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Emily Howland Elementary




EH Principal:
Ms. Boyan Mnahoncak
2384 Route 34B
Aurora, NY 13026 



March 28, 2022

Dear Emily Howland Families, 

We understand just how challenging the past 2 years of the pandemic have been for the education of our students. This school year as we transitioned to all in-person daily instruction, we have seen an increased need to review Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)/Character Education with our students. While a common practice in grades k-6 over the past several years, more than two decades of research shows that SEL leads to increased academic achievement, good behavior practices, and a strong return on investment. Please click here for an overview flyer from the NYS Dept of Education regarding the use of SEL in schools.  

SEL includes developing relationship skills, self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, social awareness and optimistic thinking. In addition, SEL programming assists students and adults to interact both in the classroom and out of it and helps to provide an equitable, supportive, and welcoming school environment. To support our student’s academic success, we are moving forward with social and emotional or character education activities to assist our students to navigate their educational career.

Last week we met as a part of the CAC (Community Advisory Council) to review our efforts to date regarding the SEL initiative at our school. Please click here for the information that was presented at the CAC meeting. In addition, on the right column are links to downloadable files from the CAC meeting. 

Ms. Boyan Mnahoncak, Principal
Emily Howland Elementary School 


September 2021

Dear Emily Howland Families:                                                                                                                                                     
Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year. I hope you are having an amazing summer! I want to take a brief moment to reintroduce myself. My name is Mrs. Boyan Mnahoncak, and I am our new principal. I am so excited to be here and to begin the upcoming school year with all of you! My main priority this school year is to continue to cultivate a respectful, positive, and safe learning environment for your child. I am so excited to build relationships and to learn multiple aspects of Emily Howland and of our community. My mission is to serve your child to the best of my ability through the utilization of our amazing staff and resources so your child can receive our best and continue to grow! In-person teaching and learning, being responsive to your child, and keeping all students and staff healthy and safe are important priorities at Southern Cayuga Central School District.

At this time, Southern Cayuga is planning for all students to return to school for in-person learning every day. Fortunately, community transmission has been low to moderate and we will continue to monitor the situation daily. I want to thank you in advance for your flexibility, patience, and understanding which will be necessary to make this year a success. I plan to notify you of school details and about any changes mainly through School Messenger. I also encourage you to utilize our district website, and our Emily Howland website, which will provide important information pertaining to your child and to our school. If you haven’t already reviewed it, please see the SCCSD reopening plan on our district website under COVID-19 information

The first day of school for students in grades 1-6 is Tuesday, September 7th  (an A day). Grades UPK and K will start on September 8th, with scheduled parent/student visits to the classroom on September 7, 2021. Please call the Emily Howland main office to schedule a visit by August 27th and bring your child’s school supplies. This year, breakfast and lunch will be free for all students. There will be more information mailed to you soon. Please find your child’s teacher assignment enclosed. Your child’s bus transportation plan will be mailed in mid-August. For your planning purposes, we will continue with one pick-up and one drop-off location. We will also continue without bus passes. If a student is not going to/ from their regular scheduled bus stop, they must be personally transported. Parent drop-off will be between 8:45-8:59 am, with classes starting promptly at 9:00 am. Parent pick-up will begin at 3:20 pm.

In the first weeks of school we will ask you to update and return your emergency contact information using the form that will be sent home with your child on the first day of school, and as applicable, your child’s Chromebook use agreement. Please keep an eye out for these forms.

I look forward to working with each of you to make this year successful, productive, and enjoyable. If you have any questions, please contact Emily Howland Elementary at (315) 364-7098 ext. 3493.

Ms. Boyan Mnahoncak, Principal
Emily Howland Elementary School 

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Patrick Jensen, Superintendent
2384 State Route 34B
Aurora, NY 13026