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Principal’s Update

February 3, 2023

Dear PES Families,

I hope this newsletter finds you warm.

I know yesterday was Groundhog’s Day, and I heard that Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, but I hope that the 6 more weeks of winter is not as cold as it was today! Due to today’s cold temperatures, we did not have outdoor recess. Anytime the temperature “feels like” 10 degrees or below (we actually use a weather app that tells us what the “feel like” temperature is), we have indoor recess. And while being indoors is not as active as outdoor recess, our students enjoy the change every now and then. Students play board games, build with blocks or Legos, draw, paint, and more. And our pre-K students got a little extra running around time in the gym with their teachers and our Wellness teacher Mrs. Morris today. Days like this should remind all of us to make sure our students have appropriate winter gear for the elements.

I know most teachers send out a newsletter every week or two to share class news and highlights. Below you will find some of the learning highlights from each grade level, just to give you a sense of what is happening at each grade level. Please, always feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher if you have any questions about what your child is learning and doing in their classes.

Have a great weekend,

Larry Pimental

 

NWEAs

Many classes in grades 1-4 will start the Winter NWEA Map assessments next week. These assessments are not meant to be stressful to your children, rather a chance to help us learn how our instructional practices are working and see how much our students are growing. For specific information regarding these assessments please feel free to reach out to me, Mrs. Lee, or your child’s teacher.
 

4th Grade Learning

Fourth graders have been working hard learning about factoring, prime numbers, and even the Sieve of Eratosthenes. You should ask them what a prime number is! They have also been studying about mammals and are creating and sharing power point presentations with each other (and me today!).
 

3rd Grade Learning

In math, Ms. Laroche reports that 3rd graders have been using properties of multiplication to find the area of a rectangle and are beginning fractions. For reading, students are finding the main ideas and supporting details in nonfiction text, and in writing they are working on informational writing.
 

2nd Grade Learning

Mrs. Dunning reported that in math, 2nd grade is focusing on Time, Shapes and Fractions. The literacy concept of the week was cause and effect. They read non-fiction stories in their guided reading groups and will be using the information to determine the cause and effect of the events they read about. And in writing, students have been learning how to write opinion pieces! (i.e. How many recesses should students have? Should students have homework? etc).

 

1st Grade Learning

In 1st grade math, students are finishing their unit on place value introduction with addition and subtraction; in reading they have been working on “magic E” words with an a, o, and/or i. Mrs. Carr writes, “When we see a magic e at the end we know it sends its magic over one letter to make the vowel say its name”! (example: make, note, bike). And in science, students are learning about animals in winter using research and creating 2 column notes.
 
Kindergarten Learning
 

Kindergarten Learning

In math students are using the number bond model as a tool to model the composition and decomposition of numbers up to 10. This model helps students understand the part-part-whole components. In literacy, Mrs. C reports that kindergarten is using The Mitten by Jan Brett to identify story elements including the title, author, setting and characters as well as retelling the beginning, middle, and end. Of course Letterland is always a focus in reading for our younger learners. And with Groundhog Day happening this week, I got to see a lot of kindergarten students make predications and record some data!
 
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Driving on School Grounds

In an effort to keep our students safe, driving behind the building between the hours of 8-4 is not permitted other than pre-K families dropping off their children at 8:45 (please do not go behind any earlier because that is where the busses drop off up to 8:45). If a pre-K student is being dropped off later than 8:55, we ask that you drop your children off at the front entrance. Thank you.

 
 
Kindergarten Registration
 

Kindergarten Registration

It is hard for me to believe that we are already thinking about registering students for next year’s kindergarten class. If you have children who will be 5 years old by September 30, 2023, please click HERE for information regarding registering.
 

Free Internet?

The Affordable Connectivity Program is a federal program that allows low-income families to get free/reduced-priced broadband. Although school districts cannot sign parents up, there are new, customizable flyers that school may share with families to promote this offer. Parents must sign up on their own.

 

Please see the flier below, or click HERE, for more information

January 27, 2023

Dear PES Families,

Happy Friday! It was nice to have families in this morning to see our 3rd graders perform the Fifty-Nifty song. The kids did a great job! Thanks to the guests joined us, to the 3rd grade team for putting this together, and to the students for their preparation and performance.

In this this week’s newsletter you will see several picture galleries below of various pieces of artwork, class displays, and bulletin boards that are in our hallways and classrooms. These certainly aren’t the only pieces of work in the building, but I thought I would give you a look at what has been created in the past couple of weeks/months. We have some amazing, creative, and engaged students and staff! Check out the galleries throughout this newsletter.

Have a great weekend,

Larry Pimental

 

STEM Challenge

Elementary students love STEM challenges. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Recently, in Ms. Voorhees’ and Mrs. Topping’s class, 1st graders designed “bear dens” using marshmallows and toothpicks. The structures had to be free standing, not be attached to any surface, and not need human support to stay upright.
 

Happy Lunar New Year!

Our kitchen staff rang in the Lunar New Year on Thursday with decorations and a fun lunch! The Lunar New Year is the beginning of the lunar calendar whose months are the moon cycles. The start of the new year is celebrated by several cultures. Thanks to Cafe Services for the festive meal and environment!
 

Delayed Opening Information

Please know that on days when a delayed opening is called, breakfast is not served at school. Our lunch time starts shortly after students arrive, and our kitchen staff is hustling to get lunch ready. Most classes start the morning with a snack time, so students should come to school with a snack. Please let me know if you have any questions.

 

Also, drop off time on delayed openings is 10:25.

 

Attention Pre-K Families

If your child is only a half-day pre-school student, please know that on delayed opening days, there is no school for your child. If your child attends as a full-day student, then they do have school, just with a later start. If a delayed opening occurs on a Wednesday, then there is no school for all pre-k students. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.
 

Winter NWEAs

Just another reminder that in the next week or two, students in grades 1-4 will be taking the winter NWEAs. For more information on the assessment, please click HERE. Feel free to contact your child’s teacher if you have questions about scheduling.
 

News from the Nurse

You may have received the nurse’s newsletter via email earlier this week. If not, you can find it HERE.
 
Kindergarten Registration

 

 

Kindergarten Registration

It is hard for me to believe that we are already thinking about registering students for next year’s kindergarten class. If you have children who will be 5 years old by September 30, 2023, please click HERE for information regarding registering.
 

Free Internet?

The Affordable Connectivity Program is a federal program that allows low-income families to get free/reduced-priced broadband. Although school districts cannot sign parents up, there are new, customizable flyers that school may share with families to promote this offer. Parents must sign up on their own.

 

Please see the flier below, or click HERE, for more information

January 20, 2023

Dear Families,

I hope this letter finds you well. This was a quick week in school. With the Monday holiday and the Friday snow day, it surely went fast. I am sorry if you were looking for a newsletter last week. I was having some technical difficulties with the software program we use to create it. I am sure it was a user (me) problem more than a program problem!

