pv   The Principal's Corner

Dear Parents,

This is a difficult to write.  As you already know, the Town Council voted this week to reduce the Board of Education budget by $5,200,000.  As a result, the BOE must make significant reductions to reach that huge amount.  Unfortunately, one of the cuts being planned is the closure of Pleasant Valley Elementary School.  We are all devastated by the news that PV will be closed at the end of this school year. 

If this has to happen, I want you to know that all of us at PV will do everything we can to facilitate a smooth transition of the children to another school in the district.   In the meantime, we will keep you informed of any new information regarding the decisions made by the Town Council.

We plan to hold a parent information session at the school at the next PTO meeting on Wednesday, April 19th at 3:45PM.  At this meeting, Dr. Graner, PV teachers and I will share what we know about why the decision was made and any upcoming plans that  will affect our students.   In the meantime, we need to let the town officials, who represent the citizens of Groton, know that this decision is not good for our children, our families, or our town. 

In the meantime, rest assured that we are keeping PV’s daily happenings as normal as ever — so, let me say thanks for attending Parent-Teacher Conferences this past week.  Spring conferences always provide PV teachers with an opportunity to share your child’s strengths and successes as the year has progressed.  If you were not able to attend, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher.  Our success relies on the partnership between the family and the school.  I encourage you to make every effort to continue to participate in school activities and to discuss with your child the daily events and the learning that takes place. 

April is a month to celebrate our volunteers and as I look back to the many activities that we have had at school this year, I would like to thank you for taking such an active part in your child’s education!  From attending Parent Conferences, to volunteering in your child’s classroom, to attending PTO sponsored activities, and being an active member of the PTO, you have been here!  PV is very fortunate to have so many generous families!

PV’s list of Math Masters continues to grow and now we have included our 2nd graders! They will be earning their own math masters awards as they show mastery of addition and subtraction fact fluency!  Keep practicing those math facts – they are the building blocks to make sure your child is prepared for all higher level mathematics and they are essential to building your child’s confidence!

If you haven’t already, parents can visit the PV website and click on the annual “Parent Survey” link to take a brief on-line survey.  Just click on the link on the PV website and give us your feedback on how we’re doing!

Finally, remember that we will all enjoy a spring vacation this month.  School will be closed the week of April 10th.  I look forward to seeing you all at the PTO meeting the week we return from break!

- Mrs. Miner