PLEASANT VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL * * * November 21, 2021
Welcome to another edition of our Patriot Press
Dear Patriot Families,
We are so excited to be offering middle school sports after the holiday break. Boys basketball for 7th and 8th graders will be the first offering, then 7th and 8th grade girls basketball. If your child is interested then they must get a current physical on file. Sports physicals are good for two years. More information is included below in this newsletter and on the BGPS website.
With Thanksgiving around the corner, we hope that you all find something to be thankful for and can spend some time with family and friends. We are thankful to serve our students and community.
With the colder weather on the way, please have you child dress for the weather. Thank you all.
- December 1 hour late start Wednesdays Dec. 1, 8, 15
- No school November 24-26 Thanksgiving break
- No school December 20th -31st for Winter Break
- School Psychology Week was Nov 8-12
- PV PTA Bazaar December 11th
- PVM winter band concert December 16, 7pm
- HIV/AIDS, Human Growth and Development materials review
- Middle school sports - sports physicals
- ASB food drive coming soon! December 6-15
- Dress code policy
- PVM student pick up process during PVP release times
- Veteran's Day virtual assembly video
- 8th grade celebration
- Counselor's Corner
- Notes From the Nurse
- Covid symptom tree flowchart
- From the District: COVID Cases and Safety Requirements
- Aspire - highly capable learners referrals for testing - Deadline Dec.3rd
- Inclement weather and emergency closure information
- Absence reporting
- Family Resource Center information
- November and December breakfast/lunch menus
- Chromebook Help, hot spots, student log in information
- Contact information
- District calendars and handbook
NO SCHOOL: November 24th-26th - Thanksgiving break
PVM office: 360-885-5500
PVM attendance line: 360-885-5512
PVM office email: email@example.com
ASB food drive December 6th-15th
PV PTA Bazaar December 11th 9am-4pm
PVM Winter Band Concert December 16th 7pmNO SCHOOL: December 20th -31st - Winter Break
School Psychology Week
We would like to give our PVM psychologist, Marianne Plymate, a big THANK YOU for the many things she does for our students every day to help them succeed and thrive.
Nov. 8-12 was National School Psychology Week, highlighting the important work of school psychologists and other educators who help students thrive. The theme this year is “Let’s Get in G.E.A.R.” The theme's acronym provides a challenge to Grow both personally and professionally, Engage in best practices and Advocate for children's access to mental health and learning supports. To Rise implies resilience and renewal despite the challenges of the past.
School psychologists are considered the “case manager” at their buildings, serving both general and special education students. The services they provide include counseling, group work, and guiding the multidisciplinary special education team processes. In addition to student outreach efforts, school psychologists also engage directly with individual students who are struggling to meet behavior expectations. They are instrumental to providing successful social-emotional learning programs in all of our schools.
PV PTA Holiday Bazaar - Dec. 11th 9am- 4pm
Are you interested in being a vendor?! We still have space available and would love for you to join! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
HIV/AIDS, Human Growth and Development materials review
Dear Parents/Guardians of middle school students in health/P.E. classes,
You have a student who is currently enrolled in a middle school health/PE class. In accordance with district policy 2125 and Washington State laws (RCW 28A.230.070, RCW 28A.300.475, WAC 392-410-140), Battle Ground Public Schools offers instruction in HIV/AIDS prevention to students in grades 5-8 and instruction in human growth and development to students in grade 5. This instruction is done during your child's health/PE class.
We are notifying you about the parent review period (Nov. 9-Dec. 10) for the materials that will be used for this instruction. The instruction will begin in January.
There are two options for you to review the materials:
Parent Review Night: Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 4:30-6:30 PM at the Maple Grove Media Center (610 B SW Eaton Blvd)
View Materials Online: Go to the Battle Ground Public Schools website at the following links to review the materials for:
If, after reviewing the curriculum, you would like to opt-out your middle school child(ren) from this instruction, you will need to complete the online Opt-Out Form for Middle School HIV/AIDS prevention and Human Growth & Development education no later than Dec. 10, 2021. Students must be excused from this instruction every year. Students who are opted out of these lessons will be given an alternate, required health assignment. The instruction will begin in January. If you choose to opt out, you must do so by Dec. 10.
