Principal's Message

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Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year.  We are thrilled to welcome your child to our school for an exciting new school year.  The theme for the year is Learn, Play and Grow Together.  This year we are building a brand new playground for our students to enjoy!  We are also getting a new English Language Arts curriculum that is designed to meet the needs of each individual student.  Those are just a few of the exciting new things happening here at PVES.  Here are some important upcoming dates.

8/15- 9:00-10:30 a.m. - Kindergarten Orientation
8/21- 6:00 p.m. - 1st-3rd Grade New Student Orientation
8/23- 5:00-6:00 p.m. - Playground Ribbon Cutting
8/23- 6:00-8:00 p.m. - Open House
8/27- First Day of School
9/13- 10:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. - Academic & Title I Information Night

A few important things to remember as we head into this year that relate to student safety and attendance. 

- Walkers - Students will not be permitted to enter the building until 8:15 a.m. They must arrive by 8:30 a.m. to be considered present for an entire school day.  The front parking lot is for drop off or handicapped parking only.  Students will be dismissed beginning with kindergarten at 2:45.  Parents of kindergarten students must be present for the child to be released.  All parents must stand behind the designated lines in order for dismissal to occur safely.

- Bus Students - Parents should accompany their children to the bus stop in the AM and be there to pick them up in the PM.  Kindergarten students will not be released if a parent is not present.  It is advised parents arrive 5 minutes prior to pick up time and 5 minutes prior to drop off time.

- Any changes to how your child will go home must be submitted in writing or via fax.  Only emergency changes will be accepted via phone call.

- If you or someone else pick up your child early, you must show ID in order for your child be released.

- If your child is absent, you must submit a written excuse (on the provided excuse slip or a piece of paper) within 3 days of their return.  Otherwise, it will be coded as illegal.  After 6 illegal absences, a school attendance improvement conference is held.  Any additional illegal absences after that meeting will result in a citation to the magistrate.  Parent excuses may be used for up to 10 cumulative absences.  After that, a doctor note is required.

- Students should follow school dress code daily.

Dress Code

Students must wear collared shirts. The shirts may be polo or Oxford.

There are no color restrictions for polo shirts, blouses, and dresses.

They may be any color, including patterns and stripes; however, they may not have any pictures or wording on them.

They may have a small logo on the pocket area.

Dress pants/khakis, dress shorts, and skirts may be any color/pattern, but they may not be jeans, sweat/athletic, or cargo pants/shorts. Elastic bottoms are not permitted. Any dresses must have a collar.  Tights or leggings of any color/pattern may be worn underneath dresses, skirts, and jumpers.  However, they may not be worn as pants.

Shoes and sneakers may be of any color; however, they may not have lights or wheels.

On days where students have gym (we run on a 6 day cycle) students may wear athletic material (t-shirts/jerseys, sweatpants, or gym shorts) that have a Panther Valley logo or are Panther Valley colors (black, gold, white, or grey). Shirts may not have any wording or pictures on it.


Thank you for visiting the PVES web page.  This is a wonderful place for our children to start their education.  We have a dedicated, hard working, and passionate staff that do their best to enrich the academic and social-emotional learning of all our students.

At PVES, our English Language Arts curriculum, is based off of the balanced literacy model.  Students participate in a read aloud, shared read, guided reading, and independent reading each day.  This allows students to receive direct instruction in comprehension skills and phonics skills, as well as more individualized support in a small group setting.  We have a partnership with the American Reading Company to provide students with independent reading materials.  This program is sponsored by Ametek Plastics Inc.

In math, we use the MyMath curriculum.  This set of instructional materials has a technology component to support student learning.  You are able to access your students' materials from home to help them succeed in math.

We have a Positive Behavior Support Program at the school.  This program encourages students to be Cool Cats!  Our three character traits that are taught throughout the school are Be Safe, Be Responsible, Be Respectful.  Students are given direct instruction on what these expectations look like across all settings.  Students are given Cool Cat tickets when they demonstrate behavior that shows one or more of these expectations.  Each day, one student is selected as the Cool Cat of the Day by a staff member.  This student has their picture taken with the principal and shared out on our Facebook page.  They also get a positive phone call home from the principal.

If there is anything I can do to help you or your child, please do not hesitate to give me a call at the school.

Robert Palazzo
Elementary Principal