Pleasant Valley Cougar News

April 30, 2021

MESSAGE FROM MR. KROTT

Dear Pleasant Valley Students and Families,


As the 2020-2021 school year winds down, I reflect on all of the challenges we have faced. From starting at two different schools, moving to a hybrid model, going full virtual, moving back to hybrid, then finally moving all students back to full face-to-face instruction at Pleasant Valley, it is needless to say that our school year was like none other. Here's hoping that the 2021-2022 school year brings more "normal" back. I'd like to thank the students, teachers, staff and all our Pleasant Valley families for their patience and understanding throughout these difficult times. A lot was asked of everyone and even through all of the challenges, we have been able to celebrate a number of successes as well.


I'd like to wish all of our mothers a safe and happy Mother's Day on May 9th. Not all Superheroes wear capes. Mothers are definitely Superheroes!


This month's newsletter contains information on 5th grade recognition, Student Council events, PTA elections, upcoming summer programs and other important information. If you have any questions, please contact the office.


Respectfully,


Kenneth Krott

Principal, Pleasant Valley Elementary

5th Grade Recognition

In an effort to maintain safety, this year's 5th grade recognition will take place at Mansion Park. Pleasant Valley's recognition will be Friday, June 4th at 7:30pm. There will be one gate open for entry/exit. Logan Elementary is scheduled before us, so please do not arrive earlier than 7pm in order to allow for Logan patrons to exit before entering.


A rain date is scheduled for June 5th.

Student Council Events

Student council is sponsoring the following theme days:


  • May 5th - Jersey Day
  • May 13th - 80's Day
  • June 2nd - Hat Day
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Ashley Morris, one of our SEAs, made masks for the group to celebrate one of their own who is a cancer survivor during a recent fundraiser for cancer awareness.

One District, One Book

Students have been listening to the story "The Adventures of a South Pole Pig" daily, which is this year's selection for "One District, One Book." Students can answer trivia questions about the book daily for a chance to win their own books. Students place answers to the trivia questions into bins and names are pulled each day.


At the end of the month, students will bring home a project relating to their book. After learning about your child's project, please complete a brief online survey to win a book. Go to https://www.aasdcat.com/, click parent resources, click Title I, then April Parent and Family Engagement - The South Pole Pig.

PTA Nominations and Elections

The following is information from the Pleasant Valley PTA regarding nominations and elections for the executive board.


Please email pleasantvalleycougarspta@gmail.com if you are interested in nominating yourself or someone else to a position on the Parent Teacher Association Executive Board. Elections will take place in May (date to be determined). Once nominated you will be provided with additional information regarding the position.


** ALL NOMINEES MUST BE A PAID PTA MEMBER **


We are looking for the following PTA Board Positions:

Vice President

Secretary

Treasurer


We are also looking for individuals interested in the position of Athletic Director.


Nominations will be accepted until until May 7th.

Technology Turn-In

As of May 3rd, ALL District technology devices need to be turned in to the school. This includes any iPads, Chromebooks, Hot Spots and the chargers that go with them. Technology inventory will begin and fines will be issued for any equipment that has not been returned. Devices will not be sent home after this date.


*Please note: Students currently enrolled in our virtual or cyber programs will keep their devices until notified of a return date.


Thank you for your cooperation!

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration is now open for all children who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2021. Online registration is encouraged. Upon completion of the online registration, parents will be contacted by a Student Registration representative.


A list of documents needed for registration can be found HERE.


You can view our promotional video HERE.

Lady Lions Basketball Camps

The Lady Lions' coaching staff and the Altoona Lady Lion players will be conducting this year's Altoona Lady Lions' Basketball Camps. There will be two camps.



  • Biddy Basketball Camp for 1st grade - 3rd grade
  • Basketball Camp for 4th grade - 9th grade



Please see the attached brochures for more information and the registration form.

ATOMS Program

Registration for the ATOMS (Advanced Training for Outstanding Math and Science Scholars) program is now open. The ATOMS program is available for students in Grades 2-8. The program will be coming to Hollidaysburg June 21-24.


Visit https://www.iu08.org/page/atoms-summer-program for more information.

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AASD Food Program

The AASD Food Program is now available for students who are attending full time virtual instruction or cyber programs. Five breakfast and five lunch meals will be provided for each child age 18 and under. Food will be distributed on Wednesday or Thursday each week. A new order form will need to be submitted each week.


Order forms will be posted each Monday on the AASD Facebook page as well as the AASD Website, Altoona Area School District


Meals will be available for pick up at the Washington & Jefferson Building, 420 1st Avenue, Altoona, PA 16602 on the date selected on your order form. Pick up times are from 12:00 until 2:00.

Upcoming Events

May 3rd - 7th

Teacher Appreciation Week

May 31st

No School - Memorial Day

June 1st

5th Grade Field Trip

June 2nd

Carnival Day

June 4th

5th Grade Recognition, 7:30pm

June 10th

Last Half Day for Students

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Teacher Appreciation Week is May 3rd - May 7th. We are fortunate at Pleasant Valley to have an AMAZING group of faculty and staff. We thank all of them for their hard work and dedication for making Pleasant Valley the best school in the District (in our opinion!!). It takes a big heart to shape little minds and Pleasant Valley teachers and staff consistently show how much they care for their students and the school.