PATRIOT PRESS

PLEASANT VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL * * * October 3, 2021

Welcome to another edition of our Patriot Press

Dear Patriot Families,


The first month of school has flown by. Connecting with students and helping them get back into the swing of things has been wonderful! We wanted to give you an update on our lunch time plan for students. During each grade level lunch half of the students will be staging in classrooms spaced 6 feet apart and half of our students will be in the small gym spaced 6 feet apart.


Maintaining a six foot distance allows for students to safely eat and avoid being considered a close contact in the event that we have a positive case on our campus. This change will keep kids in school and avoid large numbers of students out due to quarantine obligations.


We appreciate the opportunity to serve our Patriot Families. If you have questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.


Mr. Maloney

Principal

Dear Families,


Students will be taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) of English Language Arts on Monday and the SBA Math on Tuesday. Sixth graders will be taking the WCAS (science assessment) on Wednesday. Testing will occur in the morning. Students will test in their home rooms.


Please ensure your students arrive at school on time. We appreciate your support and partnership.


Thank you,


Anna Leeper

Assistant Principal

Inside Scoop

Here's what's inside this week:


  • SBAC testing week of October 4th
  • Levy information nights
  • Picture retake day, Thursday Oct. 21st 1:00 pm
  • Notes From the Nurse
  • From the District: COVID Cases and Safety Requirements
  • Scholastic Book Fair
  • Want to drive a school bus?
  • Bus information
  • Absence reporting
  • Right At School, before and after school care information
  • Counselor's Corner
  • Family Resource Center information
  • October breakfast/lunch Menu
  • Contact information
  • District calendars and handbook

Smarter Balanced testing week of October 4th

We will be taking state assessments this week. Please be sure students charge their Chromebooks each night so they are fully charged for school. Portions of the assessment require headphones; we encourage students to bring their own headphones/earbuds if they have them. Any headphones or mice used for the test must be wired, no cordless/bluetooth headphones (airpods)/mice are allowed. Don't forget to bring Chromebooks to school!


It is important that students are to school on time. Testing each day will be 8:10-10:40 a.m. Having students get a good night sleep and something to eat in the morning will really benefit them on test days.

Levy information nights

Big picture
The community is invited to three upcoming events to hear about the replacement levy on the Nov. 2 general election ballot and to ask questions of Superintendent Denny Waters and district administrators. There will be two in-person forums, the first on Tuesday, Sept. 28 at Prairie High School and the second on Tuesday, Oct. 12 at Yacolt Primary. For people interested in attending a community forum remotely, one will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, Oct. 6. All meetings will begin at 6 p.m.

Picture retake day October 21st 1:00 p.m.

Picture retake day is Thursday, October 21st, starting at 1:00 p.m. If your student did not have photos taken on picture day you can order photos online. ORDER ONLINE


If your student had photos taken and is getting retakes, they must bring their original photos with them and turn them in to Bell Studios when they have their new photo taken.

Notes from the Nurse

Dear students and families.


Welcome to AUTUMN! I love the changing seasons here in the Pacific Northwest. Sometimes I need a reminder to “just breathe”. I encourage each of you to remember to “just breathe.”


Immunizations:

Several students are out of compliance with vaccinations. Families will be receiving a phone call or email within the next week if one or more of your children fall into this group. This will be followed by a letter in the mail. Most of you have already been contacted via email or phone at least once since school began. Although we had a September date for compliance, it has been extended to mid-October. Please don’t delay getting immunizations caught up. I don’t want any students staying home from school because of vaccines out of compliance.


Sincerely,


Nancy Boldt, BSN, RN

School Nurse


BGPS immunization information webpage

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.

Scholastic Book Fair starts 10/25 - volunteers needed

Hello Pleasant Valley supporters! The Scholastic Book Fair is scheduled to come to Pleasant Valley from Oct 25th thru Oct 29th. Every book fair generates scholastic dollars for our school librarians to purchase books and supplies from Scholastic. The book fair is beloved by the students at Pleasant Valley, and they love shopping the fair to find new books!


Our book fair chair, Stacy Crain, has been organizing our book fairs for the past 4 years and is excited to host yet another fair, but hosting a fair cannot be done alone. Please fill out the following survey about volunteering for the book fair.

Thank you for your continued support of the Pleasant Valley students, staff, and community.

Want to drive a school bus?

As you may have heard, school districts across much of the area continue to face a shortage of bus drivers. First Student is hiring qualified bus drivers, offering hiring bonuses starting at $1,500. For more information or to apply, visit the First Student career page for details, job fair times, and to apply.

Bus information

  • Battle Ground Public Schools’ new transportation service provider, First Student, continues to update and refine bus routes for the 2021-22 school year. To see if your student’s route has changed, please visit the Bus Routes page on the district website.


  • We have also received questions about the FirstView app, which will allow for real-time updates on pickup and dropoff times, as well as notifications if a bus is delayed. Currently, we expect the app to be available sometime in October and will be sure to let families know when it is live.


  • For further questions about school district bus service, call your school or First Student at (360) 841-7099 EXT. 103 or 104.

Absence reporting

  • 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: info.pvm@battlegroundps.org

Chromebook/tech assistance

Students who need help with their school-issued Chromebook or technology should contact their school teacher librarian during regular school hours. We will no longer have the Student Helpdesk as we did last school year. Please see Mrs. Kullberg (teacher librarian) or Mrs. Bush (media assistant) in the media center for help.

Right at School before and after school care price reduction

Parents interested in taking advantage of new before and after school child enrichment options starting this year will be pleased to know that prices have been reduced. Right at School has notified the district that a closer look at the local market allowed them to reduce prices by approximately 20 percent. Prices are guaranteed for the 2021-22 school year. For further details on the adjusted prices and more about the program, please visit the Right at School website for Battle Ground Public Schools. The program also offers further discounts for siblings or students on free/reduced lunch programs.

Counselor's Corner

Hello Pleasant Valley Middle School Families,


Social-Emotional Supports


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

Big picture
Download NAMI Parent's Flyer Below

SOS Supports information


During this challenging year, 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 continue to use a program called SOS Signs of Suicide for 7th and 8th grade students. 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.


Read more by following the links below:


SOS Info

SOS Resources

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.


Family Resource Guide


(click below to be redirected to the FCRC page)

Family and Community Resource Center (FCRC)
Phone: (360) 885-5434
Email: fcrc@battlegroundps.org

October Menu

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/.

PLEASANT VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL MISSION

Every student at Pleasant Valley Middle School is known by name, strength, and need.
We believe ALL students can experience academic and personal growth.
Big picture

PLEASANT VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL

Office: 360-885-5500

Fax: 360-885-5510

Absence reporting: 360-885-5512

District office switchboard: 360-885-5300

PV PTA

Battle Ground School District Calendars 2021-2022

Battle Ground Student and Family Handbook 2021-2022

* * *

The Battle Ground Public Schools provides equal opportunity in programs and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin/language, creed/religion, sex, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a service animal by a person with a disability, age, marital status, honorably discharged veteran or military status, HIV/Hepatitis C status. The district provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Contact the following regarding questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Tom Adams, Director of Student Services, adams.tom@battlegroundps.org , Title IX Compliance Officer, 360.885.5415; Shelly Whitten, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, whitten.shelly@battlegroundps.org , Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator/Section 504/ADA Coordinator, 360.885.5360; or a letter may be submitted to the designated coordinator at the Battle Ground Public Schools, PO Box 200, Battle Ground, WA 98604

* * *

October 3, 2021

Issue #2-22