One of the things that snow days allow for administrators, is time to review various school wide data. Today, we reviewed student attendance. School attendance at the elementary level is crucial in setting students up for success for their academic career. Early childhood language, reading, math, and social skills are the foundation to solid academic (and life) skills. While a day here or there does not necessarily risk future success, frequent or habitual absences may. That’s why schools have attendance policies. Obviously students get sick and need to stay home, or there may be a time when an appointment has to be scheduled during the school day. We certainly understand this. We ask that you communicate with us when your child is going to be out, and be aware that we will communicate with you when/if days out of school start to accumulate. Thank you.

This week I thought I would share some community activities and happenings with you. While they are not school sponsored or hosted events, the greater Peterborough/Monadnock region offers a lot to students and families. Below are some fliers from local/regional community resources.

Have a great weekend,

Larry Pimental

 
Math at PES

 

 

Math at PES

One of our elementary, district goals is that the number of students who score at or above the 50th percentile in math will increase 10 points by the spring of 2025 (i.e., if 65% do now, then 75% will by 2025) as measured by the NWEA-MAP. This is a rigorous goal! One of the ways we are working toward that goal at PES is by having regular math meetings to discuss student progress. Our core math curriculum is called Eureka Math and teachers use a variety of supplemental materials to assist student learning including Happy Numbers and Zearnto go along with tried and true methods such as math games and consistent practice. Currently at PES, outside of classroom instruction, we have a math tutor helping some students who could use some additional math support. Beyond instructional practices, we have regular grade level math meetings with teachers, PES administrators, and the district math coach to discuss student progress, instructional practices, and math interventions to increase progress. If you would like to help your child grow in math, please reach out to your child’s teacher and ask how you can help.
 

NWEA-MAP

Speaking of the NWEA-MAP assessments, our winter testing window is January 30-February 14th. Please reach out to your child’s teacher for specific information and dates. As a reminder, these assessments should not be stressful to you or your child. These assessments allow us to see how each child is progressing, and how we as a school and district can improve our math instruction. For more information on the MAP, please click HERE.
 

Free Internet?

The Affordable Connectivity Program is a federal program that allows low-income families to get free/reduced-priced broadband. Although school districts cannot sign parents up, there are new, customizable flyers that school may share with families to promote this offer. Parents must sign up on their own.

 

Please see the flier below, or click HERE, for more information

 
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January 6, 2022

Dear Families,

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a great holiday break. For me it is always great to take a few days off to spend with family and friends, get some rest, and get rejuvenated for the year ahead.

 

This is also a good time for us, as a school, to assess how we are doing in terms of teaching and learning. On Wednesday at our faculty meeting, we reviewed our progress towards our school-wide SMART goals. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. Our goals are student-focused, and two of the goals are centered on students meeting certain benchmarks in reading and math. Our teachers, school, and district are focused on each child’s growth, and having SMART goals is a way for us to keep the main thing (learning), the main thing. If you are interested in learning more about or school SMART goals, please let me know.

Finally, I want to say thank you to the students, staff, families, and to our music teacher, Mrs. Petrick, for a phenomenal winter concert! The preparation and turnout was amazing, the performance was fantastic, and the effort from Mrs. Petrick was appreciated. Hopefully, all those who participated and attended were part of a new PES tradition.

Have a great weekened,

Larry Pimental

 

Snow Much Fun!

The snowfall today provided a great time for students at recess! Sledding, football in the snow, and building a snowman were some of the activities; the only thing missing was hot chocolate in the afternoon!
 
Sledding and winter weather....

 

 

Sledding and winter weather….

Students wishing to sled need to be dressed appropriately for the activity. This means students need to be wearing snow pants, boots, and coats (and ideally mittens/gloves and a hat). If your child does not have these, please let me know; I may be able to help.

 

As a reminder, we will go outside everyday if the weather is above 10 degrees. This time of year can be cold, wet, snowy, and/or even muddy. Please make sure your child has appropriate clothing for the elements, and keeping an extra set of clothes in their locker or cubby is not a bad idea.

 

No School on Monday, January 16- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

 
 
 

December 29, 2022

PES Families,

Just a reminder that there is no school on Monday. Students return to school on Tuesday, January 3, 2023.

 

Happy New Year!

December 16, 2022

Spirit Week Starts Monday!

The PES Climate Committee is hosting a School Spirit Week next week starting on Monday, with each day having a theme. Each morning, we are going to start with an all school meeting and a theme related read aloud with some guest readers to kick off the day.

 

  • Monday, December 19th– Kindness Day- Wear red for kindness, and perform, and look for, acts of kindness throughout the day.
  • Tuesday, December 20th– Snowman Day- dress like a snowman- hats (festive is fine), mittens, scarfs, etc.
  • Wednesday, December 21st– Wishing for Snow! (winter solstice day)- Wear white and/or light blue.
  • Thursday, December 22nd– Cozy Day- dress in cozy clothes: plaid, flannel, comfortable sweats, or PJs; students can bring a stuffed animal from home.
 
 
Winter Concert- Thursday, December 22, 2022

 

 

Winter Concert- Thursday, December 22, 2022

PES will be holding a Winter Concert this year for all students Kindergarten through Fourth Grade on Thursday, December 22nd at 6:00 PM. Participating students should arrive at PES by 5:45 PM. Though not a requirement, we certainly hope you and your child(ren) will join us! Students have been working hard to practice their concert songs and look forward to sharing them with you. Please reach out to Ms. Petrick at hpetrick@conval.edu if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Fourth Graders have been invited to participate in the ConVal High School Choral and Band Holiday Concert this year. Students that attend will be singing alongside the high school choir, and sharing some music of their own! The concert will be on Tuesday, December 20th at 6:30 PM, so students should arrive at the high school no later than 6:15 PM. Students are encouraged to dress up and be in festive colors. (Please reach out with any questions or concerns.) The concert promises to be a fun, but long evening. Students in Fourth Grade are encouraged to stay and show their support to the ConVal Music Dept., however, they will be able to leave after intermission.

Concert Dress:

Students are asked to dress nicely and appropriately. No graphic t-shirts or clothes with writing on them. Black and white is traditional, although students are encouraged to add in festive colors!

**Third Graders are encouraged to wear an “ugly” holiday sweater if they can.**

 

Morning Recess

Over the past couple of weeks we have blended in a little indoor recess in the gym when students first arrive to school. We can’t have the whole school in the gym running around at the same time, so we have assigned each grade a day for a little morning exercise. Instead of getting off the bus or out of the car and going right to class, students by grade level, go to the gym on the following days:

  • Mondays- 4th grade
  • Tuesdays- Kindergarten
  • Wednesdays- 1st grade
  • Thursdays- 2nd grade
  • Fridays- 3rd grade

It has been fun. If students would prefer to just hang out in a quieter and calmer environment, they can go to the lunchroom and talk to friends, color, or read books. Of course breakfast is available to purchase as well.