Battle Ground Public Schools
Return of middle school sports - middle school basketball players: Get your sports physical
7th-8th grade middle school basketball players: Get your sports physical
Middle school sports will return to Battle Ground Public Schools in January with the launch of boys basketball at all our neighborhood middle schools. Girls basketball will begin in February. Students who participate in sports must have an annual sports physical before practices begin. Boys basketball participants should please plan now to have your sports physical completed by Jan. 3. Additional information to note about the launch of middle school sports in our schools:
**NOTE: Middle school sports participation will be open to 7th and 8th graders. Cross country will be offered to students in 6th-8th grades.
Seasons will be about 5 weeks long this first year. The first three weeks will be non-competitive intramural play, and the final two weeks will be competitive games vs. other middle schools in the district. Students can participate in just the intramural play.
The sports fee will be $10 for 3 weeks of intramurals or $25 for the 5-week season.
Under the K-12 pandemic guidance from the Department of Health, basketball is considered a high risk indoor sport. That means athletes must either be fully vaccinated or test negative two times each week to participate. The district will provide the tests.
Other seasons will begin: Cross country and boys soccer in March. Cross country and girls soccer in April.
The levy pays for middle school sports equipment and coaches' salaries. Thank you voters for supporting our students!
Sports physical form may be downloaded below.
ASB food drive coming soon! December 6-15
Each day will have a bonus item that earns extra points; they are listed below.
12/7-canned meat-tuna, chicken, spam, etc
12/8-cleaning supplies-wipes, dish soap, hand soap, laundry detergent
12/9-pasta sauce and noodles
12/10-soup-canned soup (not condensed)
12/13-cereal and oatmeal-boxes of unopened cereal, oatmeal packets and oatmeal
12/14-paper products-TP, paper towels, napkins, etc
12/15-baby products-diapers, baby food, wipes, etc
Dress code policy
The following letter was emailed to families November 11th.
We are sending this today in hopes that you can partner with us and offer support. Now that we are all happily back on campus and learning together we are expecting students to follow our community rules.
One of the rules that we need to enforce is our dress code policy. This will help to ensure a comfortable learning environment for all. I am attaching the visual of the appropriate wear zones that we will begin enforcing by parent contact after Thanksgiving break. We have shared these expectations with all students.
Students will also be asked to wear their sweatshirts zipped up or to put on a school provided clothing item if their own clothing does not meet these guidelines.
Thank you for your support and understanding.
PVM student pick up process during PVP release times
If your child stays after school for an activity at PVM, we do need you to follow PVP pick up procedures when collecting your child at PVP release time, to ensure the safety of all students. We have had some close calls of both parents and students walking between cars in the car pick up line in order to get to a parked vehicle in the parking lot. We have also had some PVM families trying to find alternate ways to move their car through the parking lot to pick up their child so they don't have to wait in the car pick up line.
As you may not be aware of the traffic flow and processes used by PVP, they are listed below.
Pick Up Procedures
Our parking lot is small and tends to get pretty crowded during our primary student dismissal and on the days PVM has after school activities, it is even more crowded than normal. In order to ensure the safety of our primary students as well as the middle school students, we would ask that all families (PVP and PVM) follow our afternoon pick up procedures outlined below.
A - Bus Transportation - your child will get on their designated bus to go home
B - Car Pick Up - your child will wait in front of the middle school for you to pick them up in the car line. In this option parents will get in the car line and stay in their car the entire time while a staff member will help your child into the car. If you need to buckle your child we ask that you pull into a parking spot to do this so we can keep the line of cars moving to ensure everyone gets home safely and in a timely manner. (see red lines in the below image...cars will form two lines along the curb and then will merge into a single line). PVM Families, if you choose this option we ask that you wait in line no differently than the primary families and that you do not try and pull up or pull around other cars to get your child loaded.
