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    Attention Parents,
    On Thursday,  November 30, 2017  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
  • Biennial C.A.P.E. Youth Survey

    The 2017 Dutchess County Youth Survey  

    Every two years, in partnership with CAPE of DC, public school districts in Dutchess County voluntarily participate in a youth survey.  This survey, under the umbrella of CAPE’s prevention services, is developed in tandem with the SUNY New Paltz Benjamin Center.

    CAPE is licensed by the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and is a contract agency of Dutchess County.  Student participation in the survey is voluntarily and anonymous.  The survey is completed online and administered through the schools.  The instrument seeks to gain information about the risks that students face in their worlds and the protective factors that surround them as they travel through adolescence and young adulthood.  This information guides the county in its youth services planning and affords the school districts with important information as they seek to continue to meet the changing social and emotional needs of their students.


    La Encuesta Juvenil del Condado de Dutchess del 2017

    Cada dos años, en asociación con CAPE de DC, los distritos escolares públicos en el condado de Dutchess participan voluntariamente en una encuesta para jóvenes.  Esta encuesta, bajo el auspicio de los servicios de prevención de CAPE, se desarrolla en conjunto con el SUNY New Paltz Benjamin Center.

    CAPE tiene licencia de la Oficina de Servicios de Alcoholismo y Abuso de Sustancias del estado de NY y es una agencia contratada por el Condado de Dutchess.  La participación de los estudiantes en la encuesta es voluntaria y anónima.  La encuesta se completa electrónicamente y se administra a través de las escuelas.  Este instrumento busca obtener información sobre los riesgos que enfrentan los estudiantes en sus ambientes y los factores de protección que los rodean a medida que atraviesan por la adolescencia y la temprana etapa de adulto.  Esta información guía al condado en su planificación de servicios para la juventud y brinda a los distritos escolares información importante a medida que buscan continuar satisfaciendo las cambiantes necesidades sociales y emocionales de sus estudiantes.

    Pawling Central School District
  • Lock Down Drills

    The High School, Middle School and Elementary will each be conducting lock down drills prior to December 31st 2017. Following each drill a notice will be posted on the District website.

    Pawling Central School District

Upcoming Events

  • ES Concert Snow Date

    Pawling Central School District
  • Pawling High School Auditorium

    5/6 Grade Band & Chorus

    6:30PM  -/ - Pawling High School Auditorium

    Pawling Central School District
  • Pawling HS Auditorium

    7/8 Grade Band & Chorus

    Pawling Central School District
  • 2nd Five Wk Progress Reports

    Pawling Central School District
  • Pawling HS Tiger Invitational Wrestling Tournament

    Pawling Central School District
  • HS Band & Chorus Concert—7:00pm

    Pawling Central School District
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Elementary Newsletters

November Newsletter

Dear Parents and Guardians,

            November has arrived, and it seems that the cooler weather is finally upon us.  Our students enjoy going outside for recess each day, so it is important that they are dressed accordingly and have appropriate footwear for running and climbing.   Unless it is bitterly cold or raining, students will go outside each day, so please be sure that your child has the proper outerwear so that he/she can participate in recess. Also, as we enter the winter months and the possibility of snow increases, please be sure that we have up-do-date information for your SchoolMessenger account so that you are aware of any school closings, early dismissals, or delays.  If you have questions about SchoolMessenger, please call Joan Roberts at (845) 855 - 4695. 

            October was a busy month at the elementary school.  Thank you to the Pawling Fire Department for visiting our school on Wednesday, October 11th to do a presentation about fire safety out on our bus loop.  We also ran our final Fall fire drill on that day while the fire department was here.  Parents, please note that if you are in our parking lot while we are evacuating the building for a fire drill, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DRIVE THROUGH THE LOT TO EXIT THE CAMPUS.  Please wait to start and move your car until after our drill is over, and students have gone safely back into the building.  We will soon be running our lockdown drills, and will complete two between now and December 31st.                       

On October 17th, the PTA brought back the Mobile Planetarium for our students to enjoy.  Picture Day was held on October 23rd, and there will be an opportunity for makeups on December 4th. We held our 2nd Annual Pep Rally on Friday, October 20th which was a lot of fun!  Staff members acted out various skits that depicted proper behavior in the cafeteria, hallways, and playgrounds.  Ms. Kane, our school counselor, narrated and asked for feedback from our students.  Ms. Kane and Mr. Walters then outlined an incentive program for the cafeteria where classes can earn “rewards” and special privileges when they exhibit positive and appropriate behavior while at lunch and recess.  We ended our Pep Rally with a school “rap” and a very loud ROAR song.  The Pawling Tiger made a special appearance, making this year’s Pep Rally an event to remember.

            Once again, our PTA helped organize the Homecoming Bike parade that was held on the evening of October 20th.  The Homecoming theme this year was “U.S. Cities”, and students were very creative! 

Parent / Teacher Conferences

This is the time of year when you have the opportunity to sit down and discuss your child’s progress with his/her teacher.  Please note that November 16th and November 17th are half days of school for students due to parent teacher conferences in the afternoon.  There are also conferences on the evening of November 16th if this is more convenient for you. If you haven’t already signed up for a conference time, please contact Lynne Wilcox, guidance aide, at (845) 855-4680.  When you come to your conference, please arrive on time and bring a list of questions you may want to discuss. 

Please support our PTA

Please remember that our PTA is a vital part of our school and our students benefit from the many programs that the PTA sponsors.  I urge you to consider being a supporter of our PTA through your membership (if you haven’t already done so).  Membership is only $10, and does not obligate you to volunteer or do anything, although we would love to see you at our PTA meetings or other activities if you are available.  For your convenience, I have attached a simple PTA membership form to the second side of this newsletter.  This form and the dues can be sent in to school with your child and will be placed in the PTA mailbox.  Thank you for your support of our PTA, it would be great to get 100% membership among families and staff!

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

Tips for Healthy Kids from

  • Start the day with a healthy breakfast.  It refuels the body and provides energy for the day.
  • Let kids help plan and prepare 1 meal each week.
  • Eat more vegetables and fresh fruits.  Aim for a total of 2 cups of fruit and 2 ½ cups of vegetables each day.

 Dates to Remember

November  6               Board of Education Meeting @ 7:30pm (PES)

November 9               No school for students – Superintendent’s Conference Day

November  10             No School, Veteran’s Day

November  16 & 17    Parent Teacher Conferences - ½ Day of SchoolDismissal @ 11:50 both days – no lunches served!

November  16             Elementary Evening Parent Conferences

November  20             Board of Education Meeting @ 7:30pm (PES)

November 22-24         No School, Thanksgiving Break 


Important Calendar Dates to Remember

December        4                      Elementary School Picture Retakes

December        5                      3rd Grade Chorus Holiday Concert – Pawling High School, 7pm

December        7                      4th Grade Chorus Holiday Concert – Pawling High School, 7pm