PATRIOT PRESS

PLEASANT VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL * * * December 20, 2020

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Welcome to another edition of our Patriot Press

Hello PVM community,


We want to wish you all safe and happy holidays. It will be nice for us all to spend time with loved ones during the break. We appreciate being able to serve your kids in every way possible, so continue to reach out to us with questions or concerns. So excited to work again with you all in 2021! Happy holidays everyone.



Sincerely,

Mike Maloney, Principal

Dear Families,


We wish you a happy holiday and a restful break. We extend our gratitude for the opportunity to serve your students.

The holidays are a joyful and loving time for many but can also be a source of great stress. This year brings many new stressors and we want to share resources with direct links that may help you or someone you know.


RESOURCES:


Battle Ground Mental Health Resource Page


Anxiety & Depression Association of America (ADAA)

Information on prevention, treatment and symptoms of anxiety, depression and related conditions


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Manage Anxiety and Stress


Mental Health First-Aid

Tools and guidance to provide support to those around you during the COVID-19 pandemic


National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

COVID Resource & Information Guide


Safe Place

Help and resources for teens in crisis or needing a place to stay


WA Listens

833-681-0211

Provides nonclinical support to people experiencing elevated stress due to COVID-19


HELPLINES

Immediate help in a crisis 911 Call or text


Youth Mobile Crisis Unit

Professional mental health services offered directly to youth experiencing a behavioral health crisis. 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 11 p

.m. at (800) 626-8137.


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

800-273-TALK (8255) for English

888-628-9454 for Spanish or Chat Online


National Domestic Violence Hotline

800-799-7233 or text LOVEIS to 22522


National Child Abuse Hotline

800-4AChild (800-422-4453) or

text 800-422-4453


Teen Link By teens, for teens

866-TEENLINK (833-6546) 6:00-9:30 PM



TXT 4 HELP

Text SAFE and current location (address, city, state) to 4HELP (44357). Within seconds, you will receive a message with the closest Safe Place site and phone number for the local youth agency.


Veteran’s Crisis Line

800-273-TALK (8255) or text 8388255



Please take care of yourselves!


With Gratitude,


Mrs. Leeper

Assistant Principal

Inside Scoop

Here's what's inside this week


WINTER BREAK

School will be closed from December 19th - January 3rd for Winter Break. Classes resume Monday, January 4th.


We want to send good wishes out to our families as we are celebrating the many December holidays. We hope you enjoy your holiday traditions, and even starting some new ones this season.

USDA Food Box Distribution

USDA Farmers to Families food box program returns
We have partnered with the Battle Ground Education Foundation to distribute USDA Farmers to Families Food Boxes at the Lewisville campus each week through the end of 2020. Food box distribution will occur at 2:30 p.m. each Wednesday through Dec. 30 on the Lewisville campus, and will last until the boxes are gone. One food box per car.


Lewisville campus is located at: 406 NW 5th Ave., Battle Ground, WA 98604


Volunteers needed: If you can volunteer to help distribute the boxes, please sign up online.

5th Grade Math Materials Distribution, Science Book Return

Wednesday, January 6th we will have a drive through pick up for 5th grade math supplies. We will be distributing materials from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students should return their science books at this time.


These math materials are NOT consumables. They will be checked out to your child and will need to be returned to school later in the year. Math kits do contain small pieces and should be kept out of reach of younger children and pets.

ASB Food Drive Results

Thanks to all who participated in the ASB Food Drive this year! We collected enough to donate 470 pounds of food to the food bank and 11 bags of food to give to our Giving Tree families. You can be assured that you have helped make someone's load a little lighter and spirits a little brighter. Great work Patriots!


Mrs. Benjamin's 6th grade homeroom had the highest number of items collected in the school at 346 items! Yay!

Highest collecting home rooms from other grades are 8th Mrs. Soohoo, 7th Ms. Trainor, and 5th Mrs. Reed's homerooms.

Middle School Picture Day January 20th

PVM's school picture day will be January 20th. Bell Studios will be mailing information about picture ordering out to families some time after January 4th. We will get more details about picture day out to families in January, so keep an eye out.

Vancouver library resources available to students; Opt out option

Hello families of Battle Ground Public Schools,


Our school district and the Fort Vancouver Regional Library (FVRL) are partnering to support students’ ongoing education. Beginning in January, students will be able to access the electronic books and resources available from the Fort Vancouver library.

Through this partnership, all students will be able to use a modified Student ID number to access digital public library resources. The initiative is called ConnectFVRL, because it serves as a bridge between your student and the learning resources offered by our regional library.

Opt out

If you do not want your child to have access to library resources, you can opt out. To opt out your child(ren), log into Skyward (Family Access) and fill out the 2021 ConnectFVRL Opt Out Form (click Online Forms in the menu). Be aware that students who opt out of the partnership will not be able to participate in classroom use of library resources unless they have a Fort Vancouver Regional Library card and know the full card number and PIN.

Important details

  • ConnectFVRL allows students to access all library e-resources and databases just like any other Fort Vancouver Regional Library cardholder.
  • There are no overdue fines for Battle Ground Public School accounts.
  • Unless you opt out your child(ren), all students will be automatically enrolled and use their modified school ID number to access all library e-resource services. The default PIN is the last 4 digits of the student ID number.

