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MSW Update - March 6, 2020

posted Mar 6, 2020, 12:55 PM by Barbara Quintangeli   [ updated Mar 6, 2020, 1:09 PM ]
Mrs. Milligan, Principal
Dear West Families,

Daylight Savings Time this weekend!  Are you ready to spring ahead?

The past week’s weather is a reminder of how unpredictable March can be!  It’s hard to believe that our spring sports season, musical, and concert series are right around the corner.  Please remember to check our building and district webpages for information about PVSD and PVMS West. 

Please consider exploring the Popular Teen App List for Parents and Teachers:  https://smartsocial.com/app-guide-parents-teachers/

Celebrate National Day of Unplugging: Smart Social has a lot of free suggestions for parenting in the digital age. From improved sleeping habits to spending more time with family and friends, unplugging from technology has many benefits. Take a try at celebrating National Day of Unplugging, which is celebrated by taking a 24 hour break from technology. This holiday takes place from sundown on March 6th, 2020, until sundown on March 7th, 2020.

New News:

Reading Olympics Competition:  Our 2020 PV Middle School West Reading Olympics sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade students participated in Montgomery County's twenty-first annual RO event on Tuesday evening. They collectively read forty-six books and answered questions as a team.  Thirty teams from sixteen schools throughout Montgomery County participated this year. Congratulations to our "Bookie Monsters" for earning a red ribbon and for making us PV Proud! Thank you, Mrs. Quintanteli, Mrs. Stauffer, and Mrs. Lesh!

Entertainment News:  Jazz Band Competition - check your email for date & time.  Mrs. Krown and the Jazz Band would love to see some West-friends in the audience!  (Congratulations go to the PV West Jazz Band! The band competed for the first time last Friday and earned a Superior rating as well as best rhythm section.  Special kudos to Noelle S. who won an outstanding soloist award for her piano solos.) 

Mr. Hayes, who has served MS West in a number of capacities this school year has been transferred to PVHS effective Monday.  West would like to thank Mr. Hayes for his service to our faculty, students, and families! Best wishes, Mr. Hayes!

from Home and School:  Mark your calendars now for our next Meeting on March 10th at 7:00 p.m. in the school library.  Also, PV West’s final Spirit Wear Sale of the school year – As per H&S’s electronic notification, the sale ends on Sunday, March 8th.  Don't miss out on getting your PV gear!  Items will be delivered prior to spring break.  Go to https://pvwest.itemorder.com.

It is a tradition of the Perkiomen Valley School District Home and School Associations to provide goodie bags for our school bus drivers and crossing guards in appreciation for their work throughout the school year.  West’s contribution includes ten (10) dozen baked goods and 200 individual packs of gum. Baked goods should be packaged individually and delivered to the West office on Thursday, March 19 by 8:30 a.m. or dropped off at the District office by 9:30 a.m.  Sign-up here:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E054FADA628A64-busdriver

from PVHS - Shrek, the Musical – Shrek the Ogre, an unlikely hero, teams up with a wisecracking donkey, a feisty princess, and many fairy tale misfits to combat a short-tempered bad guy.  A fun-filled adventure for the entire family, Shrek proves that beauty is truly in the eye of the ogre.  Our performance schedule is listed as follows: Friday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 4 at 6:30 p.m.; and Sunday, April 5 at 2:00 p.m.


Trimester two (grade 6) ends on 3/9/20.

Save the Date(s), 3/13-15: PVMS - West Drama Club presents.... 

Frozen, Jr. 

Friday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 14 at 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 15 at 2:00PM (SOLD OUT - check at the door for any untaken seats)

At PVMS – West Auditorium

The show will run approximately ninety minutes including intermission.  Lead characters will remain onstage after the production for photo opportunities with individuals in the audience.  Tickets - $5.00. There are very few seats remaining for Friday and Saturday as per our director; remaining seats will be sold at the door on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Work at PV as a Substitute Aide! Looking to take your involvement with the district to the next level? Submit your application as a Substitute Teacher Aide and spend your days providing meaningful service to students and staff in our schools. No formal teaching experience is required, just a willingness to work with students of all ages and abilities throughout the district. Although regular availability is preferred, this job provides significant scheduling flexibility from week to week. Apply now online or contact Susan Angel (sangel@pvsd.org) with questions.


from the Special Education Department:

-The PASA testing window for some students will be open from February 24th - April 10th. 

-Resource Expo at PVHS - Please join us for the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit Resource Expo Fair on Thursday, March 26, 2020, from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at the PV High School Cafeteria.  The Montgomery County Intermediate Unit is pleased to present an evening of resources for families, educators, and students. As many as fifty vendors will be on hand to discuss supports for students with disabilities, their families, and educators. (Click here to see the flyer.)

