Putnam Valley Middle School

Dear PVMS Families,

Welcome to the winter season!  This time of year brings wonder, excitement, and family gatherings and also brings attention to other emotions that build throughout the entire year.  This is a time to reflect on what went well and changes that could be made for the upcoming calendar year.  Emotions run high and it is extremely important to be sensitive to what everyone might be challenged with on a daily basis.  This is just one more reason to follow our Tiger P.R.I.D.E. and share them with those around us as we address these topics on a daily basis through our advisory classes.

We continue to foster Tiger P.R.I.D.E. at PVMS.  Through perseverance, responsibility, integrity, dedication, and empathy, we continue to grow as life long learners.  In December, we’re looking for students who consistently demonstrate responsibility to be our Students of the Month. How will our students show their PVMS P.R.I.D.E.?

As we move into winter and start to feel the colder temperatures, please have your children bundle up.  They should be wearing jackets and be prepared for outdoor recess while enjoying the fresh air.

I have mentioned this before but please keep in mind that there is always the possibility of snow or icy roads moving forward and to have a contingency plan in place.  In the case that we may have an early dismissal, it is imperative to provide your children with a house key or a plan to go to a neighbor’s or relative’s house.  We do not want your children to panic or need to make last minute plans as this will impact their emotional state and distress them in a time where this doesn’t need to be the case.  Create a plan and be prepared as this will help everyone to be where they need to be without creating stress during these situations.

The Student Council will be hosting a Coat & Toy Drive for the month of December! We will be collecting coats, gloves, scarves, hats, mittens, and toys.  Items must be new of gently used and clean. Students must bring their donated items to the ALL room before or during Advisory from Monday, December 2nd to Wednesday, December 18th.  Thank you to all of our families that will be donating to this great cause!

Concert season is upon us and it is wonderful to see families attend these events.

Our Winter Chorus Concerts will take place Tuesday, 12/10/19 for 5th and 6th grade and Wednesday, 12/11/19 for 7th and 8th grade.  These concerts take place in the high school Performing Arts Center (PAC) at 7:00 p.m.  A snow date for these concerts would be on 12/12/19 at 7:00 p.m.

Our Winter Band Concerts will take place Tuesday, 12/17/19 for 5th and 6th grade and Wednesday, 12/18/19 for 7th and 8th grade.  These concerts take place in the high school Performing Arts Center (PAC) at 7:00 p.m.  A snow date for these concerts would be on 12/19/19 at 7:00 p.m.

Holiday Recess will begin on Monday, 12/23/19 – Wednesday, 1/1/20.  We resume classes on Thursday, 1/2/20.

I wish you all a wonderful holiday season with your families.  Be sure to spend time with your children and discuss the importance of forming relationships, working hard, and building character.  It is through making good choices and setting examples for others that everyone learns and grows on a daily basis.  Monitor your child’s progress and partner with us in establishing the best experience possible for our children.  We look forward to an exciting 2020!

Sincerely,

Travis W. McCarty

Principal