C - Parent Pick Up - Parents will enter the parking lot and turn to the left and find a parking spot (outlined in green in the below image). Parents will wear a mask and walk to the grassy/tree area (see image below) where you will meet up with your child. You can then walk them to your car and exit the parking lot. Please ensure that your child checks out with our staff member at this location prior to leaving with you so we can ensure each child’s safety. PVM Families, we ask that if your child is expected to meet up with you in a parking space and you are not planning to wait in the car pick up line, that you please meet your child at the designated pick up location. We have this area coned off so there is no car traffic in order to ensure student and family safety. We cannot have your child walk in between cars that are lined up in line to get to you in the parking lot. We have had several close calls with middle school students or parents traveling between cars.
8th grade celebration
Calling all 8th Grade parents!!! Are you interested in celebrating your 8th grader this spring? Contact PVMclassof2022@gmail.com to get involved in planning the 8th Grade Celebration for our students.
The 8th grade class of 2022 is moving on to Prairie HS at the end of the school year. The celebration planning committee is starting to think about this year's 8th grade celebration and we are looking for any parents that are willing to help out. If this sounds like something you would be interested in please contact PVMclassof2022@gmail.com
Hi PVM Families -
Over the next couple of weeks I will begin my lessons with 6th, 7th, and 8th graders on the Signs of Suicide and Depression. School staff are working to teach students about mental health and how to seek help if they are worried about themselves or a friend. We are using a program called SOS Signs of Suicide. The program teaches students about this difficult topic and encourages them to seek help.
SOS has been used by thousands of schools over the past few decades. Studies have shown that it effectively teaches students about depression and suicide while reducing the number of students’ self-reported suicide attempts.
Through the program, students learn:
that depression is treatable, so they are encouraged to seek help
how to identify depression and potential suicide risk in themselves or a friend
to ACT (Acknowledge, Care and Tell a trusted adult) if concerned about themselves or a friend
who they can turn to at school for help, if they need it
Students will watch age-appropriate video clips and participate in a guided discussion about depression, suicide, and what to do if they are concerned about a friend. Following the video, students will complete a response slip which asks whether they would like to talk to an adult about any concerns. School staff will conduct brief meetings with any student asking to talk.
We encourage you to visit www.sossignsofsuicide.org/parent for information on warning signs for youth suicide, useful resources, and some of the key messages students will learn.
Below you will find:
Clark County Crisis Line: 800-626-1006
If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s participation in this program please contact me at email@example.com. .
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
Notes from the Nurse
Dear Pleasant Valley Families,
Please continue to monitor your children for signs of illness and keep them home if they are not feeling well. You may also call the school and speak to me, Nancy Boldt, RN School Nurse or DeAnna Muir our Cares Room attendant to clarify what the next steps should be. Now that Covid 19 vaccinations are available to school age children, if you opt to vaccinate your child it would be great for the school to receive a copy of the vaccination card. This would give us additional information if your child is considered a close contact of someone who tested positive for Covid 19 and may reduce or eliminate the need for them to quarantine. Covid 19 vaccination is optional.
The district’s Covid 19 testing site is up and running from 10 am to 2 pm on school days. Here is the link to the testing site information; https://www.battlegroundps.org/covid-19-testing/ .
We are scheduled to have our vision and hearing screening in February. Please remember this is screening only. In middle school we screen 5th and 7th graders. Should your child be recommended for follow up you will be notified.
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Nancy Boldt, BSN, RN
School Nurse, Pleasant Valley Middle School
*NEW* COVID-19 Screening Flowchart (Symptom Tree)
We have been notified of some changes to the COVID-19 requirements for when a student must isolate or test before returning to school. A new, state-developed flowchart for the screening of COVID-19 symptoms is available online. The new flowchart distinguishes between more severe symptoms and those that are less severe, which should reduce the number of students asked to isolate. Certain types of symptoms require self-isolating for 24 hours if symptoms resolve, and others require a negative COVID-19 test to return to school, or a longer self-isolation while waiting for symptoms to resolve.
From the District: COVID Cases and Safety Requirements
The district posts information about confirmed and likely cases in schools on a COVID-19 dashboard.
