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MINISINK VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

PO Box 217 Route 6, Slate Hill, NY 10973 (845)355-5270 / fax (845)355-5147

NATURALIST LEADS 'APPLE CIDER FEST' WORKSHOPS FOR MINISINK ELEMENTARY FIRST-GRADERS

Posted October 19 at 1:43pm

Naturalist Sara Mayes brought her “Apple Cider Fest” workshop to Minisink Elementary School first-graders today, Oct. 19, leaving students with new knowledge about pomology --- or apple growing, and giving them a taste of freshly squeezed apple cider.

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STAY KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT THE FLU WITH THESE FACTS AND TIPS

Posted October 19 at 11:09am

The first documented cases of influenza, or the “flu,” often begin in October.

 

Please consider these facts and tips to help prevent the spread of flu, courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. (NCIRD).

 

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BIRDS OF PREY MAKE LANDING FOR EDUCATION

Posted October 18 at 3:05pm

Wild things were at Minisink Valley Elementary this morning. A hawk, a turkey vulture, an owl, and a falcon landed their powerful talons on the school auditorium to teach second graders a thing or two about birds of prey.

 

Combining science with humor and storytelling, the birds' caretaker and trainer, Mr. Bill Robinson, held a captive audience with fascinating facts about these raptors. Students learned about the difference between predators and scavengers, their special skills, and their roles in the living environment.

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THEY WENT WALKING AND WHAT DID THEY SEE?

Posted October 16 at 12:24pm

Students in Shawne Demberg’s transitional kindergarten class enjoyed their very first StoryWalk on Thursday, Oct. 11. In addition to some exercise and reading, the activity engaged them in a guessing game.

 

Organizer Mia McLean, School Librarian, read to students from “I Went Walking,” as they followed page by page, and illustration by illustration.

 

The story is narrated by a boy out on a walk who is followed by a variety of animals he meets along the way. At each stop he asks, “I went walking and what did I see?” He drops a clue about the next animal and his question invites readers to take a guess before they see it illustrated on the following page.

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FIREFIGHTERS VISIT MINISINK AND OTISVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS TO MARK FIRE PREVENTION WEEK AND MONTH

Posted October 12 at 2:29pm

Area firefighters visited Minisink and Otisville elementary schools this week as part of activities highlighting October as Fire Prevention Month.

 

Fire Prevention Month (and week) raises awareness about fire safety and home safety to help ensure your home and family are prepared in the case of an emergency.

 

 

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ACTS OF KINDNESS FOR ACTS OF SERVICE

Posted October 4 at 3:45pm

In the spirit of our school’s 2018-19 theme —"Be Kind"— students in Mrs. DiSimone’s first-grade class have been practicing kindness while developing their creative and writing skills.

“Each week during ‘centers,’ we do a writing activity that is also an act of kindness,” Mrs. DiSimone said.

Thus far, their focus has been on individuals in the U.S. service. Last week they made cards and wrote letters to Connor Greiner, a Class of 2018 Minisink graduate who is completing basic training for the U.S. Coast Guard in Cape May, N.J. 

PARENT PORTAL: CHANGES TO CONTACT INFORMATION MADE SIMPLER

Posted October 4 at 3:09pm

Parents/guardians, you can now request changes to contact information (phone/email) and contact rights directly through the SchoolTool Parent Portal. Find out how to submit a request online and learn about the approval process. You can also access this information from the Parent Portal page. Find the question, "Do you need to change your contact information," and select it. 

FOOD SERVICE DEPARTMENT 'COOKING UP' NEW OFFERINGS IN ALL BUILDING CAFETERIAS

Posted September 28 at 3:07pm

It’s all about the food!

 

How many times have parents heard their children tell them this as meals are planned and parties are organized?

 

Minisink Valley’s Food Service Department knows how important it is to prepare not only a nutritionally balanced meal, but one that’s appealing and enjoyable to eat.

 

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EVERY STUDENT PRESENT: IF THEY’RE NOT HERE, THEY CAN’T LEARN

Posted September 18 at 1:26pm

September is National Attendance Awareness Month.

 

"Every Student Present" is a public awareness campaign developed by the New York State Council on Children and Families. It is intended to help families, school leaders and communities understand the importance of consistent school attendance and the impact of absences on children's learning, especially young students.

 

Parents/guardians, you can go to everystudentpresent.org for helpful resources, including short videos on these important topics: boosting your child's confidence; keeping your child on track with school work; keeping your child healthy; and protecting your child from bullies. Go to the full article for resource links.

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A SPECIAL VISIT FROM "UNCLE JOE"

Posted September 14 at 3:25pm

Minisink Elementary School kindergartener Jaxon Alvarado was a happy young man on Friday afternoon, Sept. 14, because Joseph Ferramosca, his uncle, a member of the Minisink Class of 1998 and an Army reservist, stopped by to visit his class.

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