PATRIOT PRESS

PLEASANT VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL

PRINCIPAL'S CORNER

Hello PVM Community,


As we move into late November we would like to wish you all a happy Thanksgiving. We hope you all have a chance to spend some time with family and friends. We as a staff are proud to be working with such a tremendous community that is involved in the school process. Thank you all.



Mr. Maloney, Principal PVM

November Happenings

  • November 6th, 13th, and 20th

Late start Wednesdays for November

  • November 6th-22nd
ASB popcorn fundraiser, orders due 11/22
  • November 17th
PV PTA MOD Pizza fundraiser RSVP HERE
  • November 23rd
PV PTA Holiday Bazaar 9am - 4pm PVM gym
  • November 27-29th
Thanksgiving break - no school

PTA MOD PIZZA FUNDRAISER IS TODAY! 11/17 (Hazel Dell location)

Be sure to treat yourself to MOD pizza and support our PTA at the same time (Hazel Dell location only). PV PTA gets 20 percent of all sales for Sunday, 11/17! Be sure to mention that you are part of the Pleasant Valley PTA fundraiser when paying for your meal. PTA helps fund many activities and needed items for students and staff at PV. Thank you for your support.

Celebration Time!

Recipients of a Patriot Pride award are entered in a drawing each month to win lunch with the principals. They get to choose a friend to join them for lunch. Students earn a PRIDE award by going above and beyond, exhibiting behaviors that are Positive, Responsible, show Integrity, Dependable, and show Effort. Winners of Pizza with the Principals for the month of October, who enjoyed lunch with their friends on November 8th, were:


Caleb Cave/Michael Rovig, Julian Tavira Hernandez/Parker Rice, Angela Shalukhin/Skylar Faller, and Amelia DeMoss/Kira Wilson.


Great job to all students who received a PRIDE award. You are amazing and a large part of what makes Pleasant Valley great!


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Soaptacular Socktoberfest

We collected over 1,000 clothing and personal hygiene items during Soaptacular Socktoberfest! Pace's team dominated the field. All items will be donated to the Family and Community Resource Center this week. Thank you so much to all who donated! If you have items collected that did not get sent in, go ahead and send them to school and we will make sure they get to the resource center to benefit those in need in our community.

UPCOMING EVENTS

ASB Popcorn Sales

Popcorn sales are happening now! Students are winning prizes every day for sales. Support ASB and enjoy a delicious treat, buy gourmet popcorn from one of our students. There are many flavors to choose from, you are sure to find one you love. Popcorn orders are due NOVEMBER 22ND!


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PV PTA Holiday Bazaar

Get into the spirit of giving at our PTA Holiday Bazaar. The Pleasant Valley PTA is proud to bring back this previously annual event. There will be vendors of all types present selling a variety of items from handmade goods to direct sales product lines. There will be food for purchase and a face painting booth! Join us for a day full of fun and festivity.

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Battle Ground Schools Patron Tour

Battle Ground Public Schools invited the community to get an inside look at our schools on Thursday, Nov. 14. On the Discover BGPS tour guests saw activities and learning at Prairie High, Pleasant Valley Primary and Middle schools, and enjoyed a lunch prepared by PHS culinary program students. Below are a few photos of our student and staff tour guides showing guests around PVM.

HEAR YE, HEAR YE, ANNOUNCEMENTS

2019/2020 HIV/STD Curriculum Opt Out Information

The opt-out policies for both HIV/AIDS Prevention and Human Growth/Development curricula have changed. Families are now required to opt out each child in their family every year...opt-outs are no longer "good for life" nor does an opt-out for one child "cover the whole family" as they have in the past. Parents will need to go online at battlegroundps.org to view the curriculum and opt-out their child/children online using the Google Form.


Aspire Highly Capable Learners, Testing Referrals


Aspire Program for Highly Capable Learners

Battle Ground Public Schools is accepting referrals to test students for its highly capable Aspire program. Referral packets are due by December 6, 2019. Aspire is designed for students in grades K-12 who perform or show potential for performing at significantly advanced academic levels as demonstrated by one or more of the multiple criteria specified by the state (WAC 392-127-035).

Testing takes place in January and February for grades 1-11 and March for kindergartners. Identified students will receive services beginning next school year, 2020-2021. Parents who submit the student referral packet by December 6 will be notified by mail of the time and dates testing will occur at their school. Referral packets are available at the child’s school office or on the BGSD website. For more information about the Aspire program, please contact (360) 885-5426.

McCann's Memos - words from our counselor

Parents of 7th and 8th graders,


I'd like to inform you about the College Bound Scholarship. This scholarship can cover up to 4 years tuition at almost any school in the state of Washington! It really is the simplest scholarship students can apply for.

If your student was eligible for Free or Reduced price lunch any time during their 7th or 8th grade year, then they are eligible to apply.


Applications and information fliers are available online at: http://www.readysetgrad.org/college/college-bound-scholarship-program. You can apply online (click on "Apply Here!"), then print and sign the application. Ask your child if they received an application. I would like to have them returned by December 2nd. Have your student bring the signed form to Mrs. McCann and I will mail it in.


The College Bound Scholarship program is an early commitment of state financial aid to eligible students who sign up in middle school and fulfill the scholarship pledge. The scholarship is a state-funded program administered by the Washington Student Achievement Council.


Eligibility information:

Washington State 7th and 8th grade students may apply for College Bound if they meet one of the following requirements at ANY TIME DURING THEIR 7TH OR 8TH GRADE YEAR.:

    • During 7th or 8th grade, household income from all sources (taxable and nontaxable) is less than or equal to the amounts on the chart.
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  • Student is currently in foster care or a dependent of the state.
  • Student’s family receives basic food/TANF benefits.


