West Word

A Weekly Update from Perkiomen Valley Middle School West

A Word from Mr. Creeden

October is a month of beautiful fall weather, traditions, and food. In October we also recognize bully prevention month and red ribbon week. We are excited to recognize these two very important initiatives and traditions as we cultivate a safe, inclusive culture at PV West. You will learn more about these initiatives in the next couple newsletters along with some additional info you need to know.

Quick Snapshot

  • Permission to be Virtual and/or Hybrid
  • Zoom Authentication Information
  • Club and Activity Opportunities
  • Bully Prevention Week @ West
  • Counselor Corner
  • Nurse Notes
  • Drop-Off Table at West
  • PV West on Social Media
  • First Day Packet Info
  • Weeks At-A Glance
  • Enjoy The Rest of Your Weekend!

No School on Monday October 12th

Permission to be Virtual and/or Hybrid

If you have chosen to have your child participate in the hybrid model we strongly encourage your child to participate in in-person learning on their designated group days. If your child is unable to participate in-person or even virtually due to illness or other circumstances please send an email to our attendance secretary, Brend Continelli, at MSWattendance@pvsd.org.

This will count as your call-out AND parent excuse. Please indicate in your email the date of absence, student’s grade and the reason for the absence.

Any request for a student participating in the hybrid model to stay at home and participate virtually for a day or longer should also contact Brenda at MSWattendance@pvsd.org at least 24 hours in advance for accountability purposes. The 24 hour notice will allow our teachers to be well informed of any learning mode changes.

Attendance will indicate that the student was present in class but not in the building. We need to know who is physically in the building at all times for safety reasons. Thank You!

Zoom Authentication Information

Our students now need to authenticate with a pvsd account to participate in Zoom. This will provide additional security to these meetings. For instructions on how to authenticate your child's Zoom account please see the link below.

Club and Activity Opportunities

Bully Prevention Week @ West

As a school will be recognizing bully prevention month this month in a few different ways:

  • Discussing bully prevention with all students in advisory period during the week of October 19th.
  • Celebrating Unity Day on Wednesday October 21st by wearing Orange. For more information about Unity Day 2020 visit https://www.pacer.org/bullying/nbpm/unity-day.asp.
  • Each student signing a pledge when students are in-person during the week of October 19th or when they return in person at a later date.

Counselor Corner

Substance abuse is often one of those taboo topics no one likes to talk about. Unfortunately, it impacts many students as well as adults. Substance abuse is emphasized in schools because the earlier an individual starts smoking, drinking or using other drugs, the greater the likelihood of developing addiction.

9 out of 10 people who abuse or are addicted to nicotine, alcohol or other drugs began using these substances before they were 18. People who began using addictive substances before age 15 are nearly 7 times likelier to develop a substance problem than those who delay first use until age 21 or older. Every year that substance use is delayed during the period of adolescent brain development, the risk of addiction and substance abuse decrease.

This month Red Ribbon Week (October 26th - October 30th) is celebrated at the elementary and middle school levels. This week is intended to help students understand the impact of substance abuse. In more recent years the focus of drug prevention has turned from “don’t do drugs” to “think about the impact and postpone drug activity.” The efforts are not encouraging students to do drugs but rather encouraging students to wait for when they are older to make such decisions. As alluded to before, it has been found that when students wait until they are older they have less of a chance of trying or becoming addicted.

One great resource available to our families related to drug use is “Be a Part of the Conversation.” Though their main focus is on marijuana abuse, their message applies to all parents who are concerned about substance use in students. They give weekly zoom presentations on several topics that assist parents in talking to their children about substance use. To find out more go to https://conversation.zone/

This month please make every effort to have conversations about substance use with your child. Remember the more they are aware of the dangers of substance use, the less likely they will be users in the future. If you need help starting that conversation please reach out to any of the counselors.

West Home & School Update

PV West Home and School News

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2. Next Home & School meeting is October 20 at 7pm via Zoom. All parents are welcome to attend. Please email PVMSWestHS@gmail.com if interested in attending.

Nurse Notes

A reminder to parents of 7th grade students, please provide proof of your child's Tdap (Pertussis) and Meningitis vaccinations to Mrs. Lind no later than November 9th, or your child will risk exclusion for school This is per the Pennsylvania mandate for vaccinations.

Also, Mrs. Lind is accepting 6th grade physicals, and 7th grade dental exams. These forms can be turned in to the office, or scanned and emailed to Mrs. Lind at clind@pvsd.org. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this, please don't hesitate to contact Mrs. Lind by calling 484-977-7210 extension 4. Please stay healthy and well.

Drop-Off Table at West

There will be a table for parents to drop off items (lunches, Chromebooks, supplies, etc.) for your child. The table will be located in our front vestibule at the main entrance. When you arrive at the main entrance to drop off an item please ring the bell, inform our secretaries that you are dropping off and item, and place it on the table. Our office staff will deliver it to your child as soon as possible. Please make sure any items being dropped are labeled with the students name and grade.

PV West on Social Media

We would love to have you join our social media accounts to stay updated on the latest West news and happenings. Please see below on where to find each of our accounts.

First Day Packet Info

This year’s First Day Packet materials are being shared online. You can get to First Day Packets by going to PVSD website, select Parents and then select First Day Packets. Click on the folder that is for your child’s level. There are several forms that must be completed and returned to school. Those forms are:

  • Limerick letter/authorization form
  • Health Emergency Information from
  • Symptom Monitoring Acknowledgement form

You may return theses forms in any of the following ways:

  • Download, print, fill out the form and mail it to your child’s school
  • Download, print and fill out the form, take a picture of it, and email it to your child’s building secretary (see emails below)
  • Download, print and fill out the form, scan it, and email it to your child’s building secretary (see emails below)

Evergreen: dharp@pvsd.org

Schwenksville: wledford@pvsd.org

Skippack: pjacobson@pvsd.org

South: kajones@pvsd.org

PVMS East: dimelville@pvsd.org

PVMS West: csitron@pvsd.org

PVHS: nvenezia@pvsd.org

There is an optional publicity refusal form to complete - this only needs to be submitted if you do not want your child’s image used for publicity purposes in the coming school year. A student accident insurance form is also available and optional.

Weeks At A Glance

Monday 10/12 - No School (In-Service)

Monday 10/19 - First day of hybrid model for 8th grade students (A-K)

Wednesday 10/21 - Half-Day for students

Wednesday 10/21 - First day of hybrid model for 8th grade students (L-Z)

Wednesday 10/21 - Unity Day!!!

Monday 10/26 - Friday 10/30 - Red Ribbon Week