Evergreen Express


A Message from Mrs. Franciosa...

Hello Evergreen Families,

We are excited for our upcoming Little Viking Fun happening this Friday. Hopefully many of you will be able to join us as either volunteers or spectators.

Good luck to our High School Football team tonight as they take on Spring-Ford. I believe there are many Evergreen Vikings who are eagerly waiting to be at the game this evening!

In this newsletter you can find more information about:

  • October 19th Early Dismissal Times
  • Popsicle Ingredients for Little Viking Fun Run
  • Little Viking Fun Run Grade Level Times
  • What's happening in 2nd grade
  • "Sideline Report" from Mr. Engler
  • Spanish Updates from Señora Droluk
  • Trunk-or-Treat Information
  • Dental Clinic Information
  • Tail Waggin' Tutors
  • Special Education Spotlight
  • Fall Colors 5K

"The world needs different kinds of minds to work together."--Dr. Temple Grandin

Have a terrific weekend!

Sharon Franciosa

Principal, Evergreen Elementary School

Week of October 10, 2022

  • Monday, October 10th: No School for Students
  • Tuesday, October 11th: C Day
  • Wednesday, October 12th: D Day
  • Thursday, October 13th: E Day
  • Friday, October 14th: F Day (Little Viking Fun Run)

Important Upcoming Dates

  • October 10th: Inservice Day--No School for Students
  • October 14th: Evergreen's Home & School Little Viking Fun Run
  • October 19th: Early Dismissal for Students
  • October 19th: Wear Orange for Unity Day
  • October 20th: Home & School Meeting at 7pm via Zoom
  • October 28th: Trunk or Treat (5pm-7pm) [rain date: Saturday, 10/29]
Home & School Meeting (10/20/22 at 7pm) Zoom Link

Please click on this button to join the Home & School meeting via Zoom.

October 19th Early Dismissal Arrival/Dismissal Times

We will have our first early dismissal on Wednesday, October 19th. Please see below for the adjusted times.

1st Grade to 5th Grade
  • AM Arrival: 8:30 (no change)
  • PM Dismissal: 12:15pm

AM Kindergarten:

  • Arrival: 8:30 (no change)
  • Dismissal: 10:30am

PM Kindergarten:

  • Arrival: 10:30am
  • Dismissal: 12:15pm

K+ Program:

  • Arrival: 8:30am (at South or Evergreen)
  • Dismissal: 12:15pm (from South or Evergreen)

Popsicle Ingredients for Little Viking Fun on 10/14

After each grade level completes the Fun Run on October 14th, the students will be provided with a popsicle. If your child has a food allergy or a food sensitivity, please read over the list of ingredients below carefully for the two types of popsicles. If your child cannot have one or both of these popsicles, please contact your child's teacher and Sharon Franciosa (sfranciosa@pvsd.org) so we can find an alternate snack for the Fun Run.

Popsicle #1:

water, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, Less than 2% of: sugar, beet juice, vegetable juice, turmeric extract, annatto extract (for color), guar gum, malic acid, citric acid, ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), natural and artificial flavor, cherry juice concentrate, grape juice concentrate, locus bean gum

Popsicle #2:

water, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, Less than 2% of: sugar, malic acid, citric acid, guar gum, beet juice (for color), vegetable juice (for color), ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), natural and artificial flavor, spirulina extract (for color), turmeric oleoresin, xanthan gum, locust bean gum

Little Viking Fun Run Schedule

Friday, October 14

Fields behind Evergreen Playground

All volunteers and spectators MUST HAVE THEIR ID and sign in/sign out.

Grade Level Fun Run Schedule:

9:10-9:50--AM Kindergarten

10:00-10:40--Grade 1

10:50-11:30--Grade 3

11:40-12:20--Grade 4

12:40-1:20--PM Kindergarten

1:20-2:00--Grade 5

2:10-2:50--Grade 2

**As of right now there is a 50% chance of morning showers. If the Little Viking Fun Run needs to be rescheduled due to weather, an email will be sent on Thursday, October 13th.

2nd Grade


Second graders are busy working in their second chapter of math: Addition Up to 1,000. Children will continue to explore place value and use base ten blocks to strengthen their skills in addition through the thousands place. Fact fluency, (recalling answers to basic math problems) is the foundation to mastering the four algorithms your child will learn this year: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Yes, we said DIVISION! Your child will learn basic multiplication and division this school year! How can you support your child at home? Flash cards are an excellent and fast way to help your learner master their basic facts. You can find flashcards at most dollar stores, or simply make them using paper or index cards. If your child is interested in technology, have your child work on Prodigy, XtraMath, or Math Seeds as a fun way to engage in mathematics. Prodigy and Xtramath are both free programs available online, and Math Seeds can be accessed through your child’s Launchpad. Mathematics is the music of reason. -James Joseph Sylvester

Morning Meetings!

Second graders start off their days with a morning meeting. Morning meetings may consist of a fun fact of the day, a poll question, a joke or word puzzle, a short video clip or a fun drawing. Morning meetings focus on topics such as empowerment, deep breathing, showing kindness, teamwork, etc. Students then have time to talk as a class or with a partner about why/how these videos can help us in our everyday lives.


