Evergreen Express


A Message from Mrs. Franciosa...

Hello Evergreen Families,

What an amazingly busy and fun week at Evergreen! On Thursday the Tail Waggin' Tutors made their first visit this year to be read to by the students. We had six therapy dogs visit--a few friends from last year as well as a few new furry faces! The students loved meeting the dogs and reading to them. The Perkiomen Fire Company also visited our Kindergarten and 1st grade students on Thursday. The students had a chance to meet the fire company members and see the fire trucks. On Friday we held our Little Viking Fun Run. Thank you to Home and School, the volunteers, spectators, staff and our students for making it a successful event. We are very appreciative to everyone who donated to the event.

This is a reminder that we will have an early dismissal on Wednesday October 19th. Please see below for information with arrival and dismissal times. Lunch will NOT be served on the 19th.

On Wednesday, October 19th everyone is encouraged to "Wear Orange for Unity Day". Unity Day promotes kindness, respect, and the creation a safe, bully-free environment where differences are celebrated and all are welcomed and supported.

In this newsletter you can find more information about:

  • October 19th Early Dismissal Times
  • PSSA Student Reports (4th & 5th grade)
  • 5th Grade Pretzel Sale
  • What's Happening in 1st Grade
  • News from the Art Room
  • Trunk-or-Treat Information
  • School Spirit Wear Donation
  • 10/31 to 11/4 Evergreen Spirit Week
  • Little Viking Fun Run Pictures
  • Special Education Spotlight
  • Fall Colors 5K

"Unity is strength...when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved."--Mattie Stepanek

Have a terrific weekend!

Sharon Franciosa

Principal, Evergreen Elementary School

Week of October 17, 2022

  • Monday, October 17th: A Day
  • Tuesday, October 18th: B Day
  • Wednesday, October 19th: C Day--Wear Orange for Unity Day (Early Dismissal)
  • Thursday, October 20th: D Day (Home & School Meeting via Zoom--link below)
  • Friday, October 21st: E Day
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Wear orange for unity day on Wednesday, October 19th

Home & School Meeting (10/20/22 at 7pm) Zoom Link

Please click on this button to join the Home & School meeting via Zoom.

Important Upcoming Dates

  • October 24th: Pretzel orders due for 10/28 pretzel day delivery
  • October 28th: Trunk or Treat (5pm-7pm) [rain date: Saturday, 10/29]
  • October 31st to November 4th: Evergreen Spirit Week (see information below)
  • November 21st & 22nd: Conferences

October 19th Early Dismissal Arrival/Dismissal Times

We will have our first early dismissal on Wednesday, October 19th. Please see below for the adjusted times.

1st Grade to 5th Grade
  • AM Arrival: 8:30 (no change)
  • PM Dismissal: 12:15pm

AM Kindergarten:

  • Arrival: 8:30 (no change)
  • Dismissal: 10:30am

PM Kindergarten:

  • Arrival: 10:30am
  • Dismissal: 12:15pm

K+ Program:

  • Arrival: 8:30am (at South or Evergreen)
  • Dismissal: 12:15pm (from South or Evergreen)

PSSA Student Reports--Evergreen Grades 4 & 5

Individual student reports from the 2022 PSSA have been released. These reports will be sent home with your child today, October 14, 2022. Perkiomen Valley School District, along with all 500 other school districts across Pennsylvania, participated in the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA). All of our students in grades three through eight were assessed in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. Students in fourth and eighth grades also participated in the Science assessment.

The report provides you with your child’s overall performance level and raw scores in ELA, Mathematics, and Science. The report also provides a Strength Profile which indicates your child’s performance within each of the reporting categories of the standards. While these scores are used to assess a student’s academic proficiency, they are only one factor to consider in your child’s overall educational attainment. For more information about the PSSA, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s website at www.education.pa.gov.

As you examine your child’s report, please be assured that the professional staff of the District are also carefully examining and analyzing the scores of all of our students. We use these data to guide us in our ongoing efforts to improve curriculum and instruction. If you have any questions or would like additional guidance on how to interpret these results, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher, counselor, or building principal.

Pretzel Sale--Orders due by Tuesday, 10/25

Our pretzel sales support our 5th grade end-of-year activities.

Pretzels will be distributed on Friday October 28th, for students to take home at the end of the day. THIS WILL NOT SERVE AS SNACK AND MUST GO HOME WITH THE STUDENT.

Please click HERE for the order form.

  • To reduce confusion, we are asking families to designate one student to bring home the family order.
  • Pretzels are $1.00 each and payment can be accepted through the Home and School Venmo (@evghsa) or cash (sent to the main office, in an envelope).
  • Payment is due the Tuesday before pretzel delivery.
  • **Please place students name in the notes section of Venmo or on the envelope so we can track payment.**

Our Fabulous 1st Graders

Fire Safety Week in First Grade

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week! The first grade classes learned the importance of fire safety this week. The first graders had fun with fire safety themed books, writing activities, math games, and an outdoor fire safety assembly presented by our local fire company!


Each class read a variety of books about fire safety this week. Students discussed their schema (prior knowledge), made connections, used text features, and identified key details from the texts. Some students also made fire safety mini-books to read and take home. The mini-books encouraged students to talk to their families about fire safety, checking smoke detectors, and practicing fire drills at home. You can talk to your child about the different exits in each room of your home, identifying your family’s special meeting place outside, and having family fire drills.


Throughout the week, we created a class list of Fire Safety Tips. As we learned more about fire safety each day, the students added new tips to our list. On Friday, the students wrote the fire safety tips they thought were the most important for them to practice and remember. Students illustrated their fire safety tips and had the chance to share their writing with the class.


First graders participated in a “Fire Truck Roll and Color” addition game during math. They worked with a partner to roll two dice, add the number of dots on the dice, and color the truck that matched the number they rolled. The first person to color all of the fire trucks was the winner! Students did a great job working with their classmates, practicing their adding skills, and having fun!


On Thursday, our local Perkiomen Fire Company was gracious enough to spend some time with the first grade classes. They brought their fire trucks to the playground and gave us an up close look at the special tools and features of the trucks. The volunteer firefighters also showed how their uniforms protect them in a fire. They shared additional fire safety tips and answered questions from the first graders. Thank you to the firefighters for our special fire safety goody bags! The assembly with Perkiomen Fire Company was the perfect way to reinforce everything we discussed and learned during our important fire safety week!

News from the Art Room

Hello Evergreen Families!

I hope it has been a great start to the school year for everyone! Mrs. Hockman here with news from the Art Room! The students have been working so hard flexing their creative muscles. I can’t wait to share with you what has been happening in the classroom.

Our theme this year is “Animals in Art!” The students at Evergreen will be exploring a wide variety of art this year inspired by animals. They will use that inspiration to create their own unique artwork guided by the Elements and Principles of Design. The students are currently working on the following lessons:

Kindergarten: Color Theory/Rainbow Birds

First Grade: Solomon Crocodile/Warm and Cool Colors

Second Grade: Romero Britto Animals/Patterns

Third Grade: George Rodrigue/ Monochromatic Dogs

Fourth Grade: Salvador Dali Animals/Surrealism

Fifth Grade: Color Theory/Fauve Animals

I am loving the work I’m seeing so far and the students seem to really be enjoying the lessons! Next we will be working on Texture Owls, Warm and Cool Handprint Peacocks, Laurel Burch Horses,Tlingit Paper Piercing, Animal Collages and Baboons. I can’t wait to see all the finished products from the students and share them with you at our art show in March!

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Trunk-or-Treat: October 28th

Trunk or Treat RSVP Google Form

Click on the link above to RSVP for the event by October 24th.

Please join us for Trunk or Treat. The Home and School will provide one bag of candy to all trunks that are decorated and giving out candy. We will also provide a headcount the week of the event so you know how many treaters to expect. Participating trunks may arrive at 5:00pm to start setting up.

Donations of candy will be accepted at the school starting October 12.

If you are decorating a trunk, you are not required to pay for your children.

RSVP is required by October 24.

DATE - October 28, 2022

RAIN DATE - October 29, 2022

TIME - 6:00pm-8:00pm

COST - $5 per treater

Payment can be made by VENMO @EVGHSA, Cash (delivered in an envelope to school) or check made payable to Evergreen Home and School Evergreen Home and School

School Spirit Wear Donation Drive

We are collecting gently used PV or Evergreen school spirit wear.

If you have any items you would like to donate, parents/guardians can bring them to our Trunk-or-Treat event or drop them off at school before November 15th.

Evergreen Spirit Week: Monday, 10/31 to Friday 11/4

We will have our first Spirit Week starting on Monday, October 31st.

