COVID-19 School Closure

Last Day of School

Good morning,

During last evening’s Board of Education meeting, the Board passed a resolution making June 19 the last day of this school year.  We understand how challenging the past few months have been for our teachers, students, and parents.  It is our hope that everyone will enjoy a long and restful summer before we begin school again next fall.

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Inside Putnam Valley – Episode 48

On this edition of Inside Putnam Valley, Superintendent of Schools Jeremy Luft and host Eric Gross discuss the school budget, the upcoming budget vote, which will occur by mail-in ballot, and the end of year plans for the Elementary and Middle School moving up ceremonies and High School graduation.

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BOE Meeting – Final Budget Hearing – Tonight 7pm – Live stream at pvcsd.org

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

The Putnam Valley Central School District Board of Education Final Budget Hearing and Business Meeting is scheduled for tonight, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at 7:00 pm, will be held virtually.  Board members will attend via the Zoom video conferencing service. Members of the public may also attend by clicking the live link on the school’s website, pvcsd.org. Members of the public will be able to ask questions during the meeting by emailing questions to: ...
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Weekly Word – May 23, 2020

Dear PVES Families,

As we remember our fallen soldiers this weekend, I would like to wish you a safe and relaxing Memorial Day Weekend.  This is such an important holiday in our nation, and many of our students have participated in learning activities this week that emphasize the meaning of Memorial Day.  Along with this, this date is a calendar signal that summer is coming, and we ...
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Weekly Update 5/22/20

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

I’m hopeful that everyone is doing well and looking forward to the upcoming holiday weekend.  Please see this week’s updates.  Please take care and stay well.

Adopted Budget – The district was forced to make some difficult decisions in response to an estimated loss of $1.2 million in state aid for the upcoming school year.  These cuts will impact staffing, programs, class size, ...
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Weekly Word – May 16, 2020

Dear PVES,

I hope that this note finds you all healthy and happy on this beautiful Saturday!  We thank you for your wonderful efforts in working with your children on their distance learning assignments.  You are all doing an amazing job, and although this is so challenging, your children will probably never forget this extended learning time with you.  Thank you for keeping the days positive and ...
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Budget Vote Information – Important Msg. from District Treasurer

/ / COVID-19, District

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

As you know, school districts across New York State hold their annual budget votes and board elections on the third Tuesday of May.  Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, the vote has been postponed until June 9 as per Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.6.  Voting will be done by absentee ballot only.  The District will not be open for voting on Tuesday, May ...
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Msg. from Dr. Luft – Update 5/15/20

Good afternoon,

As we look forward to next week, next month, and next year, I want to extend my continued appreciation for your partnership and understanding during these very difficult times.

Here are a few updates:

Friday, May 22 – In accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order, the Friday before Memorial Day must now be an instructional day.

End of School Year –  As we await further ...
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Weekly Word – May 9, 2020

Dear PVES Families,

Happy Saturday!  Many of us are waking up to a little snow on the ground on this sunny day in May, and that just seems to fit right in with this strange time in which we are living.  It’s nice to see the sun though, and I hope that you all enjoy a relaxing and healthy weekend ahead.  We at PVES are missing our ...
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BOE Meeting – 5/5/20 – Live stream at pvcsd.org

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

The Putnam Valley Central School District Board of Education Work Session/Business Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 5, 2020, at 7:00 pm, will be held virtually.  Board members will attend via the Zoom video conferencing service. Members of the public may also attend by clicking the live link on the school’s website, pvcsd.org. Members of the public will be able to ask questions during the meeting by emailing questions to: BoardQuestions@pvcsd.org

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Weekly Word – May 2, 2020

Dear PVES Families,

I hope that you are all doing well and enjoying the beautiful sunshine today.  I know that we are all ready for some fresh air and sunny skies, and the week ahead is looking good!  Staying active is certainly an important component to a healthy life and positive mindset, so please make sure that exercise and time outside is part of your child’s schedule ...
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Family Resources

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

We hope this email finds you well. As the COVID-19 crisis continues, we recognize that needs of our families may be changing and growing.  We have created a webpage titled “Family Resources.” We know that these are challenging times, and our goal was to have important resources located in one place for families to refer to should you need them. https://sites.google.com/pvcsd.org/family-resources/

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School closure extended through end of year

