Petrova Elementary School

September 2019 Newsletter

Mr. Bryan Munn, Principal

Mrs. Katie Laba, Dean of Students

Office Phone: 518-891-4221

Office Fax: 518-891-4224

School Website:

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Welcome Back Petrova Families!!

Dear Petrova Families,

I hope you all are enjoying your summer and that you are excited to return to school! On behalf of the entire faculty and staff at Petrova, we want to welcome our students and families, new and returning, for the upcoming year.

Students return to school on Thursday, September 5th. The Petrova Elementary school day will begin at 8:45 a.m. Students who are walkers or who are picked up by a parent will be dismissed at 3:25 p.m. and students who ride a bus will be dismissed at 3:30 p.m. This is a change from last years dismissal times, as our school day has been extended 10 minutes this year. To ensure the safety of all students, we ask that you abide by the established routine when dropping off or picking up your child. Students who will be dropped off between 8:20-8:45, should be dropped off on Petrova Avenue and will walk to the front of the school. For safety reasons, please do not drive into the bus circle or adjacent parking lot for any reason during pick up/drop off time. Supervision is available beginning at 8:20 a.m. each morning and students should not be on school property or in the building before this time. If you are picking up your child after school, please gather outside door #14, which is located on the Petrova Avenue side of the building at 3:25 p.m. This is also a change from last year. If there is a change to where your child is going after school, please fill out the Dismissal Change note and have your child give it to their teacher first thing in the morning. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in following these procedures.

I encourage you to contact the school (891-4221) or visit our website ( at any time should you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for your continued support of Petrova Elementary. On behalf of the entire Petrova Elementary staff, we wish all students and families a very successful 2019-2020 school year!


Bryan Munn

Petrova Elementary Principal


As we start the new year school year, please welcome the next generation of educators and support staff joining our family. Several of these staff are new to Petrova, but not new to the district.

  • Susan Syrup - Sue is our new 12:1+1 Special Education teacher. Sue is a familiar face in the district, but new to us at Petrova. Sue comes to us from the Middle School.

  • Jennifer Moore - Jen comes to Petrova from the High School. Jen is very excited to be a part of the Petrova Family as our new art teacher. Welcome aboard Jen!

  • Rachel Dalton - Rachel is our new 4th grade teacher. Though new to the district as a teacher, Rachel was born and raised in Lake Clear and is a graduate of our school district. Welcome to the family Rachel!

  • Jessica Seymour - Jessica is also new to Petrova, but not new to the district. Jessica was hired as a Social Worker during the 2018-2019 school year and has been working at the high school. Jessica will make the move to Petrova and Bloomingdale beginning this school year. Congratulations to Jessica and her husband, as they are expecting their first child prior to the start of the school year. Welcome to Petrova Jessica and good luck with your new little bundle of joy!

  • Elizabeth Finlayson - Elizabeth will be joining us as a long-term substitute Social Worker, while Jessica is on maternity leave. Welcome Elizabeth!

  • We will also be hiring several TA’s and Aides in the weeks prior to the start of the school-year.

Positivity Project

This year, Petrova will continue to participate in the Positivity Project!

“I can sum up positive psychology in just three words — Other People Matter. Period. Anything that builds relationships between and among people is going to make you happy.” -Dr. Chris Peterson

The Positivity Project is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to helping America’s youth build stronger relationships by recognizing the character strengths in themselves and others. Their vision is to create citizens and leaders who will enhance our communities and country by internalizing the belief that “Other People Matter.” Positive psychology’s scientifically validated 24 character strengths serve as its foundation. Positive psychology teaches that people have all 24 strengths within them – and that character is not just skills or behaviors, but rather an intrinsic part of each of us.

The Positivity Project ideals evolve throughout a student’s whole school career. The 24 character strengths develop and gain more meaning for students as they grow. Once students learn the meaning of each strength and what it looks like, they can then be embedded into the curriculum in every subject area. The character strengths become a part of a common language and they will see them in everything that they do.

Each classroom will provide a daily 10 minute lesson on the weekly character trait, and it will also be infused in our daily language and expectations. We will also be talking about it daily on the announcements and at our Friday AM Meetings. If you have any questions please let Mrs. Laba or Mrs. Cassidy know!

