•  Cattaraugus-Little Valley Elementary School

     
     
    At CLV, students will become life-long learners through meaningful, engaging, and student-centered learning.
     
     CLV strong, Power in the Pack!  
     

     
    Elementary School News  

     

    6/15/18

    Greetings,

    We had another wonderful turn out for the family picnic this year. Thank you for bringing your families back to school to celebrate another successful school year at CLV! A big thank you to all of the staff that donated their time to make this event a reality. Thank you!!!

    Amy VanDerwater

    This Wednesday our 1st and 4th grades were visited by author Amy VanDerwater. First graders worked with Amy to practice using nature to inspire their poetry. Fourth graders worked with rhythm and rhyme to make poems about various topics (ie. S.S. and Science). For many of our students, poetry was their favorite Writer's Workshop Unit. Our school is fortunate to have a resource like Amy VanDerwater to support our writing program.   

    I have some good news! Last week, elementary students worked with our Natural Helpers to raise money for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society of Western NY. Money that was raised by students and their families goes to families in Western NY who are directly impacted by Leukemia and Lymphoma. I am so proud of the amount of money that CLV has contributed to this cause in the past several years.   

    Here are the results of last week’s 5-Day penny drive (the kids raised a total of 905.63):  

            - 1st place: 3rd grade with a total donation of $187.04

            - 2nd place: 1st grade with a total donation of $162.61

            - 3rd place: 4th grade with a total donation of $157.90

            - 4th place: 2nd grade with a total donation of $155.79

            - 5th place: Kindergarten with a total donation of $138.20

            - 6th place: Pre-K with a total donation of 104.09 

    A big thank you to Jessica Schabloski for helping to organize this event for our school. Thank you to our parents for supporting your children as they donated their pennies from their piggy banks. Great job! 

    Thank you for the tremendous response to this year’s Summer Reading Program. It looks like we are going to more than double last year’s weekly participation rate. We are able to accommodate every student that signed up and we’ve done our best to honor student program requests while keeping each group balanced. If you requested busing our transportation supervisor will be in contact with you to discuss pick up and drop off times (a copy of the Summer Literacy Camp Calendar is on the back). 

    This will be the final Friday News of the 2017-18 school year. Thank you for a wonderful year and have a great summer. Please continue to have your children read daily. 

    Best regards,

    Mr. Micah Oldham 

     

    “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

    ~Albert Einstein

     

     

    6/8/18

     

    Greetings, 

    We began this week with our 4th graders finishing their final state test of the year. A big kudos goes out to the grade 4 team for getting our kids prepared for each of their state tests this year. The 4th graders celebrated by going on an awesome field trip to Waldameer the next day.  

    SCA  SCA1

    This was the week of creative arts performances. On Tuesday, students took in a performance of Clementine by the BOCES TheatreWorks group. On Wednesday, they participated in acting lessons during the morning and took in a performance by the Springville Center for the Arts at the end of the day. On Thursday, our kids were treated to a performance by our grade 3 students. A big thank you goes out to the teachers that helped get the students ready to shine on the big stage. Nice job! 

    The Family Picnic will be taking place this coming Wednesday from 5-7pm. There will be: Live Music, a Petting Zoo, Carnival Style Games, Books, Food, and Fun. Please plan on bringing your family! 

    This summer we will be holding a Literacy Camp for students during the month of July. We have set a limit of 60 students per week. Sign-ups are going home with our kindergarten students on 6/8. They will be given the third opportunity to sign up for as many 1 week camps as they would like to attend. Camp will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-12 (transportation and lunch will be provided) during the month of July. Students can sign up for all 4 weeks or choose a combination of weeks based off of interest and your summer schedule. Kindergarten students please fill out the form on the back of this newsletter and return next week. 

    Have a great weekend and pay close attention to the list of upcoming events in the elementary calendar to the right!

