Pleasant Valley Family Newsletter

November 18, 2022

Our mission is to empower and inspire a community of lifelong learners and leaders!

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Dear Pleasant Valley Families,

Thank you to all who donated to our Student Council and Parma Educators Association Food Drive! Our class of 2034, aka Grade 1, had the most items donated! This is the class that one last year too! Thank you again for all of your generous donations! They will be appreciated by the families who receive them!

A big shout out to our PTA Third Vice President, Heather Ashforth, and all of the parents and family members who volunteered their time to make the PTA PV Wing Ding Fundraiser a fun and successful night! This included meetings in the evening to plan, assisting with set up, working during the event, donating baskets, selling tickets, and helping clean up. Also, thank you to all the parents who supported the event by attending!

Please remember to send students to school prepared for winter weather. Students will continue to be outside for recess if it is dry and the "feels like" temperature is above 20 degrees. Car riders should continue to be prepared to be outside in cold and wet weather.

Our lost and found is currently bursting at the seam! Please click this link to view items that we have. If you see an item that belongs to your child, please encourage them to come down and look in the box for the row attached to the picture.

I wish all of our PV families and community a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Please keep this in mind... If you hear something from your child that doesn’t seem right, check with your child’s teacher immediately. Should safety ever be compromised, I will promptly notify all families. Creating a safe, orderly, and welcoming learning environment is critical to educating and preparing our learners to achieve their highest potential. The safety of your children will always be at the forefront. We have a very dedicated staff who work hard to ensure that your child is welcomed, served, and dismissed safely each and every day, whether via car, bus, or walking.

I want to thank you for your partnership with Pleasant Valley! We are very appreciative of all of you! If you have any questions, concerns, or just a great idea you would like to share, please email me at or call the main office at (440) 843- 3661 (until 440.885.2380 works again) any weekday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Very Sincerely Yours,

Mrs. Stephanie Boka

Reading Improvement Monitoring Plans- RIMPS

All students took fall benchmark assessments at the beginning of the school year. If your child's score was below the benchmark, they were identified as a stunet who is "not on track" to pass the third grade Ohio State Test in English Language Arts and have a Reading Improvement Monitoring Plan or a RIMP. RIMPs were sent home this week with students. Please check your child's backpack in case one of these was sent home for you. If you want to know how to best support your child in reading or literacy skills, please get in touch with your child's teacher.

PV and PTA Giving Tree

We plan to do our Annual Giving Tree tradition for our PV families in need. More information will be coming on December 2, 2022.

Fall Fundraiser Order Pick Up- Save the date!!

Wednesday, November 30th, will be the Fall Fundraiser order pick-up!

Parents/Guardians should pick up their orders between 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM in our upper gym.

Thank you for helping to make it a successful fundraiser!!

STILL Attendance Phone Line (440) 885-2380 Temporarily Disconnected

Our Attendance phone line is still not working. We are waiting for the phone service company to work through their process to restore it. Hopefully, it will be back in service after the Thanksgiving Break. When it is restored, we will communicate that with families.

In the meantime, use these numbers for attendance calls:

(440) 843- 3661 or

(440) 843- 3662

Thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter.

PCPTA Poinsettia and Winter Basket Ticket Sale

The Poinsettia Sale ends today, Friday, November 18th, and our Winter Raffle baskets sale is now live until December 2nd. Please support these fundraisers if possible, as they go directly to our scholarship program. Click here for the Poinsettia Sale and here for the Winter Raffle BasketsTickets!

December to Remember Spirit Days

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From our PTA President, Monica Abbott

Pleasant Valley Wing-Ding!

Our first-ever Wing-Ding Fundraiser was a success! We had a great turnout and a super fun evening. Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time! A special thank you to those who donated items or provided us with raffle baskets.

Holiday Shop! We need Santa’s Helpers!!

The Holiday Shop will be held December 5th-9th! In order for our kiddos to have the best shopping experience we will need Santa’s Helpers to help make the Shop run smoothly! Please sign up using the Signup Genius link:

December 7th Meeting

On Wednesday, December 7th at 6 pm, we will be holding our Holiday Dinner Event. Everyone is invited; however, this dinner will require an RSVP. This is an adult-only event. Everyone will be responsible for paying for their meal. Please keep a look out for location details soon.

Not a member?

Come and join our hive at to stay up to date on all our events. All are welcome!!

November Parent Mentor Minutes

Click the link to read November Parent Mentor Minutes.

