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Principal’s Update

May 13, 2022

Dear Families,

I hope this newsletter finds you well.

This week’s highlights include the first graders going to the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord on Thursday, and then sharing their experience with the school during our all-school meeting this morning. They shared a slide show and their favorite experiences of the day. Thank you first graders and first grade teachers!

Another highlight was kindergarten and 3rd grade students making bug print T-shirts and learning some line-dancing. Also, in art all students have been making a variety of 3-dimensional bug sculptures. They look amazing, and I can’t wait for you to see them.

This week the 4th graders took the state assessments in reading, writing, and math; next week the 3rd graders will take theirs. In New Hampshire, schools use the NHSAS assessment. I am happy to report the 4th grade did a great job, and I am confident that the 3rd graders will too.

Please make sure you read below for information about some upcoming events.

Have a great weekend,

Larry Pimental

 
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Summer Learning Opportunities

We are excited to offer summer learning opportunities this year: the Explore and Expand, and the Title 1 Summer Reading Program. These programs are free, include transportation, and offer students the chance to increase math and/or literacy skills.


The Explore and Expand Program

  • Starts July 5 and runs through July 28th

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.

  • 9:00 – 12:00

  • Reading: foundation skills or unit study skills (retelling, summarizing)

  • Math: hands on learning programs

    • Grades 1 and 2 building number sense

    • Grades 3 – 4 fractional reasoning: students will gain a conceptual understanding of fractions using fraction blocks, rectangular grids and the number lines. Students will develop an understanding of the meaning of a unit fraction, the concept of equivalent fractions and comparing fractions with the same numerator or the same denominator.

    • Grades 5 – 6 hands-on equations: hands-on equations is a concrete, manipulative based introduction to algebra. Students will use basic addition / subtraction facts to learn the “rules” of legal moves you can make to solve equations. This class will teach concepts that prepare students for Algebra I.

  • Residencies each week – African drumming, cartooning, etc.

  • Locations

    • 1st Grade through 4th Grade, PES

    • 5th and 6th ConVal High School


Title I Summer Reading

  • July, from the 5th – 28th

    • Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday

    • 9:00am-12:00pm

      • Students will be able to participate in engaging reading activities that meet their individual needs. Groups will be approximately 1:4 and this program is free to all students in grades 1-4. Additionally, we involve our community in our summer plans to enrich their experiences with our local community members. In past years we have provided integrated reading and writing activities with our town library, fire department, police department, restaurants, NH Fish and Game, and more. The students truly have a great time in a more relaxed, summer feel for reading practice!

      • Location- PES


We hope that your child will join us for one of these programs. If you are ready to register your child, you may do so at the following links:

 

 

If you would like some help registering your child, or have any questions, please contact me, Ms. Lee, or your child’s teacher as soon as possible. We are hoping to secure staffing, so it is helpful to know how many students plan on attending.

 

The Children and the Arts

Next Saturday, May 21st, the The Children and the Arts Festival is taking place in downtown Peterborough. This is a great family event sponsored by the Children and the Arts. However It is NOT a school event. It is important for parents to know that they are responsible for their children, the school is not. There is a parade that children are invited to participate in that starts at PES and ends at Putnam Park. This is not a “drop your children off” type of event. Some teachers and school staff may be attending, but they are not required to. The school and school staff are not responsible for your children on this day. Please contact me if you have any questions.
 
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June Events

Below is a list of dates and events coming in June. I am sure you may have some questions; please stay tuned in the next couple of weeks for answers and details….we are still finalizing plans.
  • Family Engagement Night at PES, Thursday, June 2nd. You are invited to join us for a night of math games! During this event, your child will show you some of the math learning games they play and know, and you will leave with a few goodies for you and your child to play at home.
  • Field Day is coming June 3rd! We are planning a fun day of games and activities. Please make sure your child brings a water bottle, hat (for the sun), and maybe a change of clothes. If it is a sunny day, please apply sunscreen before your child arrives to school.
  • 4th Grade Farewell- June 16th…stay tuned for details.
  • Last Day of School, June 17th (the day ends at 12:00)

 

May 6, 2022

Dear Families,

I hope this newsletter finds you well. We celebrated staff this week for Teacher Appreciation Week. I would be remiss if I did not say thank you to our wonderful group of educators for caring for the students at PES! Thank you for ensuring our students are known, needed, and cared for; for being flexible and compassionate; for supporting each other and this administrator.

