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Principal's Message, March 16, 2018

posted Mar 19, 2018, 3:55 AM by Linda Larzelere   [ updated Mar 19, 2018, 4:00 AM ]
Dear PVMS West Families,

I hope this email finds you doing well as we head into the weekend!

It’s an exciting weekend for our drama club, and the cast and crew have asked me to invite you to “Be Our Guest!”  Beauty and the Beast, Jr.  - Come out and support the drama club who will be performing Beauty and the Beast, Jr.  Opening night is tonight, 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.

Please see the informational items below:

New News:

from the Athletic Department – Spring Sports:

Weather/Field conditions permitting, middle school spring sports will begin Monday, March 19th for seventh- and eighth-grade baseball, girls’ lacrosse, softball, and track and field.  On the first day of practice, students will submit required pre-participation forms to their coaches. Students should report to the gym. For additional information please visit: http://www.pvsd.org/departments/athletics

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! Every one 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.

from PVMS West:                                                                                                                                                                                                      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 March 22, 2018, 6:30-7:30. We hope you can join us!

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.  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdJQ_6AUv6f7LRcMVFjz9g0wRy14c5-FyxmjX5QLaMgawa2Gw/viewform?usp=sf_link


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 PerkiomenValley.   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.

Reminders:

Third Marking Period and Fourth Vector - The end of the third marking period is April 6th, and the end of the fourth vector is April 19th.

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.)

from the Counseling Center:

8th grade - Program Planning

March 19:  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:  Upper Dublin High School (Forum Room), 800 Loch Alsh Ave., Fort Washington, PA 19034, 6:30 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 Road, Royersford, PA 19468, 6:30 p.m.

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.

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.

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.)

Important Dates:16 - Beauty and the Beast, Jr. Musical, 7:30 p.m.

17 - Beauty and the Beast, Jr. Musical, 6:00 p.m.

18 - Beauty and the Beast, Jr. Musical, 2:00 p.m.

22 - Title I Parent Information Night, 6:30 p.m.

28 – In-service, No School

29, 30 and April 2 - Holiday, No 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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