October 23, 2014
Dear PVES Families,
Well, the weather has taken a little turn, and the cooler days are creeping in. Please be sure that your child brings a jacket and hat, if necessary, for outdoor recess. We know the value of fresh air and physical exercise for our students, and we are so fortunate that there have only been a couple of rainy, indoor recess days so far this year. This makes for more engaged learners and happier children!
Last week, our students practiced a Sheltering Drill, during which all classes sat along the hallways or in the auditorium to rehearse getting into a safe location in the event of severe weather. Today, our entire building practiced a Lockdown Drill, where supervised classes hid quietly in their locked classrooms until the fifteen-minute drill was over. These mandated practice drills are reviewed by our District Safety and Crisis Teams, and we work closely with our School Resource Officer and Facilities Director in order to improve safety and security for all students. Please be assured that we do not practice these important practices in a scary way. In fact, we do a great job of letting our students know how safe they are. If you have any questions, please let us know.
We are looking forward to seeing the Kindergarten families at the Kindergarten Show on Friday, October 31st at 10 AM in our elementary Auditorium. Parents, please do not arrive before 9:30 AM due to traffic conditions with the morning buses. You will receive more information from the Kindergarten teachers about this very special morning.
As you know, all PVES students are invited to bring their Halloween costumes to school on October 31st. In the afternoon, the children will be welcome to change into their costumes for building activities and classroom festivities designed for students only. The children will then put their costumes back inside their backpacks and take them safely home. No scary masks, inappropriate costumes, or weapons will be allowed. Thank you so much for your cooperation.
If you purchased a ticket to the Variety Show tomorrow night, be on the lookout for many elementary staff members performing on stage! We are looking forward to the fun and to supporting the Putnam Valley Music Department!
If your child participates in an after school activity or club, please be sure to be at the appropriate school pick-up door at the designated time. For safety reasons, parents are asked not to enter the building until the stated time of pick-up and sign-out. If you arrive at the school early, you could wait in your car and then come to the pick-up door at the appropriate time. We take safety very seriously at PVES. Thank you for your cooperation.
Our students in all grade levels are enjoying trying to solve the math problems written and presented by students during the morning announcements. These math challenges are accompanied by the sharing of academic vocabulary words, and, of course, the birthday announcements for both students and staff. We have a strong, student-centered school community that understands that learning is fun. Our happy, successful students are our daily reward.
Enjoy the weekend and the many fall events.