News From The View

Skyview Upper Elementary School

From Mrs. Berical

Dear Families,

We have adjusted to "Spring Forward" and are certainly looking forward to the Spring weather so that our students can get outside to play! This point of the school year can sometimes feel long. Because March can feel as though it is a long month, it is a great time to continue discussing perseverance with your child.

Perseverance is the ability to keep working on a task even if it feels difficult or the goal is not in sight. You can help your child understand how they can show perseverance at home and at school by asking them to talk about a time when they have persevered through a difficult task. You can even give them an example of a time when you noticed them showing perseverance. This can include times on the sports field, in a music lesson or any other extra curricular activity they may participate in. Ask your child how they felt when the task was over and encourage them to use meaningful words such as proud or accomplished verses happy or good.

It is my hope that you have had time to read Dr. Zerbe's email sent Tuesday afternoon around a positive mindset. If not, I am including the email below for you to view. As you can see, we are committed to helping your child maintain a positive mindset around the PSSA testing this year. To help meet this goal, we are hosting a PSSA Pep Rally on April 24th! At the pep rally, we will discuss perseverance in more detail and will focus on how we can show perseverance on the PSSA. We want our students to know that the PSSA testing is an opportunity to demonstrate their personal best and show what they know. In addition, students will be creating posters around test taking strategies in their advisory to hand up around the school.

We want all students to have a healthy and positive mindset around the testing. Partnering together to have conversations with the students around perseverance, positive mindset and growth is an excellent way to foster positivity. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns! I appreciate our partnership and the support you provide to your child at home!

Have a wonderful weekend!


Mrs. Berical

Dr. Zerbe's Email

To prepare for the PSSAs, our school is conducting several activities to promote a culture of success and celebration around testing:

1. Conversations and assemblies will provide positive mindset and set test expectations.

2. Students will work together to develop motivational posters for display in testing classrooms.

3. Building-wide celebration is planned for each school that reaches the test participation goal of 95%.

PSSA testing will occur on the dates listed here. To learn more about the PSSA, please join us for a Parent Information webinar with our administration on Tuesday, March 21 at 6:30pm. Click the hyperlinked dates for a direct link to either session. You can also submit your questions here.

Our commitment to the success of your child and all children is our mission. Thank you for your continued support of Methacton Schools.

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Final Farewell to the former Audubon Elementary School

Join us for a final farewell to the former Audubon Elementary School. The building is scheduled for demolition in June 2023, and the district has organized a walk-through event to be held at the site tentatively on March 23, 2023 from 5pm-7pm.

Address: 2765 Egypt Road, Audubon, PA 19403

This event provides an opportunity for community members to come together to tour the building, share their memories of the school, and celebrate the many years of learning and growth that took place within its walls. We hope that you will be able to join us for this special occasion.

***Please note that due to the required abatement process and removal of supplies from the building, the planned date for the walk-though could be rescheduled. We will communicate a date change should the need arise.***

Spaces for Fasting

If your child is fasting during the school day for any reason and would like an alternate location to go to during their scheduled lunch time, please have them work with their school counselor to let them know of the request. We will ensure that all students have a quiet space provided to them that meets their needs during the time of their fasting.

You can reach out to Mrs. VanBuren (fifth grade school counselor) or Mrs. Hiller (sixth grade school counselor) with any questions or concerns.

Mrs. VanBuren:

Mrs. Hiller:

Career Day

A very special thank you to all guests who have signed up to present at Skyview's career day! We greatly appreciate your time and commitment to our school! At this time, we have all of the presenters needed to provide our students with an exceptional career day. If you have any questions moving forward, please contact Mrs. VanBuren at

Math Questions- How You Can Help At Home!

We recognize that families want to support their child academically and feel connected to their learning. Each week, we will include a 5th and 6th grade math word problem that you can work on with your child. Also included will be the list of questions that you can ask your child that will help guide their thinking as they solve the problem. We encourage you to take advantage of completing these word problems with your child so that you can help support them with their learning at home!

Questions to Ask Your Child

  • What do you know about the problem?

  • What question is being asked?

  • What information has been given to you?

  • What operation will you use to solve the problem? How do you know?

