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Today our elementary students participated in a bus safety drill. Each class boarded a parked bus with their teacher and practiced using seat belts.
We are encouraging seatbelt use and safe bus riding. Bus safety rules were reviewed and students practiced exiting from the rear emergency door.
A Note From Ms. Margaret Podesta

September 24, 2016

Dear PVES Families,

Welcome to the fall season! We certainly have had a busy and productive first few weeks of school, and our students are now well into the routines and schedules of their academic life. We thank you for having your students prepared and ready for each school day, with a focus on good attendance and punctuality. We ask that you do not pick up your students early from school if at all possible. Our teachers are busy teaching and providing our students with valuable experiences right up until the end of each school day.

We would like to congratulate Mr. Brandon Hvisch, one of our new first grade teachers, and his wife on the birth of their first child, Riley. Mr. Hvisch’s daughter Riley was born this week, and I know his young students are very excited to see him on Monday. Best wishes to the Hvisch family!

If you or any of your friends have students who might be interested in participating in the wonderful MAGMAH program, please contact the district office for information. This program is designed for students who may not otherwise participate in sports or team activities, and it is run by our wonderful PVHS students. This is an amazing opportunity, and I believe there are only a couple of spots left, so please don’t wait to call!

Please remember that this Monday is School Picture Day. A class photo schedule was sent to all classroom teachers. Thank you to the many PTA volunteers who work so hard to make this day run so smoothly.

I would like to congratulate our fourth graders who are serving as our Safety Patrol Officers for the fall season. These safety patrollers are proudly wearing their yellow safety belts which were provided by the PTA, and they are kindly and safely supervising their posts in the school building at both arrival and dismissal time. We are so proud of the leadership they are demonstrating in our building. Thank you also to our fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Odell, for bringing this outstanding program to our school.

As you may know, our school is holding a Flu Shot clinic for our interested students and staff on this Wednesday, September 28th. If you have any questions about this, please contact our school nurse, Mrs. Kathy Hill.

On Friday morning, September 30th, our PTA is bringing us a school-wide DEAR time, which stands for Drop Everything and Read! Although our children get many opportunities to read silently in school and at home, this will be a ten-minute session where every single person (students and staff) in our school community will be reading at the same time. This is something that you can do regularly at home as well! We thank the PTA for all they do for our school! (By the way, if you can still help out with Three for Me, please contact our PTA representatives).

Please remember that there will be no school on October 3rd and 4th in honor of Rosh Hashanah. Schools will also be closed on October 10th, 11th, and 12th, in honor of Columbus Day and Yom Kippur. All students and staff are welcome to participate in our building’s Halloween Parade, which will take place on Monday, October 31st. We will be sure to videotape this parade so that parents can view it on the website. October will certainly go quickly, so enjoy these gorgeous fall days.

Thank you to our Character Education and Diversity Committee for the wonderful back to school assembly they facilitated for our entire student body. Together, we talked about Kindness, Safety, Respect, and Responsibility. We are all encouraged to make good “Tiger Choices” this year, and we are already celebrating the wonderful character traits we are seeing our students demonstrate in our school, on the playground, and on the school buses! We take kindness, safety, respect, and responsibility very seriously at PVES.

Enjoy this apple and pumpkin picking time of year, and please continue to speak of school in a very positive way with your children. Attitude is everything, and we are off to a great start with these very special children.

Have a great weekend!

Ms. Podesta

ES Lunch menu for September
ES Lunch menu for October
9/21/16 PTA Meeting, 7 pm
9/26/16 Picture Day
10/3/16 & 10/04/16 - SCHOOL CLOSED - Rosh Hashanah
10/6/16 Class Parent Tea, 8 a.m.
10/7/16 Emergency Evacuation Drill - School dismisses 15 minutes earlier
10/10/16 SCHOOL CLOSED - Columbus Day
10/11/16 & 10/12/16 - SCHOOL CLOSED - Yom Kippur
10/24/16 Principals Coffee, 9 am
10/28/16 PTA Kindergarten Pumpkin & Pizza Night, 6:30 p.m.
10/28/16 Kindergarten Performance, 10 a.m.
11/3/16 Half Day, 12:15 Dismissal - Evening parent/teacher conferences
11/4/16 School Picture Retakes
11/10/16 SCHOOL CLOSED - Parent/teacher conferences
11/11/16 SCHOOL CLOSED - Veterans Day
11/14/16 through 11/18/16 - PTA Book Fair
11/16/16 Third & Fourth Grade Gym Show, 7 p.m.
11/18/16 PTA First & Second Grade Event, 6:30 p.m.
11/23/16 to 11/25/16 - SCHOOL CLOSED - Thanksgiving Recess
12/3/16 Holiday Reads
12/15/16 First Grade Concert, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.
12/22/16 Whole School Sing Along, 2 p.m.
12/24/16 to 01/02/17 - SCHOOL CLOSED - Holiday Recess
Putnam Valley Elementary School, 171 Oscawana Lake Road, Putnam Valley, NY 10579
Phone (845) 528-8092, Fax (845) 528-8171