Weekly Message

an Update from Dr. Barbara A. Russell 2/9/22

Greetings PV Families,

February celebrations continue! We are fast approaching our 100th Day of School for the 2021-2022 school year (barring any inclement weather days, the 100th day of school will occur on February 11th). Students will celebrate in a variety of ways integrating math, science, and language arts. February 11th also marks the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, recognizing the critical role women and girls play in science and technology.


Next week, on Monday, February 14th, we celebrate Valentine’s Day, which has evolved into a celebration of not only romance but also friendship and admiration. Monday also kicks off Random Acts of Kindness Week, with Thursday, February 17 denoted as Random Acts of Kindness Day. As per the Random Act of Kindness Foundation, “the work to create a kinder world never ends. There is no limit on the amount of goodness we can put into the world…” I encourage everyone to think about ways to contribute to this goal. The organization is sponsoring a coloring contest and all ages are welcome to participate. To learn more visit Random Acts of Kindness Foundation.


Finally, I'd like to send a special SHOUT OUT to our counselors in recognition of National School Counseling Week (February 7-11) for all they do to support the success of our students! This year's theme is "School Counseling: Better Together." Thank you for being a vital part of our "Better Together" team!


Sincerely,

Dr. Barbara A. Russell

Superintendent

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National School Counseling Week (Feb 7-11)

We celebrate our AMAZING school counselors and thank them for their dedication to our students. Join us in recognizing these individuals for their effort and commitment!
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Masking News & Reminders

Masks Required - Federal Court Decision

Per the Federal Court’s decision on February 7, 2022, the District will follow masking requirements and recommendations stipulated in PHASE 1of our Health and Safety Transition Plan (v3 final) until further direction from the Court. The plan, approved on January 2, 2022 by the Board of School Directors, was revised to reflect the court order on February 8, 2022. Phase 1 (graphic below) stipulates that masks are required when indoors in any of the District’s facilities during the school day. Additionally, this phase states that masks are strongly recommended after the school day while indoors. After the school day refers to during athletics, music ensembles, clubs, committee meetings, Community Education, spectating, etc. Masks continue to be optional when outdoors.


Mask Exemption Information

Requests for a mask/face covering exemption must be signed by a licensed medical or mental health provider who is also qualified to diagnose condition(s) precluding a child from safely wearing a mask/face covering. The information must be submitted on the school district’s Mask/Face Covering Exemption Form (version8) and presented to your child’s school nurse for review. The District may recommend possible options prior to granting a full mask/face covering exemption, such as the use of a face shield. In the event your child does not qualify for an exemption and/or refuses to wear a mask/face covering indoors, a virtual instruction option will be assigned.

Form to Report a Positive COVID Case

To assist us in collecting data, report your child's confirmed positive COVID case using this form. Refrain from calling the nursing office if possible. For medical advice, including COVID-19 guidance, contact your medical provider.

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Elementary - Instructional Mode Request

Families requesting a change in instructional mode, in person/Viking Academy (virtual), may complete this form - Instructional Mode Change Request- as per the deadlines indicated below.

  • Elementary Deadline for Trimester 3 ~ February 17th
All requests will be reviewed by building administrators. Requests do not guarantee a change in instructional mode as several factors need to be considered. Parents will be contacted by building administrators to confirm changes. Approved changes will be effective on the first day of the next trimester/semester.
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MLK Day of Service 2/21/22

The MLK Day of Service will occur on Presidents' Day, Monday, February 21 (postponed from earlier date due to the inclement weather). Students, staff, parents and community members will have an opportunity to participate in a "day on" of community service/volunteerism. Learn more about how you can participate and/or contribute: MLK Day of Service

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Hogwarts Academy Coming to PVSD

Get your wands ready! PVSD will be transforming into Hogwarts Academy, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter on Wednesday, March 9 from 6:00pm-8:00pm! All K-8 wizards and witches are invited to join us for a night of adventure, laughter, and learning. The evening will include learning activities, magical beasts, and all things Harry Potter. This event, organized by the Perkiomen Valley Curriculum and Instruction department, is offered free to district students in grades K-8 and their families. Families may choose to join us anytime between 6:00 and 8:00 pm to experience the magic! Tickets are not required. In order to assist us in planning for this event, please kindly express your interest in attending on the form below. This will help us ensure appropriate staffing and materials are available for the various activities. Hogwart's Academy Interest Form


Check out our promotional video below for more details. We hope you will join us for what is sure to be a mystical experience!

Hogwarts Academy Coming Soon
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Kindergarten Registration 22-23 School Year

Will your child turn 5 years old before September 1, 2022? If so, he/she is eligible to attend school in the Perkiomen Valley School District next fall. Below are kindergarten registration dates for the 22-23 school year:

Visit New Student Registration for more information including the registration packet.

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Upcoming Dates

Consult the District calendar for details regarding these upcoming activities.
  • February 9 Select Ensembles Concert @ 7:30 pm LIVE STREAM
  • February 14 Board Business Meeting @ 7pm
  • February 16 HalfDay inservice - Early Dismissal for Students
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Having Tech Issues? See Below for Details

Here are a few friendly reminders from the Technology Department about where to go if you are having issues with any of the following:

Safe2Say

As a note, in addition to always encouraging our students to share questionable or concerning information with a trusted adult, they can submit an anonymous tip through the Safe2Say Program. Tips are typically related to a variety of challenges our students experience or witness, such as bullying, harassment, disrespectful language, safety concerns, etc. When a tip is received, the State (who runs Safe2Say) immediately follows up with the respective building administrator and the information is investigated.

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