Evergreen Express


A Message from Mrs. Franciosa...

Hello Evergreen Families,

Congratulations to all of our students for completing a wonderful first trimester of learning! Their hard work, willingness to try new things, and to follow our 3Rs make us proud of them each day. We were grateful that we had the opportunity to share with you all the progress and growth the children have made during conferences.

Please join me in welcoming Mr. Sam Schedid to Evergreen as our building's security officer. Mr. Sam, as the students will call him, will be in our building daily and will have many opportunities to interact with the students, particularly during arrival, dismissal, lunches and recesses.

We hope to see everyone at Winterfest on Friday, December 9th from 5:30pm to 8:00pm at Evergreen!

In this newsletter you can find more information about:

  • Parking Reminder for Afternoon Parent Pick-Up
  • Winter Craft Volunteer Sign Up
  • Girls On The Run (Grades 3-5)
  • PV Power Packs Holiday Shop
  • Dressing for Recess
  • Winterfest: Friday, December 9th
  • Variety Show Information & Registration Link
  • 4th & 5th Grade Reading Olympics
  • 9 Days Before Winter Break Evergreen Spirit Days
  • What's Happening in 1st Grade
  • Sideline Report from Mr. Engler
  • New Winter Coats Available

"You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them."--Michael Jordan

Have a terrific weekend!

Sharon Franciosa

Principal, Evergreen Elementary School

Week of December 5, 2022

  • Monday, December 5th: F Day
  • Tuesday, December 6th: A Day
  • Wednesday, December 7th: B Day (Home & School Meeting at 7pm via Zoom)
  • Thursday, December 8th: C Day
  • Friday, December 9th: D Day (Winterfest from 5:30pm-8:00pm at Evergreen)
Home & School Zoom Meeting Link (Wed. 12/7 at 7pm)

Please click on this button to join the meeting. Hope you can join us!

Important Upcoming Dates

  • December 12th: Elementary report cards open in ParentVUE at noon
  • December 23rd-January 2nd: Winter Break
  • Week of January 12th: Variety Show Rehearsals begin
  • January 19th: Home & School Meeting

Our Two Most Recent Groups of 3R Bingo Winners!

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Parking Reminder for Afternoon Parent Pick-Up

For those families picking up students in the afternoon for dismissal, please remember that cars need to park in the large parking lot on the side of the school. Cars may not be parked in the driveway in front of Evergreen. Thank you for your help in continuing to keep our students and families safe.

Winter Craft Volunteer Sign Up

Volunteers are needed to help with the Winter Craft project in Mrs. Hockman's Art Room. We need volunteers to help the K-2 students put their craft together during art class and some morning helpers to package the projects to take home.

If you are interested in volunteering, please click HERE.

"Girls on the Run" Registration is Open

We're happy to let you know that Girls on the Run is returning to Evergreen again this school year!

  • Registration is open through December 12th (www.gotrpa.org)
  • The season will begin on February 28th and will run for 10 weeks. Practices will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school at Evergreen until 5pm
  • There are currently 3 volunteer coaches, but 1-2 additional coaches would be very helpful

Girls on the Run is for Grades 3-5. It inspires girls of all abilities to recognize their individual strengths, while building a sense of connection in a team setting. Volunteer coaches facilitate lessons that blend physical activity with life skill development. At the end of the season, the team completes a 5K together, which provides a tangible sense of accomplishment and sets a confident mindset into motion.

Financial aid is available through Girls on the Run and local company, Poka-Yoke Solutions, is also committed to sponsor if a girl would like to join but needs assistance. There is also a payment plan available at check-out.

For any questions that aren't answered on the website or if you'd like to volunteer to help coach (it guarantees your girl a spot and offers up to 45 CEU credits for teachers!) please email erica@ericaq.com

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Holiday Shop & Power Packs

Perkiomen Valley School District is excited to once again support families in need this holiday season through the PV Power Packs Holiday Shop run by community volunteers.

The PV Power Packs Holiday Shop will be open on the following dates and times in the Evergreen Elementary School Library. Enter through the main doors at the front of the school for the evening hours and through the main office during school hours.

