West Word

An Update from Perkiomen Valley Middle School West

A Word From Mr. Creeden

Next week is bully prevention week here at West. Teachers and students will engage in a few lessons during our Advisory period throughout the week. The topics of the lessons are "Dignity & Respect, Words That Matter", "Just Kidding, Why Are We Really Laughing", and "When & How Do I Speak Out? Building Empathy and Courage in Bystanders". Wednesday October 20th of next week is Unity Day. We are encouraging all students to wear orange to support those who have been bullied and are uniting to make a difference. Students will also participate in a UNITY project on this day to display around the school. Lastly, students will have the opportunity to sign a pledge to create a world without bullying through kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. We are really looking forward to next week to raise awareness, inform, and do everything we can to prevent bullying here a West in order to create a safe, supportive, and successful environment for ALL of our students. For more information about bully prevention week please go to https://www.pacer.org/bullying/nbpm/.

Quick Snapshot📸

  • Student Half-Day on Wednesday October 20th
  • What's Up @ West
  • West Home & School Information - First Goal Met!
  • School Pictures & Retake Day
  • Activity Buses
  • West Homework Club
  • Activity Wednesday
  • More Clubs & Activities @ West
  • PV West Music Ensembles
  • PV West Yearbooks
  • Substitute Aide Help Needed
  • Nurse Notes
  • Food Service
  • PV West Athletic Update
  • PV West Attendance Information
  • PVSD Health & Safety Plan
  • PV Power Packs
  • Creative Health Resources for Parents
  • Change Demographic Information in Synergy
  • PV West on Social Media
  • West Weeks At-A Glance - Save The Dates
  • HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

Student Half-Day on Wednesday October 20th

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What's Up @ West

West Home & School Information - First Goal Met!

PVMS WEST PARENTS, YOUR DONATION MATTERS!


We met our first goal of $1000, now we're on to meeting our second goal of $2500


Your Home & School runs on volunteers and donations. Please consider supporting us by making a donation today. Every penny adds up to amazing events and rewards for our students such as Field Day, Activity Nights, Teacher Appreciation, and 8th Grade Celebration.


Raffle opportunities are given for all donations!


$10 - 1 raffle entry $25 - 3 raffle entries


$50 - 7 raffle entries $100 - 15 raffle entries


Prizes include Amazon, Rita’s, and Bruster's gift cards, free games of mini golf at Waltz’s, Wawa lunches, ice cream parties, Kona Ice, and much MORE!


To donate go to Venmo @pvmsw-homeandschool, PayPal pvmswest@gmail.com or have a check made out to PV Middle School West Home and School. Please see the letter below with more information. Be sure to include your child’s name, Homeroom teacher and where you want your donation to go. Donate through 10/31/21. Thank you for your support!


Thank you,

Christy Hopenwasser


In addition, please mention our next Home and School meeting is October 21, 2001 at 7pm. Please email PVMSWestHS@gmail.com if interested in attending. All are welcome!

School Pictures & Retake Day

School pictures will be delivered by the end of next week. Pictures will be distributed to students upon arrival. Picture retake day is scheduled for October 29th from 9am - 11am. If you child will be getting picture retakes they must bring in their previous picture package to hand to the photographer. If this is your child's first picture taken please complete the online order form at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kgAJXETF4vjUyGzk7YAHCWgvkkWQxdT8/view?usp=sharing.

Activity Buses

After-school activity transportation is available at Middle School West. Transportation is available to any student participating in an after-school activity such as athletics, music practice, or student clubs.


  • 4:00pm Departure - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (begins Oct 5)
  • 5:30pm Departure - currently Monday thru Friday


For each day students intend to take either the 4:00pm or 5:30pm activity bus, they are asked to inform the school district and bus company for routing purposes using the electronic form provided. The form links are below and also available to students via the PV LaunchPad - Classlink. Students must submit their information each morning by 10:00 am if they intend to ride the afternoon activity bus that day.


West Homework Club

Homework Club will take place every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 2:30 - 3:45pm in the West library. Homework Club will provide a quiet, comfortable, and supportive setting for students to complete school work and become better organized. Students will receive assistance and support when needed. School resources will also be provided for all students in attendance. If attending, students need to sign up by complete the form (link below). If students are attending they can report directly to the Library after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays.


https://forms.gle/fhC9v14EYwhrzGvi8


Please encourage your children to attend as after school homework help time will be a great opportunity to not only get help, but also get organized, and get caught up.

