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Karen Toscano Receives NYSRTA Grant

Karen Toscano Receives NYSRTA Grant

Four women pose for photo; one holds a certificate

Jane Sitterly, Karen Toscano, Irene Hauser & Linda Sammons

Congratulations to Pleasant Avenue teacher Mrs. Karen Toscano, who received the New York State Retired Teachers Association (NYSRTA) Hudson-Kramer Memorial Grant of $1,000 from the Fulton County Retired Teachers Association on December 6.

Retired Johnstown School District teachers Irene Hauser, President of the Fulton County Retired Teachers Association, and members Linda Sammons and Jane Sitterly, attended the presentation ceremony at Pleasant Avenue School.

The purpose of the grant is to help fund an innovative, special project or program to be designed and implemented by an active teacher or administrator for use in the classroom, the school, or the district of any NYS public school district.

Karen’s grant application stated that the money would be used to provide an active student-centered learning environment in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities in her classroom.  By using the funding to support STEM projects, Ms. Toscano’s students will be doing hands-on activities that create opportunities for problem solving, collaborating, and questioning.

As written in the grant application, the money awarded will provide monies for Mrs. Toscano to purchase all of the materials needed to complete the weekly STEM projects.  Some projects require grocery store supplies – food, kitchen items like baking soda, food colors, wax, foil or parchment paper, and hardware supplies such as lumber, paint, batteries, sandpaper, seeds and living plants. In technology, she may purchase an app that will allow for a more in depth exploration of a topic and will support a lesson the students have completed. Mrs. Toscano’s application states that the STEM activities she uses with her students are aligned with the NYS standards. She designs them to help the students make predictions, observe, record results of the observations, and discuss what the students have learned.

This grant is given to honor the memory of Ross C. Hudson from Gouverneur, New York, who was a stalwart, devoted member of the NYSRTA for many years, and longtime NYSRTA member Florence Coulter Kramer, who was a dedicated veteran teacher in New York City and New Rochelle, NY school districts.

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Sharing Songs of the Season

Sharing Songs of the Season

Mrs Marlin, dressed in her Christmas finery led the school in singing several well-known festive tunes during Morning Program at Pleasant Avenue.

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Letters to St. Nick, With Help From Friends

Letters to St. Nick, With Help From Friends

Warren Street’s sixth graders visited Pleasant Avenue on December 8 to offer a helping hand to younger students writing letters to the red-suited gentleman at the North Pole. This is a fun tradition at Johnstown and many of the sixth graders can remember receiving the same kind of help from older buddies not so long ago. When Santa’s checking his list to see who’s been naughty or nice, this will definitely qualify as something nice!

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Three Pleasant Super Readers Earn Capes

Three Pleasant Super Readers Earn Capes

Three of our Pleasant Avenue Super Readers have already read enough Accelerated Rreader books and passed enough AR tests to earn 23 points and soar to AR level seven! Their reward for this accomplishment? A super hero cape!  Congratulations Super Readers! Keep up the good work!

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A 300 Locker Salute to Mrs. Caputo

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Pleasant Avenue Transportation Schedule for December 6, 2017

As a reminder for Pleasant Avenue Families:

  • All buses leave Pleasant Avenue School when they arrive at the school.
  • Kindergarten students for pickup and car rotation will be dismissed at 11:15 to 11:30.
  • First grade students for pickup and car rotation will be dismissed from  11:30 to 11:45.

Thank you for all your help and support with our transportation of our precious cargo – your children.

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Pleasant Avenue December Newsletter

Pleasant Avenue December Newsletter

newspaperA PDF copy of the December 2017 Pleasant Newsletter can be printed using the free Adobe Acrobat Reader program.

Mark your calendars…

word December

  • December 3—Sundaes with Santa & Toys for Tots Drive, 12-2 pm @ JHS
  • December 6—Staff Development Day, No Pre-K; Early Dismissal:
    • K at 11:15—11:30
    • 1st 11:30-11:45
  • December 7—Board of Ed. Mtg. 6:30 pm @ JHS
  • December 8—Picture retakes
  • December 14—Cookies and Cocoa AR Night
  • December 21— Classroom Holiday parties
  • December 22—Pajama/Holiday Movie day
  • December 25-January 1—Holiday Recess!  NO SCHOOL!

word "January"

  • January 1—Holiday Recess!  NO SCHOOL!
  • January 2—JEPTA Mtg. 6 pm @ Glebe St.
  • January 11—Board of Ed. Mtg, 6:00 pm @ JHS
  • January 15—NO SCHOOL! Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • January 19—2nd Marking Period Ends (report cards distributed February 2, 2018)
  • January 25—STEM Night 5:30pm—7pm
  • January 26—NO SCHOOL! Superintendent’s Conf.

