Evergreen Express


A Message from Mrs. Franciosa...

Hello Evergreen Families,

We were very grateful that so many parents and guardians were able to visit our classrooms on Wednesday. We hope all of you enjoyed it as much as we did!

While you are here for conferences on Monday or Tuesday, please stop by the Book Fair in the library and take a look at our Gratitude Tree at the end of the main lobby. The students have been adding their leaves with Mrs. Christie and it looks beautiful!

On Tuesday our 2nd grade students once again enjoyed the Dino Dig. A huge thank you to Home and School for sponsoring this for us. The students absolutely love it!

This week's newsletter is chock full of important information and some fun pictures from the week. Please look for the next newsletter on Friday, December 2nd.

In this newsletter you can find more information about:

  • Dressing for Recess
  • Elementary Report Card Parent/Guardian Survey
  • Winterfest: Friday, December 9th
  • Door Decorating Volunteers
  • Variety Show Information & Registration Link
  • Reading Olympics
  • 9 Days Before Winter Break Evergreen Spirit Days
  • What's Happening in 2nd Grade
  • Spanish with Señora Droluk
  • Autumn Book Fair Information
  • New Winter Coats Available
  • School Spirit Wear Donation
  • Power Packs Holiday Shop Information & Donations

"Gratitude helps us see what is there instead of what isn't."--unknown

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. Please enjoy your time with family and friends and safe travels for those of you venturing from home next week!

Have a terrific weekend!

Sharon Franciosa

Principal, Evergreen Elementary School

A look at what's been happening at Evergreen This week...

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Tail Waggin' Tutors Visit on 11-17-222

American Education Week Classroom Visits: November 16, 2022

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Weeks of November 21st & November 28th

  • Monday, November 21st: Conferences--No School for Students
  • Tuesday, November 22nd: Conferences--No School for Students
  • Wednesday, November 23rd to Friday November 25th--Thanksgiving Holiday--No School for Students

  • Monday, November 28th: A Day
  • Tuesday, November 29th: B Day
  • Wednesday, November 30th: C Day
  • Thursday, December 1st: D Day
  • Friday, December 2nd: E Day

Important Upcoming Dates

  • December 7th: Home & School Meeting at 7pm via Zoom
  • December 9th: Home & School invites you to come to "Winterfest"
  • December 23rd-January 2nd: Winter Break

BRRRR...It's Cold at Recess!

Although it may not be winter yet, the colder weather has definitely arrived. Students are outside for 15-30 minutes during recess. The playground can also be windy, causing it to feel colder than the actual temperature.

Please be sure students are dressed appropriately for these chillier days with coats, gloves, hats, etc.

Elementary Report Card Parent/Guardian Input Survey

Perkiomen Valley Elementary Report Card

We are embarking upon a review of our elementary report card. We are interested in learning how and if the report card is meeting your needs to understand how your child is progressing toward intended learning. Please complete this short survey to share your thoughts regarding the current elementary report card. Thank you for your time.

Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/T28HLC2

Home & School Winterfest: December 9th from 5:30pm-8pm

We hope you will be able to join us for Winterfest on Friday, December 9th from 5:30pm-8pm at Evergreen. Many fun activities are planned, including touring and voting on the classroom door decorations!

If you would like to volunteer on the night of the event, please use this link: https://forms.gle/h3atwKyLmSKf2yJw6

Classroom Door Decorating Volunteers Needed

It's that time of year for the classroom doors to be decorated! The staff and students absolutely love seeing the creativity and take great pride in having their classroom door decorated. If you would like to volunteer to decorate your child/children's classroom door and/or the door of any staff member in the building, please use this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0D4FAFA828A57-winter

Variety Show Registration Information

We are excited to announce that it's once again time to register your child/children for the annual Evergreen Variety Show! Students have the opportunity work alongside grade level peers and adult volunteers to learn a fun and easy dance routine during evening rehearsals from January to April.

Want to learn more? Please see the flyer below.

Want to register? Please click HERE.

Attention 4th & 5th Grade Families--It's Reading Olympics Time!

Does your child love to read? Is your child in 4th or 5th grade?

Your child should join Evergreen’s Reading Olympic Team!!

The Montgomery County Intermediate Unit sponsors the annual Reading Olympics which will take place in person this March 2023. (We will either be competing on March 14th at Souderton HS or March 9th at Dock Academy in Souderton) The event is a great way for students, who love reading, to participate in a fun-filled evening while sharing their knowledge of books and competing against teams from other schools.

Teams preparing for the event are given a list of 25 books (Book List) that will be used in the competition. On the night of the Reading Olympics, each team will go through two or three rounds of questioning against other teams from Montgomery county elementary schools and will accumulate points for each correct answer they give.

