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Principal's Message - February 23, 2018

posted Feb 26, 2018, 4:00 AM by Linda Larzelere   [ updated Feb 26, 2018, 4:01 AM ]

Dear PVMS West Families,

I hope you found some time to enjoy this week’s nice weather.  I know that I am sorry to see the return of both rain and colder temperatures.  Please see the informational items below. 

New News:

Tonight:  Sixteen Middle School West students have been selected to participate in the Pennsylvania Music Educator's District 11 String Fest!  Pottsgrove Middle School will be hosting both the Fest and a concert on Friday, February 23, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. 

Educational Trip information

An Educational Trip Request form must be submitted to the Principal five (5) days prior to the student’s departure. Educational Trip Form

Approval for such trips is limited to ten (10) school days per year. Any days above the 10 days of absence will not be approved for an educational trip.

Educational trips will not be approved during PSSA or Keystone Exams (April 9-11, 16-17, 23-24; May 16-17)

Non-school educational trips are not recommended for students in academic difficulty or with attendance problems and will not be approved.

It is the responsibility of the student to contact his/her teacher to make arrangements to make up work missed during an educational trip.  

NMTCC shadowing opportunities will be counted as non-absences.

Safety Question – Some parents have inquired about our safety protocols; our current standard response protocol originates from the I Love U Guys Foundation.  (As the district progresses through Comprehensive Planning, we will be connecting with parents and community members who would like to serve on a Safety Committee.  If you would like to lend your talents, please contact me by email/telephone.)

Water Bottles – Mr. Creeden did hold class meetings last week and explained to our students that clear or lightly-tinted water containers/sports bottles are preferred.  When we moved from sealed, plastic water bottles (signed by the nurse) to the sports bottles, we wanted adults to be able to see the contents.  Primarily, we are trying to discourage students from bringing in caffeinated and carbonated beverages and forestall the number of sticky spills.

from PVMS West Home and School:  The next spirit wear sale begins on March 2nd; more to follow.

Reminders:

Beauty and the Beast, Jr.  - Come out and support the drama club who will be performing Beauty and the Beast, Jr. Opening night is Friday, March 16th at 7:30 p.m.  There will be two encore performances on Saturday, March 17th at 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 18th at 2:00 p.m. Seating is assigned, and all tickets are $8.00. Before the Sunday matinee, there will be a Princess and Prince Tea in the cafeteria with munchies, crafts, and some special visitors from the cast for preshow photo opportunities. Tickets for the tea are an additional $8 which includes a child and an adult over 18 years of age. If you are interested in tickets, please contact Ms. Krista Yerkes at kyerkes@pvsd.org.

Montgomery County Intermediate Unit Resource Expo – The MCIU is pleased to present an evening (March 22, 2018, 6:00-8:00 p.m., PVHS Cafeteria) of resources for families, educators, and students.  As many as fifty vendors, service providers from throughout the tri-county area, will be on hand to discuss supports, estate planners, summer camp groups, community and advocacy groups, for students with disabilities, their families, and educators.  In addition, attendees will be afforded the opportunity to meet and speak with representatives from colleges, technical programs, employment supports, community resources, financial planners, coordination providers, recreation and leisure groups, etc.

from the Counseling Center:

8th grade - Program Planning, continued

March 15:  Childhood and Adolescent AnxietyEvergreen, 6:30 p.m.  This hour-long workshop, which will be facilitated by a therapist from Temple University's Child and Adolescent Anxiety Clinic, focuses on how anxiety presents in children and adolescents, how to identify children/teens who may be in need of additional support, strategies for parents, and an overview of how anxiety is typically treated. 

See attached flyer. Childhood and Adolescent Anxiety

March 19  March 21:  Montgomery County Parent Engagement Series: Helping Your Child Cope With Anxiety  Join your school community for a free information session on helping your child cope with anxiety. During the session, parents and caregivers will learn how anxiety affects a student's personal, social, and academic functioning. Participants will learn how totalk with children about their worries and how to utilize strategies to help children cope with anxiety. Local community resources will be provided. Participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss their concerns. Please register to attend one of the two training sessions by following the links below:

Upper Dublin High School (Forum Room)800 Loch Alsh Ave., Fort Washington, PA 190346:30 p.m. 

