The PRES Press

Principal's Monthly Newsletter, March 2019

C.A.R.E. Assembly & School Spirit Day

During the month of March, we have focused on the theme of generosity. We talked about ways we can be generous with our words by complimenting others. We invited students (and staff) to write compliments to one another and hang them on our PRES CAREs bulletin board, in an effort to "Throw Kindness Like Confetti."


We will hold our next monthly CAREs assembly on, Thursday, March 28th. Students and staff are invited to wear PRES clothes or the school color, green, for our school-wide assembly. At this assembly, we will focus on generosity and our CAREs values, led by our first grade team.


On Friday, March 29th, we will celebrate our school spirit with Dress Like a Teacher Day! Students are invited to pick a beloved teacher and dress like him/her! Be creative!

New York State Testing Schedule

The New York State English Language Arts (ELA), Math, and Science assessments will be taking place in the coming months. These tests, in grades 3-8, measure student progress towards meeting the Common Core Learning Standards. The testing dates are as follows:


NYS English Language Arts Test (Grades 3, 4, 5):

April 2-3, 2019

(Make-up tests: April 4th-9th)


NYS Math Test (Grades 3, 4, 5):

May 1-2, 2019

(Make-up tests: May 3rd-8th)


NYS Science Test (Grade 4 ONLY):

Performance Test: May 22, 23, 24, 2019

(Each class will be tested separately on one day. A separate schedule will be sent home.)

Written Test: June 3, 2019 (All grade 4 students)


We expect students to do their best work on these assessments, without putting too much pressure on them. This is a snapshot in time, and one data point we use, among many others, to assess our students' progress throughout the school year. You can help us prepare your child by ensuring he/she gets a good night's sleep the night before and a healthy breakfast on the morning of the test.


Please see additional information from Dr. Joel Adelberg, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction: NYS Testing Letter March 2019

BCSD Elementary Bike Run is Coming!

The 9th Annual BCSD Elementary BikeRun is Sunday, May 19, 2019!

Registration will close on March 29, 2019 or when we reach capacity of 400 students. Spaces fill quickly so please register now!


The 9th Annual BCSD Elementary BikeRun is back and will be held on Sunday, May 19. The BikeRun will be held on the Fox Lane Campus and begins at 8 AM on May 19. Please mark your calendars - registration will close when we reach capacity of 400 BCSD elementary students. BikeRun, as always, will be a fun-filled day for the whole family - with food, activities, music and festivities!


All Kindergarten through 5th grade students attending BCSD elementary schools (Bedford Hills, Bedford Village, Mount Kisco, Pound Ridge and West Patent) are welcome and encouraged to participate. Registrations are on a first-come basis and limited to 400 students, so if you intend to register your children, please do so quickly! All registrations are accepted online. For more details, visit the BCSD BikeRun website at http://bcsdny.org/k5bikerun.


Over the past eight years, BikeRun has donated more than $20,000 -- $4,000+ per elementary school -- to BCSD physical education programs. Due to both successful registrations and generous sponsors, we are very pleased to be able to give back to the PE programs who help our students stay moving! The BikeRun is the only health and wellness event that unifies all five BCSD elementary students and their families, with 1,000 people expected on campus the day of the event.


Parents, please note:

  • Participants provide their own bike, and helmets are required (no exceptions). Training wheels are allowed.
  • Kindergarten students are welcome to use any sort of wheels – tricycles and training wheels are welcome!
  • Modified heats are available for students with special needs. BCSD is an inclusive community and there will be accommodations for students requiring support at the event. Please email bcsdsepto@gmail.com with your contact information and we will follow up on the accommodation plan for your student.


Please register your children online using this link: http://bcsdny.org/k5bikerun


We're here for questions, please send any to bcsdbikerun@gmail.com and we'll be right back to you. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you all at the BikeRun!


-----The BikeRun Team

Kindergarten Keeping Imagination Alive!

Last week, our kindergartners made traps to try to catch a sneaky leprechaun. Our fifth grade buddies came to help us and we set up our traps around the school. We didn’t catch a leprechaun, but we did have a visit when we weren’t looking! The leprechauns made a mess of our classroom and left a scavenger hunt for us with gold coins for everyone!


Kindergarten-5th Grade Buddy Photos:

KS-5th Grade Buddies Make Leprechaun Traps

K-MM-5th Grade Buddies Make Leprechaun Traps

First Graders Become Experts!

First grade has been diving into our nonfiction units for reading and writing workshop. First graders are learning to write “All About/ Expert Books” on topics which they know A LOT about. Topics range from expert books about candy, Legos, and even Komodo Dragons. First graders are inspired and motivated to share their knowledge and expertise about the things that matter to them and that they LOVE! In science, first graders have been diving into units on Sound and Vibration as well as Earth’s System: Patterns and Cycles. We were very lucky to have the MAD SCIENCE program visit our classrooms multiple times for some hands-on fun! Thank you Art and Science Committee for making this enrichment possible!

Second Grade Leads PRES in Friendship

Our second graders have been enjoying our new science curriculum. During this unit, called Processes that Shape the Earth, students were able to plan, research and share their learning about Earth changes (tornadoes, hurricanes,etc.) and landforms. Through google classroom, children were able to choose topics of interest, watch videos, read books, and record their learning in their science journals. Coming up, we will explore and observe the effects of erosion through a hands-on simulation and come up with a plan to prevent erosion.


