November 20, 2014
Dear PVES Families,
We are having a very busy and productive week at PVES, and it is hard to believe how quickly this happy, festive month is flying. Please be reminded that our students have no school on Thursday and Friday of next week in honor of the holiday. We are all looking forward to some time with family and friends.
Congratulations to all of our Olympic athletes who performed so impressively in the Gym Shows yesterday and last night. Our classes were treated to the Olympics during the day, and we thank the many family members and friends who joined us for the evening performance last night. A special thank you goes out to Mrs. Aurigemma and Mr. Heitman for their fine work in designing this show, and to Ms. Mistretta, Mrs. Mazzarisi, Ms. Novak, Mrs. Redmond, Mr. Stefan Nemecek, and to Mr. Burrow from the high school for their added support. It was a true team effort, and the children benefited greatly! And thank you, parents, for getting the students to school for their early-morning practices! It was a wonderful event.
As we work through our new student-centered schedule this year, we continue to learn and improve, and we see what works for our students and our school. Classroom teachers now have the option of flipping their Math and ELA instructional times during the day if it this switch does not interfere with other student services. This added schedule flexibility is important to both teachers and students, and it will not affect the amount of instruction a student receives or the child's homework. Our outstanding teachers will know when the schedule change will work to help their hard-working students.
It is almost parent-teacher conference and report card time! I encourage you to set up appointments with your special area teachers and support service teachers during this time. If you would like to meet with a teacher in a certain area outside of yourn child's regular classroom, please email that teacher directly, or call the main office to leave a message. Positive and constructive communication goes a long way in supporting our students throughout the school year.
Thank you again to all of you who have been able to donate foods to the Thanksgiving Food Drive. We truly appreciate your generosity. Together, we are making a big difference in the lives of others.
Thank you to the Arts in Ed Program for the outstanding performances of "Charlotte's Web" that our students were treated to this week. These wonderful assemblies add to our already rich curriculum, and we are grateful for these opportunities for our students that take place right here in our school.
I am looking forward to seeing the first grade families at their PTA Grade Level Event tomorrow night. Please continue to check the PTA website for our grade level Math Homework Help Nights!
I will send another Weekly Word next week, but at this special time of year, I want to make sure that I give thanks to all of you for your support of our wonderful school and the encouragement you give your children every single day. Our PVES students continue to amaze us, and I am so thankful for that.
Enjoy the weekend, and stay warm!