The Purchase School Open House, will be tomorrow – Thursday, September 17 at 7:00pm.

This is a great way to meet your child’s teacher and hear about what your child will be learning over the course of the school year.

We hope to see everybody tomorrow.


Please Join us for our

Newcomer’s Breakfast!

Thursday, September 17th

9:00am – 10:30am

Purchase School Multi-Purpose Room

Come enjoy a light breakfast, meet other newcomers and our veteran Purchase Pals,

Hear about the PTA and how you can get involved!

We look forward to seeing you then!

P.S. – Veteran PALS – please be sure to contact your newcomer Purchase Pal and meet each other at breakfast!

Act Now…

Dear Community Member,

This past June, the Board of Regents, the state’s ultimate policy makers for education, approved a temporary 90-day teacher and principal evaluation plan. We have been informed that at the Board of Regents meeting scheduled for this Wednesday and Thursday, September 16 and 17, the Board of Regents will be conducting a vote on whether or not to make this plan permanent. The plan, in its current form, is harmful to our children and teachers as it does not provide meaningful feedback that improves instruction, and its excessive emphasis on one high-stakes test will narrow the teaching and learning that goes on in our classrooms. In addition, the plan is not supported by research nor does it take into account the input of experts and practitioners.

We ask that you TAKE ACTION now and urge the Board of Regents to vote against making the plan permanent. To date, seven members of the Board of Regents have spoken out against the temporary plan urging the Board to refuse to permanently adopt the plan in its current form until appropriate research can be conducted. With your help, several others might be persuaded to vote “NO” as well and the plan will be defeated. Thank you for your time.

Click Here to Take Action: Please Act Now!

Abby Mendelsohn, President
Joan Tiburzi, Vice-President
Dennis DiLorenzo, Trustee; Rachel Estroff, Trustee; Kelly Mangan, Trustee; Robert Sullivan, Trustee; Lindy Wolverton, Trustee

Louis N. Wool, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools


As of today, all Harrison PTA’s will no longer be using this application for sending out email notifications.

We Do Not Want You to Miss Out on Important Harrison Schools’ Information!

If you still wish to continue receiving information from your child’s school, you MUST MAKE SURE our new program (called SchoolBee) has your email address on file. You should have already received email notifications from your school’s PTA via SchoolBee.

If you have not received an email yet from SchoolBee, then we do not have your correct email address in the SchoolBee system. Please contact your school’s SchoolBee representative to assist you in getting set up:

Thank you.


Please join us for our first PTA Meeting of the the 2015-2016 school year!


Friday, September 11th


in the

Multi Purpose Room

We will have updates from many of our committees, and will hold drawings for Class Parents

Please don’t forget to send in or bring all of your PTA forms – Membership, Directory and Committees

Our Goal is 100% participation for PTA Membership!

We hope to see you there!

Our PTA Meeting will also be available on UStream via the link – Http://

Sue, Jaymee, Jess & Heather, Purchase PTA Board

Soles 4 Souls…and Caring Kids…

Welcome back to school!

This year Purchase elementary will be participating in the Soles 4 Souls Program with the help of our “Caring Kids” and you. As many of you may know, Caring Kids is community service club which consists of a group of 4th and 5th graders. Soles to Souls is a non-profit organization founded in 2004 to provide footwear to those impacted by The Indian Ocean tsunami and Hurricane Katrina the following year. Since then, they have provided 22 million pairs of shoes to those in need in the US and abroad. We are asking that you please collect all your old shoes that your family doesn’t wear anymore and put them in a bag for donation. We will begin collecting the shoes in October. However, we realize that people are cleaning out their closets for Fall and for the new school year which is why you are receiving this blast now. If you have any questions, please email Jaymee Hurvitz at

Thanks in advance for your support. Our school’s contributions can help make a difference.

School Bee…Important info…

Hello Everyone,

All PTA’s in HCSD will no longer be using Listserve as their form of mass communication. Please keep an eye out for invitations to signup for Schoolbee. This will be our new online directory and main form of email communication.

We will be using Schoolbee in the same way we have used Listserve in the past. All school related communications will be sent through Schoolbee and you must register your email to receive communication. If you have any questions during this transition, please email or

Thank you.
See you all soon,
Harrison PT Council

Purchase School Principal….Welcome…

The Harrison Central School District
Welcomes Adam Gutterman as the New
Purchase School Principal

Effective August 27, 2015, Mr. Adam Gutterman will begin his role as the new Purchase School Principal. For the past two years, Mr. Gutterman has served as Assistant Principal at the Louis M. Klein Middle School, where he has played an instrumental role as an instructional leader, helping to develop the school’s student advisory program and leading professional development for teachers. Mr. Gutterman’s instructional expertise is complemented by his skills as a school leader, which includes leading initiatives on school safety, parent communication, and master scheduling. Mr. Gutterman began his career as a teacher at the Technology Arts & Sciences Studios Middle School in New York City, where he began teaching special education and art to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students in 2005. While serving as a classroom teacher, Mr. Gutterman also provided faculty training in the Qualitative Reading Inventory and other diagnostic assessments related to reading and special education. Mr. Gutterman has also served as a middle school inquiry team member, a new teacher mentor, a data specialist, and as a member on the school’s leadership team. In these roles, Mr. Gutterman helped to facilitate the redesign of the school schedule to provide more instructional time and additional elective options, led a review process to rewrite the school’s code of conduct, and led professional development on a wide range of topics for faculty and staff.

Mr. Gutterman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Arts from Binghamton University, a Master of Arts degree in Special Education from City College, and a Master of Arts degree in School Building Leadership from Bank Street College.


Remember your (and your child’s) first day at Purchase Elementary? Where to drop off, where to pick up, how does lunch work, could your child attend events and what exactly are those events and why do we do them? It remains fresh in everyone’s memory – that first year of learning how to be a student, and how to be the parent of a student.
We are looking for parents in every grade who would be willing to be a PURCHASE PAL to one of next year’s incoming kindergarten families, or to a new Purchase family, regardless of grade.
As a Purchase Pal, you would be responsible for the following:
1.   Call and introduce yourself to your assigned family, offer to answer any questions they have regarding our town and school and invite them to the following newcomers events:
Popsicles on the Playground – Tuesday, September 1, 2015  
*10:30a.m. at the Silver Lake Playground
  Boo Hoo Breakfast – Wednesday, September 2, 2015
*After Drop Off at Danielle Kalaau’s House:
 4 Avery Court, West Harrison
2.   Drop off a welcome present (Purchase car magnet) at newcomer’s home, prior to the start of school.
3.   Attend the first PTA meeting on Friday, September 11, 2015 at 9:15am in the MPR.
4.   Attend the Newcomers Breakfast on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 9:15 a.m. at Purchase School.
5.   Follow up with your buddy periodically to see how the school year is going, offer advice, and get feedback on events, etc.
If you’re interested in becoming a Purchase Pal, please email Danielle Kalaau at
Thanks for remembering those early days, and volunteering to help make them better for someone else!