Weekly Penguin News

Park Village Elementary - A 2018 CA Distinguished School

September 13, 2019

Upcoming Events

09/18 - Deadline to return Golden Envelopes to qualify for raffles

09/18 - Penguin Squad Spirit Wear Store Closes

09/18 - PTA Association Meeting |5:00 pm @ H102

09/19 - Volunteer Workroom Training | 9:30 am @ Workroom

09/20 - Golden Envelope Pledge Drive Ends

09/20 - Friday Flag | 9:00 am @ Lunch Area

09/20 - Ice Cream Social | 3:20 pm @ Lunch Area

09/20 - D.A.D.S. Group Meeting | 7:00 pm

09/23 - Math Olympiads Info Meeting | 6:30 pm @ MPR

09/23 - 09/27 Parking Spot Raffle Sales

09/25 - X-Ploration

09/26 - Jr FIRST Lego League Applications DUE

09/26 - Volunteer Workroom Training | 9:30 am @ Workroom

09/26 - 5th Grade Science Night | 6:45 pm @ MPR

09/27 - Ice Cream Social | 3:20 pm @ Lunch Area


Go to http://parkvillagefoundation.com/pves-calendar/ for additional calendar events

Go to https://app.peachjar.com/flyers/all/schools/52513 for PVES digital flyers

Your Pledge Drive Donations Fund the Gap

We are entering into the last week of our Golden Envelope Pledge Drive. As of this morning, we have raised almost $64,000 with 237 students participating! Our goal is to raise $160,000 this year. A 2018 report by the California School Boards Association found nearly a $2,000 gap between California’s per-pupil funding and the national average. Your donations help fund this gap and keep the Science, Technology, Art, Music, and P.E. programs here at Park Village. Golden Envelopes can be returned to your teacher or to the Foundation mailbox just inside the front gates. Or, you may donate online at https://parkvillagefoundation.com/.


As a reminder, families who donate via our website or Golden Envelope by Wednesday, September 18, will be entered to win the Round Table, Souplantation, or Disney raffles. Thank you for investing in your child’s education!

Foundation Spotlight: Meet Mrs. Nellies

Your donations to the PV Foundation fund our Science Coordinator, Mrs. Nellies, and the Science Lab and Science Night supplies.

Mrs. Nellies is starting her 7th year at Park Village! She meets with classes for 36 weeks this year. Grade levels vary on how many times they head to Science Lab - 5th Grade goes every week! Students participate in labs that align with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). And Mrs. Nellies assists teachers to make sure all the standards are covered.


Fun facts:

  • Mrs. Nellies puts on six grade-level science nights throughout the year. No need to create a big elaborate science experiment and results report at home - come to your Science Night and have a blast participating in the six science stations that Mrs. Nellies has created, just for you!
  • The teachers at the middle schools have commented about how the kids from PV stand out in Science. Many of our students say that having all the labs at PV helped them in Middle School. If the kids like science, they can learn it!

Mrs Nellies says: " I love bringing hands-on science to the kids at PV. That moment when the kids feel the "WOW" of science never gets old. Science should be experienced and witnessed... not just read from a book. I love that the kids get to come to the lab and get messy. Some of them are surprised when I don't get upset when they make a mess. That's why they come to the lab and we don't do these things in their classrooms!"

Foundation Spotlight: Meet Mrs. Hirst

Your donations to the PV Foundation fund our Meet the Masters "Artist in Residence," Mrs. Hirst, and the art supplies.


Mrs. Hirst has been our Meet the Masters (MTM) "Artist in Residence" since 2013! The MTM program showcases four different art masters in a school year. Each artist has three activities to embrace and learn about the master. First, the students view an age-appropriate DVD about the artist's life, artwork, and techniques. Second, the students use a worksheet to practice some of the techniques mentioned in the DVD. Third, the students have a step-by-step art lesson provided by Mrs. Hirst or a classroom volunteer. In this lesson they replicate the techniques they have been learning, in their own masterpiece.


Fun facts:

  • There are three levels of instruction for each artist. We have beginner (TK-2nd grade), intermediate (3rd-4th grade) and advance (5th grade) levels. Each level typically imitates the same step-by-step art lesson, but is age appropriate.
  • There are 22 artists that are studied in this program, so students will never repeat a lesson during their time at Park Village!


This year we will be studying:

  • Paul Klee (Swiss) - Abstract, composition with line, texture and color using tempura paint.
  • Rosa Bonheur (French) - Realism, Line and texture using oil pastels.
  • Faith Ringgold (American) - Patterns, Dimension and texture using paper and oil pastels.
  • George Seurat (French) - Pointillism, reflections using sandpaper and color.


