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Foot Works Friday

By Clayton Wood

Footwork Fridays resumes Friday May 2nd. Join us at the Family Dollar for a brisk walk to school! We are always looking parents to join in the fun! Students can begin being dropped off at 7:10.


OPERATION MILITARY KIDS

The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension Military Youth and Family Program invites everyone to show their support for over 4,100 New Hampshire military-connected youth by wearing purple on April 15th. PURPLE-UP! For Military Kids is a very visible way to honor and celebrate their strength and sacrifices made throughout all phases of the deploy-ment cycle. Purple is the combination of Army green, Marine red, and Coast Guard, Navy and Air Force blue. We hope everyone will take this opportuni-ty to celebrate these young heroes! Be creative…..the goal is for military youth to actually see the support of their community! We welcome you to take pictures of your group wearing purple. Email them to ce.myfp@unh.edu so we can share them with military families on their website (nhmilitarykids.org) and Facebook (facebook.com/nhmilitarykids) pages!




NH Fishercats Reading Challenge

By Clayton Wood

It’s that time of year again for the NH Fishercats Reading Challenge. Forms will be coming home next week, if they haven’t already. Your student just needs to read 5 books of their choice to earn 2 free tickets to a Fishercats Game. Completed forms can be turned in to the library. Even if you do not want the tickets, please complete the form to help our school have a chance at winning up to $3,000. If you have any questions, please see Miss Carver.

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Sponsor-A-Book Fundraiser for Pittsfield Elementary School

By Clayton Wood

We are launching an Online Library Book Fair to raise $2000 to purchase new books for the school library. 100% of every dollar raised will be used to purchase new books for the library! Please help us reach our goal and donate at Sponsor-A-Book Fundraiser for Pittsfield Elementary School!



Target Dollars Help PES

By Clayton Wood

Last fall District Math Coach Danielle Harvey organized a Facebook campaign from Target in which many community members helped us with! PES received $200 in gift cards from Target’s “Give with Target” campaign. The goal of the program was to provide resources to promote student success. Each team was given a $25 gift card to purchase supplies that their team could use in the classroom. Below is what each team bought.

  • Kindergarten Team: two wireless mice for SMART Board computers and five three-packs of yellow highlighters
  • First Grade: Gel pens for publishing
  • Second Grade: Sheet protectors for  student portfolios
  • Third Grade: Supplies for recognizing student success
  • Fourth Grade: Materials for the social studies project, “Scrap Map of the Counties of New Hampshire”
  • Fifth Grade: dice to play math games with and scrapbook paper to use in poetry presentation.
  • Sixth Grade: Dry-erase markers
  • Unified Arts Team: Sheet protectors and scented markers

Thank to all of you on Facebook who helped in the campaign. We very much appreciate your support of our teachers!



Concord Dental Sealant Coalition and Dr. Dustin Visit PES

By Clayton Wood

Last week and this week, two hygienists from the Concord Dental Sealant Coalition spent five days at PES. The Concord Dental Sealant Coalition is a non-profit organization, providing preventive dental services and oral health education in ten schools in the greater Concord area.

The school-based program is celebrating its sixth year. The program targets children in grades 1, 2, and 3, because this is the age when the permanent molars appear in the mouth, and dental sealants can be applied to prevent cavities.

At PES, Pittsfield dentist, Dr. Cedric Dustin, volunteered his time to do the dental assessments for children with written consent. The program provided dental assessments for 45 children, and 41 children received in-school preventive treatment.

All children in grades 1, 2 and 3 received a classroom presentation on oral health. The program’s dental hygienist discussed the importance of brushing morning and at bedtime, flossing daily, visiting a dentist for regular check-ups, and eating and drinking healthy snacks like water, milk, cheese, yogurt and fresh fruits and vegetables for preventing tooth decay and maintaining a healthy smile!

This collaborative effort of the Concord Dental Sealant Coalition, PES staff, and Pittsfield families improves the oral health of our children.

We wish to thank PES nurse, Melissa Miller for her work in organizing the visit, and we thank Dr. Dustin for volunteering his expert services.



Installation of New Windows & Siding at PES

By Clayton Wood

A homeowner probably wouldn’t choose the third and fourth weeks of December for installing new windows, but for commercial contractors, winter is no obstacle.

Starting next Monday, a crew from Granite State Glass will replace 21 upper dormer windows, the windows that face PMHS and allow light to flood our main hallway. Windows will be installed one at a time with special precautions to ensure student and staff safety. In addition, new temporary siding will be installed, all in an effort to seal an area of the school where leaks have become an ongoing problem.

The windows were specially manufactured this fall and just completed. A panel truck will be parked in front of the school. Workers will pause work at dismissal. The work is expected to take two weeks, weather permitting.



Butterfly & Hummingbird Garden

By Clayton Wood

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Pittsfield Project HOME, a habitat improvement initiative that aims to develop our schoolyard so it is attractive to wildlife and people as well as creating an outdoor classroom for our students, has completed it’s first project at the Elementary School. With the help of energetic Kindergarteners, hard working six graders and enthusiastic volunteers, a beautiful butterfly and hummingbird garden will now serve as a study area for the Kindergarten classes. The Project HOME team would like to give special thanks to Darcy and Aaron Kendall who championed the effort and generous donations received from Millican Nurseries and Leach Perennial Field.



Pittsfield Project HOME Breaks Ground at PES

By PES

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On Thursday, June 2, Pittsfield Project HOME broke ground outside of the Kindergarten area at the elementary school with the help of Mr. George Szelest and some hard working six graders. Our first project is to create a butterfly and hummingbird garden that will serve as a study area for the Kindergarten classes. The Kindergarteners will be helping with the planting before the end of the school year. Pittsfield Project HOME is a schoolyard habitat improvement initiative that aims to develop our schoolyard so it is attractive to wildlife and people as well as creating an outdoor classroom for our students. A group of teachers, parents, and community members along with Marilyn Wyzga, of the NH Department of Fish and Game, has been meeting monthly since December to develop a master plan for the schoolyard. In order to make the projects more relevant to the educational process, the teachers share their students’ ideas and their plans for lessons with the team.



Project Home School Grounds Master Plan

By PES

The drawing below was made by Alen Husic, an NHTI student who worked this winter with the PES Project Home Team. The drawing shows potential projects we might take on in coming years.

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The next Project Home meeting is May 26.



Project HOME Moving Forward into Spring

By PES

Pittsfield Project HOME is a schoolyard habitat improvement initiative that aims to develop our schoolyard so it is attractive to wildlife and people, creating an outdoor classroom for our students. A group of teachers, parents, and community members has been meeting monthly with Marilyn Wyzga, of the NH Department of Fish and Game, to develop a master plan for the schoolyard. Teachers share their students’ ideas and their plans for lessons. Our parent group includes members of the PTO, the School Board, two landscapers, and an arborist.

At the last Project HOME meeting in March the group developed three long-term goals:

• Pittsfield Elementary School will create and enhance the schoolyard to encourage students to get outside and to learn about and appreciate their environment in ways that supports the curriculum throughout the year.

• Pittsfield Elementary School will use its schoolyard to teach the curriculum – from art to math to reading to science.

• Our school will invite the Pittsfield community to use and enjoy our schoolyard as a place to relax and recreate.