• Updates from Ms. Strauss


    June 5, 2020


    Hello IG Families:


    It was great to see so many of you during the pickup of student belongings.  Thank you for practicing social distancing guidelines to ensure everyone’s safety.  We still have over 100 bags of students’ things.  We have sent out a follow up email or phone call to those who still have things here.  Please pick them up no later than June 10th.  After that time, we will donate/discard items that are left behind. 


    Library books are slowing coming back in.  We currently have over 600 books still not accounted for.  Please search around your homes for books that belong to the IG library, as well as BEAR books your children may have in their book bags.  Please return them, along with any broken technology/chargers to the main office, as someone is here daily.  Feel free to call ahead, and we can meet you in the front bus loop for a contactless drop off.


    Many of you have asked about your child’s iPad.  Students will be keeping their devices over the summer.  Please the attachment with very important communication from our IT department on the device swap out and protection plans.  There are some very important dates listed, that you will want to mark your calendars for. 


    As a reminder, all East Irondequoit playgrounds remain closed due to health/sanitizing concerns. 


    VOTE REMINDER:  You household should have received their ballots to vote for the school budget.  All ballots are due NO LATER THAN JUNE 9th at 5:00pm.  Any ballots received after that time, will not be counted. Ballots can be mailed, or dropped off at Central office.  If you have not yet received a ballot, please call Carleigh Bellingham, at 339-1210.


    LAST CALL FOR YEARBOOK ORDERS: Last day to order is Sunday June 7th!

    Our PTA had intended on being able to purchase yearbooks for all Ivan Green students.  However, since the closing of school, they have not been able to do any of the planned fundraising that would support the purchase of yearbooks.  Although we know this is a difficult time for many families, we wanted to at least offer the opportunity to purchase them.  All purchases are completed online and delivered to your home.  If you would like to purchase an extra yearbook to donate to another student that option is available, and the book would be delivered right to their home.  The link to purchase is: https://link.entourageyearbooks.com/my/IvanGreen2020 

    Ivan Green’s last day of school is Wednesday June 17th.  This is a bit earlier than usual, as the Governor approved the early date due to continued school over what would have been Spring Break.  I know how challenging it is to continue with distance learning.  The weather is getting nicer and families are burnt out. Hang on just a little bit longer, the end is in sight!


    Lastly, I have included the video that was compiled to thank YOU, our Ivan Green families for all of your extra support during these challenging times- Thank You Ivan Green Families! 


    Have a great weekend!



    May 22, 2020


    Dear Ivan Green Families:


    It finally looks and feels like spring! I hope you all continue to do well and are safe and healthy.  As we continue to work through the process of having staff and students retrieve their belonging and closing out the school year, I recognize that this is a difficult time emotionally for students, parents and staff. It’s rather surreal not being able to enjoy all the end-of-year celebrations and traditions and say our goodbyes.


    As I mentioned in last week’s email, staff is busily gathering student belongings in the classrooms and bringing them to the cafeteria for families to pick up. 


    We are asking families to follow these procedures to ensure that everyone is safe and social distancing. 

    • Please pull into the bus loop in the front of the main entrance.
    • There will be signs that tell you where to go. Please pull all the way up to the cafeteria door, on the north side of the building.
    • Staff will be waiting and will come to your car, asking for your child’s name and teacher. Staff will be wearing masks and gloves.
    • Please DO NOT get out of your cars. Staff will retrieve your child’s belongings from the cafeteria and bring them to you.
    • When you come, please bring any materials that you have at home, that belong to the school – Library books, BEAR books, book bags etc. We will collect them from you.
    • ONLY return technology that is NOT Please keep your working IPads/chargers at home.  Students need to keep their working devices until the school year ends.




    12:00 pm- 6:00 pm


    FRIDAY May 29th

    12:00 pm-6:00 pm


    If this schedule does not work for your family, or if you have extenuating circumstances we need to consider, please call Mrs. Collins (339-1310) to make other arrangements.