  • Will your answer be bigger or smaller than the numbers in the problem?

  • Does your response answer the question?

Week 5 March 17th, 2023

5th grade

Jerry has 56.92 centimeters (cm) of wire. He uses 2 pieces of the wire. Each piece he uses is 7.37 cm long. What is the length of the remaining wire, rounded to the nearest tenth of a centimeter?

A. 7.7 cm B. 42.2 cm C. 49.6 cm D. 71.7 cm

Correct Answer: B

6th grade

At a factory, a machine tests 1 out of every 75 items produced for quality. The machine requires a safety check after testing 450 items. The factory produces 303,750 items each month. How many safety checks does the machine require each month?

A. 6 B. 9 C. 50 D. 54

Correct Answer: B

World Language Selection for 6th Grade Families

Sixth grade students had an opportunity to view a World Language Video on Thursday during advisory to help them determine which world language they would like to enroll in for 7th grade. Please work with your child at home to complete the Google Form below by Monday, March 20th.

PSSA Dates

Below are the testing weeks for ELA and Math.

Grade 5 and 6 ELA PSSA testing dates will be the week of April 24th to 28th.

ELA testing dates will be April 25th, 26th, and 27th.

Grade 5 and 6 Math PSSA testing will be the week of May 1st-5th.

NOTE: Math testing dates will be May 2nd and 3rd.

We wanted to give our families a heads up prior to our PSSA testing and we are looking for 100% student participation.

Mrs. Berical

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From Home and School

The yearbook committee is working hard to create a beautiful yearbook for our students. Click here to place an order for your yearbook. The cost is $20. Students will receive yearbooks by the end of the school year. You may contact Monique Dirks at with any questions.

Mark your calendars for when Skyview goes to the movies on April 13th at 6:30pm to watch Super Mario Brothers. It's $12 per person and money is required by April 1st. Click here for more details and registration!

Home and School officer nominations are now open for the 2023-2024 school year! All positions, except Treasurer, may be held jointly. All positions are a one-year term. You may have someone nominate you or you may nominate yourself.

Open Positions Include:


Vice President

Recording Secretary

Corresponding Secretary


Please email Larcena Johnson at or direct message me if you’re interested or would like to learn more!

Please Join Us for Our Upcoming Events!

Wednesday, March 29th- Dine Out Fundraiser - P.J. Whelihan's in Oaks

Date TBD - April Home & School Mtg. in the Skyview Library or via Zoom. Zoom link to be posted closer to the date in Konstella.

Thursday, April 13th - 6:30 p.m. - Movie Tavern, Super Mario Brothers

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How Can I Donate to the Backpack Program?

There are several ways you can contribute to the Backpack Program:

Collection Bins

· Donations can be dropped off (Monday thru Friday) at the Methacton High School East Wing or Arcola Intermediate School. Collection bins are located near the entrance.


· You can place an order through Amazon and ship it directly to the High School. Please remember to select, "No Weekend Delivery". The address is:

Methacton High School

c/o Backpack Program

1005 Kriebel Mill Rd.

Eagleville, PA 19403

Link to donate directly:

What items can I donate?

Individual Serving Food Items Needed

· Single serving boxes of milk (shelf-stable/not refrigerated)

· Mini Cereal Boxes

· Canned Soup (cans with "pop tops")

· Oatmeal packets or cups

· Applesauce and Fruit Cups

· Chef Boyardee, Hormel, Dinty Moore Meals, etc.

· Easy Mac Cups

· Cracker packs

· Sweet Snacks: Fruit gummies, pudding, granola bars, etc.

· Salty Snacks: Pretzel packs, Goldfish, Popcorn, etc.

· 100% Juice boxes

For 6th Grade Families

The requirements for Honors Courses at Arcola for the 7th grade year have been updated and can be found by clicking the link below. Please reach out to Mrs. Berical with any questions or concerns.

In addition, if your child has completed the second round of testing for honors math, the placement will be communicated to you by the end of March.

Important Dates Ahead

March 21st: Rock Your Socks Day to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day (show off your crazy socks)

March 23rd: Early Dismissal at 12:00pm