News From The View

Skyview Upper Elementary School

From Mrs. Berical

Dear Families,

This week at Skyview your student had the opportunity to create posters that focused on test taking strategies that they can utilize to help them feel and do their best on any test that they take. Students worked in groups to create these posters and they will be hung around Skyview for our whole community of learners to enjoy throughout the month of April. Ask your child what strategy their group focused on, what it means and how it can best help them on a test. In addition, ask your child about the various test taking strategies they are learning about that they find helpful. I greatly appreciate all of the support you provide to your child to help them develop perseverance and a positive mindset around testing.

Next week will be a short but fun week for our students! On Monday, we will celebrate Autism Awareness Month as a school community by wearing blue! Please encourage your child to wear the color blue to show their support for Autism Awareness. On Tuesday, April 4th, our school community will celebrate the Phillies Opening Day by wearing Philadelphia Phillies gear or the colors red, white and blue. The Phillies opening day is scheduled for April 6th but because our students will not be in school that day, we plan to show our spirit on April 4th.

I can't believe we are getting ready to head into Spring Break after next week. Please know that the next "News from the View" will not be sent until after Spring Break on April 14th.

Have a wonderful weekend and a relaxing Spring Break!


Mrs. Berical

Parent Workshop- Helping Our Students Succeed In School

Helping Our Children Succeed in School

A virtual workshop for Title I Families

Presented by Karen Addison-Williams

Consultant, Title I State Parent Advisory Council

Moving Beyond the Bake Sale: Engaging Families Improves Student Achievement

Ways to help your children at home and at school

Parental involvement as your child enters secondary level of school

Wednesday, April 12, 2023 – 2:00- 3:00 pm

RSVP by April 11, 2023

Zoom presentation link will be sent via email after sign

up is complete on above form.

Trouble with the form?

Call the main office to RSVP –

(610)489-5000 ext. 34200 (Skyview)

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For 5th Grade Families- Outdoor Education

Calling all 5th grade parents/guardians! Our spring Outdoor Education overnight field trip forms are due this coming Monday, April 3. The big yellow envelope which contains the details of the trip and the forms was sent home last week. Our goal is that every student attend this informative and memorable field trip, so if there is anything that seems a stumbling block to attending, please reach out to our 5th grade counselor, Beth VanBuren (, or your child's teacher so that we can address.

Also, this past Monday there was an informative Zoom meeting with the director from our camping venue. If you missed it, please check out the recording:

Spaces for Fasting

If your child is fasting during the school day for any reason and would like an alternate location to go to during their scheduled lunch time, please have them work with their school counselor to let them know of the request. We will ensure that all students have a quiet space provided to them that meets their needs during the time of their fasting.

You can reach out to Mrs. VanBuren (fifth grade school counselor) or Mrs. Hiller (sixth grade school counselor) with any questions or concerns.

Mrs. VanBuren:

Mrs. Hiller:

ID Badges for Breakfast and Lunch

If your child receives a school breakfast or lunch, please remind them of the importance of bringing their student ID badge to school with them each day. Using the ID badge in the cafeteria lines helps to significantly reduce the amount of wait time students are experiencing. We greatly appreciate your attention to this matter.

Math Questions- How You Can Help At Home!

We recognize that families want to support their child academically and feel connected to their learning. Each week, we will include a 5th and 6th grade math word problem that you can work on with your child. Also included will be the list of questions that you can ask your child that will help guide their thinking as they solve the problem. We encourage you to take advantage of completing these word problems with your child so that you can help support them with their learning at home!

Questions to Ask Your Child

  • What do you know about the problem?

  • What question is being asked?

  • What information has been given to you?

  • What operation will you use to solve the problem? How do you know?

  • Will your answer be bigger or smaller than the numbers in the problem?

  • Does your response answer the question?

Week 7 March 31st, 2023

5th grade

The numbers shown below are used at the beginning of two different patterns.

2, 6, ___ , ___ , ___ , . . .

One pattern’s rule is to add the same number each time. The other pattern’s rule is to multiply

by the same number each time. What is the smallest number greater than 6 that appears in

both patterns?