    Our school librarian, Mrs. Bohrer has shared a great resource for students.  It is a picture book that is written by two med students about the Coronavirus. Families can download a free copy by just putting in their email. The book would be a great way for families to discuss what is happening right now around the world. https://www.millieandsuzie.com/




    Our PTA had intended on being able to purchase yearbooks for all Ivan Green students.  However, since the closing of school, they have not been able to do any of the planned fundraising that would support the purchase of yearbooks.  Kristy Mapes, a member of our PTA took on the daunting task of still completing the yearbook and making it available for families to purchase.  Although we know this is a difficult time for many families, we wanted to at least offer the opportunity to purchase them.  All purchases are completed online and delivered to your home.  If you would like to purchase an extra yearbook to donate to another student that option is available, and the book would be delivered right to their home.  The link to purchase is: https://link.entourageyearbooks.com/my/IvanGreen2020  Many thanks to Kristy!



    A reminder about the upcoming Budget Vote and School Board Election: Residents will vote on the next year’s school budget along with three open Board of Education seats. In accordance with the Executive Order, in order to vote, a person must be a resident of East Irondequoit Central School District for at least 30 days immediately preceding the vote, at least 18 years of age, and a citizen of the United States. Absentee ballots will be mailed on Tuesday, May 26th.  All ballots must be returned by 5:00 pm on June 9th.  More information regarding the budget proposal and Board of Education candidates is available on our website: https://www.eastiron.org/ .


    I hope you all get to enjoy this extended Memorial Day weekend.  Enjoy the great weather and be well.


    Take Care,

    Tera Strauss

    Principal, Ivan Green School



    May 16, 2020


    Hello IG Families-


    As I write this, sitting on my deck, it feels like spring might actually be here.  Now, if we can just get Mother Nature to agree and allow it to stay!  I hope this email find you all safe and healthy.


    Due to COVID-19, the district budget vote will be done differently this year. All residents (over 18,000) will be sent an absentee ballot to complete and send in.  The deadline for the absentee vote is June 9.  There is a lot of information available in The Point, which is available on the EI website as well as the EICSD Facebook page. We hope you will all exercise your right to vote!


    The district continues to accept nominations for faculty and staff members of the year.  Your submissions can be accepted by accessing this link on the EICSD website:   www.eastiron.org/lancerawards .  This is a great opportunity to recognize that ONE staff or faculty member who has had that lasting impact on your child.


    We have made plans for teachers to begin gathering and packing up personal student belongings.  More information to come on how you will be able to pick your child’s things up from school.


    Our PTA had intended on being able to purchase yearbooks for all Ivan Green students.  However, since the closing of school, they have not been able to do any of the planned fundraising that would support the purchase of yearbooks.  Kristy Mapes, a member of our PTA took on the daunting task of still completing the yearbook and making it available for families to purchase.  Although we know this is a difficult time for many families, we wanted to at least offer the opportunity to purchase them.  All purchases are completed online and delivered to your home.  If you would like to purchase an extra yearbook to donate to another student that option is available and the book would be delivered right to their home.  The link to purchase is: https://link.entourageyearbooks.com/my/IvanGreen2020  Many thanks to Kristy!


    In addition to food distribution at Ivan Green and through the Irondequoit Community Cupboard (ICC), there is also another resource for families (this was on World News Tonight w/ David Muir Thursday evening) called "Full Cart". They will ship your family free groceries once a month. The cost of the groceries is covered by sponsors, but the cost of shipping must be covered by the receiver and is $12.99. There is up to approximately 55 servings of food in the grocery package, so it could theoretically last someone the entire month. Nearly a month’s worth of free groceries (for a single person). This is not a subscription and the charges are non-recurring. The organization accepts MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express for payment of the Shipping and Handling. Please find more information regarding this resource and so many others in the attachment to this email.


    As we begin to look forward to some businesses reopening in the coming weeks, I hope that you and your family will continue to practice social distancing, wear a mask and be diligent about hand washing.  We want more than ever to fill our school with students and staff and look forward to the day when that will be possible.


    Be Well and Take Care,



    Tera Strauss


    Ivan Green Primary School

    East Irondequoit Central School District



    May 5, 2020


    Hello Ivan Green Families:


    I hope this finds you well and healthy.  With the announcement that NY students will not be returning to their schools, there are many unanswered questions moving forward.  We will do our best to communicate with you, as information becomes available. Please know that our expectation is that students understand that just because the building is closed, school is still in session. Dr. Suzanne Engel, the district’s behavior specialist has created a helpful video for families regarding goal setting for your child. You can find that video here.  As always thank you for all you’re doing to keep the learning going!



    This week (May 4th-May 8th) is Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week.  Please reach out if you can with a kind word to your student’s teachers.  The work they have done is nothing short of AMAZING!


    IG Car Parade Monday!!!!

    Thursday May 7th starting at 2PM, 3 groups of teachers and staff will be following major bus routes in a small parade around our IG zone.  Each group of staff cars will take a route.  The goal is to hopefully have kids see some friendly faces.  We ask that you stay on your own property and kids do not run up to cars.  Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that all our students’ homes will be part of the routes. One way to think of it is, if a bus typically passes your house the cars will likely pass on by.  Also, given the fact that we have 3 groups of cars taking a separate route, we cannot guarantee that students will see their specific teacher.  Logistically, there is just no way to make sure we hit every house.

    I cannot stress enough to please follow all guidelines regarding social distancing. Do not congregate or gather in groups, do not approach cars. The routes that we will be following were given to us by our transportation department. The link for the routes is available here parent parade routes.docx  



    Typically, this time of year, we are preparing for next school year and that includes student classroom placement. I usually send out a Parent Input Card that you could fill out and send in with your child. Given the circumstances this year, you may email me directly with any input you would like to share regarding your child, teralyn_strauss@eastiron.monroe.edu. Due to the complexities of scheduling and placement, we cannot accept non-request letters for specialists, related service providers, team teachers or special area teachers. Your non-request for classroom teacher will be considered when the content of the letter describes specific information regarding a personal experience or a unique set of circumstances that would justify granting such a request. Please email me no later than May 15th.

    Note: The guidelines do not permit us to accept letters that request a specific teacher by name. In the instance where your email includes a request for a specific teacher by name, it will not be used in the process of placing your child. 



    Now that we know the building will be closed for the remainder of the year, I will be working on plans for families to come in and get what students need from desks, lockers, or the nurse’s office.  Please be on the lookout for more information.


    A Note About the District Meal Program

    A new addition to our Meal Program: with Friday’s meal pick-up you will receive an extra meal to help you with meals over the weekend. This will begin Friday, May 1st!! We are committed to doing our best to support our families in the community at this unprecedented time. Meals are still being served daily 11-1 and is FREE for all children and teens 18 and under.

    As always, thank you for all you are doing at home to support your students.  We continue to be available for any questions or concnerns you may have.


    Take Care and Be Well-

    Tera Strauss



    April 24, 2020


    Hello Ivan Green Families:

    I hope this communication finds you and your family safe and doing well. It is hard to believe another week has passed by with distance learning.
    I wanted to make you aware of some things that are happening at Ivan Green:

    Square 1 Art

    In case you weren't aware our students had all (with a few exceptions) completed an artwork for our annual fundraiser through Square 1 Art. Kindergartners and pre-K created handprint art, 1st graders made ladybugs and 2nd graders designed their own chameleons. However, since we're not sure when we'll be back in session we are switching our Square 1 Art fundraiser to an online one. You can find and view your child's art before ordering by following the directions below.


    There will be a shipping fee but your orders will be filled as they are ordered and shipped right to you. If you want to guarantee delivery by Mother's day orders must be in by 4/27.

    Do you know you can now search for your child's art code for our school's Square 1 Art fundraiser online? 

    Simply click  on the Square 1 Art shopsite, and click on "Find Your Child's Art", and enter state, school name, and your child's name. Your child's art code will then appear. Once you enter your child's art code provided, you may then view your child's art, and order products! (Mobile Users: If you are already logged in to your Square 1 Art account, and do not see "Find Your Child's Art", scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page and click on "view full site" and the page will re-load and you will see "Find Your Child's Art".)


    If you have questions, or need anything at all, please contact customer care at service@square1art.com or 888.332.3294x1 or contact Customer Care Online.


    We're putting together notes of thanks along with pictures and very short video clips (10 secs or less please) to give to all teachers. Please help!


    If you have any difficulties accessing the link, please contact:

     Megan Sweeney: masweeney718@gmail.com


    All positions are open and we are looking for volunteers to run for an officer position.  We cannot do this without your help! Please contact ivangreenprimarypta@gmail.com

    What does PTA President Do? 

    • Have general charge and supervision of the business and affairs of the association. 
    • Sign and execute all contracts, agreements, checks, or other obligations.
    • When present, run the meetings.
    • Be a member ex officio of all committees-so you know what is going on, but you don’t need to attend all the meetings.  Just keep up with notes and contact with the chair of the committee.
    • Make sure all the committees have a chair, if they don’t then you fill in as chair of that committee. 
    • Coordinate the work of the officers and committees-keep the goal in mind.
    • Keep a current copy of the association's state approved bylaws. 


    What does PTA Vice President Do? 

    • Act as aide(s) to the president. 
    • Perform the duties of the president in the absence or inability of that officer to act.


    What does PTA Recording Secretary Do? 

    • Record and maintain a permanent file of the minutes of all meetings.
    • Update the names and addresses of the elected officers on Memberhub immediately following their election. 
    • Maintain a permanent file of the committee reports, membership lists and records (all set up on MemberHub and googledrive)
    • Keep a current copy of the association's state-approved bylaws.

    What does PTA Corresponding Secretary Do? 

    • Conduct the correspondence-make fliers, email to district communications office to print and send to Ivan for distribution. 
    • Save fliers in the google drive
    • Send notices of meetings as required. (event on facebook, fliers, group emails from MemberHub.)


    What does PTA Treasurer Do? 

    • Manage the money! Monitor bank accounts, co-sign checks with President, keep and organize receipts and financial activity forms, issue written receipts for donations ($75 or more) 
    • Serve as chair of the budget committee to prepare a budget for the year.
    • Present a financial update at every meeting. 
    • Pay the National PTA and the New York State PTA portions of the dues-online via MemberHub
    • Submit all financial records to the audit committee at the end of the year.
    • File all forms required by the Internal Revenue Service and New York State agencies. 


    COVID-19 has impacted some members of our East Irondequoit Learning Community and their family members, so I ask that you keep those affected in your thoughts and prayers. Per the Governor’s order, flags throughout the District are being flown at half-mast to honor the many lives taken by COVID-19 in New York State. The Ivan Green staff continues to send their best to you and your families.


    I am proud of how our Ivan Green Learning Community has come together for our students. These are difficult times that we will never forget, but I believe what will stand out in our minds is how we cared for one another and worked as a team, albeit remotely, to meet the everyday challenges that we are all facing.

    Please accept this heartfelt thank you for all that you are doing for our Lil’ Lancers at Ivan Green. We are #bettertogether.



    Tera Strauss

    Principal, Ivan Green Primary School


    April 15, 2020


    Hello IG Families,

    I hope you and your families are doing well and staying healthy.  The sun seems to be shining a little more the past few days, and I’m hoping Mother Nature gets on board with some warmer temperatures as well.  We have a full case of Spring fever in my household; my kids have been outside even in the undesirable Rochester weather.  They’ve collectively decided to build a chicken coop which has kept them quite busy.  Although my husband and I were a little reluctant at first, they provided us with a persuasive proposal and even researched picking up the chickens and supplies curbside at the Tractor Store! They’ll be occupied for a while which is okay by me. I hope your family are finding ways to connect and enjoy some down time.

    Our staff will be rolling out some new learning initiatives moving forward.  They are busy working on finding the best ways to do that.  Staff will identify important learning that we want students to be exposed to and push those out digitally.  The goal will be for students to have about 90 minutes of new learning work a day (30 Math and 30 Reading, 30 Writing).  Some of it may be “live” instruction while some of it may be videos/resources that address a particular concept, so students can access the material when it is convenient for them.  If your student cannot access the digital resources, please reach out to us.

    It will be important for your students to maintain contact with their teachers during this time.  Staff are here to help you and your student navigate the learning and technology, and most of it will be on platforms students already use.  With that said, please remember to do what is right for your family at this time.  We recognize that this is a difficult time for everyone, and don’t want families to have to endure any added anxiety or stress.  Please reach out, we’re here to help.

    Information regarding health insurance:

    As we work through these challenging times together, NY State of Health is committed to ensuring access to affordable, quality health insurance for all New Yorkers so they can get the care they need during this state of emergency.  With the recent closure of businesses across the state, many New Yorkers are at risk of losing their health insurance coverage as a result of COVID-19. Many are likely to be eligible for health coverage with financial assistance through NY State of Health due to their loss of coverage and income. NY State of Health opened a Special Enrollment Period last month for people who are uninsured, and the Marketplace has started an awareness campaign to let people know that NY State of Health is there as a safety net in difficult times like these. 

