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Weekly Word – January 9, 2022

Dear PVES Families,

I hope that you are all enjoying the snowy weather, and that your children had a chance to play outside on our beautiful snow day. It was wonderful to welcome our students back to school this week. They are so joyful and ready to learn!

As you know from Dr. Luft’s email this week, we are not able to complete full contact tracing at ...
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Msg. from Dr. Luft – Tracing/Testing/Remote Access/Test to Stay

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

I would like to express my gratitude for the hard work and dedication of the Putnam Valley Schools’ staff and administration for doing what was necessary to welcome students back into our buildings this week.  Despite our ability to reopen schools, we remain on the tipping point of being unable to effectively staff our buildings.  We are asking everyone to remain flexible as ...
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Weekly Word – January 2, 2022

Dear PVES Families,

Happy New Year! I hope that this message finds you happy and healthy, and that you have enjoyed a wonderful holiday break with your loved ones! We are looking forward to seeing our students in school tomorrow, and we can’t wait to watch them thrive as learners over the next few months. We have missed the students’ smiling faces over this past week, and ...
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Msg. from Dr. Luft – January 3, 2022

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

I’m wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year!

I am hopeful that everyone has enjoyed their break and is optimistic the New Year will bring better days ahead. Today, as we approach the anticipated reopening of schools on Monday, January 3, COVID remains prevalent in our nation, and I write to you today to keep you as informed as I can about ...
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Msg. from Dr. Luft – Holiday Break

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

I hope this message finds you and your loved ones well and looking forward to the holiday celebrations to come. As evidenced by our recent newsletter, there is much to celebrate as a school community, and we are looking forward to the time with our families, as well as the promise of a bright new year ahead in 2022.

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Inside Putnam Valley – Episode 55

/ / COVID-19, Inside Putnam Valley
In this exciting edition of Inside Putnam Valley, hosts Eric Gross and Superintendent of Schools Jeremy Luft visit Putnam Valley Elementary School to learn about all the great work happening there, meet the new assistant principal, Jennifer Picco, and discuss PV’s inaugural “First Responders Appreciation Day.”
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PVCSD to implement voluntary COVID testing for students

Dear Putnam Valley Families:

In accordance with the guidance issued by the New York State Department of Health, the Putnam Valley School District will be implementing COVID surveillance testing for interested students.  Interested families will need to “opt-in” to participate in the surveillance testing program, testing is voluntary.

The District is exploring a variety of in-school and at-home testing solutions.  First, we must identify how many students ...
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Weekly Word – November 21, 2021

Dear PVES Families,

As you may have seen in our recent district newsletter, Putnam Valley Elementary School was recently ranked #103 out of 2,831 New York State Elementary Schools in performance by U.S. News and World Report. This puts our dear PVES in the 96th Percentile of the elementary schools in NY state. This amazing achievement is certainly due to the district and community support, the talented ...
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Msg. from Dr. Luft – Vaccine Clinics in Putnam County

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

As I am sure you are aware, the FDA has approved the Pfizer vaccine for children aged 5-11.  The vaccine is a smaller dose of the Pfizer vaccine that has already been fully authorized by the FDA for adults.  We are aware that this announcement was welcome news to many parents who have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to vaccinate their children and ...
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PVHS Quarantine Questions and Answers!

/ / COVID-19, High School Letter

Dear Parents and Families,

We are starting to see a rise in the number of positive COVID cases leading to more students quarantined. Consequently, we developed some basic questions and answers to help guide parents through the quarantine process.

Who quarantines?

Technically any child within 6 feet for more than 10 minutes is considered a prolonged exposure and should be quarantined. However, the Department of Health has ...
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Weekly Word – October 2, 2021

Dear PVES Families,

I hope that you are all enjoying a happy and healthy weekend. The fall weather has certainly arrived, and it is a great time for outdoor activities. Our students have been participating in outdoor physical education classes on a regular basis, along with outside recess and other learning activities.  We hope that the snowy days take a while to get here.

