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A Message from Mrs. Franciosa...

Hello Evergreen Families,

Happy New Year! Hopefully everyone had a wonderful Winter Break. We are excited to begin our new adventures together in 2023!

During the week of January 9th we will continue discussing and practicing our safety drills with the students. Further down in this newsletter you will find additional details regarding these discussions and drills.

In this newsletter you will find:

  • Week of January 9th Safety Drills
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
  • Learn about what's happening with Our Fabulous 5th Graders
  • High School Language Mentoring Program
  • Recess Reminder
  • 3rd Grade Students Dental Exam Reminder

"We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always right to do right."--Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Enjoy the weekend,

Sharon Franciosa

Principal, Evergreen Elementary School

Week of January 9, 2023

  • Monday, January 9th: F Day
  • Tuesday, January 10th: A Day
  • Wednesday, January 11th: B Day (Elementary Band & Orchestra Concert @ 6pm at MS East)
  • Thursday, January 12th: C Day
  • Friday, January 13th: D Day

Safety Information: Week of January 9th Safety Drills

Ensuring the safety for our students, staff, and visitors is a top priority. It is important that students learn how to be safe. During the first weeks of school in September classrooms discussed and reviewed our various safety protocols. As we continue to discuss, review, and practice these drills we use student friendly and age-appropriate language.

The "Hide/Lockdown" and "Run/Evacuate" procedures are utilized in the unlikely event that there is an intruder in the school. During the week of January 9th, we will practice the "Run/Evacuate" procedure so students are able to identify and visit our designated rally points near Evergreen. At the elementary level our primary focus is reinforcing the lockdown and evacuation responses to an active intruder in developmentally appropriate ways.

Whenever we practice a safety drill, we review procedures with students calmly prior to the drill. Our intent is not to alarm students, but rather to communicate safety procedures to staff and students so that we are as prepared as possible in the unlikely event of an actual emergency. After each drill, staff will offer feedback to make sure we have the most effective procedures in place as we continue to partner with local emergency service organizations to ensure the safety of all.

At times, parents will ask for suggestions about how to discuss this difficult topic with their child at home. Below is an example of language our teachers use at the elementary level when introducing the topic with students:

Today we’re going to learn about a different way of responding to an emergency in our school. When there is danger, you might already know about some of the ways we can respond. If there is a fire, we evacuate or get out of the building. If there is something dangerous happening inside the school, we practice a lockdown and find a way to hide and stay safe inside the building. In these situations, we are either "running" away from the danger or "hiding" from the danger. If an emergency happens, I want you to know that we might respond in any of these ways to the situation. Sometimes, we may decide to run. Sometimes we may decide to hide. I will help you to know what we should do because your safety is extremely important to me.

For more information about our emergency preparedness, please visit https://iloveuguys.org/The-Standard-Response-Protocol.html

Important Upcoming Dates

  • January 11th: Band & Orchestra Concert at 6pm at Middle School East
  • January 16th: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day--No School & MLK Day of Service (details below)
  • January 19th: Home & School Meeting
  • January 25th: Early Dismissal (12:10pm)

MLK Day of Service

We are looking forward to the 2023 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, January 16th and hope you can join us! See below for information about the variety of opportunities for our families, including In Person and Take Home options, as well as details about the Drive-Thru Donation Station.

This year's event features both In Person and Take Home opportunities. The Day of Service will take place in the Perkiomen Valley High School Cafeteria from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm. The day is broken into two sessions, 8:30 am & 10:30 am, where elementary and middle school students can take part in service activities to benefit both local and international organizations.

If you are unable to join us for the In Person opportunities, we are offering a limited number of Take Home service projects for both elementary and middle school students. To participate in the Take Home activities, select the Take Home option in the sign up link below.

Join Us!

Use this link to sign up for either In Person or Take Home opportunities

Please note:

  • Participants are asked to choose only one option: In Person or Take Home.
  • Sign up for Take Home options will close on January 9th so that materials can be distributed.
  • Sign up for In Person will be open through January 16th. Spaces are limited and subject to availability.

Drive-Thru Donation Station

We will again be hosting a Drive-Thru Donation Station at Middle School East. Goods can be dropped off on Monday, January 16th from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. We will be collecting for the following organizations:

  • Perkiomen Valley Post Prom
    • Formal Wear
      • Shoes, Purses, Accessories
    • Any other clothing items bag separately from formal wear
  • Perkiomen Valley Spirit Wear (Non-personalized items)
    • If your “Little Vikings” have become “Big Vikings” and you would like to donate their gently used PV Spirit Wear here is your chance.
    • We will be collecting all sizes and all PV School Spirit Wear
  • Daily Bread Community Food Pantry
    • Non-perishable goods
    • personal care items
    • supplies for babies and pets
  • Lions Club
    • Used glasses (both prescription and any other types of glasses)

Please contact Mr. Steve Willis (swillis@pvsd.org), Coordinator of Equity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement, with questions.

Our Fabulous 5th Graders

Oh what fun we’ve had in Fifth Grade! Students had the opportunity to participate in spirit days, spent time with their First Grade buddies, used their critical thinking skills in team STEM challenges, and celebrated together before Winter Break. Here is a peek into our rooms!
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Language Mentoring Program

Our District continues to grow and become more diverse. Currently, there are 17 different primary languages spoken by our students/families. Students new to our schools struggle to communicate and can find it very challenging when they do not speak fluent English - or know very little English at all. In an effort to support them, we are launching a mentoring program. To support students whose primary language is one other than English, we are hoping to enlist PV high school students, fluent in communicating in another language, as mentors. The high school mentors would be asked to travel to other PV schools on a schedule to be determined. We are attempting to pilot the idea and learn from any connections we are able to establish.

We are asking interested high school students to complete this brief survey: Language Mentoring Program. Administration will follow up in January. We are very excited to offer this opportunity to our students, both mentors and mentees!

BRRR...It's Cold at Recess

Although recently we've had a few days that are warmer than a typical winter day, most days can be cold during recess! 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.

A Message from Mrs. McOwen

Reminder for Third Grade Families

The Pennsylvania School Health Law requires a dental examination for all third-grade students. Your child's dentist should complete this examination since they know your child best. Any exam dated after July 1, 2021, is acceptable. Please email Mrs. McOwen at rmcowen@pvsd.org the date of your child's last dental exam or submit the required school dental form as soon as possible. We appreciate your cooperation.

Private Dental Exam Form

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.
Education Trip Form for Elementary & Middle School

An Educational Trip Request form must be submitted prior to student’s departure. Approval for such trips is limited to five (5) school days per year.

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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