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Principal’s Update

September 23, 2022

Dear Families,

I hope this newsletter finds you well on this fine fall day!

It was so nice to see everyone who attended Open House. What a turnout! I know the staff was happy to have families in the building. My hope is that we can have more family and community engagement meetings as this year moves along. I am planning on hosting a couple of meetings in the coming weeks with parents and staff so that we can plan, together, ways to enrich and improve student learning at PES. Please be on the lookout for an invitation in the next week or two!

I want to thank the families that joined us for our Annual Title One Meeting prior to Open House. I appreciated the time and the discussion about how we can best support our students’ learning and how important it is to engage families in what we do. I look forward to more conversations and creating actionable activities to support learning.

Also, I want to give a shout-out to the PES PTO. They have been active in working with us in the past, and they are active in working with us now! I got the chance to meet with some members last week, and this week they joined the PES Family Engagement Leadership Team meeting on Monday afternoon to discuss and share ideas. Thanks for their continued support. Please check out their news below.

This morning, the first graders led our All-School Meeting. They led the school in the Pledge of Allegiance, they introduced the “butterfly” handshake, and then led a movement activity and song about bugs. It was fun stuff!

Finally, Wednesday is School Picture Day. See the information below.

Have a great weekend!

Larry Pimental

 

School Picture Day- Wednesday, September 28

 

 
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School Pictures!

 
 

From the Gymnasium

As you know, Mrs. Morris is our new PE teacher. This year we have moved to a wellness model similar to other schools, which is a combination of physical and health education. So far this year, from my frequent trips into the gym, I have observed students running, galloping, and doing a variety of movement activities and playing active games. I asked Mrs. Morris to update me on how things are going. Below is her response:

“We have been actively learning the skills needed to develop cooperation, self-control, listening, following directions, routines, and teamwork while learning our school motto of being Respectful, Safe and Kind in our “HUGE” classroom! They are doing AWESOME!”

 

No School October 10th

Since we are heading into the last week of September, please be reminded that their is not school for students on Monday, October 10th. Staff members will be participating in professional development.
 
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We need you!
 
 

We need you!

PES is looking for substitute teachers. If you are interested, please check out the Careers tab on the Conval website, or click HERE for an online application for all of our positions.
 
 
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September 16, 2022

Dear Families,

I hope this newsletter finds you well. We had another great week at PES. We had a little bit of rain early in the week, and towards the end, the sun came out and allowed for some great outdoor events. We had our outdoor All-School Meeting this morning where Mrs. Topping and Mrs. Murray taught the school about the “micro-wave”. It is a great, quiet greeting to use in places like the classroom and hallways without making a lot of noise or causing a disruption. We also talked about the importance of following teacher directions because it is important for safety and learning. We discussed how important it is during our emergency drills such as fire, lockdown, and reverse evacuation drills. Then we practiced following directions by walking into the gym for an all-school “Simon Says” game. The kids were amazing!

 

Speaking of our emergency drills, we have practiced a few of them since the start of the school year. Today we practiced an all-school evacuation drill (i.e. fire drill), the second one of the year. Already this year we have also practiced an all-school lockdown drill and reverse evacuations by grade levels. It is important (and a state requirement) that we practice a variety of drills throughout the school year.

Today, the 3rd graders headed out to hike Pack Monadnock. They went hawk watching as part of our partnership with the Harris Center. Students and staff hiked, bird-watched, and had lunch on the mountain! Sounds like a great day to me!

Finally, don’t forget about our Title One Annual Meeting and our Open House next Thursday. See below for details. We are looking forward to seeing you!

Have a great weekend!

Larry Pimental

 

NWEA Starts Next Week

Next week, students in grades 1-4 will take the fall NWEA MAP Growth Assessments. These assessments are not state required, however as a school (and district) we use them to assess our students’ learning growth throughout the year. Students will take them in reading and math, three times a year (fall, winter, and spring). These assessments are not meant to be stressful or “high stakes”, rather an opportunity to show what they know, and allows us to assess our teaching and instruction. Students should get a good night sleep and have breakfast, and be encouraged to simply do the best they can. For more information on the assessment please click HERE. For scheduling information, please contact your child’s teacher.
 
