Thursday, September 24, 2020

Greetings from Onondaga Road!

I cannot thank you enough for your assistance and support throughout the first two full weeks of school!  Our opening weeks have proven to be productive and positive, both in school and remote.  The children seem quite happy to reunite with their friends and teachers, and they are getting accustomed to the new environment and routines. 

Breakfast and Lunch

Please pre-order school breakfast and lunch on the NutriSlice system. Use this link to access a description of the app and how to use it.

We continue to explore our character strengths and the strengths of others through the Positivity Project. I have witnessed “positivity in action” (the new hashtag!) in more ways than you can imagine upon return to school!  Children and adults alike have positively welcomed, supported, and encouraged one another as we came back together!  This week we explored “curiosity” as a character trait.  Curiosity describes those who seek exploration and discovery, and those who ask lots of questions in order to learn more.  Next week we will learn about teamwork and citizenship, and how these are traits of people who are willing to commit time and resources to reach group goals and help move toward the greater good.



Last year’s yearbooks are finally here!  We are in the process of sorting them and will distribute them as soon as possible!


School Pictures

School Picture Day is October 7 for in-school students and November 17 for remote students.  Be on the lookout for details being sent home with your child (and mailed to remote families). 


OR PTA Membership
Your child will be bringing home a PTA Membership “application.”  Please know that becoming an official member does not commit you to meetings or to volunteer at activities.  Becoming a member gives you a voice to vote on PTA offered events and elections.  Although our extracurricular offerings throughout this particular year remain to be seen, our PTA does provide assistance to classroom teachers for various supplies and donations.  Your membership dues contribute to such requests and to our local PTA’s national affiliation.  Please consider returning the membership form in support of our PTA and your school community! Two years ago Onondaga Road School received national recognition for having an outstanding number of PTA members; maybe we can do that again!

Safety Notes and Reminders

  • Never, ever pass a parked school bus in the bus loop, for any reason, even if the flashing lights are off!  If you are parked behind a bus, you must wait for the bus to leave!

  • Please send your child’s Health Screening Sheet to school each day. 

  • You may not drop your child off earlier than 8:40 a.m. If you pull into the parking lot earlier than that, you must keep your child in the car with you until our staff members come outside at 8:40.  Children should never be left unattended on the sidewalk.

  • If you pull into the bus loop for drop-off and pick-up (even tag numbers), please stay to the righthand curb when dropping off your children, closest to the sidewalk.  Do not park to the left, by the grass, forcing children to walk between cars to get to and from the sidewalk, as this creates obvious danger for children.  Remember, patience is a virtue!

  • If you need to pick up your child early, please make sure you send in a note.  All early dismissals must occur before 2:00 p.m., and you must come to the main door to sign them out. If your child is arriving to school late, after the buses have unloaded, they must enter the main door accompanied by an adult to sign them in. 

Thanks again for your continued support from home!
Sincerely, Jeannette Clark

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Greetings from Onondaga Road!

Thank you to our amazing teachers and all of you for participating in our Curriculum/Title 1 information night!  If you have any questions about curriculum or the structure of our school day, feel free to contact me or your child’s teacher any time. 

Curriculum Night for our remote learners will be distributed electronically on Thursday, and you can access it at your convenience.  

Our first PTA meeting of the year will be held via Zoom this week.  Please use the link below if you would like to attend the PTA meeting, right from your own home!

Join: PTA Zoom Meeting - Thursday, September 17, 6:30 p.m.   

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Welcome Back Onondaga Road!

Our children were so very happy to be back to school!  It was a great week!

Thank you all for your patience and help as we work through our dismissal process together.  Just remember, drop off in the morning between 8:40-8:55, and pick up in the afternoon after all buses are gone from the bus loop, 2:30.  Thank you again for your amazing and continued support!

Curriculum/Title 1 Night

What:  Zoom Presentations - Curriculum Night

Time: (Grades 3, 4) 6:00-6:30    (Grades K, 1, 2) 6:30-7:00

Objective: A time where you will be able to meet your child's classroom teacher/team and be informed about classroom procedures, expectations, means of communication, and grade-level curriculum. 

When: Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Remote classes have a separate Curriculum Night on Thursday, September 17, 2020.

Yearbook Update (from 2019-20)

I realize the yearbook situation has been a bit frustrating. We have been in frequent contact with Lifetouch, the elementary school yearbook vendor, and as I’ve mentioned, their facility has been hit with multiple COVID-related  disruptions resulting in frequent shutdowns.  Once we have confirmation about receiving the yearbooks, we will figure out a distribution plan, including our fifth graders at WGMS! 

First Day!

Enjoy a glimpse of our first day here at OR!  It's great to be back!

Monday, August 31, 2020

August 31 Message: Arrival, Dismissal, Meals

Greetings from Onondaga Road

It’s in the Mail! 

This time of year is so exciting!  I know our kids are ready to find out about their new teachers and classmates, so be on the lookout for a letter in the mail from me this week!  Most of the packets were mailed on Friday, and we have just a few more to mail on Monday.  In addition to your child’s teacher and room assignment, there is a LOT of information in your packet.  If you have any specific questions after taking time to read ALL of the information, please give us a call at the Onondaga Road School Main Office.


Preparing for School Meals

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If you choose to have school meals, breakfast and lunch will be delivered to the classrooms. Lunches can be pre-ordered through our new Nutri-Slice online system. A description of the app and how to use it is  included in the back to school packet you will receive in the mail, or you can click here to find it directly on the school website.

