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First Day of School Info

By cfoss

Back to School Information

First Day  of School:  

Grades K-6 – Starts August 28, 2013
Pre-School – Starts September 3, 2013

Hours:

Pre-School AM (3 year old program)- 8:15 AM-11:00 AM

Pre-School PM (4 year old program) -11:30 AM-2:30 PM

Kindergarten AM – 8:00 AM-11:00 AM
Kindergarten PM – 11:30 PM-2:30 PM
Grades – 1-6 – 8:00 AM-2:30 PM

Food Prices: * NEW Program – Café’  Services   :
Breakfast:  $1.50
Lunch: $2.40
Reduced  Breakfast Prices :  $.30
Reduced Lunch Prices: $ .40

Snack/Cold Lunch Milk or Juice:  .60

* Please check the school website regarding payment options.
You will receive paperwork the first day of school.

Check out each grade level’s Back to School Supply Letter.

Check out the 2013-2014 Bus Schedule.

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Pittsfield Elementary School Summer Programming!

By Clayton Wood

Summer Program Sign Up Form

The following programs will be running Monday-Thursday; July 8th to August 8th; 8:30-11 :30
For students entering K-6th grade:
Open Library
Our library will be a busy place this summer. Ms. Carver will open the library for students to browse for new books and to participate in literacy activities. Students will also be able to come in and borrow books that next year’s teacher has recommended!
Technology
While the library is open there will also be a chance to use computers to access educational websites like BrainPop and BrainPop Jr. and Arcademic Skill builder.
iPads!
We will also have our District Tech Integrator, Mrs. Foss offering iPad sessions this summer in the library. Students will be able to review and explore content through apps such as Book Creator, Educreations, Skitch, Everyday Math Games, & and more! Session will run: 8:30-9:15; 9:30-10:00; 10:00-11 :00
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Other scheduled programs include:
Kids on the Run
Kids on the Run is back! It will be facilitated by Ms. Wilson, Mrs. Hinkley and Mr. Curtin. Join Kids on the Run and set goals, calculate distances that have been run, and journal about your experience! This activity is open to students entering 4th grade and older. Kids will run 10-11 :30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 8 -August8.
Cooperative Games
Students will be able to practice oral speaking skills while they interact and problem solve with peers. On Mondays and Wednesdays Miss Wilson and Mrs. Bass will take students outside to learn through play! There will be two sessions. Students entering 4th grade and up will play  9:15-10 Mondays and Wednesdays. Students entering 2nd or 3rd grade will play 10:45-11:30 on Mondays and Wednesdays, July 8 – August 8.
Creative Crafting
Students will reinforce their reading and measurement skills as they create works of art. Ms. Stewart will be offering 2 sessions. One will be for students going into grades 3 & 4 and run from 9:15-10, Mon.- Thurs., July 8 – August 8. We will also be looking for some older student volunteers. There will be another session for students going into 5th and 6th grades from 10-11:30 on Mondays and Wednesdays, July 8 -August8.
Summer Stars
Do you enjoy acting? Do you have a great puppet voice? Do you love bringing poetry to life? Join Miss Allen throughout the summer for drama class.
July 8-11 1mprov
July 15-18 Puppets
July 22-25 Poetry Speaks
July 29- August 1 Reader’s Theater
August 5-8 1mprov
Come for one week or a1l5! We do need week-long commitments from our casts, so the
Thursday performances are a success.
We will run two sessions day to chose from: 8:30-9:30 and 10:00-11 :00 Monday through Thursday.
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All of these programs will be open to all students. If you child is signing up for multiple programs they can stay at school for the morning. Home base in between programs will be the library. This is contingent on appropriate behavior at programming.
There will also be free breakfast (starting at 8) and lunch (starting at 11:30) at the school Monday to Friday!



Pittsfield School Board Wins “School Board of Excellence”

By Clayton Wood

Our Pittsfield School Board has been selected as the 2013 School Board of Excellence by the New Hampshire School Boards Association (NHSBA); the NHSBA has recognized the work of the Board in community outreach. The Board will be honored at two events: first, at the annual NH Education “Eddies” awards banquet held in Manchester on Saturday, June 8, and second, at a presentation at the June 20 Board meeting in the PMHS Media Center. Community members faculty and staff are invited to attend.



Lisa Steven – Chichester Grange Teacher of the Year!

By Clayton Wood

Congratulations to PES art teacher Lisa Stevens, who has been selected as Chichester Grange Teacher of the Year. Ms. Stevens has served as the art teacher at Pittsfield Elementary School since 1997. As a visual arts teacher, Ms. Stevens works energetically and enthusiastically with over 300 students each week, and her students consistently produce quality original art work.

At PES students’ art work is always on display in our hallways. Ms. Steven’s students work in drawing, painting, ceramics, photography, and other mediums. She seeks to display PES student art in and out of the school. For the last several years she has shown student  art at the Deerfield Fair, where PES collections regularly win ribbons. Ms. Stevens has also been active in the state network of art teachers and influential in promoting a regional traveling art show featuring k-12 artists in the Suncook Valley. Last school year she served as the chair person for the traveling show.