I want to give a special thanks to the PES PTO for providing so much “appreciation” to our staff, it has been amazing! Thank you for providing our teachers with healthy (and not-so-healthy) treats, flowers, gifts, raffles, and overall kindness and generosity! Most of all, thank you for your continued support!

Well, here we are in May. As I mentioned before, it tends to be a busy month. In fact we had at least five classes take walking field trips into town this week. Classes learned about bees (see below) or the Nubanusit Brook water shed. More trips are planned in the coming days and weeks. We also had visitors from the Harris Center, the Cornucopia Project (see below), and the Children and the Arts committee.

Also coming this month, are spring assessments. Students in grades 3 and 4 will be taking the NHSAS between May 9 and the 20, and students in grades K through 4 will be taking the NWEA sometime between May 23-June 10. For specific days, please contact your child’s teacher.

Have a great weekend.

Happy Mother’s Day,

Larry Pimental

 

It’s the Bees Knees

As mentioned above, several classes walked to the Peterborough Community Center to learn about pollination with Melissa Stephenson of the NH Bee Initiative. At The Good of the Hive’s honey bee mural at the Peterborough Community Center students got to see an empty beehive and learn about, and hold, various components of of a hive.

 

First Grade Gardeners

Our community partners from the Cornucopia Project were back on campus this week working with our first graders planting our raised gardens. Students planted green onions, cilantro, lettuce, and more. We can’t wait to watch them grow (the vegetables and the students)!
 

Conval Community Forum # 3

The Conval School Board will be hosting their third community forum on Thursday, May 12th at 7:00pm in the Lucy Hurlin Theater at Conval High School. You are invited! If you can’t make it, but would like to watch it, it will be livestreamed. To access this YouTube feed please click on this link ConVal Events or type in this link https://www.youtube.com/c/ConValEvents then select the “2022 May 12 Community Forum” video from the list of available videos. The agenda is below.

 
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May 12, 2022 – Community forum agenda.docx.pdf

 
 
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From the PES PTO

PES PTO WEEKLY NEWSLETTER

PTO News

Meetings: 2nd Thursday of every month 6:30 p.m

May 12, 2022 at the PES Library.

 

Thank you!!!!

Thank you to everyone who helped to make Teacher Appreciation Week such a success. Thank you to all the families who donated gift cards, flowers, food, and time.

Thank you to these businesses as well: Sweet! Macaron, Beepa & Lulu’s,

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Children and the Arts

Children and the Arts is back!! Join us at the food court Saturday, May 21 for our “Walking Tacos” food tent. This is a great fundraiser and many hands make for light work. Set up, serve, run the cash box, or help tear down–we’ve got a job for you. Sign up here.

 

Spring Scholastic Book Fair

We’re excited to host the Scholastic Book Fair May 31-June 4. Come stock up on summer reading! There are lots of ways to help. Check out volunteer opportunities for the book fair.

 

JOIN THE PTO!

Nominations for the 2022-2023 PES PTO officers are open! This is a great way to meet other parents and help our school. Please consider joining the PTO as a general member (lend a hand when and where you can) or step right into an office. Check out the open positions and current ballot, then add your name for consideration by emailing pespto@gmail.com

 

June Events

Below is a list of dates and events coming in June. I am sure there will be questions; please stay tuned in the next couple of weeks for answers and details….we are still finalizing plans.