Battle Ground Public Schools and our regional library share the belief that a love of books and learning is a strong foundation for student success, and it is with these shared goals in mind that we are working together to ensure that BGPS students will have access to eBooks and resources found at the public library.


Thank you,

Battle Ground Public Schools

COVID 19 testing locations

Washington Department of Health now has a website that provides a list of testing locations by county. This is a good resource for those that may not have insurance, are having difficulty with getting a test due to provider willingness, or live outside of Clark County. The sites listed also provide additional details that may be helpful to know.

Notes from the Nurse

Hello PVM Families,


I can not believe we are already in the throes of the holiday season! I want to say thank you to everyone who is wearing masks, maintaining social distancing and continuing to frequently hand wash. These things alone do make a difference for others and ourselves.


Soon it will be winter break. Remember, it is so important to not gather in groups, for your health and safety and the safety of others. Make time to socialize in other ways. Here is the link about gathering from Washington State Corona Virus Response:


https://coronavirus.wa.gov/information-for/you-and-your-family/safer-gatherings/celebrations-during-covid


In anticipation of the soon-to-be-released vaccine for Covid-19, I encourage you to be informed, and strongly encourage you to consider the vaccine for you and your family. There are several reliable resources related to the vaccine. I recommend checking out the National Institutes of Health at: https://www.nih.gov/coronavirus or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; here is the link to Covid 19 specific information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/vaccine-benefits/facts.html


Let’s work together to stay safe and healthy and enjoy the holiday season!


Sincerely,

Nurse Nancy Boldt, BSN RN

Counselor's Corner

Hello Pleasant Valley Middle School Families,


Social-Emotional Supports


There are great resources available for social-emotional support via the Battle Ground Public Schools website. On the district page there are links that lead you to more information for different topics. Here is the link to our school district's page: Social Emotional Supports


NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is also a great resource: NAMI


Mrs. McCann's Google Classroom.


I will be sharing topics weekly in my Google classroom. Please remind your students to join my Google classroom if they have not done so already. Links were emailed to them at the beginning of the school year to join.

Inclement Weather Information

Please visit Battle Ground Public School's Weather/Emergency Closure webpage to review information on how notifications and school closures will work in the event we have inclement weather. It is always good to have a plan in place ahead of time in case a closure or schedule change must be put in place.


The Pleasant Valley campus is considered a south school.


Weather/Emergency Closures

Family and Community Resource Center

Battle Ground Public Schools’ Family and Community Resource Center (FCRC) helps meet the needs of families faced with housing instability and similar economic challenges.


While a main goal of the FCRC is to assist families experiencing housing instability, it can also help connect families with many other types of resources and is intended to respond to the changing needs of the community.


The FCRC is a continuation of the district’s joint efforts with the Battle Ground Education Foundation, an all-volunteer, nonprofit community organization whose purpose is to leverage community resources to help maintain quality education for all students in Battle Ground schools.


The Family Resource Guide is full of contacts to aid families in connecting with agencies who are able to help with a great variety of needs. Please click the link below to view this helpful guide.


Family Resource Guide


(click below to be redirected to the FCRC page)

Family and Community Resource Center (FCRC)
Phone: (360) 885-5434
Email: fcrc@battlegroundps.org

Attendance - Absence Reporting

If your child has missed, or will be missing, any classes, please be sure to contact the school office to excuse their absence.


  • State reporting codes require absences be excused by a parent or guardian within three days of the return of the student to school.
  • We may not accept student excuses for their own absences.
  • We understand that at times an absence may be unavoidable, such as for limited medical appointment times, illness, internet failures, or a family emergency. Consistent participation dramatically increases student success in school. We ask that if at all possible, appointments and vacation time be scheduled to avoid having students miss their direct instruction time in Zoom meetings.
  • In addition to a parent/guardian reporting the absence to the office, if students are aware they will be missing several days of school (due to traveling etc) please have them email all of their teachers to arrange for make up work.


Absence reporting

Attendance line: 360-885-5512

PVM office: 360-885-5500

PVM email: info.pvm@battlegroundps.org


Thank you for helping us keep your child's attendance record current.

PLEASANT VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL MISSION

Every student at Pleasant Valley Middle School is known by name, strength, and need.
We believe ALL students can experience academic and personal growth.
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PLEASANT VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL

Office: 360-885-5500

Fax: 360-885-5510

Student helpdesk: 360-885-5465

Student helpdesk email: studenthelp@battlegroundps.org

PVM Online: https://sites.google.com/battlegroundps.org/pvm-online/home

District office switchboard: 360-885-5300

PV PTA

Battle Ground School District Calendars 2020-2021

Battle Ground Student and Family Handbook

PVM Student and Family Handbook

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The Battle Ground Public Schools provides equal opportunity in programs and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin/language, creed/religion, sex, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a service animal by a person with a disability, age, marital status, honorably discharged veteran or military status, HIV/Hepatitis C status. The district provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Contact the following regarding questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Tom Adams, Director of Student Services, adams.tom@battlegroundps.org , Title IX Compliance Officer, 360.885.5415; Shelly Whitten, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, whitten.shelly@battlegroundps.org , Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator/Section 504/ADA Coordinator, 360.885.5360; or a letter may be submitted to the designated coordinator at the Battle Ground Public Schools, PO Box 200, Battle Ground, WA 98604

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December 20, 2020

Issue #8

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