The Best Part of the Elementary This Month Is…
There are so many great things taking place in our building that if you asked ten students or teachers this question you would receive ten different answers. I’ve been sitting in the principal’s chair for three weeks and have already experienced many of the traditions that make this place wonderful.
On November 18, 2016 our elementary students were visited by Mr. Morton and his pet heritage turkey. Mr. Morton traveled to us from his Sundance Kid Farm in Conewango Valley, New York. The turkey pictured is what would be found on farms over 100 years ago. Students asked many inquisitive questions and learned more about this animal that is sometimes taken for granted during this time of year. Mr. Morton travels to schools all over our region educating students about animals. He will be visiting us in December with his pet Reindeer.
On November 29, 2016 our kindergarteners, grade 1, and 2 students were treated to a live musical featuring the characters from Junie B. Jones. Students laughed as Junie B. navigated her way through school and learned why rules are important (especially “cookie time” after recess). Over 1000 students from around the Southern Tier visited our school to watch this TheatreWorks production. I spoke to an Olean student in passing and he commented that he loved our school. We really are fortunate to have world class facilities at CLV.
On November 30, 2016 we were visited by Mr. Dave Ganshaw who traveled from Yarmouthport, Massachusetts to hand out dictionaries to all of our grade 3 students. Mr. Ganshaw has a camp in our district and has been traveling back to this area for many years during hunting season. He is a member of the B.P.O. Elks and has been handing out dictionaries to our students since the late 90’s. If you are a recent Catt-Little Valley graduate, you might have one of his dictionaries on your bookshelf as you read this. The students were excited to break open their new dictionaries and begin their “word origin quest”. Thank you Dave for continuing this tradition year after year!
On December 2, 2016 second grade students had a “Book Tasting” celebration in the elementary cafeteria. Students wrote opinion pieces that told why their peers should read their book. They also gave each book a special award. Following the reports, students enjoyed an assortment of book themed treats (bookworms, pencils, beary good books…). Thank you to the teachers and staff that made this event happen!
This December, we have more events planned for our students and community. On December, 20th from 6-7, there will be a Family Fun Night. Students and families are invited to the elementary cafeteria to meet Santa Claus, warm up with some hot cocoa, and make a holiday craft. Our Holiday Store has moved to the high school library this year. Students wishing to purchase a gift for family members will be able to do so the week before break.
As we move into the winter season, please make sure students are properly bundled before they head out the door. I have yet to experience a CLV winter but have been warned that this district is blessed with an abundance of winter weather. Those little hands and ears get cold quick!
In closing, please stop by the main office and introduce yourself whenever you visit our campus. I look forward to making the connections between students and families.
Micah J. Oldham