Email: PVPTA@PVCSD.ORG March 2012 Volume 11, Issue 4
Putnam Valley PTA Newsletter
President’s Corner… PTA Calendar
Dear Families, March 2012
This month the Putnam Valley ES and MS PTA brought
3/21 PTA Meeting - Dr. Lauren Carner
Detective Tom Grimes with New York's Finest Speakers to MS Café, 7:30 p.m.
the High School PAC to speak on Internet Awareness and 3/22 PTA 5th Grade Event
Safety. Detective Grimes gave age appropriate MS Café, 6:30 p.m.
presentations to the 6th, 3/23 Supt. Conference Day
School closed for students
7th, and 8th grade
3/28 Achievement Fair/Open House
students, as well as our Grades K, 1, & 2, 7:00 p.m.
district parents and 3/29 Achievement Fair/Open House
guardians. Almost two Grades 3 & 4, 7:00 p.m.
hundred people attended
the evening presentation
which was described as
and moving. I saw parents
and guardians completely
4/2-4/6 Spring Recess
engaged in what was a 4/10 PTA/PTSA Joint Budget Mtg.
compelling argument for MS Café, 7:30 p.m.
understanding what your PTA President Andrea Raetzer
4/13 PV Reads Parent Book Club
children are doing when with NY Finest Speaker Detective The Alchemyst, by Michael Scott
partaking in social media Grimes. HS Library, 7:00 p.m.
4/13 PTA Grade Level Event
sites and chat rooms, Grades 3&4, ES Old Gym, 6:30 p.m.
including gaming chats. This presentation is available on 4/27 Grandparent's Ice Cream Social
DVD for check out at the Putnam Valley Town Library, ES Café, 4:00 p.m.
and our Middle School and High School each have a copy 4/30-5/4 PTA MS Spring Book Fair
as well. The PTA listened to parents and guardians of
Putnam Valley when many called for more parent and
child education presentations. We want to continue to May 2012
bring these valuable tools to our families. In an effort to
do so, we ask for your generosity when we send out our 5/4 PV Reads Parent Book Club
Direct Donation requests. The PTA truly appreciates your The Descendants, by Kuai Hemmings
HS Library, 7:00 p.m.
help in our effort to bring our community together. As
5/8 PTA Staff Appreciation Day
always, our door is open to your opinions and 5/11-5/18 PTA ES Spring Book Fair
suggestions. 5/15 Budget and BOE Vote
ES 6:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.
Andrea Raetzer 5/18 ES Fun Fair
ES 6:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
Putnam Valley ES and MS PTA President
5/28 Memorial Day
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND ~ DR. CARNER
Dr. Lauren Carner, a school psychologist for over 30 years and
co-author of "Raising Caring Capable Kids with Habits of Mind - a
Practical Guide for Parents," joined us at our March 21 PTA meeting
at the Middle School to discuss improving parent-child relationships
and ways in which to move through difficulties. We learned how to
mentally prepare for difficult conversations before, during, and
after they take place to ensure better outcomes. This is Dr. Carner's
second visit to a Putnam Valley PTA meeting. She presented to
a packed classroom a year ago where she discussed her Habits of
Mind approach. Thank you again, Dr. Carner.
COME BUILD The Middle School Get One Free"*
"Buy One will hold its fair 4/30-5/4/2012,
WITH US! 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. The Elementary School's fair will be
held 5/11-5/18/2012, 9:00 Coming!
Book Fairs Area.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Volunteers are needed to help. Any amount of time you can
LEGO volunteer is greatly appreciated. Please email Denise
(MS Book Fair) at firstname.lastname@example.org or Stephanie (ES Book
NIGHT Fair) email@example.com.
CHAIRPERSON HELP NEEDED: The MS Book Fair is looking
PTA Grade Level for a Chairperson or Co-Chairpersons to continue this
rewarding event. Please contact Denise
(firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like more information.
Grades 3 and 4
*All free items must be of equal or lesser value than the
April 13, 2012 ones you buy. While supplies last.
ES Old Gym
THANK YOU!! A huge thank you to Heidi Gesson, Chairperson
of Science Night! For the past 5 years, Heidi
To Tompkins Landscaping for has been piercing balloons, creating tornados,
donating all the popcorn at the 5th and making minty toothpaste, among other
grade event! experiments, much to our children's delight.
Thank you, Heidi, for your dedication and hard
To Kelly Hollis for chairing the work on this amazing event.
PARP St. Patrick's Day Bake Sale
which raised money
for the PARP Volunteer of
Ice Cream Social.
The Art Club’s
“Come, Paint, Create!”
By: Anna Gragert
On December 3rd, 2011, the Art Club hosted its
annual “Come, Paint, Create!” event for charity. At
the event, families and friends could be found
hand-glazing unique ceramic items. By hosting this
enjoyable and distinctive event, the Art Club provides
the Putnam Valley community with the opportunity to
order ceramic items of their choosing. Bowls, trivets,
Save the Date!
mugs, plates, and small figurines could be found
among these items. In addition, on the day of the The PV PTA is now
event, a large color selection is available, which allows Facebook! Don’t
onKeep up to date
The 5th annual Putnam Valley PTA Holiday Reads is
for many unique pieces to be glazed (for everyday use
eduled for December 10th from 11-2 pm in the PVES look PTA
forget toof the for us
and for holiday gifts). Fun was had by all that
afeteria. Anyone ordering these items, the Putnam Valley
interested in helping out at this fun
attended! By happenings!
and festive event can contact
community has the chance to do something charitable
Shannon Millicker at:
during the holiday season, while having fun at the
same time, since all of the proceeds go to charity.
