Evergreen Express


A Message from Mrs. Franciosa...

Hello Evergreen Families,

Our Evergreen staff would like to wish Mr. John Frymire, one of the members of our exceptional custodial team, a very happy retirement. Mr. Frymire has been at Evergreen for many years and we all will miss his kind words and his love of Evergreen. We know he will love spending more time with his wonderful family and cheering on the Philadelphia sports teams, especially the Eagles! Best wishes on your retirement--you will be missed by all.

Thank you to all the volunteers who organized and ran the various stations at Winterfest and thank you to all the door decorating volunteers. Our Winterfest was a lot of fun and the doors throughout the building are outstanding! We were thrilled to have so many families join us for the Winterfest event.

Trimester 1 Report Cards will be available in ParentVUE on Monday, December 12 at noon (12/12 at 12!!).

Also on Monday, our 9 Wild Winter Spirit Days begin. More information can be found further down in the newsletter.

In this newsletter you can find more information about:

  • 9 Wild Winter Spirit Days
  • Report Card Information
  • Winterfest Pictures
  • Girls On The Run (Grades 3-5)
  • Variety Show Information & Registration Link
  • What's Happening in Kindergarten
  • What's Happening in Health & Wellness
  • Message from Mrs. McOwen
  • New Winter Coats Available

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." --Nelson Mandela

Have a terrific weekend!

Sharon Franciosa

Principal, Evergreen Elementary School

Thank you for all you've done for Evergreen, Mr. Frymire! Enjoy your retirement!

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Week of December 12, 2022 (9 Wild Winter Spirit Days Begin on 12/12)

  • Monday, December 12th: E Day
  • Tuesday, December 13th: F Day
  • Wednesday, December 14th: A Day
  • Thursday, December 15th: B Day
  • Friday, December 16th: C Day

EV Spirit Days: "The 9 Wild Winter Spirit Days"

Our next Spirit Weeks are coming up from Monday, December 12th through Thursday, December 22nd. Please see below for details:

  • Monday, December 12th: Flannel Day: wear your favorite warm flannel shirt
  • Tuesday, December 13th: Winter or a Winter Holiday Hat Day (headbands, etc.)
  • Wednesday, December 14th: Warm Wacky Sock Day
  • Thursday, December 15th: Slippers Day
  • Friday, December 16th: National Ugly Sweater Day: wear your ugliest winter or winter holiday sweater/sweatshirt
  • Monday, December 19th: Festive Monday: wear your festive clothing for winter or a winter holiday (shirts, socks, sweaters, hats, headbands, etc. No pajamas, please.)
  • Tuesday, December 20th: Winter Sports Day: wear your favorite shirt/jersey or colors of your favorite winter sports team
  • Wednesday, December 21st: First Day of Winter: let's welcome winter by dressing like a snowman--wear white, a hat, a scarf, etc.
  • Thursday, December 22nd: Snooze Day: wear your school appropriate pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed animal to school

Important Upcoming Dates

  • December 12th: Elementary report cards open in ParentVUE at noon
  • December 23rd-January 2nd: Winter Break
  • January 11th: Band & Orchestra Concert at 6pm at Middle School East
  • January 16th: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day--No School
  • January 19th: Home & School Meeting
  • January 25th: Early Dismissal (12:10pm)

Report Card Information

Trimester 1 elementary report cards will be available to view in ParentVUE on Monday, December 12th at 12:00 PM.

  • Kindergarten Report Cards - Kindergarten students do not receive grades in special area classes during the Kindergarten school year.
  • Xs mean an anchor standard was not addressed during the trimester or there is not enough data to assess a student.
  • If you have trouble accessing your child's report card ParentVUE, please contact the help desk via email (helpdesk@pvsd.org).

Having fun at winterfest 2022!

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"Girls on the Run" Registration is Open

We're happy to let you know that Girls on the Run is returning to Evergreen again this school year!

  • Registration is open through December 12th (www.gotrpa.org)
  • The season will begin on February 28th and will run for 10 weeks. Practices will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school at Evergreen until 5pm
  • There are currently 3 volunteer coaches, but 1-2 additional coaches would be very helpful

Girls on the Run is for Grades 3-5. It inspires girls of all abilities to recognize their individual strengths, while building a sense of connection in a team setting. Volunteer coaches facilitate lessons that blend physical activity with life skill development. At the end of the season, the team completes a 5K together, which provides a tangible sense of accomplishment and sets a confident mindset into motion.

Financial aid is available through Girls on the Run and local company, Poka-Yoke Solutions, is also committed to sponsor if a girl would like to join but needs assistance. There is also a payment plan available at check-out.

For any questions that aren't answered on the website or if you'd like to volunteer to help coach (it guarantees your girl a spot and offers up to 45 CEU credits for teachers!) please email erica@ericaq.com

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Variety Show Registration Information

We are excited to announce that it's once again time to register your child/children for the annual Evergreen Variety Show! Students have the opportunity work alongside grade level peers and adult volunteers to learn a fun and easy dance routine during evening rehearsals from January to April.

Want to learn more? Please see the flyer below.

Want to register? Please click HERE.

K is for Kindergarten

Holidays Around the World - This month our awesome Kindergarteners are learning about Holidays Around the World. The students are traveling to many different countries to discover each country’s special holiday traditions and are filling out their travel journals. During the week, we learn about where each country is located on a map, what each country’s flag looks like and the symbols that represent each country’s holidays. We are having so much fun reading about all of these unique traditions and are sharing our own special traditions with each other. So far in our travels, we have visited Holland, Mexico, Sweden, India and Germany. We are also enjoying reading many books filled with holiday themes, friendship and kindness. Some of the books are Binny’s Diwali, My Friends, Hanna’s Christmas, Latke the Lucky Dog, The Gingerbread Baby, Gingerbread Mouse, How to Catch Santa and Kevin’s Kwanza.