- Please keep your child home if they are running a fever or experiencing other symptoms of illness. See our Health and Attendance brochure and the COVID-19 Student Symptom Flow Chart for more information.
- The state Department of Health is requiring all people, regardless of vaccination status, to wear masks indoors at school and on school buses. There are a few exceptions for people with medical and developmental conditions or a disability that prevent them from wearing a mask.
- Schools will maintain at least 3 feet of physical distance between students in classrooms to the degree possible and reasonable, and 6 feet elsewhere to the degree possible and reasonable without limiting the district’s ability to serve all students.
- For the purposes of contact tracing in classrooms, close contacts are those who are within 3 feet of a person who is positive for COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes in a 24-hour period. In other school spaces, the close contact distance is within 6 feet of a positive person.
- Students who are fully vaccinated and identified as a close contact will not have to quarantine unless they are symptomatic.
Aspire - highly capable learners referrals for testing - Deadline December 3rd
Battle Ground Public Schools is accepting referrals to test students for its highly capable Aspire program. Aspire is designed for students in grades K – 12 who perform or show the potential for performing at significantly advanced academic levels as demonstrated by one or more of the multiple criteria specified by the state (WAC 392-170-035).
Referral packets are due by the first Friday in December each year; this year referrals are due by December 3rd. Testing takes place in January. Identified students will receive services the following school year. Parents who submit the student referral packet by the December deadline will be notified of the date and time the testing will occur at their student’s school. Referral packets are available at the student’s school office or on the BGPS website. For more information about the Aspire program, please see the BGPS website or contact (360) 885-5426.
Inclement weather and emergency closure information
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Dear families and staff of Battle Ground Public Schools.
As the weather becomes chilly, we want to make you aware of our weather procedures in the event that school is canceled or a late start is called due to weather or road conditions. Battle Ground Public Schools administrators consider many factors when determining school closures, and notify families only if there is a change to the school schedule.
In addition to this email, we called you tonight at the telephone number that we will use to notify you between 5:30 and 6:00 a.m. on weather-impacted days. If you did not receive the call or did receive it at a telephone number other than the one you would like us to use, please update your child's contact information on Skyward (Family Access) or with your school office so that we can notify you.
Weather Information & 5:30 a.m. phone calls
A Weather Guide informational flyer (Russian) (Spanish) with details about weather-related closure and late start notifications is attached to this email. Please note whether your school is designated as a "north" or "south" school.
In case of a school closure or late start, we begin calling families about 5:30 a.m. If you do not receive a call, you can call our information line at 360-885-5343 to check if there is a change in the school schedule. Additional weather information is on the district website.
Weather-related late starts are two hours!
In the event of a late start, school begins two hours later than normal. If a weather-related, two-hour late start occurs on a Wednesday Late Start day, the teacher collaboration time will be canceled and school will start two hours later than the regular (Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri) start time. View school start/end times as well as late start and early release information.
Parental discretion and weather-related absences
Even when a school is open, parents and guardians may use their own judgment whether it is safe to send their children to school. Weather-related absences are excused if they are reported to the school by a parent or guardian.
Snow bus routes
The 2021-22 snow routes for buses have been posted on the district website. Please note that if snow routes are implemented for morning pick up, the buses will also run on snow routes for afternoon drop off. If your bus stop is different from your regular stop, then a guardian must meet their child at the snow route stop at the end of the day or the student will be transported back to school.
Thank you and have a good evening,
Battle Ground Public Schools
Информация о закрытии школ и задержке занятий из-за погодных условий
Дорогие работники и семьи школьного округа Батл Граунд.
Поскольку наступает холодное время года, мы хотим проинформировать вас о процедурах школьного округа на случай отмены уроков в школе или позднего начала занятий из-за погодных условий или состояния дорог. Принимая решение о закрытии школ, администрация государственных школ Баттл Граунда учитывает множество факторов и уведомляет семьи только в случае изменения школьного расписания.