Congratulations to our awesome Box top collectors, but especially:

  • box tops for education logoLandon Stewart—Mrs. Lisicki
  • Eliana Quickenton—Mrs. Sitts
  • Lana Fossi– Mrs. Roehl
  • Jackson Rush—Mrs. Warner
  • Jaxon Lang– Mrs. Pedrick
  • Charlie Sinner—Mrs. Hale

Total Box Tops for the month 1314

A friendly reminder…

cupcakePer the direction of our school physician, Dr. Solby, a district-wide elementary procedure regarding home-baked foods is in effect.

As the holiday season arrives, and students bring in special treats for their classrooms, we must, again, remind you that food, other than fruits and vegetables, must have an ingredients label that the school nurse can check for allergens.

School Closings & Delays

words closings & delaysThere’s no doubt about it, inclement weather will soon be here. Please listen to your radio or TV regarding school closings and delays. When school is closed for the day, night time events will ordinarily be cancelled. Regarding school delays, the following information is important:

ONE HOUR DELAY—School starts at 10:00 a.m. and breakfast is available at 9:30 a.m. Students will not be able to enter the building until after 9:30 a.m.

TWO HOUR DELAY—School starts at 11:00 a.m. and there will be no breakfast program for the day. Students will not be able to enter the building until after 10:30. a.m.

Requests for Dismissal Changes

Please be sure to make changes to the dismissal routine before 1 pm.  Changes can be made with a note or by phone. The only exception is if there is an emergency.

hat scarf mittensRemember to Dress for the Weather

Hats, gloves or mittens, boots and coats should be worn during outdoor recess.

Message from the Principal

Dear Pleasant Avenue Families,

Mrs. Cory Cotter will be the interim Pleasant Avenue Principal starting on December 6. Mrs. Cotter currently is the Assistant Principal at JHS! She is very excited to be working with our students and with you. Please welcome her to our Pleasant Avenue family.

December is a very busy month for your school community! Each Monday of the month we have our Morning Program. Our students sing, read books together, and celebrate our Super Heroes theme of Three for Me! The first Monday of the month, we wear our Super Hero clothes to celebrate our students. Classrooms receive awards for following the rules and trying their hardest and  students are recognized for exemplifying Three for Me! December birthdays are recognized and students receive a certificate.

The Three for Me students of the week lead our Little Bills cheer –

Three for me,
I will be,
Respectful,
Responsible,
Ready to Learn,
Go Little Bills!

Looking at our calendar for the month we find an early dismissal on Wednesday, December 6th. Picture retakes are Friday, December 8. This will also be the date that the Warren Street  sixth graders will come to visit and help our students write letters to Santa. Join us on Thursday, December 14 for our Cookies and Cocoa Literacy Night. Santa will read a story and parents can bring their cameras and take pictures. Students will be able to read books and go to the computer lab with parents to work on their accelerated reader tests. There is no cost and siblings are welcome to attend with an older brother or sister.

Information about our January STEM night, our Someone special dance in February, and March enrichment opportunities will be coming home soon. Please check out the school  district  website for information and updates.

Thank you from my heart for allowing me the opportunity to work with your students and you and to get to know your children while I have been principal of Pleasant Avenue School. It has been an honor to work with the dedicated faculty and staff, great students, and each of you as family members. I have enjoyed your children, our students! My sincere best wishes to each of you for good health, happiness, and success for 2018.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Joyce Caputo
Pleasant Avenue Interim Principal

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VIDEO: Saying Goodbye to Mrs. Caputo

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A Super Hero Themed Tree

A Super Hero Themed Tree

Students at Pleasant Avenue helped Ms. Spencer decorate the Christmas tree in the front hall. This year’s theme is “super heroes”!!!

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A Feast for our Feathered Friends

A Feast for our Feathered Friends

First graders in Mrs. Lisicki’s classroom have been working on a special Nature Trail project, to provide some cold weather sustenance for our Northeast backyard bird friends.

In order to first build some background knowledge, the students read books about birds, including “Feathers For Lunch” by Lois Ehlert. The Johnstown Public Library provided many other books on backyard birds as well. They also watched a video about wintertime birds in the central and eastern US that included fantastic footage of our winged friends and audio recordings of their bird calls.

The week prior to setting out for a walk on the Nature Trail, the class made special bird food “cookies.” When the day of the walk finally arrived, they were elated to hang their hand-crafted bird feeders on the branches of trees and bushes.  They even heard the chickadees say “thank you,” as they reached the end of their nature walk.

Special thanks to the buildings and grounds crew for their upkeep of the Harry and Julia Wilson Nature Trail, as well as to local residents Ryan and Mary Baxter for their recent donation to this treasure that brings so much joy and learning to kids and adults alike!

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