COVID-19 School Closure

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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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

The email address will be monitored ...
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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/

Meals ...
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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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