Activity Wednesday

There will be no Activity Wednesday next Wednesday due to the half day. The next Activity Wednesday will take place on the afternoon of Wednesday October 27th from 2:30 - 3:45pm. Activity Wednesday is for all students of any ability level to engage in fun indoor and outdoor activities that will provide opportunities to socially connect with other peers. Activities are differentiated in a comfortable setting that is inclusive for all in attendance. We will advertise the next week's activity in our parent newsletter, the West Word. Students do not need to sign-up. If students are attending they can report directly to the Cafeteria after school on Wednesdays.


Stay tuned as the next activity for Activity Wednesday will be communicated in next week's West Word.

More Clubs & Activities @ West

PV West Music Ensembles

Are you interested in joining one of the premiere performing ensembles in our school? If you said yes, please see or contact Mrs. Krown (dkrown@pvsd.org) for jazz band music. We need students who play piano, drums, guitar, saxophone, trombone and trumpet. Check in the band room for instructions.

PV West Yearbooks

PVMS West yearbooks are on sale now! You can pre-order your copy of the Junior Voyager for the low price of just $30.00 (plus 6% tax)! There are three ways to order; online at jostenyearbooks.com, call toll-free 1-877-767-5217 or by mail using the Jostens form and return envelope.

Substitute Aide Help Needed

Work at PV as a Substitute Aide


Looking to take your involvement with the district to the next level? Submit your application as a Substitute Teacher Aide and spend your days providing meaningful service to students and staff in our schools. No formal teaching experience is required, just a willingness to work with students of all ages and abilities throughout the district. Although regular availability is preferred, this job provides significant scheduling flexibility from week to week.


Apply now online or contact Susan Angel (sangel@pvsd.org) with questions.

Nurse Notes

As part of Perkiomen Valley School District’s Health and Safety Plan, parents/guardians are expected to monitor their child(ren) for symptoms of COVID-19 every day prior to sending children into school. Please monitor your child(ren) daily for symptoms and keep your child(ren) home based on the information and directions provided below. Please do your part to help protect the school district’s health and safety by answering honestly.


SYMPTOM MONITORING:


Group A

Cough

Shortness of breath

New loss of taste or smell


Group B

Fever (measured or subjective)

Chills

Fatigue

Myalgia (muscle aches)

Headache

Sore throat

Congestion

Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea


If your child has one or more symptoms in Group A, or two or more symptoms in Group B, or is taking fever-reducing medication, please do not send him/her to school. Consult with your family medical provider for evaluation and possible COVID-19 testing.

Food Service

PV Food Service is ready to welcome our students back for the 2021/2022 school year! We will serve complete breakfasts and lunches, free of charge, to all students. We will also offer some a la carte items for purchase for those who are interested. For more information about food service please go to https://www.pvsd.org/departments/food-service/

PV West Athletic Update

Important Dates for Winter Sports 2021


Winter sports registration must occur by NOVEMBER 8.


First day of Varsity Winter Sports Tryouts NOVEMBER 19.


First day of Middle School Wrestling is NOVEMBER 19.


First day of Middle School Basketball is NOVEMBER 29.


Registration for winter sports must occur by November 8. This can be done at http://www.planeths.com. In addition to registering, student-athletes must have a PIAA physical examination done by a doctor and the proper paperwork completed by the doctor. In order to count for the 2021-2022 school year, the physical must occur June 1 or later. The form is found on www.planeths.com when you register.


Middle School West Girls' Soccer

Results from last week: Win against OJR 3-2 and a tough loss 5-1 vs Boyertown East.


Unsung athlete of the week: Our unsung hero of the week is Anya Vitelli for putting us on the board vs Boyertown East.


8th Grade Schedule for this year: https://pvvikings.bigteams.com/main/teamschedule/id/3745296/seasonid/4635292


Middle School Football

8th Grade Schedule: https://pvvikings.bigteams.com/main/teamschedule/id/3697196/seasonid/4635616


7th Grade Schedule: https://pvvikings.bigteams.com/main/teamschedule/id/3697195/seasonid/4658701


Middle School West Boys' Soccer

Results from last week: 4-0 win against Upper Perk and a 10-0 win against Pottsgrove.


Unsung athlete of the week: Entire team! In our game against Pottsgrove we were the better team and the team showed class by playing more of a controlled game. Our 7th graders got a lot of time and scored some goals but in the end a class act by the West boys!


