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Tamarac Elementary School

Principal's Message

January 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Happy New Year!  I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday break and the opportunity to spend time with family and friends.  

Winter is upon us!  Please remember to dress your children for cold weather.  The temperature in the building fluctuates from room to room.  Please dress your child in layers or have them keep an extra sweater in their classroom so they can be as comfortable as possible.  I want to send our students outside for recess when the weather cooperates.  Please remember to send your child to school with a hat and gloves.  Please know if the temperature with the wind chill included in the calculation is below 32 degrees, students will remain inside for recess.  

Some important dates to remember:

  • January 2nd    School Open
  • January 15th  School Closed 
  • January 16th Mad Science Assemblies
  • January 16th PTA Meeting- 7:00 PM      
  • January 16th  Father’s Club Meeting- 8:00 PM     
  • January 19th  Comfy Cozy Day
  • January 26th Smencil Sale
  • January 26th 5th Grade Photos- Wear 5th grade shirts
  • January 30th Long Island Duck Assembly
  • January 31st    Zingo 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM & 7:30 PM – 8:45 PM


Please keep in mind that our annual Zingo night is rapidly approaching.  Flyers will be sent out shortly.  It is always a great night.  We hope you will be able to join us.

It is important that our students are here for the entire school day.  Attendance is being collected and reported to the New York State Education Department.  Please make sure your children are in the building by 9:15 A.M.  If they arrive after 9:15 A.M., please park your vehicle and walk them into the building.  You will sign them in at the front desk with our Hallway Monitor.  Any student who is picked up early from school must also be reported.  NYSED is now looking at total seat time.  Please do your best to schedule appointments after the school day.  Your effort in this area is greatly appreciated.

Please make sure that you have a consistent dismissal plan for your children.  In order to ensure our students feel safe and comfortable, last minute changes add unnecessary stress to their day and can cause confusion for the classroom teacher and for the building.  Should you have no other option but to alter the typical plan, please make sure it is in writing to the teacher and sent in with your child in the morning.  E-mail and phone calls are for emergencies only.  Please do not count on your teacher viewing an email during the day as they may not see the e-mail due to their teaching duties and responsibilities.  

As always, if you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at (631) 244-5680 or e-mail me at  I want to wish our entire Tamarac community a healthy, happy, safe and wonderful 2018!


Michael S. Saidens