West Word

A Weekly Update from Perkiomen Valley Middle School West

A Word from Mr. Creeden

Happy October! This week concludes our first week of seeing our 6th grade students here at West and it has been a great success. We couldn't be happier to welcome them and we hope some nerves have been calmed as they were able to see the building, their friends, and their teachers in person. There are some additional reminders I want to share with you in the newsletter about our hybrid model moving forward and some other information that would be great to know.

Quick Snapshot

  • Hybrid Schedule At-A-Glance
  • Half-Day Schedule for 10/7
  • Hybrid Reminders
  • Drop-Off Table at West
  • Student Drop-Off for Sports
  • West Home & School Highlight
  • PV West on Social Media
  • First Day Packet Info
  • Attendance Info
  • Weeks At-A Glance
  • Have A Great Weekend!

Hybrid Schedule At A Glance

Half-Day Schedule for 10/7

Big picture

Hybrid Reminders

Health & Safety

Please review the ‘Symptom Monitoring Acknowledge’ form. It is important to ensure that your student is symptom free each day that you send your child to school. You may always keep your child home and have them attend school virtually. Your child will still be marked ‘present’. If you are doing so please contact our attendance secretary, Brenda Continelli, at bcontinelli@pvsd.org so we are aware for accountability purposes.


Symptom Monitoring Acknowledgement Form


If you have traveled, or plan to travel, to an area where there are high amounts of COVID-19 cases, it is recommended that you stay at home for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania. Please see the following list of states at https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Travelers.aspx where it is recommended to quarantine upon return.


Any request for a student participating in the hybrid model to stay and home and participate virtually for a day or longer should contact Brenda at bcontinelli@pvsd.org at least 24 hours in advance for accountability purposes.


Wearing Masks

All students must wear a face covering for most of the time and uphold our protocol which you can find here. There are some times when masks may be removed. Those include when students/staff are:

  • Eating or drinking when spaced at least six feet apart; or

  • At least 6 feet apart during “face-covering breaks” to last no longer than 10 minutes; or

  • When wearing a face covering creates an unsafe condition in which to operate equipment or execute a task.


Transportation

Each day the school bus will be going to every stop regardless of whether it is a Group 1 or 2 day, so it is important that your student knows if it is their particular day to ride the bus. Students will need to return home if they arrive on the wrong day. All students must wear a mask at all times on the bus. When boarding the bus, students should go directly to the rear and fill in the seats. Siblings are asked to sit together. Two at most to a seat.


If your child needs to be made aware that you are picking them up after school please contact the office at 484-977-7210. If your child is already aware of being picked up after school there is no need to call the office.


Student Drop-Off/Pick-Up

If you are planning on dropping off or picking up your child please follow the signs upon entry into the building to the student drop off or pick up lot. This lot will be your second left as the first left is our bus drop off or pick up only. The recommended drop-off time is in the morning is 7:40am and the students will be dismissed at 2:30pm to be picked up in the afternoon.


Cafeteria

When purchasing food in the cafeteria they will be given complete breakfast and lunch meals free of charge and we will have a limited snack menu including beverages, bagged snacks and desserts that students may purchase. Students may bring cash to purchase snacks, as our staff will be wearing gloves, but we will not be permitted to give them change. The balance of any cash given will be applied to their Food Service Account for future purchases. Parents/Guardians may also put money for snacks on their accounts online at www.schoolcafe.com or send a check to the District Office. For more information about Food Service please see the link below.


Lockers, Backpacks, and Water Bottles

All students will not be permitted to use lockers. All items must be carried by the student in a backpack. Water fountains have been disabled, but our water bottle filling stations will be available for students to use in order to fill up their water bottles. Gym locker rooms will also not be available to students. Students will not be changing clothes for Physical Education class. Students should come dressed in sneakers and appropriate clothes on the days that they have Physical Education class.


Chromebooks

Students are expected to charge their Chromebooks at home before coming into school. Knowing that students will be using their Chromebooks more now than in a traditional setting there will be powerstrips available in classrooms for students to charge their Chromebooks during the day. Students must bring their own Chromebook chargers to school to charge their own devices. Students are not permitted to charge other students' Chromebooks, and chargers cannot be provided to charge Chromebooks.


Zoom Suggestions

Please encourage your child to use their full name (first, last), an image of themselves (or no image), and to turn their camera on, if they are comfortable, when participating in his/her classes on Zoom. This would allow the teachers to better identify the students in their classes and prevent any unnecessary distractions while learning is taking place.

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.

Student Drop-Off for Sports

When dropping your child off at the high school for after school sports please do not drop off at the high school bus loop until after 3:00pm. The bus loop at the high school is closed until 3:00pm to accommodate other transportation needs taking place.

West Home & School Highlight

Perk Valley Strong T-shirts

We will be ordering more Perk Valley Strong t-shirts. If you’d like to pre-order a t-shirt or several fill out this link.

Adult Sizes XS – 4XL. $10.00 each (add $2 for 2XL-4XL)


https://forms.gle/YHP8ExkizfzXaoR76


Agenda Books - $5.00

For sale in the office

Next Home & School Meeting 10/20/20

Big picture

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.

Attendance Info

If your child will be absent or missing any class time, please send an email (from the email you have listed in our new SIS system) to:


MSWAttendance@pvsd.org.


This will count as your call-out AND parent excuse. Please indicate in your email the date of absence, student’s grade and the reason for the absence. An absence is considered unexcused when the child’s school has not received an email providing an acceptable reason for the absence within a 3-day period.


You may also call our attendance line at: 1 (484) 977-7210, option 1. If you do this, you would still need to submit an email with the above information in order for it to be excused.

Any medical notes should be scanned in. When back to school (in person), any Dr.’s notes should be placed in the Attendance Box, right outside the Guidance Department.


If you have any questions at all, please contact Brenda Continelli at bcontinelli@pvsd.org.

Weeks At A Glance

Wednesday 10/7 - Half-Day for students

Monday 10/12 - No School (In-Service)

Monday 10/19 - First day of hybrid model for 8th grade students (A-K)

Wednesday 10/21 - Half-Day for students

Wednesday 10/21 - First day of hybrid model for 8th grade students (L-Z)

HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND!