COVID-19 School Closure

Invitation to Community Meetings – Today at 5pm, Tomorrow at 9am

REMINDER –

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

On Friday, August 7, Governor Cuomo announced that all New York State schools can reopen.  This decision is based on infection rates that are below the thresholds set by New York State. Local districts, under strict New York State Department of Health and New York State Education Department guidelines, have developed plans to reopen schools. Please review the Putnam Valley Central ...
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Msg. from Dr. Luft – Invitation to public meetings

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

On Friday, August 7, Governor Cuomo announced that all New York State schools can reopen.  This decision is based on infection rates that are below the thresholds set by New York State. Local districts, under strict New York State Department of Health and New York State Education Department guidelines, have developed plans to reopen schools. Please review the Putnam Valley Central School District’s ...
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Board of Education Meeting Tuesday 8/11/20 -7pm Live Stream @ pvcsd.org

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

The Putnam Valley Central School District Board of Education Work Session/Business Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, August 11, 2020, at 7:00 pm, will be held in the High School Performing Arts Center to allow for distancing.  Any community member wishing to attend in person will be required to wear a mask. Members of the public may also participate by clicking the live link on the school’s website, pvcsd.org. Members of the public will be ...
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Important PVES Message

Dear PVES Families,

This is just a quick reminder to please fill out the District Survey that was emailed again this past weekend regarding the choice you are making about your child’s learning this year.  Even though the elementary school is offering 100% in-school learning, parents still have the choice to have their children learn remotely this fall. This would not be the same as traditional “homeschooling,” ...
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Facilities Project Update – August 2020

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

While COVID-19 and the reopening of schools have rightfully consumed a majority of our communications, the focus of this communication will be our ongoing facilities project.  Construction continued throughout much of the school closure period and remains on target for substantial completion of the Middle School and Elementary School work prior to the opening of schools.  The health and wellness center remains on ...
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Reminder – Reopening Plan Survey – Please complete

REMINDER ~

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

As noted in my message regarding the Putnam Valley Central School District’s reopening plan, please click on the link below to complete the survey.  By letting us know your intentions for the fall, we will be able to prepare for the reopening of schools.  This information will inform our decisions on classroom usage, grade-level sections, staffing, and scheduling and is vital for ...
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Reopening Plan Survey – Please Complete

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

As noted in my message regarding the Putnam Valley Central School District’s reopening plan, please click on the link below to complete the survey.  By letting us know your intentions for the fall, we will be able to prepare for the reopening of schools.  This information will inform our decisions on classroom usage, grade-level sections, staffing, and scheduling and is vital for us to ...
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Weekly Word – August 3, 2020

Dear PVES Families,

I hope that this note finds you healthy and enjoying the summer days.  These are challenging times, but relaxing summer moments with your families can make even these tough days so special, joyous, and memorable.

Last week, Dr. Luft sent out the PVCSD Reentry Plan for September.  I hope that you have now had a chance to read through it.  You will soon be ...
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PVHS Re-entry Information

Dear PVHS Parents, Guardians, and Students,

It was just a few short weeks ago that we graduated the Class of 2020! The pandemic provided us with many challenges, but in the end, we were able to successfully hold three socially distanced ceremonies without any outbreaks of the COVID virus. Parents and students were very cooperative and it made for a wonderful day of celebrations for our students ...
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PVCSD Reopening Plan – Please Review

Reopening Plan: http://pvcsd.org/index.php/district/covid-19-school-closure/reopening-plan

Spanish: http://pvcsd.org/index.php/district/reopening-plan-spanish/

Reopening Presentation (overview of plan)

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

I am hopeful that this message finds the entire Putnam Valley community well and enjoying their summer.  Long before we ended what was certainly a very unsettling school year, plans were already underway to prepare for the reopening of school in the fall.  This work has continued throughout the summer, supported by the teachers, ...
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Summer Meal Information

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

Putnam Valley School District families can access meals in neighboring school districts throughout the summer.  You do not need to sign up for any of these sites.

Peekskill locations:

Peekskill High School

1072 Elm Street

AND

Oakside Elementary School

200 Decatur Ave.

(Please check website for dates and times – updates will be posted soon)

  Brewster locations:

H. H ...
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Board of Education Meeting Thursday 7/2/20 -7pm Live Stream @pvcsd.org

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

The Putnam Valley Central School District Board of Education Reorganizational Meeting & Business Meeting of the Board of Education scheduled for Thursday, July 2, 2020, will be held virtually and will begin at 7:00 pm.  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 ...
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Please complete the Return to School 2020 Survey

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

We hope you are all safe, healthy, and enjoying the start of summer.  Although this challenging school year has just come to an end, the Putnam Valley Central School District is closely focused on our future restart of schools in September.  Our Re-entry Task Force is preparing for multiple models of school instruction as we await further guidance from the New York State Department ...
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July 2020

Dear PVMS Families,

We hope you are enjoying a reprieve from schoolwork and are enjoying time with your families.  Please don’t forget to get outside and play and take a break from electronic devices.  This is one of the most well deserved summers on record.  Everyone is anxious to return to a sense of normalcy but there are still a lot of unanswered questions that we ...
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Weekly Word – June 28, 2020

Dear PVES Families,

And summer has arrived!  I want to thank you all so very much for all of your support and cooperation during this unique time in our schools.  Over the past few months, we have worked together as a learning community, modeled creativity and resilience for the children, and used our problem-solving skills and increased communication to learn and grow.  Thank you for playing such ...
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Weekly Word – June 21, 2020

Dear PVES Families,

Happy Father’s Day to our wonderful PVES dads!  We hope you have enjoyed a wonderful day with your loved ones, and that you know how much you are appreciated in your children’s lives.  Thank you for supporting your children through this school year. It certainly has been eventful!