8th Grade Schedule for this year: https://pvvikings.bigteams.com/main/teamschedule/id/3745191/seasonid/4635147


7th Grade Schedule for this year: https://pvvikings.bigteams.com/main/teamschedule/id/3745197/seasonid/4635148


Middle School West Field Hockey

Results from last week: Home game vs Boyertown Area Middle School West got postponed. Away game vs Pottsgrove Middle School: Lost 3-1.


Unsung athletes of the week: Entire team played with great determination against a tough opponent. Brianna M. scored. This was her 2nd goal in threes games that we have played so far. The players are showing great effort and showing gradual improvement.


8th Grade Schedule for this year: https://pvvikings.bigteams.com/main/teamschedule/id/3745182/seasonid/4635265


Middle School West Cross Country

Boys Schedule for this year: https://pvvikings.bigteams.com/main/teamschedule/id/3783373/seasonid/4635728


Girls Schedule for this year: https://pvvikings.bigteams.com/main/teamschedule/id/3783374/seasonid/4635729


Middle School West Volleyball

Schedule for this year: https://pvvikings.bigteams.com/main/teamschedule/id/3782156/seasonid/4635715

PV West 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 or written parent note 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 or 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 or you may call her at x3540.

PVSD Health & Safety Plan Update

The following information summarizes information within our current 2021-22 Health and Safety Plan:

  • when in our schools, all staff and students are required to wear masks indoors;

  • students are required to wear masks while riding on buses (in accordance with the CDC order);

  • physical/social distancing of 3’ is recommended;

  • while eating lunch, students in grades 1-6 will be situated 6’ apart to the greatest extent possible;

  • masks remain optional when students are outdoors (for example, during physical education classes, recess, learning activities, etc.)


On Tuesday August 31st, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) announced that masks/face coverings will be required in schools in Pennsylvania beginning Tuesday, September 7, 2021. This order will remain in effect until the Acting Secretary of Health determines the public health risk is sufficiently reduced so that masks/face coverings are no longer necessary as public health mitigation measures in schools.


The order outlines the situations when a mask/face covering must be worn and also identifies the limited exceptions to the mandate. Mask/Face covering exemption requests must be based on a medical or mental health provider attesting to the fact that wearing a mask/face covering either causes a medical condition or exacerbates an existing one, including respiratory issues that impede breathing, a mental health condition, or a disability. The District has updated its Student Mask/Face Covering Exemption Request Form. In the event you believe your child needs an exemption and qualifies based on a PA licensed medical or mental health provider’s diagnosis, please complete the form and submit to your child’s school nurse electronically or in print format.

  • Mask/Face covering exemption forms should be submitted electronically or in print to the school nurse. The email address of your child’s school nurse is available on the website: Staff Directory.

  • Students with an IEP or 504 requesting a mask/face covering exemption should reach out to their child’s case manager. These requests will be reviewed by the IEP or 504 team, respectively.


As a note, the DOH order does not apply to school sports or outdoor activities. However, the District’s approved Health and Safety Plan continues to require masks/face coverings for student athletes when practicing and competing indoors as well as all spectators attending events indoors. Masks/face coverings are recommended when outdoors on the fields or in the stadium when the gathering size is large, i.e., football games, otherwise they are optional.


The District continues to monitor the incidence and positivity rates and the most appropriate recommendations for health and safety in response. The District’s COVID dashboard is active now that the school year is underway.


Your partnership in supporting student learning as well as upholding these mitigation measures is much appreciated.

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.


We will begin distributing Power Packs on 9/10. You can sign up for your student to receive a Power Packs bag by filling out this form: Power Packs Sign Up


If you have any questions, email Sarah at powerpacks@pvsd.org.

Creative Health Resources for Parents

Join The Council of Southeast Pa, Inc. for an opportunity to explore the unique challenges that cannabis legalization presents. From access, to purity, to perceived level of harm, discussions will help identify current and future trends associated with the legalization of both medical and

adult use (recreational) cannabis. The Council is proud to offer this training on the topic of cannabis legalization free of charge.


Please see the flyer below for more of a description and registration information.

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.

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 - Save the Dates

Consult calendar for details regarding activities below


October

Bully Prevention Week (more info above)

Tuesday the 19th - PVSD Policy Committee Meeting @ 7pm


Wednesday the 20th - UNITY DAY! Half-Day for students, dismissal at 11:30am; Safety & Operations Committee Meeting @ 7pm


Thursday the 21st - West Home & School meeting at 7pm

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!