Save the Date! Open House, September 22nd

 

 

Save the Date! Open House, September 22nd

Mark your calendars for our upcoming Open House. We will host it on Thursday, September 22nd from 6:00-7:00pm starting in the gymnasium. This evening is a chance for your child to show you his/her classroom and for you to meet your child’s teacher. Please be on the lookout for more details regarding Open House.
 

Title One Annual Meeting- September 22nd

Beginning at 5:00 on Thursday, September 22nd, we will hold our annual Title I Family Engagement Meeting. This meeting allows us to discuss ways in which we support all students and hear from families about how we can support them and their children’s learning. We work best when we have family input. We hope you will attend. To register, please click HERE.
 
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New Hampshire Tackles Hunger

PES is supporting NH Tackles Hunger. We have placed a box in the lobby to collect non-perishable donations.
 

School Picture Day- Wednesday, September 28

 
 
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September 9, 2022

Dear Families,

Thank you for your patience with this newsletter. I had some technical difficulties last week and I am hopeful that they have been resolved.

 

What I was hoping to share with you on Friday was that we had a great 1st week of school. It was great having students and staff back in the building! It is always great to reconnect with “old” friends and meet some new ones. There were lots of smiles and laughter. The first couple of weeks is a time where staff teach routines and procedures to set students and classrooms up for success. PES uses the Responsive Classroom model to set rules, expectations, and classroom climate. For more information on the Responsive Classroom Model, please click HERE.

This morning we held our first all-school meeting. It was great to have the whole school together to discuss ways we can be respectful, safe, and kind. Our specials’ teachers, Mrs. Morris, Mrs. Petrick, and Mr. Shultz, led an all-school greeting (ask your kids about the lumberjack handshake!) and taught the entire school the all-school silent signal. It was a fun and effective lesson. The highlight for most was a surprise visit from Bobby the Bobcat!

Last week students went home with the first day of school packet. There were several forms that needed to be filled out and returned to school. If you have not returned them yet, please do so asap. Thank you.

Don’t forget to scroll down….there is more news, information, and fliers from the school and the community.

Have a great weekend.

Larry Pimental

 

A Visit from the Cornucopia Project

This week our partners from the Cornucopia Project joined us at school allowing our 2nd graders to get their hands dirty in the gardens. Last spring, this group of students planted the gardens as 1st graders and this fall they are harvesting and cleaning their products.
 
Save the Date! Open House, September 22nd

 

 

Save the Date! Open House, September 22nd

Mark your calendars for our upcoming Open House. We will host it on Thursday, September 22nd from 6:00-7:00pm starting in the gymnasium. This evening is a chance for your child to show you his/her classroom and for you to meet your child’s teacher. Please be on the lookout for more details regarding Open House.

 

Also on this night, beginning at 5:00 we will also hold our annual Title I Family Engagement Meeting. This meeting allows us to discuss ways in which we support all students and hear from families about how we can support them and their children’s learning. We work best when we have family input. We hope you will attend. To register, please click HERE.

 
We need you!

 

 

We need you!

PES is looking for substitute teachers. If you are interested, please check out the Careers tab on the Conval website, or click HERE for an online application for all of our positions.
 

School Picture Day- Wednesday, September 28

 
 

From the Nurse’s Office

You may have received a newsletter from the Conval School Nurses last week. In it was useful and updated information, including illness guidance. . To see the newsletter, please click HERE.
 
School Breakfast and Lunch

 

 
 

School Breakfast and Lunch

For the past couple of years, school breakfast and lunch was provided to ALL students at no cost to families. This year school meals will have to be purchased. Breakfast is $2.00 and lunch is $2.75. Of course there is a meal assistance program providing reduced and free meals to families who meet USDA guidelines. You can apply for this program by clicking HERE. There is also more information below. Please be on the lookout for a Fresh Picks Cafe letter in the first day of school packet that your children will bring home with them.