 

PTO Bookfair -UPDATE

Due to today’s snow day, the PES PTO is extending the book fair so that students can purchase books in school on Monday. If your plan was for your child to purchase a book during school on Friday, they can now do so on Monday.
 
Join Our Team

 

 
 

Join Our Team

Want to have some fun and help your community?

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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End 68 Hours of Hunger Flyer.pdf

December 9, 2022

PES Families and Friends,

I hope this newsletter finds you well.

The big news from today is that our newest team member, Charlie (our facility dog), was introduced to the school! Starting today, Charlie will be in school periodically, and is in training with Melissa Saari of Cold Spring Healing Paws, and 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Dunning. Charlie was introduced at our all-school meeting, and then visited classrooms and students this morning. Charlie will be here a couple of days a week, with Melissa, as he learns the building, the staff, and of course the students. We are all really excited to have him, and the students were so respectful, safe, and kind towards him today. Please ask your children about him. Also, if your child has allergies or a fear of dogs, or you have other concerns, please reach out to your child’s teacher. For more information about Charlie and his training, please click HERE.

Report cards are coming home today.

Have a nice weekend!

Larry Pimental

 

Report Cards Are Coming Home Today (Friday, December 9th)

Please be on the lookout for report cards in your child’s backpacks or take home folders. If you do not receive one, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher.
 

PTO Bookfair starts next week

The PES PTO is hosting their annual book fair at PES December 15th-17th here at PES. Students can preview books on Wednesday and Thursday during school hours. Books will be available for purchase on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday after school, and on Saturday.

 

For more information, please take a look at their newsletter below.

 
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PES Winter Concert

The holiday season is upon us! And that means…CONCERTS!! I am very excited to announce that PES will be holding a Winter Concert this year. It will be for all students Kindergarten through Fourth Grade, and is not a requirement, though we certainly hope you and your child(ren) will join us! The PES Winter Concert will be on Thursday, December 22nd at 6:00 PM. Students should be at PES by 5:45 PM to start the concert at 6:00. Students have been working hard to practice their concert songs and look forward to sharing them with you. See the flyer below for details, and please reach out to hpetrick@conval.edu if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Fourth Graders have been invited to participate in the ConVal High School Choral and Band Holiday Concert this year. Students that attend will be singing alongside the high school choir, and sharing some music of their own! The concert will be on Tuesday, December 20th at 6:30 PM, so students should arrive at the high school no later than 6:15 PM. Students are encouraged to dress up and be in festive colors. (Please reach out with any questions or concerns.) The concert promises to be a fun, but long evening. Students in Fourth Grade are encouraged to stay and show their support to the ConVal Music Dept., however, they will be able to leave after intermission.

Reminder: Fourth Graders were sent home with a permission slip about the High School Concert and a field trip to the high school for a dress rehearsal. The dress rehearsal is in the morning on Tuesday, December 20th from 8:50 – 10:15 AM. Students who wish to attend the field trip and/or the concert (and have their name printed in the program) must return the permission slips by Monday, December 12th.

Concert Dress:

Students are asked to dress nicely and appropriately. No graphic t-shirts or clothes with writing on them. Black and white is traditional, although students are encouraged to add in festive colors!

**Third Graders are encouraged to wear an “ugly” holiday sweater if they can.**

 
Spirit Week

 

 

Spirit Week

The PES Climate Committee is hosting a School Spirit Week during the week of December 19th, with each day having a theme. Each morning, we are going to start with an all school meeting to kick off the day.

 

  • Monday, December 19th- Kindness Day- Wear red for kindness, and perform, and look for, acts of kindness throughout the day.
  • Tuesday, December 20th- Snowman Day- dress like a snowman- hats (festive is fine), mittens, scarfs, etc.
  • Wednesday, December 21st- Wishing for Snow! (winter solstice day)- Wear white and/or light blue
  • Thursday, December 22nd- Cozy Day- dress in cozy clothes: plaid, flannel, comfortable sweats, or PJs; students can bring a stuffed animal from home.
 

Meet Our New OT

You may have heard your students talking about working with a new staff member. Ms. Mia DiMeglio (Ms. Mia) joined PES recently. From MS. Mia, “I am a new OT working within the ConVal school district, and will be at P.E.S. on Wednesdays-Fridays working with Ms. Gwen. I previously worked at Crotched Mountain School and recently bought a house right in town, so I am very excited to be working within my local school district. When I am not doing OT-things, I enjoy hiking with my dogs or cooking for my fiance. I am excited to get to know you all and all of the awesome students at P.E.S.!” Welcome to PES, Ms. Mia! We are glad to have you here.
 
Join Our Team

 

 
 

Join Our Team

Want to have some fun and help your community?

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.

 

December 2, 2022

PES Families and Friends,

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. It is always nice to take a few days off and spend some time with family and friends, and ideally, reflect on things we are grateful for. During the month of November, outside of the library, Ms. Murray created a Gratitude Tree where students and staff could share things they (we) are thankful for. Today at our all school meeting, we shared some things that we are thankful for. Students shared that they are grateful for their parents, friends, pets, grandparents, and more. I asked them to share with each other, their teachers, and me as the day went on. It was great having students call me over to let me know. I am thankful for that today.

Now that we are in December, it is important that students are prepared for the colder weather. We will go outside if the temperature is 10 degrees or above (and it is not raining). I noticed students this week with cold hands, no coats or hats, and some stuck in wet clothes. Keeping some extra clothes at school is not a bad idea. Also, please think about writing names or initials on tags so that we can identify lost or left items. Our lost and found is already pretty full.

Speaking of December, the holiday recess is December 26-January 2, 2023; students return to school on Tuesday, January 3, 2023.

Today marks the 1st day of the Winter Trimester! This means Fall Trimester Report Cards will be going home next Friday. Be on the lookout

Have a nice weekend!

Larry Pimental

 

The Children and The Arts Lantern Parade

We were informed earlier this week that due to predicted rain, The Children and the Arts Lantern Parade has been moved to Sunday, December 4th. This is a fun community event, and students from all the elementary schools made lanterns and are invited to participate (this is not a school event and parents are responsible for their children). For more information, please download the letter below (note that the date has been changed).
 
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lantern parade letter-11.pdf

 
 
PES Winter Concert

 

 

PES Winter Concert

You may have heard, PES is hosting a Winter Concert on Thursday, December 22 at 6:00pm. Our students have been rehearsing, and we are hoping that they (and you) will join us on this evening. If you have any questions, please reach out to me, or to Mrs. Petrick at hpetrick@conval.edu.
 

