News from Paris Elementary

December 18, 2020

Holiday Wishes

Dear PES Families and Friends,

2020 has been challenging for all of us to say the very least. Nothing about this year has been "normal" or easy or what any of us had probably hoped for. School and learning has been challenged in ways we never could have expected. We know this has put a hardship on our families, our students and our educators. Yet, despite the uncertainty of what school will look like from day to day-whether we can be in-person or need to shift to remote instruction with little notice-a few things have remained unchanged:

  • Parents and families continue to offer their support and positive feedback
  • Teachers continue to work hard to engage students in learning
  • We continue to teach the curriculum and focus on new learning as best we can
  • Parents and care givers have been flexible with helping their children figure out Zoom School and all the unknown challenges that come with this
  • Families have supported the arrival and dismissal changes implemented this year
  • Children continue to amaze us with accepting and following the additional health guidelines we have implemented
  • Relationships continue to be at the heart of all our work each day

While I wish I could say the new year will be different, I don't anticipate much will change for a while. However, I do wish for all of you a healthy and happy holiday season. May you find time to relax and cherish the many gifts you do have-your children being the most precious gift of all.

Lori Pacholski

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Where is Snowflake the Elf hiding?

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We want your child to be successful in school and that means supporting and encouraging their whole development. While excelling in academic classes is important, students also need skills to take on learning challenges, make good decisions, handle strong emotions, and get along with others.

This year, all PreK-8 schools in our district are implementing Second Step®, a research-based social-emotional learning program designed to improve students’ social-emotional skills, such as emotion management, impulse control, problem-solving, and empathy. Second Step skills and concepts are designed to help students both in and out of school. Please see the infographic below to learn about the areas of focus.

We are very excited for this opportunity for our students to learn skills that will support them at school, at home, and in the community. If you have any questions about Second Step, please don’t hesitate to contact your child's teacher for more information. Thank you for your support as we work to build a safe and supportive school community.

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Request for Feedback

A few months ago, we asked for feedback about the emergency learning in the spring. We used that information to design what we hope is a much better system this year. We would like your feedback on how we are doing now that we are back in school. Our goal as a district is to continue to move our students forward with learning. Please complete a survey for each of your children.

Paris Elementary School Survey

Please click the button above to complete a feedback survey for PES. We would love to know how we are doing and how we can improve. Thank you in advance for your time.

Symptom Checks

Please continue to use the Covid-19 Pre-Screening Tool below to monitor your children before sending them to school. We appreciate your attention to this and know this will continue to keep our students safe and healthy.
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Upcoming Dates

Friday, December 18
  • Progress Reports will be emailed to parents
Wednesday, December 23

  • Remote Learning Day- 8:30-11:30 for all MSAD17 Students
Thursday, December 24

  • January 1 -- Holiday Vacation
Monday, January 4

  • Students return to school
Tuesday, January 12

  • Picture retake day from 9 am- 12pm
Monday, January 18

  • Martin Luther King Holiday- NO SCHOOL