August 30, 2022

IMPORTANT: First Day of School

We are looking forward to your children being back in school tomorrow.

To help us get your children to the right place on the first day of school (actually the first few days), please send them in wearing the badges you received with the letter from me. If you did not receive one, please make sure your child is wearing a name tag with his/her name, teacher’s name, and dismissal plan (be specific, example: “Parent Pick Up, Mom” or “Bus 12” or “Skip”). Feel free to call the Main Office if you have any questions (603-924-3828).

 
Bus Routes Are Available!

 

 
 

Bus Routes Are Available!

Please click HERE to see the PES bus routes including pick up and drop off times. For more information, please contact our local bus company, Student Transportation of America, at 603-924-9211.
 
 

Morning Drop Off

My experience tells me that the first day can be a little hectic during drop off and pick up times. I hope everyone brings a little patience with them as we work out the kinks and newer families learn the systems. As a reminder, if you are driving your child to school, you can drop her/him off at the front door (around the loop) or along the side of the building starting at 8:25; students will not be allowed into the building until then, and can not be left at school unattended. We will have staff and volunteers available to meet your children at 8:25, help them out of the car, and walk them to their classroom . Please do not let your children out of the car until they get to the front or to the side of the building. Parents should remain in the car (unless you need to help unbuckle or get your child out of the car).

For safety and security reasons, parents will not be permitted to enter the building in the mornings. Please contact me if you have any questions.

 

End of the Day Pick Up

Like drop off in the morning, the first few days of parent pick up can appear a bit confusing as we learn which student goes with which parent/vehicle, and parents learn where to go to pick up their child. That’s why it is important for you to communicate with the office about how your child is getting home each day. We use Pick Up Patrol software so you can easily update your child’s afterschool plans using your computer or cell phone (for those new to PES, be on the lookout for Pick Up Patrol information in the papers your child will come home with on Wednesday, or stop by the office on the Meet and Greet day). Additionally, you will receive a car tag to hang the rearview mirror; please write your child’s name on it so that we can easily identify your vehicle.

If you are picking up your child, you will do so at a specific location, identified by a color, with each color corresponding to your child’s last name. So, children with last names starting with A through F are picked up in the Blue location, G through M in the Yellow, and N through Z in the Red. Please see the map below, and look for signs when you arrive.

Drivers will park your car in the car lane corresponding with the appropriate color, facing the exit, and we have room for a double lane. Parents should not stray from their cars; either remain in your car or stand close to it. Please have your car tag hanging from your mirror. If you need one, please let us know. We ask that you do not call out to your child because we don’t want them running across the parking lot. We will halt traffic and/or walk them to your car. Thank you for your attention.

 

End of Day Pick Up Locations Map

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School Breakfast and Lunch

 

 
 

School Breakfast and Lunch

For the past couple of years, school breakfast and lunch was provided to ALL students at no cost to families. This year school meals will have to be purchased. Breakfast is $2.00 and lunch is $2.75. Of course there is a meal assistance program providing reduced and free meals to families who meet USDA guidelines. You can apply for this program by clicking HERE. There is also more information below. Please be on the lookout for a Fresh Picks Cafe letter in the first day of school packet that your children will bring home with them.

 

August 26, 2022

Dear Families,

I hope this newsletter finds you well. Next Wednesday is the big day! We are really excited to welcome everyone to school.

 

Today, PES hosted our entire staff for a building level “welcome back” day to re-connect with colleagues, meet new staff members, set some goals, and to review school-level practices, protocols, and procedures. Yesterday all district teachers and staff started back officially, as we kicked off professional development days. Staff members new to the district received 10 days of professional development in early August so that they would be prepared to begin as part of the Conval community.

I know this is an exciting time of year, but I also know that this time of year may also cause some anxiety and stress for your children (and maybe some adults too). Please be reminded that we do have a Meet and Greet planned for students on Tuesday, August 30th from 2:45-3:30. This time is designed so that students can find their classroom and meet their new teacher. It is not a parent conference day, but putting faces and names together, and finding your way to your classroom can help students (and parents) feel more comfortable on that first full day. We hope to see you.

