PLEASANT VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL * * * October 17, 2021
Welcome to another edition of our Patriot Press
Dear Patriot Families,
We continue to work hard as a team to best serve our students academically and emotionally. We offer differentiated coursework during enhancement time and during Advisory we work with Second Step lessons that focus on coping skills. Middle school can be a stressful time for the students because they are trying to find an identity and they are physically changing so much. We have a space in our building called the Green Room that allows students the time and space to work through some emotional things and get back to class successfully. Our counselor is also a great resource for our students to work with.
We appreciate the opportunity to serve our Patriot Families. If you have questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.
- Levy, elections, and voter registration information
- 3-hour early release for conferences, Oct. 25-29, no Wednesday late start that week
- Picture retake day, Thursday Oct. 21st 1:00 pm
- Scholastic Book Fair 10/25-10/29
- PTA general membership meeting 6:30 p.m. 10/26 via Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85628506792?pwd=UGdPSDg5TjNLQ1A0Zy94cTRNN0o1dz09
- Healthy Youth Survey Nov.2nd
- Daylight savings ends November 7th, set clocks back an hour
- Aspire - highly capable learners referrals for testing - Deadline Dec.3rd
- Notes From the Nurse
- *NEW* COVID-19 Screening Flowchart
- From the District: COVID Cases and Safety Requirements
- Want to drive a school bus?
- Absence reporting
- Counselor's Corner
- Chromebook tech assistance
- Family Resource Center information
- October breakfast/lunch Menu
- Contact information
- District calendars and handbook
Levy information for November 2nd General Election
- The informational video below answers many questions regarding the levy.
Ballots will be mailed soon and must be returned to an authorized ballot drop box by 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 2nd. View elections information and ballot drop box locations on the Clark County website.
- Register online by Oct. 25. Residents can register to vote online up to 29 days before Election Day or in person up to 8 days before Election Day. Clark County voter registration information is online at https://clark.wa.gov/elections/registering-vote.
- Property tax exemptions available. Some senior and disabled homeowners may be eligible for a property tax exemption, based on income. Please call the Clark County Assessor’s Office at (564) 397-2391 for details.
Voter registration information
Clark County Elections office voter registration information may be viewed on the Clark County Elections webpage.
Register online by Oct. 25. Residents can register to vote online up to 29 days before Election Day or in person up to 8 days before Election Day. Clark County voter registration information is online at https://clark.wa.gov/elections/registering-vote.
3-hour early release Oct. 25-29, no Wednesday late start that week
Conferences are for all K-8 students, as well as high school students with a grade below 70% in any given class or by parent request. Your child’s teacher or school will reach out soon to schedule a conference. (If your high school child is scoring above 70% and you would like a conference, please contact the teacher).
In an attempt to limit the potential spread of illness and to accommodate families' busy schedules, all conferences this year will be completed by phone or Zoom. We look forward to partnering with you in finding success for your child.
Picture retake day October 21st 1:00 p.m.
If your student had photos taken and is getting retakes, they must bring their original photos with them and turn them in to Bell Studios when they have their new photo taken.
Scholastic Book Fair 10/25 -10/29, volunteers needed
The Scholastic book fair is coming to Pleasant Valley on Oct 25th! Every book sold helps raise funds for the school libraries. So come shop and find your student's next favorite book!
The book fair will be open Oct 25th thru Oct 29th, 12:30pm - 4pm each day. Hours may vary dependant upon the availability of volunteers. If you would like to volunteer visit the PTA website for more information.
PTA general membership meeting 10/26, and platinum award
Washington State PTA Recognizes Pleasant Valley PTA with the Platinum Membership Growth Award
Pleasant Valley PTA has recently been recognized by Washington State PTA as a Platinum Membership Growth Award recipient! PTAs are presented with this award for enrolling at least 20% more members this year compared to last year. That means our PTA is growing! Thank you to everyone who has become a member so far this year: YOU are the reason our PTA achieved this award! If you haven’t yet signed up for a 2021-2022 PTA membership, please consider joining today! By doing so, you are demonstrating your support for our PTA and all it does for Pleasant Valley Middle and Pleasant Valley Primary Schools!
General Membership Meeting:
we will have our PTA GM Meeting at 6:30 PM on 10/26 via zoom. Here is the link to the meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85628506792?pwd=UGdPSDg5TjNLQ1A0Zy94cTRNN0o1dz09
ASB Halloween costume contest - Friday 10/29
ASB will call grade levels down for costume judging during the day, and winners will be announced when they have been decided.
Healthy Youth Survey November 2nd
Payback book orders
Aspire - highly capable learners referrals for testing - Deadline December 3rd
Battle Ground Public Schools is accepting referrals to test students for its highly capable Aspire program. Aspire is designed for students in grades K – 12 who perform or show the potential for performing at significantly advanced academic levels as demonstrated by one or more of the multiple criteria specified by the state (WAC 392-170-035).
Referral packets are due by the first Friday in December each year; this year referrals are due by December 3rd. Testing takes place in January. Identified students will receive services the following school year. Parents who submit the student referral packet by the December deadline will be notified of the date and time the testing will occur at their student’s school. Referral packets are available at the student’s school office or on the BGPS website. For more information about the Aspire program, please see the BGPS website or contact (360) 885-5426.
Notes from the Nurse
Hello Pleasant Valley Middle School students and families.