     

    “The time is always right to do what is right.”  ~Martin Luther King, Jr

     

     

    6/1/18

     

    Greetings,

    Please fill out and return the sunscreen permission slip that has been included in this packet. The school district needs written permission for your child to use sunscreen at school. We have a number of outdoor events coming up and need this permission for students to able to use it.

    May Character Cadets

    This Thursday, May’s Character Cadets were recognized for their "Enthusiasm". It was interesting to see that we had three sets of siblings nominated by their teachers! A big thank you to our families for instilling this trait in your kids. Whatever the task, no matter how big or small, enthusiastic people put their whole heart into it! Another great thing about enthusiasm is – it’s contagious! Your “spark” of energy and excitement can ignite others to live their lives with enthusiasm. Great job cadets!

    The high school Natural Helpers asked if we would like to participate in their Pennies for Patients Drive again this year and I quickly answered yes. All of the money raised from this event gets donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of WNY. Last year our building raised $1,284.91. This year, the grade level that raises the most money will be treated to an ice cream sundae bar. Please check your couches, cars, and junk drawers for spare change. We will be collecting loose change next Monday through Friday. Thank you for your continued support! 

    You’re invited to join us for a Parent Meeting on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 2:00. We will be meeting in Room 256 to discuss the Title I program at CLV elementary school. This meeting will discuss the general AIS program and every parent is invited to come. The goal of this meeting is to inform the public about our AIS program and look for suggestions for improvement. We look forward to meeting with you on the 14th

    This summer we will be holding a Literacy Camp for students during the month of July. We have set a limit of 60 students per week. Sign-ups are going home with our 1-2 students on 6/1. They will be given the second opportunity to sign up for as many 1 week camps as they would like to attend. Camp will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-12 (transportation and lunch will be provided) during the month of July. Students can sign up for all 4 weeks or choose a combination of weeks based off of interest and your summer schedule. Grade 1-2 students please fill out the form on the back of this newsletter and return next week. 

    After two very awesome years, the time has come for me to leave CLV. On July 1st, I will be moving onto my next adventure, as principal at Ripley CSD. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at CLV and know that our school is headed in the right direction. Keep reading! 

    Warmest regards,

    Mr. Micah Oldham 

     

    “It’s good to have an end to journey toward,

    but it’s the journey that matters in the end”  

    ~Ursula K. LeGuin

     

    5/24/18

    Greetings,

    There is no school tomorrow. Due to having an unused snow day the students will have Friday and Monday off. Hopefully the weather cooperates for your Memorial Day picnics!

    Nels3  Nels9

    This past Monday, students were treated to their 4th quarter Reading Celebration. Nels Ross visited and shared his gift of humor, dance, and juggling. See if your child remembers the hand signs for the following adage he shared: The more you read. The more you know. The more you know. The more you grow. Our final Literacy celebration will be our Family Picnic on June 13. 

    This summer we will be holding a Literacy Camp for students during the month of July. We have set a limit of 60 students per week. Sign-ups will go home with our 3-4 students on 5/24. They will be given the first opportunity to sign up for as many 1 week camps as they would like to attend. Camp will take place on Tuesday and Thursday from 9-12 (transportation and lunch will be provided). The following week sign-ups will go home with students in grades 1-2. If there are spots available Pk-K students will have the opportunity to sign up on the third Friday. Students can sign up for all 4 weeks or choose a combination of weeks based off of interest and your summer schedule. Grade 3-4 students please fill out the form on the back of this newsletter and return on Tuesday following break. 

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    “Knowing what’s right doesn’t mean much unless you do what’s right” ~Franklin Roosevelt

     

    5/18/18

     

    Greetings,

    We had another action packed week at CLV Elementary. Mr. Morton visited us on Tuesday and brought three of his pet tortoises. Students learned that tortoises can live a very long time, some to the ripe old age of 150 years. However, the average age a tortoise can live ranges from 90 to 150 years. Tortoises are what is known as herbivores, they eat grass, ferns, flowers, tree leaves and fruit. Ask your children if they can remember any other fun facts. Mr. Morton will be joining us for our Family Picnic on June 13th. Make sure to mark your calendars!