Finally, I know I mentioned this last week but I want to mention it again: the Conval School District, including PES, is still looking to fill a few professional positions including paraprofessionals, substitutes, and classroom teachers. If you, or someone you know, are interested, please check out our Careers page (by clicking HERE) or feel free to contact me directly at 603-924-3828. We are always looking for good help!

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Have a great weekend,

Larry Pimental

 
Bus Routes Are Available!

 

 
 

Bus Routes Are Available!

Please click HERE to see the PES bus routes including pick up and drop off times. For more information, please contact our local bus company, Student Transportation of America, at 603-924-9211.
 
 

Thank you to the PES PTO!

On behalf of the entire PES community, I want to say thank you to the PES PTO for their efforts in creating our outdoor learning space. This past week, the Sun Shade was installed next to the gardens, and the rest of the landscaping is soon to follow. This structure is going to be well used! As always, thank you for your on going support. It is always great working with this group, and I look forward to continuing conversations to support our students and school!
 

Introducing some new staff members at PES!

I am pleased to introduce to you some of our newest staff members at PES! We are lucky and excited to have them joining our team:
 

Jill Gourley, School Nurse

Jill Gourley is the new school nurse for PES. She is a pediatric nurse who did school nursing for several years and then went back into clinical nursing. She has returned to school nursing as she loves the connection she makes with her students as their school nurse. Jill received her BSN from Keene State College and has been an RN for 13 years. Jill enjoys camping, the ocean, concerts, and especially hanging out with her family and her dogs. She is looking forward to watching her son play lacrosse as a first year student in college this year.
 
Kerri Jones, Pre-School Teacher

 

 

Kerri Jones, Pre-School Teacher

Kerri Jones is the new preschool teacher at PES. She previously taught Kindergarten and preschool in Massachusetts. She received her BA in Early Childhood Education from Framingham State University and M. Ed from Fitchburg State University. Mrs. Jones is the mother of three children and lives on a hobby farm in Wilton, NH. When not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her children, riding horses and studying ASL.

 

Kaitlyn Morris, 4th Grade Teacher

Kaitlyn Morris is joining the 4th grade team at PES. She previously taught 2nd and 4th grades in Massachusetts. Kaitlyn attended Curry College in Milton, MA, where she studied Integrated Liberal Studies and Education. Kaitlyn enjoys reading, playing with her 3 year old nephew, and cheering on the Patriots.
 
 
Hannah Petrick, Music Teacher

 

 

Hannah Petrick, Music Teacher

Hannah Petrick is the new music teacher at PES. She comes to PES after working within the six ConVal Community Schools as their music teacher for the last three years. Hannah received her BS in Music Education from Eastern Nazarene College, with a concentration in voice, and is currently finishing up her MA in Ethnomusicology from Liberty University. When not at school, Hannah enjoys spending time with her husband and three cats, reading, traveling, cooking/baking, and hiking.

 
Andrea Petrone, 2nd Grade Teacher

 

 
 

Andrea Petrone, 3rd Grade Teacher

Andrea Petrone is the new 3rd grade teacher at PES. She has over 16 years experience teaching in grades 3-5. Andrea received her teaching degree from William Paterson University and her M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Reading Instruction from American College of Education. In her free time, Andrea enjoys running, spending time with her friends and family and traveling to new and exciting places.
 
 
Andy Shultz, Art Teacher

 

 

Andy Shultz, Art Teacher

Andy Shultz is the new Art Teacher at PES. He has been teaching in the ConVal School District for 8 years. When not teaching and creating art at school, he is a skier and works at Crotched Mountain as a member of the Ski Patrol. He loves to build things with wood, but most of all he loves spending time with his 2 year old daughter, his 3 month old son, and his wife. He is looking forward to meeting you all soon, and is very excited to start creating art with your children this coming school year.
 
Emily Voorhees, 1st Grade Teacher

 

 
 

Emily Voorhees, 1st Grade Teacher

Emily Voorhees is the new first grade teacher at PES! Emily comes from Keene State College with a Bachelors in Elementary Education and Sociology. When not in school, Emily enjoys spending time with her family and dog, Milo. Emily comes with a passion for teaching and a love of learning with the hope of bringing that joy to her students. She can not wait for a wonderful school year ahead!