March 21:  Montgomery County Parent Engagement Series: Helping Your Child Cope With Anxiety  Join your school community for a free information session on helping your child cope with anxiety.  During the session, parents and caregivers will learn how anxiety affects a student's personal, social, and academic functioning. Participants will learn how to talk with children about their worries and how to utilize strategies to help children cope with anxiety. Local community resources will be provided. Participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss their concerns. Please register to attend one of the two training sessions by following the links below:

 Spring-Ford School District 9th Grade Center (Auditorium)400 S. Lewis RoadRoyersford, PA 194686:30 p.m.

Attendance/Absences – If you know your child will be absent from school, please be sure to contact Mrs. Brenda Continelli, our counseling secretary, at bcontinelli@pvsd.org or by calling our office at 484-977-7210.  Also, please remember to send in excuse notes, detailing the date of the absence, reason for the absenceand a parent signature, within three days of the absence(s).  For more information, please click on Attendance Guidelines under the Parents tab.  At MS West, Student Attendance Improvement Plans are initiated by district-adopted attendance letters and implemented by our social worker, a counselor, and/or an administrator in conjunction with a parent(s).

from the Nurse’s office: 

Parents of 7th grade students:  The school dentist will be at Middle School West on Tuesday, 2/27.  If you have not handed a dental form for your child yet, please be advised that your child will be seen by the school dentist on Tuesday.  If you have an upcoming dental appointment, or you don't wish for your child to be seen by the school dentist, please contact Mrs. Lind at 484.977.7210 ext. 4, or email her at clind@pvsd.org.  

Parents of 6th grade students: Physical examinations are required for every 6th grade student.  If you have not already done so, please be sure to send in a physical form for your child.  The school physician will be here in the spring, and your child will be seen by the school physician unless a form has been sent in.  Forms can be found on the PV Website under Parents/Forms.  Also, 6th grade students are required to have the Tdap and Menactra vaccinations prior to the start of 7th grade.  These vaccinations can be obtained during the physical examination by your physican.  If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Lind.

Just a reminder: If your child is sick or injured in school, please remind them to go to the nurse and refrain from calling or texting you directly.  If a  student  calls or texts during the school day to be picked up by a parent and  is not seen by the nurse, the early dismissal will be unexcused.  Please remind your child to go to the nurse if they are sick or injured in any way.  

from PVMS West Yearbook:

Yearbook Ordering Information – MS West is partnering with Jostens this year to bring you a convenient way for students to order their yearbooks.  All can order online at jostensyearbooks.com, by phone, or through the mail. It’s quick, easy, and ends the hassle of bringing money to school.  (Please refer to the form you received in the mail for ordering/payment options.)  Place your order today!  (If you have any questions regarding the PVMS West yearbook, please email dmuscatello@pvsd.org.)

 

from PV Foundation:

Dodgeball Tournament on March 3: Registration will close for this event at 9 p.m. on Jan. 28 (note: we have moved the registration close date up a week). If you haven't registered your team yet, please go to https://perkiomen.revtrak.net/. Visit our website for more details about the tournament: http://pvsdfoundation.org/events/

 

Winter Weather and Attire – In the event of inclement weather, families will be notified via the Blackboard Connect/Connect 5 system, which informs families of delayed openings, early dismissals, and school closures.  If a call is not received in your home and you listen to the radio or television stations, our school district closing number is 317.  Please talk with your child about procedures for an early dismissal from school.  Please be sure to update your contact information via the Home Access Center (HAC) or by notifying our office of any changes to your emergency contact numbers or email addresses.  Reminder:  Students should wear winter coats, not blankets, to school.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely,

Donna Milligan, Principal, PVMS West

A reminder to parents:  If you ever need clarification or assistance with anything mentioned in my reports or if you have general questions, please call (484-977-7210, ext. 3505) or email (dmilligan@pvsd.org).  I will be happy to assist you.


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