The South Spotlight

News and Updates from South Elementary - 05/20/22

Greetings South Families,

I hope this message finds you doing well as we enter the home stretch of the 21-22 school year - please see below for new updates to the South Spotlight newsletter:


  • Dr. Russell's May 18th weekly update
  • South Gardens
  • Volunteer Clearances Reminders (note: clearances are NOT required for Fun Fair/Chill Zone volunteers on June 3rd)
  • Yearbook Update
  • 22-23 Class Placement Information
  • Important Dates & June Calendar


As always, please let me know of any questions, and have a great weekend!


Dave D'Andrea

Principal, South Elementary

Dr. Russell's May 18th Update to the Community

Students Revitalize South Garden Beds

Throughout the spring, South's Wellness teacher Mrs. Mastin has been facilitating the revitalization of the raised garden beds at South elementary - last week, our 5th grade students collaborated to prepare the beds for the 5th grade Chorus Concert, which was held outdoors in South's back courtyard. Thanks to Mrs. Mastin and our students for leading this effort, which we hope is the beginning of an effort to convert this space into an outdoor classroom in the future!

Volunteer Clearances Reminder

Just a reminder to anyone serving as a field trip volunteer in the weeks ahead to please check that you have the required documentation on file with up-to-date clearances. You can review volunteer requirements below:


PVSD Volunteer Procedures/Information


Please contact Kim Jones in the main office if you have any questions about your clearances (kajones@pvvsd.org; 610-489-2991)


IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING FUN FAIR VOLUNTEERS - if you are scheduled to support as either a Fun Fair or Chill Zone volunteer on June 3rd, clearances are NOT required.

21-22 Yearbook Committee Update

Did you forget to order a yearbook for your child or recently decide to purchase one and missed the deadline? Great news! A limited number of additional 2021-2022 yearbooks were ordered! Send cash or check (payable to South Home & School) to your child's teacher in a clearly marked envelope that shows "Yearbook" on the front. Only soft cover yearbooks will be offered for $21 each. Please don't delay, since when they are gone, they are gone! If you are unsure whether you bought a yearbook, please send us an email so we can confirm.


The secret yearbook vault was recently discovered, and a limited number of prior yearbooks are available to purchase at a deep discount! Yearbooks from last year, 2020-2021 are offered at $10 each, and yearbooks from 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 are available at $5 each. Since there are extremely limited quantities, please sent cash or check (instructions above) to your child's teacher ASAP.


You may also contact PVsouthYearbook@gmail.com to reserve your copy of any of the yearbooks prior to your payment being received. Please be aware that due to the limited number of prior year yearbooks on hand, we cannot guarantee that there will be enough if there is a lot of interest.


You may also contact the committee if you are interested in assisting with the yearbook next year. It's as quick and simple as taking pictures of your child and their classmates at school events or during recess.

22-23 Class Placement Information

In the final weeks of the school year, South will begin the scheduling process for the 22-23 school year. We consider class placement to be one of our most important tasks, and for that reason I would like to share the process with you. Student placement is determined and reviewed by a core team of educators at South; each child’s academic, social and emotional growth, peer relations, and overall needs are carefully considered and discussed. We strive to create classrooms that are heterogeneous, function as cohesive groups, and provide each child with a teacher whose style will best meet his or her needs. We feel our time is well spent exploring all of these factors because we also share a personal responsibility for each child.


If you have any information you wish to share regarding your child that will be helpful in class placement, please send me a direct email (ddandrea@pvsd.org) by Friday, June 3rd, 2022.


While we will carefully consider the type of teacher and qualities of an educator you think will best serve your child, I respectfully ask that you refrain from making specific teacher requests. Thank you for your support in this process. More information will be forthcoming prior to the close of the school year. THANK YOU AGAIN!

Important Dates - Spring, 2022

MAY:

5th Grade Colonial Fair - Friday, May 20th

Advanced Elementary Instrumental Concert - Wednesday, May 25th, 6:00 PM @ MSE

BOGO Book Fair - May 27th, May 31st (evening hours May 27th, 3:30 - 7:00 PM)

Memorial Day, NO SCHOOL - Monday, May 30th


JUNE:

BOGO Book Fair - Wednesday, June 1st - Monday, June 6th

Fun Fair/Field Day - Friday, June 3rd (more details to follow next week)

H&S Bruster's Spirit Night - Tuesday, June 7th (6-8 PM)

End of School HALF DAYS, 12:15 Dismissal - Fri., June 10th; Mon., June 13th; Tues., June 14th

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL - TUESDAY, JUNE 14th

May/June South Calendar

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22-23 Kindergarten Registration OPEN

Do you have a child that will turn 5 years old prior to September 1st, 2022? If so, your child is eligible to attend school in the Perkiomen Valley School District next fall.