  • Tuesday, 12/6: 5-8 pm
  • Wednesday, 12/7: 5-8 pm
  • Thursday, 12/8: 11 - 1:30

If you are a parent or guardian of a student in the Perkiomen Valley School District who is in need of assistance this holiday season, you can come during these times to shop for your student and any younger siblings. There is no financial documentation needed and we only ask that you share the name of the school where your child is enrolled. We will have extra volunteers in a separate room to supervise younger children if you are unable to get childcare.

If you have specific needs or are unable to come during these times, please email Sarah at PowerPacks@pvsd.org or reach out to your school principal or counselor.

If you’d like to donate, toys, gift cards, bath & body products for men & women, arts and crafts, adult sized hoodies and more are being collected to support the PV Power Packs Holiday Shop. You can check our Amazon Wish List at https://tinyurl.com/powerpackshsfor ideas.

Donations can be dropped off at any school through December 2nd and placed in the large cans that are located in the vestibule of each school’s main entrance or mailed directly to the shop at Power Packs Holiday Shop, c/o Evergreen Elementary, 98 Kagey Road, Collegeville, PA 19426. Monetary donations are accepted via check sent to PV Power Packs, 3 Iron Bridge Dr. Collegeville, 19426 or by PayPal at donations@pvsd.org with Power Packs in the memo line. We thank you in advance for your generosity this holiday season.

Visit our website to learn more, Power Packs, and follow us on Facebook @PVPowerPacks.

BRRRR...It's Cold at Recess!

Although it may not be winter yet, the colder weather has definitely arrived. Students are outside for 15-30 minutes during recess. The playground can also be windy, causing it to feel colder than the actual temperature.

Please be sure students are dressed appropriately for these chillier days with coats, gloves, hats, etc.

Home & School Winterfest: December 9th from 5:30pm-8pm

We hope you will be able to join us for Winterfest on Friday, December 9th from 5:30pm-8pm at Evergreen. Many fun activities are planned, including touring and voting on the classroom door decorations!

If you would like to volunteer on the night of the event, please use this link: https://forms.gle/h3atwKyLmSKf2yJw6

Variety Show Registration Information

We are excited to announce that it's once again time to register your child/children for the annual Evergreen Variety Show! Students have the opportunity work alongside grade level peers and adult volunteers to learn a fun and easy dance routine during evening rehearsals from January to April.

Want to learn more? Please see the flyer below.

Want to register? Please click HERE.

Attention 4th & 5th Grade Families--It's Reading Olympics Time!

Does your child love to read? Is your child in 4th or 5th grade?

Your child should join Evergreen’s Reading Olympic Team!!

The Montgomery County Intermediate Unit sponsors the annual Reading Olympics which will take place in person this March 2023. (We will either be competing on March 14th at Souderton HS or March 9th at Dock Academy in Souderton) The event is a great way for students, who love reading, to participate in a fun-filled evening while sharing their knowledge of books and competing against teams from other schools.

Teams preparing for the event are given a list of 25 books (Book List) that will be used in the competition. On the night of the Reading Olympics, each team will go through two or three rounds of questioning against other teams from Montgomery county elementary schools and will accumulate points for each correct answer they give.

Students who join Evergreen’s Reading Olympics teams will meet on Wednesday mornings at 8am in Evergreen’s Library starting November 30th, 2022 to prepare for the event in March. Each member of the team is asked to read a minimum of 5 books from the list before the event. Books can be found in Evergreen’s library as well as Mrs. Mumford’s room (200).

If your child would like to participate in the Reading Olympics - please sign them up via a google form - https://forms.gle/KN5Cf8VAgU9GoT5q8.

EV Spirit Days: "The 9 Wild Winter Spirit Days"

Our next Spirit Weeks are coming up from Monday, December 12th through Thursday, December 22nd. Please see below for details:

  • Monday, December 12th: Flannel Day: wear your favorite warm flannel shirt
  • Tuesday, December 13th: Winter or a Winter Holiday Hat Day (headbands, etc.)
  • Wednesday, December 14th: Warm Wacky Sock Day
  • Thursday, December 15th: Slippers Day
  • Friday, December 16th: National Ugly Sweater Day: wear your ugliest winter or winter holiday sweater/sweatshirt
  • Monday, December 19th: Festive Monday: wear your festive clothing for winter or a winter holiday (shirts, socks, sweaters, hats, headbands, etc. No pajamas, please.)
  • Tuesday, December 20th: Winter Sports Day: wear your favorite shirt/jersey or colors of your favorite winter sports team
  • Wednesday, December 21st: First Day of Winter: let's welcome winter by dressing like a snowman--wear white, a hat, a scarf, etc.
  • Thursday, December 22nd: Snooze Day: wear your school appropriate pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed animal to school

Our Fabulous 1st Graders!

Fall Fun in First Grade

We have had a fun-filled and busy fall in first grade! Read below to find out what the fantastic first graders have been exploring and to check out pictures of our learners in action!


First grade is finishing the “Amazing Animals'' Module for Into Reading. Over the past few weeks, students have been listening to and reading a variety of exciting fiction and nonfiction texts about animals. We refer to how these texts are organized as the story structure, and many fiction and nonfiction texts are written in chronological order with a beginning, middle, and end. The first graders practiced identifying the important events in the beginning, middle, and end of several of the animal books. We talked about how it helps us to understand the story better when we describe the big events in order after reading. Next time you read a fiction or nonfiction book at home that’s written in chronological order, see if your child can identify the important events in the beginning, middle, and end. Happy reading!


This week, the first graders are writing personal narratives about special events during the Thanksgiving break. They wrote about who they saw, where they went, and what they ate. The first graders did a wonderful job of adding details to their writing! First, students completed an idea web/brainstorm. Next, they used their web to write a topic sentence and three details about their Thanksgiving break. Then, with the help of their teachers, students edited their sentences checking for spelling, uppercase letters, and punctuation. Last, students shared their completed writing pieces with their classmates. Way to go, awesome authors!


This week in math, the first graders are learning about shapes and patterns. We are reviewing the names of the plane shapes and learning how many sides and corners these shapes have. The students are also learning about the attributes, or characteristics, of plane shapes and how we can sort them according to shape, size, color, and the number of sides/corners. This week we used our pattern blocks to sort in different ways. The first graders also went on a shape hunt around the classroom! They looked for objects in our room with the shape of a circle, square, rectangle, triangle, or rhombus. Students had a great time sharing what they found! Next, we will make patterns with plane shapes and learn about solid/3D shapes. The first graders have had a blast learning about shapes!

Science & Social Studies

Before the Thanksgiving holiday, the first grade classes met with their fifth grade buddies to complete Thanksgiving/thankful themed activities. We’re very thankful for our wonderful buddies! In science, the fantastic first graders have been learning about objects and patterns in the sky. Using their observational skills, students went outside to observe the position of the sun in the daytime sky. First graders noticed that shadows from the sun change in size and position throughout the day as the sun shines on objects in different directions. Students also learned about how the shape of the moon changes as it moves around Earth. These changes are called phases. After learning about the objects in the sky, students discussed seasonal patterns, and how living things like trees and flowers change with the seasons. First graders also noticed that the amount of daylight changes from season to season as the sun rises and sets at different times throughout the year. First graders are ready to say good-bye to fall and hello to winter! Are you ready for winter?

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The Sideline Report from Mr. Engler

All of the K,1st & 2nd grade students have been working on spacial awareness and chasing, dodging and fleeing activities. We will be playing a plethora of tagging games. We are currently using, everyone’s favorite--the parachute--to work on our listening skills, following directions, self control and teamwork.

Third, fourth, and fifth graders have started fitness testing. They ran the mile to learn about pacing themselves and cardiorespiratory fitness. We also completed the curl-up or sit-up test as we talked about importance of a strong core and muscular endurance. Other examples of fitness testing the students will perform include pull-ups or arm hang, a flexibility test, and a speed and agility test (shuttle run). We are performing these to learn about the many components of fitness. We talk about a fit person is not just strong or fast, but that fitness is made up of many parts. 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. As we work through the fitness tests I will also be introducing new games and activities to the students. After winter break we will be starting more team sports units.

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 PE 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.

I want to thank the 3rd & 4th grade parents who stopped in for parent visitation. I appreciate your willingness to jump right in and play with your child and exercise with them as well. Hopefully you had a little fun while playing with the parachute!

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New Winter Coats Available

Winter is on its way! If you are in need of a new coat for your child, please reach out to our school counselors, Mrs. Turner (last names A-K) or Mrs. Shearer (last names L-Z). They would be happy to get you connected with one, no questions asked.

Mrs. Turner: mturner@pvsd.org

Mrs. Shearer: lshearer@pvsd.org

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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