MINISINK VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

PO Box 217 Route 6, Slate Hill, NY 10973 (845)355-5270 / fax (845)355-5147

STEPPING STONES TO SCHOOL SUCCESS: DISTRICT-WIDE PRE-KINDERGARTEN WORKSHOP

Posted February 22 at 4:35pm

• WHAT: Informational workshop for parents of children entering kindergarten in Sep. 2018, or Sep. 2019, at Otisville Elementary and Minisink Valley Elementary schools. 

— Learn what children need to know to be ready for kindergarten
— Practice hands-on strategies to help them develop necessary language and math skills
— Gain an understanding of Minisink's expectations for children entering kindergarten
— Network with other pre-school parents

• WHEN: Thursday, March 8, 6 - 7:30 p.m.

• WHERE: Otisville Elementary School Library, 2525 Mt. Hope Road, Otisville.

• PRESENTERS: Alice Reh, former Otisville principal, and Jean Breheny, speech language pathologist and early intervention specialist.

MVES DR. SEUSS WEEK: FEB. 26 - MAR. 2

Posted February 21 at 3:36pm

MVES loves Dr. Seuss week! We’re getting ready to celebrate it again, Feb. 26 - Mar. 2, and we encourage our students, faculty and staff to participate. Here's our theme schedule:

• Mon. - The Cat in the Hat: The Cat is back! Follow his lead and wear your favorite hat.
• Tue. - Fox in Socks: Socks can be a lot of fun. Wear your craziest, most colorful pair.
• Wed. - Wacky Wednesday: This is your big chance to look your silliest. Wear your clothes inside-out, backwards, or mismatch them.
• Thu. - The Lorax: The first thing you notice about the Lorax is his mustache. We "MUSTache" wear or draw our most outrageous mustache.
• Fri. - Green Eggs & Ham: Show your Minisink pride! Wear green!

Plan ahead. Get creative. Keep this calendar at hand, and join the fun!

MVES STUDENT ARTWORK TO BE FEATURED IN COUNTYWIDE EXHIBIT

Posted February 20 at 12:53pm

Fifty works by MVES students will be digitally featured at the annual "Arts Build Confidence Showcase" sponsored by the Orange County Arts Council, on Saturday, Feb. 24, the Galleria at Crystal Run.

 

Our students’ artwork includes a Picasso-monsters and Kandinsky-trees series. These ambitious projects gave students an early exposure to some of the most consequential modern art movements and their masters. The students also explored a new, trendy art form known as Zantangle.

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STUDENT CRAFTS BENEFIT LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS

Posted February 7 at 2:47pm

Eighteen second graders signed up for “Crafting with a Purpose,” an after-school enrichment program at the Elementary School that turns students to the needs of others.

 

“The idea is to learn a new craft and then do something good for others with that new skill,” said Mrs. O’Connor who runs the program with Mrs. Padavano.

 

Students learned to make no-sew blankets and scarves, and decorative greeting cards, and soon entered production mode. At times, they were so pleased with their product, they wished to keep it. But the students themselves would remind each other of their higher purpose.

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FIGHTING THE FLU WITH FACTS

Posted February 1 at 3:11pm

To help you and your family in this record-breaking flu season, we are sharing a Facts Sheet with tips to help prevent its spread.

The flu — also known as influenza — is a contagious illness that affects the nose, throat, lungs and other parts of the body and can spread quickly from one person to another, according to the New York State Department of Health (DOH). It can cause mild to severe illness and be fatal, especially for those age 65 and older. Across the United States, the flu causes about 12,000 to 56,000 deaths. About 90 percent of these deaths occur in people 65 years or older.

This season, there has been one influenza-associated pediatric death reported to the New York State DOH.

The district has also shared a Fact Sheet specifically designed for teachers and staff. 

MVES MAD SCIENCE ASSEMBLY: ENTERTAINING, INTERACTIVE, INSPIRING

Posted January 16 at 3:20pm

MVES K-2 students rode sound waves and caught good vibrations at a recent “Sonic Sounds” Mad Science assembly. Mad scientist Eco Erik used music and funny sounds to engage students in sound experiments and live demonstrations show­ing the properties and transmission of sound waves.

 

Sounds made by solid materials and everyday objects were transformed into a story sound-effect symphony. Students also learned about frequencies, as those of electronic devices, and pitch. A pitch-changing machine altered the children’s voices to sound like gruff monsters or chatty chipmunks.

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MVES K-1 LOOP CLASS CELEBRATED HANUKKAH

Posted January 2 at 10:41am

Equipped with a traveling kitchen, class parent Mr. Greenberg visited with Mrs. DiSimone’s kindergartners and Mrs. Bobish’s first graders to show them how to make delicious latkes.

In honor of Hanukkah, the children also made edible dreidels and menorah headbands. Many thanks to the Greenberg Family!

(Additional Photos, provided by Mrs. DeSimone)

HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND WINTER RECESS

Posted December 21 at 11:34am

Faculty, staff and administrators at Minisink Valley Elementary School wish you and your family a happy and safe holiday season, and winter recess. Classes will resume Tuesday, Jan. 2. We look forward to seeing you in the new year!

Enjoy some holiday cheer brought to you by our music teacher, Mr. Loretto, and Mr. Walker & Mrs. Naples' 2nd graders. 

 

KINDERGARTNERS AND FIFTH GRADERS CELEBRATE GOOD DEEDS

Posted December 21 at 10:24am

Kindergartners in Mrs. DeSimone’s class are already giving lessons in leadership. Together with their families they collected the largest number of non-perishable items for the holiday food drive organized by Mrs. D’Angelo’s fifth graders.

The older students recognized and celebrated the generous efforts of their youngest peers with a party and fun activities. They made marshmallow snowmen, shared popcorn and juice, and sang songs together.

A job well done by all! (Additional photos.)

SCHOOL LIBRARY IS TECHNOLOGY LAB

Posted December 19 at 2:11pm

With the help of School Librarian Mia McLean, MVES students went beyond the week-long Hour of Code global challenge (Dec. 4-10), and have been exploring the language of computers all through December, during library period.

Logged in at code.org, on a device or on the Smart Board, K-2 students are learning to program Star Wars characters, such as BB8 and R2D2, to create basic games. In the process, they are assimilating programming terminology like code, debug, and data. And since they are at their school library, they can also check out children's books on coding. 

Early exposure to coding helps develop an understanding of the logical thinking behind programming language. Firsthand experience challenges students to use many important skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, organization, collaboration, and directional skills. (Additional photos)


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