Mrs. Hirst says: "I have always loved art and art history and it is so wonderful to be able to share a creative hands on art history program to these young thinkers. I hope we open their minds to a life time of art appreciation."

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Introducing Penguin Squad Spirit Wear!

Did you miss the last Park Village Penguin spirit wear campaign? We have a new (supplemental) logo that we are excited to launch. You might see the PV teachers, staff, and Foundation and PTA board members sporting this new logo in our Penguin Pride blue in just a few weeks. Go to https://parkvillagefoundation.com/ to order. This spirit wear is available until Wednesday, September 18. Items will be delivered to classrooms around October 2.

Parking Spot Raffle

Hello, Park Village Families! Tired of the drop-off and pick-up battle with finding a close parking spot? Well, it’s that time of year again for you to WIN a dedicated PARKING SPOT for the rest of the school year! The Park Village Foundation will be selling raffle tickets for our Annual Parking Spot Raffle beginning September 23 through September 27, before and after school at the front gate. Special, last minute raffle ticket sales will occur before school on Tuesday, October. Be on the lookout!

Math Olympiads

What is the Math Olympiads contest? A opportunity for children to participate in creative problem solving which develop a child's ability to reason, to be logical, to be resourceful, and occasionally to be ingenious. Students in grades 3 through 5 are eligible to participate in PV's Math Olympiads program. There is an informational meeting for students and parents on Monday, September 23 at 6:30pm in MP room. No RSVP needed. If you have any questions email Shiv Keyal at shivkeyal@gmail.com. For more information please visit here: https://app.peachjar.com/flyers/806891/schools/52513

2019-2020 GATE Testing Information

Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) involves services for students whose cognitive needs may require modified classroom curriculum and instruction to accommodate their learning differences and ensure their achievement. Parents may request GATE testing for students in grades 2-7.


To request GATE testing for your child, complete a GATE Parent Questionnaire/Test Consent form online through the PUSD GATE webpage - https://onlinereg.powayusd.com/GateSurvey

NOTE: Requests for GATE Testing will only be taken during the request submission window dates (now through November 22, 2019).


Test Date (only 1 test opportunity) at PARK VILLAGE ELEMENTARY: January 16, 2020

**Testing will be on site during regular school hours.


If you have questions, please contact the PVES Admin. Office at 858-484-5621.

Harvest Festival

Park Village Elementary is excited to introduce our first annual Harvest Festival! Happening Saturday, November 2 from 10 am - 1 pm, in the school parking lot. Get an early start on your holiday shopping by supporting our neighborhood arts & crafts home-based businesses. All proceeds from the event and raffles (generously donated by our local vendors) will go toward Park Village programs*. We invite PV teachers, staff, families, and members of our PV community to attend. Vendor booths are $25, admission is free. Go to http://bit.ly/2lN24Ac to register today! Questions? Contact parkvillagefoundation@gmail.com.


*Proceeds support the 4th Grade Giving Service Project, 5th Grade Promotion, PUSD Adopt-a-Family, and more.

PTA Association Meeting

Our first PTA Association Meeting will be Wednesday, September 18 at 5pm, in H102.

If you haven't signed up for a membership, you can do so online: https://jointotem.com/ca/san-diego/park-village-elementary-pta

Volunteer Workroom Trainings

By Joy Turnage, Campus Supervisor

In order to use the copiers in the Workroom, classroom volunteers MUST be trained to use these machines.

We will have Workroom Training Sessions on the following dates:

September 19th – 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

September 26th – 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Classroom volunteers, please plan to attend this training session as you will not be able to use the copiers in the Workroom without training. Thank you so much for your cooperation.

Volunteers Needed for Science Nights

Looking for a fun night out? Come be a science supervisor at one or more PV grade-level science nights! No experience or science background is needed. You will oversee a station while our little ones sharpen their science skills with their parents. Please sign up for a night when your own child is not attending as each participating student must be accompanied by an adult. Your time commitment is about 2 hours, generally from about 6:20-8:30 p.m. Science Nights cannot happen without your help! To volunteer, please sign up at the following link: PV Science Night Volunteers


All science nights begin promptly at 6:45 pm in the MP room. If you have any questions, contact Shannon Nellies at s.nellies72@gmail.com


