West Word

A Weekly Update from Perkiomen Valley Middle School West

A Word from Mr. Creeden

I hope this newsletter finds you and your family doing well and staying healthy. Thank you for your continued support and flexibility during these very different times. You are and continue to be a significant partner with us in your child's educational journey. We are so excited to welcome our 8th grade students back to West this week. Below you will find some hybrid reminders as well as additional info of exciting happenings at West.

Quick Snapshot

  • Half-Day Wednesday October 21st
  • Hybrid Reminders
  • ParentVUE Reminders & Tips
  • Bully Prevention Week Next Week @ West
  • Middle School Sports Update
  • Picture Day Info
  • Counselor Corner
  • Nurse Notes
  • West Home & School Update
  • Technology Help
  • Drop-Off Table At West
  • PV West on Social Media
  • First Day Packet Info
  • Weeks At-A Glance
  • Have a Wonderful Weekend!

Half-Day Wednesday October 21st

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Hybrid Reminders

ParentVUE Reminders & Tips

ParentVUE is our new parent portal replacing Home Access Center. Using ParentVUE, you will be able to view student schedules/teacher assignments, see your child's team assignment, submit attendance, check grades, update contact information and more. Watch the brief video below for an overview. For even more information on ParentVUE go to https://sites.google.com/a/pvsd.org/district/parents/parentvue
PVSD ParentVUE Overview

Bully Prevention Week Next Week @ West

As a school will be recognizing bully prevention month this month in a few different ways:

  • Bully prevention messages will be shared on our West social media accounts throughout the week. See below for information on our social media accounts.
  • Discussing bully prevention with all students in advisory period during the week of October 19th.
  • Celebrating Unity Day on Wednesday October 21st by wearing Orange. Students who are virtual on 10/21 are encouraged to submit photos of themselves wearing orange to the following Google Folder. For more information about Unity Day 2020 visit https://www.pacer.org/bullying/nbpm/unity-day.asp.
  • Each student signing a pledge when students are in-person during the week of October 19th or when they return in person at a later date.

Middle School Sports Update

In-person athletes arriving in the morning will enter the building and store their equipment in the locker rooms for the school day.

Starting Monday there will be a practice bus leaving West at 2:35 to take in-person students to East for practices. During away games, there will be a separate West bus taking students to their games. Seventh and eighth graders participating virtually will be dismissed at 2:00 from class to get to their school and get a temp check. They should be dressed and ready to go before dismissal. Students participating in-person will be dismissed at 2:15 from class for dress and temp check.

Social distancing and safety guidelines will be monitored and followed as students dress and prepare for their competitions.

Picture Day Info

Picture Days at West will occur on the following dates. Even if you choose not to purchase a picture package we are encouraging all students to get their picture taken for our West yearbook.

November 10, 2020 - Hybrid Group 1

November 10, 2020, 3pm-5pm (A-K) Virtual Students

November 12, 2020 - Hybrid Group 2

November 12, 2020, 3pm-5pm (L-Z) Virtual Students

Showstopper Photography will have contactless ordering this year. Be on the lookout for an online order link coming soon!

Counselor Corner

A video was created by one of our West counselors, Kristin Hildreth, for parents about coping mechanisms for parents and students as we are going through the pandemic. You can see the video at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xrAQo8LYFGEbk5UCAnGhzN_wr7sXcIoQ/view?ts=5f80786d. The video will also be publicized on the district youtube channel.

Nurse Notes


Efforts to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 have led to many children not receiving routine preventative medical services. It is vital that all children receive recommended vaccinations on time and get caught up if they are behind as a result of the pandemic. Routine vaccination prevents illnesses that lead to unnecessary medical visits, additional outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases, hospitalizations, and further strain on schools, families, and health care systems.

At this time, all Perkiomen Valley students must be compliant with the state vaccine mandates or risk exclusion to school on November 8, 2020. If your child requires vaccines, you have received an email communication from the nurse

Also, Mrs. Lind is accepting 6th grade physicals, and 7th grade dental exams. These forms can be turned in to the office, or scanned and emailed to Mrs. Lind at clind@pvsd.org. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this, please don't hesitate to contact Mrs. Lind by calling 484-977-7210 extension 4. Please stay healthy and well!

West Home & School Update

PV West Home and School News

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Please visit our Home and School page for further details at


2. Next Home & School meeting is October 20 at 7pm via Zoom. All parents are welcome to attend. Please email PVMSWestHS@gmail.com if interested in attending.

Technology Help

It is expected that students come to school with a fully charged Chromebook. Students need to bring their Chromebook and charger to school every day. Students will be able to charge their Chromebook at designated times during the school day if it is running low on power.

Email for Tech help, helpdesk@pvsd.org

Tech Support Zoom Room (Available 7:30 am to 3:30 pm, M-F)


Drop-Off Table at West

There will be a table for parents to drop off items (lunches, Chromebooks, supplies, etc.) for your child. The table will be located in our front vestibule at the main entrance. When you arrive at the main entrance to drop off an item please ring the bell, inform our secretaries that you are dropping off and item, and place it on the table. Our office staff will deliver it to your child as soon as possible. Please make sure any items being dropped are labeled with the students name and grade.

PV West on Social Media

We would love to have you join our social media accounts to stay updated on the latest West news and happenings. Please see below on where to find each of our accounts.

First Day Packet Info

This year’s First Day Packet materials are being shared online. You can get to First Day Packets by going to PVSD website, select Parents and then select First Day Packets. Click on the folder that is for your child’s level. There are several forms that must be completed and returned to school. Those forms are:

  • Limerick letter/authorization form
  • Health Emergency Information from
  • Symptom Monitoring Acknowledgement form

You may return theses forms in any of the following ways:

  • Download, print, fill out the form and mail it to your child’s school
  • Download, print and fill out the form, take a picture of it, and email it to your child’s building secretary (see emails below)
  • Download, print and fill out the form, scan it, and email it to your child’s building secretary (see emails below)

Evergreen: dharp@pvsd.org

Schwenksville: wledford@pvsd.org

Skippack: pjacobson@pvsd.org

South: kajones@pvsd.org

PVMS East: dimelville@pvsd.org

PVMS West: csitron@pvsd.org

PVHS: nvenezia@pvsd.org

There is an optional publicity refusal form to complete - this only needs to be submitted if you do not want your child’s image used for publicity purposes in the coming school year. A student accident insurance form is also available and optional.

Weeks At A Glance

October 19 & 20 - 6th/8th grades Hybrid Group 1 (last name A - K) on-site

October 21, 22, & 23 - 6th/8th grades Hybrid Group 2 (last name L - Z) on-site

October 21 - 1/2 day in-service, dismissal at 11:30; Unity Day (Wear Orange)

October 26, 27, & 28 - 6th/8th grades Hybrid Group 1 (last name A - K) on-site

October 29 & 30 - 6th/8th grades Hybrid Group 2 (last name L - Z) on-site

November 1 - Daylight savings time ends

November 2 - 6th/8th grades Hybrid Group 1 (last name A - K) on-site

November 3 - Election Day - all instruction will take place remotely

November 4, 5, & 6 - 6th/8th grades Hybrid Group 2 (last name L - Z) on-site

November 10 - Picture Day for Hybrid/Virtual Students in Group 1 (A-K)

November 12 - Picture Day for Hybrid/Virtual Students in Group 2 (L-Z)