Petrova Newsletter

The Petrova Newsletter is produced once a month and includes dates, pictures, and information for Petrova families. The first two months will be printed and sent home. Then, the newsletter will be only be accessed electronically through the Parent’s Club FB page, or our Saranac Lake Central School District website (under Petrova). If you would like to request a paper copy, please send this slip into your child’s teacher as soon as possible. Thank you!

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Please return to the Main Office. Thank you!

Back to School Event

Wednesday, Aug. 28th, 4-7pm

141 Petrova Avenue

Saranac Lake, NY

One Stop Shop to Get READY for School!

New for the 2019-2020 school year!

ALL Students K-12th grade will receive their school supplies...for free!


F R E E~!

Bring Your Backpack to Fill!

More information

School staff and volunteers will be ready to help your student get Ready for School!

We will have lists of needed materials.

We will have backpacks if you need them!


Wednesday, August 28th 4-5 p.m.

Kindergarten Open House! Please bring your K student to meet their teacher! The bus garage will also be in attendance to hand out bus tags.

Thursday, September 5th


Thursday, September 12th 6:30 p.m. MS Library

Parent's Club Meeting

ALL are welcome!

Wednesday, September 18th 6-7:30 p.m.

Meet the Teacher Night (parents only please)

Daycare will be available by the HS Key Club

Parents will meet in the Auditorium with Mr. Munn and Mrs. Laba and then we will have three rotations for parents to visit with teachers

Thursday, September 26th 6:00 p.m.

MOVIE NIGHT-Elementary Cafeteria

Please bring a chair to this event.

Movie TBA

Friday, September 27th


Petrova Parent's Club

The Petrova Parent's Club is a very active group of parents and staff who come together to create fun and exciting opportunities for our Petrova Community!

Last year some of our activities were: movie nights, winter clothing swap, wreath making, Winter Carnival, Winter Carnival Parade (1st place School, 1st Place OVERALL!), Teacher Appreciation Lunch, school-wide Holiday Movie/Gift, support the 5th Grade vs. Staff Basketball Game, classroom volunteers, fundraising, Fun Day, and MUCH MORE!

Parent's Club is looking for volunteers. Please consider attending our first meeting on Thursday, September 12th at 6:30 p.m. in the Middle School Library. Childcare is available by our amazing SLHS students! See you there!

2019-2020 OFFICERS:

Co-Presidents: Annie Karger, Amy Hyatt

Treasurer: Cindy Shortell

Faculty Liason: Katie Laba (

Please continue to save those BOX TOPS! There is a new app for your phone where you can scan your receipt for Box Tops. No more cutting!!

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Petrova After School Opportunities

There will be 3 sessions of scheduled after school programing for students in Grades 3-5. Information on how to sign up will be available soon. We are looking to sign up students electronically this year. There will be an after school bus for this program.

Petrova will also have Homework Haven after school this year. More information will follow.

Petrova is also "home" to the YMCA's before/after school care opportunities. All questions/contact for this program should be made directly to the YMCA.

Tentative After School Programs for 2019-2020

October 28,29,30, Nov. 4,6 (5 sessions)

Art Club (Mrs. Everritt)

Fit Club (Mr. Wilson)

Lego Club (Mrs. Lawrence)

Kickball (Ms. Casson)

Science Club (Ms. McIntosh) GRADE 3 ONLY

Cooking Club (Mrs. Goff)

Yearbook Club (Mrs. Zander/Mrs. MS Dalton)

February 18, 20, 25, 26, 27 (5 sessions)

Yoga/Mindfulness (Limit 8) (Mrs. Shatraw)

Floor Hockey (Mrs. Yando)

Fit Club (Mr. Wilson)

Science Club (Ms. McIntosh) GRADE 4 ONLY

Geometer’s Club (Grades 4-5)

8 students maximum (Mr. Baldwin)

Cooking Club (Mrs. Goff)

Kick ball (Ms. Casson)

Cross Country Ski Group (Mrs. Doyle)

Yearbook Club (Mrs. Zander/MS Dalton)

May 4,6,11,13,18,20 (6 sessions)

Walking Club (Shatraw)

Lego Club (Mrs. Lawrence)

Martian Bowling (Ms. Casson)

Science Club (Ms. McIntosh) GRADE 5 ONLY

Cooking Club (Mrs. Goff)

Yearbook Club (Mrs. Zander, Mrs. MS Dalton)

Basketball Club (Mr. Morgan)


Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns. Here's to a great 2019-2020 academic year!