Barkley Elementary hosts King/Queen of Hearts fundraiser

Feb. 20, 2019 Barkley Elementary School held its annual King/Queen of Hearts Assembly fundraiser last week. This year, part of the proceeds were donated to Mr. Morales (and his family), a longtime resident of Amsterdam, who recently was injured and lost everything in a fire. Since the beginning of February, students purchased hearts to put …

Be aware of the “Momo Challenge”

Feb. 8, 2019 We have recently become aware of a social media challenge targeting children and young adults called the “Momo Challenge,” which has created concern throughout the country due to its disturbing nature. The “Momo Challenge” can be found on WhatsApp (a free smartphone messaging application) and on Facebook. This “challenge” involves a frightening …

Girls varsity basketball team visits Barkley Elementary

Jan. 29, 2019 For the third year in a row, members of the Amsterdam High School (AHS) girls varsity basketball team visited Barkley Elementary School to read to the younger students. “Our principal, Mrs. Donna Decker, is a big supporter of our high school student-athletes and when I asked her if we could come to Barkley …

Vision, hearing, scoliosis screenings to be completed in school

Oct. 30, 2018 The district’s School Health Services program supports your student’s academic success by promoting health in the school setting.  One way that we provide care for your student is by performing the health screenings as mandated by the State of New York. A letter will be sent home if the screenings find anything …

How to update your contact information

Oct. 24, 2018 Keeping parental contact information up to date is very important to the district, especially in case of an emergency. The district is currently requesting parents of elementary students update their addresses, emergency contacts and phone numbers by filling out a Demographic Validation form.  Students have been given these forms and parents should sign them …

Parent Today: Statistics show importance of hand-washing

September 20, 2018 If you had a nickel for every time you told your children to wash their hands, you’d be rich, right? Think you’re wasting your breath? Consider these statistics from Blue Cross/Blue Shield: Nearly 189 million school days are missed every year due to the common cold. 126 million work days are missed …

All students must prove immunization by Sept. 24

Sept. 11, 2018 NYS Public Health Law Section 2164, requires that schools not permit a child to attend school unless — and until— the parent provides the school with a certificate of immunization.  The Greater Amsterdam School District MUST comply with this NYS Education Department requirement. As such, any student not immunized must be excluded from attending school …

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