December 05, 2013
Dear PVES Families,
I hope that you all enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving, and that Hanukkah was a happy time for those of you who celebrate! We are certainly getting to a very busy time of year. Please be reminded that due to Parent-Teacher Conferences, on Wednesday, December 11th, the elementary students will have a half-day of school, with dismissal at 12:15 PM. Parent-teacher conferences will take place that evening. The elementary students will not have school on Friday, December 13th. If you have a question about your conference time and date, please contact your child's teacher. Report cards will be mailed out tomorrow, December 6th. Our schools will be closed from December 23rd through January 1st for December break.
Our school had a wonderful time on Monday morning, when representatives from the WHUD radio station came to our school to record our grade level groups saying the "Pledge of Allegiance" with great pride and respect. These recordings will be played in the future on WHUD, and I will try to let you know when that will be. Our students were complimented for their wonderful enthusiasm and outstanding behavior during this event.
I would like to thank Ms. Johna Kesten, director of the high school Chorus, Joann Peppard, and the "Make a Difference" staff members (Linda Cefaloni and Pam Adamovich) who brought a group of 30 high school students to PVES on Wednesday morning to treat our students to holiday carols as they entered the school. The talented high school students sounded terrific, and our elementary students were so thrilled to have them here! We look forward to connecting our K-12 district school buildings with events like this even more frequently in the future.
Now that the weather is getting colder, I'd like to remind you all that it is very important for the children to come to school prepared to go outside for recess on most winter days. Winter jackets, hats, mittens, and appropriate footwear is essential so that the students can get fresh air, exercise, and a healthy break in their learning day. This short but active outdoor break is a very healthy part of the school day that supports academic achievement and social skill development. Thank you for your cooperation!
This report card season reminds us that we are already one-third of our way through this busy school year. This end of the first trimester is a good time in the academic year to check on your child's attendance (it is recorded on the report card), and to prepare questions for your child's teacher that you may have concerning your child's academic and emotional progress. As you know, our teachers are working extremely closely with the Common Core Learning Standards, and conference time may be a perfect opportunity for you to ask questions about close reading, finding text evidence, computational fluency, math journaling, and solving higher level math problems. We strongly encourage our parents to be part of this academic journey, and we are extremely proud of the progress we are making this year.
Just a reminder that tomorrow is PV Pride Day, so all students and staff members are welcome to wear blue and white to school! We have lots to celebrate on this day of school pride.
Have a relaxing weekend!