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Congratulations to the 4th grade on their spectacular Spring Concert!

June 25, 2015

Dear PVES Families,

Today, we waved goodbye to our precious students after a fabulous year of growing and learning at Putnam Valley Elementary School. It was a day of celebration and gratitude, but also a day of happy tears and sentiment. It is always remarkable to look back on an entire school year and to reflect on how much growth and change have taken place, along with the building of personal connections and the making of memories. We thank you all for the part you are playing in this journey with us. We all make quite a team at PV!

On Tuesday morning, we celebrated our wonderful fourth graders during their touching Moving Up Ceremony. Our graduating students made us so proud, and we thank the PTA members who played such a significant role in making this ceremony so very special. From the tickets and invitations, to the decorations and refreshments, our Moving Up Committee outdid themselves with this celebration. Thank you to all the volunteers and to all the families who made food donations. We had such a special day! We wish our fourth graders much luck in middle school. We know you will continue to do well and that you will always be part of us!

Thank you to the huge crowd of families and friends who joined us at PV Night at Dutchess Stadium for the Renegades game this past Monday night! What an amazing evening of baseball and fun we had, and the perfect summer weather just made it more enjoyable. Thank you to all the students who participated in the singing performances and games, and thank you to the parents who made the effort to be there for their children. I want to also thank the PTA who coordinated this big event for our school this year. It truly was a night of PV Pride!

As we look ahead to next year, we first say our goodbyes to our two retiring teachers, Mrs. Beyrer and Ms. Parmly. We thank Maureen Beyrer and Barbara Parmly for their years of dedication to the PV District, and we wish them both a long, healthy retirement. We will miss you, and we thank you.

We are pleased to welcome Mrs. Iorizzo and Mrs. Odell to our fourth grade team for next year. Mrs. Booth will continue to teach third grade, and we welcome a new teacher to PV, Miss Christine Simek, to our Kindergarten team. Mrs. McCarty will be teaching the K-2 Achieve Program, and a new teacher will be hired part-time for the 3-4 Achieve. Miss Tarkington will join the second grade collaborative classroom. We are excited about the year ahead, but I hope that we all first get a chance to rest and rejuvenate over the beautiful summer months. It certainly has been a busy time!

Please take the time to read with your children daily over the summer (just make it a routine!), and practice those math facts. Be sure to read books that are both fiction and non-fiction, and encourage your children to write during the summer months as well. All students are invited to take part in the PVES Summer Reading Challenge! I look forward to seeing the students on Tuesdays, beginning July 7th, during the summer when they come to the school for their reading prizes!

Report cards for students were mailed out today via U.S. Postal Mail, and student placement information letters will be mailed out in mid to late August. All elementary students will be asked to bring an individual set of headphones to school for use in Technology class next year (not ear buds). These headphones can be found in most stores, including dollar stores, Best Buy, Walmart, etc. This will help with our student supply organization and computer use.

As this year comes to a close, I thank you once again for your ongoing support and positive communication throughout this busy and rewarding school year. As you know, this is a time of great change and progress in the world of education, and as I look back on this school year as principal, I must express how very proud I am of our teachers, our support staff, our students, and our families. We have high goals for our students, and we continue to meet them and reach even higher! This is a wonderful place to work and grow!

Enjoy a very happy and fun-filled summer!

We will see you in September, and we look forward to it!


Margaret Podesta

ES Lunch menu for September
9/5/15 Back-to-school Picnic, 5:30 p.m.
9/7/15 Labor Day - SCHOOL CLOSED
9/14/15 & 09/15 - Rosh Hashanah - SCHOOL CLOSED
9/16/15 Back-to-school Night - First & Second Grades, 7 p.m.
9/21/15 Back-to-school Night - Third & Fourth Grades, 7 p.m.
9/23/15 Yom Kippur - SCHOOL CLOSED
10/1/15 School Picture Day
10/9/15 Emergency Management Drill - 15 Minute Early Dismissal
10/12/15 Columbus Day - SCHOOL CLOSED
10/30/15 Halloween Parade, 2 p.m.
10/30/15 PTA Kindergarten Event, 6:30 p.m.
10/30/15 Kindergarten Show, 10 a.m.
11/3/15 School Closed - Superintendents Conference Day
11/6/15 School Closed - Parent Teacher Conferences
11/11/15 School Closed - Veterans Day
11/12/15 Half Day - 12:15 Dismissal - Evening Parent Teacher Conferences
11/16/15 through 11/20/15 - Book Fair
11/17/15 Picture Retake Day
11/18/15 3rd & 4th Grade Gym Show, 7 p.m.
11/20/15 PTA First Grade Event, 6:30 p.m.
11/25/15 Half Day - 12:15 Dismissal
11/26/15 & 11/27/15 - Thanksgiving Recess
12/5/15 Holiday Reads
12/17/15 First Grade Concert, 1:45 p.m.
12/18/15 Half Day - 11:30 Dismissal - Professional Development Day
12/24/15 through 01/04/2016 - School Closed - Holiday Recess
Putnam Valley Elementary School, 171 Oscawana Lake Road, Putnam Valley, NY 10579
Phone (845) 528-8092, Fax (845) 528-8171