В дополнение к данному электронному сообщению мы звонили вам сегодня вечером по телефону, который мы будем использовать для оповещения между 5:30 и 6:00 утра в ненастные дни. Если вы не получили телефонного звонка или получили не на тот номер, на который хотите получать такие уведомления, пожалуйста, обновите контактную информацию своего ребёнка в базе данных Skyward (Family Access) или сообщите её в офис школы, чтобы мы могли вас уведомить.
Погодные новости и телефонные звонки в 5:30 утра
Информационный погодный бюллетень (Russian) (Spanish) с подробностями о закрытии школ по погодным условиям и уведомлениями о позднем начале занятий прикреплены к этому письму. Обратите внимание на то, как обозначена ваша школа - как «северная» или «южная».
В случае закрытия школы или позднего начала занятий мы начинаем звонить семьям примерно в 5:30 утра. Если вы не получили звонка, то можете позвонить на нашу информационную линию по телефону 360-885-5343, чтобы узнать, есть ли изменения в школьном расписании. Дополнительная информация о погоде (weather information) находится на веб-сайте школьного округа.
Начало занятий на два часа позже в результате погодных условий!
В случае позднего начала занятия начнутся на два часа позже обычного. Если занятия начинаются позже в результате погодных условий в среду, когда школа начинается на час позже, занятия начнутся на два часа позже, чем в остальные дни (понедельник/вторник/четверг/пятница). Здесь можно просмотреть время начала/конца занятий, а также информацию о позднем старте и раннем роспуске.
Отсутствие по усмотрению родителей и в результате погодных условий
Даже когда школы открыты, родители или опекуны имеют право не пускать детей в школу по своему усмотрению, если они считают, что это небезопасно. Отсутствия в результате погодных условий оформляются как уважительные, если родитель или опекун поставит в известность руководство школы.
Маршруты автобусов при снежной погоде
Маршруты автобусов при снежной погоде на 2021-22 опубликованы на веб-странице округа. Пожалуйста, примите во внимание то, что в случае, если снежные маршруты введены в действие утром, после школы автобусы развезут учащихся также в режиме снежного маршрута. Если место вашей автобусной остановки при снежной погоде отличается от места обычной остановки, родитель или опекун обязан встретить ребёнка на автобусной остановке в конце для, в противном случае ребёнка отвезут обратно в школу.
Спасибо, желаем вам приятного вечера,
Государственные Школы Баттл Граунда
Información acerca de la clausura de clases y el inicio tarde de la escuela debido al mal clima
Estimadas familias y personal de las Escuelas Públicas de Battle Ground.
A medida que el clima se vuelve frío, queremos informarle sobre nuestros procedimientos acerca del clima en caso de que se cancelen las clases o sea necesario un comienzo tarde debido al clima o a las condiciones de las calles. Los administradores de las Escuelas Públicas de Battle Ground consideran muchos factores al determinar el cierre de escuelas y notifican a las familias solamente en caso de un cambio en el horario escolar.
Además de este correo electrónico, les llamamos a ustedes esta noche al número de teléfono que usaremos en las horas de la madrugada entre las 5:30 y las 6:00 a.m. para notificarles en los días afectados por el clima Si no recibió la llamada o la recibió en un número de teléfono que no sea el que le gustaría que usemos, por favor actualice la información de contacto de su hijo en Skyward (Family Access) o llame a la oficina de su escuela para que podamos notificarle. (Vea instrucciones en español para utilizar el programa de Skyward aquí.)
Información acerca del Clima y las Llamadas de las 5:30 a.m.
Se adjunta a este correo electrónico un folleto informativo de la Guía del Tiempo (en español) con detalles sobre el cierre relacionado con el clima y las notificaciones de inicio tarde. Tenga en cuenta si su escuela está designada como escuela "norte" o escuela "sur".
En caso de que la escuela cierre o comience tarde, comenzamos a llamar a las familias alrededor de las 5:30 a.m. Si no recibe una llamada, puede llamar a nuestra línea de información al 360-885-5343 para verificar si hay un cambio en el horario escolar. Puede consultar el sitio web del distrito para buscar información adicional sobre el clima.
