During the last few chilly mornings, a number of children have come to school without coats, hats or mittens. Please be aware that we still have outdoor recess and that the winter wind is cold. Our general guidelines is to keep students indoors when temperatures go below 15 degrees. The windchill factors into our decision.
Parents will be able to meet with teachers on Thurs-day after school until 7:00pm and on Friday during the school day. Please contact your child’s teacher to arrange a meeting time if you haven’t set up a time yet.
The Pittsfield Elementary School would like to thank the PES – PTO for their hard work in organizing the Trunk or Treat. This Halloween event exceeded expectations. Thirty-three cars provided the trunks – almost every spot in the parking lot was taken. Many families participated and there was a great turnout of dragons, princesses, bumble bees, Jedi and pirates. There was a bake sale inside the PES cafeteria and the Girl Scouts hosted face painting and other craft activities. It was standing room only on this chilly night.
Dear Parents, Staff and Community of PES,
Your voice matters- we want to hear from you! Pittsfield Listens invites you to join for a two-part series A Journey to Student Centered Learning.
Reception and Panel Discussion: An evening to learn about the opportunities and challenges on a journey to Student Centered Learning at the Pitts-field Schools. – Thursday, Oct. 17th from 5:45-8:00 pm at the Pittsfield Community Center- 1st floor.
A Community Conversation “Schools Can’t Do It Alone”:What critical steps need to be taken in and out of the Pittsfield Schools to support Student Cen-tered Learning? Wednesday, Oct. 30th from 5:45–8:00 pm at PMHS.
Participation in both sessions is requested. Please RSVP. Light dinner served. Childcare available by request. For questions or to RSVP, contact Molly-Community Outreach Coordina-tor with Pittsfield Listens. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 312-6980 facebook.com/PittsfieldListens.
Thank you to all the all the parents and families who made the Open House such a success. It was a great celebration of community. A special thank you to the PES PTO who sponsored and hosted the cookout. Your efforts were truly appreciated.
The Pittsfield School District welcomes three new school leaders who began their service to the district on July 1. This spring, the Pittsfield School Board appointed Susan Graham as Dean of Instruction, Paul Newell as Dean of Operations, and Sarah Rollins as Director of College and Career Readiness.
The three key leadership positions are newly-created, replacing the former positions of PES principal, PMHS principal, and PMHS Guidance Director. Each position will serve both school buildings, PS-12; the Deans are sharing the former principal offices at both schools while the Director is based at PMHS.
Not everybody knows about the quarter-mile nature trail behind PES. In recent years, brush , tree limbs, and muddy areas have made passage challenging.
Thanks to PMHS 9th grader Kyle Hamel, the trail is now the best it’s ever been. For his Eagle Scout project, Kyle and friends have transformed the trail, brought light, firm footing, and even furniture to our wooded backyard.
Kyle has constructed three wooden benches with views of the wetland and constructed a small amphitheatre, suitable for a class meeting. Barton Lumbar donated building materials. Several scouts and scout leaders donated labor and equipment.
We thank Kyle for leading this project for all Pittsfield residents to enjoy.
Learning never stops at PES. Our fun and engaging PES Summer Program starts July 8 and runs through August 9. Programming happens Monday through Thursday from 8:00-12:00. Look for a registration form coming home next week.
This year the Pittsfield School District will be providing bus transportation to and from the summer programs. In addition, free breakfast and lunch will be provided for anyone under the age of 18 by the Community Action Coalition. Our library will be open to all grade levels during these times. Students may borrow books and to use the computers for math games.
Eligible students entering pre-k, kindergarten, and first grade will be invited to join our classroom programming, which is designed to help students transition to the next grade, while practicing essential skills in literacy and mathematics. Each of these grades has a limit of 12 students.
Eligible students entering grades 2-6 will be receiving information regarding tutoring hours available. Students entering grades two through six may register for two or four days each week. A schedule of activities will be coming out next week. Some options will include: Kids on the Run, Arts and Crafts, Drama, Zumba, iPad Exploration, and Story Time. We will create a schedule of activities for each student based on needs and interests.
Summer Programming is funded by three sources: district money, Special Education and Title 1. Questions can be directed to Danielle Harvey.
Forms asking for parents’ input on class placement for next year are going home with students today. The optional forms are due back May 10.
The form explains how we use parent input in our process. We read and consider every form we get back. Teacher teams spend a great deal of time creating groups for the next year. Next year there will be three classrooms for kindergarten (1 morning and 2 afternoon), three first-grade classrooms, and three second-grade classrooms. There will be just two classes in each of grades three, four, five, and six.
We ask that parents not request specific teachers (assignments change), but parents may describe the qualities of a teacher their child responds to. Children will learn their placement for next year on June 21.
The Pittsfield School District will be holding its second Community Forum on School Safety, Wednesday, April 17 at 6:00 PM at the Pittsfield Elementary School.
This forum, co-sponsored by the Pittsfield Elementary School PTO and Pittsfield Parent Connection, is a follow-up to the Safety Forum held back in December that addressed community concerns and provided information pertaining to the emergency protocols in place within Pittsfield Schools.
The Pittsfield School District Crisis Team includes members of Pittsfield’s Police and Fire Departments. Since the December Safety Forum, the team has met with Gregg Champlin of the Department of NH Homeland Security to audit the District’s Emergency Response Plan. Mr. Champlin then shared seven procedures that might be used during various emergency situations. The Crisis team will be sharing the results of their meeting and providing information to the public as to how community members might become involved as team members moving forward in this work.
Answers to questions posed at the initial meeting will also be addressed and an opportunity for more questions from the community will be made available.
Your participation in this event will provide the Pittsfield School District Crisis Team valuable feedback as they refine the District’s Emergency Response Plan.
Informational Meeting on School Administrative Restructuring , April 17
An informational meeting for parents and community members regarding the school administrative restructuring that has been adopted by the Pittsfield School Board will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, in the PES cafeteria.
The restructuring will eliminate the positions of school principals at both PES and PMHS and replace these positions with a Dean of Instruction and a Dean of Operations who will each be responsible for both schools, PS-12. The restricting is expected to result in (1) academic gains for students, (2) stronger coherence between the two schools, and (3) greater efficiencies in operations. Beginning in 2008, Pittsfield’s schools have been developing strategies to address these three aims. Parents and community members are invited to participate in this upcoming informational meeting to learn more about this exciting change for our schools’ leadership.