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Kindergarten Registration | May 21 from 9 - 3 pm

The Elmira City School District is looking forward to welcoming your child to Kindergarten in the 2018-2019 school year! Kindergarten registration will be held on Monday, May 21st from 9:00am-3:00pm at Diven, Fassett, Pine City and Riverside Elementary Schools. Please register at the school your child will attend. Registration after May 21st will be ongoing at each of the schools during school hours.

May 25, 2018

Snow Day Give-Back - NO SCHOOL

May 28, 2018


Elmira Memorial Day Parade - Elmira Downtown, 215 W Water St, Elmira, NY 14901, USA


What Parents Should Know about Common Core:

Today’s students are preparing to enter a world in which colleges and businesses are demanding more than ever before. To ensure all students are ready for success after high school, the Common Core State Standards establish clear, consistent guidelines for what every student should know and be able to do in math and English language arts from kindergarten through 12th grade.

The standards were drafted by experts and teachers from across the country and are designed to ensure students are prepared for today’s entry-level careers, freshman-level college courses, and workforce training programs. The Common Core focuses on developing the critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills students will need to be successful. Forty-two states, the District of Columbia, four territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) have voluntarily adopted and are moving forward with the standards.

The new standards also provide a way for teachers to measure student progress throughout the school year and ensure that students are on the pathway to success in their academic careers.

Interested in learning more about the Common Core and the skills that students need to succeed?
Find out what your state is doing to implement the standards, support teachers, and more on our “Standards in Your State” page.



Parental Involvement Tips

Students' homes and classrooms are the focal points of their learning experiences—from kindergarten through high school. Parents who work with teachers and students are critical partners in helping their child achieve success.

Parents set the example and the tone for their child's approach to education. When parents are engaged, interested and supportive in their child's learning, the child is more likely to succeed.

Bridging the divide between what is learned in the classroom to how it is relevant in day-to-day life is a critical role for parents. It brings meaning to their child's learning experience.

Parents can make learning real and ensure that students understand the importance of achieving.


  • Check out NEA's Read Across America for ideas to promote student achievement in reading.
  • When your child doesn't know a word in her reading books, should you tell her what it is? Should you teach your child the alphabet before he starts school? NEA's reading tips have the answers.

Study Habits

Here are a few ways to help your kids:

  • Read with your children regularly. Encourage them to read.
  • Let your children know that homework is their job. Make sure they do it.
  • Volunteer at your child's school.
  • Get to know your child's teacher. Attend parent-teacher conferences.
  • Discuss safety issues openly. Help make sure there aren't barriers to learning.


  • Do you read with your child regularly?
  • Do you talk with your child about homework assignments?
  • Have you volunteered at your child's school?
  • Do you know your child's teacher and have you been to the parent-teacher conference?
  • Do you know what your child thinks about the school environment?



Did you know that dolphins often set aside their own needs to help each other? When a pod member needs support, a pair of dolphins, one on each side will stay beside it, lifting it to the surface to breath if necessary,untill it recovers the strength to swim for its self. At Diven, home and school families can pair up to offer this same type of support for learning. We know that your child will learn more and be happier if we work together as a team. When home and school are partners, children learn best!



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Encouraging regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways you can prepare your child for success—both in school and in life. When you make school attendance a priority, you help your child get better grades, develop healthy life habits, avoid dangerous behavior and have a better chance of graduating from high school.

When students are absent for fewer days, their grades and reading skills often improve—even among those students who are struggling in school. Students who attend school regularly also feel more connected to their community, develop important social skills and friendships, and are significantly more likely to graduate from high school.

6 Ways to Help Children Cope with Frustration

Encourage expression of emotions:
When kids get upset out natural inclination is to jump into problem-solving mode. We want to find the source of the frustration and fix it so that our little ones can be happy once again. This actually sends a mixed message. Kids need to know that it’s perfectly acceptable to cry and even yell a little when something is frustrating. They need to verbalize those negative feelings so that they can calm down and move forward. Hold them tight when they’re feeling frustrated, but be sure to let them get it out.
Create balance:
Setting limits and maintaining consistency is essential for young children. It teaches them how to self-regulate. But kids also need to know that their thoughts and ideas are important, and they need ample time for creativity.  Kids often become frustrated when engaged in a power struggle over something with a parent. Try to give your kids choices whenever possible, and encourage them to problem-solve when something becomes difficult. And by all means, leave the crafting ideas up to them!
Break it down:
It’s difficult to stand back and watch when you know that that tower is destined to fall, but little kids often learn by trial and error.  There are ways, however, to help kids learn to manage overwhelming tasks.  Teaching your children to take a frustrating task and break it into manageable parts is a skill that will last a lifetime.  Instead of just building that                        tower from the ground up, for example, consider encouraging your child to sort the blocks by shape, size, and color first, and then figure out how to build.  When kids learn to approach a difficult concept one step at a time, they learn to problem-solve.

Take breaks:
Little ones are known for being stubborn at times, and some kids will just keep attempting to shove the square block through the round opening no matter how frustrating it feels.  Set a three-minute timer and take a break from the task.  Take a walk around the room, look at a book, or focus on taking deep breaths to calm down
Rely on humor:
A little silly behavior can go a long way toward healing a frustrated soul.  Exaggerate your own response to the frustrating incident while empathizing with your child. Pointing out that something is hard and following it up with something silly is a great way to break the tension.
Play board games:
Believe me, I know, Candyland gets old.  So does Chutes and Ladders.  But board games remain one of the best strategies for teaching frustration tolerance. While playing, kids learn to take turns, sit still, and cope with the ups and downs. When you play 1 on 1 with your child, you have the opportunity to process the situation and problem-solve together. 
How do you teach frustration tolerance?




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