The PRES Press

Principal's Monthly Newsletter, April 2018

A Message from Principal Amy Fishkin

Celebrating Earth Day!

On April 20th, we will be gathering the students for our monthly C.A.R.E.s assembly to highlight the ways we can "care" for our earth, our environment, and our community. At the assembly, we will have a special guest, Mike Richter, who was brought to us by our PRES Greening Committee. Mike was a professional hockey player, a goalie for the New York Rangers, and Stanley Cup champion. He has also been a pioneer for making the athletics industry (NHL, NBA, and more) a greener system. He now works on helping organizations and businesses switch to more efficient LED lighting.

April 20th will be our next school spirit day! Students are invited to wear their PRES clothes or anything green, for Earth Day, and to celebrate our school pride!

We are also inviting students to take on the Earth Month Challenge. Students are invited to participate in 4 challenges: 1) Green Solutions; 2) Meatless Recipes; 3) Turn Old Into New; 4) Green Readers. Please consider having your child(ren) try out at least one of these Earth Month challenges, and submit their ideas to the green "Earth Month Challenge" box in the main office by Thursday, April 19. The students' ideas will be shared at our April 20th assembly.

Bus Drills

On Tuesday, April 11th, our PRES students participated in a bus drill at school. Each year, the students participate in three drills, in the fall, winter and spring. At this bus drill, the students are brought onto a school bus in front of the building and a driver from the bus company reviews the bus safety rules. The students are reminded about wearing their seat belts, keeping their feet out of the aisle, and keeping voices down so the driver can focus on the road. The students also learn about where to find the First Aid kit, the emergency windows, and how to exit the bus through the rear exit. Students are given valuable information to help them stay safe on the bus while traveling to and from school. Even Mrs. Fishkin practiced exiting the bus from the rear!

You can review our bus safety rules with your children by referring to the "Bus Safety Contract" sent home earlier in the school year or by clicking on the link to our school website: Bus Safety Contract

Honoring Mrs. Nancy Morfea

Mrs. Nancy Morfea was a well-loved mother, grandmother, friend, and co-worker to many. She spent the past 40 years working as a teacher's aide in the Bedford Central School District, at Pound Ridge Elementary School, where she was adored by an entire community. She was known for her famous empanadas, her sewing Pride class, her sense of humor, and the loving way she supported all students in the classroom and on the playground. Nancy sadly passed away on February 12, 2018, after a courageous battle with cancer. In her honor, we will be holding a memorial event on May 21, 2018 at 4:00 pm on the Pound Ridge Elementary School Playground. All are welcome.

The Placement Process

A placement parent input form was sent home via backpack mail on Thursday, April 12. Developing classes for the 2018-2019 academic year is a challenging task. Appropriate class placement is extremely important to us because we know that balanced, heterogeneously grouped classes create the most optimal learning environment suitable to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of our students. We value input from parents in helping to determine the best possible learning environment for your child. If you are interested in participating in the placement process, please complete the form that was sent home on April 12 or click on the link below to download the form.

Your participation is not required, but if you would like to contribute to this process, please feel free to complete the form and return it to Amy Fishkin in the main office by Monday, April 30th.

Library Hosts New Book Tasting!

PRES Librarian, Rina Baldo, hosted a book tasting with fifth graders in April 2018. As brand new books arrived to enhance the PRES collection, Mrs. Baldo invited fifth grade students to try out the new books, write reviews, and determine whether or not they would recommend the books for others. Tables were organized by genre, so students could peruse books at the picture book table, non-fiction table, or graphic novel table. The tables were set with place settings, trays of books, and menus on which to record their reviews - a creative way to engage our oldest readers in bringing our new books to life in the PRES library. I give the PRES library restaurant 5 stars!

School Dismissal Manager Update

Thank you so much for learning how to use our new online dismissal system, School Dismissal Manager. We hope you are finding the program easy to use, efficient, and useful as you navigate your child's daily dismissal plans. A few reminders to keep in mind:

  • Students who have a recurring dismissal plan, such as PRIDE, Tennis, CCC, Pick-up, or American Gymnastics: If there is a change to this recurring plan, parents will need to go into SDM and make an exception for that day. If no change is made, we will follow the directions set by School Dismissal Manager.
  • If your child will be riding a different bus home for any reason, please choose the new bus number as the exception for that day. Enter the child's destination in the “notes” section.
  • If your child will be riding his/her regular bus home, but is getting off at a different stop, please enter this as an exception. Choose the same bus number as the exception for that day. Then, enter the child's new destination in the “notes” section.
  • If you need to cancel a recurring dismissal plan, click on "Recurring Dismissal Instructions" at the top of your screen. Choose the student/child. Then, choose "Click here to delete all existing recurring dismissal instructions." This will delete ALL recurring exceptions and reset to the default plan for your child.

Here's how we know School Dismissal Manager is working...

  • In less than 4 months, since starting the program, a total of 5,894 exceptions have been entered into the system for the year. That's almost 6,000 paper notes saved!
  • We've had a total of 392 exceptions just this week.
  • We've had a total of 1,148 exceptions so far this month, and it's only mid-April!
  • We have a total of 212 active parent accounts!
  • Keep up the good work, PRES!

PRES Spelling Bee

A total of 44 second-fifth grade students participated in the 5th annual PRES Spelling Bee, which took place on March 28, 2018. Thank you to Allison Levey, the chair of the Spelling Bee committee. Thank you to all the parent volunteers who helped to make the event such a success! We are so proud of all the brave spellers who stood onstage and participated. It took a lot of courage to stand up, by yourself, in front of an audience, and spell a variety of challenging words! Every student who participated did a remarkable job! A special thank you to Mrs. Sally Conrad and Mrs. Mary Beth Schreier for being our spelling pronouncers.

Here are our PRES Spelling Bee winners...

2nd grade:

1st place tie: Tessa Dorgan and Leilani Forni

3rd : Julia Martone

3rd grade:

1st: Curtis McConnell

2nd: Lily Tunick

3rd: Elizabeth Eshoo

4th grade:

1st: Skyler Benson

2nd: Dani Ades

3rd: Nora Dooley

5th grade:

1st: Niles Sood

2nd: Serra Worlock

3rd: Maeve Welch