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MSW Update - November 1, 2019

posted Nov 1, 2019, 1:28 PM by Barbara Quintangeli   [ updated Nov 1, 2019, 1:30 PM ]
Mrs. Milligan
Dear PVMS West Families,

Although there are only fifteen student days in November, this month is filled with many events.  The first marking period concludes today, and report cards will be available electronically in Home Access Center (HAC) after noon on the (revised date) 11th.  Please contact our main office if you would like to request a paper copy of your child’s report card.    

from Home and School:

Box Tops Contest - West collected 3,250 box tops for $325.00.  We also had 118 bonus certificates for $11.80 for a grand total of $336.80.  Thank you, everyone! Mr. Murphy’s homeroom was the winner with a total of 732 collected.   All, please keep clipping!

Here are the top three teacher results - for bragging rights, of course!

Mr. Murphy - 732

Mr. Cook - 443

Miss Gimber - 376

Mrs. Nelson – 296 (Honorable mention!)

Giant, Box Tops, and Amazon:  Easy and lucrative fundraising opportunities – Please see this attachment!  Box Tops, Giant, and Amazon, 19-20.pdf


New News:

Sports (Cross Country) News:  On Tuesday, West’s Boys' and Girls' Cross Country teams wrapped up their season with a solid performance at the PAC10 championships.  Medaling in their respective races were Jacob A. (13th place finish among 7th grade boys), Rebecca D. (10th place finish among 8th grade girls), and Sienna M. (1st overall girl among both 7th and 8th grade girls).  In the girls' Varsity race, Sienna M. not only finished first, overall, but she set a new course record with a time of 11:17. This performance capped an undefeated season for Sienna who finished first overall in every meet this season.  Congratulations to Sienna, Rebecca, and Jacob and to all of our runners who experienced increases in their personal times throughout the season. (I will endeavor to share more stories like this as our coaches, directors, supervisors, etc., in turn, share them with me.)

Are you ready to FALL back?  Daylight Savings Time ends, Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 2:00 a.m.

Nov. 5, 2019:  Election Day, No School for PVSD students

The Talent Show is scheduled for November 15, 2019.  Tickets ($7.00) will go on sale in the cafeteria on Nov. 4th.  The door will open at 6:30 p.m., and the Talent Show will begin at 7:00 p.m.  (MS West plans to push the second Activity Night to later in the school year. )

Jordan Sonnenblick Visit – Author (The Sheriff of Sixth Grade, Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie; Notes from the Midnight Driver) and friend to Perkiomen Valley, Jordan Sonnenblick will be coming to PV Middle School West on Thursday, November 21, 2019!  Mr. Sonnenblick will present two assemblies and a writer’s workshop. To fully celebrate reading, students will be encouraged to “drop everything and read” whenever they can throughout the day. 

In addition, Mr. Krown and some West band students are planning to play “Take 5,” “When the Saints Go Marching In,” “All Blues,” and “In the Midnight Hour.” (We are hoping that Mr. Sonnenblick will join the band!)

If a student would like to purchase an autographed book, please click here to view the order form attachment. Those who purchase an autographed book will be entered into a raffle to eat lunch with Mr. Sonnenblick!

3-2-1 Thanksgiving – Faculty, staff, and students will feast together during lunches on November 21, 2019.  Students will be encouraged to think of three things for which they are thankful, two people they need to (call and) thank, and one thank you note they need to send!



 Middle School Schedule Review - On November 6th and 7th, Mr. Elliot Merenbloom, a scheduling consultant, will be in-district to gather data and engage in conversation about our middle school schedules.  Mr. Merenbloom will review existing schedules/scheduling materials and speak with stakeholder groups to ascertain what is important to our academic culture - our students, families, schools, and district; eventually, he will offer recommendations based on both stakeholder input and his years of research/expertise.  We are excited to learn from and explore new ideas with Mr. Merenbloom. East and West parents are invited to meet with Mr. Merenbloom on the evening of November 6th, in East’s auditorium, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.   More information:  https://merenbloomseminars.com/