We are sharing the new Symptom Tree to familiarize yourselves with. As always, this is approved at the Clark County Public Health level and then rolled out to districts. When Ms. Muir (CARES room attendant) or a nurse calls you with timelines that your student needs to be out, this is the guidance form we are using. One change is the single symptom, the "Blue Box" symptom. If your child has only one of these symptoms and gets better in less than 24 hours and there is no fever within the past 24 hours (without medication) your child can return to school. We continue to ask you to keep your student home if they are ill.
Nancy Boldt, BSN, RN
*NEW* COVID-19 Screening Flowchart (Symptom Tree)
We have been notified of some changes to the COVID-19 requirements for when a student must isolate or test before returning to school. A new, state-developed flowchart for the screening of COVID-19 symptoms is available online. The new flowchart distinguishes between more severe symptoms and those that are less severe, which should reduce the number of students asked to isolate. Certain types of symptoms require self-isolating for 24 hours if symptoms resolve, and others require a negative COVID-19 test to return to school, or a longer self-isolation while waiting for symptoms to resolve.
From the District: COVID Cases and Safety Requirements
The district posts information about confirmed and likely cases in schools on a COVID-19 dashboard.
- Please keep your child home if they are running a fever or experiencing other symptoms of illness. See our Health and Attendance brochure and the COVID-19 Student Symptom Flow Chart for more information.
- The state Department of Health is requiring all people, regardless of vaccination status, to wear masks indoors at school and on school buses. There are a few exceptions for people with medical and developmental conditions or a disability that prevent them from wearing a mask.
- Schools will maintain at least 3 feet of physical distance between students in classrooms to the degree possible and reasonable, and 6 feet elsewhere to the degree possible and reasonable without limiting the district’s ability to serve all students.
- For the purposes of contact tracing in classrooms, close contacts are those who are within 3 feet of a person who is positive for COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes in a 24-hour period. In other school spaces, the close contact distance is within 6 feet of a positive person.
- Students who are fully vaccinated and identified as a close contact will not have to quarantine unless they are symptomatic.
Bus route changes
Want to drive a school bus?
As you may have heard, school districts across much of the area continue to face a shortage of bus drivers. First Student is hiring qualified bus drivers, offering hiring bonuses starting at $1,500. For more information or to apply, visit the First Student career page for details, job fair times, and to apply.
- It is important that student absences are reported to the school office within three school days of their return to school. Parents/guardians may send a note to the school office, call, email, or excuse in Skyward Family Access attendance screen.
- To be excused, absences for reasons not on the district-approved list of excused absences (such as being out of town, vacation, tournaments, family time) must be arranged before the student will be gone to allow teachers time to give them make up work and avoid missing anything important.
- Some absence reasons may not be entered as an excused absence even if a parent/guardian notifies the office, as they are not on the list of approved absence reasons. We will note that we had parent/guardian contact and the absence reason. Examples of these are: Oversleeping, missing the bus, babysitting, needed at home, stopping at the store, haircut appointment etc.
- Please see pages 1 and 2 of section 1 in the district Parent/Student Handbook for a list of excused reasons and other attendance information. Handbooks are linked at the bottom of this newsletter; English, Russian and Spanish versions are available.
PVM attendance line: 360-885-5512
PVM office: 360-885-5500
PVM office email: email@example.com
Or through Skyward Family Access, attendance tab, report an absence.
Hello Pleasant Valley Middle School Families,
There are great resources available for social-emotional support via the Battle Ground Public Schools website. On the district page there are links that lead you to more information for different topics. Here is the link to our school district's page: Social Emotional Supports
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is also a great resource: NAMI
SOS Supports information
During this challenging year, school staff are working to teach students about mental health and how to seek help if they are worried about themselves or a friend. We continue to use a program called SOS Signs of Suicide for 7th and 8th grade students. The program teaches students about this difficult topic and encourages them to seek help.
SOS has been used by thousands of schools over the past few decades. Studies have shown that it effectively teaches students about depression and suicide while reducing the number of students’ self-reported suicide attempts.
Read more by following the links below:
Family and Community Resource Center
Battle Ground Public Schools’ Family and Community Resource Center (FCRC) helps meet the needs of families faced with housing instability and similar economic challenges.
While a main goal of the FCRC is to assist families experiencing housing instability, it can also help connect families with many other types of resources and is intended to respond to the changing needs of the community.
The FCRC is a continuation of the district’s joint efforts with the Battle Ground Education Foundation, an all-volunteer, nonprofit community organization whose purpose is to leverage community resources to help maintain quality education for all students in Battle Ground schools.
The Family Resource Guide is full of contacts to aid families in connecting with agencies who are able to help with a great variety of needs. Please click the link below to view this helpful guide.
(click below to be redirected to the FCRC page)
All Battle Ground Public Schools students can eat breakfast and/or lunch at school for FREE this year, thanks to an extension of the USDA School Lunch program through June, 2022.
NOTE: Families should still apply for Free or Reduced meal benefits. Those who qualify may be eligible for decreased school fees. To learn more and to apply, visit https://www.battlegroundps.org/free-and-reduced/.
PLEASANT VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL MISSION
We believe ALL students can experience academic and personal growth.
PLEASANT VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL
Absence reporting: 360-885-5512
District office switchboard: 360-885-5300
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October 17, 2021