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On Friday, Ms. Keane's class went outside to observe the trees during the season FALL! This is part of our science unit that we will be completing later in the year.
A Note From Ms. Margaret Podesta

December 8, 2016

Dear PVES Families,

I hope you are having a good week and a happy start to the holiday season. We are looking forward to many child-centered festivities in the coming weeks. Thank you to the PTA for providing us with a lovely Holiday Reads Program this past Saturday! It was so nice to see so many happy faces, and the story times, crafts, and special treats were a big hit. Thank you to our PTA volunteers who make this elementary tradition possible.

Our English as a New Language Families are invited to a special informative breakfast this Tuesday, December 13th, at 9:30 AM. This event will take place in our Faculty Lounge, and a short presentation will be included. If you have friends or neighbors with children who receive ENL services with Mrs. France or with other teachers in the middle or high schools, please make sure they know about this event on Tuesday. We look forward to a very nice morning.

Our district Technology teachers are preparing for an Hour of Code this next week. Please see the attached flyer. You are welcome to bring your children to our Hour of Code this Thursday, December 15th, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the high school. This should be a very exciting and engaging evening.

Congratulations to Mrs. Odell and our fourth grade Safety Patrollers! Our school received a lovely plaque congratulating our PVES students for implementing this Safety Patrol program successfully in our school this year. Our fourth grade volunteers help to keep us safe and orderly at arrival and dismissal times every day. They are a true model of leadership and good citizenship for our younger students!

Our fourth grade classes have been benefiting from a special in-class assembly on Food Chains and Food Webs this week as part of their science program. Please ask your child about this presentation, and discuss what you see that connects to this topic in nature around you. Our whole school has a focus on "Why is nature important to us?" this year. We are all discovering how much of what we study in school pertains to the natural world around us!

We are excited about welcoming our first grade families to the first grade concert next week! This performance will be held on Thursday, December 15th, at 1:45, in the auditorium. Our first grade students will eat an earlier lunch that day. We look forward to seeing our shining stars on stage!

Please see the attached flyer about our "Wise Choices" program at PVES. These sessions are off to a wonderful start, and we are lucky to have such valuable community resources available for our students.

Please remember that our holiday break will run from December 26th through January 2nd. Schools will reopen on Tuesday, January 3rd.

Enjoy this busy time of year. We all have so much to celebrate.

Ms. Podesta

ES Lunch menu for December
12/15/16 First Grade Concert, 1:45 p.m.
12/15/16 HS Start Time Public Forum - PVHS Cafeteria, 6 p.m.
12/22/16 Whole School Sing Along, 2:20 - 3 p.m.
12/24/16 to 01/02/17 - SCHOOL CLOSED - Holiday Recess
1/16/17 SCHOOL CLOSED - Martin Luther King Day
1/26/17 4th Grade Concert, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.
1/27/17 End of Second Quarter/Report Cards
2/20/17 & 02/21/2017 - SCHOOL CLOSED - President Day Holiday
2/24/17 Shadow Play, 10 a.m., 2 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
3/6/17 to 03/10/2017 - Kindergarten Registration
3/10/17 & 03/11/16 - PVES Musical, 7 - 8 p.m.
3/15/17 PVES Science Maker Fair, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
3/28/17 to 03/30/2017 - NYS ELA Testing for Grades 3 & 4
4/7/17 12:15 Dismissal/Parent Teacher Conferences (targeted)/Progress Reports/End of Third Quarter
4/10/17 to 04/17/2017 - Spring Recess - School Closed
4/21/17 PTA Special Person Ice Cream Social, 4 - 5 p.m.
4/25/17 4th Grade Revolutionary War Reenactment Day
4/27/17 Grade 3 Recorder Concert, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.
5/2/17 to 05/04/2017 - NYS Math Testing for Grades 3 & 4
5/8/17 to 05/12/2017 - PTA Book Fair
5/8/17 to 05/10/2017 - Kindergarten Screening
5/8/17 Open House - Kindergarten, Grades 1 & 2 at 7 p.m.
5/11/17 Open House - Grades 3 & 4 at 7 p.m.
5/12/17 PTA Fun Fair
5/15/17 Community Reads
5/16/17 Budget Vote
5/22/17 Grade 4 Spring Concert at 7 p.m.
5/26/17 to 05/29/2017 - SCHOOL CLOSED - Memorial Day
6/5/17 Grade 4 NYS Science Testing for Grade 4
6/9/17 Grade 2 Fairy Tale Play at 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.
6/12/17 to 06/16/2017 - Spirit Week!
6/15/17 Field Day
6/20/17 Grade 4 Moving Up Ceremony at 10 a.m.
6/21/17 HALF DAY - 12:15 Dismissal
6/22/17 LAST DAY OF SCHOOL - 10:15 Dismissal/Report Cards Mailed
Putnam Valley Elementary School, 171 Oscawana Lake Road, Putnam Valley, NY 10579
Phone (845) 528-8092, Fax (845) 528-8171