an Update from Dr. Barbara A. Russell 4/13/22
Greetings PV Families,
Happy spring break! Each year at this time, we look forward to the warm days of spring and believe it or not, begin to think about the end of the school year. Once we get through spring break and reach the month of May, it's fast moving into June; buckle up!
Spring is also a time of new beginnings and it's wonderful to see the grass growing, trees budding and pansies blooming. These are uplifting sights and reminders of the growth that happens all around us at this time of year. As a district, we are always looking to grow in lots of different ways. This past Sunday, many in our community gathered in celebration of the PV Woods Community Day. This event served to welcome home members of the Delaware Tribe of Lenape Indians, pictured above in front of a 300+ year old tree along the Perkiomen Creek, as well as recognize the arboretum project being led by Dr. Seamus Clune, MS East Principal, and Mrs. Judy Lofton, parent and community member.
PV's Community Day was an awesome event that hosted many community members, state representatives, local leaders, students, staff and others. The activities served to nurture our relationships with the Lenape Indians and Ursinus College, who is also partnering with the Indigenous People. Ursinus has hosted Chief John Thomas and his wife Faye on their visits to PA from Oklahoma since last summer.
Community partnerships are something we value as a school district. Partnering with the Lenape People has been inspiring and offered our community a unique opportunity to learn about individuals different from us. Moving forward, I look forward to growing our friendship and realizing the benefits of such community partnerships on teaching and learning.
Dr. Barbara A. Russell
Path to Health & Wellness
On May 18, PVSD will host a motivational speaker and onsite resource fair. Details are forthcoming.
Below is the schedule for next week. All three sessions will be offered via Zoom and invite questions towards the end of the hour through the chat feature. I hope you are able to tune in!
Teletherapy - Mental Health Services for Students
The District is considering teletherapy services for students. These services would be arranged through outside vendors and provided to students virtually (i.e., students would be in their home and connect with a therapist via Zoom). They would extend for 30-60 minutes and offer mental health support.
The District is trying to gauge interest in these services. If you are interested in teletherapy services in support of your child’s mental health, please complete this brief survey: Teletherapy Interest Form by Monday, April 18.
There may be opportunities for PVSD to offset or cover the costs of some number of teletherapy sessions if families do not qualify for coverage through their insurance. Once the District determines what is possible based on the number of families expressing interest, a representative from the PV counseling department will reach out.
SATURDAY, April 23rd
PV Post Prom is planned and coordinated by a combined group of parents and students and has a long tradition at PV going back over 20 years. Join us for a safe, fun filled night! All Juniors and Seniors are welcome to attend, you DO NOT need to attend Prom to join us at Post Prom. Prom Dates are also welcome.
What can you do at Post Prom?
Team Murder Mystery Game with CASH Prizes
Local Rock Cover Band MIDDLE CLASS!
Casino with Blackjack, Poker, Roulette, and Craps!
Trike Races (how often do you get to speed down the halls of
the school on a 3 wheeled bike?)
Air Hockey, Ping Pong and Gaga pit (yes, indoors!)
Movies running throughout the night
And a chance to see the High School like you have never seen it before!!!
PLUS, did we mention we are giving away over $6000 in prizes!!!!
ALL students who pre register will be entered into a special drawing for CASH prizes!
Interested in getting a team together for the Murder Mystery Event? Your team can have a maximum of 9 members, final list of names required at the event that night. This event is limited to 8 teams. Cash Prizes for fastest teams.
Any questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org, reach out to one of our student organizers, Sofia Cariola or Danielle Stone, or DM us on Instagram!
Post Prom - COMMUNITY WALK-THRU!
The PV POST PROM - COMMUNITY WALK-THRU will take place on SATURDAY, April 23rd 7:00-9:00 pm. Come and see what makes our students spend the night at school after prom! Check out the amazing decorations, bounce on the inflatables, race on the trikes and more! Our theme this year is ‘Music!’
Our volunteers offer their time and talents to keep our PV High School students, their prom dates and the greater community safe on prom night!
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Students in grades three, four, and five in our elementary schools and six, seven, and eight in our middle schools will be participating in the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) during late April and early May. The PSSA is made up of three separate tests which assess to what degree our students have become proficient in English Language Arts (reading and writing), Mathematics, and Science. Principals will provide further details as we approach the testing dates. For additional information regarding this year’s assessment, please review our parent letter and frequently asked questions document.
Love Your Mother 5k Run/Walk
The first annual Love Your Mother 5k, will be hosted by Muhlenberg Woods and PV Woods in partnership with Perkiomen Valley School District Foundation. This 3.1-mile race will be held on Mother's Day Weekend, Saturday, May 7th, starting at 9:00 am at Perkiomen Valley Middle School West, located at 220 Big Road, Zieglerville. In addition to the race, there will be fun activities for kids held by the High School Take Action club!
Register before Friday, April 15th to be guaranteed an eco-blend race t-shirt!
For more race information, click here. Proceeds of this event will support the PV Woods' revitalization efforts.
Art & Food Truck Festival
Art is for everyone! The 2022 Art and Food Truck Festival will host a wide range of artists and vendors from within and outside of the Perkiomen Valley community. Our event is open to professional and student painters, woodworkers, ceramists, jewelry designers, photographers, fiber artists, etc.
We believe the arts in our community fosters social connection that bonds people.
Summer Program- LIFT
Plans for our summer LIFT (Learning Is Fun Together) program are well underway. We will offer remediation, enrichment, and credit recovery options this summer. We are finalizing offerings in each area and plan to launch programs in mid May. Programs will be scheduled on Mondays - Thursdays throughout the summer. For your planning purposes the following dates have been identified for each program.
Elementary & Middle School Remediation ~ June 27 - July 27
Elementary & Middle School Enrichment ~ Weeks of July 11th, 18th, & 25th
High School Credit Recovery ~ June 27 - August 4
Our libraries will also be open on various dates throughout the summer for book selection and activities.
We hope you will consider joining our LIFT programs, so we can LIFT up our students through fun learning experiences.
Wishing you a peaceful holiday!
As a reminder, we have made changes to our district COVID-19 dashboard. In alignment with reporting to the Montgomery County Office of Public Health (MCOPH), PVSD data will now be shared weekly, on Mondays, to reflect onsite positive COVID cases for the previous week (Saturday through Friday). The information, broken down by level, includes onsite positive cases for students and staff. To view, visit District COVID-19 Dashboard.
To assist us in collecting data, report your child's confirmed positive COVID case using this form. Refrain from calling the nursing office if possible. For medical advice, including COVID-19 guidance, contact your medical provider.
Upcoming District Dates
- Sunday, April 10: PV Woods Community Day
- Monday, April 11: Board Business Meeting @ 7:00pm
- Tuesday, April 12: PV Partners Meeting @ 7:00pm
- Wednesday, April 13: In-service Day, No School for Students
- Thursday, April 14- Monday, April 18: Spring Holiday, No School for Students
- Sunday, April 17: Happy Easter!
Having Tech Issues? See Below for Details
As a note, in addition to always encouraging our students to share questionable or concerning information with a trusted adult, they 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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