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June - 2020


Dear Switlik Families,

It is hard to believe that we are entering the month of June…. The end of the school year is quickly approaching. We do hope that you are all staying healthy and safe. Please continue to check our school webpage and review the following reminders and events carefully, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me, Mrs. Pagano- Hein or your child’s teacher.


Fifth Grade Moving Up Ceremony

Save the Date….Calling all fifth graders, parents and guests.

The Fifth Grade Virtual Moving Up Ceremony celebrating the relationships, accomplishments and memories of our fifth grade students will be premiered by JTV on Tuesday, June 16th at 4:30pm on Cablevision Channel 77. It will also be available for viewing on JTV’sYou Tube ChannelCongratulations to all our fifth grade students and families.  Good luck to our fifth graders as they continue their academic journey to Goetz Middle School. We will miss you.....stay Switlik Strong!!

Fifth Grade Students may pick up their desk belongings, their promotional certificate, any awards they may have won, gifts from our PTN and their yearbook according to the following schedule:

Mr. Casais' Class - Wednesday, June 17, 2020 8:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Mrs. Levine's Class - Wednesday, June 17, 2020 10:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Ms. Liverani's Class - Wednesday, June 17, 2020 1:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Ms. Padron's Class - Thursday, June 18, 2020 8:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

 Mrs. Placek's Class - Thursday, June 18, 2020 10:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Mrs. Vlahos' Class - Thursday, June 18, 2020 1:00-3:15 p.m.

Please click on your child's teacher's name above so that you may sign up for a scheduled time slot to retrieve your child's belongings.  Please adhere to your time and follow all social distancing rules.  Pull up to the gym door entrance located on the bus ramp of the Switlik Elementary School  and remain in your car.  Your materials will be brought to you.  Thank you for following these directives in order to keep everyone safe.

Book/Item Collection - Extended:   We will be holding a “ Drive Thru” style event for parents and students to return items (Teacher/ Media Library books, calculators, classroom supplies etc..) from the school beginning on Thursday, May 28th – Friday, June 12th from 8:00 am -12:30pm at the school. Please enter through the school entrance as usual and proceed to front of the building (Main Entrance). Carts/bins will be positioned on the left sidewalk closest to the teacher’s parking lot for easy access.  Should there be inclement weather, please refer to the Switlik Web Page in the event that the book drop off has to be canceled for that scheduled day.

During this event, it is important that all parents and students remain in their cars, practice social distancing and ensure a safe environment for all. No one is permitted to walk around the school campus, the parking lot, or other parts of the campus. Please come at the time that is best for you and your family during these time frames.  Please be advised, school loaned Chromebooks are not being collected at this time. Additional information will be communicated at a different time.

Attendance:  Teachers will be utilizing new procedures for daily attendance that are designed to keep student engagement strong. Each teacher will explain this new attendance procedure to their students (e.g in some classes it will be an assignment a student will send in by day’s end, in other cases it will be a form they fill out on Google Classroom). There is nothing that you, as parents, need to do other than to make sure they are following teachers’ instructions for attendance.

Teacher Lesson Plans:  As teachers continue with instruction,they are planning to use technology tools (Google Meet, videos & recordings of taught lessons) as much as possible to deliver new material and learning. Switlik teachers will be expanding their use of Google Meets in their remote learning plans and creating more opportunities for project-based, collaborative assignments in many areas. The overall goal is to keep students engaged and interested while we continue to provide quality instruction. Under normal circumstances, keeping kids on track in warmer weather can be difficult. Doing it remotely can magnify that challenge, but our teachers are certainly up for it!

Teachers are available for emails, lessons, and Google Hangouts; the best way to reach staff is through email.  Please continue to keep in touch with your child’s teacher(s). An email to let them know that you are safe and are working on the assigned lessons is greatly appreciated. They also welcome any questions and concerns that you may have. It is important to continue to turn in all assignments on time to your child’s teacher.

Special Area Teachers

Please remember to visit your Special Area Teachers’ WebPages each week.   Special Area Teachers are creating lessons/assignments for you to complete and submit on a weekly basis.

Here are the links to each Special Area Teacher's Class Pages:

Mr. Autenrieth's Class Page

Mrs. Brenner's Class Page

Mr. Hamdi's Class Page

Mr. Luell's Class Page

Ms. Martnez's Class Page

Mr. Morgan's Class Page

Mrs. Noble's Class Page

Ms. Palme's Class Page

Mrs. Pfluger's Class Page

Mr. Struther's Class Page

Mrs. Zhang's Class Page

Game Days:

Attention all Switlik parents….

To recognize our traditionally scheduled Game Days…. Mr. Hamdi thought it would be fun to have some game day challenges. Mr. Hamdi has created an awesome Game Day Challenge for all Switlik students in kindergarten through fifth grade. A Google Slideshow will be shared with all students through the Switlik Webpage the week of June 1st. On it, you will find 6 bitmojis of Mr. Hamdi in various formats. Next to each Bitmoji there is a grade level arrow showing you which activity is aligned to each grade level challenge. Please click on the Mr. Hamdi Bitmoji and watch the youtube video that goes with it. Then, have your child complete the challenge. If you would like, you can film them performing the skills and send them to Mr. Hamdi ( or me, Mrs. McKiernan ( via email or shared through Google drive. Looking forward to seeing some, or all of your videos! Save the date….check out the Switlik Webpage the week of Monday, June 1st!

Moving Up Ceremony:   We realize our families are eager to know what our plans will be for our 5th Grade Students' Moving Up Ceremony to Middle School. I want to acknowledge the disappointment we are all feeling at not being able to come together in person for this important event. But, I want to assure you that the Moving Up Ceremony Committee (Mrs. DeBenedetto, Mr. Autenrieth, and Mr. Morgan), Fifth Grade Teachers and Special Area Teachers are working collectively in creating a Virtual Fifth Grade Moving Up Ceremony. The goal is to celebrate with our students the relationships, accomplishments and all the memories they have shared together throughout all, or part, of the last six years. We will continue to communicate with you when a date and time has been established. 


Kindergarten Registration 

Postponed Until Further Notice - Use ONLINE Pre-Registration NOW

PLEASE NOTE: During the time schools are closed for COVID-19, it is VERY IMPORTANT that parents ACT NOW to use the ONLINE PRE-REGISTRATION form to get your information into our system. Please click here for all information pertaining to Kindergarten registration to enroll your child in the 2020-2021 school year.


As we continue our last weeks of remote learning, I am continuously impressed with the time and energy the teachers at Switlik School put into making sure all students at Switlik are successful. That goes hand in hand with support from you, our Switlik Family! The Switlik School is an incredible school filled with an incredibly dedicated and talented group of teachers who want the best for all our students and family.


Kathleen McKiernan