Como Park PTO

Como Park PTO An organization of parents, teachers, and the Lancaster community creating educational learning experiences and opportunities for our students and children

Join us in creating a lifetime of memories for our children as they learn and grow at Como Park Elementary. We are an organization here to promote and offer extra curricular opportunities and events for our Como Park students. Take an active part in your child's education... volunteer your time and efforts and/or participate in our family and student activities!

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Latest email.. December 7, 2020Dear Lancaster School District Students, Staff and Families:I hope you and your loved one...
12/08/2020
COVID-19 & Reopening Information / LCSD Reopening Information (COVID-19)

Latest email..

December 7, 2020

Dear Lancaster School District Students, Staff and Families:

I hope you and your loved ones are healthy and safe. On Friday night, the New York State Department of Health followed up on Governor Cuomo’s comments during the week, and released updated guidance regarding the COVID-19 testing requirements for schools (see here 12-04-20 Testing Requirement for Schools in Orange and Red Zone Micro-Cluster at https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/12/guidanceforschoolsinredandorangezones.pdf).

For your convenience, a summary of the Guidance is listed below:

In-person instruction can continue for schools located in red or orange micro-cluster zones as designated by NYS.
There no longer is a requirement for schools located in red and orange zones to test 100% of faculty, staff, and students prior to resuming in-person instruction.
For schools located in a geographic area designated as an orange zone, a total of 20% of in-person students, faculty and staff must be tested for COVID-19 over the one-month period following the zone designation (red zone = 30%).
The numbers tested should be proportionately spread across the month (e.g., 5% per building per week in an orange zone).
A school may be required to move to fully remote instruction if random sampling generates a significant amount of positive cases in any school as outlined in the updated guidance.
Parents, faculty and staff must continue the practices of daily health screening. Schools must adhere to all State-issued requirements including wearing masks at all times while at school and maintaining six feet of social distance in classrooms.
For further details on COVID-testing for our students and staff, please visit our COVID-19 & Reopening Information website at https://www.lancasterschools.org/Domain/1866.

Based on information and data from local, state, and national health professionals, schools are safe places for students. Moreover, it has been shown that they have much less COVID-19 transmission than the larger community, especially when faculty, staff and students faithfully follow the virus mitigation strategies.

In Lancaster, we believe that students learn best while in school with their teacher(s). Our goal has been to have our young people in school learning to the fullest extent possible. Getting students back to in-person instruction as quickly as possible is imperative for their academic needs as well as their social/emotional needs.

To continue to fulfill our mission to the students of Lancaster, our plan is to safely reopen all Lancaster schools for hybrid in-person instruction PreK-12 beginning on Monday, December 14, 2020. This decision was made in collaboration with a significant number of Erie County school districts that will also return to in-person instruction on this date. All of our school districts share employees who are also parents of children who attend schools in other school districts. We believed that establishing a common return date among as many districts as possible was imperative to hopefully limit the need for large numbers of substitute teachers upon our return to in-person learning. This ensures that Lancaster students and students across the region have access to their teachers to maximize learning and the overall student experience.

Thank you for your continued patience, support, and understanding as we do our best to provide the students of Lancaster with an education that is second to none.

Sincerely,

Michael J. Vallely, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools

In this section of our website we will be posting all COVID-19 information, whether it be notifications and links from federal, state, and local authorities; district plans and notifications; scheduling updates; Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs); surveys; videos; archives of previous notifications;....

12/05/2020

Free ship to home extended to December 7th.

Enrollment code F58E78E913487. PM or email me if you need help placing your order.

Hello everyone.  Today is the last day to order PHYSICAL GiftCards through the app if you would like FREE shipping to yo...
12/04/2020
ShopWithScrip | Gift card fundraising

Hello everyone. Today is the last day to order PHYSICAL GiftCards through the app if you would like FREE shipping to your home.

You can still order through the website or email me an order form if you want it shipped to school. (Electronic payments only). www.ShopWithScrip.com.

I am happy to help any family place an order with any method. PM,email, text or call me.
Thank you,
Anthony

Enrollment code F58E78E913487. PM or email me if you need help placing your order.

