Weekly Message

an Update from Dr. Barbara A. Russell 7/28/2022

Greetings,


I'd like to share some additional information with you, including important dates for the upcoming 2022-23 school year.


As shared last week, the Keep Kids Fed Act allows school districts to provide free meals to families through the summer of 2022. See the schedule below for pick up dates and times. The federal funding to provide free meals expires with the start of 2022-23 school year. This means families will need to apply for the free or reduced school meals program if needed. Visit our food service webpage for information and to access the application. In the event you need assistance, do not hesitate to reach out to a representative of the Food Services department, your child's school counselor, or one of our social workers, Mrs. Patti Colucci, pcolucci@pvsd.org, Mr. Jim Rude, jrude@pvsd.org, or Mrs. Jamie Slack, jslack@pvsd.org. These individuals serve the elementary, middle and high school levels, respectively. If you should reach out to a counselor or social worker, know that you may not receive a response right away, however, we will be certain to provide answers to your questions about the free and reduced lunch application by the beginning of the school year.


We continue to plan for the start of new school year and look forward to welcoming back our students. The student supply lists for grades K-8 are available on our website. Visit our Families page to access. Further, we recognize that families are anxious to learn of teacher assignments and student schedules. Information regarding teacher assignments and student schedules will be available in ParentVUE beginning Wednesday, August 17 at noon. However, equally important to note, teacher assignments and student schedules will only be accessible to families that have completed online verification (OLV). OLV serves to assist us in ensuring that student demographic and family contact information are current in our system. It also provides us with an avenue to share Back-to-School information/flyers such as updated student handbooks and other pertinent information. OLV will open Tuesday, August 9 (see details below).


Stay safe and continue to enjoy summer!


Sincerely,

Dr. Barbara A. Russell

Superintendent

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Learn About:

  • Learning is Fun Together (Lift)
  • 2022-23 Schedules and Teacher Assignments
  • Online Verification (OLV) in ParentVUE
  • Meal Pick Up
  • Power Packs in 2022-23
  • PA State Police Training Exercise
  • Comprehensive Plan
  • Committee Structures
  • Summer Reading
  • Upcoming District Dates
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LIFT (Learning is Fun Together)

Students enjoy a multitude of activities as part of our Summer '22 LIFT program. The activities pictured above include: Coding & Robotics, Viking Genius Bar Technology Camp, The Forces of Flight, Inventioneering, and All the Universe a Stage. We are proud to share these meaningful learning experiences for our students!
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2022-23 Schedules and Teacher Assignments

Student schedules and teacher assignments for the 2022-2023 School Year will be available on ParentVUE beginning Wednesday, August 17 at noon.


*NOTE: Student schedules and teacher assignments will only be accessible if online verification (OLV) has been completed for the student. Learn more about OLV below. If OLV is not complete, student schedules and/or teacher assignments will not be accessible in ParentVUE. Once OLV is completed, the information will become available (after August 17 at noon).


**New kindergarten families will receive information regarding their ParentVUE login on August 9th via email.

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Online Verification (OLV) in ParentVUE

This year, we will once again administer all typical beginning of year forms electronically as part of the online verification (OLV) process in ParentVUE. This PAPERLESS process alleviates the need for the paper forms that are typically distributed during the first days of school. Plus, online verification serves to assist us in ensuring that student demographic and family contact information are current in our system. It also provides us with an avenue to share Back-to-School information/flyers such as updated student handbooks and other pertinent information. We truly appreciate your participation in this process.


Online verification will be available in ParentVUE beginning Tuesday, August 9 @ noon. More information, including how to access online verification in ParentVUE, will be shared in the coming weeks.


Please note: Schedules and teacher Assignments will be viewable in ParentVUE on Wednesday, August 17 @ noon. However, the information will only be accessible if online verification (OLV) has been completed. OLV only needs to be completed by one parent/guardian (meaning, if both parents have an account, only one will need to complete the process for their student(s)).


**New kindergarten families will receive information regarding their ParentVUE login on August 9th via email.

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Meal Pick Up

Beginning on July 28, and continuing on the following three Thursdays beyond, the District will provide 5 free breakfasts and 5 free lunches to families who are interested. The meals will be distributed at the bus circle of the high school (adjacent to the stadium) on Campus Dr. There is no sign up or means of qualifying, just simply show up between the designated hours listed below to receive your 10 meals. We hope this continues to support those who are in need of food for their family.


5 breakfast and 5 lunch meals can be picked up at the high school bus circle on the following dates from 11:00am-1:00pm or 4:00pm-6:00pm:


  • Thursday, July 28* (*On this date (7/28), distribution will ONLY occur between 5:00pm-7:00pm.)
  • Thursday, August 4
  • Thursday, August 11
  • Thursday, August 18


As a note, you do not need to enter the high school building to pick up your meals. Staff and/or volunteers will be present outside the main doors with ready-packed meals for pick up.


