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PCS NEWS 6/7/24

Dear PCS Community,


We have made it to the last Friday News of the year!  Hard to imagine.  We capped off a really great week this week with our final all school assembly, including a student dance performance, our final round of Principal's Awards for kindness, care and dedication in our school, and a wonderful NEYT performance.


Here is some information heading into the weekend:


Upcoming Dates:
Monday, June 10 - Graduation! (6:00 on the playground...graduates should arrive at 5:30)

Tuesday, June 11 - Field day!  A change of clothes could be good :)

Wednesday, June 12 - Transition day (students will spend some brief time in their next year's classroom)

Wednesday, June 12 - PCS Leadership Council Meeting 5:00 in the library and on Zoom

Thursday, June 13 - Coffee Talk with Jon (8:00 in Library)

Thursday, June 13 - Last Day, Half Day!  Student dismissal is at 11:45



Alas, we will not have the option to use the Putney pool for PE classes as planned, due to delays in repairing and filling the pool.

That said, the pool WILL be ready for the last day of school. Please see this message from the PCS PTO:

The last day of school is a half day on Thursday, June 13 -- the Town of Putney is opening the Putney Pool for PCS families from 12-2!!  There is no cost to attend on 6/13, but we ask that you fill out a permission slip that helps us to know how many kids will attend.  Kids in 2nd grade and under will need an adult chaperone at the party.  Kids in 3rd grade and higher can walk down to the pool and will be supervised by PTO and pool staff.  For more info on the pool party or the Putney Pool in general, you can contact PCS Parent, Ruby McAdoo at


Leadership Council Meeting

Our final Leadership Council meeting of the year will be Wednesday June 12th at 5:00 in the library.  The focus topic for this meeting will be around enrichment and academic extension opportunities for students going forward.  Please join if you are able!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.  Thank you as always for your partnership and support!


Wild Flowers

Upcoming Activities, Community Events and More!

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Main Street Arts Summer Camps

Main Street Arts in Saxtons River will offer two theater-based summer camps in 2024:

Wildbrook Forest Theater Camp (ages 8–12), led by Trish Roberts. The camp will take place in the Vermont Academy forest, June 24–28, 9 AM–3 PM. $270 per student. Learn more or register

The Un-Lost Island of Atlantis (ages 9–12), led by Putnam Smith. August 5–17, Monday–Friday 9 AM–noon, plus performances on Friday, August 16, 7 PM and Saturday, August 17, 4 PM & 7 PM. $300 per student for two weeks + performances. Learn more or register

Partial scholarships may be available. Email by April 1, 2024 to apply. 

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Staff Highlight

Valerie Kosednar- PreK Teacher

Valerie grew up in Wisconsin with 4 brothers and 4 sisters. She learned at an early age to feel at home in loud groups of people who talk at the same time, constantly interrupt each other and change subjects with no warning. As a kid she loved reading, playing sports and especially singing (and still does). After earning Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from UW-Madison, Valerie worked as a music teacher in Chicago, New York City and now New England.  While in NYC, she also worked behind the scenes in children's television and as a vocal coach for kid jingle singers - but teaching was WAY more fun..  One day she spent some time with PRESCHOOLERS and knew instantly that she had found her people! Valerie earned an Endorsement in Early Childhood Education (UVM) and continues to love her second career. She is thrilled to teach Pre K at PCS and to work alongside PCS's amazing team of educators!


Literacy Corner

What does teaching literacy look like in our first grade classrooms?

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First grade is super exciting because it is when many children begin to put together the literacy pieces and begin to read themselves.


Our literacy time is spent on so many activities. Every day we

  • do word play (phonemic awareness) where we play with sounds in words–pulling them apart and putting them back together orally–for example, Say clap.  Now say clap without the /c/.

  • practice old spelling and reading rules and letter patterns and learn new ones.  For example, did you know a digraph is two letters that come together to make one sound–like /ch/ or /th/?  Did you know the ck spelling pattern always comes directly after a short vowel?  Our first graders do!

  • practice reading decodable texts–pieces of reading with words we can sound out using skills we’ve been taught.

  • practice and learn sight words–words you cannot sound out like the or was.

  • listen to, talk about, and write about good books–this helps us gain vocabulary, verbal reasoning skills, and language knowledge.


We use the UFLI curriculum for learning to read and spell and the EL curriculum for reading comprehension and writing.

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Notes From Nurse Nicole

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Counselor's Corner

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April 2024

Counselor’s Corner 

It’s been a busy month! I wanted to take a moment to highlight Kindness Week, which resonates deeply with our school community.

PCS celebrated our annual Kindness Week during the week of March 25th. This week-long event is designed to spotlight the power of kindness and its profound impact on our school community.

During Kindness Week, our students engaged in various activities and discussions centered around empathy, compassion, and understanding. PCS believes cultivating a kindness culture is integral to fostering a supportive and inclusive environment where every student feels valued and respected.  We had our first ever Face Painting Extravaganza where students had the opportunity to paint their faces with the help of our talented middle school leadership students. 

Calling all superheroes-in-training! Every student had a chance to create their very own Superhero Cape. A heartwarming moment from our Kindness Week was our students coming together on the soccer field wearing their vibrant superhero capes. In a beautiful display of unity, our students arranged themselves to form a giant peace sign. It was a powerful visual representation of our collective commitment to kindness.

What’s new is Social Emotional Learning? 

In our primary classrooms, we have starting using The Superflex Curriculum, created by Michelle Garcia Winner, designed to help children understand and regulate their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in social situations. The Superflex Curriculum provides a framework for teaching these skills in a fun and engaging way, using the concept of Superflex and his team of Unthinkables to represent different social challenges.

I’m thrilled to reconnect with all of our sixth grade students in the classroom and dive back into the enriching experience of teaching Social-Emotional Learning. I’m using the Second Step curriculum, a research-based program designed to promote social-emotional competence and reduce problem behaviors. Second Step lessons help students develop empathy, communication skills, conflict resolution strategies, and bullying prevention. 

As always, don’t hesitate to contact me at if I can help you in any way. Wishing you all my best!

Counselor Marisa

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