September 12, 2014
Dear PVES Families,
Congratulations to all on a very successful first week of school! We at PVES are all settling in nicely, and our students are already hard at work in their new classrooms. I am so proud of our students who come to school feeling motivated and prepared for each day. Thank you, families, for all of this positive support!
I would like to thank the PTA for an amazing Back-to-School Picnic last week. This wonderful event was extremely well-attended, with the playground field filled with happy children and parents. Thank you for your participation in our school community events. It sends such a warm and welcoming message to our students.
Kindergarten parents should be aware that the first PTA grade level event (the Kindergarten Pizza and Pumpkin Night) has been changed to Friday, October 17th. (It will not be held on October 24th). Thank you for adjusting your calendars accordingly.
Please be reminded that our Back-to-School Nights will take place next week. Parents of students in Grades 1 and 2 are welcome to join us on Monday, September 15th, from 7:00 to 8:00 PM, and parents of students in Grades 3 and 4 are invited to attend on Wednesday, September 17th. On both evenings, we will begin our meetings with brief presentations in the Gym, and then parents will be invited to the individual classrooms for presentations on class schedules, routines and curriculum. This is not a night for individual parent conferences, but you will be able to schedule your parent conference that evening. We look forward to seeing you next week!
As we begin this school year, I would like to strongly request that you approach all homework questions (and homework stress) with a positive attitude and support of learning. As you know, all schools across the country are now teaching to new learning standards, and the methods by which we teach math have become more current, with a focus on deeper understanding and greater student success. With our new Eureka Math curriculum, there will be many changes and formats that are unfamiliar to us as adults. Our teachers are working so hard to adjust their instruction and to better prepare our students for future grade levels, and for college and career readiness. Although homework assignments can be frustrating and challenging at times, it is our job as adults to model a positive attitude, an "I can solve this" approach, and good, constructive work habits. Please ask questions when necessary, but keep in mind that your children's teachers are working with a brand new curriculum that is quite demanding…and they are learning it too. In other words, be patient, be supportive, and watch your children thrive. This is a very exciting time!
Along with that message, Ms. Mistretta and I are working with the PTA to schedule Homework Help Nights for each grade level, beginning this fall. At these gatherings, we hope to assist the parents with current math understanding and problem solving techniques, and to provide effective tips for homework help. We are hoping that many of you will be able to attend. Thank you, as always, for supporting the efforts of this wonderful school. We want to keep Putnam Valley in the forefront when it comes to preparing our students for the future.
Be sure to ask your child about how each grade level was able to record the Pledge of Allegiance with representatives from the radio station 100.7 WHUD this week. As we did last year, we will be letting you know when each PVES grade level will be aired on the radio. In fact, the Pledge recording of our first graders from last year will be aired on Monday, September 15th on WHUD, at approximately 7:30 AM. Happy listening!
I hope that you all enjoy a beautiful weekend ahead. Please know that when you have questions or concerns, you are welcome to call or email your child's teacher, and, if necessary, our administrative offices. We are always willing to help to insure your child's safety, success, and happiness at school. Thank you for being part of our team!