-Ice Cream Social – The PVHS Viking Buddies will be hosting an ice cream social in the high school cafeteria on 3/19/20 from 6:30-7:00 p.m.  The cost is $5.00 for all you can eat. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to come get a feel for the high school and make some new friends


from West’s Counseling Center:  Grade 8

Eighth-grade Parents – Please see the MS West’s New Counseling Newsletter:  https://www.smore.com/5xvmt

Important - Program Planning Link =  Program Planning Timeline

Class of 2024 May Mixer – This event is intended for entering freshmen, 2020-2021  – check your email for date/time. More information coming soon.


Attendance Email:  Parents can use MSWAttendance@pvsd.org for any/all attendance emails.  Please do not forget to send in/email excuse notes within three days of an absence.

Be a Part of the Conversation, Spring 2020 Events - 

Cannabis:  It’s Complicated, Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 7:00 pm with Katie Greeley, LCSW, CADC

The Barbara and Harvey Brodsky Enrichment Center of JFCS

345 Montgomery Avenue

Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004  Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cannabis-its-complicated-tickets-92705728329

Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 6:00 pm with Ben Cort

Ludington Library

5 S. Bryn Mawr Avenue

Bryn Mawr, PA 19010  Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cannabis-its-complicated-with-ben-cort-tickets-88693585903

Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 6:30 pm with Katie Greeley, LCSW, CADC

Perkiomen Valley High School

509 Gravel Pike

Collegeville, PA 19426  Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pvsd-cannabis-its-complicated-tickets-70761845585

Pathways to Recovery, Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 6:30 pm

Ethos Treatment - Lower Level

3031-A Walton Road

Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462  Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pathways-to-recovery-tickets-72352840293

Clearing the Air about Vaping, Monday, March 23, 2020 at 6:30 pm                      Colonial Elementary School

230 Flourtown Road

Plymouth Meeting, PA 19444  Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/colonial-clearing-the-air-about-vaping-registration-88011323237

Clearing the Air:  Vaping, Nicotine, Marijuana, Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 6:30 pm                          

Great Valley High School

225 N. Phoenixville Pike

Malvern, PA 19355  Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/clearing-the-air-vaping-nicotine-marijuana-registration-82617710797

Addiction 101:  Addiction can happen to anyone.  Let’s talk about it.  Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 6:30 pm  Springfield Township Library

8900 Hawthorne Lane

Wyndmoor, PA 19038  Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/addiction-101-tickets-90095589333

from Mrs. LindNurse’s Notes:  

If you are still planning on sending in a dental form, please do so at your next convenience.  

Please be reminded that sixth-grade physicals (along with updated immunizations needed to enter seventh grade) are still being accepted in the nurse’s office.  The school physician will be here in the spring, and if your child hasn’t turned in his/her physical by that time, he or she will be seen by Dr. Brosius. If you have any questions regarding these requirements, please don’t hesitate to contact Mrs. Lind, 484-977-7210 or email clind@pvsd.org.  Thank you for your attention to this!

Please be reminded that ALL medication should accompany the proper Medication Permission Form that can be found on the PV Website under Parents/Forms.  Medication must be brought into the nurse’s office in the original labeled container. If you have questions regarding this policy, please don’t hesitate to contact Mrs. Lind.  This policy is in place to protect your children and keep them safe.

from PVSD’s Athletic Department:  SPRING SPORTS 

SPRING SPORTS (Boys/Girls Track, Baseball, Softball, Girls Lacrosse) 

STARTING DATE, March 16, 2020


PSSA/Keystone Assessment Windows

Please be aware of these PSSA testing dates as you make plans for the spring.

PSSA ELA – 4/20-22 (No testing on Thursday, 4/23, due to Take Your Child to Work Day)

PSSA MATH – 4/27, 29 (Inservice Day, 4/28)

PSSA SCIENCE (8th Grade Only) – 4/30, 5/1

MAKEUP Testing – 4/23-24 (ELA) and 5/4-8 (Math and Science)

Keystone Algebra I – 5/11-12

Spring MAP Testing in ELA and Mathematics – end of May.  

Homework Club – meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:40-3:45 through the end of March.  If students/families are interested, please contact Mrs. Glanski, tglanski@pvsd.org.  Prompt parent pick-up is required.  Homework club will conclude at the end of March. 


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).  Our entire front office team will be happy to assist you!


Enjoy your weekend!

Donna Milligan, Principal, PVMS West


Important March Dates:

3/10/20 - Home and School Meeting, 7:00 pm, West’s Library

3/13,14,15/20 - West’s Musical, Frozen, Jr. 

3/16/20 - Spring Sports begin

3/17/20 - Half Day for Students (Accurate Date)

3/30/20 - End of Marking Period 3

Check your email for details on the Operation Help Meeting and the French Trip to Quebec