From Mrs. Lee, our Assistant Principal- Empathy

(This article from Mrs. Lee is the second from her about social emotional learning. Last month’s topic was about the teaching of bullying prevention our school counselor, Mrs. Swasey, is doing in classrooms.)

The next topic for our social emotional learning is empathy. This follows the bullying

lesson because in order to be an up-stander (a person who supports someone being bullied), a

person needs to be able to feel empathy. When most of us think about empathy we think about

affective empathy. Affective empathy is the ability to share in how another person is feeling

without having to suffer that feeling yourself. For example, feeling excited for your child when

they ride without training wheels for the first time. Most children learn affective empathy

naturally in social situations—watching friends and family. A common way to teach affective

empathy is through literature—particularly when reading with an adult.

The other type of empathy is cognitive empathy. Cognitive empathy is the ability to

recognize and understand another person’s mental state. This is sometimes referred to as the

ability to ‘read the room’. Part of our curriculum is teaching children how to look for clues on a

person’s face and body that may indicate how that person is feeling. They will also learn about

perspective and how different people think different things are scary, funny, sad, etc. This is very

difficult for children to do because their life experiences are so limited—they don’t have a lot to

reflect on in order to relate to someone else. By learning that other people may not share their

perspective (cognitive affect) they can begin to feel connected to another person’s emotional

state (affective empathy).

Below are books that help teach empathy as well as some research articles for those of

you who want to expand your knowledge:

K-4Norman Didn’t Do It! (Yes, he did) by Ryan Higgins

Norman is a porcupine who is envious of his best friend getting a new friend (a tree). He is mean to the new friend but after reflection (and fear he may have been caught) he feels empathy and remorse and tries to undo what he did.

Grades 3-4Watercress, by Andrea Wang and Jason Chin
A young girl is embarrassed by her parents’ and their financial status. When her mother shares a story about life during the famine, the young girl’s perspective changes and she shows her parents the empathy they deserve.

Video link: This Ted Talk link will take you to a seven minute video about the role of social models, mirror neurons, and their relationship to building empathy and perspective taking.

Article link: How Children Develop Empathy, by Dr. David Walsh and Erin Walsh, M.A.

 

Attention Pre-K Families

In the name of safety, we are asking that when you are picking up your children (particularly on Wednesdays), do not get out of your car until you get to the front of the Main Entrance. When students see parents (or whomever is picking them up) out of their cars further down the lane, or across the parking lot, they want to run in that direction, and that is not safe. If you are leaving your car while it is parked further down the loop, it is causing some traffic issues as well. If you want to park your car, and meet your child at the front door, please park in the parking lot. Thank you for your attention.

 

PTO Bookfair

The PES PTO is hosting their annual book fair at PES December 15th-17th here at PES. For more information, please take a look at their newsletter below.
 
Food Service Bills

 

 

Food Service Bills

You may have received a bill recently from our food service contractor. It could be because each day students have the option of getting a grab-and-go breakfast and/or hot lunch. As a school staff, we only know if your child is getting one or not based on what they tell us. If you do not want your child to get a breakfast or school lunch, please tell your child that, and let his/her classroom teacher know. Lunch menus can be viewed by clicking HERE.

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.

 
Join Our Team

 

 
 

Join Our Team

Want to have some fun and help your community?

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.

November 18, 2022

Dear Families,

It is hard to believe that next week is Thanksgiving week! There are so many things to be thankful for. The past couple of years have been hard on so many people, families, schools, and communities. I am so thankful for the support I (we) have received over the past couple of years from our staff members, community members, and of course, our students and families. As I head into next week, I will certainly be thinking of all the things I am grateful for. As a reminder, we only have school on Monday and Tuesday next week; Thanksgiving Recess begins on Wednesday, November 23rd.

 

Today was a fun day at PES. We started with our whole school Turkey Trot around 9:00. Students, teachers, and families braved a cold morning to trot around the PES field for a good cause. There were certainly rosy cheeks from the cold temperatures, but they were surrounding a lot of smiles! We collected lots of donated food items for the Peterborough Food Pantry! Thanks to the students, staff, and families who supported this endeavor.

Also on Friday, our 4th graders shared their work and study on the Abenaki Native Americans with the school, parents, and community members. The Museum Walk featured displays, research, presentations, various art projects, and even some soup tasting. Thanks to our 4th grade team for sharing their work.

Finally, I have received a few questions about when school pictures will be coming in. Please know that I have had some of the same questions. We have been told that they will be printed and packed over the weekend, and shipped to us for a Tuesday morning delivery (to PES) I am keeping my fingers crossed. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Have a nice weekend.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Larry Pimental

 

You are invited!

On Wednesday, November 30th, at 6:00pm, our school counselor Jen Swasey will be hosting a discussion on what social emotional learning means and looks like at PES. This event is intended to be held in a relaxed atmosphere, for parents to hear and ask questions about the SEL tools and strategies we teach and use to help our students be ready to learn. We hope you will join us. Please RSVP at lpimental@conval.edu so can get an idea of how much space will be needed.
 

Picture Retake Take- Wednesday, November 30th

While we know we are still waiting on school pictures taken earlier in the year, we wanted to let you know that we have scheduled November 30th for pictures and re-takes. If your child did not have his/her picture taken, or you would like to have them re-taken, please reach out to your child’s teacher to let them know.
 
Food Service Bills

 

 

Food Service Bills

You may have received a bill recently from our food service contractor. It could be because each day students have the option of getting a grab-and-go breakfast and/or hot lunch. As a school staff, we only know if your child is getting one or not based on what they tell us. If you do not want your child to get a breakfast or school lunch, please tell your child that, and let his/her classroom teacher know. Lunch menus can be viewed by clicking HERE.

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.

 
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Conval Strategic Plan Update

Superintendent Kimberly Rizzo Saunders and the ConVal School Board invite members of the community to offer feedback on the District’s draft strategic plan as it works to finalize the roadmap it will follow in the five years to come.

For more information, please click HERE

 

PES PTO

Dear PES families,

We can’t believe it either, but the holidays are right around the corner! This year, we’re partnering with Minted to help us fundraise for PES-PTO, and we need your help to reach our goal.

Using our unique code FUNDRAISEPETERBOROUGH, you can get 20% OFF all your Minted holiday card & gift purchases-and for every order placed, Minted will donate 15% back to our organization. With high-quality products designed by independent artists, like custom photo gifts, holiday cards, tote bags, stationery, and more, Minted has meaningful gifts for every special occasion.

To participate, simply visit minted.com/holiday to start your holiday shopping. Apply code FUNDRAISEPETERBOROUGH at checkout to claim your 20% discount. It’s that easy! Minted will track every purchase made using our code, and we’ll get 15% of the proceeds donated back to PES-PTO.

