PVE Friday Focus

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Pleasant View Elementary News and Notes for the Week of October 5th-9th

As we conclude another great week of school, we are blessed with many celebrations. We share in the joy as Dana and her family welcome their second son into this world. We wish Kathy Crone a wonderful weekend ahead for her son's wedding and we say thank you to the wonderful works from each of you. Happy birthday yesterday to Mareen Posey and Happy Birthday (15th) this week to Terry Childs!

Many of you are busy into parent teacher conferences. Thank you for taking the time and the incredible work in these precious conversations.

We had a very successful fire drill on Thursday. Efficiently, we vacated our building and performed a complete sweep of all rooms in 4 minutes and 15 seconds. Good job for ensuring doors are closed and ligths off as you vacate an area.

Our Veterans Day planning team is hard at work preparing for one of our largest and finest events of the year. We will be sending out information as this time draws near.

Next Week Around Our Campus

Fire Safety Week

Zionsville Fire Department will be on Campus Monday – Wednesday

The Lower Gym will not be available on Monday , October 12th until 10:45 AM, please use the upper gym for PE or go outside. Don’t forget a radio.

On Monday, October 12th The preschool will be using the upper gym from 10:45 – until the end of the day.

ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13th, PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN THE LAST ROW OF PARKING SPACES CLOSEST TO THE UPPER PLAYGROUND. The ZFD will be parking their Smokehouse there for a couple of days.

Please add to your newsletters for Crazy Dress Day

“Crazy Dress Day”

We will have Crazy Dress Day on Friday, October 16th. This is a fun day for students to wear their craziest and wackiest combination of colors and styles for their Fall parties. Please do not have students wear costumes, masks or colored hair.

Examples that would be appropriate include a Colts Jersey with orange pants, articles of clothing that contrast or mismatch, shoes that don’t match and clothes inside out.

Upcoming Calendar

Friday, October 09, 2015

  • End of 1st Nine Weeks
  • Book Fair Opens 8:00 - 5:00
  • First Grade Music Visits - Knapik 1:40 - 2:30 and Moore 2:35 - 3:25
  • PVE Tailgate - Jennings Field 5:00 -7:00 $8 before $10 at the door
    • PTO has a signup genius for volunteers
    • PVE staff helps man two shifts for serving food

Saturday, October 10, 2015

  • Dads and Donuts 9:00 AM - Noon

Monday, October 12, 2015

  • Bus Evacuations 8:50
  • Book Fair 8:00 - 5:00
  • JAT monies due
  • ZFD visits kindergarten in lower gym 9:30 - 10:30
  • ZFD visits preschool in upper gym 10:30 - 11:30
  • Fall Classroom Grants Announced Report to ZEF office Time TBD

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

  • Book Fair 8:00 - 7:00
  • First and Third Grade Team Meetings
  • ZFD visits first grade in classrooms (Print a copy or two for ZFD)

One class goes to the fire truck while one class has a classroom visit and then you switch.

    • 9:30 – 10:10 (Knapik, Williams)
    • 10:10 – 10:50 (Frye, C. Daugherty)
    • 10:50 – 11:30 (L. Daugherty, Hall )
    • 12:50 – 1:30 (Moore)

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

  • PTO Board Meeting 9:30
  • PVE Swimming at ZCHS Aquatics Center
  • Book Fair last day 8:00 - 5:00 immediate tear down
  • Kindergarten Swim - ZCHS Aquatics Center
  • First Grade to Eagle Creek Park Nature Center ( Frye, Moore, & L. Daugherty)9:15 - 1:15
  • ZFD visits second grade - smokehouse in parking lot (Schedule on Outlook calendar)

Thursday, October 15, 2015

  • First Grade to Eagle Creek Park Nature Center (C. Daugherty, Williams, Hall & Knapik) 9:15-1:15
  • National Earthquake Preparedness Drill 10:15 AM

Friday, October 16, 2015

  • Fall Parties/Crazy Dress Day
  • Teacher deadline to post grades by 8:00 AM

From our coaches

This week our coaches are highlighting some great digital writing tools. First is Google Voice Typing!


The second is Flipsnack. This is a free way for your students to publish their work online and it creates an online book. . http://www.flipsnack.com The kids can use PDF’s to create a digital book. If you have Ipads, there is an app called Genius Scan that will take a picture and create a PDF for the kids!


a. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8DCu4ubZjB8VW9YMm82cDFpVFU/view?usp=sharing

Dont' Forget for Monday Morning!

Bus Evacuations at 8:50. Many thanks for helping!
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Preparing for Earthquake Preparedness (Recall Drill next Thursday at 10:15)

Talking points to share with students before our drill:

The technique is called “Drop, Cover, & Hold On”. This includes dropping to the floor (to prevent falling), making yourself as small a target as possible, and protecting your head, neck and chest by taking cover under a desk or table or near an interior wall covering your head with your hands and arms. Eyes should be closed to avoid any injury. Students should practice how they can best protect themselves quickly under their desk.

  • After we are done, discuss with students what factors would need some consideration in your classroom. (Staying away from aquariums that might topple, broken pottery in Mr. Miller’s art classroom, etc.)
  • Normally after shaking, we would exit the building via our fire evacuation routes after carefully checking that they are clear. If aftershocks occur while we would be exiting, we should drop, cover, and hold on until the shaking stops. We will not exit the building, but we would follow our fire evacuation plan and if necessary, relocate the group to a safe area. We would utilize our regular evacuation accountability with the red & green flip chart and make sure all students have been located. We have made significant improvements on practicing this and can find “missing” students within 3-4 minutes during each fire evacuation drill. Thank you for practicing this so it is routine for our brains.
  • The entire exercise should take ~5 minutes of your class time. Thank you team PVE!

Things for teachers to consider:

  • Do you regularly keep cabinet/closet doors and filing cabinet doors locked so these don’t fly open and injure a student during an earthquake or other event?
  • Do you have heavy items on top of cabinets/countertops in your classroom that could fall on top of a student, during an earthquake or at any time?

*Additional Information below from safety plans*


In the Classroom

  1. At the first feeling of a tremor, teachers should instruct students to
    1. Immediately take cover under desks or tables.
    2. Turn their bodies away from windows.
    3. Remain in sheltered position until instructed otherwise. During a drill, remain in sheltered position at least 60 seconds.
  2. Remain silent and listen to instructions.

  1. During a drill or event, the teacher will:
    1. Take cover.
    2. Talk calmly to students.
    3. Evacuate the classroom or area once the tremor has subsided.
  2. The building or area will be evacuated according to the fire drill procedure.

In the Cafeteria

Teachers should instruct students to follow the classroom procedures.

In the Gym, Hall, Stairways or Other Areas Where Cover is Not Available

  1. Staff should instruct students to:
  2. Move to interior wall.
  3. Turn bodies away from windows.
  4. Kneel alongside the interior wall and use tornado drill position.

In the Library

  1. Staff should instruct students to:
  2. Move away from windows and bookshelves.
  3. Take cover under tables.
  4. Remain in sheltered position until instructed otherwise.


  1. Bus driver should:
  2. Stop the bus away from power lines, bridges, overpasses and buildings.
  3. Instruct students to remain in their seats.

After the Earthquake

  1. Evacuate the building as soon as possible using fire evacuation routes.
  2. Injured persons should not be moved unless building condition is life threatening.
  3. Anticipate the after-shock. It will be coming.
  4. Principal or designee should take the hand held radio.
  5. Determine an outdoor assembly area.