Summer Message

an Update from Dr. Barbara A. Russell 8/11/2022

We're getting closer to the start of the new school year! Are you ready?


School starts for our students on August 29. In addition to the typical summer activities including the cleaning and maintenance of our buildings, classroom setups, and behind the scenes preparations by our front office staffs, we're starting to see students on campus as part of 2022-23 activities. The football team started their season with heat acclimation sessions this week, and the marching band initiated their rehearsals in the student parking lot of the high school. Next week, on Monday, August 15, all high school level PIAA fall sports officially begin.

Additional preparation for the new year is occurring by our administrative team as we invested time reviewing safety & security protocols. As a District, we have adopted the Standard Response Protocols (SRP) outlined by the I Love You Guys Foundation, which have been updated since we first implemented them. To learn more about our commitment to school safety, visit our webpage: Safety & Security.


Finally, I'd like to remind you of the Annual Online Verification (OLV) process that was released earlier this week on Tuesday, August 9. We encourage you to complete this process as OLV serves to assist us in ensuring that student demographic and family contact information are current in our system. It also provides us with an avenue to share Back-to-School information/flyers such as updated student handbooks and other pertinent information. See below for additional information as well as other reminders.


Stay safe and enjoy these last few weeks of summer!


Sincerely,

Dr. Barbara A. Russell

Superintendent

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Learn About:

  • Back to School 2022-23
  • 2022-23 Schedules and Class Assignments
  • Online Verification (OLV) in ParentVUE
  • Meal Pick Up
  • Free & Reduced Meal Program
  • Power Packs - Sign Up
  • Viking Academy, K-12
  • Summer Reading & Library Hours
  • Upcoming District Dates
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Back to School!

click for important dates and information for the 2022-23 School Year including Orientation and Meet the Teacher dates

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Schedules & Class Assignments

Student schedules and class assignments for the 2022-2023 School Year will be available in ParentVUE beginning Wednesday, August 17 @ noon.


*NOTE: Student schedules and class assignments will only be accessible if online verification (OLV) has been completed for the student. Learn more about OLV below. If OLV is not complete, student schedules and/or class assignments will not be accessible in ParentVUE until OLV is completed.


**If you need assistance accessing your ParentVUE account, please submit a help desk ticket to helpdesk@pvsd.org.

Online Verification (OLV) in ParentVUE

This year, we will once again administer all typical beginning of year forms electronically as part of the online verification (OLV) process in ParentVUE. This PAPERLESS process alleviates the need for the paper forms that are typically distributed during the first days of school. Plus, online verification serves to assist us in ensuring that student demographic and family contact information are current in our system. It also provides us with an avenue to share Back-to-School information/flyers such as updated student handbooks and other pertinent information. We truly appreciate your participation in this process.


Online verification became available in ParentVUE earlier this week on Tuesday, August 9.


Please note: Schedules and teacher Assignments will be viewable in ParentVUE on Wednesday, August 17 @ noon. However, the information will only be accessible if online verification (OLV) has been completed. OLV only needs to be completed by one parent/guardian (meaning, if both parents have an account, only one will need to complete the process for their student(s)).

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Meal Pick Up

The District continues to provide 5 free breakfasts and 5 free lunches for children ages 18 and under. Meals will be distributed to interested families at the bus circle of the high school (adjacent to the stadium) on Campus Dr as per the remaining dates/times below. (As a note, you do not need to enter the high school building to pick up your meals. Staff and/or volunteers will be present outside the main doors with ready-packed meals for pick up.)

  • Thursday, August 18, 11:00am-1:00pm or 4:00pm-6:00pm

There is no sign up or means of qualifying. We hope this continues to support those who are in need. Please do not hesitate to reach out to our Food Service department with any questions, byaksich@pvsd.org or kbalestra@pvsd.org.

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Free & Reduced Meal Program for the 2022-23 School Year

The federal funding to provide free meals expires with the start of 2022-23 school year. This means families will need to apply for the free or reduced school meals program if needed. Visit our food service webpage for information and to access the application. In the event you need assistance, do not hesitate to reach out to a representative of the Food Services department, see email contact information above.
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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.


Sign up for your child(ren) to receive a Power Packs bag by filling out this form: 2022-23 Power Packs or by emailing PowerPacks@pvsd.org.


If you would like to make a donation to Power Packs, please do so by sending a check to the District Office at 3 Iron Bridge Dr. Collegeville made out to PVSD and note Power Packs in the memo line or donate through PayPal. For PayPal the email to send a donation is donations@pvsd.org. Thank you for your support!

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Viking Academy K-12

Viking Academy is a customizable online learning experience for resident K-12 students. We offers high-quality instruction with flexibility and all the added benefits of a traditional PVSD education. We have both asynchronous and partially synchronous programs available for K-8 students and a fully asynchronous learning environment for 9-12th grade students.


More information regarding program offerings and frequently asked questions can be found on the Viking Academy webpage. If you’d like to connect with a Viking Academy administrator to answer questions or enroll your child, please reach out to:


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Summer Reading - 2 library sessions remaining!

We believe it is critical for students to foster positive reading habits in order to develop as lifelong learners. The district's Summer Reading Program encourages students to read high-interest, self-selected texts. After all, summer reading is a great opportunity for each student to explore personal interests, various genres, topics he/she wants to know more about while discovering his/her own "just right" books. Visit our website to learn more: Summer Reading Program.


In addition, we are excited to share that our libraries will be open to our families this summer! Students are welcome to visit and check out books. The remaining dates are posted to the right.

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Upcoming District Dates

Consult the District calendar for details regarding these upcoming activities.
  • Wednesday, August 17 - Schedules & Class Assignments accessible in ParentVUE - 12:00pm
    *Accessible only if OLV has been completed
  • Thursday, August 18 - Meal Pick-up @ HS bus circle - 11:00am-1:00pm or 4:00pm-6:00pm
  • Monday, August 22 - Busing Information available in ParentVUE - 12:00pm
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Having Tech Issues? See Below for Details

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

As a district, we are carefully considering the ways in which we communicate with our school community. We are curious to learn your thoughts regarding the Weekly Message, sent from the Office of the Superintendent, as well as District communications at large. Please use this form to share your thoughts: Communications Feedback.

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Safe2Say

In addition to encouraging our students to share questionable or concerning information with a trusted adult, students can submit an anonymous tip through the Safe2Say Program. Tips are typically related to a variety of challenges our students experience or witness, such as bullying, harassment, disrespectful language, safety concerns, etc. When a tip is received, the State (who runs Safe2Say) immediately follows up with the respective building administrator and the information is investigated.

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