Evergreen Express


A Message from Mrs. Franciosa...

Hello Evergreen Families,

Our 2nd year band and 2nd/3rd year string students played beautifully at their concert on Wednesday night! Although they rehearse with other Evergreen students throughout the school year, on Wednesday afternoon they rehearsed with fellow musicians from the three other elementary schools before performing at their first full ensemble concert that evening. A terrific evening was had by all!

Please be sure to see below for arrival/dismissal information for our January 25th early dismissal day.

This month's Home & School meeting will be on Tuesday, January 17th. (It was originally scheduled for January 19th).

In this newsletter you will find:

  • January 25th Early Dismissal Information
  • Elementary Band & Orchestra Concert
  • Safety Drills
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
  • Evergreen Service Project
  • What's Happening with Our Fantastic 4th Graders
  • What's Happening in Explorations
  • PVSD Foundation Dodgeball Game Registration Information
  • High School Language Mentoring Program
  • Recess Reminder
  • 3rd Grade Students Dental Exam Reminder

"The surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others."--Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Enjoy the weekend,

Sharon Franciosa

Principal, Evergreen Elementary School

Week of January 16, 2023

  • Monday, January 16th: Dr. Martin Luther King Day--no school for students
  • Tuesday, January 17th: E Day (Home & School Meeting at 7pm via Zoom)
  • Wednesday, January 18th: F Day
  • Thursday, January 19th: A Day
  • Friday, January 20th: B Day
Home & School Zoom Meeting Link (Tuesday, 1-17-23)

Please click on this link to join the Home & School meeting at 7pm on 1-17-23

January 25th Early Dismissal: K-5 Arrival & Dismissal Times

1st Grade to 5th Grade
  • AM Arrival: 8:30 (no change)
  • PM Dismissal: 12:15pm

AM Kindergarten:

  • Arrival: 8:30 (no change)
  • Dismissal: 10:30am

PM Kindergarten:

  • Arrival: 10:30am
  • Dismissal: 12:15pm

K+ Program:

  • Arrival: 8:30am (at South or Evergreen)
  • Dismissal: 12:15pm (from South or Evergreen)

Important Upcoming Dates

  • January 16th: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day--No School & MLK Day of Service (details below)
  • January 17th: Home & School Meeting
  • January 25th: Early Dismissal (12:10pm)

Elementary Band & Orchestra Concert

All of the elementary instrumental teachers did an amazing job preparing the students for the concert on Wednesday night. Congratulations to Mr. DiRenzo and Ms. Smith-Gonzalez, Evergreen's Band and Orchestra Directors, and all of Evergreen's amazing student musicians. We are very proud of your hard work and terrific talents!
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Safety Information: Safety Drills

Ensuring the safety for our students, staff, and visitors is a top priority. It is important that students learn how to be safe. During the first weeks of school in September classrooms discussed and reviewed our various safety protocols. As we continue to discuss, review, and practice these drills we use student friendly and age-appropriate language.

Our students did an excellent job learning about and practicing our run/evacuation drill this past week. Some classes will finish visiting the rally points during the week of January 16th.

For more information about our emergency preparedness, please visit https://iloveuguys.org/The-Standard-Response-Protocol.html

MLK Day of Service

Are you looking for a FREE event where your child can help others in need? Join us at our MLK Day of Service at PV High School on Monday, January 16th!

Sign up here: MLK Day of Service

Elementary school students and their parents will be participating in 8 service stations. Some of the projects are writing letters going overseas to Ukrainian refugees, making Thank You signs for our local firefighters, educating your children on Martin Luther King, and making kits for the Cecil and Grace Bean soup kitchen.

Middle school students will be working on projects for Laurel House and the Daily Bread Food Pantry, learning about service to the homeless in Philadelphia, and more.

Drive-Thru Donation Station

We will again be hosting a Drive-Thru Donation Station at Middle School East. Goods can be dropped off on Monday, January 16th from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. We will be collecting for the following organizations:

  • Perkiomen Valley Post Prom
    • Formal Wear
      • Shoes, Purses, Accessories
    • Any other clothing items bag separately from formal wear
  • Perkiomen Valley Spirit Wear (Non-personalized items)
    • If your “Little Vikings” have become “Big Vikings” and you would like to donate their gently used PV Spirit Wear here is your chance.
    • We will be collecting all sizes and all PV School Spirit Wear
  • Daily Bread Community Food Pantry
    • Non-perishable goods
    • personal care items
    • supplies for babies and pets
  • Lions Club
    • Used glasses (both prescription and any other types of glasses)

Please contact Mr. Steve Willis (swillis@pvsd.org), Coordinator of Equity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement, with questions.

Evergreen Service Project: January 17th to January 20th

Several students from Mrs. Tor’s 4th grade class have teamed up for a good cause. They have named themselves the PV Helping Hands Club and would like to help a social service agency, The Children's Home of Reading, which supports children and families.

The Children's Home of Reading is in need several things such as food, clothing, toys, and personal hygiene items. The PV Helping Hands Club will be collecting donations beginning next Tuesday, January 17 through Friday, January 20. Students can drop off items in the collection bins in the lobby.

Please see below for wish list of items from the The Children's Home of Reading.

Thank you for your help!

