Pleasant Valley Post

October 2018

A Message from the Principal

Dear PVES Families,

It's hard to believe that October is here already! What an opening we've had! I could not be happier to work and learn along side the staff and students here at Pleasant Valley! Further, I value my partnership with the families of our school. We all want the same things - for all students be successful and for our school to be a safe and happy place! I truly believe that if we communicate and work together, these things (and so much more) are possible!

We have a lot of exciting things going on this month! Our third annual PTO Fun Run is on October 12th, we have an assembly, field trips, visitors presenting to students, some extended learning clubs starting up and more! The experiences we are working to provide for our students as we work to create an environment in which students can learn both in and out of the classroom are fantastic! Please join us if and when you can!

October also brings the close of our first grading period. I hope you are spending time speaking with them about their school day and talking about highs and lows. These small conversations build connections and show students the importance of school. Further, it's my hope that your child is coming home excited about his/her learning and the activities they are doing in class each week! If you find this is not the case please communicate with your student's teacher.

Finally, thank you for your partnership and support. It takes all of us to help our students and school be the best we all possibly can be!


Mrs. Hammill


Reading is Magic Assembly

Families are invited to join us for this assembly. Brian Curry brings classic literature magically to life! Wednesday, October 10. The show starts at 1:45. This magic-based show has been a big hit with our students in the past! We are looking forward to hosting Mr. Curry for his new show! Parents who attend the assembly will be able to choose a book to take home!

Cafeteria News

October 1 - 5: FARM TO SCHOOL WEEK

On Thursday, October 4th we will be serving foods from local farms.

MENU 10/4:

VPGC Turkey Tenderloin Sandwich

or Chef Salad

Montezuma Mashed Potatoes

Broccoli and Cheese

Showalter's Fresh Apple




Theme: There is always Lots 2 Love in the cafeteria!

As always, parents and grandparents are welcome to come have lunch with their child. We do ask that you call the office (434-4557) or send a note if you are coming for lunch so we have an accurate lunch count. Adult meals are $3.00. See you at lunch!

Mexico’s Independence Day Celebration

On Friday, September 14th, the Mexican students at PVES in grades K-5 were invited to a special program in the ELL room. Jacinto and Sandy Hernández spoke about the importance of Mexico’s Independence Day and how in 1821 Mexico became free from Spain after 11 years. Jacinto and Sandy played their guitars and sang a famous Spanish song with the children, called “Cielito Lindo”. We also saw a movie about the Battle of 1810 when Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla began the fight for independence from the Spanish. All the students enjoyed delicious corn on the cob served with mayonnaise, cheese and chili powder made by Sandy Hernández. We all waved our Mexican flags and shouted, “Viva Mexico!” We had a fun time.

El viernes, 14 de septiembre, los estudiantes mexicanos de PVES en los grados de kinder hasta quinto grado fueron a un programa especial en el salón de la maestra de inglés Miss Long. Jacinto y Sandy Hernández hablaron sobre la importancia del Día de la Independencia de México y como México se hizo libre de España después de 11 años de pelea en 1821. Jacinto y Sandy tocaron la guitarra y cantaron una canción muy famosa con los niños, que se llamaba “Cielito Lindo”. También vimos una película sobre la batalla de 1810 cuando Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla empezó la lucha contra los españoles. Todos los niños disfrutaron de los hilotes cubierto con mayonesa, queso y chile que Sandy Hernández preparó. Nosotros ondeamos las banderas Mexicanas y gritamos, “ I Viva México!” Pasamos un buen momento. İ Viva México!

Fall Pictures

Monday, October 5th.

Order forms were sent home on Friday. Pictures need to be ordered in advance for Fall Pictures. Orders will need to be received before the day of pictures. School pictures are the only fundraiser we do for our school. While we don't make a lot of money off these, we do appreciate your orders!

Mobile Dentist

On Wednesday, Oct. 10th the mobile dentist is coming to PVES. Permission forms were previously sent home with students. They will provide an exam, cleaning, fluoride, sealants and x-rays as needed. In the past they have also made recommendations to see a local dentist for any further dental work that they feel needs to be done. Only students with a returned form will be seen by the dentist that day and forms need to be turned in by Oct. 9. If you need a form or have further questions, please contact Nurse Laurie.

SCA Spirit Day October 31st Costume Day

October 4th: Dress like a farmer day

October 31st: Costume Day.

You must have your costume on when you come to school and you will not be allowed to change your clothes during the school day. Masks and/or full face make-up are NOT ALLOWED ~ please do not bring or wear these to school.

Important Dates

Friday, Oct. 12 – Students dismissed at 1:00

Thursday, October 25 - End of 1st Grading 9 weeks grading period

Friday, Oct. 26 No school for students

Wednesday, October 31 - Report Cards Sent Home

viernes, 12 de octubre – 1:00 p.m. salen temprano de la escuela

viernes 26 de octubre – No hay clases

PTO News

Our next PTO meeting is October 3rd, 2018 @ 5:30PM

Please join us. We would love to meet you there!

FUN RUN October 12th 2018

If you can help out with the event we would love to have you anytime after 7:30 - 11:30 am.

We need help with: set up/clean up, pinning racing bibs, water & snack stations, decorations, organizing & walking/running with kids. Contact Pete at if you can come and volunteer for all or part of this event! A good time will be had by all!

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

While we work to stomp out bullying every day here at PVES, October is a month in which schools and organizations make a concentrated effort to call attention to their efforts to eliminate bullying and emphasize the importance of community and caring within their settings.

Here at school we will be discussing this theme throughout the month both via morning announcements and through our character education time with classes.

Wednesday, October 24th is Unity Day as part of this. Students are asked to Wear Orange for Bullying Prevention & Awareness on this day!

Salvation Army 2018 Christmas Assistance / El Ejercito de Salvacion va a aceptar aplicaciones.

The Salvation Army will be accepting applications for Christmas assistance soon. If your family is in need click on the download below for more information.

El Ejercito de Salvacion va a aceptar aplicaciones para ayuda de la Navidad muy pronto. Haga clic en el boton de descarga de abajo para obtener mas informacion.

Drop off & Pick up Reminders

  • Please be reminded that students cannot be dropped off before 8am.
  • We appreciate family efforts to be clear with your child's teacher about afternoon plans/routine. Any changes should be submitted to our office by 1pm.
  • Thank you for not driving or walking through our bus lane during times of bus traffic!
  • We ask that cars leaving campus continue to give our buses the right of way as we release them from campus each afternoon. We appreciate your help!

Lost & Found

We have a new location for lost and found. There is now a rack in the cafeteria for these items items. Please encourage your child to check it if they are missing an item. We also recommend writing names or initials in jackets, lunch boxes, etc. as it helps us to return those items to the rightful owner.
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