Pleasant Valley Post

December 2018

A Message from the Principal

Dear PVES Families,

Wow! It's December, that is crazy to me as the second half of the school year always seems to fly by and here we are seemingly approaching the middle of the year! I hope you and your family had a great week!

We have a new club starting this week - our Coding Club! As we have with all our clubs, we had much more interest than we have spots available. I am hopeful we may be able to host a second round for this club in the spring. If we are able to do so, those who were interested but not able to get in this fall/winter will be given first priority for the spring club. We're excited to get this new club going!

I want to thank our PTO for their help with my project celebrating our staff this holiday season. This project kicks off at the end of this first week of December and wouldn't be what it is without their help. They are financially supporting several portions of our celebration including a catered lunch, some gift-cards for a raffle, help with staff shirts, etc. I cannot thank them enough!

As a reminder we have rescheduled our Holiday Program to December 13th - we look forward to two performances that day (1:30/7:00pm) our families are of course invited to both. We look forward to a great show facilitated by Mrs. Mix and Mrs. Hulvey!

I wish you and yours a wonderful Holiday Season and Happy New Year! I value each and every one of you as part of the PVES family!


Sara Hammill


Winter Break

December 14th: 1:00 Dismissal

December 21st: 1:00 Dismissal

December 24th – January 2nd: NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

***Students return to school on Thursday, January 3, 2019


14 de diciembre: Salen temprano a la 1:00 p.m.

21 de diciembre: Salen temprano a la 1:00 p.m.

NO ESCUELA DE NINOS 24 de diciembre – 2 de enero

SCA News

Our next SCA Spirit Day is Pajama Day and will be on December 21st!

Spelling Bee

Congratulations to Nikolay Shumeyko as the winner of our Spelling Bee and to Emma Benner as our runner up! All those who participated in the Bee did a great job! Nikolay will represent PVES in the Rockingham County Spelling Bee on January 9th at Montevideo Middle School at 7pm.


Our Big PAWS program is off to a great start! Thank you to all our Dads, Granddads and Male Guardians who have come in to volunteer! If you have not yet completed a form to be on our email list in order to sign up to be in our building/your child(ren)'s classroom for a day, it's not too late! Contact Dawn Carcamo at .

A Note from Nurse Laurie:

Keeping in mind the amount of illness during this time of year, here are a few reminders to help decrease the spread of germs:

· Use tissues to cover the mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing.

· Dispose of the tissue immediately in a trash can.

· If you don’t have a tissue, cough/ sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.

· Remember to wash your hands after coughing or sneezing.

· Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

· When hands are not visibly dirty, alcohol-based hand sanitizers that contain at least 60% alcohol may be used.

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Duke Dog Reading Program

Students read during the month of December (Dec. 1 through Dec. 31) and record the books on the provided pink or gold Duke Dog Bookmarks. Participating students need to return their bookmarks listing the books they read to their classroom teachers or to me by Friday, January 4. They will earn tickets to women's and/or men's basketball games at JMU for meeting the program's goals. Parents should look for the Duke Dog program information to come home on November 30 with all the details.

Panther Strength Club visited Rocktown Crossfit!

Our after school Fitness Club students were given the opportunity to take their club participation to the next level by spending time at Rocktown Crossfit on a Saturday! Well over half of our club participants attended! So amazing! A big thank you to Rocktown Crossfit and Mrs. Coverstone for making this opportunity possible!
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Mrs. Miller's Students Using Tinkercad!

These students are learning how to use this 3D design program so they can design a golf club to go with the mini golf courses they built. Once they complete their learning and design process, they print their design on our Jellybox 3D printer!

Glow Day in Mrs. Coverstone's 3rd Grade class!

We know that students learn through experiences and to turn this lesson into an experience, Mrs. Coverstone transformed the learning environment! Amazing!
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PVES Items for Sale!

We have a limited number of yearbooks left from last year (2017-2018). They are available on a first come, first served basis and are $15 each. Contact the school office for yours.

We also have PVES t-shirts with Rocky's face on the front. We only have sizes youth medium and youth large available. They are $3 each, also on a first come, first served basis.

We have a PVES Paw print magnet now available for sale. They are $7 each.

All items can be purchased in the office.


If your child is going to be absent from school, please remember to call the school office at 434-4557 by 9:00. Also keep in mind the RCPS attendance policy states a written note is required within three days as a follow up. New this year, we also have an attendance email that you may use to send absentee notifications. Sending an email is sufficient documentation as your written note. That email address is:

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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.