PATRIOT PRESS

PLEASANT VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL * * * June 5, 2022

Welcome to another edition of our Patriot Press

Happy June!! PVM Families,


Here we are at the tail end of another school year. It has been interesting for sure this year, but it has also taught everyone resiliency and the ability to adapt. Thank you all for supporting your children and the school.


6th graders are very excited that the “Outdoor School” field trip is going to take place on the 8th-10th. There is a buzz in the air with these students. 5th Graders had a move up day tour with their next year’s teachers and were excited that they will be transitioning to the main building. 7th graders are going to become the leaders of the school so there is excitement with them as well. Of course, the 8th graders are off to high school. We wish them all the best of luck.


I wish you all a great summer. Please find time after we have completed the school year to find some relaxation and fun.


Go Patriots!


Michael Maloney

Principal Pleasant Valley Middle School.


Anna Leeper

Assistant Principal

Inside Scoop

Here's what's inside this week:

  • Wednesdays, June 1st and 8th and 15th are NOT late start days. Start is at 8:10 as usual.
  • **** Important Update Needed **** Ethnicity/Race Information in Skyward. Please update this information now.

  • ASB assemblies and voting Monday June 6th

  • Library books due Monday, June 6th

  • Final band concert Tuesday June 7th, 7 p.m.

  • 8th grade celebration June 14th

  • Notes From the Nurse
  • PTA book fair thank you and call for volunteers
  • Summer volleyball incoming 9th-12th graders
  • "Vape 101: What every parent should know," Tuesday, June 7 at Chief Umtuch Middle
  • Counselor's Corner
  • Job openings
  • Family Resource Center information
  • Menu, contact info, calendars, handbooks

Upcoming events

* Final band concert Tuesday, June 7th 7:00 p.m. PVM big gym

* 6th grade outdoor school June 8th-10th

* June 14-15 early release PVM 11:40 a.m. PVP 12:40 p.m.

* 8th grade celebration June 14th

* Last day of school June 15th

* Yearbook distribution will happen during the last week of school (6/13-15)

June 14th and 15th early release days, 11:40 a.m.

No late start Wednesdays in June

June 1st and 8th we will have full school days beginning at 8:10 a.m. June 15th is an early release day, beginning at 8:10 a.m.

**** Important Update Needed **** Ethnicity/Race Information in Skyward. Please update this information now.

We need student race/ethnicity codes to be updated by the end of the school year (June 15th). If you are not new to the district this year, and have not already completed the update for this information, please log in to Skyward Family Access as soon as possible and update your child's information. (Instructions are available online.) If you have any questions, please contact your school for assistance.


If you are experiencing difficulties updating this information, please call the school office for assistance. We must update all student information before the end of June. If there is no way for you to update in Skyward, please pick up a paper form at the school office, or have your student take one home to you. The office will be working on sending a form home with students whose information has not been updated.


Reason for update

Last year the federal government expanded the categories for student ethnicity and race to more accurately reflect individuals' backgrounds, and is requiring school districts to update its reports. To comply with this requirement, we are asking families to log in to Skyward Family Access and update their child's race/ethnicity information. There are now 222 ethnicity/race categories for families to choose from, and parents can choose more than one race for their child. If this data is not updated by the end of June, student information will not properly turn over into the new school year. It is vital that this information is updated now if you have not already done so. If you filled out an online application for enrollment this school year, your data should be correct.


Why do we need this information? New laws require school districts to report this information to the state and federal government. While every school district in Washington will be reporting this information, the data will NOT be reported with the names of individual students. The data is sent in numbers only, with no student names attached. The information will be used along with census information to determine funding for schools and educational programs and services for all students.

ASB assemblies and elections, Monday, June 6th

ASB Election Assemblies and voting will be on Monday, June 6th.


There are 2 assemblies this year, to comply with any health guidelines.

5th and 7th grade assembly will be 1st period-8:30-9:00

4th and 6th grade assembly will be 5th period-1:00-1:30


After the speeches, students will go back to their rooms and vote. Voting will be a Google Form with directions to complete it. The 1/2 hour time frame should be enough for speeches and voting.

Students will sit on the floor in the gym for the speeches.

Students will receive an email with the ballot through Skyward. 4th grade teachers will be sent the link and will have to share it their your students (thru an email or posted link or Google).

Library books due back Monday, June 6th

All school library books are due Monday, June 6th. Please pay any outstanding fines from lost items or damages.


Fines/fees may be paid online, or by check or cash (exact change) at the school office. If paying online, the student's ID number is used as the log in name. That number can be found on their skyward student information page listed as "other ID" (also their student ID card number). The password is their last name, capitalized, as it appears in Skyward.


Summer reading challenge

Keep reading all summer long by participating in the Fort Vancouver Regional Library's Summer Reading Challenge. Sign up in person or online at https://www.fvrl.org/summer-reading

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Final band concert Tuesday June 7th

Please come enjoy hearing the fruits of our band students' labors this year at our year-end band concert. Band students need to arrive by 6:30 p.m., the concert begins at 7 p.m. in the PVM big gym.