Please feel free to forward this email with friends and family-the more people shop Minted using our code, the more our organization earns!

Thank you and Happy Holidays!

PES-PTO

PS. Don’t forget you can also earn PTO money using Amazon Smile and Box Tops

November 10, 2022

Hello PES families,

Just a reminder that tomorrow, Friday, November 11th, there is no school in honor of Veterans’ Day. Today, during our all-school meeting, following the Pledge of Allegiance, Ms. Petrone’s 3rd grade class shared a presentation and a poem honoring and thanking our veterans, and sharing the purpose and history of the day. Thank you to all the men and women who have served!
 
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Turkey Trot

 

 

Turkey Trot

On Friday, November 18th, at about 8:50, we will hold an all-school Turkey Trot. Parents are invited to run, jog, or walk with their PES child (please be aware that parking is limited on school grounds). The trot will be 3 laps around the PES field, which is approximately 1 mile, and we are seeking donations of non-perishable items to be donated to the Peterborough Food Pantry. Donations are not required to participate. This event is not a race or competition, rather a chance to be together, get some fun exercise, and give back to the community.
 

Family Engagement Event- SEL at PES

On Wednesday, November 30th, at 6:00pm, our school counselor Jen Swasey will be hosting a discussion on what social emotional learning means and looks like at PES. This event is intended to be held in a relaxed atmosphere, for parents to hear and ask questions about the SEL tools and strategies we teach and use to help our students be ready to learn. We hope you will join us.
 

Picture Retake Take- Wednesday, November 30th

While we know we are still waiting on school pictures taken earlier in the year, we wanted to let you know that we have scheduled November 30th for pictures and re-takes. If your child did not have his/her picture taken, or you would like to have them re-taken, please reach out to your child’s teacher to let them know.
 
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Conval Strategic Plan Update

Superintendent Kimberly Rizzo Saunders and the ConVal School Board invite members of the community to offer feedback on the District’s draft strategic plan as it works to finalize the roadmap it will follow in the five years to come.

For more information, please click HERE

 

Thanksgiving Recess is November 23rd-25th- No School

 
 
Join Our Team

 

 
 

Join Our Team

Want to have some fun and help your community?

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 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.

November 4, 2022

Dear PES Families,

I hope this newsletter finds you well. This week started on a Halloween Monday. I will be honest: I was wondering how the day and week would go starting off on Halloween. I can tell you, it went really well. Thanks to our teachers and staff for putting together a great day and week. On Monday we held our Halloween parade. For the first time in a couple of years, 250+ of us marched around downtown Peterborough, most in costumes, then returned to school for a popcorn snack from the PTO. It was great for the students to see each other in costumes, and to see families and community members lining the street.

As we have moved into November, I am reminded that we need to turn back the clocks this weekend. That means the days are getting shorter and likely colder. This week we were blessed with great weather so this morning we took advantage of it with an all-school recess during our morning meeting time. It was a chance to get some morning fresh air and movement, and to play with some friends.

We are noticing that more and more students are coming to the office asking for water bottles. Please have your child bring in a reusable water bottle each day. We have a couple of refilling stations at PES that students can use. If your child needs a water bottle, please let me know.

We are looking forward to seeing you for parent teacher conferences next week.

Have a great weekend,

Larry Pimental

 
Parent Teacher Conferences

 

 

Parent Teacher Conferences

We are looking forward to having parents/guardians in for conferences on Tuesday, November 8th. There is no school for students. If you have not scheduled a conference with your child’s teacher, please contact your child’s teacher to do so. We are looking forward to seeing you.
 
No School on Friday, November 11th- Veterans' Day

 

 
 

No School on Friday, November 11th- Veterans’ Day

In honor of all those who have served, there is no school on Friday, November 11th. Thank you to all those individuals who have served our country.
 
 

End 68 Hours of Hunger

Yesterday, principals of the Conval schools got to meet with the End 68 Hours of Hunger program directors. It is great to partner with this group who is so focused on helping feed our children. If you would like your child to participate in the End 68 Hours program, or would like more information, please let us know. You can reach out to me, or our school counselor Ms. Swasey (at jswasey@conval.edu).
 
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Turkey Trot is Back!

On Friday, November 18th, at about 8:50, we will hold an all-school Turkey Trot. Parents are invited to run, jog, or walk with their PES child (please be aware that parking is limited on school grounds). The trot will be 3 laps around the PES field, which is approximately 1 mile, and we are seeking donations of non-perishable items to be donated to the Peterborough Food Pantry. Donations are not required to participate. This event is not a race or competition, rather a chance to be together, get some fun exercise, and give back to the community.
 

From Mrs. Lee, our Assistant Principal- Bullying Prevention

This month our counselor, Jen Swasey, will begin teaching 1st- 4th grade students about bullying prevention. Ms. Swasey will be using the Second Step bully prevention curriculum . The curriculum addresses bully prevention in three parts: Recognize, Report and Refuse.

Recognize: This step teaches students how to recognize bullying behavior. Bullying behavior is one sided, intentional, aggressive behavior that usually is repeated overtime. An imbalance of power in a relationship may also occur. At this age, students often confuse mean behavior and bullying behavior. This distinction is important for kids to understand because children are more likely to respond to mean behavior than they are to respond to bullying behavior. The feelings associated with being bullied make retaliation unlikely.

Report: Once students know how to identify bullying behavior they can learn how to report it. It sounds like a simple step that doesn’t need teaching but reporting bullying is different from reporting mean behavior. Generally mean behavior is met with some kind of retaliation: telling a teacher, hitting back, yelling at the person. Bullying however, can feel isolating which amplifies feelings of loneliness and fear of telling. We teach the students the importance of reporting the behavior if you are the person being bullied or if you see it happening to someone else. This is where the students practice using their assertive voice in talking with a trusted adult.

Refuse: In this section students are empowered to refuse bullying behavior by being assertive and respectful. Students will learn and practice assertive ways to stand up for themselves. One of the most impactful ways to stop bullying is to change the thinking of by-stander to an up-stander. Being bullied creates a feeling of aloneness. It takes one person to walk up to the bullied, ask them to join their group, or otherwise separate them from the bully to alleviate feelings of helplessness.

Developmentally, elementary students are capable of feeling empathy and showing compassion. However, the ability to see things from someone else’s perspective is still a work in progress. Teaching students why bullying behavior is unacceptable and encouraging empathy takes time. Which is why teaching these three skills is so important.

 
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Lanterns

Last week we were lucky as a few visiting artists, including retired PES teacher Mrs. Compton, joined art classes to make winter lanterns. All students in grades K-4 created a lantern with the help of Mr. Shultz, Mrs. Compton, and a host of other artists. They are on display in and around the art room now. Check them out when you come in for parent conferences, and students will be taking them home in time for the Children and the Arts’ Lantern Parade taking place on December 3rd.
 
