Update from the Principal

Dear Parents/Guardians,  

This is your weekly update from Matthew Paterson Elementary School. Please make sure to read the reminder section below! 

School Highlights   

Last week was another great one at MPES for our students, staff, and families! Thank you to the PTO for organizing a school spirit day in connection to National Panda Day. Many of our students showed off their creativity and critical thinking skills in designing leprechaun traps.  There was evidence of wee visitors to MPES but no capture.

Upcoming Events   

Week of March 20th

Monday March 20th – Day 5 – Spring Pictures

Tuesday March 21st - Day 6 – One School One Book Assembly

Wednesday March 22nd – Day 1 – PTO School Store, GFMS Music Department to Meet with fourth grade students.

Thursday March 23rd - Day 2

Friday March 24th - Day 3  


  • Begin after the spring break we will be launching a one school one book project. The project will connect literacy, technology, empathy and STEAM. This Tuesday we will be have an assembly to unveil the title of the book to our students. We will be providing more information to families in the future.
  • Kindergarten Registration for the 2023-2024 school year is now opened. Please visit the Carmel Central Website for online registration.
  • Please visit MPESPTO.org for additional information on PTO/School Events. Be on the lookout for information on April's Wizard Game! 
  • The MPES PTO is requesting contact information for guardians of MPES students, particularly 4th grade. The PTO would like this information so they can e-mail parents regarding PTO events, volunteering, and fundraising. Please complete this form if you give the PTO permission to have your personal information. Please use the link below to access the form https://forms.office.com/r/4RgeNe05PZ 
  • Please complete the following FORM for each child that does nothave a BUS/Cafeteria Zonar Card. https://forms.office.com/r/gRGYWjRqbs  

 Have a great rest of your day!   

Sincerely,  Mr. Michael Kirk   Principal 


Latest MPES Headlines

  • First Grade Bubbles with Excitement over Volcanos

    It was an eruption of laughter, cheers and fun from first-grade volcano scientists in Ms. Clark’s class at Matthew Paterson Elementary School. The excitement was bubbling throughout a recent lesson on rocks and volcanoes, during which students created and painted a paper mâché volcano in the classroom. The end goal: to make it erupt!
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  • Creative Engineering with Clay in Second Grade

    It was a fun afternoon of assembling and disassembling, constructing and deconstructing, and putting together and taking apart – all in the name of creativity and science for second-grade students in Mrs. Vickery’s class at Matthew Paterson Elementary.

    Working in small groups, students had a chance to construct different figures using clay and toothpicks. As one student constructed, the others sketched the result, each taking turns as the lead builder.

    Read a full story and see more photos of our engineers in action.

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  • Video Valentines for Veterans

    Local veterans received Valentine’s Day messages of thanks from district students this year and some cards included a special video message!

    With assistance from RTI Reading Teacher Janine Avitabile and Instructional Technology Coach Michele Love, a group of third-grade students at Matthew Paterson learned how to create short video messages using graphics, music and voiceover audio as a supplement to their hand-crafted cards for veterans.  

    See Valentine's Day video messages created for veterans by our students!

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  • Art Brings Good Fortune for Lunar New Year

    Third-grade students at Matthew Paterson Elementary School brought good luck, fortune and prosperity to the school building during Lunar New Year with their festive dragon artwork!  During lessons with art teacher Mr. Lombardo, students learned about the significance of the Lunar New Year holiday, how it is celebrated, and the role of the dragon symbol in Asian culture before creating one of their own.
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  • Matthew Paterson Elementary Students Pledge to Become Heart Heroes

    Challenge accepted! Matthew Paterson Elementary students kicked off the annual Kids Heart Challenge with the American Heart Association last week and they are already busy learning about heart health and raising funds to help protect hearts.

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  • Savory Salt Art Sparks Creativity for Elementary Students

    A fun experiment with textures and designs created some savory results for third-grade students at Matthew Paterson Elementary School. Under the instruction of Art Teacher Alex Lombardo, the students used simple materials to make creative and eye-catching salt art.

    Read about the Salt Art projects and see photos of our students' work!


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  • Elementary Students Learn the Origins of Lacrosse

    America's oldest sport, lacrosse, has origins that date back to 1100 A.D. and was played by Native American nations with matches sometimes including 100 to 1,000 or more men. The matches were often used as a social event or to help settle disputes and utilized wooden sticks with net baskets or pockets attached along with small balls wrapped in deer hide.

    Fourth-grade students in Mrs. Zulauf and Mrs. Adam's class at Matthew Paterson Elementary School learned about the Native American people of New York, specifically the local Carmel area, and the perseverance, ingenuity, and creativity they showed as people in so many things, including the game of lacrosse!

    Through a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) cooperative activity, our students tested their own perseverance, ingenuity, and creativity by creating lacrosse sticks using recyclable materials. The goal: to catch and toss a ball.

    Check out the lacrosse stick prototypes in action!

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  • Matthew Paterson Annual Thanksgiving Celebration Continues

    The tradition continued for third-grade students at Matthew Paterson Elementary School this year with the annual Thanksgiving Celebration. For more than 45 years, third-grade students and teachers have been gathering for a fun-filled day of seasonal activities, academic lessons, crafts, food and more – and this year was no different. See photos from the annual Thanksgiving Celebration.

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  • Third-Grade Students Engineer Ways to Catch a Turkey

    How do you catch a turkey? With a cage of course!
    Tom the Turkey was on the loose in Matthew Paterson Elementary School during the recent Grade 3 Thanksgiving Celebration and it was up to our young engineers to catch him. Using toothpicks, miniature marshmallows and their critical thinking skills, our students designed and constructed cages to catch Tom the Turkey and ensure he doesn't escape again!
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  • Fire Department Recruits Matthew Paterson Kindergarten Students

    Patterson Fire Department has a new class of recruits... kindergarten students from Matthew Paterson Elementary School. It was a beautiful fall day and the perfect weather for our young learners to take a short walk through the neighborhood to visit the Patterson Fire Department where they got up close with different fire trucks and rescue equipment and learned the basics of fire safety.
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Upcoming Events

  • MPES - Wizards Assembly

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  • George Fischer Middle School LIbrary

    Carmel Parent University

    Join us for Carmel Parent University on March 27, 6 p.m., in the George Fischer Middle School Library!
    Carmel Parent University (CPU) is an inclusive and collaborative meeting series to increase parent/guardian involvement in their children's education.
    Parents/guardians will choose one workshop to attend from the following topics:
    • Pre-Employment Transition Services (for students, ages 14-21, who have an IEP or 504 plan)
    • The Reading League (Literacy K-6)
    • The Dangers of Vaping.
    No registration is required to attend the workshops. Walk-ins are welcome! Additional workshops will be scheduled later this spring.
    For more information or questions, please contact jsimoni@carmelschools.org or lsantaba@carmelschools.org.
    Carmel Central School District
  • George Fischer Middle School

    NYSSMA Festival : Majors Instrument

    CCSD is hosting the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Majors Instrument Festival event for Zone 10. 

    Carmel Central School District
  • George Fischer Middle School

    NYSSMA Festival: Majors Chorale

    CCSD is hosting the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Majors Chorale Festival event for Zone 10. 

    Carmel Central School District
  • MPES - Spirit Day

    Matthew Paterson Elementary School
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