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Principal's Message - September 15, 2017

posted Sep 19, 2017, 4:13 PM by llarzelere@pvsd.org   [ updated Sep 19, 2017, 4:17 PM ]

Good Evening, everyone.

I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful week and are as excited about some of our upcoming events and activities as we are!

West Middle School will host our first school dance tonight! The cost to attend is $5. Snacks will be on sale during the dance.  (If students plan to snack, they should bring an additional $3 to purchase food items.)  In order to be eligible to attend the dance, students must be in attendance at school on the day of the dance. PVMS West dances are only open to PVMS West students. 

Book Fair - Our annual back-to-school book fair will be open online from September 11-22, 2017.  Click on this link, http://www.scholastic.com/bf/pvmswest , to begin shopping.  Students will visit the book fair during their ELA classes during the week of September 18-22, 2017.  Proceeds will benefit the MSW Library.  Special thanks go out to our Home and School Association for its support.

Coming Soon - 7th and 8th Grade Meet the Teacher Night:  Parents of 7th and 8th graders are invited to join us for our annual Meet the Teacher Night on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.  The evening is intended for parents and will offer an overview of the grade-level curriculum and your child’s middle school schedule.  The evening will formally begin at 7:00 p.m. (in period 2) and conclude at 9:00 p.m.  Students will fill out duplicate schedules.  One will travel home with each child; we will keep the duplicates available in the main office on the night of the event.  (ELD/ESL and Gifted meetings that evening will begin at 6:30 p.m.  In addition, some of our special areas teachers may be stationed in the cafeteria from 6:30-7:00.)

Sixth-grade Camp – Earlier today, I sent out an email to our sixth-grade parents about our camp/team building program.  I neglected to mention that our sixth graders will be given the same documents that were enclosed in the email this coming Monday.

Walk for West – We are gearing up for our annual “Walk for West,” which is scheduled for October 12th.

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.  For detailed information about our attendance procedures, please refer to the Student Handbook.  The Handbook can be found on the PVSD webpage by clicking the Parents tab, Handbooks, and Middle School Handbook.  As per my last Principal’s Report, the current attendance policy as written is due for revision this fall.  Please stay tuned for updates.

Dress Code Reminder – 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.  Also, for students who prefer to wear flip-flops, 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 also be found in our Student Handbook.  

Home and School Reminders -  

Spirit Wear – Don’t let this sale pass you by.  Get your spirit wear now!  All orders are due by midnight, Friday, September 22nd.  The link to the order form is pvwest.itemorder.com.  Orders will be delivered two to three weeks after the sale ends and will be sent home with your child   

Beginning October 6, 2017, PVMS West – ID# 26365 – has the opportunity to participate in and earn cash from A+ School Rewards, a great fundraising program run through your local Giant.  

West also receives money for every Box Top we collect.  PVMS West Home and School will be running its first contest of the school year.  Just clip Box Tops off specially marked products and send them in with your student in an envelope/baggie marked “Box Tops.”  (Don’t forget to include your child’s homeroom teacher’s name on the envelope/baggie.)  Box Tops are due by September 29th.

Important Dates -

  • 9/15/17 Dance!  7:00-9:00 p.m.

  • 9/18-21/17 PVMS West Book Fair

  • 9/21/17 No School – Rosh Hashanah Holiday

  • 9/19/17 Meet the Teacher Night @ 7:00 p.m.

Fall Book Fair Evening Event, Library
  • 9/22/17 H&S Fall Spirit Wear Sale Ends

Have a great weekend!

Donna Milligan

Principal, PVMS West