Dear Putnam Valley Community:
This time of year provides an opportunity to pause and reflect on all we are grateful for. The past couple of years have been difficult for everyone, both personally and professionally. As we captured in our pre-pandemic district goal, it is how we respond to those challenges that matters most. Let me share some of the things I am most grateful for:
I am grateful that my family is happy and healthy.
I am grateful for how the Putnam Valley School District continues to rise to the challenge and do our best to support all of our students.
I am grateful to have all of our students back in school, audience members at our performances, and crowds in our stands.
I am grateful for the energy that has been restored to our buildings.
I am grateful for all of the staff members who continue to go above and beyond their typical responsibilities to keep our students and staff healthy, safe, and academically engaged.
I am grateful to work for a school district who puts the children first and a community that was my home for many years and will always be close to my heart.
Thanksgiving is a time to reconnect with family and friends, rest and relax, and make new memories. As a staff, we are making a conscious effort to look to our colleagues and our students and to reflect on all we have to be grateful for. Handwritten notes of thanks have been making their way through our buildings, and they are proving that gratitude is contagious. I hope everyone has some time leading up to the Thanksgiving break to reflect on what makes you grateful. It’s also a time to remember that many in our community continue to struggle. Please consider taking the time to reach out to offer support to someone in need and to share your gratitude with others. The act of giving may be the greatest gift you receive.
Take care and stay well.
Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools