The PRES Press
Principal's Monthly Newsletter, April 2019
Pick-ups in Kindergarten Wing (Week of April 29-May 3 ONLY)
NYS Math and Science Tests Reminder
NYS Math Test (Grades 3-5):
Wednesday, May 1 and Thursday, May 2
NYS Science Test (Grade 4):
Performance test - Wednesday, May 22 or Thursday, May 23 (each class tests separately)
Written test - Monday, June 3
From March 2019 NYS Testing Letter from Dr. Joel Adelberg:
Parents often ask how they might best prepare their children for these tests. Since these tests cover a year of curriculum and learning, the best preparation relates to promoting students’ readiness to “show what they know”. This means a good night’s rest, a healthy breakfast, and lots of positive reinforcement.
Our district’s expectation is that all students will take these tests, as they provide us with valuable information on student performance and our commitment to align classroom instruction to the standards. We learn quite a bit about our students and our instructional practices from the results we get from these tests. While we recognize that some parents will have their children “refuse” to participate, we strongly recommend against this. If this is your intention, we will need a written statement of “refusal” by a parent, received by the school, at least three days prior to the specific scheduled state assessment you are refusing to have your child take. We will not offer alternative instruction during the testing time, so your child should come to school with books to read and/or homework to complete.
The Placement Process
Your participation is not required, but if you are interested in participating in the placement process, please complete the form and return it to Mrs. Amy Fishkin in the main office by Tuesday, April 30th.
PRES Celebrates Earth Day!
Throughout the month of April 2019, we celebrated Earth Day in many ways:
Morning Announcements: During the month of April, we shared facts and tips each day about ways we can take care of the Earth.
Earth Day Informational Sessions: Our Greening Committee spoke briefly with each grade level on Monday, April 15th to educate our students about the 4 R’s – Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and how we can help eliminate plastic waste in our environment.
The PRES CAREs bulletin board, designed by our Greening Committee, focused on Earth Day, perseverance, and ways we can reduce our single-use plastics.
PTA led two special projects to support the environment, recycling used markers and sneakers through the Turn Markers into Energy and GotSneakers? programs.
Students were invited to take a “Plastic Pledge” to inspire behavior change to reduce plastic waste. See the Plastic Pledge coming home in backpack mail.
We collected and counted plastic water bottles each week, and noticed that we were able to reduce the number of plastic bottles we throw away as a school community.
Grades 3 & 4 will be planting trees in Carolin’s Grove.
The Courtyard Project - Thank you Pound Ridge Car Show!
First Annual Love4Lucas Fest!
From Sansan and Hide Harashima:
When Lucas was diagnosed with DIPG, something great happened in our community. People who have lived in Pound Ridge all their lives said that they had never seen the community come together in such a positive way, not only to help a little boy and his family, but also to feel like true neighbors in the spirit of giving and compassion. Lucas passed away on March 21, 2018, just 18 months after diagnosis. In his honor, we will work tirelessly to find a cure for DIPG.
The Vision: Kids Helping Kids
Our vision for the Love4Lucas Fest is to bring the community together to support two great local causes:
1)Pound Ridge Elementary School PTA
2)Newly formed Love4Lucas Foundation to raise awareness and research for DIPG
A Day of Fun, Food, Festivities, and Fundraising
The day will be filled with games, activities, food from Scotts Corner Market & food trucks, music and more! It's a time to come together to play, laugh, and enjoy time together as a community.
Upcoming Events at PRES
- April 30: PRES PTA Budget Presentation with Dr. Manno @ 7:30 pm (PRES Library)
- May 1-2: NYS Math Test (Grades 3-5)
- May 6-10: Elementary PE Week
- May 8: ACES Day (All Children Exercise Simultaneously)
- May 13-17: Incoming Kindergarten Screening
- May 16: PRES Art Show @ 6:00-8:00 PM
- May 21: District Budget Vote
- May 22, 23: NYS Grade 4 Science Test (Performance test)
- May 23: Spring Concert @ 7:00 PM
- May 27: Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL
- May 28: Superintendent Conference Day (No School for Students)
- May 31: School Spirit Day (wear red, white and blue)
*Please note: The May 13th Parent-Principal Coffee @ 10:30 AM (K-2 Science) will need to be rescheduled. New date and time TBD.
- June 3: NYS Grade 4 Science Test (Written test)
- June 4: Incoming Kindergarten Bumpy Bus Ride @ 9:30 AM
- June 6: Grade 3 Strings & Grade 4 Band Performance @ 8:00 AM
- June 6: Incoming Kindergarten Parent Orientation @ 7:00 PM
- June 14: Field Day
- June 24: Grade 5 Moving Up Ceremony (11:30 AM Early Dismissal)
- June 25: FLHS Senior Walk at PRES (11:30 AM Early Dismissal)
- June 26: All-school Moving Up Assembly; Last Day of School (11:30 AM Early Dismissal)