Park Village Weekly Newsletter

January 15, 2022

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Upcoming Events

01/17 -- MLK Day -- NO SCHOOL

01/21 -- Yearbook cover submission deadline

01/25 -- Student store open 8:30 to 8:50 in front of school gates

01/31 -- PUSD Professional Growth Day -- No School

01/31 -- Deadline to claim lost and found items

02/08 -- PV Foundation Jog-A-Thon

Virtual Information Night at Black Mountain Middle School


When: Wednesday, January 26th, 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Who: All current 5th grade students and their parents considering the Academy Program at Black Mountain Middle School

Save the Date - Jog-A-Thon

The annual Park Village Foundation Jog-A-Thon Fundraiser is back!

Mark your calendars for February 8th, 2022 and stay tuned for more information.

Yearbook Cover Contest

It's that time of the year! Time to let your creativity shine! It's time to work on the cover art for this year's yearbook...

Your art may be chosen to appear on the 2021-2022 Park Village Elementary Yearbook Cover! DON’T DELAY – START DRAWING TODAY!

THEME: “Character Counts”


  • Must contain the 6 Character Pillars: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, citizenship
  • Must contain Park Village Elementary and 2021-2022
  • Must be on 8.5x11” paper (no larger or it will be cropped)
  • Please leave a ¼” blank border on all sides (so nothing gets cut off when printed)
  • Design must be in portrait, or vertical format
  • Please double-check all spelling! Artwork with misspelled words will NOT be allowed on the cover, even if it gets the most votes.
  • Write your name and teacher lightly in pencil on the back.

DUE DATE: Friday, January 21 at 3:00 pm to the office

***All original artwork must be received by the PVES yearbook staff by the deadline so that it may be processed correctly for yearbook publication ***

Artwork may be either given to your teacher or brought to the front office (available from 7:30am-3:30pm on school days between January 4-21, 2022).

Questions? Contact

Lost and Found Reminder

Here's one last chance to claim your lost and found items!

Items in the Lost and Found before winter break have been photographed and cataloged into the photo album links below.





To claim an item, please email Rachel,, with the item number found in the photo. Once an item is claimed, it will be removed from the album.

Please note that these items will only be available until January 31st. All unclaimed items will be donated in February.

PTA Winter Reading Challenge

Students may turn in flyers to the front office after break to pick a prize from our treasure box! Thank you PV families for keeping our kiddos reading!

Tips for Finding Lost Library Books

If your child misplaces their school library book, don’t panic! Most items turn up eventually, but we need the family’s help to get the items back. Please follow these steps.

Step 1: Email me and the classroom teacher to let us know that you are looking for the item. My email address is

Step 2: Search in these common hiding places. It may also be helpful to search the Internet for a picture of the book cover so you know what it looks like.

  • In the student’s desk, under all of the other stuff
  • On the classroom library shelf (look for the library spine labels on our copy)
  • In the bookshelves at home (look for the library spine labels on our copy)
  • At the public library (If you return a Park Village book to the public library, they don’t inform or return it to us. Please stop by the public library and ask them if they have it.)
  • Under the bed or couch
  • Between a bed and the wall
  • In the student’s closet
  • At a friend or relative’s house
  • In the car
  • In another backpack or bag
  • At ESS (ask the ESS staff to search)

If you have searched diligently and the item is not found, parents are responsible for paying the replacement cost. I will email a bill if books items have been overdue for 21 days or more. Please send cash or a check made out to “PVES” for the amount shown. Do not try to replace the book yourself. No money is owed if you find and return the book in good condition. If you find a lost book after paying for it, you child can either keep it, or return it to school. Refunds are given if the book if found during the same school year.

Thank you! – Mrs. Fleming, Park Village Librarian

Counselor's Corner

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”

-Greek philosopher, Aristotle-

Michele Borba, Ph.D. is a teacher, educational consultant, parent and author. In her latest book: Thrivers: The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine, she expresses deep concerns about kids growing up today. She has interviewed over a hundred tweens and teens and writes that even though today’s kids are better educated and have high aspirations for college and their future, they are also less happy and more stressed than any previous generation. When interviewing students they told her, among other things that “we may look good on the outside, but we’re not so good on the inside. We’re kind of lost.” Other remarks included that “they were afraid of failing because grades mean so much”, and “we lack passion because everything is pushed on us so we don’t know who we are.” When Dr. Borba asked what pieces they were missing, she was told that they are missing the qualities that makes them human – qualities that build character, the mental and moral qualities that make them whole. She concluded that when kids are missing character strengths like optimism, curiosity, empathy and perseverance their development is incomplete.

