PRV Academy Notes

October 16, 2020

Principal's Update

As we move into the weekend, I can say that a lot has been accomplished this week. Today, we are finishing up our 4th materials pickup day (4th grade). We have one more to go on Wednesday when the 3rd grade students are able to collect their materials.

Data was analyzed from the parent survey which allowed all of you to select the mode of instruction that is best for your family. I am pleased to say that we will still have over 460 students in PRV Academy. While some students will be moving back into their home schools, we are gaining some students who chose to join us in our virtual world.

Second and fifth graders worked on their CogATs and makeups will continue next week. Teachers are beginning to schedule parent/teacher conferences and voting has been underway for our favorite student workstations (see results below). Two new students have joined us for our morning announcements so be sure to check those out.

Meet the Teacher videos will be available today at noon! Please click here to go to our site. You can access these by selecting your grade span on the left side.

We are fully in the swing of things and starting to see engagement take off.

I look forward to seeing what next week has in store for all of us.

Happy Friday!

Paula Giran

PRV Academy Principal

Yearbook Pickup

Any Hance virtual student who ordered a yearbook last year is able to pick it up at Pupil Services today (Friday) or Wednesday, October 21 from 1-3:00. The school sent them to me and they are ready to be distributed. :)


A big congratulations goes out to Ashlynn Wees. She recently learned that she received honorable mention in the Gandhi Creative writing contest. We are so proud of you, Ashlynn!!

Giving back during recess...

Sometimes you see things that literally blow you away. That's the feeling I had when I received an email from a parent that explained how neighborhood kids were coming together during their recess time and giving back to the community.

A group of students decided to collect items for the Light of Life shelter. The students have been collecting multiple items and putting together bags to be donated to the shelter. As of Tuesday, they had enough materials to donate 217 bags!

I had to see it for myself so I took a trip over to their neighborhood, donated some items, and even got to help pack a few bags. I was very impressed!

If you are interested in donating any materials, please contact Kaiti Corbett-Trapl through direct message on Facebook. A list of items can be found here.

If your child is doing anything like this, I would love to hear all about it!

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Homeroom Parents


At this point in time, we are happy to say that all homerooms have identified a homeroom coordinator for every class. Thank you to the following people:

Hoffman Dana Kinder - AM; Nicole Wyse - PM

Meier Ashley Daniels

Kilpela Danielle Orlando

Skowronsk iChristy Crummy

Koeslch Lauren Ruggirello/Marie Oliva

Heilman Gina O’Malley

Anderson Rebeccah Hoffman/Seema John

Sciulli Rhiannon Brown

Hanna Amy Kemmerer

Swerdloff Audrey Schwartzbauer

Monk Lezlie DelVecchio-Marks

Beauseigneur Erin Riley

Perine Beth Leckey

Novak Diane White/Sofya Stearns

Beam Rachel Martini

Yannotti Mary Strehl

ZaspelJ olie Carnahan

Turner Rebeccah Hoffman

Woods Jennifer Lennie

Zimmerman Meredith Miller Mestre

Farmer Lauren Godfrey

Mahsoob Nishat Kazi

Wenzel Julie Elter

Staff Favorite Workstation

This was so fun - thank you to all who participated. We loved seeing the creativity. Voting has been taking place all week and the final winners are below. Each student will receive a gift card. This will be sent to parent emails. To see all the entrants, please click here.

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 - 2:00-3:00 and 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.

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. If you are interested in participating, please email a picture of your child in his/her costume or a fall setting to your homeroom parent by October 23.

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

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

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

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 Google Form 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.

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 - 3rd grade material pickup; Wexford School Pictures

Thursday -

Friday - Dress to Impress day

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.