    Mortan

    It was wonderful meeting the future class of 2032 this week. The students were excited and ready to begin attending school this week! A letter will be sent home in August with class assignments and supplies. Our classroom supplies are also posted on the elementary page of the school website: www.cattlv.wnyric.org 

    Field Trip season is almost upon us! If you would like to attend a field trip with your child a volunteer form needs to be filled out. Volunteer forms can be found on our school website underneath “Public Links”. If you would like a hard copy please stop by the elementary office. The document needs to be notarized so be sure to bring a photo ID with you when turning it in at the school.

    Our final reading celebration will take place this Monday. Students have done an amazing job reading nightly. Back in September, we set a goal of reading 18,000 books as a school and we have eclipsed 25,000 books at this point. That’s what you call a “homerun”. Each quarter we’ve celebrated our reading accomplishments with a different performer/activity. This Monday at 8:15 we will be visited by our final performer. Nels Ross! Entertainer, clean comedian, and comedy juggler! A big thank you goes out to our families for encouraging your children to read nightly! 

    Students will have a long weekend next week. We had one leftover snow day and it has been added to Memorial Day Weekend. Students will have next Friday and Monday off. There will be a reminder posted to the district website and Facebook page.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    “Make each day your masterpiece” ~John Wooden

    5/11/18

    Greetings,

    This Thursday author Jeff Mack visited our school and spoke to grades PK-6 about being an author and illustrator. Students learned that an illustration is a picture that tells a story and that the best way to become better at drawing is to: practice, practice, and practice. At the end of the presentation the students received a drawing lesson.

    Our 2018-19 Pre-K Screening will take place this coming Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. At this point we have 42 students signed up. This is an exciting event for teachers, parents, and students. I can’t wait to meet the future class of 2032!

    Jeff Mack  Jeff 2

    Mr. Morton will be visiting this coming Tuesday. During his last visit he brought with him some baby sheep that were less than three weeks old. It will be interesting to see what he brings for the students this time. In June, Mr. Morton will be joining us again for our Family Picnic. Please pencil June 13th into your calendar before it fills up.

    A big thank you goes out to our high school student leaders for volunteering their time to present at next Friday’s Bike Safety presentation. Please remind your kids to wear their bike helmets when they go out riding. I have come into a small cache of helmets and am looking to give them out to CLV kids. Please contact myself, Deputy Arena, or Mrs. Illig if your child is in need of a helmet and will wear it.

    I look forward to seeing all of our families at next Tuesday’s Chorus/Band Concert. I have become very familiar with the 3rd and 4th grade choral pieces. A big thank you goes out to our music department for their hard work. Students are asked to be dropped off at the high school cafeteria by 6pm.

    Have a great weekend!

     

    “Winning doesn’t always mean being first. Winning means you’re doing better than you’ve done before.” ~Bonnie Blair

     

    5/4/18

    Greetings,

    State Math testing took place in grades 3 and 4 this week and went off without a hitch. There were no issues and students did an amazing job! I would like to thank parents for supporting the school and prioritizing attendance this week. We had an attendance rate of 96% on Tuesday and 97% on Wednesday in grades 3 & 4. Great job!

    Loyalty

    On Tuesday we celebrated our April Character Cadet winners. Each student was recognized on the morning announcements, received a certificate, and T-Wolf Pencil. Students were recognized for their “Loyalty”. The children pictured demonstrated that they are dependable when they have made a commitment to others. A big thank you to our families for instilling this value into your children. May’s character trait is “enthusiasm”.

    Author illustrator Jeff Mack will be visiting our school next Thursday! Jeff is known for authoring and illustrating the Clueless McGee Series. Students are encouraged to bring in any Jeff Mack books to get them signed. We are so lucky to have an author of Jeff’s stature visit and speak with our kids.

    Next Friday our pre-kindergarten students will be visited by representatives from various law enforcement agencies. Representatives from the County, State, SWAT, and Village Police will be on hand to introduce themselves. The children will get to check out the gear and vehicles the officers use. The goal is for students to learn that the police can wear different uniforms, drive different cars, and still be trusted. A big thank you goes out to our school resource officer for setting this up.

