Weekly Penguin News
Park Village Elementary - A 2018 CA Distinguished School
iPad Returns for 5th Grade and Students Not Returning to a PUSD School
All 5th grade students with school-issued iPads (or students who will not be returning to a PUSD school next year) need to return these items on Wednesday, May 10, 2020 from 9:00 to 10:00 AM in the PVES parking lot. This collection is for PVES iPads only and does not apply to any Chromebooks you may have borrowed.
Please bag up and bring the following items. It will also be helpful to have your child’s name on the bag.
- PVES-owned iPad (please charge it before returning)
- iPad Charger (large, about 2-inches square)
- iPad Power cord
- Library books if you still have them
- Any science field day kits you may have
NOTE: PUSD is allowing families of K-4 returning students to keep their checked-out devices beyond the end of the current school year. You do not need to return anything at this time.
Honorary Service Awards
“Volunteers are not paid…. not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.” -Unknown
Put your flippers together to thank ALL our Volunteers this year.
We would like to recognize several volunteers nominated by teachers and peers who are receiving Catching Waves Awards for the 2019-2020 school year.
Catching Waves: The Rock Hopper Award
This Award recognizes those “rocks” who have been quietly serving the school through consistent and capable support.
Jie Chen maintains the Penguin News bulletin board and represented our school well by making the PV Walk Against Hate 2019 sign.
Corinne Versteeg has been nominated for her constant support of the book fair and ice cream sales.
Angela Silverman spent countless hours working in the library, as a room parent, and volunteering at the book fair.
Nikki Blackman took on the role of room parent coordinator to provide support to all room parents. She also stepped up with some quick thinking to head up our first ever Virtual Teacher Appreciation Week.
Lucy Kim volunteered for Ms. Cope as a classroom photographer and helper. She made learning come to life during Lunar New Year with clothing, photos, artifacts, and activities.
Erin Zamora has been the organizer for the Science Field Day team for the last 4 years. This has a dramatic impact on our students and parents each year as they spend months preparing for the competition.
Catching Waves: The Dive-in Award:
This award symbolizes the big splash individuals can make when they jump in to go above and beyond what is asked to help anywhere there is a need.
Many of you know Jenny Senior due to her clever wit and sense of humor, but she is also a person who jumps in whenever needed. Each year Jenny works tirelessly to personally build relationships with local businesses to generate donations for our online auction. She assists with every Foundation event and also chaired Junior Lego League for the past two years.
Steve Ball has been instrumental in the D.A.D.S. group, hosting meetings and build parties, as well as managing the group's social media platforms. He always shows up to help with a terrific attitude, constantly thinking of how to make the group stronger. Steve has graciously accepted the position of D.A.D.S. Group President for 2020-2021.
Steve DeBoer generously donated and set up the aquaponics stations in the outdoor classroom, which was a very meaningful addition to the learning garden. He also volunteers for every D.A.D.S. event, making sure these events run smoothly.
Geraldine Lapid works behind the scenes as the PV Foundation graphic designer, a Penguin News editor, and dedicated library volunteer. Mrs. Fleming refers to Geraldine as a “rock” star, who has become vital to her work in the library.
Sandra Kerkhove dives in wherever she’s needed and once she takes on a job, it gets done right! She has efficiently run the Book Fairs and Box Tops for Education Program for years, both raising much needed funds.
Catching Waves: The True-Blue Penguin Award
This award recognizes those volunteers who, when cut, bleed PV Penguin blue. They are the stalwarts who have helped make PVES the outstanding school that it is today.
Victor Chan rallied the D.A.D.S. group to beautify our campus and make the school learning garden a reality. For years, he has chaired the Recycling program and been crucial to the success of the D.A.D.S. group events and activities. Victor works to make our community a better place, always with that trademark Victor Chan style.
Bobbi Champine is a devoted supporter of our school. You’ve seen her at ice cream sales, and many have witnessed her protection of the staff parking lot from becoming a demolition derby. Behind the scenes, she has brought us spirit wear and the yearbook.
There are a hundred beautiful things we could share about Darshana Patel’s unending commitment to our community, and especially this school. She has been advocating for our Penguins for over a decade. This unfailing commitment reaches from the PUSD School Board and city town council down to that one individual student in the science lab.