Good afternoon,

As many of you may have already heard, Governor Cuomo has closed all schools across New York State for the remainder of the school year.  While we understand this decision was made after considering the public health risks associated with reopening, it is still devastating news to many.  The Putnam Valley School District remains committed to providing quality distance learning opportunities, meal service, and childcare ...
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May 2020

Dear PVMS Families,

Our April showers have brought May flowers and your children have just started the beginning of the fourth quarter.  It looks like our weather is warming up and we will finally see more sunny days than rainy days.  In an effort to help us all have a meaningful May and a positive mindset, please take a look at the following calendar as little acts ...
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Msg. from Dr. Luft 4/30/20 – Update

Dear Putnam Valley Community.

After each passing day, I try to convince myself that “today” was the last rainy day with temperatures in the low 50’s this spring and that bright sunshine and warmer temperatures are right around the corner.  Maybe this is Mother Nature’s way of reminding me why I did not become a meteorologist.  For now, I will remain hopeful that those sunny days will ...
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Video recording – Dr. Luft answers questions from parents

Dear Putnam  Valley Community:

We were disappointed that we could not hold tonight’s Listening Hour as we intended. We are all more reliant on technology than ever before, and sometimes things don’t go as planned. Certainly, there is no substitute for face to face communication; however, we have created a video to answer the questions that were submitted to us in advance of the Listening Hour.

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Virtual Listening Hour Update – Please Read

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

The Virtual Listening Hour scheduled for this evening at 5:45 pm has been modified due to technical difficulties. Unfortunately, we do not have an active link for you to join our virtual meeting.

I will be recording responses to the questions that have been submitted and will share that recording later this evening. Please check your email again this evening for a link ...
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Senior Message

Dear PVHS Seniors and Families:

Here is a little gift for all of you from all of us. We feel your loss at the end of your senior year. Please watch the attached video. It is a tribute to all of you from all of us here at PVHS. We love and miss you all, Mrs. Getman and Mrs. Rossano.

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Listening Hour with Dr. Luft-Wed. 4/29 5:45PM- Please email questions

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

Please consider joining me for our first-ever virtual Superintendent’s Listening Hour.  The meeting will begin at 5:45 pm on Wednesday, April 29.  This will be an opportunity for us to share perspectives as we consider our opportunities and challenges.

It would be very helpful if you would consider emailing questions in advance to connected@pvcsd.org. This email will also be monitored during the meeting.

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PVHS Updates 4/27-5/1

Dear PVHS Families,

We know that this quarantine has been very hard on families in our community. It is not easy to manage the stresses of a pandemic, and then assist your own children with their school work! The faculty and staff at Putnam Valley High School is available to support you in any way possible. If you are struggling with your child on schoolwork, please reach ...
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Virtual Listening Hour-Wednesday, April 29-5:45 PM

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

Please consider joining me for our first-ever virtual Superintendent’s Listening Hour.  The meeting will begin at 5:45 pm on Wednesday, April 29.  This will be an opportunity for us to share perspectives as we consider our opportunities and challenges.

It would be very helpful if you would consider emailing questions in advance to connected@pvcsd.org. This email will also be monitored during the meeting.

A ...
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Continuity of Instruction – 4th Quarter Grading

Dear PVMS Families,

We have entered the fourth quarter and in thinking about progress, we want to be as informative as possible.  Our students are navigating uncharted waters while learning new standards and concepts with independent practice.  Teachers are doing their best to be responsive and provide feedback using various forms of technology.  Currently, all grades and comments have been updated in Powerschool and you should be ...
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April 22, 2020 – Kindergarten Screening

Dear Families of Incoming PVES Kindergarten Students,

I hope this letter finds you well. These are certainly extraordinary times, and we want to reach out to you to make sure you know we are thinking of you and your families, and especially our newest Kindergarten students who are so eager to join us at school in September!  At Putnam Valley Elementary School, we are doing all we ...
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PVHS Updates – 4th Quarter

Dear PVHS Parents/Guardians and Students,

This is not an easy time for families and I hope that everyone in your household is holding up well and is healthy. Just a short time ago teachers and students were unfamiliar with video conferencing tools such as Zoom and Google Meet and in a little over a month have transitioned to a complete online learning platform to maintain social distancing ...
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April 18, 2020

Dear PVES,

I hope that this finds you and your families healthy and doing well!  We have had another very productive week with distance learning, and we appreciate your questions, feedback, and shared details of what is working well for you.  In the coming weeks, we will make continued special efforts to virtually connect with your children as a school.  We are all on a huge learning ...
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PVCSD Continuity of Instruction Plan

/ / COVID-19, District

Hello Parents and Caregivers,

I hope this communication finds you safe and well.  We greatly miss seeing our Putnam Valley students at school.  

