February 4, 2016
Dear PVES Families,
Tomorrow at PVES, we will be celebrating Sports Jersey Day! In honor of Super Bowl Weekend and the learning and enjoyment we experience with sports and athletics, all students and staff are invited to wear football jerseys, sports shirts (local or professional), or any team apparel. This will be a special PV Pride Day, and we will begin this special day with our popular Fitness Friday. Thank you to all students and staff for participating!
We are pleased to announce that with our updated security system, we now have active alarms on our exit doors of the building. That means that our staff members must swipe their i.d. cards in order to open a door without setting off an alarm, and children and parents who are leaving the building must leave only through the main door of the school during school hours. This is an added safety feature used by many schools that helps to insure child safety. Each visitor who comes into our building must now show a driver's license when signing in, in order to get your identification information into our computer system. Thank you for your cooperation with this.
I would like to officially welcome Mrs. Carolyn DeRubeis as our part-time office assistant at the Elementary School. Mrs. DeRubeis has been a big help to our office staff over the past year, and we are fortunate that she will be with us more regularly from this point on. Welcome!
Our students in grades 1 through 4 attended an assembly this week on the New NY Bridge Project, where they learned the details about the new Tappan Zee Bridge that is being built. These assemblies were provided by our Arts in Ed Committee through the PTA. Next week, our Kindergarten students will attend a shortened version of the assembly. Please ask your students what they learned about this large project that is taking place very close to where we live.
This week, we had several classes who met with representatives from the office of Assemblyman Steve Katz in order to donate our homemade Valentines for Veterans. This visit helped our students to see what a difference they can make with a kind gesture to others, and I thank the teachers for their participation!
The PTA Grade Level Event for our fourth grade students will take place on Friday, February 12th, at 6:30 PM. A Skydome Planetarium will be set up in the Auditorium for an exciting night of Science learning and fun. We look forward to this exciting evening!
Please note that our PVCSD schools will be closed for winter break from February 15th through February 19th. Schools will reopen on Monday, February 22nd. Please note again that our half-day dismissal for optional (invite only) parent conferences is now scheduled for Friday, April 1st. Friday, May 6th is now a full day of school. Please make note of this change.
All fourth graders who have not yet signed up for the Science/Maker Fair are still welcome to do so. Please send in the participation slip and check in with Ms. Podesta, Ms. Mistretta, or Mrs. Broas about your experiment or project. We look forward to a wonderful Science Night and Science/Maker Fair on Wednesday, March 16th, from 6:30 to 7:30 PM in our gym. Students in grades K through 3 will be able to visit the Science/Maker fair during the school day on March 16th.
Students in grades 2 through 4 should be checking out the Weekend Articles with family members on the Achieve 3000 site. (Login information was sent home in the report card envelopes this week). Thank you for supporting your child's reading progress in many ways. Discussion of vocabulary and text evidence with books and articles is a big support to reading progress.
Thank you to so many of you for the many positive comments we have received after distributing the mid-year report cards, both online and through postal mail. As we move toward the end of this year, we will be asking for more feedback from parents and staff on our revised progress reporting system. I thank our Report Card Committee and all of our teachers for the hard work and time they put into these new report cards. As you know, if you ever have questions or concerns about your child's academic progress, you are welcome to contact the classroom teacher directly, either with a phone call or by email. Thank you for working closely with us to encourage your child's learning and growth.
Have fun watching the Super Bowl this weekend! I guess the groundhog gave us some good news about an early spring this week, so enjoy these winter days while they last!