Cattaraugus-Little Valley Elementary School
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Elementary School News 


What an awesome week! Our students read 6,933 books during the first marking period. Our building goal was 4,500 books. We blew this goal out of the water by almost 2,500 books. Please continue to encourage your children to read nightly. The more your read, the better you get. The better you get, the more fun it is to read (and the cycle of continuous improvement begins). This Wednesday we celebrated our Super Readers! Many thanks to Jared Campbell for putting on an awesome concert for our school!

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4th grade sponsored a Dress-Up Day on Thursday. Students brought in non-perishable food items to dress-up as a character from a favorite book. The food was donated to the Trading Post food pantry to help local families during this holiday season. Even the simplest acts of benevolence – the ones we think of as “random acts of kindness” or “no big deal” – are incredibly important. Many thanks to the teachers and students that participated in this event.

Mindset plays a big role in how we adapt to challenges. How do we instill “grit” into our children? Grit is defined as: courage and resolve; strength of character. Grit is what you need when things don’t go your way.

At CLV we talk about the power of “Yet”

“I don’t get it, I can’t do this, This doesn’t work”

Yet is a powerful word because it completely changes one’s perspective/mindset.

“I don’t get it…yet, I can’t do this…yet, This doesn’t work…yet”

Have a wonderful week off with your families and keep reading! 

Mr. Micah Oldham

"Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses." ~Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr 

This week has flown by. Please remember that the school will be closed tomorrow in observance of Veteran’s Day. Freedom comes with a price and we are all grateful to the men and women that have served. Many thanks to Bud Huber for dropping off the American flags that were collected from local cemeteries. These flags flew over the graves of our fallen veterans since Memorial Day and were gifted to our kindergarten students. The students read stories about Veteran’s day and were excited to receive a flag. Many thanks!

The first quarter comes to an end today and our kids have blown their reading goal out of the water. Students were tasked with reading 4,500 books and exceeded that total by over 1000 books. We will be celebrating this accomplishment with a concert by Jared Campbell. Please have your kids wear a superhero shirt to school on Wednesday, November 15th

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Let’s show Jared how many Reading Superheroes we have!

I spoke to our fourth grade teachers and the students had an awesome time during their visit to the Seneca Iroquois National Museum yesterday. The museum showcases both permanent and temporary exhibits that introduce visitors to the culture and history of the Onondowaga: and Hodinohso:ni’. I recommend stopping by the museum with your children if you’ve never visited.

When the crisp fall mornings make us think of turkey and mashed potatoes, our thoughts also turn to giving thanks. Being thankful for what we have is a healthy and beneficial attitude. We have a lot to be thankful for at CLV. We have students that show up ready to learn. We have teachers that care about getting the very best out of our students. We have supportive parents that back us up when calls go home. We have a strong academic program where students are given opportunities to think critically and solve problems. 

Have a wonderful long weekend!

Mr. Micah Oldham 

We had another rocking week at the elementary! Our Halloween Parade was well attended and the kids looked great! I was blown away by the creativity shown by our families. Many thanks to Deputy Arena, Stephen Cannon, Savannah Damon, Condice Mozes, Scott O'Donnell, and Daniel Taapken for sharing Halloween safety tips with our elementary students.
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Our school played host to another TheatreWorks presentation this past Thursday. Over 1000 grade 2 and 3 students from our school and nine area elementary schools were treated to the production of Dr. Loboto's STEAM Lab. The audience along with several kids and teachers were called to the stage to solve the mystery of Baldy the Clown and his greatest trick. Students from other districts were impressed with the facilities here at CLV and everyone's behavior was top notch. Great job!
There are two field trips scheduled for next week and we are still missing some updated student emergency forms. It is essential that we have the most up to date contact information in the event of an emergency. Students will not be allowed to attend trips off of campus if they are missing updated forms. Please contact Lynda Bradley at 716-257-3436 if you have questions concerning these forms.
Homework club will be canceled next Wednesday and Thursday for our 4th graders. Homework club will be canceled next Thursday for our 3rd graders. This decision was made based on a shortened week and upcoming events. Please remember that the school will be closed next Friday in recognition of Veteran's Day.
November has traditionally been a time when Americans give thanks. We all have a lot to be thankful for. I am thankful for the wonderful students and faculty her at CLV. We have a wonderful family and there are great things happening in this building. I bet if you asked ten students or teachers what the best thing that happened last month you would receive ten different answers.
Please make sure to "like" the Cattaraugus-Little Valley Central School District Facebook page if you have a Facebook account. Weekly school happenings are documented on this site. If you do not have a Facebook account please check out our district website at: . There are weekly updates on the Elementary School page and access to the elementary school calendar. This calendar includes every upcoming event in our building. Great communication goes both directions. Please feel free to call or email me with any questions, concerns, or celebrations.
Best regards,
Mr. Oldham
Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. ~William Arthur Ward
Greetings elementary families,
Over 100 students and parents packed the cafeteria this past Tuesday evening to play BINGO for books. This was a fun event for families to snack, play, and interact with one another. Everyone left a winner and it was great to see students excited about winning books! Our next family engagement activity will be on December 20 (Holiday Fun Night). Hopefully the big guy can make it this year! Many thanks to the teachers that planned and manned this event: Miss Blair, Mrs. Delity, Mrs. Illigy, Miss. LaQuay, Mrs. Lincoln, Miss. McConnell, Mrs. Mentley, Miss. Neal, Ms. Opfterbeck, Ms. Paskuly, Mrs. Schallert, Mrs. Sills, Mrs. Strusa, and Mrs. Taylor. These types of events really help to build our community:)
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This coming Tuesday will be our annual Halloween Parade. The parade will begin at 1:30 and parents will be viewing the event in the HS Theatre and Atrium. Please send a note in prior, if you plan on taking your kids home with you. This will help us alert the bus drivers before dismissal. Students will also need to be signed out prior to leaving school. In order to ensure a fun, safe day for everyone, masks and mock weapons are not allowed.
Please don't forget that this coming Thursday (11/2/17) is "Picture Retake Day". This new date was chosen to accommodate Red Ribbon Week and the late arrival of the first set of prints. Thank you for your continued flexibility.
November is right around the corner, and the first marking period will be coming to a close. Please encourage your child to reach their 1st quarter reading target if they haven't. We are so close to the finish line and want to finish strong!
Best regards,
Mr. Oldham 

 Micah J. Oldham

Elementary Principal