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4th Grade Concert - Another demonstration of our students' capacity for excellence. Congratulations to our K-12 Music Program.
Putnam Valley Elementary School

February 27, 2015

Dear PVES Families,

We are so happy to have finally completed a full week of school, with no weather interruptions! The next four weeks (before Spring Recess) will hopefully provide us with optimal learning time in our classrooms. This is a wonderful time of year to continue to revisit the homework routines you have put in place in your homes, and encourage your children to stay on track with their regular reading and math fact practice. Thank you for helping to make the month of March a huge time of learning and growth!

I would like to congratulate the students of Mr. Sperling's class on the wonderful performance of their Shadow Play today in school! Our students in grades one through four were able to watch "First Peoples 2: Native American Shadow Plays," which were written and directed by Mr. Scott Sperling. Thanks also to Mrs. Bennett and Mrs. McCormack for their musical and artistic support of this educational show. Parents and families are invited to see this evening's performance in the PVES Auditorium at 6:30.

The PTA is also sponsoring a grade level event this evening for students and parents of children in Grade 2. This will be a Bingo Night in the PVES Cafeteria. Enjoy! Our Math Homework Help Night for parents of children in Grades Kindergarten and First Grade will take place on Monday, March 2nd at 6:30. Please RSVP to the PTA if you are planning on attending! We hope to see you there.

Please see the attached ticket flyer for the PTA/PVES Musical this year: Aladdin! We are looking forward to these very special evening performances on March 13th and 14th in our Auditorium. It is sure to be a great show!

Our fourth grade scientists are working hard to prepare for our Science Fair (and PTA Family Science Night) that will take place on Wednesday, March 18th. We thank the PVHS Science Honor Society students who are doing such a great job on Thursday afternoons with our fourth graders who choose to stay after school to work with them!

As you know, all New York students in Grades 3 through 8 take the NYS ELA and Math exams in April. The dates for these tests this year will be April 14-16 (ELA), and April 22-24 (Math). Our students are well prepared for these exams this year, and we let the children know that this is an opportunity for them to show how much they have grown! The scores do not get put on the permanent record cards of our students, but they do let us know how we are doing as a school, and what students might need support in certain parts of their learning. On Monday, March 9th, Miss Barette will be hosting an information night at PVES on ELA Questioning with the new ELA standards. This presentation will take place from 6:30 to 8:00 PM, and all parents of students in grades 3 and 4 are welcome to attend.

Thank you to those of you who are able to send in items for our Support the Troops campaign. We welcome your donations, and our Character Education Committee will be facilitating a brief assembly next week to teach our children about this activity. Thank you, as always, for your generosity.

We are hoping that with some warmer winter weather and melting ice on the way, we will soon be able to take the students outside for recess. Please be sure that the students are dressed warmly for outdoor play, with hats and mittens included.

Our vocabulary words for these weeks are infer, remain, benefit, and estimate. I love to hear from parents that the students are pointing out these words at home, as they are in the classrooms. Thank you for encouraging our academic vocabulary development. I cannot overestimate its importance.

It took a while to get here with so many snow days, but we are about to celebrate our 100th Day of School on this Monday, March 2nd. Our youngest students will be very excited on Sunday evening!

Enjoy a wonderful weekend. Stay warm, and think spring!

Margaret Podesta

ES Lunch Menu For March
3/2/15 Kindergarten & First Grade Homework Help Night, 6:30 p.m.
3/9/15 ELA Night, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
3/13/15 & 03/13 - School Musical, 7 p.m.
3/20/15 Report Cards Mailed
3/20/15 SCHOOL IS IN SESSION - Snow Make-up day
3/23/15 through 03/25 - Incoming Kindergarten Registration by appointment
3/30/15 through 04/06 - School Closed - Spring Recess
4/6/15 SCHOOL iS IN SESSION - Snow make-up day
Putnam Valley Elementary School, 171 Oscawana Lake Road, Putnam Valley, NY 10579
Phone (845) 528-8092, Fax (845) 528-8171