Students who join Evergreen’s Reading Olympics teams will meet on Wednesday mornings at 8am in Evergreen’s Library starting November 30th, 2022 to prepare for the event in March. Each member of the team is asked to read a minimum of 5 books from the list before the event. Books can be found in Evergreen’s library as well as Mrs. Mumford’s room (200).

If your child would like to participate in the Reading Olympics - please sign them up via a google form - https://forms.gle/KN5Cf8VAgU9GoT5q8.

EV Spirit Days: "The 9 Wild Winter Spirit Days"

Our next Spirit Weeks are coming up from Monday, December 12th through Thursday, December 22nd. Please see below for details:

  • Monday, December 12th: Flannel Day: wear your favorite warm flannel shirt
  • Tuesday, December 13th: Winter or a Winter Holiday Hat Day (headbands, etc.)
  • Wednesday, December 14th: Warm Wacky Sock Day
  • Thursday, December 15th: Slippers Day
  • Friday, December 16th: National Ugly Sweater Day: wear your ugliest winter or winter holiday sweater/sweatshirt
  • Monday, December 19th: Festive Monday: wear your festive clothing for winter or a winter holiday (shirts, socks, sweaters, hats, headbands, etc. No pajamas, please.)
  • Tuesday, December 20th: Winter Sports Day: wear your favorite shirt/jersey or colors of your favorite winter sports team
  • Wednesday, December 21st: First Day of Winter: let's welcome winter by dressing like a snowman--wear white, a hat, a scarf, etc.
  • Thursday, December 22nd: Snooze Day: wear your school appropriate pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed animal to school

Our Super Star Second Graders!

Math-Why is learning math facts important?

Why is this important? Learning math facts develops their number sense. ... Math fact fluency also helps students solve more complex math problems more quickly. If they have mastered their math facts, these concepts will be significantly easier, and they will be better equipped to solve them more quickly.

Second Graders are learning to subtract numbers within 1,000. Some of the skills they will practice are:

•using place-value charts to subtract numbers with and without regrouping

•solving real-world subtraction problems

•applying the inverse operations of addition and subtraction


Second graders are learning engineering. Last week some classes used uncooked spaghetti and marshmallows to build a sturdy, but tall structure. Students worked in teams and discussed strengths and weaknesses of their structure as they planned and replanned how to be successful. Then they took a walk around to communicate their ideas to others.


Second graders are enjoying Into Reading. In Module 2 we learned about the genre of drama. We read the story Puzzle Puddle and spoke about how to read a play in different parts. Some classes also completed a readers theater to help with reading fluency. They did an amazing job reading their parts to the class!

Into Reading has many great mentor texts for students to learn from and in Module 2 students were able to connect their reading with our science unit of matter. Students learned that we can understand our world better by exploring. Some stories we read were The Important Book, Many Kinds of Matter, It’s Only Stanley, and The Great Fuzz Frenzy.


Students are continuing to grow as writers in second grade. Classes are focusing on writing using complete sentences, detailed descriptions, and proper grammar. Mrs. Eliasson’s class has just finished writing about what they are thankful for. Mrs. Brisar’s students and Mrs. Moccia’s students are beginning to write about what makes them thankful in preparation for our upcoming Thanksgiving break. . “Write the kind of story you would like to read. People will give you all sorts of advice about writing, but if you are not writing something you like, no one else will like it either.” – Meg Cabot

Oh What Fun!

2nd graders took part in a grade level assembly and dig this week. The Strakas, field paleontologists, have been coming to Evergreen for many years. This year students experienced their “Dream BIG, Be a Scientist” assembly and fossil dig. The students had the opportunity to see fossils up close and participate in a game show. The cherry on the top was the paleontology dig where students discovered real fossils from dinosaurs, turtles and sharks! We are very excited to still have this program come to Evergreen for our 2nd graders! A big Thank You to Home and School for continuing to support this program!

2nd Grade Engineers: Spaghetti & Marshmallow Structures

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2nd Grade Dino Dig: 11-15-22

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Spanish with Señora Droluk

Kindergarten - In Kindergarten we are continuing to learn about colors in context with our mini-book “Arturo y la bota”. The students are talking about which color is their favorite and they get to go “fishing” and see what color fish they catch!

First grade - In first grade we circle back to colors while learning about the Turpial, the national bird of Venezuela. The students also get to play one of their favorite games, ¿Dónde está el queso?

Second grade - In second grade we are learning about Chichen Itza, a pyramide located in México. We are also focusing on the high frequency structure: ¿Qué ves? Veo _______ while playing a game called Noche en el Museo.

Third Grade - We are continuing our unit on pets (mascotas). We have added in new pets and we have been practicing with the high frequency structure ¿Cómo estás? and various ways to answer.