 
 
First Day Badges

 

 

First Day Badges

To help us get your children to the right place on the first day of school (actually the first few days), please send them in wearing the badges you received with the letter from me. If you did not receive one, please make sure your child is wearing a name tag with his/her name, teacher’s name, and dismissal plan. Feel free to call the Main Office if you have any questions (603-924-3828).
 

Morning Drop Off

My experience tells me that the first day can be a little hectic during drop off and pick up times. I hope everyone brings a little patience with them as we work out the kinks and newer families learn the systems. As a reminder, if you are driving your child to school, you can drop her/him off at the front door (around the loop) or along the side of the building starting at 8:25; students will not be allowed into the building until then, and can not be left at school unattended. We will have staff and volunteers available to meet your children at 8:25, help them out of the car, and walk them to their classroom . Please do not let your children out of the car until they get to the front or to the side of the building. Parents should remain in the car (unless you need to help unbuckle or get your child out of the car).

 

End of the Day Pick Up

Like drop off in the morning, the first few days of parent pick up can appear a bit confusing as we learn which student goes with which parent/vehicle, and parents learn where to go to pick up their child. That’s why it is important for you to communicate with the office about how your child is getting home each day. We use Pick Up Patrol software so you can easily update your child’s afterschool plans using your computer or cell phone (for those new to PES, be on the lookout for Pick Up Patrol information in the papers your child will come home with on Wednesday, or stop by the office on the Meet and Greet day). Additionally, you will receive a car tag to hang the rearview mirror; please write your child’s name on it so that we can easily identify your vehicle.

If you are picking up your child, you will do so at a specific location, identified by a color, with each color corresponding to your child’s last name. So, children with last names starting with A through F are picked up in the Blue location, G through M in the Yellow, and N through Z in the Red. Please see the map below, and look for signs when you arrive.

 

End of Day Pick Up Locations Map

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School Breakfast and Lunch

 

 
 

School Breakfast and Lunch

For the past couple of years, school breakfast and lunch was provided to ALL students at no cost to families. This year school meals will have to be purchased. Breakfast is $2.00 and lunch is $2.75. Of course there is a meal assistance program providing reduced and free meals to families who meet USDA guidelines. You can apply for this program by clicking HERE. There is also more information below. Please be on the lookout for a Fresh Picks Cafe letter in the first day of school packet that your children will bring home with them.

 

August 19, 2022

Dear Families,

I hope this newsletter finds you well! Each week you will receive this newsletter where we will share information, news, updates, events and happenings with our school community.

It has been a great summer at PES and we are putting on the final touches in preparation for the opening of school. I am excited about the start of the school year, and looking forward to welcoming back our students, staff, and families.

As you likely know by now, the first day of school is Wednesday, August 31st. It will surely be an exciting day for many of us. This will be my 24th Opening Day (my 5th at PES) as a teacher/school administrator, and it is still an exciting day for me.

By now families should have received a letter from me about the start of the school year, and received their child’s classroom teacher information. If you have not, please contact us at 603-924-3828, or email Ms. Shearer in the Main Office at jshearer@conval.edu

My experience tells me that the first day can be a little hectic during drop off and pick up times. I hope everyone brings a little patience with them as we work out the kinks and newer families learn the systems. As a reminder, if you are driving your child to school, you can drop her/him off at the front door (around the loop) or along the side of the building. We will have staff and volunteers available to meet your children, help them out of the car, and walk them to their classroom . Parents should remain in the car (unless you need to help unbuckle or get your child out of the car).

If you are picking up your child, you will do so at a specific location, identified by a color, with each color corresponding to your child’s last name. So, children with last names starting with A through F are picked up in the Blue location, G through M in the Yellow, and N through Z in the Red. Please see the map below, and look for signs when you arrive.

If your child is taking the bus, be on the lookout in the Monadnock Ledger for bus routes and times.