    It looks like Spring has finally arrived! Please remind your kids to wear their bike helmets when they go out riding. I have come into a small cache of helmets and am looking to give them out to CLV kids. Please contact myself, Deputy Arena, or Mrs. Illig if your child is in need of a helmet and will wear it.

    Have a great weekend!

     

    “If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” ~Roald Dahl

     

    4/27/18

    Greetings,

           Last Thursday our Pre-K was visited by the Explore and More Children’s Museum. The museum is based in East Aurora, and is currently looking to expand to Canalside in Buffalo. This visit was set up in conjunction with our YMCA Reading Celebration that took place in January for our older students. PK students created art with illuminated shape boards and painted post cards with magnet balls/wands. There were also three building centers where students could create crazy structures, vehicles, and roller-coasters with building blocks/objects that they haven’t had exposure to. A big thank you goes out to Dan Walsh for coming out to CLV to take our PK students on a learning adventure!

    Explore 1  Explore 2

           Next Tuesday and Wednesday our third and fourth grade students will be taking the NYS Math Exams. This year the tests were shortened in length. They used to take three days and now they only take two. The amount of questions on each test were also shortened (25 multiple choice Day 1 & 8 multiple choice / 6 short answer Day 2). Both tests will take approximately 60 minutes each and students will have as much time as they need to finish each one. Once again, we are shooting for a 95% participation rate. The goal is to keep things as low key as possible here at school for our students’ sake. You can help at home by making sure that your children have a good night’s rest and a healthy breakfast. Please contact me with any questions or concerns surrounding the test and I would be happy to answer them for you.

           This coming Thursday (5/3) there will be a mock crash taking place in front of the school in conjunction with the Jr/Sr prom. There will be multiple ambulances and a helicopter participating in this event. This simulation/learning experience has been designed for our older students that are attending the prom. The elementary classrooms will be pulling their blinds in the afternoon to avoid any disruptions to learning. This powerful simulation takes place every four years.

           Have a great weekend! 

     

    “It’s not what happens to you, but how you react that matters.” ~Epictetus

     

    4/20/18

     

    Greetings,

    In January, Mr. Weinberg and Mr. Miller began working with the elementary robotics club Wednesday’s after school. I can’t begin to express how impressed I have been with the progress of our students. At Tuesday evening’s board meeting, two 2nd grade students presented a video game that they created from code. First off, the games were fun to play, and secondly both students were able to explain the systematic logical thought behind them. Our students are very lucky to have these two talented educators as a resource. Great job!

    Sharing  Celebration

    2nd grade students pictured above are sharing their historical fiction writing pieces. 

    During the second day of the ELA state tests, I had the pleasure of eating lunch with students that decided to continue writing and take the extended time. We spoke about their favorite things (movies, music, school lunches…). When I asked them about their favorite class, half of them without hesitation said writing. This is a testament to our teachers and the curriculum that was implemented three years ago. One of the most important parts of Writers Workshop is the publishing phase. The publishing process can take place in many different ways: a museum-walk where students walk around and read others’ writing, a publishing party with parents, leaving writing out on students’ desks and having others walk around the room, read the stories silently and leave a comment. The students are taught that their writing is not solely for the teacher once published; it is to be celebrated by all! I can’t wait to read the poetry pieces that students are currently working on.

    Many thanks to the families that came back to school for Thursday’s Movie night. We always have a great turn out for these events. A big thank you to the PTA for their continued support.

    Have a great weekend!

     

    “Nothing is particularly hard if you break it down into small jobs.” ~Henry Ford

     

    4/12/18

    Greetings,

    I hope everyone had a restful break. Students shared many of their vacation adventures with me Monday morning. It’s great to have the school full of children again! 

