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Principal's Message - March 23, 2018

posted Mar 26, 2018, 4:05 AM by Linda Larzelere   [ updated Mar 26, 2018, 4:10 AM ]
Dear PVMS West Families,

I hope this email finds you doing well.  Please see the informational items listed below.

New News:

Art Contest - The Women's Club of Collegeville held their annual art contest this month and there was an eighth-grade as well as a seventh-grade winner from Middle School West.  Congratulations to both of our winners.

Beauty and the Beast, Jr. - West’s drama club presented a beautiful version of Beauty and the Beast, 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 PV Proud!

NEW DATE - Title I Parent Information Night:  Partnering in Academic Supports - The Title I Staff, Mr. Pasquarello, Mrs. Reynolds, and Mrs. Newell, would like to cordially invite parents/guardians to an informational evening event, Partnering in Academic Supports:  English/Language Arts and Mathematics Support, Test Preparation, and Study/Organizational Skills, on April 4, 2018, 6:30-7:30.  We hope you can join us!

Third Marking Period and Fourth Vector - The end of the third marking period is April 10th, and the end of the fourth vector is April 23rd.

Reminder - Spring Holiday and PSSA – PVSD has a scheduled an in-service day on March 28th; the spring holiday is scheduled for March 29th through April 2nd.  PSSA’s will follow closely:  ELA (all grades), April 9th-11th; Mathematics (all grades), April 16th-17th; and Science (grade 8), April 23rd-24th.  (These testing windows are specific to both MSE and MSW.)


STA (Bus) Reminder – Students are not permitted to ride home with friends who are assigned to different buses.  If there is a family emergency, we will work with both the sending and receiving families, both of whom should supply notes to our counseling center on the morning of the transportation need.  Please include the date, the students’ names, and reason for the emergency transportation. We will then contact STA to secure the necessary permissions.


from PVMS West Home and School:  We will be running our third and final Box Tops contest of the school year.  It’s simple; just clip Box Tops off specially marked products and send them in with your student in an envelope or baggie marked with your homeroom teacher’s name.  Each homeroom teacher has a container in his/her classroom to put the Box Tops in. The homeroom class that collects the most Box Tops during the month of April will take a vote and receive a $25.00 gift card for their classroom OR a Philly Soft Pretzel party.  Please send in your Box Tops! Everyone counts! They are due by Monday, April 30th to be included in the contest.

If you would like to help our school out even more, please register online at http://www.boxtops4education.com/.  You can find additional sweepstakes to enter for our school, check on our school earnings, and print coupons.  Thank you for your continued support! Questions can be directed to Karen Litak at thelitaks@gmail.com.

Comprehensive Planning STUDENT Survey - It is important for our district to plan for the future and we’d like your input.  We are working on our Comprehensive Plan, which is a guiding document for future programming and decisions that will impact the students and staff at Perkiomen Valley.  We want to give our students a voice as we develop this plan. Please take a few minutes to complete this short survey in order to provide us with your feedback on our current practices and your thoughts about the future of Perkiomen Valley.   Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8YVGBBY  The survey will remain open until March 28, 2018.

Jump Start - Once the last day of elementary school comes to a close, middle school becomes less of an idea and more of a reality, and that can be daunting to some! Jump Start offers a way for students transitioning from elementary to middle school life to learn more about what’s in store for the coming school year. Camps will be held at both Middle School East and Middle School West, and they will include the following activities for rising sixth-graders:  Get-to-know-you Activities, Building Tours, Locker relays, Meet the Principal, Computer Games, Mathematics and Language Arts, Advice for Organization and School Supplies, and an Introduction to School Activities and Clubs.

Students will have the chance each day to ask questions about middle school. For example: “What happens if I’m late to class?” or “What happens if I miss the bus?” These questions and more will be a part of the Jump Start experience, which is meant to help students make a smooth transition to middle school.  STUDENTS SHOULD BRING PAPER, PENCILS AND A SNACK TO CAMP EACH DAY. Dates: Monday to Thursday, July 23-26. Facilitators: Colin Black and Darren Thompson. Cost: $110 per student. Times: 8 to 11:45 a.m. at West or 12:30 to 4:15 p.m. at East. Register online at https://perkiomen.revtrak.net/ (2.49% service charge applied), or complete the registration form below and mail it along with your check, payable to PVSD, 3 Iron Bridge Drive, Collegeville, PA 19426, Attn: Candice Love, Community Education. SPACE IS LIMITED TO 30 STUDENTS PER BUILDING.

from the Counseling Center:

Counseling Survey for Middle School West Parents – Please consider taking the linked survey; it is intended to assist our counselors in making improvements to our counseling program.  Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdJQ_6AUv6f7LRcMVFjz9g0wRy14c5-FyxmjX5QLaMgawa2Gw/viewform?usp=sf_link

8th grade - Program Planning

Class of 2022 Mixer – The high school’s Link Crew has invited MS East and MS West eighth-grade students to the high school.  There is a $5.00 charge.  Events will include: a clubs and fall sports expo, guided tours of the high school, and a Hawaiian-themed dance.

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 absence, and 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:                                                                                                                     

Free Dental Care – PCCY is hosting its 15th annual Give Kids a Smile Week from March 26-April 2, 2018.  This is a free dental care event for children in Southeast PA, with participating offices in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware, and Chester counties.  We welcome any child who can travel to a participating location. More info. at pccy.org/smileday.  Our call center is now open; call 215-563-5848, ext. 21 to schedule an appointment for children to receive free care.   No child will be turned away. We especially welcome children who are uninsured or haven’t been to the dentist in the past six months.  

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 physician. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Lind.

Important reminder: If your child is sick or injured in school, please remind him/her 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 he/she is sick or injured in any way.

Important Dates:

28 – In-service, No School

29, 30 and April 2 - Holiday, No School

Have a wonderful weekend!


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.