Please call or email me with questions.


Amanda McCann

mccann.amanda@battlegroundps.org

FROM THE NURSE

Hello parents and students.


November is Diabetes Awareness Month. World Diabetes Day is celebrated on November 14th to raise awareness of both Type I and Type II diabetes. This poster helps us understand what Type I diabetes is and what it isn't. Perhaps someone you know has diabetes......

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Nancy Boldt, BSN, RN School Nurse

Playground equipment donations

Do you have any lonely soccer/tennis/playground/volley/basket/footballs laying about taking up space in your garage? We would love to have them here at PVM for our kids to use at recess! Please drop any sports ball donations off at the PVM office. Thank you!

Spirit Wear Ordering

PLEASANT VALLEY SPIRIT WEAR


No need to wait to show your PV spirit, Pleasant Valley spirit wear is available all year! This year there will be a different coupon every month. The new spirit wear fliers are available at school, and show upcoming coupon specials on the back. You can order online any time at: www.pleasantvalleyspiritwear.com.

A part of the proceeds go to our wonderful PV PTA to support students and staff at Pleasant Valley.

Spiritwear Thanksgiving SALE!!!

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OFFICE INFORMATION

Hello from the PVM office!


Chilly weather is just around the corner. It is always a good idea to look at your plans in case of a weather-related school delay or closure.


Inclement weather and emergency information:


BGPS sends out parent/guardian phone calls and emails to notify families of unplanned school closures. You may also call the BGPS information line for information on weather/emergency delays and closures.


Information Line: (360) 885-5343 (Updated by 6:00 a.m. on impacted days).


Please use the link below to visit our Weather/Emergency Closures page on the BGPS website for more detailed information about snow bus routes, school late-start times, how we keep you notified of weather or emergency closures, and more.


Weather/Emergency Closures


It is important that we have your current contact information in Skyward, as that is where our system draws data from in order to send out phone calls and emails.


Updating contact/emergency contact information:


Please be sure to update Skyward with any contact information changes. Paper forms sent home for "emergency early release" information are NOT used to update Skyward, that must be done online. Please complete the 2019/2020 Skyward Update if you have not already done so.


You can access the skyward log in page HERE.


Thank you!

ATTENDANCE NOTES

We understand it can be very difficult to avoid taking your child out of school for part of a day for appointments, or missing a day due to illness. Students are more successful at school when they attend regularly. We encourage you to try to plan appointments or vacation to avoid being out of school as much as possible.


Important Attendance Information

* Absences must be excused by a parent/guardian within three (3) school days of returning from the absence. You may excuse absences by note, calling the office, skyward absence report, or email. The excuse should be dated, signed, and include the student first and last names, the date(s) of the absence, and reason for the absence.


* Absences for reasons not on the district-approved list must be arranged ahead of time and approved by the principal. Please email/call/send a note to the office at least two (2) days prior to the absence so we can help students avoid missing anything important. This would be for such things as vacation or out of town sports tournaments.


* Absences for illness that are five (5) days or more will require a doctor note upon return.


PVM absence reporting line is: 360-885-5512

Office phone is: 360-885-5500


The district handbook, with attendance and other important information, was sent home the first day of school, and can be found on the district website at: www.battlegroundps.org


Valid reasons for excused absences include:


* Participation in school approved activities or instructional program

* Illness, health conditions, or medical appointment

* Family emergencies

* Principal or designee and parent/legal guardian, or emancipated youth mutually agreed upon approved activity

* Observance of religious or cultural holidays

* Court, judicial proceeding, or serving on a jury

* Post-secondary, technical school or apprenticeship program visitation or scholarship interview

* Absences directly related to the student's homeless status

* Absences related to deployment activities of a parent or legal guardian

* State-recognized search and rescue activities consistent with RCW 28A.225.055

* Absences resulting from a disciplinary /corrective action

PLEASANT VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL MISSION

Every student at Pleasant Valley Middle School is known by name, strength, and need.
We believe ALL students can experience academic and personal growth.
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PLEASANT VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL

Attendance line: 360-885-5512

Office: 360-885-5500

Fax: 360-885-5510

PV PTA

Battle Ground School District Calendars 2019-2020 School Year

BATTLE GROUND STUDENT AND FAMILY HANDBOOK

VOLUNTEERS AND CHAPERONES

We love to have parents and guardians volunteer and come as chaperones on school outings. We do require a background check in order to work with or supervise students in the Battle Ground school district.


The application is online, though, we do need to get a copy of your driver's license at the school office in order to process the background check. Click the link below for more information and to apply.


Once approved, the clearance is good for two (2) years.


We encourage you to get cleared now, as the process can take 7 -10 days and is not always possible to complete in time if you wish to chaperone on a field trip with your child's class at the last minute. Thank you so much for spending time here helping at PVM!

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The Battle Ground Public Schools provides equal opportunity in programs and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin/language, creed/religion, sex, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a service animal by a person with a disability, age, marital status, honorably discharged veteran or military status, HIV/Hepatitis C status. The district provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Contact the following regarding questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Tom Adams, Director of Student Services, adams.tom@battlegroundps.org , Title IX Compliance Officer, 360.885.5415; Shelly Whitten, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, whitten.shelly@battlegroundps.org , Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator/Section 504/ADA Coordinator, 360.885.5360; or a letter may be submitted to the designated coordinator at the Battle Ground Public Schools, PO Box 200, Battle Ground, WA 98604

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November 17, 2019

Issue #5