    State ELA testing took place in grades 3 and 4 this week and went off without a hitch. There were no issues and students did an amazing job! This year the tests were shortened from 3 days to 2. The amount of questions on the tests were also reduced. There were 24 multiple choice questions on the day 1. Day 2 was comprised of 6 short answer questions. I would like to thank parents for supporting the school and prioritizing attendance this week. We had an attendance rate of 97 % on Wednesday and 98% on Thursday in grades 3 & 4. Great job!

    It’s time to dust off your children’s Sunday best. Spring pictures will take place this coming Wednesday (4/18). I always enjoy seeing how much our kids grow between the fall and spring.

    Please add next week’s movie night to your calendars. The PTA will be providing a screening of “Pixar’s Coco (PG)” on 4/19 at 5:30. We had over a 100 folks come out for the last movie night and I’m hoping to have even more turn out this time. All grade levels are welcome to attend with a parent. Complimentary popcorn will be provided following the movie.

    The third marking period comes to an end next Friday. Teachers have been working on Running Records for the past two weeks of school. These assessments gather information on reading progress and provide students with descriptive feedback for future development. I am so excited to see the growth that has taken place during the past 10 weeks.

    I thought I smelled spring in the air Wednesday morning while greeting students in the bus loop. Five minutes later it began to snow. Hopefully milder weather is around the corner.

    Warmest regards,

     

    “You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” ~Christopher Robin

    3/29/18

    Greetings,

     What a great week we had! The students have been working hard and definitely earned the upcoming spring break. On Wednesday we recognized fifteen T-Wolf ticket winners. Students earn tickets by following our School Honor Code. I will be respectful. I will be responsible. I will be safe. Each week tickets are drawn and those lucky students have an opportunity to get something from the prize box in the elementary office. It’s pretty amazing to see the box that holds all of the tickets fill up in the entryway as the year progresses. We have a lot of kids making great choices!

     Our Cooperation Character Cadets were recognized Thursday morning following the morning announcements. Cooperative people are “team players.” They understand that people coming together for a common cause can accomplish more together than any one of them can do on their own. They build a sense of “community” which makes our school strong and vibrant. A big thank you goes out to our families for instilling this trait in their children.

     Mrs. Johnson’s class spear headed an effort to send supplies to her cousin Mike in Kuwait back in December. To say thank you he sent an official American flag that was flown on an air mission over Iraq by the 1-126th General Aviation Support Battalion, Task Force Liberty. What a wonderful learning experience for our kids. Great job!

    Flag  Owl

    On Wednesday we were visited by the Wild Spirit educational program. Students were introduced to three birds of prey (falcon, hawk, and owl). A big thank you goes out to Paul Fehringer Senior Naturalist for putting on such an engaging and informational presentation. Our new challenge is to read 25,000 books by the end of the school year. Our current reading total is 19,557 books read. Keep reading!

     ELA State Tests are right around the corner. We have a building goal of 95% participation this year. Last year our rates were right around 90%. Please contact me with any questions or concerns and I’ll do my best to answer them.

     Have a wonderful break!

     

     “Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why we call it ‘The Present’.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

     

    3/23/18

    Greetings,

    A big thank you goes out to Ms. LaQuay, Mrs. Metzger, and the PTA for putting on last Friday’s Family Game Night. Approximately one hundred students and family members came back to school to play some old time favorites. My own children enjoyed playing Guess Who and Twister. Our next Family Fun Night will take place on April 19 with a showing of Coco in the high school theater. I hope to see you there!

    Fun Night  Dancers

    Last Friday we were visited by the Olean Area Irish Dancers. Ms. Grube mentioned that this is the eighteenth year of this tradition taking place at our school. The students had a great time cheering on our very own Makayla Frentz, Sophia Mesch, and Olive Pincoski. Great job girls! 

    The high school drama club will be performing Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr. this Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. Adult tickets are $5 and student tickets are $3. Please come out and support our students. They have been working really hard and their effort has paid off.

