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Principal's Message March 9, 2018

posted Mar 12, 2018, 4:07 AM by Linda Larzelere   [ updated Mar 12, 2018, 4:10 AM ]
Dear PVMS West Families,

The past week’s weather is a reminder of how unpredictable March can be!  It’s hard to believe that our spring sports season and concert series are right around the corner.  Please remember to check our building and district webpages for information about PVSD and PVMS West. Please see the informational items below:

New News:

There is Still Room for Tech Girlz – Register this evening.  Here is the link to the tech workshop, March 10th from 9:00 a.m. to noon, MSE Library:  https://docs.google.com/a/pvsd.org/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=cHZzZC5vcmd8ZGlzdHJpY3R8Z3g6NjJjZmI4Nzk3M2YyZTgwNg

Snow Day Update – All marking periods have been pushed back one day.  The second trimester will end on March 12th; the end of the third marking period is April 6th, and the end of the fourth vector is April 19th.

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.

 

National School Walk-out – Information to be sent separately from this newsletter…

Spring Holiday and PSSA – PVSD has a scheduled an inservice 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 PVMS West Home and School -   Next Friday the 16th is bus driver appreciation day.  Each of the schools donate goodies that will be distributed to the bus drivers at the end of their shift that day.  West’s Home and School has created a sign up genius for people to sign up and donate. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d44a4a82da4fa7-busdriver1

Reminders:

from the Counseling Center:

8th grade - Program Planning

March 15:  Childhood and Adolescent Anxiety, Schwenksville Elementary, 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:  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. Please check your email or call the office for more details. 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).

 

Vapor Pens and Vaping, Information Requested by Our Parents – Secondary schools are noticing increasing activity in specific regard to vaping.  Unfortunately, there is a broad spectrum of information/misinformation involving vaping or electronic cigarette usage.  The purpose of sharing this material is to inform as well as to provide resources if you feel your child is involved in this behavior.  Due to the numerous negative effects of vaping, schools are taking this issue very seriously; vaping is not only against school policy, but it can be very dangerous.   

Essentially, vaping is inhaling a vapor produced by an electronic vaporizer or e-cigarette.  The inhaled vapor can contain nicotine, THC (a chemical found in marijuana), and/or a variety of other chemical substances. The liquids that are vaporized come in many different flavors and might even smell fruity; in fact, many of these liquid concentrates/oils are sweet and have names associated with desserts, candy, soft drinks, and cereals.

  Vaporizers and e-cigarettes come in all different shapes and sizes; some will look like pens, flash/thumb drives, lead cartridges, even styluses.  Most of these devices are very small and can be easily hidden. Much like other tobacco/nicotine products, stores cannot sell vaping items to anyone under the age of 18; however, students have reported that these items can easily be purchased on-line. Please consider talking to your child about the dangers of vaping/electronic cigarette usage. If you think your student has been experimenting with vaping or has a nicotine addiction, please contact one of our school counselors for support. For more information about vaping please visit: https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/documents/SGR_ECig_ParentTipSheet_508.pdf

from the Nurse’s office:  

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:

9 - Jazz Band Performs at Pennfield Middle School, 7:30 p.m.

13 - Half-Day for Students – In-service

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.

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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