A. 10 B. 12 C. 16 D. 18

Correct Answer: D

6th grade

The vertices of a parallelogram are plotted on the coordinate plane shown below. A coordinate grid is shown.

The numbers to the left of the y-axis are negative 10, negative 8, negative 6, negative 4, negative 2, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10. The numbers below the x-axis are negative 10, negative 8, negative 6, negative 4, negative 2, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10. There are four points on the coordinate grid.

What is the area, in square units, of the parallelogram?

A. 8 B. 9 C. 12 D. 24

Correct Answer: D

World Language Selection for 6th Grade Families

Sixth grade students had an opportunity to view a World Language Video on Thursday during advisory to help them determine which world language they would like to enroll in for 7th grade. Please work with your child at home to complete the Google Form below by Monday, March 20th.

PSSA Dates

Below are the testing weeks for ELA and Math.

Grade 5 and 6 ELA PSSA testing dates will be the week of April 24th to 28th.

ELA testing dates will be April 25th, 26th, and 27th.

Grade 5 and 6 Math PSSA testing will be the week of May 1st-5th.

NOTE: Math testing dates will be May 2nd and 3rd.

We wanted to give our families a heads up prior to our PSSA testing and we are looking for 100% student participation.

Mrs. Berical

From Home and School

The yearbook committee is working hard to create a beautiful yearbook for our students. Click here to place an order for your yearbook. The cost is $20. Students will receive yearbooks by the end of the school year. You may contact Monique Dirks at with any questions.

Mark your calendars for when Skyview goes to the movies on April 13th at 6:30 pm to watch Super Mario Brothers. It's $12 per person and money is required by March 30th. Click here for more details and registration!

Join us for Skyview Appreciation Night on Tuesday, May 16th at Elmwood Park Zoo. Rain or shine. Pack a picnic dinner. Click here for more details and registration!

Home and School officer nominations are now open for the 2023-2024 school year! All positions, except Treasurer, may be held jointly. All positions are a one-year term. You may have someone nominate you or you may nominate yourself.

Open Positions Include: President, Vice President, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary and Treasurer

Please email Larcena Johnson at or direct message me if you’re interested or would like to learn more!

Please Join Us for Our Upcoming Events!

Tuesday, April 4th - 9:00 am -10:00 am – Home & School Mtg. via Zoom.

Zoom link to be posted closer to the date in Konstella.

Thursday, April 13th - 6:30 p.m. - Skyview Goes to the Movies! - Movie Tavern, Super Mario Brothers

Tuesday, May 16th - 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm - Skyview Appreciation Night at Elmwood Park Zoo

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How Can I Donate to the Backpack Program?

There are several ways you can contribute to the Backpack Program:

Collection Bins

· Donations can be dropped off (Monday thru Friday) at the Methacton High School East Wing or Arcola Intermediate School. Collection bins are located near the entrance.


· You can place an order through Amazon and ship it directly to the High School. Please remember to select, "No Weekend Delivery". The address is:

Methacton High School

c/o Backpack Program

1005 Kriebel Mill Rd.

Eagleville, PA 19403

Link to donate directly:

What items can I donate?

Individual Serving Food Items Needed

· Single serving boxes of milk (shelf-stable/not refrigerated)

· Mini Cereal Boxes

· Canned Soup (cans with "pop tops")

· Oatmeal packets or cups

· Applesauce and Fruit Cups

· Chef Boyardee, Hormel, Dinty Moore Meals, etc.

· Easy Mac Cups

· Cracker packs

· Sweet Snacks: Fruit gummies, pudding, granola bars, etc.

· Salty Snacks: Pretzel packs, Goldfish, Popcorn, etc.

· 100% Juice boxes

For 6th Grade Families

The requirements for Honors Courses at Arcola for the 7th grade year have been updated and can be found by clicking the link below. Please reach out to Mrs. Berical with any questions or concerns.

In addition, if your child has completed the second round of testing for honors math, the placement will be communicated to you by the end of March.

Important Dates Ahead

April 5th-April 10th: Schools Closed/Spring Break

April 12: Helping Our Students Succeed In School Virtual Seminar for Parents/Guardians

April 14: Home and School Meeting @ 9:00AM via Zoom