This year, the Art Club earned $900 dollars at the
event, which is more than any past year! The
members decided to donate $450 to Caitlyn’s
F.I.G.H.T and $450 to Friedreich's Ataxia Research The Lice Lady of
Alliance (FARA). Overall, the event was very
Westchester comes to
successful for the Art Club, Putnam Valley community,
and the chosen charities as well. From this event,
many beautiful pieces have been created, but, most Tenth graders Amelia Spittal, Eva Shorto, Kelly Sep
year, the AIE Committees for both the ES and MS have joined forces The very mention of the word can set
importantly, this event allows families and friends to Emily Azcue are organizing a coat, hat, and glove
re working together to make a difference in the lives of students byheads itching! At the PTA meeting on
spend a relaxing and productive afternoon together. February
for Oakside School in Peekskill. The girls organiz
28, Anna Albano-Krosche,
ng lots of great new arts programming for both schools. On coat drive after getting such great known on
professional lice technician (better feedback as thei
ber 4th, storyteller Jonathan Kruk performed his “Finger Fables” for project: 100 backpacks in 100 days. hand
The Lice Lady of Westchester), was on Teachers fr
indergarten classes. Next, the ES was treated to a visit on Octoberfor a Oakside andwhich included symptoms of
Got News? discussion PS 236/173 in the Bronx had explain
y furry, blue motivational mascot “YoJo”. YoJo and his friend Phil head lice, girls thatin which to students do not have
We would love to hear from you! If you have anything the ways many of their prevent the
supplies of need at implementation of a
how to “Treat Your would like to see in an proper amountscontraction theyit, the home to work on their school
d aboutnewsworthy that you Body Right” by gettingupcoming
So the regimen for head lice and nit
lice-ridding girls, with help from their parents, decided
PTA and exercise. YoJo’s visit was facilitated by the
ep, nutrition,Newsletter, please share it with us via email at:
email@example.com or removal, effective products to eradicate head
acter Education Committee and the Health Office to coincide with lice, and ways to with generous donations ofin
S Health Walk. The first assembly of the year at the MS will be Lisayour pencils, markers, crayons, scissors, rulers and othe
home. If you missed this informative
needed school supplies for the two schools.at you
“The Magic of Chemistry” on November 2nd for 5th graders. If meeting, you can visit Anna's website If
Carolyn DeRubeis and Margaret Schiffer
www.theliceladyofwestchester.com. they are lookin
like to donate to their coat drive,
d like more information about our committee and/or our programs,
PTA Newsletter Co-Chairs
new or gently used children’s coats sizes 6-12 as w
e email Melodie Wolford: theatrime1cs.com or Suzanne Dropkin: hats and gloves. Email the girls at:
firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re always looking for fresh ideas and new
ALOHA FUN FAIR!
Friday, May 18th, 2012 Chrissy Phillips
Every year we ask each
student to participate by
donating items to Grade-
Level Theme Gift Baskets to
be raffled off at the Fun
Fair! Collections will begin Monday, March
19th and continue until Friday, April 29th!
In addition to our Gift Baskets and
numerous Gift Certificates from local
businesses, we will once again be raffling a
BIKE AND HELMET from Danny’s Cycles
and A WEEK OF SUMMER CAMP donated by
Camp Combe! Other ways to get involved
include donating to the Fun Fair Bake Sale
or being a Parent or Teacher Volunteer the
night of the event! Please check your My name is Chrissy Phillips and I am
Weekly Distributions for Up-To-Date Fun currently a 4th grade teacher here at
Fair Information, Volunteer Forms, and
Putnam Valley Elementary School. I also
have the privilege of being the coordinator
The Fun Fair committee thanks you for of the Elementary School play. I received
your help and support! If you have any my Bachelors degree from The College of
questions, or would like to join the Fun Fair
New Rochelle and my Masters from
Committee please contact: Melissa Perelson
at email@example.com. Western Connecticut State University.
Teaching at the elementary school, in my
own community is very near and dear to my
heart. Prior to teaching here I was a
Thank you to all the students and parents for
their participation in this year's PARP program, teacher at Pine Grove Children’s Center and
and to all of the teachers and have treasured watching the children in
staff who participated in our
this community grow. I grew up nearby in
weekly events and who
encouraged the students to take Mahopac and live here in Putnam Valley with
part week after week. A BIG my husband Dale, our daughters Kaitlyn and
thank you to Andrea Raetzer
Jacklyn and our French Bulldog Ruby. I love
and Elaine McGinty at the Elementary School
and Cheryl Kahn at the Middle School for to spend my time watching my girls
coordinating PARP this year. Great job, ladies!! participate in their sports games and other
activities, and when time allows doing a
2012 PARP Program little acting and singing as well!