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Principal's Report - November 30, 2018

posted Nov 30, 2018, 1:07 PM by Barbara Quintangeli   [ updated Nov 30, 2018, 1:09 PM ]


Mrs. Milligan
Dear PVMS West Families,


Can you believe it?  We only have three weeks of school before our winter break!  Our winter sports teams are getting organized and starting to practice, and there will be many events and activities taking place this/next month.  Please read on for event-specific information….

Parent/Teacher Conferences – West’s faculty and staff would like to thank the many parents and guardians who were able to attend conferences during Thanksgiving week.  Please know that, in addition to these scheduled days, conferences are available throughout the school year if/when student needs arise. Parents need only contact a counselor or a team member to schedule before, during, or after school appointments.

Flex Periods and Flex Period Clubs – A flex period is an additional period that is added to the school day for an assembly, special event (i.e. the district-wide lockdown drill), or our academic, service, or performance clubs.  When a flex period is added, all class periods are forty-five minutes long. Signing up for clubs will be managed during the school day, and students are placed in one of their top three-four choices.  We have scheduled two flex periods so far and are working on populating our clubs for an upcoming December meeting. (Click here to see a list of the clubs referenced above.)

Reading Olympics - The after-school meeting of Reading Olympics Library Assistants is cancelled for Monday, December 3rd.    Meetings will resume on December 10th.

End of First Trimester – December 3rd marks the end of our first trimester.


from West’s Music Team - The Winter Concert is approaching fast.  The West bands, chorus, and orchestras will present a night of wonderful music.  This also means that our ensembles are in their final preparations. If you are the parent of a student musician, please ask him/her to play/sing their music for you!


Winter Concert information:

Tuesday, December 4th

6:15 p.m. - 6th grade band, choir, orchestra and select choir

7:45 p.m. 7th & 8th grade band, choir and orchestra

Students are to wear black pants/skirts and white shirts/blouses, Ties are nice for the gentlemen.


Stuff-A-Bus – Stuff-a-Bus, a Toys for Tots toy drive and activity night, will be held on Friday, December 14th. Please see your email for more details..  (The regional distribution center, serving all of PVSD’s municipalities, is the old Red Hill Fire Company building in Red Hill, PA. Toys are distributed to families on the morning of December 15th.)

Cost:  $5.00 or one new unwrapped toy

(Students should bring extra money for food/snacks, raffle tickets, if they wish.)

Stuff-a Bus Activities:  DJ, Chick-Fil-A, Brusters, stage events, and of course our famous pie the teacher in the face contest.

All proceeds will benefit children in our local area, so please come out and support this West tradition!  


Ski/Snowboarding Club –  This club is seeking more members.  Click here to see the Ski/Snowboarding Club flyer.  If you need to reach an advisor, please email Mrs. Sabol (dsabol@pvsd.org) or Ms. Doran (ddoran@pvsd.org).


from the Athletic Dept. -  Boys’ Basketball tryouts will be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  Girls’ Basketball tryouts will begin Tuesday, Thursday, and Monday.  Please see your email for more details. Help Wanted:  a Girls’ Basketball Coach.  If you are interested in coaching basketball, please contact Larry Glanski at 610-489-1230, ext. 2031.



Backpack Pilot – Starting Dec. 3rd – MSE and MSW are launching a backpack pilot, which will allow students to decide whether or not they would like to carry their backpacks to classes, over the winter months.   At the end of the pilot, the two schools will evaluate student preparedness, behavior, and overall traveling storage necessity before deciding whether or not to extend the practice into the spring months.  Please note that the expectation of having cellphones turned off/stored in lockers will continue.


PV Cares Holiday Drive - Nov. 19 - Dec. 10 - All items are being collected to support the Daily Bread Food Pantry and the PV Power Packs program, both of which are serving PV families during the holiday season. Donations are designated by grade level:  Grades 6 and 7, holiday meal fixings (cranberry sauce, canned vegetables, instant mashed potatoes, boxed/ bagged stuffing mix, gravy); Grades 8 and 9, gifts for girl teens (movie tickets/ultimate packs, make-up/bath kits, nail polish kits, hoodies, lounge pants).  Donations can be dropped off at any school until Dec. 10th. We thank you in advance for your generosity this holiday season. If you are a family who is need of assistance this holiday season, bring this flyer to the Daily Bread Food Pantry or say you are with the “PV Cares” program. Gifts may be picked up Dec. 1-23 from 9 to 11 a.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays, or from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays. Daily Bread is located at 3938 Ridge Pike, Collegeville, PA 19426. Click here to see flyer with more details.


Yearbook art contest! The yearbook editor is looking for student artwork to grace the divider pages of this year's Junior Voyager!  All students are welcome to submit as many entries as they wish! Contest ends December 14th! Please see Mrs. Muscatello in room 156 during morning homeroom for a template and details. Your masterpiece can be a part of West history!