Finally, the Conval School District, including PES, is still looking to fill a few professional positions including paraprofessionals, substitutes, and classroom teachers. If you, or someone you know, are interested, please check out our Careers page (by clicking HERE) or feel free to contact me personally. We are always looking for good help!

As always, please reach out to me if you have any questions

Have a nice weekend,

Larry Pimental

June 17, 2022

Dear Families,

This will be the last weekly newsletter for the school year. I will surely send a couple of updates over the summer as needed.

To our 4th graders and their families, we wish you the best of luck next year!

Finally, if you know that your child will not be returning to PES next year for what ever reason, it would be helpful to us to know so that we can prepare classes for next year.

Have a great summer!

Larry Pimental

 

End of year Survey

In an effort to continue to improve, and engage families in our decision making processes, we are hoping you are willing to fill out this short survey. Thank you for your support.

 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc5teHjjEcfB3rO6F4E7CZc6n74i5tKagvY0yHTz2drU5CdjA/viewform

 

A message from the Love of Learning Lab…

Happy Summer PES Families! Take a break and when you’re ready here are some things you can do to help your child maintain their literacy skills and avoid the summer slide:

 

  • Sign up for the Peterborough Town Library summer reading program. Summer Reading Kick-Off Concert with The Folksoul Band, for more information and other programs for children, visit this link: Peterborough Town Library
  • A great resource for families with fun literacy activities for all grade levels Reading Rockets
  • Grade level word lists sorted in decodable groups and irregular words University of Florida Literacy Institute
  • Summer Reading Recommendations by grade level American Library Association and
  • Reading Rockets Summer Reading List
  • Vocabulary is a strong indicator of reading success. This is a great site for the whole family and it helps underdeveloped countries supply rice for those in need free rice.
  • If your child used Lexia in the classroom, you have access to the program over the summer to continue their learning go to Lexia Core 5, enter their previous year’s teacher email, then their user name and password. Students that use the program usually remember their user name and password, if not you can email me at aaldrich@conval.edu and I will get the information to you. It’s essential to supervise the use of this program in case students need help and to check for understanding. No more than 60 minutes a week is recommended for usage. Students will be given certificates when we return to school if they use the program and progress a level.
 
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!

 

Cornucopia

School families and friends, we hope you and your students will visit your school garden this summer and help keep it a beautiful, delicious, and enjoyable place for garden learning in the fall. Please click here to sign up and join in the fun! Cornucopia Project staff will happily provide you with any information, tools, or help you need. Please reach out with any questions to Jess Gerrior, Program Coordinator: jess@cornucopiaproject.org or (802) 518-0373.

Thanks so much!

 

Jess Gerrior

Programs Coordinator

 

Visit us: CornucopiapPoject.org

Join the Monadnock Farm to School Network!

June 10, 2022

Dear Families,

It’s hard to believe we are heading into our final week of school already. What a year! I know many of you (and your children) are anxious to know about next year, and frankly so am I. However there are several moving pieces happening this spring and summer that placing students with specific teachers for next year is not something we can do at this time with guaranteed accuracy. We will continue to work on creating class lists for the fall of 2022, and will communicate the assignments later in the summer.

Please know that towards the end of each school year, placement teams work on developing class lists for the following school year. The placement teams include classroom teachers, special education teachers, specials’ teachers, the school counselor, and school administrators. The goal of these teams is to develop classes that are reasonably balanced in terms of class size, abilities, needs, ages, etc. Teams also try to place every student with at least one other student whom he/she knows.

As you can imagine, the challenge of creating classrooms that satisfies everyone is impossible. Despite the challenges, our staff is working hard to create learning environments where every child will be supported and feel known, needed, and cared for. Thank you for your patience.

Also know that we do have a placement policy in our Student-Parent Handbook that states, “parents may write letters directly to the principal if there is important or compelling information relevant to placement that the school may not know. Please do not request specific teachers.

