November 2016 Principals Letter


Dear Parents/ Guardians,

The Chicken/Rib Dinner sponsored by the Olmsted Parent-Teacher Organization is Friday November 4th from 4:30-7:30 p.m. The dinner will be held at Olmsted #64.

Pertaining to students in grades 5-8: Due to the overwhelming response to the Science Museum overnight event we have more participants then the Museum can accommodate. We will accommodate the group by separating the 5th and 6th grade from the 7th and 8th grade participants. The Museum will offer an additional overnight on Saturday December 10th for 7th and 8th grade students. The theme will be a crime scene investigation instead of Spooktacular. All 7th and 8th grade students who have already turned in their money and permission slips have a guaranteed spot on December 10th . Any students unable to attend on December 10th will receive a full refund. All 5th and 6th grade students who have already turned in their money and permission slips will attend the Spooktacular sleepover on November 5th -6 th. No additional space is available for Saturday November 5th .

Six of our students play on the Bennett High School Football Team. They are: Isaiah McDuffie, Brandon Barksdale, Giovanni Chimera, Christopher Pettiway, Justin Evans, Cameron Hall and Joel Richards. The team will play a sectional game at New Era Stadium on Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. This is a special event for these young men and we wish them good luck as they play Starpoint.

The Olmsted Girls’ Volleyball team made it into sectional play and competed against Gowanda Tuesday evening. Despite playing very well Olmsted was defeated. The girls had a great season. Many thanks to the girls and to their coach Erin Sheehan and to the junior varsity coach Yianna Russo.

Twenty-one of our orchestra students will play at the Unity Church on Delaware Avenue this Sunday. Students have been practicing and I know they will do a fine job. Thank you to Mr. Mudd for all of his hard work.

With the presidential election just a few days away Olmsted students will listen to a mock debate highlighting the platforms of each candidate. This information was prepared by the students. Each candidate will be represented by an Olmsted student. After the debate students will vote on who they want to be our next president.

The first marking period ends on November 10th. Parent – Teacher conferences are scheduled for Tuesday November 29th from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Olmsted students are always generous and thinking of others. Recently they donated to the Hurricane Matthew Relief Fund for the people of Haiti by each donating a quarter. They also donated to a Student Council sponsored Breast Cancer fundraiser as well as Dollars for Diapers a fundraiser to get diapers for infants living with their mothers at Gerard House.

Thank you to all who attended the Booster Club Fundraiser. It was a successful event at the Essex Street Pub. Proceeds raised go to defray the costs of sports and clubs.

Admissions testing for the 2017-2018 school year ends on Saturday November 5th. Testing is for seats in Olmsted’s Gifted and Talented program as well as for City Honors. Students currently in grades 4, 6, and 8 and can take the test in-school. Other interested students can test on the designated Saturdays. Current Olmsted students not in the GT component are also encouraged to test.

Finally, our assistant principal Marquita Bryant was made the new principal of Olmsted #64. Interviews will be held in the coming weeks for her replacement here. We wish Ms. Bryant all the best of luck in her new position.

From last month: Safety and security are extremely important to us at Olmsted. We have many doors through which people can enter and exit. Problems often occur after school when students exit through a variety of doors, often leaving them open. The school policy is that after 3:00 p.m. the back doors near the pool are to be used. This may be an inconvenience, but the safety of students and staff has to be ensured. Thank you for cooperation in this matter.

Upcoming Dates:

November 4th OPTO Chicken/Rib Barbecue at Olmsted #64, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

November 5th -6 th Spooktacular Sleepover at Science Museum, Grades 5-6

November 7th Election Debate, 8:30 a.m. (Grades 7-12)

November 8th Election Day (No School)

November 10th First Marking Period Ends

November 11th Veteran’s Day (No School)

November 21st SBMT, 2:45 p.m.

November 24th -25th Thanksgiving Recess (No School)

November 29th Parent-Teacher Conferences, 5:30-7:30 p.m

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 816.4330.


Michael Gruber


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