Park Village Weekly Newsletter
January 9th, 2022
01/11 -- Student store open 8:30 to 8:50 in front of school gates
01/12 -- Crazy Hair Day
01/17 -- MLK Day -- NO SCHOOL
01/21 -- Yearbook cover submission deadline
01/25 -- Student store open 8:30 to 8:50 in front of school gates
01/31 -- Deadline to claim lost and found items
02/08 -- PV Foundation Jog-A-Thon
Crazy Hair Day!
By Communications Officer Ellie Lang
This is our first spirit day after winter break! We should all go above and beyond. And what is this spirit day? You might be asking, well it's Crazy Hair Day! On January 12, 2022. Show your WILD hair. I hope you join us and show school spirit.
Yearbook Cover Contest
It's that time of the year! Time to let your creativity shine! It's time to work on the cover art for this year's yearbook...
Your art may be chosen to appear on the 2021-2022 Park Village Elementary Yearbook Cover! DON’T DELAY – START DRAWING TODAY!
THEME: “Character Counts”
- Must contain the 6 Character Pillars: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, citizenship
- Must contain Park Village Elementary and 2021-2022
- Must be on 8.5x11” paper (no larger or it will be cropped)
- Please leave a ¼” blank border on all sides (so nothing gets cut off when printed)
- Design must be in portrait, or vertical format
- Please double-check all spelling! Artwork with misspelled words will NOT be allowed on the cover, even if it gets the most votes.
- Write your name and teacher lightly in pencil on the back.
DUE DATE: Friday, January 21 at 3:00 pm to the office
***All original artwork must be received by the PVES yearbook staff by the deadline so that it may be processed correctly for yearbook publication ***
Artwork may be either given to your teacher or brought to the front office (available from 7:30am-3:30pm on school days between January 4-21, 2022).
Questions? Contact email@example.com
Lost and Found Reminder
Here's one last chance to claim your lost and found items!
Items in the Lost and Found before winter break have been photographed and cataloged into the photo album links below.
To claim an item, please email Rachel, firstname.lastname@example.org, with the item number found in the photo. Once an item is claimed, it will be removed from the album.
Please note that these items will only be available until January 31st. All unclaimed items will be donated in February.
Tips for Finding Lost Library Books
If your child misplaces their school library book, don’t panic! Most items turn up eventually, but we need the family’s help to get the items back. Please follow these steps.
Step 1: Email me and the classroom teacher to let us know that you are looking for the item. My email address is email@example.com.
Step 2: Search in these common hiding places. It may also be helpful to search the Internet for a picture of the book cover so you know what it looks like.
- In the student’s desk, under all of the other stuff
- On the classroom library shelf (look for the library spine labels on our copy)
- In the bookshelves at home (look for the library spine labels on our copy)
- At the public library (If you return a Park Village book to the public library, they don’t inform or return it to us. Please stop by the public library and ask them if they have it.)
- Under the bed or couch
- Between a bed and the wall
- In the student’s closet
- At a friend or relative’s house
- In the car
- In another backpack or bag
- At ESS (ask the ESS staff to search)
If you have searched diligently and the item is not found, parents are responsible for paying the replacement cost. I will email a bill if books items have been overdue for 21 days or more. Please send cash or a check made out to “PVES” for the amount shown. Do not try to replace the book yourself. No money is owed if you find and return the book in good condition. If you find a lost book after paying for it, you child can either keep it, or return it to school. Refunds are given if the book if found during the same school year.
Thank you! – Mrs. Fleming, Park Village Librarian
“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”
-Greek philosopher, Aristotle-
Michele Borba, Ph.D. is a teacher, educational consultant, parent and author. In her latest book: Thrivers: The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine, she expresses deep concerns about kids growing up today. She has interviewed over a hundred tweens and teens and writes that even though today’s kids are better educated and have high aspirations for college and their future, they are also less happy and more stressed than any previous generation. When interviewing students they told her, among other things that “we may look good on the outside, but we’re not so good on the inside. We’re kind of lost.” Other remarks included that “they were afraid of failing because grades mean so much”, and “we lack passion because everything is pushed on us so we don’t know who we are.” When Dr. Borba asked what pieces they were missing, she was told that they are missing the qualities that makes them human – qualities that build character, the mental and moral qualities that make them whole. She concluded that when kids are missing character strengths like optimism, curiosity, empathy and perseverance their development is incomplete.
I feel fortunate that I work in Poway where we teach Second Step and Growth Mindset lessons which include many of the character traits and life lessons she’s concluded that kids need.
Michele Borba has come up with seven essential character strengths which create “THRIVERS” – children who flourish in our fast-paced, digital driven, ever-changing world. These traits are strengths of self-confidence, empathy, self-control, integrity, curiosity, perseverance, and optimism. They have learned self-confidence, to cope with adversity, problem solving, have the ability to bounce back, and develop healthy relationships.
I hope in the next couple of newsletters to share some “highlights” of Dr. Borba’s message. The gem here is that she gives parents and schools ways of helping our children develop them traits.
Following her suggestions, one teacher in Fresno read the fable of “The Three Little Pigs” and asked the students what traits each of the little pigs had. The discussion which followed brought out that the third little pig had perseverance, integrity, optimism, creativity and empathy for his brothers. The third little pig had self-control and confidence. The story helps make the character traits concrete and understandable.
I am realizing that I am not going to be able to give you as much as I had hoped in these short newsletters. So for now make a goal to recognize your children’s unique strengths and mention it when you see it happening. Sawsan Yaseen said, “Success breeds success.”
Enjoy your beautiful children.
Jackie Cardinale, School Counselor