader Michael Jacques. Claire and Michael battled head to head for seven rounds before a winner was declared in the 19th round. Second runner-up was eighth grader Ryan Hayden. Top elementary finishers were Colby Minbiole and Ethan Skaarup who both made it into the tenth round. Posted 11/20/14
3rd Annual Family Movie Night
The fifth grade will be hosting the 3rd Annual Family Movie Night on Friday, November 21 in the elementary school gym at 6:30 p.m. It will be an "under the sea" theme featuring Finding Nemo. Learn more about movie night…Posted 11/14/14
District School Closing/Delay Notification Process
The school district takes the responsibility of deciding whether to close schools seriously. Generally, schools will remain open except for extremely inclement weather. Snow, ice, and extremely cold temperatures may affect bus pick-up and drop-off times, sometimes causing buses to run late. If a snow day is called that decision is made as early as possible with announcements made immediately on:
- ENEWS—eNEWS will send parents an e-mail announcing any school closures. If you have not already signed up for eNEWS, parents can send an email with the word subscribe in the subject line.
- District Website — If school is closed or delayed due to inclement weather, an announcement will be posted on the District and School homepages. Read More....Posted 11/14/14
Emergency Release Drill
The annual "Go Home Early" drill is scheduled for Friday, November 7. On that day, all students will be dismissed 15 minutes earlier than the normal dismissal time. This is a requirement of the NYS Education Department to ensure that students and staff are prepared in case an emergency requires school grounds to be cleared and students to be transported home or to another location.
Please plan accordingly as students will then also be arriving home approximately 15 minutes earlier than normal. For more information on the drill, please contact your child's school building main office.
Note: Student-athletes who have who have school athletic events will have to leave the building at dismissal but may return as instructed by their coach. Posted 11/4/14
5th Gr. Class Raising funds for trip to Nature's Classroom
The 5th grade class at Tamarac Elementary School is raising funds for their trip to Nature’s Classroom in the spring by selling discount cards. The cards are $20 each and will be good from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015. If you are interested in buying a card, please fill out the form and return it with payment to school with your child in an envelope labeled “5th Grade Class Discount Card”. Orders should be turned in by December 1, 2014. The cards will be sent home on December 15, 2014. Please contact Pam Skaarup if you have any questions or would like more information. Thank you for your support! Posted 10/28/14
PTSA Partners with Field-Goods Local Farm Fresh Food
The PTSA has partnered with Field-Goods Local Farm Fresh Food Delivery and $1 from every bag purchased will be given to the PTSA. Signing up and managing your account is very simple on their easy to navigate website. Choose what subscription of fresh fruits and vegetables you would like (small, family, etc.), and the delivery site of either Tamarac Elementary or High School. Posted 10/28/14
School Supplies Survey
The PTSA is considering offering a service for all grades, where school supplies would be ordered for you based on your child's specific teacher's list. Supplies would be packaged and delivered to the school in a convenient box for pick-up.
In most cases, prices would be less than if you purchased the items individually. Please take a moment and fill out the survey so we can assess the interest in this service for next year. Posted 10/16/14
Tamarac PTSA Hosting Halloween Dance
The Tamarac PTSA is hosting the annual Halloween dance on Friday, October 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Elementary School gym and cafeteria. Ticket sales end on Friday, October 17 and payment is not accepted the night of the event.
The cost is $3 per child, adults and chaperones are free. A parent or guardian must accompany all children. Please complete this form and send back to school in a sealed envelope with payment of cash or check made payable to Brittonkill PTSA no later than October 17. Donations of baked goods to be sold at the event are greatly appreciated. Posted 10/7/14
New Teacher Spotlight
Lynn Nadareski – Kindergarten Teacher
Education Background: I earned my bachelor's degree at the State University of New York at Oneonta
Previous Schools you have taught at: I have taught both fourth and fifth grade in the Averill Park School District as a permanent classroom teacher. I have also completed several long-term substitute assignments at Tamarac Elementary School, as well as other school districts.
Family: I am married, my husband Edward and I have three children. Learn More Posted 9/26/14
2014-2015 Suggested School Supply Lists
The suggested school supply lists for the 2014-2015 school year are now available by clicking here. Posted 7/814
As part of the district’s continued efforts to address
bullying and harassment, the district has created a webpage that
provides parents with characteristics of bullying, ways to stop
it and contact information to report concerns.
Click here to
see the webpage… Posted 10/18/12.