• Dr. Debra Kirkhus, Principal
  • Mrs. Michelle Rivas, Asst. Principal
  • Main Office | 845-855-4607
  • Fax | 845-855-4636


  • NYS Senate Summer Reading Program


    JOIN Senator Murphy this summer in promoting literacy and indulging in the wonderful world of books! 


    Senator Terrence P. Murphy

    Dear Neighbor,

    As a father of three kids, I know summertime means swimming, baseball and making memories that last a lifetime.  But I also know it is important to make sure they spend some time with a book.  That's why I am proud to be partnering with the New York State Library System and sponsor the 2018 Summer Reading Program.

    Studies conducted by Scholastic have found 62% of children between the ages of 6-17 enjoy reading books over the summer with 80% of kids agreeing summer reading will help them during the school year.

    This is a great way to keep their minds sharp and ready for the coming school year.  The deadline for submissions is September 5th.  You can find more information and resources and you can always call my office at 914-962-2624.

    I hope you are enjoying a fun and safe summer!

    Best in health,


    Albany Office: 
    817 Legislative Office Bldg 
    Albany, NY 12247 
    District Office: 
    691 E. Main St, 1st floor 
    Shrub Oak, NY 10588 
    Satellite Office: 
    Putnam County Office Bldg 
    40 Gleneida Ave, 3rd floor 
    Carmel, NY 10512 
    New York State Senate seal
    Pawling Central School District

    Attention Parents,
    On Friday morning,  June 8, 2018,  Pawling Elementary School practiced a lockdown drill. Students and staff will continue to debrief and update safety procedures with each drill. Thank you all for your cooperation.
    Pawling Elementary
  • Free Summer Meals for Youth in Dover and Pawling

    All kids & teens 18 and younger can receive a nutritious meal for FREE during the summer!

    FREE Meals Served Monday – Friday  July 5th – August 10th

    It’s Free:  Kids eat free meals and families save money. 

    It’s Easy:  No residency or citizenship rules, no registration, and no forms to fill out!  Any kid can receive a free meal this summer.

    It’s Fun:  There will be occasional events and activities at the lunch site.

    It’s Good Food:  A nutritious meal is served.

    Wingdale Elementary School

    6413 Route 55, Wingdale, NY 12594  

     Breakfast: 8am – 9:30am 

    Lunch: 11am – 12:30pm

    Dover Elementary School

    9 School Street, Dover Plains, NY 12522

    Breakfast: 8am – 9:30am 

    Lunch: 11am – 12:30pm

    Cafeteria is only open when the meals are offered



    ¡Todos los niños y jóvenes de 18 años y menor pueden recibir un almuerzo nutritivo y gratis durante el verano!

    Se sirve las comidas GRATIS  Lunes - Viernes 5 de Julio – 10 de Agosto

    Es Gratis: Los niños comen gratis y las familias ahorran dinero.

    Es Fácil: ¡No hay reglas de ciudadanía o residencia, ni solicitudes a llenar!

    Cualquier niño puede comer de gratis este verano.

    Es Divertido: Hay eventos y actividades en los lugares donde se sirve la comida.

    Es Alimentación Buena: La comida que sirven es nutritiva.

    Wingdale Elementary School

    6413 Route 55, Wingdale, NY 12594  

    Desayuno: 8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

    Almuerzo: 11a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

    Dover Elementary School

    9 School Street, Dover Plains, NY 12522

    Desayuno: 8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

    Almuerzo: 11a.m. – 12:30 p.m

    Cafetería está abierta sólo cuando se ofrecen las comidas



    Pawling Central School District
  • New Student Registration

    New Student Registration for Scholastic Year 2018-19
    Parents/Guardians, please call the registrar's office at (845) 855-2658 to schedule an appointment to register your child once you have the registration packet completed and all required documents are gathered.  Registrations are held at the District Office
    at 515 Route 22, Pawling, NY 
    ​Monday through Friday ​
    from 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM.
    Thank you. 
    Nuevo Registros de Estudiantes Para el Año Escolar 2018-19

    Padres/Tutores, por favor llamen a la oficina del registro al (845) 855-2658 para agendar una cita para registrar a su hijo/a tan cuanto haya completado el paquete de registración y tenga reunido todos los documentos necesarios. Las matrículas se llevan a cabo en la Oficina del Distrito situado en 515 Ruta 22, Pawling, NY de
    lunes a viernes entre 8:00 AM y 11:30 AM.
    Muchas gracias.
    Pawling Central School District