Fourth grade - We are continuing to practice vocabulary related to Mexican salsa. We will be working with the high frequency structure: ¿Tienes ________? while playing the game, Hagamos Salsa.

Fifth grade - We are continuing to learn about México. The students will be making “Ojos de Dios”, an authentic Mexican craft dating back to the 15th century when the Huichol people used to make them.

Autumn Book Fair: November 21st & 22nd

Don't miss the upcoming Book Fair, held IN PERSON only during the November conference days!

The book fair will be in the library Monday, November 21, 8:00 am-7:00 pm, and Tuesday, November 22, 8:00 am-2:00 pm.

Read all the details here or visit the book fair home page here.

Reward your children for a great start to the school year, pick up presents for family near and far, buy a thank you or holiday gift for a teacher, and support our library at the same time!

If you can't make it in person, you can shop online (online shopping is available Nov. 18-23, 2022). Every purchase supports our library.

  • If you stop by in person, you can even win free books for the classroom just for stopping by! No purchase necessary!
  • One more fun opportunity! You can donate a book to the library in your child's name and help the library TWICE! Read all the details here
  • We are taking pre-orders for the newest Cat Kid book, Cat Kid: Collaborations, that will be published on November 29. If you order using the form attached here, the sales will count for our Book Fair and help us buy new library materials. Please send your money and order forms to the library by November 18th. Once the books arrive on or around November 29th we will deliver them to the students.

New Winter Coats Available

Winter is on its way! If you are in need of a new coat for your child, please reach out to our school counselors, Mrs. Turner (last names A-K) or Mrs. Shearer (last names L-Z). They would be happy to get you connected with one, no questions asked.

Mrs. Turner: mturner@pvsd.org

Mrs. Shearer: lshearer@pvsd.org

School Spirit Wear Donation Drive

We are collecting gently used PV or Evergreen school spirit wear.

If you have any items you would like to donate students and parents/guardians can drop them off in the main office. During conferences we will have collection bin in the lobby.

Holiday Shop & Power Packs

We are excited to announce we will be running the Holiday Shop again this year for families in need of assistance for the winter holidays. Last year we provided gifts to over 100 PV students and hope to do even more this year!

Check out our Amazon wish list for ideas: https://tinyurl.com/powerpackshs. Items can be shipped directly to our shop at Evergreen Elementary School, c/o PV Power Packs, 98 Kagey Rd, Collegeville, PA 19426 or monetary donations can be made by check sent to PV Power Packs, 3 Iron Bridge Dr. Collegeville, 19426 or by PayPal at donations@pvsd.org with Power Packs in the memo line.

Make sure to follow us on Facebook @pvpowerpacks or email us with any questions at powerpacks@pvsd.org.

Dismissal Change

If you need to make an unexpected dismissal change during the day, please contact the main office via telephone (610-409-9751) by 2:30pm, if possible.
Volunteer Clearances

Click on this button to learn about clearances for volunteering.

PV Food Service Webpage

Click on this button to find menus, free/reduced information, School Cafe accounts, etc.

Community Bulletin Board Page

Want to find out what's going on in the PV Community? Click on this button for flyers about upcoming events in and around our area! To submit an event for posting, please send a PDF version of your flyer to webmaster@pvsd.org for review.

22-23 District & Instructional Calendars

Please click on this button to find the monthly district event calendars and the 22-23 district instructional calendar

PV Power Packs

PV Power Packs is a weekend food program for students experiencing food insecurity. Bags of food, including 2 breakfast items, 2 lunch items, 2 snacks, and 2 fruits, are sent home with students prior to every weekend. There is no financial information required to participate in this program and students pick up their bags from their counselor or designated person every week.

For more information regarding how to receive a Power Pack for your child or to make donations to the Power Packs program, click here: https://www.pvsd.org/families/pv-power-packs/

Powerpacks Application (Spanish)

Flexible Instructional Days (FID) in 22-23

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) approved the use of Flexible Instructional Days (FID) as an alternate form of instruction in response to inclement weather or other emergencies. On a FID day, instruction will be virtual. FID assist schools in meeting the required 180 student days. PA Schools may use up to five (5) FID per school year - in PVSD, we will utilize FID when all 3 inclement weather days built into the district calendar are used.

For more information and and the elementary FID schedule, CLICK HERE.

Having Tech Issues?

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

Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has instituted a new government benefit, the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). This benefit provides eligible households with a discount on internet services. For details, visit: www.GetMyInternet.org.

Evergreen Attendance Line

If your child is going to be absent please be sure to call or email the Evergreen attendance line. It may be helpful to save the phone number and email address in your cell phone.

Call: 610-409-9751 and press #1

Email: EVAttendance@pvsd.org

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