    New Yorkers who are without health insurance should apply now through NY State of Health. If you lost employer coverage, you must apply within 60 days of losing that coverage. Because of a loss of income, New Yorkers may also be eligible for Medicaid, the Essential Plan, Child Health Plus, or subsidized Qualified Health Plan coverage.

    Thousands of assistors are ready throughout the state to help consumers enroll by phone. NY State of Health is committed to helping New Yorkers get the coverage they need so they can get the care they need.

    Visit us at: www.nystateofhealth.ny.gov and let us help you find a health care plan that works for you.  If you have additional questions you can contact the Marketplace directly at 518-486-9102 orNYSOH@health.ny.gov

    Other Reminders:

    • Please remember breakfast and lunch are still available everyday 11-1.
    • School Breakfast/Lunch - We continue to offer a breakfast and lunch available from 11-1 M-F.
    • Tech support - Please continue to use the tech resources on the EICSD webpage.
    • District Closure Webpage - This site continues to be the hub of EICSD school closure information.
    • Please be sure to connect on social media- Twitter: @IGPrimary or FB: East Irondequoit Ivan Green PTA

    Feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher or myself should you have any questions or concerns.

    Take Care and Be Well-




    April 6, 2020


    Hello IG Families:


    I hope this email finds you safe and well.  We are being teased by somewhat spring weather, and hope that it continues as it’s so good for the mind and soul!


    As we head into week four of home learning, I hope you’ve found a routine and new ‘norm” that works for you and your family. I was that parent who created a daily schedule for my four daughters to follow, and needless to say, it has somewhat failed.  With my husband and I working from home, we thought this would be a perfect time for us to really keep an eye on their assignments and limit their screen time all while allowing us to work. We were wrong. We’ve had plenty of melt downs (me included ), sometimes I’m not sure over what. And then I remember; this is stressful, different and out of the norm.  Kids feel adult stress, in addition to their own worries.   As a result, we switched it up a little.  My kids have a checklist of things to get done daily, but on their time, and it has made a world of difference.  We’ve also added this to our daily routine:

    Coping Calendar


    Here are some things to remember:

    • Calls from us - Please be aware that staff calling from school are likely calling from "blocked" or "private" numbers. We hope you will take a chance and answer in case it's one of us!  Thank you.
    • School Breakfast/Lunch - We continue to offer a breakfast and lunch available from 11-1 M-F.
    • Tech support - Please continue to use the tech resources on the EICSD webpage.
    • District Closure Webpage - This site continues to be the hub of EICSD school closure information.
    • Please be sure to connect on social media- Twitter: @IGPrimary or FB: East Irondequoit Ivan Green PTA



     Square One art


    As has been my message all along, please make taking care of you and your families priority. We send the same message to our staff.  In these unprecedented times, I’s important that we care and look out for one another. If you need anything, please reach out to your child’s teacher, or a member of our mental health team.

    If I can personally help you in anyway, please let me know.


    Take care and be well,



    March 30, 2020


    Hello IG Families:


    I hope this finds you and your family healthy.  This communication is not meant to overwhelm you, but to really check in.  To say we miss your students would be an understatement!   It’s so encouraging to see so many students staying connected through Zoom and See Saw. First, I would like to thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time in our lives. Many of you are working from home or not able to work at all while balancing the many demands of keeping your family healthy, childcare, at-home teaching and finding enriching activities for your family while at home. It can be overwhelming, so please make sure to take time for yourselves. 


    Although it’s great to have a daily routine involving academics, it’s also important to recognize when students are stressed. A friend of mine,  (she has 3 kids under the age of 9), shared that one day last week she called a “Snow Day”.  When she woke her kids up, she declared a “snow day”, and did everything they would do on a real snow day such as making cinnamon rolls and staying in PJs all day.  Do what works for you and your family, that’s what is important during these times.

    If you are struggling to find balance or a realistic amount of daily academic work for your child, please be in touch with his/her teacher, or one of our mental health providers.  We are here to support you in any way that we can.


