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Elementary Art Show Tuesday, May 15

Elementary Art Show Tuesday, May 15

We have incredibly talented young artists here in Johnstown and we are delighted to showcase their hard work. Come see their art on display from 5-7 p.m. at Warren Street School on Tuesday, May 15th!

hand drawn poster announcing elementary art show on May 15 from 5 - 7 p.m.

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April Box Top Winners at Pleasant

April Box Top Winners at Pleasant

Our collection of General Mills Box Tops for Education (found on most General Mills cereals and other products) continues. Each box top earns our school 10 cents and enables us to purchase new equipment for our school. Your support is most appreciated, so keep those box tops coming!

Congratulations to our April Box Top Winners:
L. Betts, S. Betts, A. Valik, J. Cool, C. Catlin, and N. Young

students sitting on a bench in the hall

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Super Readers Recognized

Super Readers Recognized

Mrs. Toscano’s and Miss Papa’s classes earned the most AR points for the month oand were awarded Superhero Shields!!  Additionally, eleven more Super Readers reached the 23 point level by reading AR books and taking AR tests and were rewarded with super hero capes! Congratulations everybody – keep reading!

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Pleasant Newsletter May 2018

Pleasant Newsletter May 2018

The May 2018 Pleasant Newsletter in PDF format is available to print using the free Adobe Acrobat Reader program.

Principal’s Corner

Dear Families,

We are very close to our AR goal. Mark your calendars for the AR Carnival on June 14th!

Congratulations to the 30 students who have reached level 6.  The students enjoyed “Popsicles and time on the playground with the Principal” on Tuesday, May 1st.  There is still time for all of our students to reach the top level, continue to read and complete AR tests before May 25th! The Super Readers at level 6 are: Neo Baker, Rhyleigh Bills, Anthony Caputo, Austin Casale, Wyatt Cox, Drew Hale, Julien Hartlieb, Mia Iorio, Madison Kortz, Mick Kraemer, Evelina Masi, Hailey Peck, Steven Swarthout, Ben Viscosi, Nash Wing, Jacob Hall, Grace Johnson, Tara Gavin, Jaxon Kelso, Jackson VanSlyke, David Hanrahan, Madelyn Feehan-Melious, Nikolai Kuchark, Andrew Valachovic,

Alexandra Betz, Hadley Dalmata, Mia Getman, Ethan Cornell, Sophie Conyne, and Owen Cox. Keep up the great work!!

Please feel free to contact me at anytime.

Sincerely,

Corinne Cotter
Principal

 

Reminders:

  • Please do not use the bus loop for dropping off and picking up your children.
  • Please remember to go the speed limit and be careful in the parking lots with the kids!
  • Please be sure to stay off of your cell phone while in the parking lots!

Annual Budget Vote and School Board Elections

Polls Open 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Johnstown High School Auditorium Lobby

You may vote if you:

  • Are at least 18 years old and
  • Are a US Citizen and
  • Have been a resident of the Great Johnstown School District for the past 30 days and
  • Are a Registered Voter

Mark Your Calendars

  • May 2 – JEPTA @ Warren, 6 pm
  • May 8 – Kindergarten Screening
  • May 9 – Kindergarten Screening
  • May 10 – Kindergarten Screening
  • May 15 – Early Dismissal
    • Art Show
    • Budget Vote
  • May 25 – Last Day for AR Tests
  • May 28 – No School, Memorial Day

 

 

Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration

Did you sign your child up for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten? If you have not, please call 518-762-4611.

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Lemonade Fuels Odyssey Trip

Lemonade Fuels Odyssey Trip

When the Energetic Engineers (one of Johnstown’s Odyssey of the Mind teams) qualified to compete at the Odyssey World Finals, they knew a great deal of fundraising was going to need to be done in a very short period of time. These students are the first Johnstown team to ever advance to the world competition – a huge honor that comes a huge price tag.