 

  • Family Engagement Night at PES, June 2nd….stay tuned for details!
  • Field Day is coming June 3rd!
  • End of the Year Rolling Rally, June 15th
  • Last Day of School, June 17th (the day ends at 12:00)

April 22, 2022

Spring Break, April 25-29- No School

 
 

Dear Families,

I hope this newsletter finds you well and looking forward to the April break next week. I know the students are, and so am I. It is hard to believe spring break is upon us already, and when we return we will be in May. In May we begin our spring assessments for students in grades 3 and 4. Please see below for details.

 

Thank you to the PTO for the popcorn snack today. It is always a welcomed treat.

I would also like to thank the parents who joined us this morning for coffee and conversation about how we can better serve our students and support and engage families. Having family and community engagement is critical to the work we do. We will continue to schedule times to meet with families and communities members so that we can engage and enrich our students’ experiences at PES.

Have a great week,

Larry

 
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Earth Day 2022

This morning during our All-School Meeting, Ms. Bay discussed Earth Day from the front garden and encouraged students to contribute to helping keep our school , community, and planet clean. She thanked the 4th graders for helping rake the garden and 2nd graders for picking up around school grounds. Later in the day, students helped rake and clean up the butterfly garden.
 
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Teacher Appreciation Week is coming…May 2nd through May 6th.

 
 

Attention Parents of 3rd and 4th Graders

Each year, New Hampshire public and charter schools are required by state law (RSA 193-C) and federal accountability laws (Every Student Succeeds Act) to assess students using a standardized assessment. We utilize several assessments in order to comply with these requirements. The U.S. Department of Education is requiring states to administer a state assessment for all third and fourth grade students. Students will take the NHSAS in their classroom between May 9th and May 20th.

Statewide assessments are an important part of a student’s core educational program:

  • Provide an evaluation of student mastery of grade-level content and skills in the academic areas of reading, writing, and math

  • Serve as one tool for measuring the degree to which students are on track to graduate high school and be college- and career-ready

  • Help inform future instruction in the classroom

Along with student work on classroom assignments, projects, essays, and local formative and summative assessments, statewide summative assessment results provide teachers and parents with important information about where students are on their path toward academic success.

 

Exemption

Parents are allowed to exempt their child from participation in the statewide assessments (permitted in NH RSA 193-C:6). Parents must complete and submit an exemption form that is provided by the school or district. Please contact the school to receive a copy of the exemption form. Please understand that if you choose to exempt your child from the assessment, no scores or summary of individual student performance, based on the statewide assessment, will be provided for your child.

Note: Federal law requires 95 percent of students (and 95 percent of all students within subgroups) to participate in the annual statewide assessment. If a school has less than 95 percent participation, the number of students under 95 percent will be calculated as zeros in the school’s achievement and growth indicators. While the zeros will be included in the calculation, no one particular student will be identified with those zeros.

 

Results

Student results for the NHSAS are generally available immediately upon the student completing the test. The school will send a student’s Individual Score Report (ISR) home before the end of the school year. If you prefer to see the results once your child has completed the NHSAS, please contact your child’s teacher.

Please reach out to me with any questions.

 
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Lost and Found

Our Lost and Found might just have some of your child’s belongings. Some things have been here since October. We are going to donate items soon so please have your child check carefully.
 
Camps, sports, events and more...

 

 

Camps, sports, events and more…

There are a lot of things happening this spring and into the summer around town….summer camp, baseball, lacrosse, softball, singing, parent events, bird watching, and more.

Please check out all the fliers below!

New link this year!

PES breakfast/lunch menus:https://conval.linqnutrition.com/Menus.aspx

 

Last Day of School is Friday, June 17th (the day ends at 12:00)

 
 
 

April 15, 2022

Dear Families,

This morning Mr. Szep, Mrs. Compton, Mrs. Morris, and Mrs. Swasey led our all school meeting. Students were greeted with “Good Morning” from around the world, and then had a morning dance party to kick of their Friday.

Thank you to Miss Ambrosini’s and Mrs. Dunning’s 2nd grade classes for taking some time this morning to pick up over 600 pieces of trash around school grounds. It is hard to imagine there are that many pieces of paper and trash around, but apparently there was. The class’ work was noticed and appreciated.