Harlem Wizards - The PVSD Foundation is proud to present the Harlem Wizards on Saturday, Nov. 16, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the high school competition gym.  Ticket form - you can find a form online, or you can purchase a ticket at the door for $12.  Please join us for what is sure to be a fun evening of the Harlem Wizards displaying their basketball and comedy talents as they play against teachers and staff members from across the district. Our concession stand will be selling hot dogs, water and soft pretzels; Wizards merchandise will also be on sale.  We look forward to seeing you at this fundraiser for the Foundation, which provides grant funding to teachers and staff members to support innovative classroom instruction and other initiatives. If you have questions, please email pvsdfoundation@gmail.com, or visit pvsdfoundation.org.

American Education Week, Revised Date – Nov. 18-22, 2019 - American Education Week is a celebration of public education and the people who contribute to our students’ success. Please join us in this celebration by making plans to stop by one of our schools on Parent Visitation Day. All of our schools will be welcoming parents to visit on Wednesday, Nov. 20th (Middle Schools and High School: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)  A few notes for parents:  We cannot make accommodations for parents to eat lunch (or attend recess) with their children.  Volunteer clearances are not necessary to visit on this day, but you will need to be prepared to show your driver’s license when you sign in at your child’s school.  Please do not bring younger siblings along for the visit. Please be respectful of student privacy issues and refrain from capturing photos/video during your visit.

Parent/Teacher Conferences - Parent/teacher conferences will be offered on Monday, November 25th, and Tuesday, November 26th.  Middle school conferences offer parents/guardians the opportunity to meet with their child's instructional team.  Please know that conferences are not mandated, but our staff will be available on these two days to engage in conversations about a child's progress.  Likewise, if a team feels the need to meet with parents, a conference may also be initiated by the team of teachers. We will be using SignUp.com to schedule conferences this year; we ask that parents/guardians only elect one conference block.  (If anyone has trouble with a link/signing up, just let us know and we will troubleshoot and re-release.) (Links will go live next week.)


from West’s Counseling Center – Student/Family Support…

Ask a Question, Save a Life:  You’re Invited to a Q.P.R. (Question, Persuade, Refer) Gatekeeper Training (Recognize the warning signs of suicide, Ask someone about suicidal thoughts, and Offer and connect to help – Nov. 6, 2019, 6:30-8:30, Upper Perkiomen Valley Library, 350 Main Street, Red Hill, PA  18076, RSVP: https://upperperkqpr.eventbrite.com

New Perspectives on Addiction and Recovery with Keven McCauley, MD (The Sylvia W. and Randle M. Kauders Foundation) – Dec. 3, 2019, 6:30, Main Line Unitarian Church, 816 S. Valley Forge Road, Devon, PA 19333

Registration Information:  https://conversation.zone/calendar/  (See “Tickets” icons for registration.)

Future Transition Event - Eighth grade will begin the High School Transition process beginning on January 17, 2020.  From 7:56 to 8:48 a.m., Joe Paddock, one of the North MontCo Technical Career Center counselors, will present information and options for application to NMTCC.  If a student is interested in the possibility of attending, he/she will be presented with an application. Completion of the application does not guarantee that a student will be accepted into the program of his/her choice.  Completion of the application is only an indication that student and parent are open to the possibility of NMTCC as a high school option. West students who return their applications will be taking a trip to NMTCC. Please see your email for details.  The NMTCC Open House – Feb. 6, 2020, 6:00-8:00 p.m. - is a wonderful opportunity to enhance parents’ knowledge of the programs available to our students.


Last Week’s Reminders:

Safe2Say - https://www.safe2saypa.org/tip/ - Safe2Say Something is a youth violence prevention program run by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. The program teaches youth and adults how to recognize warning signs and signals, especially within social media, from individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others and to “say something” BEFORE it is too late. With Safe2Say Something, it’s easy and confidential to report safety concerns to help prevent violence and tragedies.

Boys’ Basketball Hoops Season Kick off Youth Clinic:  For players, grades 2-8, November 9, 2019, 8:15-11:45.

