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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The next Project Home meeting is May 26.
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.
On Wednesday afternoon in the PES Library, a group of 3 teachers, custodians, school board members, PTO members, met with Marilyn Wyzga of the NH Fish and Game Department for an initial presentation on Project Home PES.
During the two-hour meeting Ms. Wyzga gave an overview of the program and process of developing and implementing a habitat enhancement plan. She then led the group in a visioning exercise that helped us imagine the possibilities for improving the PES schoolyard as a richer place for wildlife, children, and adults. The group also looked at examples of what other New England Schools have done as part of Project Home.
PES is fortunate to be sited in a beautiful place. The school is surrounded by a maturing second-growth pine forest. We have a nature trail behind the school that borders a wetland. We are close to the Suncook River and Whites Pond. And our campus is just a quarter mile from the historic town center.
Group members had several ideas: an outdoor classroom with benches and plantings in the front circle; letting part of the field behind the school revert to a meadow; an improved nature trail in the rear of the school; and even a little pond for amphibians.
The group, Project Home PES, will meet again in January. At the next meeting we will look at maps of the property, discuss priorities, and start to gather the human and economic resources for a PES habitat enhancement.
Any community member that is interested in joining the effort should contact PES Principal Doug Kilmister.