Update from the Principal
This is your weekly update from Matthew Paterson Elementary School. Please make sure to read the reminder section below!
Last week was another great week for our students, faculty, and families. Our students continue to be engaged in the curriculum. Our third-grade students present their Passport project on the county they research to parents, teachers and fellow students. Our amazing PTO held the final school store of the year. Thank you to all those parents that helped out during this school year to make this happen for our students. Fourth graders enjoyed a trip to New Windsor Cantonment.
This Week at MPES!
Monday May 22nd – Day 1
Tuesday May 23rd – Day 2– Fourth Grade Canoe Trip Amelio: AM Memmel: PM
Wednesday May 24th – Day 3 Fourth Grade Canoe Trip Zulauf: AM Allen: PM
Thursday May 25th – Day 4 Kindergarten Parent Orientation
Friday May 26th – ALL Carmel Schools Are Closed
Monday May 29th – Memorial Day ALL Carmel Schools Are Closed
As part of our ongoing commitment to enhancing safety, communication and equity districtwide, Carmel Central School District has launched a new communication tool, Anonymous Alerts®. This tool enables students or parents to report urgent information to school officials quickly, easily and anonymously across all our school campuses. Through the Anonymous Alerts® mobile app or web-based reporting system, students, parents and staff can confidentially report incidents of bullying, cyber-bullying, and other sensitive topics through private messages to our administration. To place an incident report, students, parents and staff can simply visit the Carmel Central School District Anonymous Alerts website via a web browser or download a free iPhone/Android app by searching for "Anonymous Alerts" from the iPhone Store or Play Store respectively. After downloading the app, the activation code “carmelcsd” can be used to access the dedicated CCSD submission form.
- Join this fun reading opportunity for the students on Mondays at the Kent Library! Use the link below to participate in Storytime with the Carmel Teachers' Association. We look forward to sharing many fun books with you. https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fkentlibrary.evanced.info%2Fmsignup%2Fevents&data=05%7C01%7Crcutler%40carmelschools.org%7C4d16c6b3e3704b9b873708db57cf4045%7Ca7128decf40f43f5ba84fe7426cefef9%7C0%7C0%7C638200319913174790%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&sdata=rAiZPwnNOp3lQ%2FqFoxTiN7aLiBolT2U0YVQZFcL6BY8%3D&reserved=0?
- School issued computers should be used for educational purposes. Cell phones should remain off and in students' backpacks during the school day, this includes the school bus.
- Kindergarten Registration for the 2023-2024 school year is now opened. Please visit the Carmel Central Website for online registration.
Have a great rest of your day!
Sincerely,Mr. Michael Kirk Principal
Latest MPES Headlines
One school plus one book equals more adventures than you can imagine.Students at Matthew Paterson Elementary recently kicked off the One School, One Book initiative, which promises tons of reading fun. What book will all the students be reading? The choice was kept top-secret until a recent special assembly.Matthew Paterson Elementary School News
Third-Grade Students Find Words to Change the World
Over several weeks, third-grade students in Mrs. Belasco’s class at Matthew Paterson Elementary School examined powerful words and statements from famous poets, activists and other historical figures, and discussed how to be “change agents,” or people who make the changes they want to see in the world. Each student was given a piece of paper to write a powerful word or a statement that they believed could lead to change.
Read more about the inspirational words of change our students chose.Matthew Paterson Elementary School News
First Grade Bubbles with Excitement over VolcanosIt 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!Matthew Paterson Elementary School News
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.Matthew Paterson Elementary School News
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!Matthew Paterson Elementary School News
Art Brings Good Fortune for Lunar New YearThird-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.Matthew Paterson Elementary School News
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.Matthew Paterson Elementary School News
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!Matthew Paterson Elementary School News
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.Matthew Paterson Elementary School News
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.Matthew Paterson Elementary School News
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