 
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Conval Strategic Plan Update

Superintendent Kimberly Rizzo Saunders and the ConVal School Board invite members of the community to offer feedback on the District’s draft strategic plan as it works to finalize the roadmap it will follow in the five years to come.

For more information, please click HERE

 
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EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THE CONVAL COMMUNITY FORUM

CONVAL SCHOOL DISTRICT COMMUNITY FORUM

ConVal High School in the Lucy Hurlin Theater.

Thursday, November 10, 2022 at 6:30 – 8:30 PM

 

Your ConVal School Board and Administration are finalizing the activities for the next ConVal Community Forum on Thursday, November 10 at 6:30-8:30PM. We are excited about providing you this opportunity for a constructive, open, informative and meaningful dialog. With an activity such as this there are lots of things to know so you can be prepared for participating in and making this a successful experience. To learn all about this activity please see below:

 

To view the Agenda please click HERE

 

Where and when is the Community Forum?

ConVal High School in the Lucy Hurlin Theater and via Live Stream on Thursday, November 10 at 6:30-8:30PM.

 

What is a community forum?

A community forum is a meeting where there are presentations and all can discuss, share knowledge, and talk to each other about topics of mutual interest.

 

Why do we need a community forum?

School board meetings, being business meetings, provide a limited venue for The ConVal School Board and Administration to engage with our community. We believe in being open and transparent in all of our activities. We believe in ensuring that the ConVal community is engaged and informed. A community forum is one mechanism to achieve these goals.

 

How do I attend the Community forum?

We are providing two ways for the public to attend the community forum. You can come to the Lucy Hurlin Theater at ConVal high school to attend in person or you can attend the forum via a Live Stream feed from the forum.

 

How is the Community Forum organized?

We have selected three important topics to be presented. Each topic will start with a presentation and after the presentation there will be an opportunity for either audience to ask questions. Each question will be answered by the presenter or by a member of the School Board or Administration. We have also allowed time for both audiences to ask questions on any other school district relevant topic. There will be a moderator that will control the flow of information and activities at the community forum.

 

How are questions presented?

After each of the prepared topics are presented, the in-person audience will have an opportunity to ask questions directly to the moderator who will direct the question to the appropriate person to answer. Members of the audience that are remote and on the live-stream will be able to submit their questions via email to community forum members. These folks will select questions from the emails received and give to the moderator who will direct the question to the appropriate person to answer.

 

How do I attend remotely via live stream and how do I submit questions?

The live stream will be done as a YouTube event. This means that the community forum will be recorded as a video on U-tube so that not only can it be viewed as it is taking place but it can be viewed at any time after the community forum is completed as it will always be on YouTube servers..

 

To view this forum via live stream at 6:30 PM on Thursday, November 10th, click on this YouTube link ConVal Events or type in this link https://www.youtube.com/c/ConValEvents then select the “2022 November 10 Community Forum” video from the list of available videos.

 

To send in a question via email please use the following email address Forum@conval.edu.

 

Why should I attend the ConVal community forum?

It is your money, it is your school district, it is the education of your children, and it is your community. Be involved. Make a difference.

 

How do I get some information about the presentations prior to the forum?

A draft copy of the ConVal Strategic plan is available for your review. The link address to click on to review the draft copy is below. You will have time to formulate your questions and send them in advance of the forum, if you desire. To send in a question via email please use the following email address Forum@conval.edu.

 

What topics are being presented?

1. PRESENTATIONS.

There will be three presentations at this forum being:

 

A. Renovation project. This presentation will be done by Jim Fredrickson, School Board Representative – Sharon and will be an overview/status/update of the renovation project that is currently scoped to include the high school, ATC, and the two middle schools (Great Brook and SMS). This will be the first presentation and with Q/A’s is scheduled to take 20 minutes.

 

B. The Strategic Plan, It will be presented in two parts. The first by Tom Burges – School Board Representative – Peterborough and the second will be presented by Kimberly Saunders, ConVal Superintendent. This presentation will give the audience information about the background for a Strategic plan, the activities, including community involvement that has taken place, activities that will take place to produce a final plan, how the plan is implemented and summarizes the five year Strategic Plan that will involve the below priority areas:

 

QUALITY CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION

SUPPORTIVE STRUCTURES & CLIMATE

SUPPORTIVE STRUCTURES FOR DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION, AND ACCESSIBILITY

EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURES, FINANCIAL PROCESSES, AND INFRASTRUCTURE

MAINTAIN HIGH QUALITY STAFFING THROUGH RETENTION, RECRUITMENT, AND CULTIVATING AND MAINTAINING A DESIRABLE WORK ENVIRONMENT.

 

This will be the second presentation and with Q/A’s is scheduled to take one hour.

 

C. Upcoming Events. This presentation will be done by Dick Dunning and will be an overview of school board upcoming activities that are important for the community to know about, including budget, board meetings, committees etc. and to let the community know why it is important for them to participate.

This will be the third presentation and with Q/A’s is scheduled to take 15 minutes.

 

Meet and greet.

 

New for this forum. The meet and greet will take place from 8:30 – 9-00 PM in the ConVal High School cafeteria, which is directly across from the Lucy Hurlin Theater. It is an informal gathering opportunity for our community members, School Board Representatives and Administration to take advantage of light refreshments and talk to each other about topics of interest that affect our school district and community. There is not any formal agenda for this event

Links to important information

 

. To view the Agenda please click HERE

. To view a draft of the Strategic Plan please click HERE

 

. To see why you should attend in person please Click HERE.

. To see why you should attend on-line please click HERE

 
Join Our Team

 

 
 

Join Our Team

Want to have some fun and help your community?

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.

 
 
 
 

October 28, 2022

Dear PES Families,

I hope this letter finds you well. Yesterday we had a great time participating in Jumpstart’s “Read for the Record” day. As mentioned last week, “Read for the Record” invites classrooms and libraries across the country to read the same book on the same day. This year the theme was “Dreaming Big”, and the book we read together was Nigel and the Moon. The PES Family Engagement Team turned this into a family activity, inviting guests to read the book to mixed grade groups, and then complete an art activity. PES joined thousands of schools and millions of students in dreaming big! Students, staff, and guest readers reported it was a great day!

 

I want to thank the PTO for last week’s roller skating night. It was fun to see students, families, and staff members enjoying spending time together. We are looking forward to creating more engagement activities for the school community.

Monday is Halloween; please see below for information regarding the parade.

