Weekly Message

an Update from Dr. Barbara A. Russell 5/4/22

Greetings PV Families,

PV Path to Health & Wellness will offer our final virtual session this evening! Consider joining us for Signs & Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression in Our Children, presented by Embark Behavioral Health (link to virtual session), at 7pm. In this session, clinicians will present basic anxiety & depression look-fors as well as share information about what to do in response. Visit PV Path to Health & Wellness for more information.


We recognize May is a very busy month! With the warmer weather, there are many evening activities and events competing for our attention. Therefore, in lieu of an onsite Path to Health & Wellness Resource Fair on May 18th, we are opting to shift to a virtual setting - and hope you consider perusing the resources and offerings that will soon be highlighted on our website. The planned guest speaker, Mark Mero, will be visiting our secondary schools to address our students on the topic of choices and how they can impact our ultimate goals in life. For more information, visit Mr. Mero's website: https://marcmero.com/.


As a note, if you responded to our recent survey with interest in teletherapy mental health and wellness services for your child, please know we continue to consider the most appropriate provider(s) for our students. Stay tuned for additional information about these services as it becomes available.


Finally, there are many celebrations and recognitions in May. Please join me in honoring the various groups highlighted below. Additionally, we celebrate Mother's Day this Sunday. Happy Mother's Day to all of our community Moms ~ Enjoy your day!


Sincerely,

Dr. Barbara A. Russell

Superintendent

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Updated 21-22 Instructional Calendar

The 21-22 Instructional Calendar includes built-in inclement weather days. At this point, we have used only two of our three built-in inclement weather days (9/2/21, 1/7/22) and as such, the school year calendar has been adjusted to reflect the unused day. The last day of school for students is now scheduled for June 14. The updated calendar is available on our website: 21-22 Instructional Calendar (updated 5/2/22).

*Note - if the need arises for an additional inclement weather day prior to the end of the 21-22 school year, the calendar will be adjusted accordingly.

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PV Showcase - April

Visit the PV Showcase for April News & Happenings from the classroom. Learn about:

  • Glow Day Reward
  • Zoo on Wheels
  • Caged Bird Tableau
  • Envirothon Competition
  • and more!
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News from PV Food Service Department

As of this week, we have officially served over half a million meals this school year. Thank you to our Food Service Heroes!
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Love Your Mother 5k Run/Walk

The first annual Love Your Mother 5k, will be hosted by PV Woods' Muhlenberg Woods in partnership with Perkiomen Valley School District Foundation. This 3.1-mile race will be held on Mother's Day Weekend, Saturday, May 7th, starting at 9:00 am at Perkiomen Valley Middle School West, located at 220 Big Road, Zieglerville. In addition to the race, there will be fun activities for kids held by the High School Take Action club!

For more race information visit Love Your Mother 5K. Proceeds of this event will support the PV Woods' revitalization efforts.

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Comprehensive Planning

We need your input!

What’s your vision for Perkiomen Valley School District? Join us virtually on May 12, 2022 at 7:00 pm to talk about your vision for the future of our District (meeting link). As part of our comprehensive planning process, gathering input from our stakeholders is critical. We intend to facilitate a conversation about vision and goals for the future of Perkiomen Valley School District. If you have questions about the comprehensive planning process, please contact Mrs. Laurie Smith, Assistant Superintendent, at lsmith@pvsd.org.

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PA State Assessment - Keystone

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) requires the annual administration of Keystone Exams. Keystone Exams are state-required, end-of-course assessments to determine proficiency in Algebra, Literature, and Biology. The exams are a graduation requirement for students in the class of 2023 and beyond. Students who are currently enrolled in Algebra I, English 10, and Biology will take the associated exam this spring.

  • Middle School Level- students needing to take the Algebra I Keystone Exam will complete the exam across two testing days, May 24 & 25 (one module per day), as part of their routine school day. Middle School principals will provide additional details to the families impacted by testing as we approach the end of May. Students not enrolled in Algebra I will participate in their normal daily routine.
  • High School Level- we will be scheduling one day for each exam. Test takers will report onsite for scheduled test days. One module will be completed in the morning and the second after lunch. Lunch options will be available for onsite students. On test days, only students needing to take the Keystone Exam and special education students who are served in our low incidence district wide program classrooms will be onsite. All other high school students will participate in instruction asynchronously on these days. Tests will be scheduled as follows… Literature (English 10) on May 16, Algebra I on May 19, and Biology on May 24.