I feel fortunate that I work in Poway where we teach Second Step and Growth Mindset lessons which include many of the character traits and life lessons she’s concluded that kids need.

Michele Borba has come up with seven essential character strengths which create “THRIVERS” – children who flourish in our fast-paced, digital driven, ever-changing world. These traits are strengths of self-confidence, empathy, self-control, integrity, curiosity, perseverance, and optimism. They have learned self-confidence, to cope with adversity, problem solving, have the ability to bounce back, and develop healthy relationships.

I hope in the next couple of newsletters to share some “highlights” of Dr. Borba’s message. The gem here is that she gives parents and schools ways of helping our children develop them traits.

Following her suggestions, one teacher in Fresno read the fable of “The Three Little Pigs” and asked the students what traits each of the little pigs had. The discussion which followed brought out that the third little pig had perseverance, integrity, optimism, creativity and empathy for his brothers. The third little pig had self-control and confidence. The story helps make the character traits concrete and understandable.

I am realizing that I am not going to be able to give you as much as I had hoped in these short newsletters. So for now make a goal to recognize your children’s unique strengths and mention it when you see it happening. Sawsan Yaseen said, “Success breeds success.”

Enjoy your beautiful children.

Jackie Cardinale, School Counselor

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TreeRing Yearbook Code and Information

Here's the purchase link:

Code: 101471725840797

Get your Yearbook now!

Spirit Wear

Order are still being accepted!

If you have any questions, please email Orders already placed will be delivered to the classrooms in January.

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Community Conversations on Racial Equity and Inclusion: February 2nd, 2022

Wednesday, February 2 (6-7:30 pm)

Thursday, April 28, 2022 (6-7:30 pm)

*Sessions held via zoom

Please RSVP to receive Zoom code:

Friends of the Foundation: Carmel Mountain Dental Care

The Park Village Foundation would like to recognize one of our longest “Friends of the Foundation”, Carmel Mountain Dental Care and to say THANK YOU for supporting our Penguins.

Dr. H. Jonathan Lee, who has been the practice owner of Carmel Mountain Dental Care (CMDC) for the past 14 years, understands that visiting the dentist is not easy for everyone. He states, "I want my patients to feel like they are a part of my extended family - not just a number. We love building relationships with our patients and care deeply about their well being". Dr. Lee and his team work together to build positive memories with their patients at each visit.

Located in the heart of Rancho Penasquitos at the northwest corner of Carmel Mountain Rd and Black Mountain Rd, CMDC is dedicated to supporting their community. They are honored to be a continued Friend of the Foundation and supporter of the annual Jog-a-thon. As a father of two young daughters, Dr. Lee understands the crucial role that educational foundations play in building students’ cognitive, social, and emotional skills.

Carmel Mountain Dental Care invests in proven dental technologies such as Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic (CEREC). CEREC incorporates digital imaging software with a custom milling unit to create personalized same-day crowns, eliminating the need for temporary crowns and long waiting periods. Other popular treatments such as Invisalign and Zoom! Whitening are also available at CMDC.

New patients of all ages are always welcome at CMDC and they work with most PPO (Preferred Provider Organization) dental plans. As a courtesy to their patients, they communicate with your insurance company on your behalf and help determine how you can maximize your benefits. Their experienced team members are skilled at communicating your benefits and treatment costs in a transparent and understandable manner so you can make the best choice for your dental health before beginning treatment. For those who do not have dental insurance, CMDC is an exclusive provider of Quality Dental Plan (QDP). QDP is an in-office dental savings plan that allows patients to receive most of their services at a discounted price.

Carmel Mountain Dental Care’s commitment to forming trusting relationships through positive memories at the dentist has created a history of loyal patients. Whether you are looking for a new dentist or haven’t seen one in a while, they’re ready and waiting to welcome you to their dental family.