This month we will learn facts about reindeer. We are reading several fiction and non-fiction books related to this topic such as Reindeer Facts, The Littlest Reindeer and How to Catch a Reindeer. We know the students will have so much fun sharing ways that they would catch a reindeer.

Math - In math we continue to work on our number formation and identification. The kindergarteners are learning the tricky teen numbers, addition, tallies, base ten blocks and counting by 1’s, 5’s and 10’s to 100.

Language Arts - This month, we will continue listening for beginning, middle and ending sounds in words. We are also practicing listening for rhyming words, counting syllables and tapping out words in our writing and reading. The Kindergarten students have been working very hard on learning their high frequency words and have enjoyed singing our high frequency word songs. At our independent reading center, students go on high frequency word hunts where they find their words in the books that they are reading. The students visit four centers throughout the week: writing, independent reading, math and creative arts.

Looking Ahead - In January, we will be learning about winter, animals and hibernation. The Kindergarteners will sing songs, write journal entries and read many fiction and non-fiction books related to these topics. Some of the books will be Hibernation Station, Bear Snores On, Snack, Snooze, Skedaddle and A Little Bit of Winter.

We are looking forward to a wonderful winter of learning ahead!

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Health & Wellness with Mrs. Christie

The focus for health and wellness lessons during the month of November was Gratitude. In an effort to help students understand the simplicity and benefits of being grateful on a daily basis, we created Evergreen’s first annual Gratitude Tree.

During class, students read the Gratitude Tree (link here), a beautiful story of how taking the time to think about and be grateful for the little things in life and the big things in life can bring us joy. In doing so, we develop a sense of gratitude which ultimately leads to a sense of happiness. Happiness is an important part of being healthy.

After reading the story, each student and staff member in the school decorated and created one leaf listing three things they are grateful for to place on the Gratitude Tree located at the end of the main hallway on the first floor. As a bonus activity, the fifth graders and some of the fourth graders were able to assist their first-grade buddies in creating and placing their leaves on the tree. It was a beautiful sight to see how seriously the older students took this task and how genuinely helpful they were to their buddies.

A Reminder from Mrs. McOwen

How Sick is Too Sick for School?

As you may have noticed the cold and flu season are off to an early start this school year with many in our school community being impacted.

While there are fewer severe COVID occurrences, RSV and Influenza (FLU) cases are surging with hospitals across the country reaching a concerning point.

Below are reminders of policy and procedure to follow if your child is ill.

  • If your student becomes ill at school they must report to the nurse. Safety dictates that students not go to the bathroom to deal with an illness on their own.

  • A parent/guardian or emergency contact will be called by the nurse if the nurse determines the student is too ill to remain in school, has a temperature of 100.0 degrees or more, has vomited or has diarrhea.

  • It is recommended that a parent or designee pick up a sick or ill student within an hour of being notified by the nurse.

  • The student must be fever free for 24 hours without the use of medications (i.e. Tylenol or Advil), and 24 hours without vomiting or diarrhea before returning to school.

  • For specific identified infectious diseases, students will be excluded from school according to the Office of Public Health guidelines.

  • Students are not permitted to carry any medications in school. All medication, including over the counter medications, must have a physician order and brought to the nurse’s office for dispensing.

  • Please continue to teach your student to use tissues, and to cover their sneeze/ cough along with hand washing and the use of hand sanitizers may help reduce the risk of illness.

Thank you for your support and assistance with these health procedures.

New Winter Coats Available

Winter is on its way! If you are in need of a new coat for your child, please reach out to our school counselors, Mrs. Turner (last names A-K) or Mrs. Shearer (last names L-Z). They would be happy to get you connected with one, no questions asked.

Mrs. Turner: mturner@pvsd.org

Mrs. Shearer: lshearer@pvsd.org

Dismissal Change

If you need to make an unexpected dismissal change during the day, please contact the main office via telephone (610-409-9751) by 2:30pm, if possible.
Volunteer Clearances

Click on this button to learn about clearances for volunteering.

PV Food Service Webpage

Click on this button to find menus, free/reduced information, School Cafe accounts, etc.

Community Bulletin Board Page

Want to find out what's going on in the PV Community? Click on this button for flyers about upcoming events in and around our area! To submit an event for posting, please send a PDF version of your flyer to webmaster@pvsd.org for review.

22-23 District & Instructional Calendars

Please click on this button to find the monthly district event calendars and the 22-23 district instructional calendar

PV 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.

For more information regarding how to receive a Power Pack for your child or to make donations to the Power Packs program, click here: https://www.pvsd.org/families/pv-power-packs/

Powerpacks Application (Spanish)

Flexible Instructional Days (FID) in 22-23

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) approved the use of Flexible Instructional Days (FID) as an alternate form of instruction in response to inclement weather or other emergencies. On a FID day, instruction will be virtual. FID assist schools in meeting the required 180 student days. PA Schools may use up to five (5) FID per school year - in PVSD, we will utilize FID when all 3 inclement weather days built into the district calendar are used.

For more information and and the elementary FID schedule, CLICK HERE.

Having Tech Issues?

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

Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has instituted a new government benefit, the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). This benefit provides eligible households with a discount on internet services. For details, visit: www.GetMyInternet.org.

Evergreen Attendance Line

If your child is going to be absent please be sure to call or email the Evergreen attendance line. It may be helpful to save the phone number and email address in your cell phone.

Call: 610-409-9751 and press #1

Email: EVAttendance@pvsd.org

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