Speaking of next year, the School Board, on Tuesday, approved the PES proposal to bring a therapy dog to school next year. Ms. Dunning initiated this idea nearly 3 years ago, and with a lot of research and planning, the Board gave us the thumbs up. We will be starting slowly, but it is exciting to know that we have another resource to help our students (and staff). More information will be forthcoming this summer.

Have a great weekend!

Larry Pimental

 

Something you should know….

As you are likely aware, we have a few, long serving teachers and staff members retiring at the end of the school year. Next week will be the final week of working at PES for Mr. Szep, Mrs. Compton, Mrs. Gordon, Mrs. Murphy, and Mrs. Weil. Together they have served Peterborough Elementary children for over 125 combined years. They will surely be missed. Thanks to all five of you for your incredible service and friendship to so many in our community. We wish you the best, and hope you come by to visit.

 

4th Grade Farewell- June 16th, 1:00pm

We will be hosting an outdoor farewell ceremony for our 4th graders at 1:00 on Thursday, June 16th. It’s a great way to wish our oldest students good luck next year. Parents are invited, and you may want to bring a camp chair. As you can imagine, parking will be limited. We ask that any parent wishing to take their child home with them following the ceremony to please indicate that in Pick Up Patrol before Thursday, or call the main office as soon as possible. It is also important that you check out with the main office before leaving. In the event of inclement weather, we will move the event indoors which will limit our capacity to host guests, likely to 2 guests per student. We will keep our eye on the weather, and keep you updated.
 

Last Day of School

The last day of school is Friday, June 17th. It is a half day of school with dismissal starting at 12:15*.

 

* (this is a change due to bus availability).

 

Field Day

On Monday we had our make-up field day from Friday’s postponement. It was a good decision to postpone because we had a beautiful day and a ton of fun! Thank you to all the PES PTO members who volunteered to help fun the stations. All the students (and most of the staff) wore their tie dyed T-shirts and had a great time!
 
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!

 
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Cornucopia

School families and friends, we hope you and your students will visit your school garden this summer and help keep it a beautiful, delicious, and enjoyable place for garden learning in the fall. Please click here to sign up and join in the fun! Cornucopia Project staff will happily provide you with any information, tools, or help you need. Please reach out with any questions to Jess Gerrior, Program Coordinator: jess@cornucopiaproject.org or (802) 518-0373.

Thanks so much!

 

Jess Gerrior

Programs Coordinator

 

Visit us: CornucopiapPoject.org

Join the Monadnock Farm to School Network!

June 3, 2022

Dear Families,

I hope this newsletter finds you well.

We had a great turnout for our Family Engagement Math Night. It was nice having families on campus, talking to teachers, and learning and playing some math games with their children. This morning during our all school meeting I reminded our students to play the games over the summer to help keep their math skills sharp. Thank you to all the families who attended. If you could not, your child should have gone home with a packet today.

Thanks to the PES PTO for hosting their spring book fair this week. It is always great to see children excited about books and reading. Speaking of reading, if your child participated in the Reading with Ribby program, they will likely be coming home with their t-shirt and ticket to the Swamp Bats game. Be on the lookout. If you have any questions, contact Ms. Aldrich at aaldrich@conval.edu.

We still have room in our FREE summer learning programs taking place at PES this summer. This learning opportunity includes free transportation. Check out the information below. If you are interested in having your child attend one of our summer programs, please contact me.

Finally, we are planning on holding Field Day on Monday morning.

Have a nice weekend,

 

School Safety and Security

Over the past week or so I have received a few questions about safety and security at PES for obvious reasons. As a parent myself, I have some of the same concerns and questions that many of you have. While I believe ALL schools think about, plan, and practice school safety measures, we unfortunately hear about horrific events or threats all too often. It is important for you to know that we have safety measures in place and on going conversations with staff about being vigilant with our safety protocols and procedures. While nothing is ever guaranteed, we will continue to be vigilant, we will continue to care for your children, and we will always be available for conversations. The following resource may be helpful: Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers. Thank you for your support.
 

Summer Learning at PES

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.

 
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4th Grade Farewell- June 16th, 1:00pm.