School Bus Transportation

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Information about the district mobile app called Traversa Ride 360 is also included in your back to school packet.  If you opted for  school bus transportation, you will need to use the app to find details specific to your child’s bus route.  Here is a guide to using the Traversa Ride 360 mobile app.

Screening Sheets

Each family is responsible for completing a Screening Sheet for each child at the start of every school day.  Families have been provided four screening sheets in the mailed packet, and then pads of home-screening slips will be sent home on the first day of school. These slips, which indicate that a child’s temperature has been taken prior to arrival at school, the temperature is less than 100℉, the child is symptom-free, etc., will be given to school staff upon entering the building. If, on occasion, you accidentally forget to send your child’s screening slip, their temperature will be taken. If the temperature is over 100℉, they will be escorted to the nurse. Students who arrive with completed screening slips will walk directly to their assigned classroom. Students riding the bus are asked to have their screening form visible for the bus driver to see each morning.  Think of this as a daily entry ticket!

Transporting by Car or Walking

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First, and for safety’s sake, I am highly discouraging any students from riding a bike to school at this time. Considering the high volume of vehicle traffic we will experience at arrival and dismissal, a bicycle would be a great safety risk.

If your child is actually walking to or from school, s/he will use the front main door entrance.  Any parents/students walking will also receive a car-pick-up tag, and parents are required to have this tag if you are walking/escorting your child at dismissal time. (See below for dismissal procedures with the tag numbers.)

Arrival/Dismissal by Car Drop-off and Pick-up

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Because of the large number of families picking up students this year, we are using a car tag system.  Families transporting students will receive another mailing later this week which will include arrival/dismissal details and a number tag that looks similar to this:

You will get two car tags and enough corresponding backpack tags for your child(ren). We ask that you securely fasten the tag to your child's backpack. IF you plan to pick up your child but did not indicate that on the parent survey, you must contact me to make arrangements. If you plan to pick up your child more than a couple of times a month, please contact us so we can issue you a tag. If you plan to carpool, we must have a note indicating with whom your child is allowed to ride home. If your child plans to actually walk to/from school, we also must have a note granting your child permission to do so. If you have any questions about any of this after reading this information here and after you receive your car tag in the mail, please give me a call or send a brief email and I will try to help you!

School:  315-487-4653
Mrs. Clark’s email:

Details for Arrival and Dismissal

8:40-9:00 - Drop-off Time for Students Arriving by Car 

  • Please do not arrive early or drop children off prior to 8:40, as there will be no supervision.  Please avoid arriving early because waiting in your car will cause traffic to back up into Onondaga Road.

  • If you arrive after 8:55 you must wait until all buses are gone before entering the parking lot.

  • Parents are asked to stay in their cars. Of course you would be permitted to assist a child with a car seat or seat belt if needed, but we ask that you stay as close to your car as possible and refrain from walking your child to the door.  There will be staff outside to guide the children.

  • We will utilize two entrances: All cars enter the bus loop entrance to the school, and then “Even” numbered car tags will go to the left to the bus loop, students will enter the front door, and cars exit to Onondaga Road.  “Odd” numbered car tags will enter the right  side parking lot door, and cars will exit via Kent Place.

  • When you exit, please consider turning right, either from Kent Place or from the bus loop, onto Onondaga Road.  This will expedite dismissal, as turning left will be difficult in the traffic.

9:00-9:10 – School Bus Drop-off Time

  • Buses pull into the bus loop at 8:55.  Students exit the buses at 9:00 and enter the building to start the school day!

Late Arrival Procedures

  • If you arrive after 8:55, you must wait until all buses have gone before entering the parking lot.   

  • After 9:15 and the doors have been locked with no supervision outside, a parent/guardian must walk your child to the main entrance, check-in at the main office and sign their child in. Please DO NOT drop children off at the sidewalk/door when there is nobody supervising outside!

  • Students will need the Daily Home Screening Sheets; if not their temperature will be taken prior to going to class. 


2:15-2:30 - School Bus Dismissal Time

  • Students will board buses beginning at 2:15, and buses will depart from school at 2:30.  NOTE:  Parents picking up students from school must wait until after all buses leave before pulling into the parking lot.  


2:30 – Pick-up Time Begins (for parents picking up students) 

  • All student pick-ups will take place at the same door as noted for arrival:  All cars will enter the bus-loop entrance to the school, then “even” number tags will go to the left toward the bus loop and use the front door, and “odd” number tags will go straight and use the right side (parking lot side) door, then exit via Kent Place.  No parent will exit their car or enter the building.  Students will be escorted to cars for dismissal.

  • Anyone who indicated “self-transport” on the survey for dismissal will receive a car tag and student tag in the mail. 

  • If you plan to participate in a regular car pool, please call the main office to make arrangements. 

  • The procedure for picking up students will take a lot of time at first, so thank you for being patient while we work out this routine.  

Early Pick-up

  • If you need to pick your child up before dismissal for an appointment, etc., you must send a note to school with your child stating the time you will need to pick up.  NOTE: There is a 2:00 deadline for picking up students early.  In this case, parents will come to the main door (office) to sign your child out.

Thank you for taking the time to read this information carefully.  It really is going to be a team effort to keep one another safe and healthy!