  • Monday, October 31st: Wear your favorite fall shirt or fall colors
  • Tuesday, November 1st: Pajama Day (school appropriate)
  • Wednesday, November 2nd: Wear your favorite sports team shirt or colors
  • Thursday, November 3rd: Superhero Day
  • Friday, November 4th: Wear orange, brown, green, or white to show your PV or Evergreen School Spirit

Little Viking Fun Run

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Special Education Spotlight

Are you looking for a GREAT event? Spring-Ford School District is hosting a Special Education Resource Fair & Family Fun Day on Saturday, October 15th from 10 am - 1 pm. The event will include family-friendly activities, raffles, and a resource fair that highlights local special needs service providers. Please see this link for information: https://www.spring-ford.net/about-spring-ford/resourcefair

First Annual Fall Colors 5K: October 15th

The First Annual Fall Colors 5K will be hosted by Lenape Arboretum and PV Woods in partnership with Perkiomen Valley School District Foundation. Join us on Saturday, October 15th, for this 3.1-mile race starting at 9:00am at Perkiomen Valley Middle School East's campus, located at 100 Kagey Road, Collegeville.

Traverse PVMS East's beautiful campus as the Fall Colors 5K leads you through their cross-country course through Lenape Arboretum and over the athletic fields. Enjoy the beautiful fall scenery and a challenge as you run! In addition to the race, there will be fun activities for kids held by the Take Action club!

There are a few ways you can participate in the Fall Colors 5K:

  1. Individual 5K - do the 5K as an individual and receive a time. Includes a race t-shirt* and access to the Fun Zone.
  2. 5K Relay - a team of 5 participants will take on the 5K. Each teammate does a 1K. Create your team name, create and bring your baton, and make a uniform (optional!), but above all, have fun with your friends! Includes a race t-shirt for each participant* and access to the Fun Zone. You must register all five members at the time of registration. If you need to change team members, contact foundation@pvsd.org.
  3. Virtual 5K - if you cannot make the event or live far away, you can still participate! This option includes an event t-shirt mailed to you*.

Register before Friday, September 25th, to be guaranteed a 100% Recycled race t-shirt! For more race information, click here.

Proceeds of this event will go towards revitalization efforts at PV Woods and funding projects within the Perkiomen Valley School District. Learn more about PVSD Foundation here. Learn more about PV Woods here.

If you have any questions about the event, please get in touch with foundation@pvsd.org.

Perkiomen Valley School District Foundation
3 Iron Bridge Drive
Collegeville, PA 19426

Facebook/Instagram/Twitter: @PVSDFoundation

*T-shirt guaranteed if registered before 9/25. If you register after that, shirts will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Dismissal Change

If you need to make an unexpected dismissal change during the day, please contact the main office via telephone (610-409-9751) by 2:30pm, if possible.
Volunteer Clearances

Click on this button to learn about clearances for volunteering.

PV Food Service Webpage

Click on this button to find menus, free/reduced information, School Cafe accounts, etc.

Community Bulletin Board Page

Want to find out what's going on in the PV Community? Click on this button for flyers about upcoming events in and around our area! To submit an event for posting, please send a PDF version of your flyer to webmaster@pvsd.org for review.

22-23 District & Instructional Calendars

Please click on this button to find the monthly district event calendars and the 22-23 district instructional calendar

PV Power Packs

PV Power Packs is a weekend food program for students experiencing food insecurity. Bags of food, including 2 breakfast items, 2 lunch items, 2 snacks, and 2 fruits, are sent home with students prior to every weekend. There is no financial information required to participate in this program and students pick up their bags from their counselor or designated person every week.

For more information regarding how to receive a Power Pack for your child or to make donations to the Power Packs program, click here: https://www.pvsd.org/families/pv-power-packs/

Powerpacks Application (Spanish)

Flexible Instructional Days (FID) in 22-23

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) approved the use of Flexible Instructional Days (FID) as an alternate form of instruction in response to inclement weather or other emergencies. On a FID day, instruction will be virtual. FID assist schools in meeting the required 180 student days. PA Schools may use up to five (5) FID per school year - in PVSD, we will utilize FID when all 3 inclement weather days built into the district calendar are used.

For more information and and the elementary FID schedule, CLICK HERE.

Having Tech Issues?

Here are a few friendly reminders from the Technology Department about where to go if you are having issues with any of the following:

Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has instituted a new government benefit, the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). This benefit provides eligible households with a discount on internet services. For details, visit: www.GetMyInternet.org.

Evergreen Attendance Line

If your child is going to be absent please be sure to call or email the Evergreen attendance line. It may be helpful to save the phone number and email address in your cell phone.

Call: 610-409-9751 and press #1

Email: EVAttendance@pvsd.org

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