West Word

A Weekly Update from Perkiomen Valley Middle School West

A Word from Mr. Creeden

Happy New Year! I hope this newsletter finds you and your family doing well and staying healthy. I also hope our students had a great week this week. We are looking forward to welcoming students back to West in a hybrid setting next week. January is going to be a busy month and we are looking forward to the busyness. Please see the information in the newsletter below to keep up with all of the West happenings.

Quick Snapshot

  • Half-Day on Tuesday January 12th
  • Hybrid Updates/Reminders
  • After School Homework Help
  • Activity Wednesdays
  • Reading Olympics
  • Picture Retakes
  • PV West Yearbook Announcement
  • Middle School Winter Athletic Information
  • Counseling Corner
  • Counseling Groups @ West
  • Change Demographic Information in Synergy
  • Attendance Information
  • West Home & School Information
  • Technology Help
  • PV West on Social Media
  • West Weeks At-A Glance
  • HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

Half-Day on Tuesday January 12th

All students will follow the time schedule below on Tuesday January 12th.
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Hybrid Updates/Reminders

After School Homework Help

Starting on Thursday January 14th there will be an opportunity for students to get homework help after school. After school homework help will take place in-person in the West library every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30 - 3:45pm (there is no homework help this Tuesday due to the half-day). Any West student may participate and there is no need to sign-up. Students not attending school in-person on a homework help day may be dropped off by a parent/guardian at the main entrance. We will continue to be extremely diligent at following all health and safety protocols. We hope to support students in-person during this time, but if your child can only participate virtually please contact Mr. Creeden at rcreeden@pvsd.org and we will do our best to accommodate.

Activity Wednesdays

Starting this Wednesday January 13th, and every Wednesday from 2:30 - 3:45 at West, we will be practicing and playing an in-person activity. We hope this will be a time for students to play, connect with others, and have lots of fun. Any West student may participate and there is no need to sign-up. Any students participating can report to the cafeteria at 2:30 on Wednesdays. Students not attending school in-person on an activity Wednesday may be dropped off by a parent/guardian at the main entrance and report to the cafeteria. We will continue to be extremely diligent at following all health and safety protocols.


This weeks activity will be a bean bag toss tournament. There will be prizes for the winners. We look forward to an exciting time.

Reading Olympics

Do your children enjoy reading and discussing books? If so, please consider having them join the PVMS West Reading Olympics team! Meetings are currently taking place via Zoom.


If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Stauffer or Mrs. Lesh at rstauffer@pvsd.org or dlesh@pvsd.org.

Picture Retakes

Picture Retakes have been rescheduled for January 26th and 28th from 1pm-4pm in the Auditorium. Students who did not have a school picture taken are encouraged to do so for the yearbook. Students who wish to have retakes must bring their pictures to hand to the photographer. If you have any questions please contact Colleen Sitron at csitron@pvsd.org

PV West Yearbook Announcement

West students and families! PV West yearbook adviser, Mrs. Muscatello, is asking for your photo submissions (high resolution jpg) to feature in the 2021 Junior Voyager. We are looking for photos of students engaged in virtual learning. This includes all specials like art, phys ed, band, orchestra, choir, and tech ed, as well as core subjects. Submissions can be sent to dmuscatello@pvsd.org. It's a very different school year and your contributions will help us document it for West posterity! Thanks so much!

Middle School Winter Athletic Information

PV West boys/girls basketball and middle school wrestling will begin on January 11. Please see the link below to the most recent Perkiomen Valley Athletics newsletter for more information.

Counseling Corner

It is a natural human desire to help others. As we show children how we can serve those around us the children understand better how others have needs besides themselves. They learn then to see these needs and how to step in without being asked. Also, they learn that as we help others it makes us feel better as people.


As you know this month we celebrate Martin Luther King day. This day has long been tied to doing acts of service in the community we live in. Ordinarily we also have a MLK day of service at our high school that many of our students participate in. Though this event students make crafts and assist in various activities that provide help to others.


This year within the pandemic we are quite limited in how we can help others but there are many ways as a family that we can help others on MLK day. You can write cards to local nursing homes, veterans, and or health care providers. You can deliver food or treats to healthcare facilities. You can clean out your closets for donations to charities. You can make crafts such as dog toys out of old tee shirts and mats for homeless out of plastic grocery bags. You can find more ideas at these websites:

https://elementaryconnections.com/feel-good-fun-community-service-opportunities-for-families/?fbclid=IwAR3pIoY5EKboWqwDyCoTviRYoXXx0_a6Kh05mqTpIWMohN7OYOhzszmWNQc


https://www.stjohnbluebell.org/mlk-day-2021.html?utm_source=2nd+List+-+SEE+SEGMENT&utm_campaign=f656aacf44-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_03_08_COPY_02&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_778d274bcf-f656aacf44-153282797 or

https://mlkdayofservice.org/


www.nationalservice.gov/serve


www.allforgood.org

Counseling may not seem the most logical place to inquire about service. The counseling department feels that service is an intrical part of a student’s social emotional health. We challenge each of you to find ways to celebrate this “day on, not a day off” with your family.