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Msg. from Dr. Luft – Invite to Listening Hour – Thursday 10/7/21

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

I will be hosting a Superintendent’s Listening Hour next Thursday, October 7, at 5:45 pm in the High School Library, just prior to our scheduled Board of Education meeting. Please consider joining me to meet our new Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Ms. Jackie Levine, who joined our PVCSD team in July.  This will be an opportunity to discuss curriculum initiatives for this ...
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Inside Putnam Valley – Episode 54

/ / COVID-19, Inside Putnam Valley

In this exciting back-to-school edition of Inside Putnam Valley, hosts Eric Gross and Superintendent of Schools Jeremy Luft discuss the opening of the school, the mask mandate, and the middle school bathroom renovation. We also meet the Athletic Director David Kantrowitz and learn more about him and his plans for athletics in Putnam Valley.

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Remote and Quarantined instruction

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

As everyone begins to settle back into school during these first two interrupted weeks of instruction, I would like to take this opportunity to restate and clarify some information:

Remote vs Quarantined Instruction:  These two terms have been used within a variety of communications and warrant clarification.

  • Remote instruction is typically used to describe what was offered last school year, when ...
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Welcome Back! Thank you for your partnership!

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

With open arms and smiling faces, we welcomed students back into our buildings.  The energy has been restored to our buildings and our classrooms are again filled with students eager to learn alongside their peers.  Our staff members rejoice in the fact that their classrooms once again resemble the student-centered learning environments of years past and not rows of desks, reminiscent of the ...
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Update from Dr. Luft – Excitement is building!

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

Excitement is building as we are only days away from welcoming our students back into our classrooms.  Over the past several weeks we have had the opportunity to see many current students participate in our summer enrichment programs and welcomed our incoming Kindergarten students with our traditional bus run and classroom visit.

While the excitement we were feeling in June that COVID would ...
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August 18, 2021

Dear PVES Families,

I hope that this message finds you safe, relaxed, and enjoying the summer. We are busy here at the elementary school preparing for a wonderful year ahead. Please know that our Kindergarten families will be receiving class placement information in the mail by early next week.  Families with students in grades 1 through 4 will be receiving placement information via email by Tuesday, August 24th.  ...
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Summer programs masks

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

In light of rising COVID cases in our community and throughout the region, coupled with the higher transmission rate of the Delta variant, we are strongly encouraging all students who are scheduled to attend any of our summer programs to wear a mask while indoors.  We want to do everything we can to keep our students and staff healthy and safe.
Thank you.

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Mid-Summer Update from Dr. Luft IB Diplomas! Summer Programs & Opening Days

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

I hope this message finds you well and you are enjoying your summer. Our buildings are busy with summer school programs, facilities projects, and we are preparing for the return of students in September. Here are some mid-summer updates:

Congratulations to our first-ever IB Diploma recipients! Our High School was authorized as an International Baccalaureate School in 2019, and this year we proudly ...
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End of Year Message from Dr. Luft

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

Goodbyes & Hellos:  I would like to extend my gratitude and appreciation for the many years of dedicated service Jenette Mistretta and Brian Burrow have provided the Putnam Valley School District.  We are also saying goodbye to several teachers, support staff, and members of our Transportation Department.  We wish them only the best in retirement or as they pursue their future endeavors.  This ...
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Invite to Listening Hour – Tuesday 6/22/21

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

I will be hosting a Superintendent’s Listening Hour next Tuesday, June 22, at 7:00 pm in the High School Library. As this school year comes to a close, I look forward to the opportunity to connect in person. Guests will be asked to complete a visitor health screening upon arrival and abide by NY State Department of Health guidance, unvaccinated individuals will be ...
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Mask Update – Optional while outdoors

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

In light of recently updated guidance provided by the New York State Department of Health and after consultation with members of the Putnam Valley Reopening Task Force, mask use while outdoors will now be optional.  Masks are still required inside of the buildings and on the school buses.

