The South Spotlight

News and Updates from South Elementary - 09/30/22

Message from Mr. D'Andrea

Dear South Parents/Guardians,

I hope this message finds you well as we turn the corner on the first weeks of school and head into October. While we have settled into routines, we have another busy month ahead with Walk-a-Thon, Picture Day, and South's first Home and School Movie Night on the schedule in October, as well as in-service dates for all to be aware of. Please review below carefully for more detail on the following topics:

  • 2nd Annual South Walk-a-Thon
  • Picture Day
  • Outdoor Movie Night
  • Oct. 19th 1/2 Day In-service Arrival/Dismissal Times
  • Safety Patrol Coupon Book Sale
  • Important Dates, October
  • 22-23 Yearbook Update
  • Educational Trip Form Reminders
  • General Information

Let me know if you have any questions and have a great weekend!

Dave D'Andrea

Principal, South Elementary

2nd Annual South Walk-a-Thon

We are excited for our 2nd annual South Walk-a-Thon, scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 6th! The 2021 fall walk-a-thon was a huge success for South - funds raised through pledges collected by students allowed us to purchase a new gaga pit for the South playground. This year, we are hoping to raise funds in an effort to contribute to an outdoor classroom space in the South courtyard.

After reviewing all information, please contact with any questions. Thank you in advance for your support!

Picture Day - Thursday, Oct. 13th

South Elementary School Picture Day is Thursday, October 13th! (retake day is Friday, Nov. 18th)

Pay for school pictures in advance here and receive a prepay discount:

*There is no paperwork or picture form to hand in to be photographed. ALL ORDERING IS DONE ONLINE PRIOR TO PICTURE DAY, and all students will be photographed. Pictures ordered after picture day are available at our regular pricing. Use Prepay and save!

Outdoor Movie - Saturday, October 15th

Join us to watch Hotel Transylvania 2 on the field below the playground at South. You can set up chairs or blankets starting at 6:30 and the movie will start at 7.

5th grade will sell concessions to support the 5th grade celebration at the end of the year. Cash or Venmo will be accepted.

This is a free event, but Home and School will accept direct donations that evening. Hope you can join us!

Oct. 19th Inservice Day Arrival/Dismissal Times

Please note our first 1/2 day of the school year is schedule for Wednesday, October 19th. Please see arrival and dismissal adjustments below:

1st-5th Grade:

AM Arrival: 8:30 AM, NO CHANGE

PM Dismissal: 12:15 PM (bus times are adjusted 3 hours earlier than normal)


AM-K Arrival: 8:30 AM, NO CHANGE

AM-K Dismissal: 10:30 AM (bus times are adjusted 1 hour earlier than normal)

PM-K Arrival: 10:30 AM (bus times are adjusted 2 hours earlier than normal)

PM-K Dismissal: 12:15 PM (bus times are adjusted 3 hours earlier than normal)

K+ Arrival: 8:30 AM, NO CHANGE

K+ Dismissal: 12:15 PM (bus times are adjusted 3 hours earlier than normal)

*YMCA Note: the before/aftercare YMCA program will run onsite as usual on 1/2 days.

Coupon Book Sale - Proceeds Support the South Safety Patrol

Please consider purchasing a coupon book (sample linked below) to support the South safety patrol! Find great deals on restaurants, services, and fun/activities!

Coupon Book

Safety patrol members will be selling book, keep an eye out for copies at H&S and school events throughout the school year.

Important Dates - October, 2022

Home and School Meeting - Monday, Oct. 3rd (7:00 - 8:00 PM) @ South Library

NO SCHOOL, Yom Kippur - Wednesday, October 5th

NO SCHOOL, Inservice - Monday, October 10th

PICTURE DAY - Thursday, October 13th

H&S South Movie Night - Saturday, October 15th, lower soccer fields @ South, 7:00 - 9:00 PM (*rescheduled from Friday, Oct. 29th).

1/2 DAY, Inservice - Wednesday, October 19th **See arrival/dismissal times above**

October South Calendar

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22-23 YEARBOOK Update

We are excited to start working on the 2022-2023 yearbook! Just as we did last year, our main goal is to include all of the children in candid photos and highlight all of the wonderful South Elementary events!

We love seeing the students' smiling faces in the yearbook, and we know you do too! You can help make the yearbook a success by submitting your photos to us. If you are attending any Home & School event, such as the upcoming 10/6 Walk-A-Thon, Book Fairs, or you chaperone a field trip. Forward your best photos to us at at any time.

Are you able to assist the Yearbook Committee in the role of event photographer, Yearbook rep for your child's classroom, or Kindergarten, 1st, or 2nd grade yearbook staff? Click the link below to learn more and let us know!

Thanks you for your support. Yearbook sale information will be communicated soon!

Educational Trip Forms

Please remember to submit education trip forms for any extended travel plans. You can find educational trip forms here.

PVSD Powerpacks Program

PV Power Packs is a weekend food program for students experiencing food insecurity. Bags of food, including 2 breakfast items, 2 lunch items, 2 snacks, and 2 fruits, are sent home with students prior to every weekend. There is no financial information required to participate in this program and students pick up their bags from their counselor or designated person every week.

For more information regarding how to receive a Power Pack for your child or to make donations to the Power Packs program, click here:

Powerpacks Application (Spanish)

"Flexible Instructional Days" (FID) in 22-23

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) approved the use of Flexible Instructional Days (FID) as an alternate form of instruction in response to inclement weather or other emergencies. On a FID day, instruction will be virtual. FID assist schools in meeting the required 180 student days. PA Schools may use up to five (5) FID per school year - in PVSD, we will utilize FID when all 3 inclement weather days built into the district calendar are used.

For more information and and the elementary FID schedule, CLICK HERE.

South Home and School Updates

Where can you find out information about South Home and School? - Flyers from school on Orange Paper

Facebook Group - South Elementary Home & School Association

Remind Texts - Get reminders about Home and School events sent right to your phone! Go to and enter code: @southhome1

Website -

South Spotlight - Mr. D’Andrea’s Monthly School Update

Home & School Meetings - First Meeting 9/12 from 7-8 pm in the South APR

Join us for our Welcome Back Event on September 7th 5-8 pm on the Playground

Look for an orange flyer with more information about the food trucks that are coming to help with dinner and dessert!

Email with any questions

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General Updates

  • Education Trip Forms - please remember to submit education trip forms for any extended travel plans. You can find educational trip forms here.
  • Attendance Notes - please submit absence notes to the South attendance email ( for any unplanned or unexpected absence due to illness or well visits.
South Home and School Association

Click here to learn more about ways to support the South Home and School Association!

For more information, visit the sites below: