The PRES Press

Principal's Monthly Newsletter - November 2020

A Message of Gratitude

I know that this Thanksgiving brings the pang of uncertainty and disappointment, as we gather around smaller tables, with fewer family members to share a meal. In an effort to keep our elderly safe, we may dine without them or over a Zoom call. Perhaps we are grateful for not sitting in traffic, or not having to clean up a very messy kitchen. Whatever your Thanksgiving weekend brings, I hope you and your family have a healthy and safe one. In the Fishkin home, I am looking forward to a quiet meal with our family of four. My husband, Andrew, the chef of the house, is planning to make a turkey meatloaf and I am in charge of slicing the cranberry sauce out of the can. We will Zoom with my mother in Florida, my sisters in NY, and brother-in-law in NJ. For those who will be sitting around the holiday table with a new empty seat, I am wishing you strength and peace at this challenging time. I want to express my gratitude for our incredible Pound Ridge community, the support of parents - our partners in education, and an extraordinary PRES staff who keep school going despite the hurdles. Wishing you and your family good health and a happy Thanksgiving.

Remote Half-Day TOMORROW, Wednesday, November 25

Tomorrow, Wednesday, November 25th is a fully remote half day for students. Teachers will provide students with a schedule of activities during the hours of 9:00 - 11:30 AM. Students in grades 2-5 should attend Google Meets with their teachers.

Students in grades K-1 just received their Chromebooks today! If we find ourselves fully remote in the near future, we sent the Chromebooks home today so you would have them on hand, just in case. However, please plan to have your child bring his/her Chromebook back to school on Monday, November 30th. Teachers will spend time next week orienting students to their new devices and teaching them how to navigate the instructional tools and programs.

Fall 2020 Report Cards

How and when can I view my child’s report card?

Your child’s first semester report card will become available live on the eSchool Data Parent Portal on Friday, December 11, 2020. To access the Portal, click on the following link: or go to the District homepage and click on the “Parent Portal” link in the lower righthand corner.

Report cards are only available online. Hard copies of report cards are only sent home to families who do not have access to a computer. Please make sure to save or print the report card, once viewed, in order to keep for your records.

Should I review the report card with my child?

This is child-specific. Parents should highlight the strengths of the child(ren). Parents may want to identify one or two areas that can be worked on together at home, such as reading. All children have strengths and areas for growth. Report cards are written with a parent audience in mind. Consider what information you feel would best help your child to feel proud of him/herself and provide small child-specific feedback for reaching the next steps in his/her learning.

How will report cards look different during COVID-19?

Please click on the link below for more information regarding how to interpret your child's report cards, considering the hybrid/remote instructional models while teaching and learning through a pandemic:

BCSD Elementary Report Card Parent Letter Fall 2020 - ENGLISH

BCSD Elementary Report Card Parent Letter Fall 2020 - SPANISH

REMINDER: Updated Hybrid First Semester Schedule

REVISED HYBRID CALENDAR WITH REMOTE HALF DAYS: As per Dr. Joel Adelberg’s communication, some of our school days have been adjusted to ensure that cohort 1 and cohort 2 students have an equal number of in-person school days. In addition, we have planned for a few additional half remote days to allow teachers the necessary time for planning, collaboration and professional development. These student half-day remote days will be from 9:00-11:30 AM. Please reference, print and hang on the fridge the newest version of the NEW Hybrid Day Code Calendar.

Caught CARE-ing!

At PRES, we continue to reinforce our character education program, C.A.R.E., a school-wide positive behavioral support system that encourages students and staff to care for themselves, others, and the school wide community. C.A.R.E.s highlights four key components of positive behavior:

  • Cooperation: We work together and help each other.

  • Accountability: We do what’s expected. We take responsibility for our words and actions.

  • Respect: We take care of each other and our building.

  • Effort: We always try our best.

ROUND OF A "PAWS:" Students who demonstrate C.A.R.E. behaviors in school towards others will earn a "round of a paws." Their act of kindness will be announced on the morning announcements. Students can fill out a form acknowledging another classmate, teacher, or peer who has demonstrated one of the C.A.R.E. principles. Noticing acts of caring and kindness in others is the first step in building a considerate and empathetic community.

COMMUNITY ROCKS: When a PRES student is Caught Caring, he/she will choose a rock to place out in the community, bringing a little art and beauty into the lives of others! Whenever you see a painted rock hidden in the community somewhere it is a sign that a random act of kindness has been committed at PRES.

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Thank you, PRES PTA and parent community, for your incredible support and message of gratitude at this challenging time!