Given the complexity of schedules this year and the requirements from PDE for assessment and graduation, please review our Frequently Asked Questions document for information specific to Perkiomen Valley’s assessment plan and PDE’s graduation pathways. In addition, PDE has developed FAQs regarding Keystone Exams in general which you may find helpful. Finally, please review the information about electronic devices during the assessment.

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Art & Food Truck Festival

Art is for everyone! The 2022 Art and Food Truck Festival will host a wide range of artists and vendors from within and outside of the Perkiomen Valley community. Our event is open to professional and student painters, woodworkers, ceramists, jewelry designers, photographers, fiber artists, etc.

We believe the arts in our community fosters social connection that bonds people.

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LIFT Enrichment Camp Registration Opening Soon!

We are once again planning summer programs as part of our LIFT (Learning Is Fun Together) program. We have several terrific camps to offer to our students this summer. Registration will open Tuesday, May 10. More information will be provided prior to the opening of registration.


Enrichment camps will be scheduled on Mondays - Thursdays during the weeks of July 11, 18, and 25. District transportation is available and many camps are offered with no registration fee. *A few camps have registration fees as they are offered in conjunction with community partners such as Penn State University, FLUX, and Riverbend. Descriptions of each camp along with schedules will be available at LIFT Catalog & Registration when registration opens. See the camp titles below for a sneak peek- and plan to check back often as we continue to add new opportunities.


Elementary Camps are scheduled 9:00 - 12:00 pm or 1:00 - 4:00 pm at Skippack Elementary.

  • K-1 Lego Adventures
  • K-1 Geography & Culture
  • Gr 2-3 Data Detectives
  • Gr 2-3 Decoding Nature
  • Gr 2-3 Making Music Fun
  • Gr 4-5 Roller Coaster Creation
  • Gr 4-5 STEAM Challenge
  • Gr 4-5 Making Music Fun
  • K-5 Young Engineers
  • K-5 Totally Tech
  • K-5 Drama for Kids


Middle School & High School Camps are scheduled 8:00 - 11:00 am or 12:00 - 3:00 pm mainly at MS East but some are also scheduled at MS West or PVHS

  • Gr 5-8 Coding & Robotics
  • Gr 5-8 Tinkering & Inventing Makerspace
  • Gr 5-8 Watershed Science
  • MS Jumpstart for Incoming 6th Graders
  • Rocket Science


We hope you will consider joining our LIFT enrichment camps, so we can lift up our students through fun learning experiences.

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Another Race Opportunity

SUPPORT THE LOCAL SPCA - We are proud to share this opportunity organized by our very own PV tenth grade student, Brianna Tripodi! Join us on Saturday May 14th @ 10am for our first FAST & FURRIEST 5K at Perkiomen Valley Middle School West. Join us for a great cause! 100% of the proceeds will benefit the SPCA of Montgomery County located in Perkiomenville. This event is for all ages and fitness levels. Post race prizes, snacks, and refreshments will be available! For information and to register, visit Fast and Furriest 5K

*KIDS UNDER 10 RUN FREE*

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COVID-19 Dashboard

As a reminder, we have made changes to our district COVID-19 dashboard. In alignment with reporting to the Montgomery County Office of Public Health (MCOPH), PVSD data will now be shared weekly, on Mondays, to reflect onsite positive COVID cases for the previous week (Saturday through Friday). The information, broken down by level, includes onsite positive cases for students and staff. To view, visit District COVID-19 Dashboard.

Form to Report a Positive COVID Case

To assist us in collecting data, report your child's confirmed positive COVID case using this form. Refrain from calling the nursing office if possible. For medical advice, including COVID-19 guidance, contact your medical provider.

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Upcoming District Dates

Consult the District calendar for details regarding these upcoming activities.
  • Monday, May 9: Board Business Meeting @ 7pm
  • Tuesday, May 10: PV Partners @ 7pm
  • Thursday, May 12: Comprehensive Plan Meeting @ 7pm
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Having Tech Issues? See Below for Details

Here are a few friendly reminders from the Technology Department about where to go if you are having issues with any of the following:
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Safe2Say

As a note, in addition to always encouraging our students to share questionable or concerning information with a trusted adult, they can submit an anonymous tip through the Safe2Say Program. Tips are typically related to a variety of challenges our students experience or witness, such as bullying, harassment, disrespectful language, safety concerns, etc. When a tip is received, the State (who runs Safe2Say) immediately follows up with the respective building administrator and the information is investigated.

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