PV Girls’ Basketball Hoops Season Kick off Youth Clinic:  For players, grades 2-8, November 9, 2019, 12:00-3:00.  Please see link/registration form!

from The Athletic DepartmentWinter Sports registration - Due by November 11, 2019.  Wrestling begins November 18, 2019 and basketball tryouts begin December 2, 2019.  Parents can register at pvvikings.com.

Activity Fee:  If your seventh- or eighth-grade child is planning to play a sport this year or take part in a club/activity, there is a $100 fee each year; this covers all activities for the year. A complete list of activities can be found on West’s website. Please read the linked Activity Letter - Activity Fee, 2019-2020.pdf

Chromebook Charging/Security:  Please encourage your middle schooler to charge his/her Chromebook each and every evening and to bring it to school every day.  Thank you! Also, students should still use their lockers for valuables (i.e. phones and Chromebooks), especially when their backpacks are left unattended, i.e. lunch, PE, sports, etc.  Additional note: If you child loses a Chromebook charger or stylus (Chargers are $25 and a stylus is $22), he/she can purchase replacements at the library. Please send a check made payable to "Perkiomen Valley School District."

Dress Reminder – As the temperatures continue to drop, please encourage your child to wear a sweatshirt or coat, especially in the morning.  West is a climate-controlled building, so many of our classrooms run a little cool. All students are encouraged to leave a sweatshirt and sweatpants in their lockers or gym lockers.  We also suggest leaving a pair of sneakers on site for classes such as PE, Tech Ed, FCS, science, and art. Our dress code can be found in our Student Handbook.

Lost and Found - We are no longer leaving lost and found items on a table outside the cafeteria.  Please encourage your child to check for lost items in the counseling center, locker rooms, or main office.  The assortment of items ranges from eyeglasses to sweatshirts. Items such as eyeglasses, jewelry and technology are stored in the main office.  Shoes, clothing, lunch bags, and water bottles are stored in the counseling center/locker rooms. Parents are welcome to check for items during Conferences. 

Attendance Email:  Parents can use MSWAttendance@pvsd.org for any/all attendance emails.


from Mrs. Lind - Nurse’s Notes:  Nurse’s Notes:  

Please know there is still time to send in your child’s sixth-grade physical along with any immunizations he or she may have had recently.  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.  Also, seventh-grade students require a dental form to be handed in to the nurse. If you have any questions regarding these requirements, please don’t hesitate to contact Mrs. Lind, 484-977-7210 or email clind@pvsd.org.

Mrs. Lind is currently doing the state-mandated screenings on all grade levels.  If there are any concerns, a letter will be sent home so that you may follow up with your eye doctor.  Please be safe during the upcoming holiday season! And check out the hand washing tips below from the CDC:

Wash Your Hands Often to Stay Healthy

You can help yourself and your loved ones stay healthy by washing your hands often, especially during these key times when you are likely to get and spread germs:

  • Before, during, and after preparing food

  • Before eating food

  • Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea

  • Before and after treating a cut or wound

  • After using the toilet

  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet

  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing

  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste

  • After handling pet food or pet treats

  • After touching garbage

from Montgomery County Office of Public Health: No Cost Flu Shots -  For any Montgomery County resident who wishes to reduce their risk of getting the flu! Everyone 6 months of age and older should get the flu vaccine every year!  If you are a Medicare Beneficiary or have Health Insurance, please bring insurance cards. Be assured there will be no co-pay or cost to you.  Please see the schedule below for days, locations and hours.

Trinity Lutheran Church

(Vote and Vax)

1000 West Main Street

Lansdale, PA  19446

Tues.- November 5, 2019

3:30 PM - 6:30 PM

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!

Warm regards and, if you family chooses to celebrate, Happy Halloween!

Donna Milligan, Principal, PVMS West

Important Dates:  November

Home and School Activity Night

5- No school, Election Day; Inservice for Teachers

Home and School Activity Night

12- Talent Show Rehearsal - see your email for details!

12- AMC 8 Testing, two sessions during the school day

15- Talent Show

18- Winter Sports Begin

20- Parent Visitation (adjusted date)

21- Jordan Sonnenblick visit, Holiday luncheon

25-29 No School for Students

25, 26- Conferences