Over the years Ms. Stevens has brought several artists-inresidence to PES, enriching children’s live and exposing them to artists from the region and the world. Ms. Stevens is the Team Leader for the Unified Arts team at PES and this year worked with the second-grade students to improve reading skills. She works to tie in the curriculum at the grade-levels into projects in art. Ms. Stevens is an accomplished teacher and leader who brings beauty and the joy of creation to the PES community.



Give PES Feedback and – with luck – Win a Kindle Fire

By Clayton Wood

Parents, we need your help. On Thursday evening and Friday, April 11 and 12, when you come to school for parent-teacher conferences, we need you to complete an online survey about your impressions of PES and your family’s habits and routines around school. Each family that completes the 15-minute survey in the school’s library will be entered in a raffle to win a new HD Kindle Fire. Research shows that children are more successful when parents are engaged in the academic development of the child. To assist us in improving our school we are asking every family to complete an online Family-School-Community survey. This is the second year we have done this survey, and we want to get a sense if and how we have improved. This survey is designed to help our school learn more about itself and bring focus to planning for improvement in the area of family engagement. We are striving for a high level participation.  (more…)



Book Series: One Way to Hook a Reader

By Clayton Wood

by Susanne Loring  Children’s Literacy Foundation 

Have you ever noticed  that just starting something is the hardest  part? I often battle with  myself over going to the  gym or not going to the  gym, takeout or a  more healthy homemade meal, do the  dishes or leave them in  the sink. But when I  finally just get up and do  whatever it is I’m delaying, I find that I’m glad I  put in the effort and  even get excited about  the activity. Once I get  into the rhythm, the  activity feeds on itself,  and it’s easier to do on  a daily basis.

This struggle can strike  with reading as well, for  both the reluctant  reader and the eager  bookworm. If your child  is having trouble getting  the reading started, you  may consider getting  them hooked on a book  series.

There are countless  trilogies and other series for kids of all ages,  so there is bound to be  a set of books that can  grab – and hold – your  child’s attention. You  may just find that once  he/she reads the first  book of the series and  gets to know the characters he/she will want  to know what happens  to them next. Your  child will be begging  you to head to the  library to snag book  two (and three and  four…)!

Your public library is a  great place to start  when looking for a new  series. From magic to  adventure to the trials  of preteen life, you can  find series that cover  all topics of interest,  and your librarian is a  great resource in finding one your child will  enjoy. Hopefully the  first book will be so  enticing that reading  the rest of the series  will come naturally!

Here are a few suggestions of very popular  children’s books series:  (more…)



Teacher Communication: One Educator’s Journey

By Clayton Wood

Note: Author Katie Bass is a second-grade classroom teacher, who also serves as PES’s Responsive Classroom Lead TeacherShe taught grade four for her first four years at PES.

In looking back at my five years here at Pittsfield Elementary, I can easily say that I have come a long way in my communication with parents.

In my first year of teaching fourth grade, my stomach would drop whenever I returned to my classroom to see the red light illuminated on my phone telling me that I had a voicemail. I remember being nothing short of fearful of parents then. I knew I was young and had less experience than most of my colleagues, and I was nervous that someone would call me out on it. I sought counsel from my peers and superiors often, even though I was doing the best I could for my students. While I had no negative interactions with parents, I certainly did not feel that this was a strong area in my teaching.

After my first year here, I was fortunate enough to attend Responsive Classroom I training. There, I was able to spend a full day with other teacher reflecting on the importance of parent input as well as learning strategies I could use immediately to improve this aspect of my teacher role. From that day forward, I was fully committed to improving my communications with families. (more…)



Character Dress-up is Monday!

By Clayton Wood

PES students have shown lots of spirit during Read Across America Week.  Friday’s finale activity was to be a day to dress up as a favorite character from a favorite book, but the snow dampened our plan.  No need to fret.  We invite students to come to school dressed as their character on Monday, March 11.



21st Century Community Learning Centers Survey

By cfoss
Dear Pittsfield families,
You are respectfully requested to help the school district assess need for out-of-school time programming for our students.  This data will help support the submission of a grant proposal for funding for before-school and after-school activities and childcare.  The grant program is called 21st Century Community Learning Centers.  You may either complete the survey online at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JYHBH5D  or you may complete a paper survey. PES students brought home a paper copy home with the pink newsletter Friday February 15. Surveys were mailed to PMHS families. Please return the survey as soon as possible.

Thank you very much for your help.



Eight Suggestions for Improving Parent-Teacher Relations

By Clayton Wood

Note: The following article summary is shared with permission from Kim Marshall, a former Boston principal, author, and nationally recognized educator. This is from his weekly educator e-newsletter, The Marshall Memo.

In this New York Times article, sixth-grade teacher Sara Mosle says some parents are overly intrusive, which robs children of the opportunity to solve problems themselves and puts teachers on the defensive. At the other extreme is parents holding back for fear of irritating teachers and sparking retaliation against their children. Here are Mosle’s ideas for a productive middle ground: Parents should encourage their children to take the lead in sorting out difficulties with teachers. College admissions officers tell school people that they look for students who have developed confidence and “voice.” (more…)