In reading, students have been reading stories and articles on how being a good citizen can make a difference to others. Clark the Shark, The Great Puppy Invasion, and Picture Day Perfection are just some of the stories we used to explore how the characters were examples of good citizens. This theme also continues in our writing where students are writing their own personal narratives describing a time that they have been a good citizen.

Reading Buddies

Some 2nd graders have “adopted” a reading buddy for the year! The students were given an opportunity to pick out and adopt a stuffed animal of their choice, name their pet, and keep it in a safe place throughout the year. Each day, students are expected to read 10-15 minutes to their adopted friend.

Shoe Tying!

Please work with your child at home to make sure they know how to tie their shoes. Children do not usually have the fine motor skills or coordination to tie their shoelaces until they are at least 5 years of age. Learning to tie shoelaces also requires patience and determination (which can be just as challenging for parents as it is for children) because it requires lots of practice. Click here for a link that you can use to help teach your child how to tie their shoes. Mr. Engler also has some helpful shoe tying videos posted on the Physical Education Google Classroom!

2nd Grade "Reading Buddies"

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Sideline Report from Mr. Engler

All of the K, 1st, and 2nd grade students are working on practicing all of their locomotor skills. We do this in a variety of ways. One way is an activity the kids love called Mr. Engler’s TV. The students enjoy using their imagination and pretending to be a variety of things including, galloping horses, skipping, students, crawling bears, hopping kangaroos, and so many more things. We will also be working on spacial awareness, chasing, dodging and fleeing activities during the next few cycles. We will be playing a plethora of tagging games.

The 3rd, 4th & 5th grade students they have been working on flag football skills. We start small with basic skills such as holding the football correctly, using proper throwing motion and of course catching. We are also working on flag pulling and elusiveness while running pass patterns and running while they have the ball. Weather permitting we will be outside often and start playing actual flag football games. My hope is to introduce the students to football since it is such a popular sport to watch. I really want them to have a positive football experience and practice the newly learned skills.

The 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will also be doing fitness testing this year. Tests such as the mile run, pull-ups, flexibility tests, speed and agility tests and other muscular endurance tests are all included. The students will NOT be graded on these tests, but I like to show the students the importance of exercise for longevity and health purposes. The mile run will be in the next few weeks.

I know with the A-F day cycle things can get mixed up and confusing; however, I want to thank you for sending your children to Physical Education class with sneakers. Sneakers help keep your child safe during PE. Thank you and please continue checking the daily schedule so kids can be full participants in the activities.

Spanish with Señora Droluk

Kindergarten - I am excited to share that we are learning colors in context with our first mini-book “Arturo y la bota”. This book is about Arturo (a donkey) who goes fishing one day and catches fish of all different colors, until finally he catches a boot!

First grade - In first grade we start the year learning all about Venezuela! Venezuela is taught through our, age appropriate, mini-book, “Pepita va a Venezuela”. This story is all in Spanish and tells where Pepita goes and what she sees in Venezuela.

Second grade - We will be learning about México through our mini-book, “Pepita va a México”. This story is all in Spanish and tells where Pepita goes and what she sees in México.

Third Grade - I am excited to share that we will be learning about pets for our first unit of the year! Pets are taught through our mini book, Mis Mascotas. This story is all in Spanish and describes each pet in the book.

Fourth grade - We will be learning how to make authentic Mexican Salsa for our first unit this year! We learn how to make salsa by reading the mini book, “Olivia hace salsa”. This book is all in Spanish and as we read about Olivia making salsa and we also learn how to make it.

Fifth grade - We will be learning about México for our first unit in fifth grade. The students learn about the history of the Mexican flag, they play an authentic mexican game, Toma Todo, and we will take a look at the events in history that have shaped México today.

Trunk-or-Treat: October 28th

Trunk or Treat RSVP Google Form

Click on the link above to RSVP for the event by October 24th.

Please join us for Trunk or Treat. The Home and School will provide one bag of candy to all trunks that are decorated and giving out candy. We will also provide a headcount the week of the event so you know how many treaters to expect. Participating trunks may arrive at 5:00pm to start setting up.

Donations of candy will be accepted at the school starting October 12.

If you are decorating a trunk, you are not required to pay for your children.

RSVP is required by October 24.

DATE - October 28, 2022

RAIN DATE - October 29, 2022

TIME - 6:00pm-8:00pm

COST - $5 per treater

Payment can be made by VENMO @EVGHSA, Cash (delivered in an envelope to school) or check made payable to Evergreen Home and School Evergreen Home and School

Dental Clinic Information

Dental Clinic:

The Dental Hygiene Clinic at Montgomery County Community College's Blue Bell Campus offers a wide variety of preventative and oral health services for adults and children. Click HERE to learn more.

"Tail Waggin' Tutors"...Dog therapy is returning to evergreen

Dear Evergreen Families,

The Evergreen Library is excited to announce that we will be again offering a special opportunity for students to participate in... “Tail Waggin’ Tutors” certified through Therapy Dog International (TDI). This program is designed to help students reduce stress and celebrate reading while improving reading skills by interacting with trained registered therapy dogs while at school.