    Next Wednesday the students will be visited by professional author Amy Ludwid VanDerwater. We have been very fortunate to have Amy visit earlier this year to run writing workshops within individual classrooms. She has focused on: reading poetry, sharing writing tips, and telling backstories. For this visit Amy will be meeting with all of our student during grade level presentations. More information can be found at:  https://www.amyludwigvanderwater.com/

    2018-2019 Pre-Kindergarten registration paperwork was in the March-April School Newsletter. Please return completed forms to Lynda Bradley in elementary office. If you have questions or need new forms please contact the elementary office at: 716-257-3436 or lbradley@clvschools.org . 

    Reminder: Yearbook Order Forms were sent home last week. Paper forms are due back to school by March 29, and online orders are due by April 5th. The yearbook cost remains ten dollars. 

    Don’t forget that school will be closed next Friday!

     

     

    “Character, not circumstances make a person” ~Anonymous

     

    3/16/18

    This Friday evening, there will be a Family Game Night in the elementary cafeteria & library from 6:00-7:15. There will be board games, complimentary basket raffles, and light refreshments. Many thanks to our PTA for putting this event together for our students and families. I hope to see you there!

    WC  WC2

    Last Friday, fourth grade held a writing celebration in the elementary cafeteria. The kids did an excellent job sharing their animal research reports with students and staff from all grade levels. It was impressive to see our kids do such a nice job presenting their work. This was a wonderful opportunity for students to work on their oral and written communication skills. Kudos to the teachers that set this event up. Nice job!

    This Wednesday we celebrated a Walk Up Day in the elementary building. Students were encouraged to walk up to others in an effort to spread kindness. Students wrote the various acts of kindness that they did on Post-its and added them to a Walk Up Poster hanging next to the cafeteria. This idea came from our high school student leaders and staff. Great job!

    2018-2019 Pre-Kindergarten registration paperwork was in the March-April School Newsletter. Please return completed forms to Lynda Bradley in elementary office. If you have questions or need new forms please contact the elementary office at: 716-257-3436 or lbradley@clvschools.org .

    Reminder: Yearbook Order Forms were sent home last week. Paper forms are due back to school by March 29, and online orders are due by April 5th. The yearbook cost remains ten dollars.

    Have a great weekend and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!     

                                                                                             

    “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” ~Mark Twain

     

    3/9/18

     

    This Monday we celebrated Read Across America Day in conjunction with Dr. Seuss’s birthday (Friday’s assembly was snowed out). How did we celebrate reading? Reading of course! We held our second school-wide DEAR Time in the elementary gymnasium and read for 6 uninterrupted minutes PK-4 (breaking October’s record). Great job to our students and staff for adding to our building books read total of 17, 177. Keep up the great work!

    Cat1  Cat2

    Mr. Morton will be visiting us this coming Tuesday with some special animal friends. Your children should have some additional knowledge to share with the family after school. It is always fun to try and guess what he will bring.

     

    The Olean Area Irish Dancers will be visiting our school this coming Friday to get everyone in the mood for St. Patrick’s Day. This assembly offers a wonderful opportunity for our local CLV students that take Irish Dance to show off their skills. Our elementary kiddos really enjoy cheering on the dancers.

     

    Next Friday, there will be a Family Game Night in our elementary cafeteria from 6:00-7:30. There will be board games, basket raffles and light refreshments served. Many thanks to our PTA for putting this event together for our students. I hope to see you there!

     

    2018-2019 Pre-K registration paperwork was in the March-April School Newsletter. Please return completed forms to Lynda Bradley in elementary office. If you have questions or need new forms please contact the elementary office at: 716-257-3436 or lbradley@clvschools.org .

     

    Reminder: Yearbook Order Forms are attached. Paper forms are due back to school by March 29 and online orders are due by April 5th. The yearbook cost remains 10 dollars.

     

    Have a great weekend, and don’t forget to set your clocks ahead on Sunday!

     

     

    “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” ~Theodore Roosevelt

     

     

     

     

     Mr. Oldham

     

     Micah J. Oldham

    Elementary Principal
    moldham@clvschools.org
    716.257.5855