Please do not hesitate to reach out to our Food Service department with any questions, byaksich@pvsd.org or kbalestra@pvsd.org.

Power Packs in 2022-23

Power Packs will once again provide weekend distributions of food beginning with the new school year. A sign-up will be shared in early August.

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PA State Police Training Exercise

On August 2, the PA State Police will be using Skippack Elementary for training purposes. PV is proud to provide this space to the PA State Police to support their continued training efforts.

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Comprehensive Plan

Every three years, the District is obligated to develop a comprehensive plan that sets the direction for the district. It serves to offer opportunities to hear from various stakeholders about what's going well and what could be improved in terms of student experiences. The process affords us the opportunity to ask, "What do we need to consider for our students and staff that might be different from three years ago?"


At the June Board meeting, administration presented an overview of the proposed Comprehensive Plan, scheduled to be submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) by August 30, 2022. A draft including all three phases of the plan (Ready, Set, Go) is linked below. The final plan is quite extensive and includes strengths and challenges, priority areas, goals, action steps, and associated professional development and communications. As a note, an executive summary is included if you prefer a shorter version.


· Draft PVSD Comprehensive Plan

· Executive Summary


In addition, the District is also required to submit additional state reports at the same time as the comprehensive plan. Linked below is a compilation of these state reports which include, an Induction Plan, Professional Education Plan, Student Services Assurances, Gifted Education Plan Assurances, and Academic Standards and Assessments Requirements.


· State Reports


In addition to accessing the information via the links, we will have physical copies available in each school office, as well as at the Schwenksville Public Library. We will also post a digital copy on our website. Please share any feedback you may have with our Assistant Superintendent, Mrs. Laurie Smith, lsmith@pvsd.org, prior to the August School Board meetings. Administration will be recommending the approval of the plan by the School Board in August.
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Committee Structure in 2022-23

In advance of the start of the 2022-23 school year, I wanted to inform you of changes that will be implemented to our committee structure. The District hosts several committees (Education, Finance, Policy, and Communications Advisory), all of which are open to the public and afford individuals a voice on many of the topics that end up on our School Board agendas. The committee setting is when and where much of the background work occurs prior to an item being placed on a Board agenda for action.


The Education Committee and the Finance Committee will both become "Committees of the Whole" in 2022-23. This means that the meetings will take place before the entire School Board as part of the work session each month. There will also be some months when one or the other of these committees will meet in its traditional format on the third Tuesday of the month. Dates, times and locations will continue to be advertised so that you can remain up to date with the changes and be involved in these discussions.


You may be wondering, "Why the change?" The purpose for the change is to afford all School Board members access to the information presented in these two committees while continuing to offer interested public the opportunity to participate and have a voice on the agenda items discussed. In the traditional committee structure, only 4 or fewer Board members could actively participate in the discussions and/or deliberations to identify the topics and requests by administration that should move forward and be placed on a Board agenda. Structuring the committee conversations as part of a "Committee of the Whole" in public during the work session, allows all Board members to be involved in the discussions as well as the public.


Administration is also hoping the new format brings efficiency to the work. In the past, an Education Update and Finance Update were both presented during the work session. These will now be replaced with the "Committee of the Whole" meetings.

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Summer Reading

We believe it is critical for students to foster positive reading habits in order to develop as lifelong learners. The district's Summer Reading Program encourages students to read high-interest, self-selected texts. After all, summer reading is a great opportunity for each student to explore personal interests, various genres, topics he/she wants to know more about while discovering his/her own "just right" books. Visit our website to learn more: Summer Reading Program.


In addition, we are excited to share that our libraries will again be open to our families this summer! Students are welcome to visit and check out books. August dates are posted to the right.

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Upcoming District Dates

Consult the District calendar for details regarding these upcoming activities.
  • Monday, August 1 - Board Work Session at 7:00pm (this meeting will include the Education and Finance Committee meetings) - High School Library
  • Monday, August 8 - Board Business Meeting at 7:00pm - High School Library
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Having Tech Issues? See Below for Details

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

As a district, we are carefully considering the ways in which we communicate with our school community. We are curious to learn your thoughts regarding the Weekly Message, sent from the Office of the Superintendent, as well as District communications at large. Please use this form to share your thoughts: Communications Feedback.

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Safe2Say

In addition to encouraging our students to share questionable or concerning information with a trusted adult, students can submit an anonymous tip through the Safe2Say Program. Tips are typically related to a variety of challenges our students experience or witness, such as bullying, harassment, disrespectful language, safety concerns, etc. When a tip is received, the State (who runs Safe2Say) immediately follows up with the respective building administrator and the information is investigated.

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