The theme of this year's PVMS West yearbook is "It Takes a Village to Educate a Child." The yearbook editor is looking for West student's family portraits that may be incorporated into the yearbook cover design. Submissions can be sent electronically to dmuscatello@pvsd.org or print photos can be brought in to the attention of Donna Muscatello. Photos will be scanned and returned. Thanks so much for your help!  

Activity Fee Reminder – Most seventh- and eighth-grade activities are subject to an activity fee.  (Service clubs are exempt from this fee.) Payments should be directed to Mrs. Dickey in our main office.

Fall/Winter Attire – Some students are outside on the bus deck for as long as fifteen minutes in the morning before the school day begins.  As the temperatures drop, please be sure your child wears appropriate attire to be outside. (The cafeteria is always open for breakfast, and students may wait inside; on inclement weather days, all students come inside.)

from the Special Ed. Dept.:

Parent Engagement Workshop - Our Special Education Department is inviting parents to attend a free parent engagement workshop that will serve as an introduction to the Individualized Educational Program.   The session is scheduled for December 5, 2018, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.  Click here for flyer for more information.


from West’s Counseling Center:

Parent Information Nights (Pertinent links for each can be found on our website.)

Vaping Information -   from Montgomery County’s Office of Drug and Alcohol, a Vaping Toolkit with resources for families, schools, and healthcare providers-www.montcopa.org/vapingtoolkit.


Triple P – Family Services is offering a Positive Parenting Program, a positive parenting approach to promote children’s development, practical discipline and communication strategies, and effective strategies for handling a variety of childhood behavior problems.

February 27, 2019 at 6:30 pm — Perkiomen Valley (PVHS Library)

“Marijuana, the Developing Brain & Behavior” (for middle school and high school parents and staff)

April 3, 2019 at 6:30 pm — Perkiomen Valley (PVHS)

“Media, Messaging & Youth:  Living with technology and reconnecting with youth" with Mike Blanche, MSS, LCSW (for all parents and staff)

Eighth grade will begin the High School Transition process beginning on January 14, 2019.  From 8:00 to 8:45 am, Joe Paddock, one of the North MontCo Technical Career Center counselors, will present information and options for application and attendance at NMTCC.  If a student is interested in the possibility of attending, they will be presented with an application. Completion of the application does not guarantee that a student will be accepted into the program of his/her choice.  Completion of the application is only an indication that student and parent are open to the possibility of NMTCC as a HS option. West students who return their applications will be taking a trip to NMTCC on January 28, 2019 from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.  The NMTCC Open House is scheduled for February 14th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. which is a wonderful opportunity to enhance parents’ knowledge of the programs available to our students.


Nurse’s Notes from Mrs. Lind:

Reminding everyone that sixth-grade students require a physical examination and updated immunizations if necessary, and seventh-grade students require a dental examination. If your child has had these examinations recently, please be sure to send a copy in to the Nurse's office so your child's health record can be updated.   Please don't hesitate to reach out to the school nurse if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child. Mrs. Lind can be reached at 484-977-7210, ext. 4. or emailed at clind@pvsd.org.

Healthy tip:  Wash Your Hands Often to Stay Healthy

You can help yourself and others stay healthy by washing your hands often, especially during these key times when you are likely to get and spread germs:

  • Before eating food

  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing

  • After using the toilet

  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste

  • After touching garbage.

Follow Five Steps to Wash Your Hands the Right Way

Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community—from your home and workplace to childcare facilities and hospitals.

Follow these five steps every time.

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.

  • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.

  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.

  • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.

Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.


from Home and School:

The Home and School will have a Snack Table at Stuff-a-Bus and we need some volunteers to help with making and purchasing treats for our students.  Please visit our Facebook page for the sign-up genius link or click here:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E054DA5A92AA57-stuffabus.  Thanks!

For more information, like our Facebook page at PV Middle School West Home & School.  

General reminders are available on Mrs. Milligan's Tips and Reminders Webpage, located under the Resources for Families tab on the Middle School West home page.   A reminder to parents and guardians: If you ever need clarification or assistance with anything mentioned in my reports or if you have general questions, please email (dmilligan@pvsd.org) or call (484-977-7210, ext. 3505).  I will be happy to assist you.


Donna Milligan, Principal, PVMS West

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Important Dates:

  • 12/04/18            Winter Concert - 6th grade, 6:15 p.m; 7th and 8th grade, 7:45 p.m.

  • 12/05/18            Parent Engagement Workshop, 6:30-8:00​

  • 12/10/18            PV Cares Holiday Drive Ends

  • 12/10-11/18      Musical Auditions, more to follow

  • 12/14/18            Stuff-a-Bus, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

  • 12/24/18-1/1/19 Winter Break