I want to give a shoutout to Mrs. Lavoie’s 4th grade students who have taken on a leadership role within PES by promoting a Reduce, Reuse, Recycle campaign in concert with CVHS student Avery Swasey. Avery has volunteered to pick up recycling at PES each week, and Mrs. Lavoie’s 4th graders have created and posted signs throughout the building reminding all of us to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Yesterday Mrs. Gordon’s class, and maybe some 1st grade students, were treated with a visit from the Franklin Pierce University women’s basketball team. The women’s team read with Ms. Gordon’s class for a little while, then they hit the gym for some end-of-the-day hoops. It was great having the team here to share their love of reading and their love of basketball.

This week the Reading with Ribby initiative ended and it was a huge success! Over 156 students turned in their completed bookmark equaling 936 hours or 56,160 minutes of reading by PES students! Students who completed their reading earned a ticket to a Swamp Bats game and a T-shirt. The Swamp Bats game will take place in Keene at Alumni Field, on June 15th where they will play against the North Adams Steeple Cats. T-shirts and family passes will be distributed as soon as we get them. Congratulations, we’re looking forward to PES families joining together for the game in June.

Finally, as the April break approaches, I am reminded of how quickly the school year goes. When we return from April break, it will be May and then things really move fast. Be on the lookout for news and information regarding end of the year activities, dates, field trips, assessments, and more. We will certainly try to push out the information at the appropriate time, but if you have any questions please reach out to me.

Have a great weekend,

Larry

 
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We need your help

An essential part of our work at PES is to engage our family and community members in conversations around school improvement- what works, what doesn’t and how to make our programs the most effective for our students.

 

We are planning to meet as a stakeholder group (families and community members) to review our current schoolwide plan, and we would like to ask you to be part of this discussion. We plan to have a few focus areas and would appreciate your participation and input. All the decisions we make together will help us to better plan how we use our Title I federal grant dollars more effectively.

I know we are all busy, and finding common time is a challenge, but your input is important to us. We are hoping to meet with parents/community members on Friday, April 22nd at 9:15AM in the PES cafeteria. I am hoping that you will consider joining us. Please RSVP me if you can and will attend.

 

Spring Break, April 25-29- No School

 
 
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Teacher Appreciation Week is coming…May 2nd through May 6th.

 
 
Camps, sports, events and more...

 

 

Camps, sports, events and more…

There are a lot of things happening this spring and into the summer around town….summer camp, baseball, lacrosse, softball, singing, parent events, bird watching, and more.

Please check out all the fliers below!

New link this year!

PES breakfast/lunch menus:https://conval.linqnutrition.com/Menus.aspx

April 8, 2022

 
Dear Families,

 

I hope this newsletter finds you well. I am thrilled that April is here! Spring time means warmer weather is approaching and the Red Sox season is upon us! Our students have been outside again, playing soccer, having lunch, and digging in dirt!

Spring also means that the ticks are out. We have spotted some on students and staff already. Please make sure to check your child each day.

Additionally, now that the spring trimester has started, our staff met in data teams to review student learning in reading and math. I am impressed with the level of discussion and responses to instruction to improve student learning. Please know that our staff know your children well and work collaboratively to meet their learning needs. If you have questions about how your children are doing, or how you can help them be successful, please reach out to your child’s teacher or to me or Ms. Lee.

This week has been Library Appreciation Week, we are lucky to have Mrs. Murray at PES, and the students and staff let her know with flowers and cards. Thank you Mrs. Murray for all you do!

Have a nice weekend,

Larry Pimental

 
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Paraprofessional Appreciation Day!

Wednesday, April 6th was Paraprofessional Appreciation Day! PES is fortunate to have fifteen highly qualified paraprofessionals working with our students each day. Their job is to support their students and give them the guidance they need to be successful. Our wonderful Sunshine Committee and PTO partnered to provide a luncheon in their honor. We are so lucky to have great paraprofessionals at PES including Laura Arcone, Ally Beckman, Cathy Carabello, Cindy Durham, Laurie Gillespie, Emily Hartnett, Kyleigh Joseph, Cindy Lautner, Caitlin McPherson, Karen Plourde, Caitlin Stevens, Jake Terry, Sarah Tuxbury, Nicole Wilson, and Clare Varga. Thank you for all you do!
 
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We Need Your Help!

 

 

We Need Your Help!

An essential part of our work at PES is to engage our family and community members in conversations around school improvement- what works, what doesn’t and how to make our programs the most effective for our students.

 

We are planning to meet as a stakeholder group (families and community members) to review our current schoolwide plan, and we would like to ask you to be part of this discussion. We plan to have a few focus areas and would appreciate your participation and input. All the decisions we make together will help us to better plan how we use our Title I federal grant dollars more effectively.

I know we are all busy, and finding common time is a challenge, but your input is important to us. We are hoping to meet with parents/community members on Friday, April 22nd at 9:15AM in the PES cafeteria. I am hoping that you will consider joining us. Please RSVP me if you can and will attend.

 

Spring Break, April 25-29- No School

Teacher Appreciation Week is coming…May 2nd through May 6th.

 

Attention 3rd and 4th Graders!

The German Club of ConVal High School is proud to offer “Deutsch für Kinder” (German for Kids) to fourth graders in P.E.S. (3rd graders after all 4th have opted in). We will be teaching basic German through fun and hands-on activities. The class will be for 30 minutes after school.

The 3 Monday sessions will be: May 3, May 10, and May 17.

In addition to teaching German, we would also like to promote awareness of German culture and traditions in our community. First 25 students accepted.

Some important information:

  • Children will need to be picked up at the latest by 4:15 pm. ConVal students need to be back to ConVal in time to catch the late bus at 4:20 pm.

  • There will be at least 1 adult supervising during all of the sessions, as well as several club members.

  • “Deutsch für Kinder” will be held in library.

  • There is a cost of $5.00 total for all three sessions.

If you are interested, a permission slip is required and can be found below.

Camps, sports, events and more...

Camps, sports, events and more…

There are a lot of things happening this spring and into the summer around town….summer camp, baseball, lacrosse, softball, singing, parent events, bird watching, and more.

Please check out all the fliers in our Smore Newsletter using the QR Code .

PES News

Conval News

About Us

New link this year!

PES breakfast/lunch menus:https://conval.linqnutrition.com/Menus.aspx

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March 25, 2022

Dear Families,

 

I hope this newsletter finds you well.

Today you should have received your child’s winter trimester progress report cards and assessment data. If you did not, please contact your child’s teacher.

I know it is only March, but we are planning summer learning activities already. This week I received a couple of questions about the summer learning opportunities that were in last week’s newsletter. Below you will find information regarding the various summer programs offered, including a specific message for current 4th grade student families. Please scroll down for more info.

Have a nice weekend,

Larry Pimental

 

Who Let the Dogs In?

Today, 2nd grade had some very special visitors to their classrooms! In conjunction with one of the reading units on service and therapy dogs, they had a therapy dog and trainer visit! Melissa and Canyon, from ColdSprings Healing Paws, joined the classroom this morning so students could see and learn firsthand what it takes to train a therapy or service dog. Students asked great questions, got to see Canyon do some jobs, and those that wanted to, got to give him many pets.

 

One of the facts that the students were very impressed by is that Canyon had to train for over 10,000 hours to be a therapy dog! Melissa also trains service dogs and the students learned that they live with her, training, for 22 months before they are able to go with the owner who needs them.

It is always such a pleasure for me to bring real life experiences to the classroom for the students. The kids were amazing and so engaged the whole time our visitors were here. It was amazing the calm that was over the room while Canyon was here. Thank you to ColdSprings Healing Paws for coming, and thank you to Ms. Dunning for making it happen!

 

Conval Students Visit PES

Today, PES was treated to some special guests! Students from the ConVal High School National Honor Society paid a visit to all classrooms, read stories, lead some activities, played some games, and even joined 1st grade recess. Thank you to the students, Conval High School, and Ms. Aldrich for making this happen.
 
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Summer Learning Opportunities

It is time to sign up for the Elementary Summer Learning Program. Below is a description of the two options for your child.

 

Explore and Expand Summer Learning Program is for rising 1st through 4th graders! This four-week long program is designed to support student learning by bolstering school-year skills and helping to fight summer learning loss. Students will receive 1-1.5 hours of academic support from ConVal Certified Teachers and Tutors. An additional hour of the program is reserved for enrichment exploration, including drumming and cartooning.

The Title 1 Program is for rising 1st through 5th graders! This four-week long program is designed to support student learning in reading. Students will receive up to 3 hours of academic support daily from ConVal Certified Teachers. Time for snacks and breaks will be included in the 3 hours. A portion of the program will be dedicated to partnering with our local community to promote student learning.

Both programs are free of charge, and registration is open to all. As we anticipate great demand, enrollment will be prioritized based on need, working in partnership with schools to ensure that we offer summer learning opportunities for as many students as possible.

Please complete the survey and submit by April 8th.

 

Attention 4th Grade Parents

Dear Rising 5th Grade Families,

It is time to sign up for the Middle School Summer Learning Programs.

Explore and Expand Summer Learning Program is for rising 5th and 6th graders! This four-week long program is designed to support student learning by bolstering school-year skills and helping to fight summer learning loss. Students will receive 1- 1.5 hours of academic support from ConVal Certified Teachers and Tutors. An additional hour of the program is reserved for enrichment exploration, including drumming and cartooning or they may participate in the high school Theater: Introduction to Theatre Arts – Presenting – “The Little Mermaid, Jr.” Students may also just sign up for the high school Theater Class.

Additional Details for Explore and Expand
July 5 through July 28
3 Mornings a Week (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday)
9am – 12pm
Location: ConVal High School
Transportation will be provided (pick up in some towns may be in a central location)
Class Size for Explore and Expand: 15 students to 1 teacher
Classes/Groups will be mixed grades

Theater: Introduction to Theatre Arts – Presenting – “The Little Mermaid, Jr”

This class will allow students to learn the business of making a musical, hands on! Bringing together students from CVHS, GBS and SMS, and the surrounding areas, interested applicants will be asked to register for Summer Academy before auditions May 16th to confirm casting and technical responsibilities. All interested students will be included in a variety of performance and technical roles. Performances will be Thursday, August 4th at 6:00 pm and Friday, August 5th at 2:00 and 6:00 pm. (E-mail theatre@conval.edu with questions or to schedule an audition/interview time.) Visit https://sites.google.com/conval.edu/littlemermaidjr for more information. Students entering 5th grade in 2022-23 through students graduating at the end of 2021-22 are eligible for full-time participation. Students entering kindergarten through 4th grade in fall of 2022 are eligible for partial participation in limited musical numbers.

The program is free of charge, and registration is open to all. As we anticipate great demand, enrollment will be prioritized based on need, working in partnership with schools to ensure that we offer as many additional learning opportunities as possible to all our students.

Please complete and submit the survey by April 8th.

 
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CHANGE TO MONDAY'S LUNCH MENU

 

 

CHANGE TO MONDAY’S LUNCH MENU

Monday, March 28th instead of Marinara stuffed breadsticks we will be having cheeseburgers and tater tots.
 

Conval High School Spring Craft Fair

The CVHS Class of 2024 is pleased to host the spring vendor & craft fair at Conval high school on Saturday, May 7, 2022.

 

They welcome crafters and makers of all sorts as well as direct sales vendors. For more information, please click HERE.

If you have any questions, please email Jen Kiley at jkiley@conval.edu

 
Camps, sports, events and more...

 

 

Camps, sports, events and more…

There are a lot of things happening this spring and into the summer around town….summer camp, baseball, lacrosse, softball, singing, parent events, bird watching, and more.

Please check out all the fliers below!

New link this year!

PES breakfast/lunch menus:https://conval.linqnutrition.com/Menus.aspx