We will be hosting an outdoor farewell ceremony for our 4th graders. In the event of inclement weather, we will move the event indoors which will limit our capacity to host guests. We will keep our eye on the weather, and keep you updated.
 

Last Day of School

The last day of school is Friday, June 17th. It is a half day of school with dismissal starting at 12:15.

May 27, 2022

Dear Families,

I hope this newsletter finds you well.

As a reminder, there is not school on Monday in honor of Memorial Day. Today, during our all school meeting, Mr. Rothhaus’ and Ms. Dunning’s classes teamed up to share with us the history of Memorial Day. Following the history, guest speaker, Mr. Dick Dunning shared with us the significance of honoring the American flag, the meaning of Memorial Day, and the importance of never forgetting those who have sacrificed. On behalf of the PES community, I want to thank Mr. Dunning, and all those who have served and sacrificed for our country.

Have a nice weekend,

 
A Visit From South Meadow School

 

 
 

A Visit From South Meadow School

Today our 4th graders got a chance to meet some SMS staff members and current middle school students. SMS assistant principal Dan Legros, school counselors Ms. Smart and Ms. Price, along with 3 SMS students, presented some of the middle school highlights, routines, and opportunities. Following the presentation, PES students got to ask some questions. Next week they will head to SMS for a tour and a chance to meet some more students and staff.
 
 

Thanks for the Popcorn Today, PES PTO!

 
 
Thursday, June 2nd is Family Math Night

 

 

Thursday, June 2nd is Family Math Night

On Thursday, June 2nd, you are invited to join us for a quick night of math games funded by Title I funds. On this night your child will show you some of the math learning games they play at school, and you will leave with a few goodies for you and your child to take and play at home. If the weather is good, most grades will be set up outside. Look for information from your child’s teacher.

 

This is not intended to be a long night, rather a quick chance to pick up some math games and tools to use with your child. It is not a required event, and we do not want to stress anyone out about attending or not attending. If you can’t make it, no worries, we will still send home the games with your child the next day!

In order to accommodate everyone, while also trying to maintain some physical distance, we are going to split the night into two parts. Families with students whose last names end in A-J are invited from 6:00-6:30, and those whose name ends in K-Z are invited from 6:45-7:15. We are splitting this night to accommodate space in the classrooms and in the parking lot. Please limit the number of guests.

 
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Friday, June 3rd is Field Day

We are planning a fun morning of games and activities. Please make sure your child brings a water bottle, hat (for the sun), and maybe a change of clothes as getting wet could be part of the plan!
 

4th Grade Farewell- June 16th, 1:00pm.

We will be hosting an outdoor farewell ceremony for our 4th graders. In the event of inclement weather, we will move the event indoors which will limit our capacity to host guests. We will keep our eye on the weather, and keep you updated.

May 20, 2022

Dear Families,

I hope this newsletter finds you well.

On 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. It is NOT a school event. It is important for parents to know that they are responsible for their own children. There is a parade that children are invited to participate in that starts at PES and ends at Putnam Park. 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.

If you do go, please check out the art display at the library. It’s a wonderful collaboration between PES 1st graders and Conval High School art students. While you are at the library enjoy the Story Walk which will run from 9:00-3:00. And don’t miss the Conval Elementary Teachers Drum Circle! For a complete schedule see below.

Have a great weekend,

Larry Pimental

 
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Family Math Night

On Thursday, June 2nd, you are invited to join us for a quick night of math games funded by Title I funds. On this night your child will show you some of the math learning games they play at school, and you will leave with a few goodies for you and your child to take and play at home.

 

This is not intended to be a long night, rather a quick chance to pick up some math games and tools to use with your child. It is not a required event, and we do not want to stress anyone out about attending or not attending. If you can’t make it, no worries, we will still send home the games with your child the next day!

In order to accommodate everyone, while also trying to maintain some physical distance, we are going to split the night into two parts. Families with students whose last names end in A-J are invited from 6:00-6:30, and those whose name ends in K-Z are invited from 6:45-7:15. We are splitting this night to accommodate space in the classrooms and in the parking lot. Please limit the number of guests.

 

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.

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