Evergreen Express


A Message from Mrs. Franciosa...

Hello Evergreen Families,

It is hard to believe that we have completed the first two months of school! During November parents and guardians are invited to visit our classrooms on November 16th for American Education Week and meet with teachers during conferences on November 21st or 22nd. Please continue reading in the newsletter for more information about both of these events.

We are currently collecting gently used PV and/or Evergreen Spirit Wear. Students and parents/guardians are welcome to drop off donations to the Evergreen main office at any time. Please feel free to bring items to drop off on November 16th or during conference days.

As a reminder, the students will not have school on Tuesday, November 8th.

In this newsletter you can find more information about:

  • Picture Retake Day--November 10th
  • CogATs for 3rd Grade Students
  • Conference Information
  • American Education Week: 11/16 Parent/Guardian School Visit
  • Spirit Wear Sale
  • Picture Retake Day
  • Spirit Wear Sale
  • New Winter Coats Available
  • What's Happening in 4th Grade
  • Autumn Book Fair Information
  • What is a STEM Challenge?
  • School Spirit Wear Donation
  • Power Packs Holiday Shop Information & Donations

"The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing." --Henry Ford

Have a terrific weekend!

Sharon Franciosa

Principal, Evergreen Elementary School

Week of November 7, 2022

  • Monday, November 7th: D Day
  • Tuesday, November 8th: No School for Students
  • Wednesday, November 9th: E Day
  • Thursday, November 10th: F Day
  • Friday, November 11th: A Day

Important Upcoming Dates

  • November 8th: Election Day/In-Service Day--No School for Students
  • November 10th: Evergreen Picture Retake Day
  • November 16th: PVSD welcomes you to visit our classrooms (more info below)
  • November 21st & 22nd: Conferences
  • December 7th: Home & School Meeting at 7pm via Zoom

Picture Retake Day--November 10th

  • Children who were absent on the original picture day in October will have their pictures taken on November 10th.
  • If your child had their picture taken, but you would like it retaken, your child MUST hand the photographer the original package on retake day.

CogATs for Grade 3 Students: November 9th, 10th, and 11th

On November 9th, 10th, and 11th the 3rd grade students at Evergreen will participate in the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). The CogAT is an assessment of cognitive abilities that includes verbal reasoning, sequences, analogies, and quantitative reasoning. This assessment measures skills and abilities that are important for academic success. The results of the CogAT contribute to our understanding of your child as a learner. The results will help plan effective programs for your child, as well as serve as a screening tool for further testing to determine eligibility for special programs. In early spring, you will receive a letter indicating your child’s results along with an interpretation of these results.

The CogAT will be administered to all 3rd grade students, except for those possessing an IEP, GIEP, or those who have participated in a Multi-Disciplinary evaluation in 2022. These students have already participated in similar testing. The CogAt requires approximately one hour to complete. If you have any questions about the CogAT assessment, please contact your Mrs. Shearer, Mrs. Turner, or Mrs. Franciosa.

Parent/Teacher Conferences: November 21st and 22nd

Parent/teacher conferences will be held Monday, November 21, and Tuesday, November 22. Parents/guardians will schedule using the conference module in the ParentVUE portal beginning at 12pm on Monday, November 7. View Instructions for how to schedule a conference are located here for assistance. Please note the conference module referenced will not be viewable until 12 pm on November 7.

If you do not have a ParentVUE account, you will need to create one in order to access the conference scheduling module. To set up your account, please contact the helpdesk@pvsd.org.

American Education Week

Parents/Guardians are invited to visit our classrooms on Wednesday, November 16th in honor of American Education Week.

The schedule is:

  • AM Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades: 9:00-10:00am
  • 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades: 10:00-11:00am
  • PM Kindergarten: 1:00-2:00pm

American Education Week Parent/Guardian Participation Form

  • Please complete the form above by Monday, November 14th to let us know that you will be joining us.
  • We ask that you complete one form for each child.
  • All visitors must have ID with them.
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PV/Evergreen Spirit Wear Sale

If you are interested in purchasing any PV and/or Evergreen Spirit Wear, please visit evergreen.itemorder.com. The store will be open through Sunday, November 6th.
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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

Fabulous 4th Graders

Math: Fourth graders are currently exploring Chapters 3 and 4 in Math In Focus, where they are studying multiplication and division of whole numbers. They will also be interpreting tables and graphs. Some of the skills they are practicing include:

  • Multiplying and dividing with regrouping

  • Estimating products and quotients

  • Solving real-world problems

  • Making and interpreting tables

Science: Fourth graders will be exploring the following concepts:

● Identify different transformations of electrical


● Understand and illustrate energy transfer involving

light, sound, and heat.

● Investigate and explain how collisions show energy concepts

Social Studies: Students will continue learning about the U.S. Regions in the coming weeks. Some of the concepts that students will explore in these units are the following:

  • Determining how the physical characteristics of the region affect human activities.