As we are heading into November, please be aware of the following dates:

  • Tuesday, November 8th- No School; Parent Conferences with teachers
  • Friday, November 11th- No School; Veterans’ Day
  • Wednesday-Friday, November 23rd-25th- No School; Thanksgiving Break

Have a great weekend,

Larry Pimental

 
Halloween Parade

 

 

Halloween Parade

We are planning a costume parade through downtown Peterborough on Halloween leaving here at 1:45. Students should come to school in their normal school clothes. There will be time to change into their costumes before the parade, and costumes should be easy for children to put on (please no make up or anything that requires extra ordinary assistance). Costumes accessories like toy weapons, bats, batons, etc. should remain at home. Also, some masks can make walking difficult and even dangerous, so please consider leaving those at home as well. If you prefer to not have your child march, please let me know. We will have staff and activities at school for those who remain on campus. Following the parade, the PTO is providing a treat for students so there is no need for families to send in sweets or treats; we got it covered. Also, if your child is in need of a costume, please give me a call. I may be able to help. Please know that if the weather does not cooperate, we will not parade in the rain.

 
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Community Forum- You are invited!

As part of our continuing commitment to provide an open, transparent and informative dialogue with the ConVal community, your School Board and Administration announce our fourth ConVal Quarterly Community Forum. This forum will take place both at the Lucy Hurlin Theater at ConVal High School and via live stream on Thursday, November 10, 2022 from 6:30 PM until 8:30 PM.

Live stream participants will be able to submit questions to the forum presenters, school board and administration during the forum via email.

The Live Stream can be viewed on YouTube post Forum. Additional reminders will follow in the coming weeks, including an agenda.

After discussion, the School Board has decided to host a Meet and Greet for in-house attendees of the forum. The Meet and Greet will start at 8:30 PM. It will be an informal get together with you, school board representatives and administration. It is important for all of us to get to know each other as we all have the same goal, with that being providing the best and most cost effective education for our children.

Our planned presentation and discussion topics are:

  1. Building renovations – initial activities and direction.
  2. Strategic Plan – This important and far-reaching topic discusses the Strategic Planning process and summarizes the five year Strategic Plan that will involve the below priority areas:
  • QUALITY CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION
  • SUPPORTIVE STRUCTURES & CLIMATE
  • SUPPORTIVE STRUCTURES FOR DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION, AND ACCESSIBILITY
  • EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURES, FINANCIAL PROCESSES, AND INFRASTRUCTURE
  • MAINTAIN HIGH QUALITY STAFFING THROUGH RETENTION, RECRUITMENT, AND CULTIVATING AND MAINTAINING A DESIRABLE WORK ENVIRONMENT.
  1. Upcoming Events. Activities that are important for the community to know about. The Safety audit, Key pending legislation impacting education, Status of pre K enrollment, Budget upcoming activities and schedules, School board meetings, Committee meetings etc.

We previously sent out a survey asking questions about the need for childcare and desire to attend the Meet and Greet. Due to logistics, lack of community need, and availability of staff, we will not be offering childcare for this forum. If you did not respond to the survey please click on the below link and fill it out so we will be fully prepared for our in-house audience and attendance at the Meet and Greet.

Please mark your calendars for this forum. Thursday, November 10, 2022 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

  • To see why you should attend in person please click HERE
  • To see why you should attend on-line please click HERE
  • To respond to our survey please click HERE

Thank you in advance for your participation and support.

Your ConVal School Board and Administration

 

Decorative Doors

It is clearly fall and Halloween season…many doors around school are decorated for this time of year.
 

October 21, 2022

Hello PES families,

Today we celebrated “High Five Friday” with members of the Franklin Pierce University football team who joined us this morning at arrival. Football players welcomed students offering “good mornings” and high fives. There were lots of smiles on the students’ faces….elementary AND college students! Thanks go out to FPU for helping start our day off right!

 

This past Tuesday night I held a meeting with parents to discuss the PES goals for the year, and hear from parents about what they wish for or have questions about. It was really nice to have people back in the building, sharing ideas, and planning for more collaboration. Please be on the lookout for another invitation, and please consider joining us for a future discussion.

Next Thursday is going to be a fun day as we are joining classes around the country during Read for the Record Day to celebrate and promote early literacy, early language, and social emotional development. Thousands of classrooms and libraries are reading the same book on the same day. This year the theme is Dreaming Big, and the book we will be reading is Nigel and the Moon.

Over the next couple of weeks, there is a lot going on. As we are moving into November there are some important dates to know:

  • Tuesday, November 8th- No School- Parent-Teacher Conference Day
  • Friday, November 11th- No School- Veterans’ Day
  • November 23rd-November 25th- No School- Thanksgiving Break.

If you have not heard from your child’s teacher yet regarding Parent Conferences, please reach out to them.

Have a great weekend,

Larry Pimental

 
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State Fair Lunch

Thanks go out to our kitchen staff for putting on a great lunch experience on Thursday! It was a carnival/state fair atmosphere in the lunchroom complete with corndogs, pretzel bites, bagged popcorn, and apple crisp for dessert. Many of the kids said, “We should do this every week!”.
 
 
Halloween Parade

 

 

Halloween Parade

We are planning a costume parade through downtown Peterborough on Halloween leaving here at 1:45. Students should come to school in their normal school clothes. There will be time to change into their costumes before the parade, and costumes should be easy for children to put on (please no make up or anything that requires extra ordinary assistance). Costumes accessories like toy weapons, bats, batons, etc. should remain at home. Also, some masks can make walking difficult and even dangerous, so please consider leaving those at home as well. If you prefer to not have your child march, please let me know. We will have staff and activities at school for those who remain on campus. Following the parade, the PTO is providing a treat for students so there is no need for families to send in sweets or treats, we got it covered. Also, if your child is in need of a costume, please give me a call. I may be able to help.

October 14, 2022

Hello PES families,

I hope this newsletter finds you well.

Did you know this week is Fire Prevention Week? Today we had a visit from the Peterborough Fire and Rescue who brought in equipment, asked questions, and shared 3 things that students should talk to their families about with regard to fire safety at home: 1) make sure that all smoke alarms are working and batteries are changed annually; 2) check for, or locate, fire extinguishers in the home; 3) talk to parents about a fire plan in the event of a fire (where to go, what to do). Thanks go out to the Peterborough Fire and Rescue for spending time with us at PES.

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, November 8th for Parent-Teacher Conferences. There is no school that day for students. Please be on the lookout for more information from your child’s teacher.

It is the time of year where students are showing signs of colds, allergies, and illnesses. Please remember that students who go get sick should not return to school until they are 24 hours fever/vomit free. Of course we can still test students for Covid-19 if they are showing symptoms. Please feel free to contact Nurse Jill at jgourley@conval.edu or 603-924-3828.

Please make sure you scroll down and check out the news and attached fliers. There is a lot of info below.

