From the Principal
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2020-2021 School Year Kindergarten Registration For Incoming Students
Does you child turn five years old on or before 12/01/2020? Then it's time to register!
Registration is by appointment only on January 24 and 28; February 7 and 25
Please contact the Office of Central Registration at 845-621-0656, ext. 13506 or 13905 to schedule an appointment and request a registration packet. Registration packets are also available on the District website under Departments/Registration/Registration Packets/Grades K-12.
The Office of Central Registration at The Falls District Office is located at 100 Myrtle Avenue Mahopac, NY.FR News & Headlines
Red E. Fox and Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services Teaches Fulmar Road Elementary First Graders the Basics of 9-1-1
Red E. Fox, mascot for the Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services 9-1-1 for Kids® program, recently made a surprise visit to Fulmar Road Elementary School’s first graders. The smiling, orange-furry fox greeted students while dispatcher Robert (Robbie) Shannon, and other team members of the Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services, provided children with the fundamentals for calling 911 in an emergency.
As it was explained to the first graders, 9-1-1 is the number to call to get help in a police, fire or medical emergency. A 9-1-1 call is transmitted over dedicated phone lines to the 9-1-1 answering point closest to the caller. Trained personnel then send emergency help as needed.
Shannon also shared the basics of when and why you need the police, fire department or an ambulance. He then covered the proper way to dial 911 in an emergency situation is there is not an adult available to make the call. “Stay calm. Give your name and address loudly and clearly. If you do not know the address, then you can help describe where you are. Be sure to answer all questions that are asked of you,” said Shannon. “Do not hang up until the dispatcher says it’s ok to do so.”
Knowing when it’s not appropriate to call 911 was also emphasized. “There are an alarmingly high number of 9-1-1 calls that are not an emergency,” Shannon said. In particular, Shannon reinforced not to dial 9-1-1 when there is no emergency; the situation involves animals; to practice, or as joke or prank.
Prank calls not only waste time and money, but they can also be dangerous. If 9-1-1 lines or 9-1-1 call takers are busy with prank calls, someone with a real emergency may not be able to get the help they need. In some communities, it is considered illegal to make prank 9-1-1 calls. “We will find you if you make a prank call to 9-1-1” said Shannon.
If you call 9-1-1 by mistake, do not hang up. Tell the dispatcher what happened so there is confirmation that of no emergency.
Students and Shannon talked through “real life” situations for using 911. For instance, if a student suspects being followed by a stranger, then they should:
- Look for the nearest house with an adult at home – look for an open garage or kids playing outside.
- Tell the adult that someone is following you and ask him or her to call the police, the sheriff’s department or 9-1-1.
- Give the officer a description of the stranger, including age, height, weight, and color of hair and eyes. Also mention any unusual articles of clothing you may have noticed.
“We started the 9-1-1 for Kids program in Putnam County to start the conversation early with kids about emergency calling. The more education students have about how and when to call 9-1-1 means more lives can be saved,” Fox said.
More information about Red E. Fox, can be found on Facebook at @RedEFoxPC911 or email@example.com.
About 9-1-1 for Kids®
9-1-1 for Kids® is the official emergency caller training program created by US 9-1-1 communication center officials, emergency medical, fire and law enforcement professionals who were charged with the task of developing educational tools to help reduce the alarmingly high numbers of non-emergency calls made to 9-1-1.
The organization was established in 1994 and has uniquely distinguished itself as the only public safety education program to be endorsed and supported by: APCO International (Assn. of Public Safety Communications Officials); E-911 Institute; NENA (National Emergency Numbers Assn.); and NASNA (National Assn. of Nine-one-one Administrators).FR News & Headlines
Fulmar Creates Readers!
A group of teachers from Mahopac’s elementary schools spent this summer learning a new literacy program with the Teachers College Reading and Phonics project at Columbia University.
Each kindergarten and first grade class room is equipped with a library totaling 600 new books. Since the first week school, teachers are reporting their students as empowered to make new friends, discovering they are readers and building independence!FR News & Headlines