Maureen Moran Mastroddi/
Anthony Mastroddi (716) 807-9104
[email protected]

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12/03/2020
www.lancasterschools.org

Latest email from Lancaster School Dustric..
https://www.lancasterschools.org/cms/lib/NY19000266/Centricity/ModuleInstance/36206/LCSD_Orange_Zone_Letter_12-3-2020.pdf

12/02/2020
Lancaster COVID-19 Quick Test

❤️🖤❤️🖤 Lets get our kids back in school..
Please take a few minutes to watch the below video on how easy Lancaster’s COVID Testing is! In the words of Superintendent Dr. Vallely and his buddy Parker, "Testing is as easy as picking your nose!" 🙂 https://youtu.be/5FuPoie18IM

🦌🦌🦌🦌🦌🦌🦌🦌🎅🏻🎁🎁Get your holiday gift-card shopping done from the safeness of your home this year..Como Park Families and fr...
11/30/2020
RaiseRight Fundraising

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Get your holiday gift-card shopping done from the safeness of your home this year..
Como Park Families and friends.. If you need gift cards for the holidays, Scrip is offering free shipping to your house if you order by 12/4 on the Raise Right App. % of sales go to the school. No fundraising fees, all you need to do is shop and school gets money for each sale!

Enrollment code F58E78E913487. PM or email me if you need help placing your order.
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/raiseright-fundraising/id1498234012

Anthony mastroddi/ Maureen Moran Mastroddi
(Maureen, it won’t let me tag Anthony in this🤦🏼‍♀️)

Last chance! All orders are due TOMORROW November 30th by 8:59AM❤️🖤❤️🖤❤️🖤❤️🖤❤️🖤❤️🖤❤️🖤❤️🖤❤️🖤Did anyone miss out on Lancas...
11/30/2020
Lancaster School Spirit Sale Winter 2020

Last chance!
All orders are due TOMORROW November 30th by 8:59AM
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Did anyone miss out on Lancaster Apparel last time around? Here is one more Opportunity before Christmas to get some “Merch!”
https://lancasterschools.itemorder.com/sale

Online ordering for Lancaster School Spirit Sale Winter 2020 ends on Monday November 30th, 2020 (8:59am EST)

🦌🦌🦌🦌🦌🦌🦌🦌🎅🏻Dear Como Park Families and Staff,The Como Park Gift Card Sale through the Scrip Program is an easy way to pur...
11/28/2020
ShopWithScrip | Gift card fundraising

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Dear Como Park Families and Staff,

The Como Park Gift Card Sale through the Scrip Program is an easy way to purchase using gift cards and e-cards all in one place. Percentage of the gift card sales will be allocated to the school. Physical and e-gift cards can be purchased for gifts (e-cards can also be downloaded for holiday shopping).

Due to restrictions surrounding the pandemic, we will offer different methods this year for everyone to place their order. If you choose physical gift cards and you would like for them to be shipped to the school (vs. your home/office) the deadline to order is 12/4/2020. Delivery back to the parents, staff, etc. will be on Friday, 12/11/2020. Details for pick up for physical gift cards will be sent directly to those that choose that option.

1. Raise Right App - RaiseRight - download the application from the App Store from your device. Enrollment code is F58E78E913487. If you order through the app, you have the option to do physical gift cards and egift cards. Users can choose the option to ship physical gift cards directly to your home or office if we are willing to pay for shipping. However, you can still choose to order for the cards to be shipped to the school free of charge (orders must be submitted by 12/4/2020 to be shipped to school). e-gift cards are sent directly to your email once payment is received from Scrip. https://www.raiseright.com/

2. Order through the website, Easy Fundraising for Every Organization | Scrip Gift Card Fundraising and Enrollment Code is F58E78E913487. https://www.shopwithscrip.com/

You may order e-gift cards and physical gift cards through the site. However, for physical gift cards through this options will only ship directly to the school (for free). e-gift cards will be sent to you directly via email from Scrip once payment is received. (deadline for physical gift cards is 12/4/2020)

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Just a heads up..😞November 18, 2020Dear LCSD Parents and Guardians, Moments ago, Governor Cuomo designated Lancaster as ...
11/18/2020
COVID-19 & Reopening Information / LCSD Reopening Information (COVID-19)

Just a heads up..😞

November 18, 2020

Dear LCSD Parents and Guardians,

Moments ago, Governor Cuomo designated Lancaster as an Orange Cluster Zone. As a result, the Lancaster Central School District must shift from in-person learning to remote instruction for all hybrid students. Phase I of our Remote Instructional Plan will begin on Thursday November 19, 2020.

The Orange Zone designation is due to community spread, not school operations. Reverting back to 100% virtual learning structure is not what any of us want to do. I can tell you honestly that I am disappointed for our children, but I am so proud of what this district and community has accomplished and we will continue to battle to the best of our ability to return to in-person instruction as soon as possible. More on that plan will be forthcoming.

More immediately, to help parents and guardians navigate this transition, this link to our LCSD 100% Remote Instruction Plan or visit our LCSD COVID-19 & School Reopening Information site at https://www.lancasterschools.org/Domain/1866 for more details and resources. In summary, the plan is broken into three phases:
• Phase I - Instruction will begin on Thursday, November 19 and be completed through asynchronous learning for students while LCSD transitions to fully remote instruction. This phase will give parents time to find childcare and to attend to other familial concerns. It will also give teachers time to receive enhanced professional development around best practices and new remote teaching tools.