Congratulations to our fourth graders who are Moving Up to the middle school! This past Friday, ...
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End of Year Message from Dr. Luft

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

There is no denying the fact, this was one interesting school year.  When we established our district-wide goal last summer to embrace the growth that occurs when you overcome challenges, this was certainly not what we had in mind.  Although I anticipated some struggles during my first year as a Superintendent, I could have never imagined how the year would turn out.  More ...
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Board of Education Meeting Thursday 6/18/20 -7pm Live Stream @pvcsd.org – Vote Results – Thank you!

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

The Putnam Valley Central School District Board of Education Work Session/Business Meeting scheduled for Thursday, June, 18, 2020, will be held virtually and will begin at 6:30 pm with an anticipated Executive Session.  The meeting will reconvene at approximately 7:00 pm for the regular portion of the agenda.  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 ...
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Meal Program – Last day of service, Friday, June 19

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

As you know, Friday, June 19 will be our last day of school.  It will also be the last day we are able to offer the meal program that has been in operation during our school closure.

I’d like to thank Aramark, our Food Service Director, Sandra Renken, and her staff, who with the support of our district staff, worked tirelessly to prepare, ...
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Updates 6/12/20

Dear Putnam Valley Community

As we approach the end of what can only be described as a very disruptive school year, I’ve taken some time to reflect on the events that have transpired over the past year, months, and weeks.  While the COVID-19 crisis is often the first thing that enters everyone’s mind, once we move past the obvious public health crisis, we are reminded there is ...
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PVHS End of Year Information!

Dear Parents and Students,

This crazy year is finally drawing to a close! We know it has been a long journey for you to educate your children at home. Our fingers are crossed that we all return in September to see every child in person. Our lives are not the same without the students!

Here are a few items to wrap up the year….

Report Cards:

Community Message from J.Mistretta, Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

I hope the beautiful weather finds you and your families safe and healthy.

Like so many, I have spent a lot of time reflecting on the troubling times we are facing in our nation.  The Putnam Valley Central School District is committed to helping parents support their children through these unsettling times.  The district leadership team, in cooperation with the entire PVCSD staff, ...
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Weekly Word – June 6, 2020

Dear PVES Families,

I am thrilled to begin this Weekly Word with some double big news! Congratulations to our Assistant Principal, Mr. Tom Chickery, and his wife Kristina, on the birth of their twins this past week, a boy and a girl, Mia Anne and Joseph Thomas! Mia and Joey join their 1 ½ year-old sister Aria to complete this “Party of 5”! Best wishes to the ...
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Tonight – Thursday, June 4 – Tenure and Retirements – Board of Ed Meeting 7pm

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

The Putnam Valley Central School District Board of Education Work Session/Business Meeting scheduled for tonight, Thursday, June 4, will be held virtually, beginning at 7 pm.  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

The email address will be monitored prior ...
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School Budget and Ballot Info – Deadline Tuesday 6/9

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

Putnam Valley has always been a special place to me. Growing up in town, I witnessed firsthand the strength and compassion of this community. Returning to work for the District and then being named the Superintendent has been a privilege and my pride in Putnam Valley continues to grow. As we find our community and our nation in the midst of a new ...
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Information for the return of ballots for the June 9, 2020, Budget Vote and Board Election

UPDATE – School Budget Vote Ballots – Executive Order from Governor Cuomo

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

As per the Governor’s Executive Order, released today, the deadline for receipt of mailed absentee ballots for the Putnam Valley Central School District Budget Vote and Election has been extended to 5:00 pm on Tuesday, June 16.

Ballots may be dropped off in the secure lockbox at the District Office (171 Oscawana ...
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June 2020

Dear PVMS Families,

We have entered the final stretch!  June is here and we have a full three weeks of instruction before our final day of school on Friday, June 19th.  We know that it has been a long road with distance learning and we appreciate your partnership.  Your collaboration has been essential and I want to thank you for everything that you have been able to ...
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Adopt A Senior 2020

Dear Parents and Students,

Putnam Valley parents have started a Facebook Page where graduating seniors can be “adopted” by community members to help them celebrate their graduation by sending small gifts. If you are a 12th-grade parent and you wish for your son/daughter to be included in this activity, please go to the link https://www.facebook.com/groups/705440286954673/ and submit a short biography about your child so that he/she can be adopted ...
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PVHS Awards Ceremonies

Dear Parents and Students,

We are almost in the home stretch for the conclusion of this crazy year! We know this has been a very difficult time for families as everyone is dealing with varying degrees of stress due to illness, unemployment, homeschooling, etc. We have an outstanding counseling department at PVHS who is readily available if you need support for your child during this time.

This ...
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Weekly Word – May 30, 2020

Dear PVES Families,

As we wrap up the month of May, I want to thank you all for the wonderful home/school supports you are providing for your children.  I know that many of you are in touch with your child’s teachers on a regular basis, and the children continue to amaze us with their creativity and resilience.  Better days are coming, and we truly appreciate your partnership ...
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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.

Students should anticipate a shift in instruction ...
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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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