Pleasantville Polar Bear Post

Week of August 7th, 2023

Principal's Message

Welcome to the 2023 - 2024 school year at Pleasantville Elementary School!

We hope you have been enjoying your summer! Its hard to believe that in 3 weeks we will back to PLV!! Our custodians have been working tirelessly to get the building ready for staff and student return. Shout out to Mr. Mike Mele, Mr. Will Sturdivant, Mr. Matt Pine and our new Chief Mr. Ray Williams!!

WE would also like to welcome many new PLV staff for this upcoming year:

  • Jaimie Spadea - Lead Secretary
  • Ray Williams - Chief Custodian
  • Niki Keenan - Art Teacher
  • Mikayla Vangelo - Music/Chorus/Band Teacher
  • Marie McLean West - English Second Language Teacher (Part-Time)
  • Talaya Hayes - Para Educator
  • Daisy Rivera - Para Educator
  • Tyris Mowbray - Para Educator

In addition, we would like to wish good luck to Ms. Cheryl on her retirement, Mr. Li's movement to William Penn, Ms. Millman and Mrs. Wursta on their next teaching endeavors outside the Colonial School District.

WE know everyone is excited to start school!! First student day for 1st - 5th is Monday, August 28th.

  • Kindergarten Last Names A - L: Aug 28th & Aug 29th ONLY

  • Kindergarten Last Names M - Z: Aug 30th & Aug 31st ONLY

Stay tuned to our Colonial & PLV websites, social media and Class DoJo for more updates.

Pleasantville provides most school supplies, but here is the PLV SY23-24 School Supply List if you wish to get ahead start.

PLV Family Handbook SY23-24 Please Review (School Hours, Mission, Attendance, Late Arrival/Early Dismissal Procedures, Car Line, School Cafe, Communication Tools, and much more.

PLV Library Update: Last Spring PLV was awarded a $95,000 Literacy Grant to completely redo and think our library space. New furniture, carpet, paint, books, etc. We are hoping it will be ready to go by the start of school.

CSD Nutrition Services has guidelines for Parents and Students bringing outside food into school.

  • Parents can send in a snack for their child only, but cannot send in snacks for the entire class. Students get free breakfast and lunch daily and Fresh Fruit & Vegetable 4 days a week.
  • School Cafe is a simple way for parents to make school snack payments. Students are offered second meals and a la carte snacks at a small cost. Click the "Pre Payments" tab to set a student account.
  • Colonial School Nutrition
  • NO outside food coming from home to be used for classroom parties, celebrations, events and/or rewards for student behavior due to monitoring food allergies, reducing food safety concerns and consumption of excess calories during the school day to meet Smart Snack guidelines..

As a reminder, if you would like to volunteer at school or for your child's field trip, you must complete the Volunteer/Background Check Form on Colonial's website and be approved.

Here is the Colonial School District Calendar for SY23-24:


  • Parents and Staff should be entering PLV using Pleasant Place and exiting through Doncaster Road during arrival and dismissal times. Car line traffic has a predictable flow of traffic for everyone's safety.

  • Parents in Car Line will receive a PLV Mirror Tag the first week of school with a specific number that is connected to your child(ren). This will need to be displayed at pick up in the afternoon each day.

  • School Opens at 8:45. Please do not drop off early. There is no supervision until the doors open at 8:45. Please wait in the car line with your child. The line may be long, but once we start, it moves quickly.

  • PM Car Line is open at 3:00. Please do not come earlier because students have recess in our side lot.

Kind Regards & Stay Well,

Renee M. Griffith - Principal

Michelle Upperman - Assistant Principal

Communication Updates

PLV Main Office: 302-323-2941

  • PLV Main Office Zoom #: 302-501-7992
  • Donna Robinson Zoom #: 302-367-7946

School Messenger App
  • Pleasantville and Colonial will communicate via email and text message. Please make sure we have the most updated contact information.

Class DoJo App

  • Teachers and Admin will use Class Do to update upcoming events, send parents direct messages, etc.
  • Teachers will be updating their individual Class Stories a minimum of 2x per week to keeo parents updated.
  • The best way to contact your child's teacher/Admin is to send them a Direct Message through Class DoJo. Make sure you get connected!!

Updates for the Week of August 7th

  • Please ensure that your email and phone numbers are correct. These are the main channels for Colonial and PLV to contact you to share important information. To update the contact information you have on file, please fill out this form:

  • If you have not been receiving calls & emails from Pleasantville or Colonial School District, please call PLV's Secretary, Ms. Jaimie Spadea at 302-323-2941 or email

Important Dates

Monday, August 14th

Thursday, August 24th
  • Back to School BBQ
  • 4:00 - 5:30 PM
  • Meet teachers, community partners, tour the building, etc.

Monday, August 28th

  • 1st - 5th - First Day
  • KN Last Names A - L Only

Tuesday, August 29th

  • 1st - 5th - First Day
  • KN Last Names A - L Only

Wednesday, August 30th

  • 1st - 5th - Third Day
  • KN Last Names M - Z Only (No KN Last Names A - L)

Thursday, August 31st

  • 1st - 5th - Fourth Day
  • KN Last Names M - Z Only (No KN Last Names A - L)

Friday, September 1st

  • No School -Labor Day Weekend

Monday, September 4th

  • No School - Labor Day

Tuesday, September 5th

  • ALL Students

Wednesday, September 13th

  • Open House
  • 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Friday, September 15th

  • No School - Staff Professional Development

Pleasantville's Mission

Pleasantville Elementary’s mission is to inspire excellence in ALL of our students to ensure they reach their highest potential in academic achievement, as well as in social and interpersonal skills. We believe that through hard work, perseverance and active engagement in learning, ALL students will succeed.

Focusing on lifelong success traits such as empathy, self-regulation, problem solving and the growth mindset help us to build a strong foundation and educational experience that will positively impact ALL Pleasantville students for the rest of their lives. By partnering with our families and community, we will continue to be PAWsitively Positive now and in the future.

PLV Polar Bear Pledge

WE Are PAWsitivley Positive!

  • WE Make Positive Choices
  • WE Have a Positive Attitude
  • WE Use Positive Work Habits
  • WE Build Positive Relationships
  • WE Are Positively Kind

School Supply Lists

Parents who wish to provide supplies for their child, please review the suggested PLV Student Supply List SY22-24

School Start & End Times

Pleasantville's School Hours:

8:45 Doors Open (Arrival)

  • Students will be considered late after 9:00 AM and will need to be signed in at the Main Office with Ms. Spadea, our Secretary. Parents will use a QR Code to sign students in late. Please bring your phone with you inside.

  • Students may not be dropped off early to PLV, unless they are signed up for YMCA Before Care. There is no supervision of students on the front or side sidewalks.

3:35 Student Dismissal

  • We will start the dismissal process inside the building at 3:30.
  • Students will need to be signed out at the Main Office with Ms. Spadea for Early Dismissals PRIOR to 3:00.


Pleasantville Student Schedules KN - 5th SY23 - 24 (see below)

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Car Riders

Cars may start to enter the Car Rider Lot at 3:00 (no earlier). Students have recess in that lot up til 3:00 each day.

Car riders will be dismissed from the right side of the building. Cars must stay to the right and make two parallel lines (see attached photo). Parents are to remain inside the car. Staff will call Car Riders, in groups of 12 (first 6 cars in each row), once all students are safely inside the vehicle, a staff member will dismiss the first 12 cars. Cars must exit through the PLV parking lot and not Pleasant Place.

Parents may not park in the front and come into the building at dismissal. Colonial buses unload and load students in the front of the building.

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