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First Grade Holiday Concert
A Note From Ms. Margaret Podesta

January 12, 2017

Dear PVES Families,

I hope that you are all having a good week, and enjoying the break in the cold winter weather. As you know, our students go outside on most days for recess, except when it is extremely cold or wet outside. The students have options for play out on the blacktop, including jump ropes, chalk writing, hopscotch, four square, and other games. The fresh air and exercise help to increase optimal learning in the afternoon!

I would like to thank one of our local PV Girl Scout troops for donating anti-bullying bracelets to all of the PVES students last week. This bracelet distribution followed our grade level Town Hall meetings where Ms. Mistretta and I discussed character education, our Great Expectations, safe bus behavior, and Tiger Choices. Our students were extremely respectful and engaged in our meeting, and these wonderful bracelets were the perfect symbol of our discussion. We look forward to our next Town Hall meetings in February.

Our Kindergarten Registration dates for next year's incoming class are quickly approaching. Please let your neighbors and friends who have children who will be 5 years old by 12/1/17 to please contact our school for registration details. Kindergarten registration will take place from March 6th through March 10th at Putnam Valley Elementary. Thank you for helping to spread the word!

As you know, our fourth grade students will be performing in their winter concert on January 26th, at 7:00 PM. This wonderful concert will take place in our PVES Auditorium. We look forward to welcoming our fourth grade families to this beautiful performance.

Our fourth graders will also soon be hearing about the upcoming Science/Maker Fair! All fourth graders will be welcomed and encouraged to participate, and we will provide help at school and on Thursdays after school with our PVHS Science Honor students. These extra help sessions are not mandatory, but they provide a wonderful opportunity for our young students to learn from and work with older students who have developed a passion for science. These sessions will begin on February 9th, and more information will follow. The Science/Maker Fair will be held on Wednesday, March 15th during the school day, and from 6:30 to 7:30 PM at night for families. We look forward to this wonderful celebration of questioning and learning!

Report Card information will be sent out soon. If you ever have any questions about your child's progress, please contact your teacher directly. This is a wonderful time of year for great learning and growth.

Schools will be closed on Monday, January 16th, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Enjoy the long weekend ahead!


Ms. Podesta

ES Lunch menu for January
1/26/17 4th Grade Concert, 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