    Attention Parents,
    On Monday afternoon,  April 9, 2018,  Pawling Elementary School practiced a lockdown drill. Students and staff will continue to debrief and update safety procedures with each drill. Thank you all for your cooperation.
    Pawling Elementary

Upcoming Events

  • Senior Portraits

    High School Library

    Make ups October 11th

    Pawling Central School District
  • Middle School

    Grade 5 & Grade 7 Orientation

    Orientation for Grades 5 & 7

    Pawling Central School District
  • Senior Portrait make up and sibling Photos

    Pawling Central School District
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Elementary Newsletters

Pawling Elementary School Newsletter  May 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians,  

April has been a full, and busy month.  Our third and fourth graders completed the NYS English Language Arts assessments during the second week of April, and they will be taking their NYS Math assessments on May 1st and 2nd.

We held Kindergarten Screenings on April 18th, 19th, and 20th.  We had 59 incoming kindergartners and their parents visit our school to meet with staff, fill out paperwork, and take a tour of the building. At this point, we have roughly the same number of registrations as we had last year at this time.  If you know of any friends or family members in our district who have children turning 5 years old on or before December 1st, 2018, please let them know to call our school for some valuable information about kindergarten registration if they haven’t already done so.

On April 23rd, the PTA sponsored an author visit with children’s author and illustrator, Hudson Talbot. Students learned about the stages of story development and the writing process as they explored some of Hudson Talbot’s books.

In honor of Arbor Day, Mr. Pehmoeller and Ms. Spitzer, of “Bartlett Trees”, presented to our Kindergarten and 1st grade students about all of the wonderful things we get from trees and how important it is that we care for, and continue to plant trees.  Students loved acting out the various contributions that trees provide us, and each student was given a tree sapling to take home and plant.

Please mark your calendars for our District Budget vote that will take place on Tuesday, May 15th in the Pawling Elementary School gym from 6am to 9pm.  The PTA has an ice cream social planned for that evening, so we hope to see you!

Wellness Wisdom brought to you by our school district’s Health and Wellness Committee

Reminder: Our Annual Walk Before School Day is scheduled for Friday, June 1st.  Please mark your calendars and make sure to send your child to school with sneakers or comfortable shoes.  The rain date is scheduled for Friday, June 8th.

Coach’s Corner – brought to you by Janine Garrison, Literacy Coach

What do you do if your child comes to you and says, “I hate reading!”  Here are a few helpful suggestions that will get your child reading more in no time. (Taken from

Zero in on the child’s interests

  • Take a step back and look at what interests, excites or intrigues your child. Knowing what interests him can help you pinpoint what types of texts he may enjoy reading.

Start small

  • Just because your child likes to ride horses doesn’t mean she needs to start by reading The A-Z History of Horseback Riding; that may be intimidating—especially for a reluctant reader.  Instead, consider watching a movie about horses, like Seabiscuit or finding a magazine or graphic novel at the library that relates to the subject. Reading doesn’t need to begin with a chapter book; many other texts and various genres can be worthwhile for these readers.

Practice shared reading

  • Shared reading or reading as a family could entail taking turns reading pages, sections or chapters, or you and your child silently reading the same book. Shared reading can vary depending on your child’s age and needs. Creating safe, comfortable environments where fluent reading is modeled and where children are set up for success is key.

We are very happy to announce that Pawling Elementary School won a $1000 bonus check from the “Hannafords Helps Schools” program because PES had the most receipts submitted into the bins at our local Hannafords supermarket.  We will work collaboratively with the PTA to decide how to spend these funds to benefit our students!

May Dates to Remember

May 1 – 3                    3rd and 4th grade NYS Mathematics Assessment

May 10                         3rd Grade Concert @ 7pm (Pawling High School Auditorium)

May 15                         School District Budget vote all day in elementary school gym

May 17                         4th Grade Concert @ 7pm (Pawling High School Auditorium)

May 24                         PTA meeting @ 7pm PES library

May 28                        NO SCHOOL – MEMORIAL DAY


Important Upcoming Calendar Dates to Remember

 June 1                          Update:  ***FULL DAY***  of School for Elementary Students!

June 4                          Grade 4 NYS Science Written Assessment

June 8                          PTA Movie Night

June 14                       PTA Meeting @ 7pm PES library

June 20                       4th Grade Moving Up Day – 10am