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Our Fantastic 4th Graders

MATH: Chapter 6 - Fractions & Mixed Numbers
Students will explore fractions in the coming weeks. They will develop a better understanding of equivalent fractions, improper fractions, and mixed numbers - as well as adding and subtracting fractions.

ELA: Non-Fiction

While Trimester 1 focused on many fictional texts, Trimester 2 begins with students reading and analyzing several non-fiction texts. Multiple stories have shown cross curricular connections to science, which help students better understand some of the ELA and science concepts.


Students continue to engage in a variety of writing opportunities, such as literary analysis (TDAs), descriptive writing, and research writing. These opportunities again allow students to make connections across the curriculum to science and social studies.


Our classrooms continue to utilize the scientific method across a variety of scientific topics.

SOCIAL STUDIES: Regions of the USA

Students continue their tour through the regions of the United States as they learn more about the Southeast and Midwest regions.


  • Mrs. Stankus - The Orphan of Ellis Island by Elvira Woodruff

  • Mr. Moore- Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel Podcast

  • Mrs. Tor - War with Grandpa by Robert Kimmel Smith

  • Mr. Tomlinson - Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel Podcast
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What's Happening in Explorations

“In fifteen years we’ll be teaching programming just like reading and writing . . . and wondering why we didn’t do it sooner.”

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO, Facebook

In Explorations for Grades 1-5, this upcoming cycle your child will learn about Computer Science. We will be using the website code.org which is a fun, creative platform for learning computer science and basic coding to create interactive animations, games, or apps. Your interest in what your child is learning is critical and Code.org makes it easy to stay involved.

As a parent, the best way to see what your child is working on on Code.org is to ask them to show you! Each class has a specific link that they will need to use to access their account. You can find this link on your child’s Explorations Google Classroom Page. (Title of Post: Code Studio). Directions for logging in can be found on the post in Google Classroom.

Below are snapshots of how you can view your child’s progress and achievements.

Look for the “My Courses” header. Under that header, you’ll see all the courses your student has worked on represented as purple boxes. (picture #1)

Tap the “View Course” button to see a summary of the entire course and what work your student has completed so far. (picture #2)

  • Each numbered “bubble” in the Course represents an activity that your child can work on. Green activities have been completed, while white activities haven’t been worked on yet.

It’s okay if both you and your child are brand new to computer science. In class we work as a team to problem solve and develop patterns based on the activities that we are working on. When your child comes across difficulties it's okay to respond:

  • “I don’t know. Let’s figure this out together.”

  • “Technology doesn’t always work out the way we want.”

  • “Learning to program is like learning a new language; you won’t be fluent right away.”

Computer science is all about learning how to “debug” situations that didn’t turn out the way we thought they would. Together, you and your child can think of creative ways to solve the problem! Have fun exploring and be sure to check out your child’s Google Explorations Classroom for additional resources and activities for Coding.

Kindergarten: The students will continue to work on Reading Eggs and explore the different games and activities to support their individual reading level! Please make sure you send in a wired mouse or wired headphones for your child to use in the classroom.

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PVSD Foundation Dodgeball Game

Perkiomen Valley School District Foundation's highly anticipated Dodgeball Tournament returns on Saturday, March 4th. Register a team of 6-10 students (K-8) now to play at this exciting event. Prizes will be given to the top team in each division, the best team name, the best uniform, and the top three fundraising teams.

Perkiomen Valley School District Foundation builds a stronger community by providing funds for projects and programs that enhance and enrich educational opportunities in the Perkiomen Valley School District. The Foundation funded Calm Corners and Trout in the Classroom at Evergreen last year.

I hope you represent Evergreen at PVSD Foundation's Dodgeball Tournament. You can register for the event HERE.

Kristin Craven

Executive Director

Language Mentoring Program

Our District continues to grow and become more diverse. Currently, there are 17 different primary languages spoken by our students/families. Students new to our schools struggle to communicate and can find it very challenging when they do not speak fluent English - or know very little English at all. In an effort to support them, we are launching a mentoring program. To support students whose primary language is one other than English, we are hoping to enlist PV high school students, fluent in communicating in another language, as mentors. The high school mentors would be asked to travel to other PV schools on a schedule to be determined. We are attempting to pilot the idea and learn from any connections we are able to establish.

We are asking interested high school students to complete this brief survey: Language Mentoring Program. Administration will follow up in January. We are very excited to offer this opportunity to our students, both mentors and mentees!

BRRR...It's Cold at Recess

Although recently we've had a few days that are warmer than a typical winter day, most days can be cold during recess! Students are outside for 15-30 minutes during recess. The playground can also be windy, causing it to feel colder than the actual temperature.

Please be sure students are dressed appropriately for these chillier days with coats, gloves, hats, etc.

A Message from Mrs. McOwen

Reminder for Third Grade Families

The Pennsylvania School Health Law requires a dental examination for all third-grade students. Your child's dentist should complete this examination since they know your child best. Any exam dated after July 1, 2021, is acceptable. Please email Mrs. McOwen at rmcowen@pvsd.org the date of your child's last dental exam or submit the required school dental form as soon as possible. We appreciate your cooperation.

Private Dental Exam Form

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.
Education Trip Form for Elementary & Middle School

An Educational Trip Request form must be submitted prior to student’s departure. Approval for such trips is limited to five (5) school days per year.

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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