News From The View

Skyview Upper Elementary School

From Mrs. Berical

Dear Families,

We hope your child had a refreshing break over the long weekend and that they felt recharged to come back to school on Wednesday! We were excited to welcome our students back and were happy to hear about some of the fun activities they participated in over the President's Day weekend!

Today during advisory, your child's teacher went over the new protocols for lining up at recess and coming into the building for lunch. These protocols address staying in a line with your team and remaining quiet in the halls as students transition from recess to lunch. In addition, there is a rotating schedule by team as to when students come in from recess so that we have less traffic in the hallways at once. The rotation is to help ensure that all students have the opportunity to enter the cafeterias earlier on specific days in the rotation.

We kindly ask that you help support this plan at home by asking your child what the expectations are for lining up and walking in the hallways. Students are not permitted to walk side by side with classmates and talk in the hallways as it is disrupting to the other students who are learning in classrooms. In addition, students are expected to wait patiently while in the cafeteria line and use an appropriate voice level. We appreciate your partnership as we work to address safe procedures during our transition from recess to lunch.


Mrs. Berical

Math Questions- How You Can Help At Home!

We recognize that families want to support their child academically and feel connected to their learning. Each week, we will include a 5th and 6th grade math word problem that you can work on with your child. Also included will be the list of questions that you can ask your child that will help guide their thinking as they solve the problem. We encourage you to take advantage of completing these word problems with your child so that you can help support them with their learning at home!

Questions to Ask Your Child

  • What do you know about the problem?

  • What question is being asked?

  • What information has been given to you?

  • What operation will you use to solve the problem? How do you know?

  • Will your answer be bigger or smaller than the numbers in the problem?

  • Does your response answer the question?

Week 2 February 24th, 2023

5th grade

Emma and Bella collect bugs for a science project.

• On Monday, Emma collects 15 bugs, and Bella collects 3 times as many bugs as Emma collects.

• On Tuesday, Emma collects 6 bugs, and Bella collects 8 times as many bugs as Emma collects.

Which expression can be used to find the total number of bugs the girls collect on both days?

A. (15 + 6) × (3 + 8)

B. (15 + 3) × (6 + 8)

C. [15 + (3 × 15)] + [6 + (8 × 6)]

D. [15 × (3 + 15)] + [6 × (8 + 6)]

Correct Answer: C

6th grade

Ivan packed 56 apples and 72 pears into boxes. He packed both apples and pears into each box. He put the same number of apples into every box and the same number of pears into every box. He sold each box for $19.95. What is the greatest amount of money Ivan could earn selling all the boxes of fruit?

A. $39.90 B. $79.80 C. $159.60 D. $179.55

Correct Answer: C

PSSA Dates

Below are the testing weeks for ELA and Math.

Grade 5 and 6 ELA PSSA testing dates will be the week of April 24th to 28th.

ELA testing dates will be April 25th, 26th, and 27th.

Grade 5 and 6 Math PSSA testing will be the week of May 1st-5th.

NOTE: Math testing dates will be May 2nd and 3rd.

We wanted to give our families a heads up prior to our PSSA testing and we are looking for 100% student participation.

Mrs. Berical

Band and Orchestra Families

Dear Families of Band & Orchestra,

As part of the music department, specific expectations have been set for the students so that when they come together as a full band they are able to bring their best self and be a contributing member to the band and or orchestra. This means that students are expected to practice each week and be responsible for their instrument at home and at school. Students who are not practicing at home are negatively impacting the ability to for the full band and orchestra to perform to their full capacity. You can help your child by setting a specific time for them to practice each week along with a timer that they can set for a specific amount of time.

Students should practice at a minimum of three times a week for at least 15 minutes.

I greatly appreciate your help in encouraging your child to practice their instrument!

Mrs. Berical

5th and 6th Grade Work Problems to Practice At Home

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Girls on the Run is coming to Skyview! We are now recruiting for coaches to come help change girls' lives! Our season begins the week of February 27, and runs for 10 weeks, culminating in a 5K with the Southeastern PA Girls on the Run community. You do not have to be a runner, just ready to be a positive role model, and male and female volunteers are welcome!! If you have any questions please reach out to

From Home and School

Please see below for our contributions to your newsletter this week. Please note the live links.


Come join us for a fun night of Bingo on Thursday, March 9th 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Maybe you’ll be the next winner of some great prizes! Click here to register! We will be selling Methacton PJ pants on site. Come get them before they sell out!

The yearbook committee is working hard to create a beautiful yearbook for our students. Click here to place an order for your yearbook. The cost is $20. Students will receive yearbooks by the end of the school year. You may contact Monique Dirks at with any questions.

Home and School officer nominations are now open for the 2023-2024 school year! All positions, except Treasurer, may be held jointly. All positions are a one-year term. You may have someone nominate you or you may nominate yourself.

Open Positions Include:


Vice President

Recording Secretary

Corresponding Secretary


Please email Larcena Johnson at or direct message me if you’re interested or would like to learn more!

Please Join Us for Our Upcoming Events!

Tuesday, March 7th 6 p.m. – Home & School Mtg. in the Skyview Library or via Zoom. Zoom link to be posted closer to the date in Konstella.

Thursday, March 9th – 7 p.m. – Bingo Night

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How Can I Donate to the Backpack Program?

There are several ways you can contribute to the Backpack Program:

Collection Bins

· Donations can be dropped off (Monday thru Friday) at the Methacton High School East Wing or Arcola Intermediate School. Collection bins are located near the entrance.


· You can place an order through Amazon and ship it directly to the High School. Please remember to select, "No Weekend Delivery". The address is:

Methacton High School

c/o Backpack Program

1005 Kriebel Mill Rd.

Eagleville, PA 19403

Link to donate directly:

What items can I donate?

Individual Serving Food Items Needed

· Single serving boxes of milk (shelf-stable/not refrigerated)

· Mini Cereal Boxes

· Canned Soup (cans with "pop tops")

· Oatmeal packets or cups

· Applesauce and Fruit Cups

· Chef Boyardee, Hormel, Dinty Moore Meals, etc.

· Easy Mac Cups

· Cracker packs

· Sweet Snacks: Fruit gummies, pudding, granola bars, etc.

· Salty Snacks: Pretzel packs, Goldfish, Popcorn, etc.

· 100% Juice boxes

For 6th Grade Families

The requirements for Honors Courses at Arcola for the 7th grade year have been updated and can be found by clicking the link below. Please reach out to Mrs. Berical with any questions or concerns.

In addition, if your child has completed the second round of testing for honors math, the placement will be communicated to you by the end of March.

Important Dates Ahead

March 8: Spring Picture Day