Call the South main office at 610-489-2991 or email Kim Jones at kajones@pvsd.org to schedule your registration appointment today - Kindergarten registration at South occured at the end of March, but new registrations are accepted any time.


For more information, click here: https://www.pvsd.org/families/new-student-registration/. At the bottom of this page, you will find details about Kindergarten registration in the district, and you will also find the K registration packet you need to complete and bring with you to your registration appointment.


*Feel free to pass along this information to friends or neighbors who have their 1st child planning to start Kindergarten next year.

South Home and School Association

Click here for any questions you might have about upcoming Home and School events - if you can't find the answer to your question after reviewing the website, email pvsohs@pvsd.org.

22-23 Spring Home and School Meeting Dates

Stay tuned for Home and School meeting dates for the new school year - we hope to see you there!

Home & School Volunteer Opportunities

If you do NOT want your information available in the South Directory but DO want your child's designated Homeroom Parent to be able to contact you, please complete the directory form and indicate your preference: 21-22 South Directory


Interested in helping but not sure where to start? Click here to indicate your areas of interest and a Home and School rep will reach out to you with volunteer opportunities aligned with your interests.


If you have any questions, email pvsohs@pvsd.org or click here for a full overview of updates from South's Home & School team.


*CLEARANCES - contact Kim Jones (kajones@pvsd.org) to make sure your clearances are on file and updated OR to learn more about clearances required to volunteer at South if you are a new volunteer.

PVSD Powerpacks Program

PV Power Packs is a weekend food program for students experiencing food insecurity. Bags of food, including 2 breakfast items, 2 lunch items, 2 snacks, and 2 fruits, are sent home with students prior to every weekend. There is no financial information required to participate in this program and students pick up their bags from their counselor or designated person every week.


For more information regarding how to receive a Power Pack for your child or to make donations to the Power Packs program, click here: https://www.pvsd.org/families/pv-power-packs/

Community Bulletin Board

Want to find out what’s going on in the PV Community? Visit here for flyers about upcoming events in and around our area!


To submit an event for posting, please send a PDF version of your flyer to webmaster@pvsd.org for review.


Please note that Community Bulletin Board items may contain links to websites of organizations outside Perkiomen Valley School District. Items are posted to this bulletin board as a free service to the community, and should not be interpreted as being sponsored or endorsed by the district.

School Lunch Overview

All school lunches will remain FREE for the duration of the 21-22 school year. You can review weekly menu options here - https://www.pvsd.org/departments/food-service/lunch-breakfast-menus/. Just a reminder that students will order lunch each morning in the classroom if ordering (there is no online order form this year).


Students will be seated at individual desks in the cafeteria again this year with a distance of 6 feet between all desks.

Form to Report a Positive COVID Case and Symptom Monitoring Update


We have been experiencing high call volumes and increased activity in the nursing suite. To assist us in collecting data, we are asking families to report their child's confirmed positive COVID case using this form, Report a Positive COVID Case. Please refrain from calling the nursing office if possible. If you are seeking medical advice, we ask that you contact your child's medical provider with questions about their health, including guidance if your child is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.


As a reminder, if your child is not feeling well or showing signs of possible COVID exposure, please keep them home until they are symptom free. *Please note that if your child misses a day or two of school for a non-COVID related reason, teachers will provide make-up work when your child returns to school; if your child quarantines for an extended period of time due to COVID-19, we will continue to provide work while your child misses school.


Thank you, in advance, for your support and understanding.

General Updates

  • Education Trip Forms - please remember to submit education trip forms for any extended travel plans, regardless of your child's instructional model. You can find educational trip forms here.
  • Attendance Notes - please submit absence notes to the South attendance email (soattendance@pvsd.org) for any unplanned or unexpected absence due to illness or well visits.

For more information, visit the sites below: