Pleasant Valley Post

September, 2017 ~ Volume I

It's Good To Be A Panther!

We've had a great start to the school year and are looking forward to the rest of it! Thanks to all of you who came out for our Meet Your Teacher Night and to Registration Days!!! I've so enjoyed having students and their families back in the building!

If you've not had a chance to come by and see the renovation progress, I encourage you to do so. I'm happy to take parents and guests on a tour of our new wing! It is beautiful and bright! Phase II of the renovation is underway! We appreciate everyone's patience, understanding and attention to safety as we work through this year under construction. Students and staff have not missed a beat and our instructional program is in full swing!

I am now sending weekly emails to families with calendar updates and information. I'd love to include as many families as possible. If we don't have an updated email address for your family on file, please let us know!

I hope you find the new format for our newsletter both user friendly and engaging. We will post our newsletter on our website, on our facebook page, and on our Twitter account. I will also email it out to families as a link in my Sunday email the week it comes out. Paper copies are available in our office. I welcome your feedback on it!

Enjoy the long weekend!


Mrs. Hammill


School News & Information

We are starting a Girls on the Run Team!

We have pushed our start date in order to recruit and include more girls! Registration is now open until September 11th! The team is open to any 3rd-5th Grade Girl! Miss Boxler and Mrs. Rhodes are coaching for us! You can register online here: or contact the school for a paper registration packet if you need one!

Girls on the Run is so much fun!!

GOTR is a nationally known & highly respected non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring girls to believe in themselves and their limitless potential. In this 10 week program your daughter will build confidence, joy, and health as we learn life skills in a creative and active way!

Would your daughter like to:

*Meet New Friends?

*Help others in your community?

*Accomplish new things?

*Activate her limitless potential?

Then Girls on the Run is FOR YOU!!!

Join the Pleasant Valley Girls on the Run team this fall!

The season starts September 11th and will meet Mondays and Wednesdays, ending with a celebratory 5K on Novemeber 18th!

Drop-Off & Pick-Up Reminders

  • Please be reminded that students cannot be dropped off before 8am.
  • We appreciate family efforts to be clear with your child's teacher about afternoon plans/routine. Any changes should be submitted to our office by 1pm.
  • Thank you for not driving or walking through our bus lane during times of bus traffic!
  • We ask that cars leaving campus continue to give our buses the right of way as we release them from campus each afternoon. We appreciate your help!

Attendance/Student Absence Reminders

If your child is going to be absent from school, please remember to call the school office at 434-4557 by 9:00am. Also keep in mind the RCPS attendance policy states a written note is required within three days of the absence as a follow up.

If you know your child is going miss school in advance of them being out, please be sure to contact the office for a Prearranged Absence Form. We may not be able to excuse the absence if this procedure is not followed.

A Note from the Cafeteria

Families, please understand that if you received free/reduced lunch last year, you do not automatically qualify this year. You MUST complete a new application every year. If you have already received a letter from food services notifying you that your student(s) qualify, there is no need for any further action. If you have NOT received a letter, and you have NOT completed an application for the 2017-18 school year, please do so as soon as possible. You can call the office at 434-4557 to request that an application be sent home with your child, or you can stop by the school to pick one up.

Also, please be sure to read the Food & Nutrition Services letter to parents that was sent home with your student.

Our breakfast and lunch menus for the month can be found here:

Thank you!

Physical Education Information from Coach Carcamo

*Bring tennis shoes DAILY for PE and recess!

*Layers are great as we will continue to go outside this fall and it can be chilly in the morning!

*My goal is to help students acquire knowledge, skills and abilities needed to remain physically active for an entire lifetime.

*PE rules: Play Nice, Play Safe, Play Fair, Always Do your Best

*A written excuse is required from a doctor when a student is unable to participate in PE. The note should include the nature of the illness/injury, how long the child will be out and alternate activities recommended (ie: a student with a broken arm may be unable to participate in a basketball unit for 2 weeks, but may walk for PE instead) Physical activity limitations would include recess time.

*Students are graded in PE.

*Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at (540) 434-4557.

~Coach Carcamo

Notes from Nurse Laurie

Please build and encourage good hand-washing habits for your family/child both at home and at school. This will help prevent the spread of germs and illness now and as cold and flu season approaches.

We prefer parents keep students home if their child has had a fever and/or vomitting within the past 24 hours. Thanks for your consideration as we work to prevent the spread of illness at PVES!


September 4th - Labor Day - No School!

September 8th - 1:00 pm Early Release Day for Students - Please Plan for This!

September 14th - PTO Meeting - 3:30pm

September 15th - 3rd Grade Vision Screenings - 9am

September 28th - Fall Picture Day

September 29th - PTO Fun Run - 8:30 - 11:30am

PTO News & Information

PAWS at PVES is the Pleasant Valley Parent Teacher Organization. All Parents/Guardians are members. No dues are collected. Thanks to those of you who expressed interest during registration days. Join us for meetings if you can! We understand life is busy and believe we're all in this together! We welcome involvement from all PVES families in any way you are able to contribute. Our first PTO Meeting is Thursday, September 14th at 3:30pm at PVES!

PTO will be selling Chick-Fil-A Calendars again this fall. These make great gifts for friends and family! Order forms will be coming out in the next few weeks!

We'd love for families to provide us feedback by completing the following five question survey: (Use link to access the survey).

We're looking forward to a great year!


PVES Values Our Business Partners!

Thank you to our business partners! Your partnership make so much possible for our school and we are grateful to have your support! The companies below have donated to PVES directly or to PAWS at PVES (our PTO) in order to help our great school become greater!


It is the policy of the Rockingham County School Board to comply with all applicable state and federal laws regarding don-discrimination in employment and educational programs and services. It is an equal opportunity employer and educational agency. The Rockingham County School Board will not discriminate in hiring, promotion, discharge, pay, fringe benefits, job training, classification, referral, and other aspects of employment or in educational programs and services on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), gender, marital or economic status, age, disability, genetics, or veteran status and prohibits retaliation against anyone who files a complaint of discrimination, participates in such a proceeding, or otherwise opposes discrimination.