From Elizabeth Carter

PCSD Parent Mentor

(440) 843-3940

Veteran's Day Program

Please find the youtube link to our Veteran's afternoon program from last week below:

The video will be up until November 22, 2022, so watch it soon!

Looking Ahead at PV

11.23-11.25 Thanksgiving Break

11.28 School Resumes

11.30 PV Fundraiser Order Pick up 3:00-6:00 pm Upper Gym

12.5-12.9 PTA Holiday Shop

12.8 Grade 3 and 4 Choir Winter Concert @ 7:00 pm

12.12-12.14 STEM 1 Kindness Canes Sales

12.21-1.3.2023 Winter Break

1.4. 2023 School Resumes

1.13 End of the 2nd Marking Period- No Schooll for Students

1.16 Dr. Martin Luther King Day- No School for Students and Staff

1.18 PTA Meeting @ 6:20 pm Cafe

1.25 Quarter 2 Report Cards available in HAC

Help PV Teachers with Supplies When Doing Your Holiday Online Shopping

When shopping online this holiday season, please consider using our partner, They use stores like Macy's, Kohl's, Wal-Mart, and more.

Many families have already enrolled in this program and our teachers have already been receiving the benefits- THANK YOU!

We have been partnering with to raise funds for Pleasant Valley's Resilient Learner / PBIS program. We are partnering with a company that specializes in safe, no-contact fundraising.

This safe and easy fundraiser is 100% online, so there is no face-to-face selling, collecting money, or delivering products. This fundraiser will begin on Friday, October 29th, and go through until May 2022. Please encourage your family and friends to participate.

  1. Go to
  2. Search for PV by school name or by city/state. (Pleasant Valley Elementary School & STEM)
  3. Click on Choose School
  4. Start Shopping with over 400 nationally-known merchants. (Walmart, Kohls, Home Depot, Hertz, Office Depot, Macy's, Old Navy are just a few participating merchants) Great for online shopping for the holidays.
  5. PV classroom teachers will receive a percentage from your purchases.

Thank you in advance for your participation.

Student Banking Program with PSE Credit Union at Pleasant Valley

Our learners can open a saving account early! Only $5.00 to start. Deposits are taken on Wednesdays ONLY! Click to read and learn about our PSE Banking Program.

School Fees

Please remember to turn in your child's school fees for the 2022-23 school year. 2022-23 school fees are $45.00 per child.

We accept cash (exact change preferred), checks, or money orders

payable to: Pleasant Valley Elementary School

Be sure to write your child's name and teacher on the front of the envelope.

Should you have any questions about how much you owe, you may contact Capri Blasco at or 440-885-2379

Attendance is Important

Attendance Procedures

If your child is going to be absent, please call our office at: 440-885-2380 no later than 9:30 am. If the absence requires a doctor's visit, please provide a doctor’s note when they return to school. Daily student attendance is a vital component of student academic success. With the requirements of House Bill 410, the state of Ohio requires each school district to communicate with families when a child is considered chronically absent.

For additional information on HB 410, please visit this link.

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2022-23 Ohio State Tests (OST) Dates

Please avoid scheduling appointments or vacations on these dates if you have a child in third or fourth grade.

Grade 3 OSTs

April 19, 2023, Spring ELA Part 1

April 20, 2023, Spring ELA Part 2

April 27, 2023, Spring Math Part 1

April 28, 2023, Spring Math Part 2

Grade 4 OSTs

April 17, 2023, Spring ELA Part 1

April 18, 2023, Spring ELA Part 2

April 24, 2023, Spring ELA Part 1

April 25, 2023, Spring Math Part 2

Community Resources

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From Susannah Hamm: December, January & February Children's Programs at Parma-Powers Branch Library

All events are free and in-person at the Parma-Powers Branch of CCPL, 6996 Powers Blvd. Registration is required. Sign up today by clicking on the links below or calling 440-885-5362. Please call or email if you have questions to Susannah Hamm's contact information below.

All CCPL programs and services are free. Miss Susannah

Winter Reading Game

Preschool to Grade 5

Read books to collect colorful brag tags to wear! Play only at Parma-Powers Branch.

Thu, Dec 1 – Tue, Feb 28 / All day

Crafty Keepsakes

Grades K- 5

Join us for a fun evening creating seasonal crafts.

Frosty Decorations – Mon, Jan 9 / 6 PM

Valentine’s Day Décor – Mon, Feb 6 / 6 PM

Master Builders Challenge

Grades K - 4

Take our LEGO construction challenge and build with friends. We supply the bricks, you supply the imagination.