    As I’m sure you have heard by now, Governor Cuomo announced Friday that schools will remain closed through April 15 for a reassessment at that point. In this time, we will continue to reach out to students, to provide work for them to do, and our District will continue to provide breakfast and lunch..


    Here are some updates:

    • If you would like a good resource on explaining this situation to your students, here is a comic-like resource shared by New York State:

    COVID-19 Comic

    • Please be sure you are checking the district website for continued updates on the closure and/or if you need technology support:   
    • A few important websites to help you navigate this whole thing:

    Parent/Family Technology Support -If you need help with the technology your student has at home.

    Frequently Asked Questions -FAQ’s for this closure from the district.

    • School Breakfast/Lunch - We continue to offer a breakfast and lunch available from 11am-1pm M-F.

    We can’t thank you enough for your continued support at home. Ivan Green is truly a school family, and in difficult times, families support and stick together.

    Again, the goal is to take care of yourself and your families.  Please let me know personally if I can help in any way. 


    Take care and be well-




    March 16, 2020


    Hello Ivan Green Families:


    I hope you are well during these uncertain times. I wanted to give you a few updates, so you know what to expect while our schools are closed.

    First and foremost, the district’s number one goal during this closure is to ensure that schools and teaching staff are staying connected to students and families on a regular basis for support and connection.  As far as learning, our staff has been hard at work trying to put together resources for students to access at home.  Please know these resources are intended to maintain the continuity of learning and are not intended to replace instruction.  Please be on the lookout for electronic information from your child’s teacher.  If you need assistance reaching your child’s teacher, please let me know. 

    Undoubtably, you will see a lot of educational resources on social media.  I encourage you to preview any site prior to letting students go on by themselves.  And do not allow them to send any personal identifying information to such sites. Teachers and I will communicate primarily through See Saw. Please make sure your students are checking it daily. 

    Please understand the following:

    • If you need to pick up your child’s medication, please call the main office to schedule a pick-up time.

    While we are out of school, I suggest structuring your child's day as much as possible. At this point in time, all four of my girls are home ranging in ages from 13 to 21(7th grade – Jr. in College).  We had a family meeting and created a “loose” daily schedule that can be followed.  My kids love structure and liked having input in what their day could look like.  We included things like, music, outdoor time, community service, academics and free choice. In these times of uncertainty, you may find your family would benefit from the same thing. Their schedule also indicates when electronics are allowed and when they are off limits.

    Some things to keep in mind:

    • Mrs. Collins and I plan to maintain regular office hours throughout the school closure 8:00-3:30. 
    • Grade levels have created materials for students.  We are finalizing on how to distribute them. We still have about 100 iPads that still need to be distributed.  They may be picked up in the Main Office between the hours of 8-12 and 1-3:30. After Wednesday MARCH 18TH, any iPad that is not picked up will be sent to our Operations Center and Transportation will deliver them.
    • In terms of communication, your teachers will be in touch with you regularly. I know that several teachers reached out to families this weekend. Please let me know Wi-Fi is a concern, and we can work together on finding a solution.
    • This is a really important time to monitor your child's device usage. They will be sharing and receiving a fair amount of information. I suggest you do at least daily checks of all of their communication and online activity.
    • Our school breakfast and lunch program will continue throughout the closure. To start, the meals are offered in all six buildings, and these meals are free to all children, under the age of 18. We will begin by offering lunch today from 11-1. Breakfast will start tomorrow (Tuesday 3/17) from 8-10. Adults can purchase lunch for $4 and breakfast for $2. While we are excited to offer food, we are not permitting anyone to stay and eat. Please plan to pick up your food "to go" so that we can enforce the recommended social distance.  Please pick up meals in the main foyer.  No one will be permitted to enter the building otherwise.
    • Throughout the closure, our custodial staff is deep cleaning all areas of the school.
    • We are considering our playground and school grounds to be CLOSED. It is recommended that people remain socially distant, and a playground is one of those places that brings people together. We appreciate your commitment to staying off school grounds whenever possible.

    Please be in touch with any questions or worries that you have. We are here to support each other, so I will continue to share ideas that are shared with me. Please feel free to call me, 339-1310 or email. Stay healthy and look out for each other! 


    Tera Strauss