Handlers and their dogs will work with small groups of students whose parents or legal guardians have given their written authorization for their participation in the program, during school hours for approximately 15 minutes. There is no charge for this program. The therapy dogs and their handlers are fully insured and have undergone extensive training to participate in animal-assisted therapy through Therapy Dog International.

Your permission will allow your child to have the opportunity to read with the dogs. Students who have parental permission will be notified ahead of time of when they will be participating. Please be mindful of your child’s pet allergies and/or fears when giving permission. Depending on the number of those who sign up we are hoping to get everyone at least one visit this year, hopefully more.

Click below to complete the signed digital Parental Permission Slip. Please do a permission slip for each child if more than one at Evergreen is interested. A completed form is required to participate in this program. Participation is optional.

Click Here - Therapy Dog Permission Slip

Mrs. Lane & Mrs. Komara

Special Education Spotlight

Are you looking for a GREAT event? Spring-Ford School District is hosting a Special Education Resource Fair & Family Fun Day on Saturday, October 15th from 10 am - 1 pm. The event will include family-friendly activities, raffles, and a resource fair that highlights local special needs service providers. Please see this link for information: https://www.spring-ford.net/about-spring-ford/resourcefair

First Annual Fall Colors 5K: October 15th

The First Annual Fall Colors 5K will be hosted by Lenape Arboretum and PV Woods in partnership with Perkiomen Valley School District Foundation. Join us on Saturday, October 15th, for this 3.1-mile race starting at 9:00am at Perkiomen Valley Middle School East's campus, located at 100 Kagey Road, Collegeville.

Traverse PVMS East's beautiful campus as the Fall Colors 5K leads you through their cross-country course through Lenape Arboretum and over the athletic fields. Enjoy the beautiful fall scenery and a challenge as you run! In addition to the race, there will be fun activities for kids held by the Take Action club!

There are a few ways you can participate in the Fall Colors 5K:

  1. Individual 5K - do the 5K as an individual and receive a time. Includes a race t-shirt* and access to the Fun Zone.
  2. 5K Relay - a team of 5 participants will take on the 5K. Each teammate does a 1K. Create your team name, create and bring your baton, and make a uniform (optional!), but above all, have fun with your friends! Includes a race t-shirt for each participant* and access to the Fun Zone. You must register all five members at the time of registration. If you need to change team members, contact foundation@pvsd.org.
  3. Virtual 5K - if you cannot make the event or live far away, you can still participate! This option includes an event t-shirt mailed to you*.

Register before Friday, September 25th, to be guaranteed a 100% Recycled race t-shirt! For more race information, click here.

Proceeds of this event will go towards revitalization efforts at PV Woods and funding projects within the Perkiomen Valley School District. Learn more about PVSD Foundation here. Learn more about PV Woods here.

If you have any questions about the event, please get in touch with foundation@pvsd.org.

Perkiomen Valley School District Foundation
3 Iron Bridge Drive
Collegeville, PA 19426

Facebook/Instagram/Twitter: @PVSDFoundation

*T-shirt guaranteed if registered before 9/25. If you register after that, shirts will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Dismissal Change

If you need to make an unexpected dismissal change during the day, please contact the main office via telephone (610-409-9751) by 2:30pm, if possible.
Volunteer Clearances

Click on this button to learn about clearances for volunteering.

PV Food Service Webpage

Click on this button to find menus, free/reduced information, School Cafe accounts, etc.

Community Bulletin Board Page

Want to find out what's going on in the PV Community? Click on this button for flyers about upcoming events in and around our area! To submit an event for posting, please send a PDF version of your flyer to webmaster@pvsd.org for review.

22-23 District & Instructional Calendars

Please click on this button to find the monthly district event calendars and the 22-23 district instructional calendar

PV Power Packs

PV Power Packs is a weekend food program for students experiencing food insecurity. Bags of food, including 2 breakfast items, 2 lunch items, 2 snacks, and 2 fruits, are sent home with students prior to every weekend. There is no financial information required to participate in this program and students pick up their bags from their counselor or designated person every week.

For more information regarding how to receive a Power Pack for your child or to make donations to the Power Packs program, click here: https://www.pvsd.org/families/pv-power-packs/

Powerpacks Application (Spanish)

Flexible Instructional Days (FID) in 22-23

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) approved the use of Flexible Instructional Days (FID) as an alternate form of instruction in response to inclement weather or other emergencies. On a FID day, instruction will be virtual. FID assist schools in meeting the required 180 student days. PA Schools may use up to five (5) FID per school year - in PVSD, we will utilize FID when all 3 inclement weather days built into the district calendar are used.

For more information and and the elementary FID schedule, CLICK HERE.

Having Tech Issues?

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

Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has instituted a new government benefit, the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). This benefit provides eligible households with a discount on internet services. For details, visit: www.GetMyInternet.org.

Evergreen Attendance Line

If your child is going to be absent please be sure to call or email the Evergreen attendance line. It may be helpful to save the phone number and email address in your cell phone.

Call: 610-409-9751 and press #1

Email: EVAttendance@pvsd.org

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