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OTISVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

2525 Mount Hope Rd., Otisville, NY 10963 (845)355-5850 / fax (845)355-5853

OTISVILLE'S PAJAMA DRIVE: GIVE A GIFT OF COMFORT

Posted November 21 at 11:37am

Every child deserves a warm pair of pajamas and a bedtime story before drifting into dreaming. Some need it desperately. 

This holiday season, join Otisville Elementary and our BOCES partners to bring comfort and security to a child with the gift of a brand new set of pajamas. As part of the annual, nation-wide Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive, our donations will be sent to Scholastic Books to be paired with a story book and given to children and youth living in shelters and group homes. 

  • Important Guidelines: complete pajama sets (2-piece or nightgown), in all sizes; must be brand new, and flame-retardant
  • Drive Timeline: Donate now through Friday, Dec. 15
  • Pajama Day Celebration: In commemoration of our Pajama Drive, wear pajamas to school on Friday, December 1st and everyone will enjoy milk and cookies!

We thank our school community for supporting this thoughtful effort. Sweet dreams! 

THANKSGIVING RECESS: WED., NOV. 22 – SUN., NOV. 26

Posted November 20 at 12:59pm

Minisink Valley schools will observe a Thanksgiving recess starting Wed., Nov. 22, with a parent-teacher conference day. Classes will resume Monday, Nov. 27. 

  • Wed., Nov. 23: Parent-teacher conference day; no school for students. 
  • Thursday, Nov. 23 through Sunday, Nov. 26: Schools closed for Thanksgiving.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

GIVE TO OTISVILLE'S FOOD DRIVE, THROUGH TUE., NOV. 21

Posted November 20 at 8:00am

Otisville Elementary School is participating in a district-wide food drive to benefit Minsink Cares. We invite you to share your bounty this holiday season with less fortunate families in our midst.

 

WHY IT MATTERS:

─ 1-in-6 children in America may not know where they will get their next meal.

─ 20 percent of Minisink students experience some form of food insecurity.

 

Let’s pull together to take care of our own. Let’s contribute to our school food drive to make sure all Minisink families are provided for this holiday season. (Continue reading for details.)

 

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GOOD LUCK OTISVILLE'S "GIRLS ON THE RUN"

Posted November 16 at 4:06pm

Otisville's Girls on the Run team will take on a 5K challenge this Saturday, November 18 at Rockland Lake State Park in Valley Cottage, NY. Coaches, Judy Faust, Denise Davis, Kayleigh Crawford, and the girls' parents along with more than 2000 runners, volunteers and spectators will make this event one to remember!


A life-changing, non-profit organization for girls in grades 3-8, Girls on the Run empowers girls to recognize and activate their full potential and boldly pursue their dreams. Girls are inspired be joyful, healthy and confidence through a fun program that creatively integrates running.

CELEBRATING "TEN YEARS AND STILL A PERFECT FIT” WITH HONORED GUESTS

Posted November 16 at 12:41pm

The marking of our school's 10th anniversary is more than a time to celebrate. It’s a time to recognize those who played a critical role in making Otisville Elementary a great place to grow and learn. And so it was that, during a birthday celebration on November 14, our school hosted and honored two very special guests: former Principals Mrs. Alice Reh and Dr. Mary Bonen (also a former MVCSD Superintendent).

Following a birthday breakfast and cake in the company of Superintendent Brian Monahan, Principal Vincent Biele, Assistant Principal Julia Downey, faculty and staff, students in K-5 presented our honored guests with cards, poems, posters, and flowers.

This festive and thoughtful event was made possible by the coordinated, school-wide efforts of our PBIS team. Sincere thanks to our visitors and volunteers! 

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REMINDER: HALF DAY FOR STUDENTS ON FRIDAY, NOV. 17

Posted November 16 at 9:21am

Marking the first day of parent-teacher conferences, Friday, Nov. 17, is a half-day for students. Athletic programs and late bus runs will go on as scheduled. Dismissal times are as follows:

Middle School 11:00 am
High School  11:15 am
ES / OE / IS  12:20 pm

MVCSD SCHOOLS CLOSED FRIDAY, NOV. 10, FOR VETERANS DAY

Posted November 9 at 10:01am

Minisink Valley Schools will be closed Friday, Nov. 10, in honor of Veterans Day.

We salute our Veterans and thank them for their service and sacrifice.

NEW LIFE ON OTISVILLE'S KINDERGARTEN PLAYGROUND

Posted November 6 at 2:03pm

Come spring of 2018, Otisville’s kindergartners can cool down from their outdoor play under the shade of three new trees.

 

The planting of three red maples on Friday, Nov. 3, is the result of a six-year, cooperative fundraising effort between our PTO and Recycling Club (grades 4-5). Congratulations on your vision and perseverance, OES PTO, Laura Bendlin, Tara Frawley, and Recycling Club!

 

Special thanks to our buildings and grounds staff! They prepared the ground, planted the trees, and will provide the extra care needed to help establish the roots of our young maples.

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FIRE SAFETY WEEK INSPIRES ESSAY CONTEST

Posted October 31 at 8:21am

During a Fire Safety Week assembly, Otisville, Howels and Greenville volunteer firefighters shared their knowledge and safety advice with our 4th and 5th graders.

Informed and inspired by our visitors, students entered a fire safety essay contest in their respective class to demonstrate what they learned. Each class winner was recognized for his/her outstanding composition, and all participants received a gift-certificate for a pizza, to be used at Nick'ss Pizza or Pizza Mania.

CONGRATULATIONS to class essay winners: Brandon Alwine, William Buretto, Faith Carpena, Patrick Cherry, Emily Hager, Stephon Hammonds, Cassie Jennings, Christopher McCauley, Wyatt Nelson, Jaelyn Ruff, and Baylie Towe. 

FIRST GRADERS APPROACH CONTEMPORARY ART THROUGH THE FAMILIAR

Posted October 30 at 12:16pm

Art teacher Kara Welsh’s used the relatable, harvest symbol of the pumpkin to introduce her first graders to the concept of installation art and the work of artist Yayoi Kusama.

Students explored some to the world’s most iconic art installations—created to inhabit and transform specific spaces—including Kusama’s “All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins,” currently on view at the Dallas Museum of Art.

Inspired by Kusama’s polka-dotted gourds, Otisville’s first graders sculpted and painted clay pumpkins, and used a variety of tools to style them with dots.

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