PRV Academy Notes

October 9, 2020

Principal's Update

What a fun, busy week!! From our spirit days to material pickups, there was a lot going on. It was great to see all the creative mismatched clothes and crazy hats. If I had to guess, I would say that PJ Day was a favorite! Thank you to everyone who made the trek to Pupil Services to pickup new materials for your child. You made the process seamless! We will plan on having another in mid/late November.

I apologize in advance for the length of this newsletter. There is so much information to share this week - so please be sure to keep scrolling down and check it out!

I am going to leave you with a quote that I think greatly sums up PRV Academy:

Children are the priority.

Change is the reality.

Collaboration is the strategy.

(Judith Billings - Washington State Superintendent)

THANK YOU for the collaboration and feedback. We couldn't do this without you.

Happy Friday!

Paula Giran

PRV Academy Principal

Winner, winner chicken dinner!

Thank you to everyone who fully read the last newsletter and submitted your child for our giveaway. Please watch this video to see who the winner is. The winner will receive a $10 gift card to Amazon (to be emailed to the parents later today).

For those of you who are wondering how they were entered - I put a line in the Twitter section of the newsletter that said to email me if they read that far. It pays to read it all! :)

K-3 Specials Update

For the month of October, we are going to continue with the process and expectations that we used in September. All K-3 students will need to submit one assignment per special area. We thought it was important to keep everything consistent for the first grading period. The expectations will change as we move into the 2nd quarter.

Teacher Appreciation Committee

Many of you have reached out asking what you can do to help the teachers or show your thanks. Kate Schroeder has graciously volunteered to lead a "Teacher Appreciation Committee" which will brainstorm ways to bring some of the PTO sponsored building events to the virtual world (luncheons, treats, etc).

If you are interested in helping out, please email Kate at

Homeroom Parents Needed

We are still in need of homeroom parents for the following teachers:

1st grade: Ms. Skowronski and Ms. Koelsch

If you are interested in taking on this important role, please email the teacher.

Building Independence

We officially have 6 weeks under our belts. At this point in time, we are really working on establishing independence for the students. You can help us by doing the following:

  • Encourage your child to direct all questions to the teacher instead of you
  • For younger students, start building up their stamina for independence. Walk away from the student for a short period of time and gradually increase this time.
  • Help your child organize needed materials the night before so they are prepared in the morning

Our goal is to mimic what happens in the school buildings. Students really excel at advocating for themselves in that setting. It is important to help them do this in the virtual setting as well.

If you have a question for the teacher regarding technology or the curriculum, please email the teacher rather than asking on the Google Meets. This will allow the teacher to dedicate time to your question and minimize disruptions in the class.

Halloween Festivities

The buzz is in the air - the students are already begin to get excited for Halloween!

On Thursday, October 29 - students are encouraged to wear their costumes to school. No masks are allowed as they can be distracting to the students. Also, please make sure the costumes are school appropriate and do not include any weapons. Side note: who would have thought in the time of Covid I would be telling you that no masks are allowed?

We are taking our festivities and making them virtual.

All K-3 buildings, plus PRV Academy K-3 students, are going to be hosting a virtual parade. This will allow all students to participate (virtual and hybrid). Your homeroom parents will be reaching out to you with details, but get your cameras ready.

Halloween parties will also be virtual and the teachers/homeroom parents will be working to make sure these are fun for all students.

More details to come in the near future.

Materials Pick-Up Days

It is that time again... We want to refresh the books/materials that the students have at home. All materials should be picked up according to the following schedule. Please note: All pickups will occur at Pupil Services which is attached to Richland Elementary School (looking at the font of Richland, Pupil Services is located on the far right - it has it's own parking lot and door). The address is 3811 Bakerstown Road. If you are unable to make it during your pickup time, please email me to make alternate arrangements. We can't wait to see you!

3rd Grade:

October 21 - 1:00-3:00

4th Grade:

October 16 - 1:00-3:00


A big congratulations goes out to Olivia and Owen Tan. They both placed in the Masters of Piano Sonata Competition sponsored by The Great Composers Competition Series. Olivia placed 2nd in her age group and Owen placed 3rd. PRV Academy is so proud of you both!

Cognitive Abilities Testing

The Cognitives Abilities Test (CogATs) will be administered during the week of October 12 to all 2nd and 5th grade students. As mentioned in a district email that was sent out yesterday, The CogAT Screener provides a snapshot of your child’s abilities and consists of the analogies portion of each battery: Verbal/Picture Analogies, Number Analogies, and Figure Matrices. Your child's teacher will be communicating the day when this test will be given.

School Pictures

If you are interested in having your child's school picture taken, please see the schedule below. If you are unable to attend during these times, makeups will be scheduled at a future date.

RES - October 14 - 4:15-6:00 (gym)

WES - October 21 and 22 - 8:00-9:00 or 2:00-3:00 (cafeteria)

HES - October 27 and 28 - 7:30-9:00 and 4:30-6:00 (cafeteria)

EHUE - October 27 and 28 - 3:45-6:00 (LGA)

If you are not interested in getting a school picture, but would like your child to be in the yearbook, you will be able to submit a headshot to the PTO. We will have more details regarding this process later in the year.

Each school's Friday Flash will have more information pertaining to the logistics of entering each building.

6th-grade Meet-Up

Weather permitting, Wednesdays anytime between 11:45-12:45, Pine Park, the Pearce Mill Road playground, come for as little or as long as you want. Bring your lunch and run around outside with kids doing all virtual in 6th grade. Parents must stay with their students.

If any other grade level is interested in starting something like this, please let me know and I would be happy to post specifics in our weekly newsletter.

Mrs. Giran's daily announcements!

Click here to watch our daily announcements! Be sure to check out Friday's announcements - two of our 6th grade students are featured!

We STILL need your jokes and thanks!

Many of you have sent in your favorite kid jokes and those will be shared on upcoming announcements during our Funny Fridays - Keep those coming!

We are still in need of Thankful Videos. This is a great time to record your child stating who they are thankful for (maybe a peer or teacher) or parents can do the same. The video should be no longer than 30 seconds. Feel free to email these to me at

Week at a Glance

Monday -

Tuesday -

Wednesday - Mrs. Giran out of the district for training

Thursday - Mrs. Giran out of the district for training

Friday - Neon Colors

Tech Department Help # - 724-443-1503

Twitter Photos

Be sure to tag me on Twitter with any of your school pictures @MrsGiranEHUE and use #PRvirtual.