October 16, 2014
Dear PVES Families,
What a unique day at PVES! Due to the heavy rain, wind, and power outages, we had to have a 3-hour delayed opening today. Children were still provided their lunch times, and afternoon special classes took place as scheduled. I commend the entire staff for their cooperation and help with the adjusted academic schedule today. It has been a very smooth learning day.
I would like to thank the PVES parents for all of the support and wonderful efforts you are making with your children this year. Our students are coming to school happy, rested, prepared, and ready to learn every day. Communication with classroom teachers is positive and supportive, and we all know how hard we are working. Our children are learning up-to-date math strategies, completing challenging math problems with growing skill and expertise, and they are becoming much more fluent with their math facts, which is extremely important. We see our elementary students reading closely…looking for text details in their readings, and supporting their writing with evidence from their reading. This is so exciting! Although curriculum changes can be difficult, we know that our students deserve to be exposed to the most current methods and standards in education. That is our job and we are doing it well. Thank you for playing such a very important role in your child's educational journey.
I hope that the Kindergarten families enjoy their first PTA Grade Level Event tomorrow night…Pizza and Pumpkin Night. As you know, we are also looking forward to the PV Variety Show at the high school (Oct. 24th), Trunk or Treat at the middle school parking lot (Oct. 26th), and our Halloween festivities at the elementary school (Oct. 31st). The October weeks are flying by. Please be sure to check the November calendar carefully for days that we do not have school – November 4th (election day), November 11th (Superintendent's conference day), and November 27th and 28th (Thanksgiving Recess). Winter will be here soon!
Please listen to 100.7 WHUD Radio tomorrow at 7:30 AM if you would like to hear our first grade classes saying the Pledge of Allegiance on air! Our Kindergarten classes have already been on the radio, but if you missed it, you can click on the link on the WHUD website under "Pledge of Allegiance." Enjoy!
Our vocabulary words for this week are argument and details. These are very important words to us at PVES, as our students are all learning to use good text details to support developed arguments in their writing. This is a big emphasis in our English Language Arts curriculum, and you can practice it at home when you read and discuss stories together.
Enjoy the beautiful fall foliage! Have a good week ahead.