• Phase II - Will resume the A/B cycle of hybrid instruction but with all students meeting remotely and synchronously via Google Meet every other day as previously assigned. As it mirrors the hybrid model students are accustom to, it will provide consistency and a recognizable structure for our youth. Students at the secondary level will be expected to follow their bell schedule. Students at the elementary level will have small and large group instruction throughout the day.

• Phase III - This phase would only be considered if the State or County officials require school buildings to be closed for the remainder of the school year. In this phase, synchronous learning will take place each day for all students. Transitioning to this model would require the district to make major alterations to student schedules as well as the potential for reassigning students to different teachers.

The plan also includes resources for technical assistance. Remote meal pick-up will continue to be provided on Mondays. Please visit the LCSD COVID-19 & School Reopening Information site for additional details.

I want to make you aware that in order to resume in-person instruction, ALL in-person students and staff would have to test negative within 7 days of reopening. In addition, we would have to meet a 25% weekly testing requirement. The Orange and Red testing metrics are extremely stringent, and we would likely be forced to remain in remote instruction until we are placed back in a Yellow Zone or the micro-cluster designation is completely lifted.

The safety and well-being of our students is our top priority while maintaining our educational programs across the district. We are in this together and we will keep you updated as we receive more information. It is our hope that we can return to in-person instruction soon.

Please note: In District special education students that are currently attending school on a daily basis will be contacted by their special education teacher to arrange a schedule of remote instruction. Also, special education students attending out of district schools will receive communication from their respective schools as to how remote instruction will be provided.

Please direct any questions to your child’s principal. Thank you for all of your support.

Sincerely,

Michael J. Vallely, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools

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In this section of our website we will be posting all COVID-19 information, whether it be notifications and links from federal, state, and local authorities; district plans and notifications; scheduling updates; Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs); surveys; videos; archives of previous notifications;....

Dr. Vallely: “Help us... Help you!” Let’s do just that ❤️🖤❤️🖤
11/14/2020

Dr. Vallely: “Help us... Help you!”
Let’s do just that ❤️🖤❤️🖤

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11/12/2020
Lancaster School Spirit Sale Winter 2020

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Did anyone miss out on Lancaster Apparel last time around? Here is one more Opportunity before Christmas to get some “Merch!”
https://lancasterschools.itemorder.com/sale

Online ordering for Lancaster School Spirit Sale Winter 2020 ends on Monday November 23rd, 2020 (8:59am EST)

11/12/2020

November 11, 2020

Dear Lancaster Families,

I have said it several times since September 8th, it has been a tremendous lift and undertaking to get this large district reopened. I am very, very proud of where we are today, on this 45th day of being reopened. An amount of days in session that I honestly didn’t think we would achieve. Things are different, for sure, but the good, caring people of this district continue to stay true to our mission and to battle through the obstacles the pandemic and others have placed in front of us. No matter what the future brings, each and every day we will strive to provide not only the excellence in education that this community has come to expect, but to do our best to adapt our methods and techniques to take care of our Lancaster children.

Our students, faculty and staff have diligently followed our health and safety protocols to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. To date, we have no evidence of any spread within any of our schools. Our planning and mitigation strategies have worked. But, despite everyone’s best efforts, the rising community spread of the virus is threatening our hybrid instructional model here in Lancaster. The rate of COVID-19 infection is increasing rapidly throughout Erie County. Several weeks ago, Governor Cuomo announced a new color-coded strategy of monitoring and responding to outbreaks of new cases within a limited and definable geographic area, which are called “micro-clusters.” The Governor’s office worked with Erie County this past weekend to identify micro-clusters within Western New York and yesterday, most of Erie county including all six of Lancaster CSD zip codes were placed in Governor Cuomo’s yellow zone.

According to the governor’s plan, once designated a yellow zone micro-cluster, the district may remain open to in-person instruction, however, we would need to randomly identify and test 20% of our students and staff (1,200 tests per week) each week until the data points in Erie County and Lancaster drop below the yellow zone levels. If we cannot meet these testing parameters, we must transition to fully remote instruction. If infection rates go up in the next couple days and we are placed into orange or red zones, the Governor would force us to pivot to remote instruction immediately.

This summer, the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) informed districts that any necessary testing would be handled by them. As recently as last week, they continued that clear message of support to local school districts. But, despite what was previously promised, ECDOH four days ago advised us that they will not be able to assist school districts with these random testing requirements. In Lancaster, we are not giving up. We are currently working through the details and the process to become a testing site. If we cannot become a test site relatively quickly or if we cannot physically perform 1,200 tests in a week, we will then have to transition to fully remote instruction. I feel at this time, the deck is stacked against us.

This letter is not an announcement of a shift to fully remote instruction, but I felt it very important to provide you with insight so that you may begin considering the potential implications at home. Lancaster families need to be prepared to transition to remote instruction and create plans for child care, possibly in the very near future. Should we be forced to make a transition to fully remote instruction, we would be forced to stay in the remote model until such designation is lifted by the Governor. We have been working on a plan for a smooth transition to fully remote instruction that allows us to remain as consistent as possible. The plan will be shared in the next few days. Please know that returning to hybrid in-person instruction will remain our primary objective and we will immediately shift our efforts to do what is necessary to make that happen as soon as possible.

For families that may need additional childcare support, please visit our website. Click on COVID-19 & Reopening and under Announcements, click the Virtual Learning Support Centers. This program is a partnership between local school districts and the county.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate and adjust to the ongoing pandemic. Mask up, social distance, sacrifice for others, and stay safe!

Sincerely,

Michael J. Vallely, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools

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This Saturday, December 12th we will be at Juls and Jane Boutique from 11-1pm selling Lancaster LEAF/Lancaster Lax items we have sold at GREAT PRICES ! We have apparel (youth and adult- limited sizes), winter hats, youth baseball hats, Legends scrunchies, Masks, etc Come buy something and you get a DISCOUNT to this AWESOME store in the Village of Lancaster ! Cash, Check or Venmo accepted
Any word on locks or yearbooks for last year's 3rd graders?
Apparel is ready for pickup! 👚🩳 thank you for your support through our sale! ❤️🖤
Happy Summer from all of us at Como Park!
Hi Everyone- Just a reminder that we will reschedule the "Me & My Guy" dance from April next year. We will transfer your tickets and payment to next year once we have a new date. We will also invite the new 7th graders since they didn't get their last dance as a 6th grader ! If you can not attend the new date then you can fill out the form (when we send it once we know new date) and we will issue refunds. The problem is that the tickets are all locked in the school. We have deposited all the checks and cash. If there is an issue and you need your refund immediately- please email me at [email protected] . THANK YOU for your understanding ! Have a great day !
🥋FREE COMMUNITY CLASS STARTING NEXT WEEK At World Class Taekwondo, we are committed to the health and wellness of our community. We know that keeping children physically active and mentally engaged, is vital to their development. Beginning the week of April 27th. we will be offering a special beginner’s class that your child can participate in, free of charge, once per week. ✅ The class is designed for beginners ages 6 and up. ✅ No prior experience is necessary. ✅ Classes are scheduled to last approximately 30 minutes ✅This class will occur until we are able to reopen our locations for normal in person training. Through online training we can support social distancing, while, at the same time, reducing the negative impact of physical inactivity and social isolation. Use the link below to connect to the registration page where you will be able to select the class time of your choice, and receive the instructions on how to access the online class. Please visit https://buffalotkd.com/communityclasses/ to register for the free sessions. If you have any questions, please send them to us at [email protected] Respectfully, World Class Taekwondo Instructors
Just a reminder - Unfortunately the "Me & My Guy" dance for tonight April 3rd has to be rescheduled ! We received a bunch of forms back and will send new forms once we know a new date. If you already paid we will assume you will be coming unless you request a refund (once we know new date). Thank you !!!
Hi everyone. I'm not sure if you've heard, but for the last few years, the Lancaster Educational and Alumni Foundation has been raising money to build a new multipurpose turf field behind the field house at the high school. They are currently about $45,000 away from their $500,000 goal. The Lancaster Marching Band Boosters have GRACIOUSLY approved a matching donation for ANY AND ALL donations LEAF receives for this field between now and April 9th (up to $15,000). Please see the flyer attached for more details on where to mail donations, but if you would like to just make an online donation, you can do so at www.lancastermarchinglegends.com. All donations received through our site will go directly to LEAF for the turf field! This field would be available for our kids to use when they get into high school!
Winning Smiles has new rules for the candy buy back this year! They now give schools with the highest number of buy back participants money!
Hello Looking for 2 pieces of info please 1. When are the orders/money due for the coupon books? 2. Where can I find the form to be an approved chaperone for field trips? Is it online? Thanks!!
Any extra year books available to purchase? Forgot to order them.
Parents, our #Boosterthon Como Park Fun Run is TOMORROW! Come cheer your students! Our #FunRun times are as followed: K and 1 run from 9:30-10:30 and 2 and 3 run from 10:45-11:45. See you tomorrow!