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Plainville Community School News

PFRN Receives Grant To Continue Learning Throughout The Summer

The Plainville Family Resource Network (PFRN) has received a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain to continue learning throughout the summer, according to PFRN Coordinator, Donna Cavallaro.

The $4,800 grant award will support the PFRN's Summer "Play & Learn" opportunity, a literacy based program, with special emphasis on healthy social-emotional growth and school readiness skills. The theme of this summer’s program will be "Fun on the Farm." Plainville families and children ages birth to 5 (siblings are welcome) and family child care/relative providers, are invited to participate in adult/child interaction in themed centers, culminating in a circle time period of songs, movement, finger plays and a reading aloud of age appropriate children's literature. Activities and centers include puzzles, books, creative art, puppets, science, sensory activities, blocks, math manipulative materials, dramatic play, music and movement, etc. The mixed age group provides children with many social and language development opportunities. Parents/caregivers enjoy time to play with their children, while receiving extension activities for home, and establish positive social connections with other adults.

The Summer Play & Learn program will be held at Linden Street School on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:30AM-11:00AM from July 6th â€" August 10th.

"I am grateful and excited to receive this funding to continue summer learning opportunities for Plainville children and families. I am looking forward to seeing everyone on the farm!" said Cavallaro.

"The generosity of the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain makes this program possible for our youngest learners. Donna Cavallaro and her PFRN team will undoubtedly make the Soaring Eagles summer program an amazing opportunity for our Plainville families," noted Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Maureen Brummett.

For more information about the Summer Play and Learn Program, please contact PFRN at 860-793-6304.

-Posted on June 26, 2017 at 09:50 AM

Plainville Adult Education Program Receives Grant To Support Training Program

Plainville Adult and Continuing Education received a grant award distribution of $1,525.00 from the Plainville Community Fund II at the Main Street Community Foundation to support a "Customer Service and Sales Certification Training Program" to be held this fall. This funding will make available 15 (needs-based) scholarships for Plainville residents.

The program will prepare students to take the National Retail Federation (NRF) Basic and Advanced Customer Service and Sales Certifications exams. Marta Cruz, Instructor, holds a BA in Communications and has vast customer service and sales experience in the hospitality industry. Cruz said, "Students with NRF Certification demonstrate knowledge and skills in areas that employers value, like the economics of retail, assessing and meeting customer needs, closing sales, and much more."

According to Jill O'Brien, Coordinator of Plainville Adult Education, "This 48-hour course will be offered Friday evenings at Plainville High School and Saturdays at the Plainville Public Library, to accommodate community members who are juggling busy schedules."

The Customer Service and Sales Certification Training Program will be featured in the Fall 2017 Plainville Adult and Continuing Education Program Guide, mailed to all Plainville residents mid-August and will be posted at:

To request a scholarship application, please call Plainville Adult and Continuing Education Office:(860) 793-3209.

-Posted on June 19, 2017 at 03:29 PM

School District Names Melissa Patterson As Teacher Of The Year

Plainville Community Schools has named Linden Street School Physical Education teacher Melissa Patterson as the 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year.

Patterson was nominated by colleagues Amy Tennant, Rob Silliman, and Cindy Birdsall, who outlined a variety of attributes attesting to her qualifications for the award, and describing her as exceptional. "While it is difficult to pinpoint the exact attributes that make someone exceptional, it seems to be some combination of knowledge, talent, commitment, energy, enthusiasm, humor, maturity, and enjoyment of all that she does. Melissa demonstrates all of these characteristics daily. She is self-directed, conscientious, creative, organized, sensitive and thoughtful."

Patterson has been an educator for 15 years, serving as a Physical Education teacher at Linden for 13 years. During her tenure she has served on the Wellness Committee, the Teacher Evaluation Committee and has served as a Unified Sports coach. She is a team trained mentor and a cooperating teacher. Patterson was selected as the Connecticut Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Teacher of the Year for 2016. She is an active member of the Connecticut Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Shape America, and Let's Move.

When asked about her philosophy of teaching, Patterson explained, "Providing a positive environment in which each student has the opportunity to reach his or her individual potential is imperative to me. I strive to make the students feel comfortable in the physical education setting. The students know that individual differences are appreciated. Respect and empathy are the basis of everything we accomplish in physical education."

As Teacher of the Year in Plainville, Patterson will also participate as a candidate for Connecticut's 2018 Teacher of the Year Program. Each district Teacher of the Year will be individually recognized at an awards ceremony later this year hosted by the Connecticut Department of Education.

"I just love watching Mrs. Patterson with our scholars," said Linden Principal, Paula Eshoo. "She is positive, patient, and a role model. She goes above and beyond to help others and teach; with a ready smile and a supportive force for her colleagues. Last year she even ran our kidathon on her birthday-it was awesome! This is certainly a well-deserved honor."

"Melissa Patterson is an amazing professional in every way. I am so proud of her many accomplishments and recognitions. Plainville Community Schools is very lucky to have her," commented Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Maureen Brummett.

Patterson holds both a bachelor of science degree and master of science degree from Central Connecticut State University, with certification as a professional educator in Physical Education and Health. She was honored at the June 12th Plainville Board of Education meeting.

-Posted on June 19, 2017 at 03:13 PM

District Preschool Registration And Orientation For The 2017-2018 School Year

There will be an orientation for parents and children who are registered for the 2017-2018 Plainville Community Schools Preschool Program at each of the three Plainville elementary schools on Monday, June 5, 2017. The orientation program will start at 9:30 AM at Toffolon School, 11:00 AM at Linden Street School and 1:30 PM at Wheeler School. Children will have an opportunity to explore preschool classrooms with preschool staff while parents meet with building principals and district administrators about the details of the program.

If you have not yet registered and wish to do so, please contact your neighborhood school. At the time of registration, parents must present an original birth certificate and proof of residency. All children who live in Plainville who will be 4 years old by December 31, 2017 and toilet trained prior to starting the program are eligible to participate. Program hours are Monday through Friday from 8:50 AM to 3:00 PM at each of the three elementary schools, following the school district calendar. There will be a $100 per month fee to participate in this program, and there is a sliding fee scale available based on need. Please call your neighborhood school main office for more details or visit the district website homepage at to view a detailed letter for those interested in the Plainville Community Schools Preschool Program.

-Posted on May 30, 2017 at 10:04 AM

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