Many adults and local businesses have been reaching out financially to help the Knox Junior High seventh graders make the trip to Ames, Iowa later this month, and we are beyond thankful for their support. However, an especially touching story involves a special group of Johnstown elementary students, starting with Warren Street sixth grader Mollie Kortz.

Mollie has been on an Odyssey of the Mind team herself for the past three years.  She and her team also competed at the State Finals in Binghamton, NY, where the Energetic Engineers won their spot at the World Finals. Shortly after returning from the state competition, Mollie decided she wanted to help the Knox Odyssey team.  She recruited her fellow sixth grade friends and neighbors Cole and Caroline Krempa, Lucy LoDestro, and Parker Klingbeil. Other helpers included Pleasant Avenue kindergarteners Madison Kortz and Hope LoDestro. The seven girls took turns working all Saturday, May 5th, selling goodies at their lemonade stand on 4th Avenue. Many Facebook posts encouraged community members to stop by and support the cause. The girls offered delicious homemade cookies, lemonade, and even sold snow cones in the afternoon.

Over the years, Mollie has had many lemonade stands during Johnstown’s citywide garage sale to help those in need.  Her parents report that until this year, the most she and her friends had ever made was around $55. Some of the lucky recipients in past years have included ALS, the Melanoma Research Foundation, and Baby Jax (a local boy needing medical treatment). The girls’ hard work and cheerful service on May 5th brought in about five times the usual profit, allowing them to donate $251.50 to the Knox World Finals Odyssey Team!

Warren Street teacher and Odyssey of the Mind advisor Mrs. Kristin Meashaw said “I know that students and staff recently received t-shirts that read ‘#kindnesscounts’.  I think this is a perfect example of how these girls are living what they have learned both at home and at school. Thank you to all seven girls for their outstanding compassion and for being positive role models for their peers.”

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Order Your Pleasant Yearbook by May 8

Students interested in purchasing a 2017-18 Pleasant Avenue School Yearbook must do so by Tuesday, May 8. The cost is $10 and checks should be made payable to JEPTA.

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Calendar Changes for June 2018

Please take notice that the two half-days for elementary students scheduled for Friday, June 15 and Friday, June 22, are being changed, as follows:

  • Elementary students will have a full day of school on Friday, June 15, 2018.
  • The last day of school for all students will be Thursday, June 21, 2018.

This change is necessary in order to accommodate New York State school day requirements. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

If you have any questions, please contact your child’s principal.

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Popsicles with the Principal

Popsicles with the Principal

Today the Super Readers at Pleasant Ave who have earned 23 or more Accelerated Reader points enjoyed a popsicle with Mrs. Cotter and played on the playground under a sun-filled sky! There were 30 children eligible to participate!

group photo of principal and kids on playground

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A Safety Reminder for Primary School Parents

This morning two children intentionally exited the Pleasant Avenue School without permission. Their absences were immediately noticed and law enforcement was called. Through cooperation of the staff and law enforcement, the children were found shortly thereafter and returned safely to school. Although the children were returned safely without incident, we feel it is necessary to provide this notice and inform you of this situation. The safety of your children is of utmost importance to the Greater Johnstown School District, and we always look to reflect on situations to review and refine our safety protocols. We would encourage parents to have a gentle conversation with their children about staying on school grounds where adult supervision is provided for their safety.

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McLiteracy Night at Pleasant Ave.

McLiteracy Night at Pleasant Ave.

mother holding book, girl eating McDonald's Happy MealMore than 60 students accompanied by family members came out to take part in three different activities during Pleasant Avenue’s “McLiteracy Night” on April 18.

Students and families enjoyed meals purchased at McDonald’s and eaten in Pleasant Avenue’s cafeteria (a portion of the sale proceeds will be donated to JEPTA by McDonald’s to support our elementary programs). They also spent time reading books and completing Accelerated Reader tests in Pleasant’s computer lab, and shopping at the Scholastic Book Fair in the Pleasant library.

Thank you to Johnstown McDonald’s for donating apple coupons to all of our kindergarten and first grade students! Thank you to everyone who helped to make it a great night of reading!

 

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