Counseling Groups @ West

The Counseling Center will be offering student counseling groups during the 2nd marking period. All groups will be created based on the information gathered from our student needs survey that will be shared with students. Parents are also encouraged to refer their children to any of the counseling groups listed below by contacting William Montgomery (wmontgomery@pvsd.org)


  • 6th Grade Life Support- (During Advisory on Fridays) A loss group for anyone who is dealing with the death of any loved one in his or her family.

  • 7th Grade Life Support - (During Advisory on Thursdays) A loss group for anyone who is dealing with the death of any loved one in his or her family.

  • 8th Grade Life Support - (During Advisory on Fridays) A loss group for anyone who is dealing with the death of any loved one in his or her family.

  • SAFE Collective- (Tuesdays at 3:15 on Zoom) An after school club developed to work directly with students to create equity and actionable change within the PVHS community. SAFE Collective provides a judgement free space for students to have open discussions regarding race, gender expression, ability, and shape. From there we are developing actionable solutions and restorative justice practices to create change.

  • Lunch Bunch Friendship Group - (During lunch on Mondays and Fridays) for all students maintaining friendships while we are socially distancing at school and virtually. This will be an in-person group only.

  • LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Questioning) A group for students identifying as LGBTQ to create a safe and a judgement free space in school.

  • Executive Functioning/Study Skills - (During Advisory on Tuesdays) for anyone who wants additional help organizing or studying.

Change Demographic Information in Synergy

It is very important that we have the most current demographic information for students and parents/guardians. If you would like to change any of your demographic information that is listed in Synergy (cell number, address, e-mail address, etc...) please contact our main office at 484-977-7210 and press 0.

Attendance Information

If your child will be absent or missing any class time, please send an email (from the email you have listed in our new SIS system) to:


MSWAttendance@pvsd.org.


This will count as your call-out AND parent excuse. Please indicate in your email the date of absence, student’s grade and the reason for the absence. An absence is considered unexcused when the child’s school has not received an email providing an acceptable reason for the absence within a 3-day period.


You may also call our attendance line at: 1 (484) 977-7210, option 1. If you do this, you would still need to submit an email with the above information in order for it to be excused.


Any medical notes should be scanned in. When back to school (in person), any Dr.’s notes should be placed in the Attendance Box, right outside the Guidance Department.


If you have any questions at all, please contact Brenda Continelli at bcontinelli@pvsd.org.

West Home & School Information

We have a limited supply of the orange Perk Valley Strong t-shirts in Adult XSmall, Small and Medium. Email pvmswesths@gmail.com if you’d like one. Only $10.


Our next Home & School Zoom meeting is January 12 at 7pm. If interested in attending please email PVMSWestHS@gmail.com. All parents are welcome!


Home and School page http://mswest.pvsd.org/home/home-school

Technology Help

It is expected that students come to school with a fully charged Chromebook. Students need to bring their Chromebook and charger to school every day. Students will be able to charge their Chromebook at designated times during the school day if it is running low on power.


Email for Tech help, helpdesk@pvsd.org

Tech Support Zoom Room (Available 7:30 am to 3:30 pm, M-F)

https://zoom.us/j/96825432361?pwd=QTlYS2hzMk9FUmF0ZXhtWmhxalFWZz09

PV West on Social Media

We would love to have you join our social media accounts to stay updated on the latest West news and happenings. Please see below on where to find each of our accounts.

West Weeks At A Glance

January 11 & 12 - Hybrid Group 1 (A-K) on-site

January 12 - 1/2 Day for students, West Home & School Meeting, 7PM

January 13,14 & 15 - Hybrid Group 2 (L-Z) on-site

January 13 - Activity Wednesday (Bean Bag Toss Tournament) - 2:30-3:45PM in Cafeteria

January 14 - After School Homework Help - 2:30 - 3:45PM in Library

January 18 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day, No School For Students

January 26 & 28 - Picture Retakes - 1:00-4:00PM in Auditorium

February 1 - End of 2nd Marking Period

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!