Wed, Dec 28 / 2 PM

Colors, Prisms and Rainbows

Grades K - 2

Investigate color, sunlight and rainbows with the Children's Museum. Make and take home an UV bracelet.

Thu, Dec 29 / 2 PM

Sleeping Beauty Marionette Theater

K - 5

Hand-carved, beautifully costumed marionettes enact the play with the help of Stevens Puppets' skilled manipulators.

Sat, Jan 7 / 2 PM

Zoom to the Moon

Ages 3 - 5 with a caregiver

Take an imaginary rocket to the moon and explore simple principles of astronomy through hands-on activities and imaginative play.

Thu, Jan 12 / 6:15 PM

Fri, Jan 13 / 11 AM

Morse Code Jewelry

Grades 3 - 5

Explore the cryptic world of Morse Code and make your own secret code necklace.
Tue, Jan 17 / 7 PM

Babies and Bumps - Virtual over Zoom

Expectant parents and infants in arms

Learn to engage the baby's brain with rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and books. Meet other parents and infants. Experts will answer questions.

Thu, Feb 2 – Feb 23 / 6 PM

Balloon Twisting with Swifty the Clown

Families with children Pre-K to Grade 5

Swifty the Clown twists balloons into fantastic and colorful sculptures of animals, flowers and other common objects.

Sat, Feb 4 / 2 PM

Student Success Centers

Help with reading, math, science, and other schoolwork and learning.

Mon – Thu / 4 – 6:30 PM

Artful Impact

Art isn't just about making something beautiful but can be used for self-expression, communication, confidence, and feeling good. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Fri, Feb 10 – May 12 / 4 – 5 PM

Kids Café

A free afterschool meal for 18 and younger.

Mon – Fri / 3:30 – 4:30 PM

Baby & Me

Birth – 18 months with caregiver

Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and books.

Mon in Jan and Feb / 10:30 AM

Toddler Storytime

19 – 35 months with a caregiver

Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Tue in Jan and Feb / 10:30 AM

Toddler & Preschool Storytime

19 months – 5 years (not yet in kindergarten) w/ caregiver

Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and stories.

Wed in Jan and Feb / 10:30 AM

Preschool Storytime

Ages 3 – 5 (but not yet in kindergarten) with a caregiver

Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and stories.

Thu in Jan and Feb / 10:30 AM

Susannah Hamm

Branch Services Librarian Supervisor-Children's

Cuyahoga County Public Library

Parma-Powers Branch

6996 Powers Blvd / Parma, OH 44129-5472

p 440.885.5362 / f 440.884.2263

The Parma Area Family Collaborative located at 5210 Loya Parkway Parma, Ohio- Will also have community supports during this- more information can be located on their Facebook Page

Additional Community Resources can be located by calling United Way's 2-1-1. 2-1-1 is the gateway that connects people with community resources. By simply dialing three digits, you can make one call to find or give help. No more wasted time trying to find the right resource. It’s efficient, fast, and easy to use. And the call is free and confidential.

State & County Links

United Way 211:

2-1-1 is the gateway that connects people with community resources. By simply dialing three digits, you can make one call to find or give help. No more wasted time trying to find the right resource. It’s efficient, fast, and easy to use. And the call is free and confidential.

Cuyahoga County Board of Health:

Ohio Department of Health:

Ohio Department of Education:

Translation Service Request

Russian: Если вам нужен переводчик для встречи, обратитесь к секретарю здания.

Spanish: Si necesita un intérprete para una reunión, comuníquese con la secretaria del edificio

Ukrainian: Якщо вам потрібен перекладач для зустрічі, зв’яжіться з секретарем будівлі.

Pashto: که تاسو د غونډې لپاره ترجمان ته اړتیا لرئ ، مهرباني وکړئ د ودانۍ سکرتر سره اړیکه ونیسئ.

Google Translate Links

Google Translate Links:

Russian Гугл переводчик

Spanish Traductor de google

Ukranian Перекладач Google

Pashto ګوګل ژباړونک

Translation Service Request:

Russian: Если вам нужен переводчик для встречи, обратитесь к секретарю здания.

Spanish: Si necesita un intérprete para una reunión, comuníquese con la secretaria del edificio

Ukrainian: Якщо вам потрібен перекладач для зустрічі, зв’яжіться з секретарем будівлі.

Pashto: که تاسو د غونډې لپاره ترجمان ته اړتیا لرئ ، مهرباني وکړئ د ودانۍ سکرتر سره اړیکه ونیسئ.

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