8th grade celebration, Tuesday, June 14th

June 14th from 9:30-11:30 am Student celebration at school (students only)


PVM will be celebrating their outgoing 8th graders as they venture off to high school! We'll have games, prizes, food and more! I hear there might even be a special guest appearance!


Student and family Celebration Parade in the evening 4:30 - 6:00 pm


From 4:30p-6:00pm, decorate your cars and join us for a Parade of Celebration! There will be photo stations, swag, and teacher celebrations for all! Registration for the celebration is NOT required, however, it is still available if you'd like to make a contribution to this fun time! my.cheddarup.com/c/pvm-class-of-2022


** Volunteers are always welcome! We need volunteers for both the morning student celebration and the evening student/family Celebration Parade event. Please sign up at PVM 8th Grade Celebration


If you have any questions, reach out to PVMclassof2022@gmail.com

Notes from the Nurse

Hello Pleasant Valley Middle School Families,


For all of the twists and turns this school year has had, we are in the final stretch!

First of all, thank you for sharing your children with Vera Dudik, LPN and I. It is a pleasure serving the children who attend Pleasant Valley Middle School and working with you, the parents and guardians.


Updates:

  • Medication If your student has medication at school please pick it up on the final day of school in the health room

  • Medication Please plan on having the Medication in School forms completed by your student’s provider and yourself this summer. You will then bring that form to the school along with the medication and sign it in in the health room.

  • Medication If your student has not taken medication at school but will be starting next year, please complete the attached medication in school form and bring it in with the new medication in the pharmacy container, unexpired and properly labeled by the pharmacy


  • Life Threatening Conditions include but are not limited to, by definition, Diabetes, Anaphylaxis, Seizures and potentially Asthma

  • Life Threatening Conditions/Emergency Action Plans (EAP) If your child currently has an Emergency Action Plan (a form we complete yearly to share with teachers/staff) to keep your student safe at school you should have received a copy in the mail recently. Please review that closely, make any necessary changes and return it to the school.

  • Life Threatening Conditions if you know your child has a life threatening condition or if you have questions please let the school nurses know. We will get needed information to keep your student safe at school and establish EAPs as needed.


  • Contacting the school nurse

  • Finally, and most importantly:

    • ENJOY your summer–relax, rest and rejuvenate!

    • Looking forward to the 22-23 school year


Sincerely,


Nancy Boldt, BSN, RN

Vera Dudik, LPN



Medication in school form

PTA volunteers needed for next year


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Our PTA motto is “Academics, Activity, and Advocacy.” These are three things we feel are important to our students and their families. Next year we hope to host several family activities, fundraisers, and programs. All events are 100% run by volunteers, and we need members to step up to bring these fun activities to our school community. We are very excited to welcome back the Fall Fun Run, Holiday Bazaar, Birthday Book Club & Staff Appreciation, however there are several beloved events that are in danger of being left off the schedule for the 2022-2023 school year.


We are so excited to bring back in-person events however we need volunteers! The following programs are not currently chaired and need some dedicated individuals to bring them to our school:


Scholastic Book Fair – One in October & One in May this event raises funds for the libraries at Pleasant Valley

Sweetheart Dance – Typically held the first Friday evening in February this event is a family dance held for K-6th grade students and their families.

Bingo Night – This fun event has been very well attended in past years.

Spring Carnival – Usually takes place on a Saturday in May and is open to the community.

Stuff the Bus – Raises food for the SHARE House in Vancouver.

Payback Books – Fundraiser selling coupon books to the public.

Family Movie Night – Usually held in the large gym, this requires obtaining a license to show a movie at the school.


If you are interested in any of the programs or events, or if you have any ideas for a program or event that the PTA should look into, please contact the PTA president at pvptapresidents@gmail.com or PTA secretary at pvptasecretary@gmail.com.


THANK YOU!


Pleasant Valley PTA Communications


OPEN DOCUMENTS BELOW TO SEE BOOK FAIR THANK YOU AND RESULTS, AND VOLUNTEER POSITIONS THAT NEED FILLED.

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Download volleyball flyer below

"Vape 101: What every parent should know," Tuesday, June 7 at Chief Umtuch Middle

Vaping prevention event aims to inform parents, students

The Prevent Together Coalition and the DREAM Team at Chief Umtuch Middle School are hosting an interactive event for parents and students on June 7 to provide information and awareness about youth vaping and substance use.


"Vape 101: What every parent should know," will be held on Tuesday, June 7 at Chief Umtuch Middle School. This family-friendly event will equip you with critical knowledge about the youth vaping epidemic and provide the tools and resources needed to keep your kids safe. It will feature a 6:00 p.m. presentation on vaping, as well as an interactive exhibit for parents, youth activities, and time for questions and answers. Parents will learn what vaping is and how to identify it, and get tips for talking with their children about the risks of vaping. Pizza and beverages will be provided courtesy of Amerigroup, Washington.