Have a great weekend,

Larry

 
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Halloween Parade

We are planning a costume parade on Halloween. Specific details, such as time and route, will be forthcoming. Students should come to school in their normal school clothes. There will be time to change into their costumes before the parade, and costumes should be easy for children to put on (please no make up or anything that requires extra ordinary assistance). Costumes accessories like toy weapons, bats, batons, etc. should remain at home. Also, masks can make walking difficult and even dangerous, so please save leave those at home as well. If you prefer to not have your child march, please let me know. We will have staff and activities at school for those who remain on campus. Also, if your child is in need of a costume, please give me a call. I may be able to help.

 
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October, 7, 2022

Dear Families,

I hope this newsletter finds you well.

This week marks the completion of our sixth week in school which is a benchmark week for us. At about the sixth week or so, we more formally review collective student data for individual students, classes and grades, and the school as a whole. As you may recall, a couple of weeks ago students in grades 1-4 took the fall NWEA assessments. The data from those assessments, along with data from other assessments including teacher observations and formative and summative assessments, is reviewed with a team of teachers, specialists, and administrators so that we can best support each student. At the end of the day, that is what we are here to do!

Next week is a short week; there is no school for students on Monday, October 10th.

Have a great weekend,

Larry Pimental

 

No School on Monday, October 14, 2022- Professional Development Day

 
 
All School Meeting

 

 
 

All School Meeting

At this morning’s All-School Meeting, the PES community celebrated our custodian Mr. Glenn, for his kindness, dedication, sense of humor, work ethic, and for being a good role model. Students made cards, read a Top 10 list of what we love about him, and the staff presented him with a thank you gift. Mr. Glenn is certainly someone we are thankful for.
 
 

Summer Learning Survey

Good Afternoon,

As the Director of Learning Recovery, I want to be sure that our programming is designed to support all students. With that, I would like your feedback regarding the Summer Programming offered this past summer.

While I have heard from many of the families whose children attended Explore and Expand and Summer Academy this past summer, I would like feedback from families of students who did not attend. Your feedback will help us to make adjustments and increase access to our summer programs.

Using this link, please complete this 4 question survey. If you have multiple students at different levels, please complete the survey for each level.

Thank you in advance for your time.

Amy Janoch

 
News from the Music Room

 

 

News from the Music Room

Wow, hard to believe we are already six weeks into the school year! For those of you whom I have not met yet, my name is Hannah Petrick and I am the new music teacher hear at PES. I am very appreciative of how welcoming the Peterborough community has been. I have fully enjoyed getting to know each of your children and making music with them. We have started off the year with some singing games and name songs to get to know each other, and now we are exploring Hispanic Heritage Month with Spanish songs and dances. We will continue to learn about Hispanic culture in grades 2-4, while kindergarten and 1st grade work on finding their voices and exploring the beat of a piece of music. Again, I am so grateful for this community and the welcome I have received. I look forward to more music making with your child(ren). Be on the lookout for information regarding upcoming concerts and collaborative singing opportunities!!

I also want to let parents/guardians of third and fourth graders know about something that is coming their way. As a graduate student currently working towards my masters degree, I will be conducting research that looks at how students best learn new songs. I am inviting third and fourth graders to be a part of this research, which will include learning songs in different ways, and in different languages. A permission slip will be sent home with each third and fourth grade student giving more information. Please read over the forms carefully, and if you so choose, return them to school signed by October 14th.

Hannah Petrick

Music Educator

Peterborough Elementary School

https://sites.google.com/conval.edu/mrspetricksmusicroom/home

 
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PES Gear sale extended to Oct. 10!

 
 
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September 30, 2022

Dear Families,

I hope this newsletter finds you well. With today being the last day of September, I am reminded that the cooler weather is upon us. Please make sure your children are prepared for the range of temperatures we have each day. It can be pretty cool in the mornings and warm up quite a bit by the end if the day, not to mention the wet grass. Please have your children bring a sweatshirt or jacket and maybe a change of socks too.

Some highlights for me this week included

  • reading a story in Mrs. Aldrich’s kindergarten class called I Stink. It is about a garbage truck and all the things it eats!
  • seeing the 2nd graders getting their hands dirty working in the raised garden beds.
  • having pizza lunch in the cafeteria with some 1st graders.
  • and having a dance party during our all school meeting.

Finally, I mentioned at Open House to be on the look out for an invitation from me discuss your thoughts about this school year and beyond. One of our goals is to have more family and community engagement, and that includes having conversations about what we do, what we want to do, and what you would like for your children. Please consider joining me on Tuesday evening, October 18th from 6-7pm here at PES. If you would like to attend, please RSVP so that I can get an idea of how many people to expect. Simply email me at lpimental@conval.edu if you plan on attending.

Have a great weekend!

Larry Pimental

 
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From the Assistant Principal, Mrs. Lee

Last week I overheard some parents talking about a Title One meeting they saw advertised.

Specifically, they were wondering what Title One was. Title One is a government grant program that offers financial assistance to schools that qualify. Again this year, PES qualified for Title One funds based on financial data from families who attend our school. One important data point is the numbers from our Free and Reduced Lunch Program—this is why we ask everyone to fill out the form. Sometimes people don’t think they qualify so they don’t fill out the form, but they may.

The money is used to hire Title One teachers who work with students who need extra support to be successful in class. This year we have one and a half Title One teachers: one full time teacher, Mrs. Wilmont and a part time teacher who is split between PES and another school, Mrs. Morrocco.

Title One teachers can teach reading or math, in the classroom or in a separate location. They

review school-wide data to find students who have specific skill deficits. Those students are

chosen to participate in a 30 minute intervention each day. Their progress is tracked regularly so that decisions can be made to the curriculum so that students can reach their instructional goal. When a student meets their instructional goal they can either be released from Title One or start working on a new goal. Once a student is released from Title One, the classroom teachers and Title One teachers continue to track the students by regularly reviewing their assessment date, both in their classroom and with district wide assessments—like the NWEA.

 
In the Art Room....

 

 

In the Art Room….

Hello PES Families,

First I would like to say thanks for coming to meet me at our Open House. It was great to see and meet you all and I look forward to working with you and your students this year!

The past few weeks we have been busy in the Art Room. 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Graders have just finished Still Life Drawings that I hope you saw hanging just outside the Art Room. They are fantastic. Now they are moving into working on self-portraits and they are doing great. Kindergarten and 1st Grade students are finishing our first project that focused on lines and shapes. We have been having a lot of fun creating work together.

I also have a request. PES Students are going to be participating in the Lantern Parade that has happened the last few years in the early part of December. We will be making lanterns in a few weeks for this event and we need empty, clear, 2 liter bottles for some of the lanterns. So, if I may, I would like to ask you to save your clear, 2 liter bottles and send them to me in the PES Art Room. You can either deliver them directly to the Front Office or you can send them in with your student and they can bring them to me.

Thank you so much and have a great weekend.

Mr. Shultz

 

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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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