Catching Waves: The Pam Danford Legacy Award
When Park Village was still a rather new school, an amazing volunteer named Pam Danford dedicated countless hours, quietly and happily taking on job after job, creating many of the activities and programs we still enjoy today. She made a tremendous impact on the school, the staff, and the students. The entire community was shocked to learn that, during this time, Pam was also battling cancer.
After her passing, her family set up this award to recognize a special volunteer who embodies the true legacy of Pam: involvement in the children’s lives and in our community, demonstration of perseverance, commitment, compassion and optimism, and the way a person can inspire others through positive attitude and actions.
Allison McClay jumped in with both feet and hit the ground running right when she arrived at PV, and she hasn’t slowed down a bit since. There isn’t a program at Park Village that she has not put her magic and heart into for the last 10 years. She is a relentless problem-solver, with a unique talent for finding creative solutions which seem to turn challenges into opportunities. Allison’s positive attitude and commitment to our Penguins has been an inspiration. Her leadership style is highly productive, as she mentors kids and parents to achieve more than they may have thought possible.
Here are just a few things she’s taken on over the years: Yearbook, Newsletter, Meet the Masters, PTA and Foundation board leadership, Hearing and Vision screening tests, Book Fair, Lost and Found, Jog-A-Thon, Family Game Night, and she’s a been a key contributor to many other activities and programs, supporting the program chairs along the way. She’s also developed outstanding relationships with the school staff, allowing highly collaborative engagement at all levels.
We will miss her as she moves on from Park Village but we have all benefited from her positive attitude and hard work. In short, Allison is indispensable, and a true reflection of Pam’s spirit.
Foundation Fundraising Update
As of June 1, the Foundation has raised $175,000 from your pledge drive donations, corporate matching, our Friends of the Foundation, Jog-a-thon donations, Online Auction, spirit wear, book fair, the parking space raffle, restaurant nights, Box Tops for Education, and amazon.
For the 2019-2020 year, the Foundation has funded to date ($168,500):
Science, PE, Meet the Masters Art, Music (salaries and supplies) - $85,000
Teacher training/professional growth - $18,000
Academic subscriptions (Lexia, ALEKS, etc) - $16,000
Technology (iPads, classroom equipment) - $20,500
School supplies (laminating, copier, homework folders, etc) - $10,500
Learning garden - $5,000
Library - $4,500
Assemblies - $1,700
Field trip transportation - $1,500
D.A.D.S. Events - $3,500
Hospitality (Back-to-school lunch, etc) - $1,300
Administrative fees (state fees, tax filings, etc) - $1,000
Thank you for supporting the Park Village Foundation, and helping to fund the programs, tools, training, and events that are vital to our students' success!
Are You Leaving Park Village?
The end of the school year is fast approaching and we need your cooperation in order to determine our staffing needs and class placements for next year. If you have moved or are planning to move out of the Park Village attendance area and your student WILL NOT be attending Park Village in the fall, please email Gigi Marquez at: email@example.com as soon as possible. Thank you so much for your cooperation.
A Message from Your School Counselors
Here are some resources and information from our school counselors Mrs. Cardinale and Mrs. Engblom. Please feel free to email our counselors if you have specific concerns about your child (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com).
Counselor Connection Week for June 8
Shout Out from Park Village Teachers and Staff
Thank You Park Village Teachers and Staff
Park Village is on Social Media!
Visit our social media pages to view video messages from our teachers! We love seeing photos of our kiddos distance learning and having fun at home. Don’t forget to tag us!
Follow us on Facebook:
Park Village Foundation: https://www.facebook.com/parkvillagefoundation/
D.A.D.S. Group: https://www.facebook.com/ParkVillageDADS/
Follow us on Instagram:
Park Village Foundation: https://www.instagram.com/parkvillagef/
D.A.D.S. Group: https://www.instagram.com/parkvillagedads/
Earn Money for PV When You Shop at Amazon
Even though school is closed, our fundraising programs continue! Don’t forget to click our link to Amazon every time you make a purchase so our school can receive a cash-back percentage of your total order. Plus, if you designate “Park Village Elementary Education Foundation” as the charity for AmazonSmile, you earn an additional 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases for PV Foundation.