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Thursday, September 18, 2014
11:44:58 PM
 Welcome Back
  August 2014


Dear Parents and Students,


I am thrilled to welcome you back to school for the 2014-2015 year at Fishkill Plains Elementary School!  The faculty and staff have been busy preparing the school and classrooms for an exciting year of learning and growth.  We are looking forward to hearing about your summer adventures, getting caught up with returning families, and meeting our newest Panthers.


We recognize that in order to be successful in school, our children need support from both the home and school.  We know a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child’s education.  As partners, we share the responsibility for our children’s success and want you to know that we will do our best to carry out our responsibilities.  We ask that you guide and support your child’s learning by ensuring that he/she:


1.       Attends school daily and arrives on time, ready for the day’s learning experience

2.       Completes all homework assignments given by teachers

3.       Reads daily to develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills

4.       Shares school experiences with you so that you are aware of his/her school life

5.       Informs you if he/she needs additional support in any area or subject

6.       Knows that you expect him/her to succeed in school


School opens on Thursday, September 4, 2014.  First through Fifth grade students will have a full day of school.  Kindergarten students will report from 10:00 – 11:00 a. m. to your child’s classroom.  They will have a brief orientation with their teacher, meet their classmates and also take a short bus ride around our neighborhood.  Parents will need to transport their child on this day.  On Friday, September 5, 2014, all students will attend a full day of school.  Buses will dismiss at approximately 3:50 p.m.  However, typically the first few school days buses tend to run a bit slower.  Your patience and cooperation is greatly appreciated.  


If you plan on picking your child up at dismissal, pick-up time is at 3:25.  Due to the frequent amount of interruptions at the end of the school day, for instructional purposes, I am requesting if you need to pick up your child prior to the 3:25 scheduled time, to sign your child out before 3:00.  Therefore, I ask you to please take this policy into consideration when scheduling appointments to help us avoid any interruptions into the classrooms.  Also, new this year, our pick-up will take place in the gymnasium.  If you are facing our school, entrance will be all the way to the left.  You will need to park your car in the gymnasium parking lot and line-up outside the first gym (exterior) door.  You will need to have photo identification in order to pick up your child.  There will be two tables set up for signing your child out.  As you come in, you will show ID, sign out your child and immediately take your child out to your vehicle.  As always, thank you for your advanced cooperation and support.


Lastly, Parents As Parents Night (parents only) will be held on Wednesday, September 17th from

6:00 – 6:45 for grades K-2 and from 7:15 – 8:00 for grades 3-5.  Please mark your calendar for this important evening when teachers will have the opportunity to review curriculum and expectations for the school year. 


On behalf of our entire faculty and staff, welcome to the 2014-2015 school year!





Eric T. Seipp


October 21, 2013
 Dear Fishkill Plains Families,

 Greetings! I’m writing today after having the opportunity to eagerly meet all the wonderful children, faculty and staff here at Fishkill Plains on my first day as the new principal. I can’t begin to tell you how everyone has welcomed me with warmth and support. I was amazed by the number of students who already knew me and amused by some of the questions I was asked. I am going to love my new home! 

I am a product of the district. I have learned the importance of a positive, safe, friendly, nurturing and learning environment. I plan to provide these essential components, daily for every student, faculty, and staff member. I also look forward to working with you and our families, as we begin our work together to support our kids to do well at school and at home. 

Tomorrow night, I will be attending our PTA meeting at 7:00 and would love the opportunity to meet you there. 

I am very excited and honored to serve this community and will work hard to gain your trust and respect.

I look forward to meeting all of you!


 Eric T. Seipp

Lest you think I would forget about you as parents, here is a great list of books for you to read over the summer:
How to avoid summer learning loss aka the Summer Slide, by Barbara Dianis.
June 2013
Another article I stumbled upon through Twitter that I thought was meaningful for us all. It was written by Dr. Michele Borba titled, How Not To Raise a Quitter. The idea of perseverance and grit stand out for me in this article. Enjoy
March 2013
A recent article that I wanted to share from our school social worker, titled, The Stories That Bind Us, by Bruce Feiler. It is a great article on improving student resiliency and the importance of teaching about family.
February 2013
A recent twitter article that I discovered about developing lifelong learners, written by Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph.D, a developmental psychologist who writes about the roots of positive growth and well-being. Developing the love of learning and the desire to become a lifelong learner is a goal of both educators and parents. Click here for the entire article.
Here is an excerpt from the article:

When we think of scholars like Socrates, Einstein, or Aristotle, we are reminded of great learners and their eternal quest for knowledge. But how do we develop that quest in children and teens – the drive that propels them to embrace the practice of learning throughout their lives?

I used to believe learning was for the young. If we learned enough in school, we’d be prepared for careers and families. But as I have grown older --- and hopefully wiser --- I know that learning comes with each new day.
February 2013
As we are always searching for ways to improve our children's reading habits and the quality of the reading experience,  I found an interesting article titled, "6 Ways to Help Kids Become Quality Readers", by Steve Reifman. When you get the chance, please read and enjoy.

A friend forwarded me this N.Y. Times article by Madeline Levine called, "Raising Successful Children." When you get the chance, please read it and let me know your thoughts.
Another interesting article for Parents on Why Educators Should Let Students Fail. The article, from Education Week  states, "Students should be allowed to experience failure and rejection, so they can learn resiliency and become more motivated to succeed."