Happy New Year! Students and staff return to the buildings and regular classes Monday, Jan. 3.

Happy New Year! Students and staff return to the buildings and regular classes Monday, Jan. 3.

Prior to the break, the high school Humanitarian Club hosted a personal-product drive. With the support of staff and their fellow students, the group collected 1,546 personal care products to be donated to local organizations. Winners of the pizza party were Mrs. McInnis’s class with 67 items, Mrs. Davis’s home base with 295 items and Mr. Miller’s class with 95 items. Cohocton Elementary put all of their items together and collected 237 pieces. The middle school collected 1,038 items. The group will also donate a book to the Cohocton Elementary library for its efforts.

There are two important events on the calendar this week for students and their families. Ninth grade orientation for current eighth grade students and their families will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5. This is an opportunity to learn about high school expectations, scheduling, courses, graduation requirements and extracurricular activities. This program will provide families with the information necessary to begin preparing for the high school scheduling process and course selection which will get underway during the second semester of school. If you have questions, contact the high school counseling office at 585-728-2214. Also this week, the annual presentation of the financial aid information for college-bound students and their families will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6 in the LGI. Families can learn about the financial aid process, important information to applying, forms and necessary deadlines. Navigating the financial process of college can be as tricky as the academics so don’t hesitate to take part.

Don’t miss Kids Night Out hosted by the Girls Track Team, 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, in the middle school. Students can swim, watch movies, work on crafts and play games in the gymnasium. There is swimming too. Students in second through sixth grade may attend and the admission is $6. Snacks and drinks are an extra cost and include pizza, hot dogs, nachos, candy, popcorn and more.

The Wayland-Cohocton Teachers Association is hosting the circus on Jan. 16 in the middle school gymnasium. Show times are at 2 and 4:30 p.m. Ticket information will be coming home with students and will also be available in the community.

Two groups of Wayland-Cohocton students were among those ringing the bell for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle project. A group of elementary students and a group of middle school students braved some very cold temperatures to give a little back and show the spirit of giving. Their bell-ringing was enthusiastic and their carols and songs filled the air with holiday spirit. Great job kids!

As students return to school and the extreme winter weather arrives, we ask that you be certain to drop off your students during appropriate times. Some students are arriving early and others late. If a student is late, a parent must sign that student into school. It is imperative, particularly for elementary students that they are accompanied into the buildings. All doors are locked to campus. Please use the appropriate entrances for your child’s building, which are equipped with buzzers. Reminder: The front entrance at the bus loop where Wayland Elementary students unload and load for the buses is locked. Students arriving late are not able to enter at this entrance. Nobody is there to unlock the door, or see students that are locked out. Students, accompanied by their parents, should enter the building at the designated entrance at the end of the building in the direction of the bus garage. Teachers and staff cannot hear children knocking at the front entrance. If you have questions, please contact your child’s building for the correct procedures.