Weekly Message

an Update from Dr. Barbara A. Russell 11/3/21

Greetings PV Families

Welcome to November and the first frost of the season!

The month kicked off with the General Election yesterday. I wish to extend congratulations to all of the successful candidates on their new term of office. Your service to our communities is appreciated.

In addition to the election, November brings the end of the first marking period for our secondary level students (Nov. 9) and the opportunity for parent teacher conferences, Nov. 22 and 23 (see details below). I encourage you to engage with your child's teacher(s) and partner with us in their education. We are always interested in learning what is going well and what can be improved upon when it comes to the experiences of our students.

November is also National Native American Heritage Month. In 1990 President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 “National American Indian Heritage Month.” Similar proclamations, under various names (including “Native American Heritage Month” and “National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month”) have been issued each year since 1994. The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. National Native American Heritage Month represents an opportune time to educate the general public about tribes, to raise awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.

Lastly, this weekend, we "fall back" as the clocks are turned back 1 hour Sunday morning. Enjoy the additional hour!


Dr. Barbara A. Russell


Big picture

Parent~Teacher Conferences - Schedule via ParentVUE

Parent/teacher conferences will be held Monday, November 22, and Tuesday, November 23. Parents/guardians will schedule using the conference module in the ParentVUE portal beginning at 12pm on Monday, November 8. View Instructions for how to schedule a conference are located here for assistance. Please note the conference module referenced will not be viewable until 12 pm on November 8.

Parent/teacher conferences are onsite and in-person unless otherwise requested. Please reach out to your teacher directly to specify the desire to have a virtual conference after scheduling your time.

If you do not yet have a ParentVUE account, you will need to create one in order to access the conference scheduling module. To set up your account, please contact the helpdesk@pvsd.org.

CogAT - Cognitive Ability Tests for Third Graders

In the coming weeks, 3rd grade students will participate in the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). The CogAT is an assessment of cognitive abilities that includes verbal reasoning, sequences, analogies, and quantitative reasoning. The results will help plan effective programs for your child, as well as serve as a screening tool for further testing to determine eligibility for special programs. Parents of third grade students can access more information here.

School Climate Survey - Reminder!

PV is administering School Climate Surveys to students in grades 5-12 as well as to all parents and staff, K-12. The results will prompt us to consider current practices, goals, policies, procedures, operations, etc. and also serve to drive our comprehensive planning process. We truly appreciate your time in completing the survey by Friday, November 12th. Links were sent to all families last week via email.

Students in grades 5-12 will be given time to complete the survey during school hours.

Thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts.


In a partnership with Auto Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia & Auto Dealers Caring for Kids Foundation, Perkiomen Valley School District has graciously been given 200 new winter jackets to be distributed to children in need. Thank you Bergey's Car Dealership (Franconia, PA)!

Families do not need to complete any forms or demonstrate any specific economic need to receive a coat. Please contact your school counselor or Patti Colucci (pcolucci@pvsd.org). Coats will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis.

Big picture

PV Instructional Mode Request

Families requesting a change in instructional mode, in person/Viking Academy (virtual), may complete this form - Instructional Mode Change Request - as per the deadlines indicated below.

  • Elementary Deadline for Trimester 2 ~ November 12th
  • Secondary Deadline for Semester 2 ~ January 5th
  • Elementary Deadline for Trimester 3 ~ February 17th
All requests will be reviewed by building administrators. Requests do not guarantee a change in instructional mode as several factors need to be considered. Parents will be contacted by building administrators to confirm changes. Approved changes will be effective on the first day of the next trimester/semester.

PV Campus Traffic Study

As part of our efforts to closely examine campus traffic, PV School District has partnered with the Montgomery County Dept of Public Safety to collect video data via drone flights. Data-collecting flights are scheduled for Wednesday, November 10 and Friday November 12 during high traffic times (7-8am and 2-3pm). The focus is on the PV Campus area which includes Evergreen Elementary, Middle School East, and the PV High School. We look forward to learning more from the recorded data collected.

Vaccine Clinic

In partnership with Skippack Pharmacy, the District is holding a COVID-19 vaccine clinic for children ages 5-11 years. The dates and registration links appear below.

Perkiomen Valley High School: Saturday, November 6th from 9am-4pm

PVSD - KIDS VACCINE CLINIC (11-6-2021) - (PFIZER COVID-19 Vaccine) (jotform.com)

Perkiomen Valley High School: Tuesday, November 9th from 4pm-8pm

PVSD - KIDS VACCINE CLINIC (11-9-2021) - (PFIZER COVID-19 Vaccine) (jotform.com)

The clinics will be open to children from any school district. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Substitute Nurse's needed!

Submit your application as a Substitute Nurse and spend your days providing meaningful service to students in our schools. Nurses must possess a current Pennsylvania Nursing license, and be up to date with all clearances. The job consists of providing care to sick and injured children, and medication administration. Apply now online or contact Susan Angel (sangel@pvsd.org) with questions.

Big picture
Diwali, or Dipawali, is India's biggest and most important holiday of the year. The festival gets its name from the row (avali) of clay lamps (deepa) that Indians light outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects from spiritual darkness. This festival is as important to Hindus as the Christmas holiday is to Christians (Kids National Geographic).
Big picture

Save the Dates!

Consult the District calendar for details regarding these upcoming activities.

Monday, November 8 - School Board Business Meeting @7pm (PVHS)

Wednesday, November 10 - Special Education Planning Committee Meeting @7pm (MSE)

Saturday, November 13 - PVSD Foundation Harlem Wizards - @5:30pm (PVHS Comp. Gym)

Big picture

Having Tech Issues? See Below for Details

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

21-22 v9 11/3/21