Second grade also led our CAREs assembly last month focusing on Friendship. They read a book, That's What Friends Do, sang songs, offered friendship tips, and honored both our friends who are here with us and our friends who are no longer with us: beloved teacher aide, Mrs. Nancy Morfea, and classmate, Lucas Harashima.


Here are some photos from our CAREs assembly: March 2019 Photos

Third Grade Gets Electric!

In science, our third graders have been exploring electricity. Our unit was kicked off with a HighTouch HighTech program called, Edison’s Workshop. This was an enrichment program paid for by the PTA. The program provided hands-on STEM experiments which allowed students to make direct observations and to manipulate materials and equipment. Back in the classroom the students continue to explore electricity concepts. They have been creating series and parallel circuits to make a light bulb turn on. In addition they have created simple switches and pressure switches. The students are also discovering what materials are good conductors of electricity and what materials are insulators. This has been an exciting unit rich with discovery.

Fourth Grade Brings History to Life

Fourth grade recently brought history to life with their annual Colonial Day! Students enjoyed dressing up in authentic colonial clothes. Throughout the day, students participated in a variety of activities that typically took place during Colonial Times, including: candlemaking, tinsmithing, stenciling, toys & games, Dame School, textiles & cooking, music, and dance. Thank you to all the parent volunteers who helped to make the day successful. A special thank you to Allison Levey, who coordinated all the Colonial Day events.


See more photos from Colonial Day: March 2019 photos

Fifth Grade Takes on the Human Body and Argument Essays

Fifth grade was fortunate to visit FLHS to see the Fox Lane Middle School perform High School Musical. Our fifth graders are in the midst of a study of the human body. Students learned CPR from Nurse Novak. They also took part in a “Gobs and Goo” science enrichment class where students examined models of organs from the body with a hands-on approach. Students were active participants in a hands-on Breakout EDU on the human body. Fifth graders just finished publishing argumentative essays based on topics such as, "Are zoos appropriate for animals?" and "Are extreme sports worth the risk?" We are looking forward to studying the Civil Rights Movement in Social Studies and learning how to read fantasy in book clubs. In addition, we have many field trips and activities planned for a fun-filled end of year.


See photos of fifth graders, and their kindergarten buddies, creating and solving EDU Breakout kits: Breakout EDU with Buddies and MORE photos of Breakout Kits with Kindergarten Buddies

The Art Room is a Buzz in Preparation for PTA Auction & Art Night!

Spring is a busy time in the Art Room! Each class has been working on their collaborative artwork for the PTA Auction, and now we are starting to get ready for Art Night on May 16th! It is just about time for students to submit their artwork for the show, so everyone is busy adding the final details and finishing touches to their work. In the coming weeks, Kindergartners will glaze their pinch pots, first and second graders will begin exploring more 3-dimensional work, third graders will begin self-portraits, and fourth and fifth graders will be learning new printmaking techniques!


SAVE THE DATE: Art Night - Thursday, May 16 @ 6:00 pm

Students Learn to Compose in Music Class

The fifth graders are beginning their composing unit in music class this month. They will be creating their own melodies for the Vendor Project. They get to decide what they will sell and create a catchy tune to help them sell their wares. Props and choreography are welcome! Fourth graders have been reading and writing new rhythms as they prepare to create their own rhythmic compositions with body percussion. Third graders are excited to begin learning how to play the recorder!! Recorder playing will be incorporated into each class. Second graders have begun rhythmic reading in music class. They will be continuing to play the Orff instruments. First graders are excited to begin playing the Orff Instruments this month! Kindergartners have been enjoying using creative movement to act out stories in music class.


SAVE THE DATE: Spring Concert - Thursday, May 23 @ 7:00 pm

Upcoming Events at PRES...

March 2019:

  • March 28: CAREs Assembly (Wear PRES clothes!)
  • March 28: PTA Spelling Bee @ 6:00 PM
  • March 29: PRES School Spirit Day (Dress Like a Teacher Day!)
  • March 29: Author's Day: Shana Corey


April 2019
  • April 2-3: NYS ELA Test (Grades 3-5)
  • April 5: Superintendent Conference Day (No School for Students)
  • April 6: PTA Totally Awesome 80's Auction @ 8:00 PM
  • April 17: CAREs Assembly (Wear PRES clothes)
  • April 18: PRES School Spirit Day (Wear Green-Celebrate Earth Day!)
  • April 18: 5th Grade Ropes Course at FLMS
  • April 19-26: Spring Recess - NO SCHOOL
  • April 22: Earth Day
  • April 30: District Budget Overview with Dr. Manno @ 7:00 PM (PRES Library)


May 2019:

  • May 1-2: NYS Math Test (Grades 3-5)
  • May 6-10: Elementary PE Week
  • May 13: Parent-Principal Coffee @ 10:30 AM (K-2 Science)
  • May 13-17: Kindergarten Screening
  • May 16: PRES Art Show @ 6:00-8:00 PM
  • May 21: District Budget Vote
  • May 22, 23, 24: NYS Science Test (Grade 4 ONLY)
  • May 23: Spring Concert @ 7:00 PM
  • May 27: Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL
  • May 28: Superintendent Conference Day (No School for Students)

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