Cattaraugus-Little Valley Elementary School
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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 five weeks and have already experienced many of the traditions that make this place wonderful.

The Big Guy 2  The Big Guy
On December 23, our elementary school was visited by a very special visitor. Everyone was very excited (especially the principal). The look of joy and wonder on the faces of the students was priceless.
 
December Character Cadets
On December 23, following the morning announcements we honored December's Character Cadets. This month's character trait is empathy. Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. Great job!
 
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On December 22, our high school band welcomed unsuspecting elementary students to school with a serenade of holiday favorites. Our students stopped to listen, clap, and sing along with the musicians. Many thanks to the students and teachers that volunteered their time to add some holiday cheer to our day!
 
Mr. Morton and Mr. Oldham

On December 22, 2016 our elementary students were visited by Mr. Morton and his reindeer "Dancer". Mr. Morton traveled to us from his Sundance Kid Farm in Conewango Valley, New York. Mr. Morton shared that reindeer have been domesticated for over 1000 years. They are also the only type of deer in which both males and females have antlers. Students asked many inquisitive questions and were able to get up close to this beautiful animal. Mr. Morton travels to schools all over our region educating students about animals. He will be visiting us in January with his pet hedgehogs.

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On December 21, the CLV Elementary School welcomed over 200 parents and students into the school for a holiday themed Family Fun Night. Students made crafts, listened to stories, frosted cookies, drank hot cocoa, wrote letters to Santa, and had the opportunity to have their picture taken with the Big Guy. Many thanks to the teachers that volunteered their time to make this event possible.
 
WBL Students  
We would like to thank Mrs. Stohl's Work Based Learning students for helping us with this year's Holiday Shop. These high schoolers picked up and dropped off elementary students at their classroom's. They helped the younger students select gifts and then wrapped them. Thank you for making this week a little brighter for everyone! 
 
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On November 18th, students in Mrs. Marsh and Rickert's classes combined for a Writing Celebration. Students wrote opinion pieces about books they had chosen to read and write about. Our authors shared their compositions and encouraged their peers to read their selections. Many thanks to the teachers and students that made this event possible.
Junie B. Jones

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.  

Mr. Ganshaw  

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! 

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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!
Bree  

On 12.8.16 students in Mrs. Grube’s classroom participated in the “Hour of Code” to celebrate Computer Science Education Week. The kindergarten class teleconferenced with an educational specialist (Bree) from Kodable. Bree, shared the history of her company and gave students a tour of her office. They met a computer programmer and the designer that created the “Blue Fuzz”. At the end of the presentation the students asked many thoughtful questions: Why did you make it so hard? Why do you have to do so many things? Do you have different levels in the Kodable program?

Bee-bot  Kodable Robot Mouse Puzzlet

Many thanks to Mr. Weinberg for helping us connect and interact with the SMART board during the presentation. Following the interview, students demonstrated their knowledge of programming by working with the following programs: Osmo, Bee-Bot, Robot Mouse, Ozobot, Kodable, Code-a-Pillar, Puzzlets, and the Hour of Code program. Our programmer's had an awesome time! 

Homework Club  
On December 12th, the CLV girls modified basketball team helped out during the elementary homework club. Our Wolf Pups were excited to receive additional homework support from these athletes. Nice job girls! 

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

Elementary Principal
moldham@clvschools.org
716.257.5855 
 
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