El inicio tarde debido al mal clima es un inicio tarde de DOS HORAS!
En el caso de un comienzo tarde, la escuela comienza dos horas más tarde de lo normal. Si un inicio tarde de dos horas relacionado con el clima ocurre en un día de inicio tarde de los días miércoles, el tiempo de colaboración del maestro se cancelará y la escuela comenzará dos horas más tarde que la hora de inicio regular (lunes / martes / jueves / viernes). Vea las horas de entrada y salida de clases, y también la información acerca del inicio tarde y la salida temprano en este enlace.
La discreción de los padres y las ausencias relacionadas con el clima
Aun cuando una escuela está abierta, los padres y tutores pueden usar su propio criterio para determinar si es seguro enviar a sus hijos a la escuela. Las ausencias relacionadas con el clima se justifican si un padre o tutor las informa a la escuela.
Rutas del autobús escolar en caso de nieve
Las rutas para el año 2021-22 del autobús escolar en caso de nieve están publicadas en el sitio web del distrito. Tenga en cuenta que si se implementan rutas de nieve para la recogida por la mañana, los autobuses también circularán por las rutas de nieve para la recogida por la tarde. Si su parada de autobús es diferente a su parada regular, entonces un padre/madre/tutor debe recibir a su hijo en la parada de la ruta de nieve al final del día o el estudiante será transportado de regreso a la escuela.
Gracias y pasen buenas noches,
Escuelas Públicas de Battle Ground
- It is important that student absences are reported to the school office within three school days of their return to school. Parents/guardians may send a note to the school office, call, email, or excuse in Skyward Family Access attendance screen.
- To be excused, absences for reasons not on the district-approved list of excused absences (such as being out of town, vacation, tournaments, family time) must be arranged before the student will be gone to allow teachers time to give them make up work and avoid missing anything important.
- Some absence reasons may not be entered as an excused absence even if a parent/guardian notifies the office, as they are not on the list of approved absence reasons. We will note that we had parent/guardian contact and the absence reason. Examples of these are: Oversleeping, missing the bus, babysitting, needed at home, stopping at the store, haircut appointment etc.
- Please see pages 1 and 2 of section 1 in the district Parent/Student Handbook for a list of excused reasons and other attendance information. Handbooks are linked at the bottom of this newsletter; English, Russian and Spanish versions are available.
PVM attendance line: 360-885-5512
PVM office: 360-885-5500
PVM office email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or through Skyward Family Access, attendance tab, report an absence.
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.
(click below to be redirected to the FCRC page)
School lunch information
All Battle Ground Public Schools students can eat breakfast and/or lunch at school for FREE this year, thanks to an extension of the USDA School Lunch program through June, 2022.
NOTE: Families should still apply for Free or Reduced meal benefits. Those who qualify may be eligible for decreased school fees. To learn more and to apply, visit https://www.battlegroundps.org/free-and-reduced/.
Chromebook Help, hot spots, student log in information
Battle Ground Public Schools provides Chromebooks to students who do not have access to a computing device at home.
Chromebook and technology help
Students who need help with their school-issued Chromebook or technology should contact their school teacher librarian during regular school hours.
If your student cannot remember their password, you can help them retrieve it via Skyward.
See this tutorial for where to access this information.
When schools were closed to in-person learning during the pandemic, Battle Ground Public Schools provided hotspots for students who did not have access to the Internet at home, so they could continue learning remotely. The district used one-time, emergency federal funds made available to schools during the pandemic to assist with pandemic expenditures. These funds are no longer available.
Should the district be able to provide hotspots again to students, you can express your student’s need for connectivity for school purposes on the Battle Ground Public Schools Hotspot Needs form.
Some cell phone providers allow you to use your mobile device to create a hotspot that allows you to connect other devices to the internet. Call your wireless network provider (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, etc.) to explore this option.
PLEASANT VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL MISSION
We believe ALL students can experience academic and personal growth.
PLEASANT VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL
Absence reporting: 360-885-5512
District office switchboard: 360-885-5300
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November 21, 2021