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Principal Snider's Message
May 2018
Michael Snider

Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.  
-- Pele
Dear Parent / Guardian:

As we move into the last marking period of the 2017-2018 school year, I would like to share a story that some of you may have heard or read before.  It is about how we need to value ourselves and each other daily.  We all matter.

A well-known speaker started his seminar by holding up a $20 bill in a room of 200 people.  He asked, “Who would like this $20 bill?”

Hands started going up.

He said, “I am going to give this $20 to one of you, but first, let me do this.”  He proceeded to crumple up the $20 dollar bill into a ball.

He then asked, “Who still wants it?”

Still the hands went up in the air.

“Well,” he replied, “What if I do this?”   He then dropped the $20 on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now crumpled and dirty.

“Now, who still wants it?”

Still the hands went into the air.

“How come you still want it?” he asked.

“It is still worth $20,” came the answer from the crowd.

“Then, my friends, we have all learned a very valuable lesson,” said the speaker, “No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It is still worth $20.”

“Many times in our lives,” he continued, “We are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make, things that happen to us, and the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value. Dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to those who love you. “

“The worth of our lives comes not in what we do or who we know, but by who we are.”
This is a story to remember and share with others. 
Upcoming Events for May and June – mark your calendars
8 Teacher Appreciation Day
9 School Nurse Appreciation Day
11 Friday Fun Night – Grades 3 – 5 – 6:30 – 8:00 pm
13 Mother’s Day
15 District Budget Vote
16 – 18 PTA Book Fair and Townsend Art Show
18 Prof. Nichol’s Track Meet – grades 4 and 5 – weather permitting
18 PTA Spring Carnival – 4:00 – 8:00 pm
23 4th Grade NYSED Science Performance Test
24 Townsend Spring Concert – HS Auditorium – 6:00 pm
25 Red, White, and Blue Day at Townsend – wear America’s colors – Memorial Garden Dedication
28 Memorial Day – NO SCHOOL
29 Townsend Agricultural Day – with HS FFA
31 Spring String Thing – 6:00 pm
31 Kindergarten Screening begins
8 Townsend Family BBQ Picnic
13 Townsend PTA meeting – 6:30 pm
18 UPK Celebration – 6:00 pm
19 Chalk Art Day – weather permitting
20 Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade Awards Assemblies
20 5th Grade Moving Up Ceremony – HS Auditorium
21 Grades 3 and 4 Awards Assembly
21 5th grade Math Madness Day
22 Last day for students

** - We are going to schedule a school-wide Field Day in June.  We have to work around other events and hope for a day of good, warm weather.  We will send out information on this when we have picked a day for the UPK – 5 Field Day.
** - Teachers will be sending out individual memos regarding field trips and end-of-year picnics

As always, don’t hesitate to call or visit if you have questions, concerns, or would just like to chat about education.


Mike Snider
Our on-going mission – remembering what it’s like to be a kid.
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