• Dr. Debra Kirkhus, Principal
  • Mrs. Michelle Rivas, Asst. Principal
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    Links for Summer

    When school is out, students still need to fuel the body and brain. The links below will help do that until school opens in September. (Watch for updates.)


    Read for free.

    Find free summer meals.

    High school summer work (scroll down to summer work)

    Middle School Summer Reading: dates to visit the Pawling Middle School Library

    Pawling Central School District
  • Summer Book Exchange at PES Library

    July 24 - 10:30-12:30

    August 12 - 10:30-12:30

    August 26 - 10:30-12:30

    Dear Parents and Guardians,​​​​​​​

    I hope that this letter finds  you eagerly anticipating a fun filled summer vacation with your family. I write this to encourage all of you to read with your children as regularly as possible to sustain essential reading comprehension skills developed during the 2019-2019 school year.

    Studies of summer reading practices done by James Kim an Assistant Professor of education from Harvard have concluded that “when children get help choosing skill-appropriate books and read those books over summer break, both independently and with guidance from family members, reading achievement scores can improve significantly. In addition, parents and guardians should ask questions about the story to make certain that students are getting the gist of the story”. If the child seems to be struggling with a text, there is a simple way to assess whether the book is above the child’s reading level.

     An adult can ask the child to read 100 words from the book. Ask the child to hold up a finger for every word that is too difficult to figure out. If the child holds up more than five fingers, the book is likely too difficult. The Lexile Framework measures a child’s reading level. It can be found online at It is easy to refer to for guidance in choosing summer reading materials with your child.

    With that being said, we have decided to allow each child going into first through third grades to check out three books from our school library for enjoyment over the summer. I will be at the school in July and August at the times above to offer students the opportunity to complete an exchange. You will receive an email with the dates and times in the near future.

    Students have learned proper book care throughout the school year. I have confidence that students will be able to borrow the books and return them, unharmed, in the fall of 2019. 


    Warmest Regards,

    Cynthia S. Darcy


    Pawling Central School District
  • Celebrating the Class of 2019 as students visit PES

    View the Walk

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  • Free 12-week evidence-based educational Family-to-Family Classes.

    Registration is open!
    Class starts Monday, June 3, 2019 from 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm in Millbrook, NY, and Monday, September 16, 2019 from 7 pm - 9:30 pm in Poughkeepsie, NY.
    This class will benefit any who have a family member or friend with symptoms of a mental health condition.
    This course teaches knowledge about mental illness, treatment, medication, self-care strategies, wellness, plus the skills to more effectively solve problems and communicate with your loved one.
    Please help spread the word by forwarding, displaying and distributing the attached flyer. Click on link below to access flyer.
    Registration required. Space Limited!
    Call 845-206-9892 or
    Pawling Central School District

    Attention Parents,
    On Friday morning, March 29, 2019,  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

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    BOE Meeting 6:30pm

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  • Middle School Cafetorium

    BOE Meeting 7:30pm

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  • High School

    BOE Meeting 7:30pm

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  • Elementary School Multipurpose Room

    BOE Meeting 7:30pm

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  • Elementary School Multipurpose Room

    BOE Meeting 7:30pm

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  • Elementary School Multipurpose Room

    BOE Meeting 7:30pm

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Elementary Newsletters

April 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,

            Next week, we will be starting our final marking period of the year.  It is hard to believe that we are facing the home stretch.  Please continue to check your child’s backpack regularly during this busy time of year.

This month we celebrated “Snackarooza”, which is a coordinated effort between our PTA and our Food Service Department in educating and exploring healthy snack options for our students.  We had many parent volunteers help in preparing and delivering healthy snacks to all of our classrooms. Our PTA has arranged for our Scholastic Book Fair to take place from April 9 – 11.  Family night is planned for Wednesday evening, April 10th, so please mark your calendars and plan on coming out that evening to shop for books with your children!

We held our incoming Kindergartener Parent Information Night on March 19th at 7pm.  The night was well attended, and parents were given an opportunity to ask many questions of our administration, transportation director, and kindergarten teachers.  We will be scheduling screenings for our incoming kindergarteners from April 24th – 26th.  After their screening appointment, children and their families will be able to take a tour of our building and see our school in action.  If you know of any friends or family members in our district who have children who will be 5 years old on or before December 1st, 2019, please let them know to call our school to get registration information, if they haven’t done so already.

            We are in the heart of budget season, so please make every effort to stay informed. The district website will continue to post updated information regarding meeting dates, meeting minutes, podcasts and board presentations. Please mark your calendars for our District Budget vote that will take place in the Pawling Elementary School gym on Tuesday, May 21st.

IMPORTANT REMINDER:  The PTA Spring Picture Day is Monday, April 29th. 


April Dates to Remember


April 2 & 3                  3rd and 4th grade NYS English Language Arts assessment

April 4                         PTA meeting @ 7pm

April 8                         Board of Education Meeting, 7:30pm, Pawling Middle School

April 9 – 11                 PTA Scholastic Book Fair

April 15 - 19                SPRING RECESS

April 22                       Superintendent’s Conference Day – No school for students

April 24 - 26                Incoming Kindergarten Screening Dates


Important Upcoming Calendar Dates to Remember

May 1 & 2                   3rd and 4th grade NYS Mathematics Assessment

May 2                          PTA meeting @ 7pm

May 9                          3rd Grade Concert @ 7pm (Pawling High School Auditorium)

May 16                        4th Grade Concert @ 7pm (Pawling High School Auditorium)

May 21                        School District Budget vote all day in elementary school gym

May 24                        Superintendent’s Conference Day – No school for students

May 27                        NO SCHOOL – MEMORIAL DAY

June 3                          Grade 4 NYS Science Written Assessment

June 6                          PTA Meeting @ 7pm

June 7                          PTA Movie Night

June 25                        4th Grade Moving Up Day – 10am

June 26                        LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

Dr. Kirkhus, Principal

Mrs. Rivas,  Assistant Principal