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MSW Update - March 22, 2019

posted Mar 26, 2019, 6:13 AM by Barbara Quintangeli   [ updated Mar 26, 2019, 6:23 AM ]
Mrs. Milligan
Dear PVMS West Families,

I hope this email finds you doing well as we head into the weekend!

New News:

West’s drama club presented a whimsical version of Madagascar, Jr. this past weekend to three, full-house crowds.  Congratulations to the cast, crew, faculty-directors, and support staff!  We appreciate your dedication, hard work, passion for the arts, and talent; we are West Proud!


String Fest:  Sixteen students from MS West have been selected to participate in String Fest, a one-day event to be held at a local school next week. Our musicians will participate in rehearsals throughout the day and play in the evening concert. Congratulations!


Two Upcoming Events for Parents Whose Children Receive Title I Support with Mrs. Benz and/or Mr. Pasquarello: West will be hosting a Title 1 monitoring session on the morning of Wednesday, March 27, 2019.  The meeting will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. and should run for a half hour or less. Please consider joining us as we review our comprehensive Title 1 Math and ELA program.   As part of this monitoring process, a Federal Programs Monitor will visit our school to review documents and ensure compliance with all components of Title 1, from programming to funding.  We invite you to join us for a brief, group interview. You do not need to prepare anything prior to the meeting. Parents will simply be invited to share their thoughts on programming and their level of involvement in Title 1 services.

A second opportunity will be coming on the evening of Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the Middle School West library.  Mrs. Benz and Mr. Pasquarello will share with you strategies and tips to make the standardized testing weeks run smoothly. This evening will provide an opportunity for the Title 1 staff to come together with parents and guardians to share test preparation tips, study and organizational skills, test anxiety strategies, and nutrition tips to help ease your son or daughter through the state assessments. Please plan to join us as we share this valuable information and answer your questions.

from Home and School: As we move into spring, it's time to start thinking about Home & School elections.  Every year, we elect four new board members to help shape and execute what the Home & School does the following year.  If you are interested in being on the H&S board for the 2019-20 school year, please contact Amy Butler at amyjpowers@hotmail.com.


Gentle Reminders to Our Students – Parents, please assist our administration, faculty, and staff in supporting our efforts to increase appropriate and positive behaviors, specifically in relation to student use of the following:  beverages/bottles, gum, electronic devices, dress code, etc. Click here to see an abstract of student handbook excerpts to assist your home conversations.  Thank you!


Upcoming Events

Montgomery County Intermediate Unit Resource Expo – The MCIU is pleased to present an evening of resources for families, educators, and students.  Please click here to see flyer. April 3, 2019 at 6:30 – Perkiomen Valley High School


Jazz Band Competitions – The PVMS West Jazz Band would like to invite the West Community to attend their upcoming competitions. Please see your email for details.


Perkiomen Watershed Stream Clean-up - Mrs Emers' seventh-grade science project group, Defaulty Boyz, invite you to come out and support the Perkiomen Watershed for the annual Stream Clean-up on April 6, 2019 from 9am - 12pm.  By donating just a few hours of your time, PV families can make big impact on the environment and have fun too! Let's show the Watershed that PV Vikings care. Click here for more information. Sign up now!  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0F4EAAA822A57-perkiomen


Looking for a fun and family-friendly show to see with the whole family? - Perkiomen Valley High School is proud to present a production of the Broadway musical HONK! Honk is a delightful, award-winning adaptation of one of the world's most beloved fables, “The Ugly Duckling.” This charming musical celebrates the differences that make each one of us special and unique.  Performances: April 12th, at 7:30 pm; April 13th, at 6:30 pm; and April 14th, at 2:00 pm. All performances will be held in the Spahr Auditorium, Perkiomen Valley Middle School East. The cost for admission is $10.00. You may order through the PVSD website (under the Spring Musical link) with a mail-in form or purchase them at PVMS East - 12:30-1:15 pm on 3/23, 3/30 or 4/6 and 4:30-6 pm. On 4/5.  Tickets will also be available at the door for all three shows.


Special Abilities Exceptional Athletes – PVYB Shooting Stars is offering a four-week clinic for kids with special needs, ages 5-18, who like to exercise, play, and have fun in a supportive environment.  The clinic is FREE to individuals who have physical, developmental, and/or intellectual disabilities. Dates: Saturdays, April 7-28th, 9:00-10:00 a.m.  Location: PVMS West, 220 Big Road, Zieglerville, PA  19492. Register at http://www.pvyb.org, 2/16/19-3/23/19.  If you have any questions, please email Kelly Jones atkeljones1906@gmail.com, 610-585-1317, or Erin Eperthener at erineperthener@yahoo.com, 215-421-7033


Green Team’s Love Your Mother 5K – Save the Date – May 4, 2019, 8:00 a.m., 25.00/participant. Click here to see the flyer with more details.


Talent Showcase - Do you have talent? West is looking for talented singers, musicians, comedians and poets who will share the spotlight with West’s own very talented artists.  This year’s Talent Showcase/Spring Art Show, sponsored by Reading Olympics Library Assistants and The Mural Club, will mimic a coffeehouse-style event and will be held in West’s library.  Interested performers should pick up a form in the library and fill it out/return it to the library by March 22, 2019.  Auditions will be held the week of April 1st.  Student performers should be reminded that their acts should not incorporate large equipment, lengthy set-ups, or involved props.  Event Date, Monday, May 20, 2019.  Note – This event will not be competitive in nature.


Click here for Mrs. Milligan’s Weekly Reminders from past newsletters:

General reminders are available on Mrs. Milligan's Tips and Reminders Webpage, located under the Resources for Families tab on the Middle School West home page.   A reminder to parents and guardians: If you ever need clarification or assistance with anything mentioned in my reports or if you have general questions, please email (dmilligan@pvsd.org) or call (484-977-7210, ext. 3505).  I will be happy to assist you.

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Donna Milligan, Principal, PVMS West

Important Dates:

March and April - When not listed, please see your email for specific dates, times, and locations.

  • Jazz Band travel events

  • PMEA String Fest

  • 3/29/19 – Student-Faculty Basketball Game

  • 4/8/19 - Orchestra Concert, MSW Auditorium, 7:30 pm

  • 4/17-22/19 - Easter Break

  • 4/25/19- Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day (more to follow)

  • 4/30/19 - Home and School Meeting, MSW Library, 7:00 pm

  • PEEC trip