Ed Smith Pre-K-8 School

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Samuel Barber
Vice Principals
Jennifer DiBello
Andrea Ellis-Smith
DASA Coordinators
Jennifer DiBello
Cara Fiori-Potamianos 
School Address
1106 Lancaster Ave. | Syracuse, NY 13210
School Hours
8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Main Office
(315) 435-4650
Nurse's Office
(315) 435-4543
Guidance Office
(315) 435-6414

Ed Smith School Vision and Mission

Principal's Message
August 2022
Dear Families,
Welcome back to school!  We are busy at Ed Smith preparing for the opening of the 22-23 school year.
We are excited for another momentous year at Ed Smith with all of or events returning this year.
In this communication, I wanted to provide you with information regarding school hours, arrival/dismissal times and procedures, meals, and visitor policy.
First day of school:    September 7th. This includes PreK students as well.
New school hours:      PK-8:  8:30 – 3:00 p.m.
PK-8 Arrival & Dismissal Procedures:
Students arriving by car, or bus will enter the building at assigned grade level doors.

PK & K:             Lancaster Ave. (Next to parking lot).
Grades 1 & 2:  Broad St. entrance.
Grades 3 & 5:  Main entrance.
Grades 6-8:     Walkers & Drop-off’s use the Main entrance in the parking lot.
Please note that parents are not allowed in the building at the arrival doors or walking your child to the classroom.
Dismissal Procedures:

All students will be dismissed at 3 PM.  (PreK & K dismiss at 2:55)
Grades PK-8 students can be picked up at their drop off doors (see above) or escorted to their busses on Lancaster Avenue.
Lunch/Snack/Water Bottles:
This year our students in K-8 will return to eat lunch in the cafeteria.  PK will continue to have lunch served in the classrooms.   Please let your child’s teacher know if your child has any peanut or other allergies that require them to sit at a peanut-free table. Students may bring their own lunch or receive lunch from the café. Students may also pack a healthy snack that can easily be eaten in the classroom. All students are encouraged to bring their own water bottle from home.
Parents are not allowed in the arrival/dismissal doors, instead parents must go to the main office and show ID to sign in and receive a visitor’s badge.
If you would like to speak to a teacher, you must make an appointment with the teacher ahead of time instead of going to the classroom unannounced.
Communication with the teacher can be done also through email and Talking Points.

Volunteers are once again allowed to help in the school this year! It needs to be done each year starting around when summer school programs end around August 15.  The contact person is Jeannette Olmstead at 435-4142 in central office.  I look forward to collaborating with our parent volunteers once again – you are an important part of the Ed Smith Community.
Welcome Back Ice Cream Social:
I am extremely excited and pleased to announce that we will be having our Annual Ice Cream Social return this year!  This year the Ice Cream Social will be on September 1st from 4 – 6 pm on the playground behind the school.  I hope to see many of you there. It is a wonderful way to connect with friends and neighbors as we return to school.
I look forward to another great school year at Ed Smith and am excited for the many things we have planned, and the return of our students and parent volunteers.  Slowly but surely, we are returning to the Ed Smith we once were before the pandemic, and I am grateful we are able to do the many wonderful things Ed Smith has been known for in the past.  We will continue our traditions, build our community, and celebrate our success as we have always done.  It is once again an exciting time to be at Ed Smith School.
Enjoy the remaining days of summer and I look forward to seeing you in September.
As always- all the best,
Mr. Barber
Ed Smith School


School Supply List 2022-2023

School Supply List 2022-2023

Upcoming Events

I scream! You scream! We all scream for ice cream! PTO Welcome Back Ice cream social on September 1 from 4:00 - 6:00! See you there!

Fall Sports
I am excited to announce Modified Fall Sports.  Sports will be available to boys and girls entering the 7th or 8th grade to start the 2022-2023 school year.  Below is some helpful information. 
Fall Sports Options:
Boys and Girls Soccer, Boys and Girls Cross country, Girls Swimming, and Football
1.  Create an account on familyid.com.  All students need to have an account and register for a sport when available.  If you already have an account, be sure you can log in successfully.   (Fall Sports registrations will open as early       
as July 20.)
2. Be sure physical is up to date.  Check with the school nurse to be sure!      If needed, you can get a physical done at your family doctor.  Another option is to go to Wellnow Urgent Care.  The Cost is $30.  No insurance or appointments needed.  Physicals are good for 1 year.
3. Practices will begin prior to school starting.  (Stay tuned for exact start dates).  Practices will generally run after school until 5:30 or 6.  Depending on the sport, your child may practice at an offsite location.  Shuttles will be provided to and from practice sight to home school if you choose to.  Specific times/dates TBD. 
FamilyID Directions
*  Go to familyid.com, then click on Get Started Now button
*  Fill out form and click create account (write password down somewhere).
* Activate account by checking your email. Click on the email from FamilyID. then
   click email link to FamilyID
* Type Syracuse City School District in the search box, then click find. Click on
   on SCSD or Nottingham High School Spring 2021, click Register now
*  Scroll down until you see the team your student wants to participate in.  Click on team, scroll down and fill out form (answer all questions).  If your child has already been registered in the past, you can click on the pull down menu to autofill most of their information.  Update all necessary information and be sure to click the continue button and then the submit button on the next page.

Please feel free to email me with any specific questions you may have.  More information to follow soon!   Ray O’Brien robrien@scsd.us (315) 435-6000 ext. 2755 (PE office)


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Student and Family Supports are Available!
The SCSD has many academic, social, emotional and mental health supports available to students. School social workers can help connect you and your child to in school and/or out of school supports that meet your needs. Please call us at (315) 435-4650 and ask to speak with a Social Worker for more information and assistance.


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