Thank you,

Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools


EARLIER MESSAGES

6/6/21 – Additional Mask ...
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Weekly Update from Dr. Luft – 6/4/21 – Welcome our Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

Here are the weekly updates and important reminders:

Director of Curriculum & Instruction:  I am pleased to announce that the Board of Education appointed Jacqueline Levine as Putnam Valley’s next Director of Curriculum and Instruction.  Ms. Levine joins us from Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES where she currently serves as the Coordinator of School Leadership.  Ms. Levine has also worked as the Coordinator of ...
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Board of Ed Meeting Tonight, June 3, 7 pm – Live Stream pvcsd.org

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

The Putnam Valley Central School District Board of Education will hold their regularly scheduled Business Meeting, today, Thursday, June 3, at 7:00 pm in the High School Cafeteria.

Board of Education meetings are open to the public. Any community member wishing to attend in person will be required to wear a mask and fill out a health questionnaire. Members of the public may also participate by clicking the live link on the school’s ...
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Weekly Msg. from Dr. Luft – 5/28/21

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

It’s hard to believe we are beginning the Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start of summer.

I am happy to report that we did not have any cases of COVID-19 this week. Thank you for continuing to follow the guidance and for continuing to complete the daily health screenings.

Thank You Card

I had the privilege of reading to Mrs. Gallello’s class for the ...
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Weekly Update 5/21/21 – Msg. from Dr. Luft

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

Here are the weekly updates and important reminders:

School Budget Vote: The 2021-2022 School Budget passed (430 – 309), I would like to thank all of the members of the Putnam Valley community that came out and supported our school budget.  I’m hopeful that through renewed parental engagement opportunities next school year that we will see an increase in voter turnout next year.  ...
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PVHS Updates: May 17- May 21

Dear PVHS Parents,

We hope you enjoyed the nice weather this weekend! The year is starting to wind down but before it does, we have a lot of business on the table. First and foremost, this Friday is the midpoint of the 4th quarter. Course comments will be posted by 10 am on Tuesday, May 25th. If your child is in danger of failing the year, please ...
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Weekly Update – 5/14/21

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

Here are the weekly updates and important reminders:

School Budget Vote: Please remember to get out and vote on Tuesday, May 18.  Voting will take place from 6 am to 9 pm at Putnam Valley Elementary School.  Please visit our website www.pvcsd.org for more detailed budget information.  Please see some of our budget highlights below:

Proposed budget:

PVHS Parents and Guardians: Regents Info and June Calendar

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This has been a school year like no other! Due to interrupted learning throughout the past year, The New York State Education Department has given schools flexibility regarding the administration of Regents exams. As a result, PVHS will be offering Regents exams in English, Living Environment, Algebra I and Earth Science for this June to any student who wishes to take them. All ...
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Weekly Update 5/7/21

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

I’m hopeful that everyone will be able to enjoy this sunny Friday afternoon. I would also like to extend Happy Mother’s Day wishes to all the moms out there, I hope you have a wonderful day.

Teacher Appreciation Week:  Teacher appreciation week takes on a new meaning this year.  In many ways, we asked our teachers to do the “impossible” and yet they ...
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Board of Ed Meeting Tonight 7PM – Final Budget Hearing – Live Stream

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

The Putnam Valley Central School District Board of Education will hold the Final Budget Hearing and their regularly scheduled Business Meeting, today, Tuesday, May 4, at 7:00 pm in the High School Performing Arts Center.

The School Budget Vote will be held on Tuesday, May 18 from 6 am to 9 pm at the Putnam Valley Elementary School.  Please note, voting will be done in person this year.  Absentee ballots can ...
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May 2021

MayDear PVMS Families,

May is here and we are starting to see flowers bloom, warmer temperatures, and daylight extended into the evening.  You will see our students have many opportunities to grow as well.   Please join us in finishing strong over these last two months of school.  Children will be busy with activities outside of school, but this reminds us to stay on schedule and focus ...
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Msg. from Dr. Luft – Weekly Update 4/30/21

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

Vaccinations:  Vaccination continues to be the most effective way to protect yourself from the COVID-19 virus.  Vaccination appointments are currently widely available, and individuals 16 and older may now receive walk-in appointments at NYS run vaccination clinics. The Putnam County Department of Health vaccination clinics often have available time slots for anyone 18 years or older. https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/

Hiring Committee, Director of Curriculum & ...
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