  • 5th grade - September 26
  • 4th grade - October 24
  • 3rd grade - November 7
  • 2nd grade - January 9
  • 1st grade - February 6
  • TK/Kindergarten - February 27

D.A.D.S. Group Meeting, Friday Sept. 20 at 7PM, Victor's Back Yard

The first meeting of the year will be hosted by the D.A.D.S. Group president. Come on out and discuss the events for the year, enjoy food and beverages, and have some laughs. If you have any ideas about possible events we'd love to hear from you. Get involved with your student's school experience and make a positive impact on the Park Village Family. Come hungry! Click the link to sign up so that I can prepare enough food (address is in the sign up) https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E084EA9AE2DA5F85-friday2 Thank you for your support, and hope to see you at the meeting! Any questions? Email me at pvesdads1@gmail.com

Jr FIRST Lego League

The application period for the Jr FIRST Lego League (JFLL) program at Park Village is now open. Students in grades 1 through 3 are eligible to participate. Click here for more information and the link to apply. Deadline is Thursday, September 26.

PTA Reflections Program 2019

Calling All Creative Kids! This year’s Reflections theme “Look Within” has may possibilities. Ask your child to think about the theme and talk about what it means to them.

Brainstorming Starting Points:

  • Look within them selves? Who are they, what are their dreams, aspirations and goals?
  • Look within others? What is someone else feeling? What does a dog think about? Or a famous sports figure? A child separated from their parents? A friend after an argument?
  • Look within an object? What is inside a tree, under the ocean, within a house?
  • Look within a business or organization? What goes on inside a library, courthouse or classroom?

Let your child get creative and have fun! They can create a piece of artwork or short film, take a photo, choreograph a dance, and/or write a song or story that captures the theme in their own unique way!

If your child wants to submit an entry, click here for the rules and entry form. Completed Reflections entries will be due October 16th in the lunch area before school begins (8:40-9:00 am). If you are not able to drop off an artwork at this time, please email to make alternate arrangements. Your child's creative efforts will be displayed at the artist's showcase on Friday evening, October 18th in conjunction with Movie Night. More details to come!

If you have any questions, please contact Reflections Chair, Jennifer Myers at info@artskiddoo.com.

PV Yearbooks On Sale Now

Order your Yearbook by September 30 to receive 15% off the regular price! Don't wait - this is the biggest discount (and lowest price) of the 2019-2020 year! Each yearbook comes with two free, custom pages. Plus, earn $5 for PV Foundation AND a tree is planted with every purchase. https://tr5.treering.com/createAccount/101471725840797

FAQs: https://app.peachjar.com/flyers/811954/schools/52513

Questions? Contact parkvillageyearbook@gmail.com.

Volunteer Opportunities for 2019 - 2020

Park Village prides itself on our programs and events. However, they are all run by parent volunteers, and we need your help! We have opportunities of all types and sizes. Even one hour once a month can make a difference!


  • Library - Help reshelve books. This task is constant and can happen any time of day. Perhaps you can help after morning drop-off or while waiting to pick up your child in the afternoon? You can make a difference in as little as 15-20 minutes. I just need folks to stop by regularly. Many hands make light work! No experience is required. If you’re interested, please email me at sfleming@powayusd.com, or stop by the library to chat.
  • Recycling - Help sort and crush recycling. Second Wednesday of every month, 8-9 am, ESS Parking Lot. Even 15-30 minutes before school is a big help!. Contact Victor at pvesdads1@gmail.com.
  • Science Night Volunteers - You will oversee a station while our little ones sharpen their science skills with their parents. Please sign up for a night when your own child is not attending - PV Science Night Volunteers. Contact Shannon Nellies at s.nellies72@gmail.com.
  • Marquee Editor in Chief(s) - Update the marquee in the front of the school with our PVE news, and help keep our families informed! Contact Gigi in the office.

**REMINDERS**

The Next Generation of Box Tops is Here!

Big changes are coming to Box Tops! Earning cash for your school just got easier and all you need is your smartphone. When you download the NEW & improved Box Tops app you'll be able to scan your receipt, instantly identify Box Tops products & automatically add cash to your school's earning s online. Please click HERE to learn more. Contact Box Tops Chair, Sandi Kerkhove, at pvboxtops@hotmail.com if you have any questions

Park Village is on Social Media!

Follow us on Facebook:

Park Village Foundation: https://www.facebook.com/parkvillagefoundation/

DADS Group: https://www.facebook.com/ParkVillageDADS/


Follow us on Instagram:

Park Village Foundation: https://www.instagram.com/parkvillagef/

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