 

Please continue to visit the PVCSD Continuity of Instruction Plan on the district website, as weekly updates to the document are made.  As we receive information and updates from New York State Education Department (NYSED), and local and state authorities, we will continue to revise the ...
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4/17/20-School Closure Update

Dear Putnam Valley Community: 

 

Today marks the 25th day that schools have been closed.  I am aware that it feels like this has already been going on MUCH longer!  On Thursday, Governor Cuomo extended the school closures across the state through May 15; however, we are planning for longer.

 

Everyone has been asked to do what was unimaginable only several weeks ago.  Your home has ...
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Young Frankenstein!

/ / Arts, COVID-19

Dear Students, Staff, Parents, and Community Members of Putnam Valley,

Today marks the opening of what would have been the PVHS TheatreWorks 2020 spring musical production of Young Frankenstein.  In my wildest dreams, I never could have envisioned the unprecedented and unbelievable challenges we are all enduring –  and the subsequent, first ever cancelation of Putnam Valley High School’s annual spring musical. Today, my heart breaks for ...
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Board of Education – Notice of Meeting Changes/Protocols For Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Putnam Valley Central School District Board of Education

The Putnam Valley Central School District Board of Education will hold a Special Business Meeting on Tuesday, April 21, 2020, at 6:00 pm. It is anticipated that the Board will immediately convene an Executive Session for one matter that may lead to the appointment of a particular person. It is anticipated that the regular portion of the agenda will ...
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No power/internet AND Food Pantry Info

Good morning,

We are aware that many students and staff members are without power and/or internet access today in the aftermath of yesterday’s storm.  Please know that if you do not hear from your teacher today, he or she may not have internet access either. We hope this is resolved for everyone very soon.

For anyone in need, there is a Mobile Food Pantry at George Washington Elementary ...
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Meals available for ALL – Free

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

Beginning Monday, April 6, FREE breakfast and lunch will be available to ALL Putnam Valley School District children, as part of the NYSED Child Nutrition Program. Siblings who are not yet school-aged can also pick up a meal at no charge. Please complete the information below to the best of your ability so we can be properly prepared.  Please email jdenike@pvcsd.org with any questions.

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April 10, 2020

Dear PVES Families,

I hope that this letter finds you well, and that you and your loved ones are all safe, healthy, and comfortable in your homes. I also hope that your children were able to enjoy the creative and engaging learning activities provided by our teachers this week. The children should look forward to receiving their new teacher correspondence and assignments by Monday. You are all ...
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School Closure Extended

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

It appears that spring may have officially arrived. I am hopeful that everyone has had an opportunity to get outside and enjoy the nice weather over the past few days. Although this is not the spring break that everyone had expected, we hope that the distance learning assignments for this week are providing students with academic support and enrichment, while providing an opportunity ...
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Meals available for ALL/Comidas disponibles para TODOS/Free/Gratis-during school closure

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

Beginning Monday, April 6, FREE breakfast and lunch will be available to ALL Putnam Valley School District children, as part of the NYSED Child Nutrition Program. Siblings who are not yet school-aged can also pick up a meal at no charge. Please complete the information below to the best of your ability so we can be properly prepared.  Please email jdenike@pvcsd.org with any questions.

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April 3, 2020

Dear PVES Families,

Happy PV Pride Day!  It’s the first Friday of a new month, and many of us are wearing our blue and white colors today to show off our school pride today!  Please see the attachment showing the lyrics to our wonderful PVES Pride Song. Maybe your children can sing it for you!

I am hoping that you are all still feeling healthy and managing ...
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PV Nurse Hello

/ / COVID-19, District

Hello Putnam Valley Community,

We wanted to say hello and wish you all well in these challenging times.  We have been keeping busy with our families and most recently setting up shop for the emergency workers day care at Once Upon A Time.  We realize that many of you may have questions and we would like to let you know that we are here for you as ...
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