  • Identifying the physical processes and human characteristics that define this region.

  • Discovering how technology, transportation, and communications affect the location of economic activities in this region.

  • Discovering why the first factories began in the Northeast.

Reading: HMH Into Reading Module 2: How do people and animals use their senses to navigate the world? This module has a nonfiction focus.

The skills and strategies that students are exploring in Module 2 include:

  • Main Idea (or Central Idea)

  • Retelling/Summary

  • Plot

  • Text Structure

  • Text and Graphic Features

  • Figurative Language

  • Author’s Craft

  • Asking and Answering Questions

  • Visualization

  • Generative Vocabulary

Grammar: Grammatical concepts taught:

  • Fragments / Run-ons

  • Capitalization

  • Proper Nouns

  • Types of Verbs (action, main, helping, linking)

Writing: Students will follow the writing process to write an informational descriptive writing selection.

  • Focal Statement: Amazing creatures live in this world.

  • THINK about an animal that you think is amazing.

  • WRITE a description about that animal. Use facts and details to show why that animal is amazing.

Read Aloud -

  • Mr. Moore's Class - The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel by Sheela Chari
  • Mrs. Stankus' Class - Wish by Barbara O'Connor
  • Mr. Tomlinson's Class - Thirst by Varsha Bajaj
  • Mrs. Tor's Class - Double Fudge by Judy Blume

Having Fun in the 4th Grade Hallway!

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Autumn Book Fair: November 21st & 22nd

Don't miss the upcoming Book Fair, held IN PERSON only during the November conference days!

The book fair will be in the library Monday, November 21, 8:00 am-7:00 pm, and Tuesday, November 22, 8:00 am-2:00 pm.

Read all the details here or visit the book fair home page here.

Reward your children for a great start to the school year, pick up presents for family near and far, buy a thank you or holiday gift for a teacher, and support our library at the same time!

If you can't make it in person, you can shop online (online shopping is available Nov. 18-23, 2022). Every purchase supports our library.

  • If you stop by in person, you can even win free books for the classroom just for stopping by! No purchase necessary!
  • One more fun opportunity! You can donate a book to the library in your child's name and help the library TWICE! Read all the details here
  • We are taking pre-orders for the newest Cat Kid book, Cat Kid: Collaborations, that will be published on November 29. If you order using the form attached here, the sales will count for our Book Fair and help us buy new library materials. Please send your money and order forms to the library by November 18th. Once the books arrive on or around November 29th we will deliver them to the students.

STEM Challenges in Explorations with Mrs. Sabatino

Over the next few weeks, each grade will be participating in STEM Challenges during Explorations. These challenges bring a lot of excitement and enjoyment to our classroom. Be sure to ask your child about your STEM Challenge!

What is STEM?

STEM is short for science, technology, engineering and math. STEM teaches science, math and engineering as a whole, using technology to relate learning to the real world.

Why is STEM important?

STEM is everywhere! Introducing STEM Challenges to students helps prepare them to analyze, problem solve and develop critical thinking skills.

What is a STEM Challenge?

Students are introduced to a problem and work collaboratively to explore solutions, test prototypes and improve designs . It engages students to work together to look at different problems with curiosity, think critically and apply prior knowledge to solve the problem.

How can parents support and encourage STEM thinkers at home?

Kids Spark Education Blog states:

When a child says, “Look at my tower. Do you like it?” here are five ways you can respond to support a STEM identity and build 21st century skills:

  1. “Can you tell me exactly how you made it?” Asking kids to articulate their process step by step builds communication and logical thinking skills

  2. “What do you think would happen if…?” Encourages kids to apply their current knowledge to an unknown situation based on evidence and experience.

  3. “What was the hardest part? What did you do to overcome it?” By reflecting on a challenge and how they solved it, kids develop confidence and see themselves as problem-solving engineers.

  4. “Can you draw and label a picture of your creation so we can hang it up for others to see and learn from?” Highlights the community aspect of STEM and develops the skill of drawing a model to communicate an idea.

  5. “What advice would you give to a friend who wanted to build this?” Challenges kids to combine information, evaluate the most important aspects, and communicate clearly. If you ask kids to write down their advice, this integrates STEM and writing to build critical thinking and communication skills across disciplines.

School Spirit Wear Donation Drive

We are collecting gently used PV or Evergreen school spirit wear.

If you have any items you would like to donate, parents/guardians can drop them off at school before November 15th.

Holiday Shop & Power Packs

We are excited to announce we will be running the Holiday Shop again this year for families in need of assistance for the winter holidays. Last year we provided gifts to over 100 PV students and hope to do even more this year!

Check out our Amazon wish list for ideas: https://tinyurl.com/powerpackshs. Items can be shipped directly to our shop at Evergreen Elementary School, c/o PV Power Packs, 98 Kagey Rd, Collegeville, PA 19426 or monetary donations can be made by 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.

Make sure to follow us on Facebook @pvpowerpacks or email us with any questions at powerpacks@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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