The schedule of activities includes:

  • 5:30 p.m. - Parents are invited to walk through a mock adolescent bedroom to try and spot the signs of vaping and other substance use. School resource and Battle Ground Police officer Josh Phelps will answer questions about the interactive “Right Before Your Eyes” exhibit, which will also be open after the presentation.

  • 6:00 p.m. - Presentation: Jennifer Kirby from the Prevent Together Coalition will be joined by Chief Umtuch Middle School's prevention intervention specialist Kari Koller and Dr. Gregory Flick. Parent activities will be held in the school's cafeteria.

  • While parents are learning about vaping, students can join members of the Chief Umtuch DREAM Team in the gymnasium for peer-led activities focused on prevention.

  • Childcare will be provided for primary students and potty-trained toddlers who are self-sufficient at using the bathroom.

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Counselor's Corner

Hello PVM Families,


During the month of May I will be presenting lessons on empathy.


Sincerely,
Amanda McCann

School Counselor



Social-Emotional Supports


There are great resources available for social-emotional support via the Battle Ground Public Schools website. On the district page there are links that lead you to more information for different topics. Here is the link to our school district's page: Social Emotional Supports


NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is also a great resource: NAMI

Job openings: Join the BGPS team!

Many positions are available now, including:
  • K-8 Curriculum Adoption Coordinator (Cert) (CASEE A)
  • Family and Community Resource Center student advocate (CASEE C)
  • Technology Services assistant (CASEE)
  • Basic Education Assistant (Security and Crossing Guard)
  • Custodian (Swing Shift) Battle Ground High School)
  • Teachers
  • Special Programs Paras
  • Certificated Substitutes (District wide)
  • Classified Substitutes (District wide)
View the full list of current job openings and apply online at the district website.

Bus Drivers
BGPS' transportation provider, First Student, is in need of part-time bus drivers
. For more details on First Student driving careers, including sign-on bonuses starting at $2,500, visit https://bit.ly/3ObVZ8Y.

Cafeteria Workers
Sodexo
, the district's food service provider, is looking for employees in a number of specialties. Most positions provide on-the-job training and start at $14.70 per hour or more. More information: https://bit.ly/3Fzd8VM

Right At School
The district's new before/after school care provider, Right At School, is looking for Program Managers and Educators. Learn more at https://www.rightatschool.com/careers or email your resume to darcie.torres@rightatschool.com.

City of Battle Ground
The City of Battle Ground's Parks & Recreation Dept. is seeking seasonal employees to assist with their summer playground programs:
- Seasonal Playground Program Assistant - $16/hr (mid-June through mid-August)
Find more information and apply online at the city's website.

Family and Community Resource Center

Battle Ground Public Schools’ Family and Community Resource Center (FCRC) helps meet the needs of families faced with housing instability and similar economic challenges.


While a main goal of the FCRC is to assist families experiencing housing instability, it can also help connect families with many other types of resources and is intended to respond to the changing needs of the community.


The FCRC is a continuation of the district’s joint efforts with the Battle Ground Education Foundation, an all-volunteer, nonprofit community organization whose purpose is to leverage community resources to help maintain quality education for all students in Battle Ground schools.


The Family Resource Guide is full of contacts to aid families in connecting with agencies who are able to help with a great variety of needs. Please click the link below to view this helpful guide.


Family Resource Guide


(click below to be redirected to the FCRC page)

Family and Community Resource Center (FCRC)
Phone: (360) 885-5434
Email: fcrc@battlegroundps.org

School lunch information

All Battle Ground Public Schools students can eat breakfast and/or lunch at school for FREE this year, thanks to an extension of the USDA School Lunch program through June, 2022.

NOTE: Families should still apply for Free or Reduced meal benefits. Those who qualify may be eligible for decreased school fees. To learn more and to apply, visit https://www.battlegroundps.org/free-and-reduced/.


BGPS Nutrition Services webpage

June Menu

You can always find the most current menu and other nutritional information on the Sodexo webpage HERE.

PLEASANT VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL MISSION

Every student at Pleasant Valley Middle School is known by name, strength, and need.
We believe ALL students can experience academic and personal growth.
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PLEASANT VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL

Office: 360-885-5500

Fax: 360-885-5510

Absence reporting: 360-885-5512

District office switchboard: 360-885-5300

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School calendar available for next year, 2022-23

The 2022-23 academic calendar is available for next school year. Academic calendars are available online.

Battle Ground School District Calendars 2021-2022

Battle Ground Student and Family Handbook 2021-2022

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The Battle Ground Public Schools provides equal opportunity in programs and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin/language, creed/religion, sex, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a service animal by a person with a disability, age, marital status, honorably discharged veteran or military status, HIV/Hepatitis C status. The district provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Contact the following regarding questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Tom Adams, Director of Student Services, adams.tom@battlegroundps.org , Title IX Compliance Officer, 360.885.5415; Shelly Whitten, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, whitten.shelly@battlegroundps.org , Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator/Section 504/ADA Coordinator, 360.885.5360; or a letter may be submitted to the designated coordinator at the Battle Ground Public Schools, PO Box 200, Battle Ground, WA 98604

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June 5, 2022

Issue #18-22