9/08/2023 #explore.grow.soar

Week of 9/11-9/15

Monday, September 11 (Day 3): Spirit Day "Red, White, and Blue" Day

Tuesday, September 12 (Day 4)

Wednesday, September 13 (Day 5)

Thursday, September 14 (Day 6)

Friday, September 15 (Day 1): Spirit Day "Dot Day," Back to School Parent Paperwork Due, Rosh Hashana Begins, First Day of Hispanic Heritage Month


Monday, September 18: Back to School Open House-Fourth and Fifth Grade @7pm

Tuesday, September 19: Back to School Open House-Sixth Grade @7pm

Monday, September 25: Picture Day for All Students

Tuesday, September 26: Explorer Recognition Breakfast 7:00AM (for students selected-families would have received an email and letter last week)

Friday, September 29: Spirit Day "Hat Day"

First Two Days of School

The Pleasant Valley Staff want to thank you for having your children back. We were greeted with smiles, hugs, and questions. The students navigated through the hallways and to their classrooms well. They learned about the school, lunch, and recess expectations. More importantly they were able to meet their teachers, new students to the district, and new classmates. Please remember to complete the beginning of the year packet that was sent home in your child's bookbag. Also a friendly reminder to bring your license if you are picking up your child.

Next week is the first full week of school so encourage your child to get into the routine of packing their bookbag the night before to make sure they completed their homework, papers are in the correct spot, papers are signed, and their lunchbox and water bottle are labeled and ready to go.

Expect by Friday that they may be exhausted from their first full week of school, as well as you, and encourage them to take a deep breath, catch up on rest over the weekend, and enjoy something they like to do.

We look forward to a year of exploring, growing, and soaring! #explore.grow.soar

Beginning of the Year Information

School Hours:

Our first day of school is Thursday, September 7, 2023. School begins at 7:45 AM. The late bell rings at 8:00 AM. Students arriving to school after 8:00 AM will be marked tardy and parents have to sign them in at the Welcome Lobby. School ends at 2:25.

Student Drop Off:

  • Drop off occurs at the front of the building, from 7:45 AM - 8:00 AM
  • Please do not arrive prior to 7:45 AM. Our teachers and staff need space in the car line to access the Cedar Road parking lot
  • Students should not be dropped off prior to 7:45 AM. There is no staff on duty to supervise them. Drop off begins at 7:45 AM
  • Parents and guardians are to remain in their vehicle during the drop-off process and leave the property accordingly after your child has exited.
  • Please arrange your car seating so students are exiting from the driver's side of the car. Students crossing in front of cars is not safe. It's okay for children to sit in the back seat; thank you.

Parent Pick-up:

  • Pleasant Valley students who ride the bus home are dismissed at 2:25 PM

  • An announcement will be made at 2:20 PM to dismiss parent pick-up students.

  • Parent pick-up is located in the Welcome Lobby.

  • All cars are to park in designated parking spots. Parking next to the curb is not permitted.

  • Parents will sign the sign-out sheet that will be located outside of the main entrance.

  • You must have your identification when signing your child out of the building.

  • Please be aware that traffic entering or exiting the school parking lot may be stopped to accommodate bus dismissal. Once the boarded buses have left the school, car traffic will be allowed to enter and exit.

Bus Information:

Please check Real Time the night before school starts to make double check the bus number and arrival and dismissal times. This information may change now until then.


The use of privately owned technology by a pupil in the educational setting during the school day or on the school bus is not permitted. All wireless and cellular telephone devices/smartwatches must be turned off and stored in a locker or book bag, inaccessible to the student during school hours. Disruption of the teaching and learning process will result initially in confiscation of the device. Further disruptions will result in disciplinary actions. Cell phones/smartwatches/personal devices are to be off, away, and invisible all day. Thank you for cooperation and support.

Lunch Information:

The student lunch price for 2023 - 2024 is $3.15. All students utilize their student identification number to purchase lunch. Cafeteria staff with have this readily available if students need help. Microwaves are not available to heat up your child's lunch. Please utilize an appropriate insulated thermos to keep items warm. Refrigerators are not available. Please utilize an ice pack to keep items cold. Lunch deliveries from local restaurants for individual student's daily lunch are not permitted.

Label Everything:

As families are preparing for a new school year, please take time to label lunch boxes, water bottles, backpacks, jackets, etc.

Lobby Guard:

We will continue to use Lobby Guard in our Welcome Lobby. Our main office staff will continue to scan your government-issued photo identification and the software will conduct an on-the-spot background check before a visitor is permitted entry into the school. We are delighted to welcome back PVS's School Resource Officer (SRO) Michael Minniti. Mr. Minniti helps keep our school safe on a daily basis by assisting with morning and afternoon traffic, checking our doors to make sure they are secured, and monitoring the hallways.

Birthday Celebrations:

We enjoy celebrating birthdays! A special snack can be sent in for your child's homeroom. Full cakes and goodie bags are discouraged. Please send in a peanut-free and store bought treat. Check with your child's teacher for any foods to avoid, and when summer birthdays are celebrated in the homeroom.


  • Cost: Student Lunch Price is $3.15 for the 2023-2024 school year.

  • ID Numbers: All students utilize their student identification number to purchase lunch. Don't worry! Teachers and our cafeteria staff have your little ones' number readily on hand. There are many happy faces available to help your child with the routine and simple procedures.

  • Microwaves: Microwaves are not available to heat up your child's lunch. Please utilize an appropriate insulated thermos if packing items that need to stay warm.

  • Refrigerators: Refrigerators are not available to keep every child's lunch cold. Please utilize an ice pack if packing items that need to stay cool.

  • Food Delivery: Lunch deliveries from local restaurants and/or fast food restaurants for an individual student's daily lunch are not permitted for this school year. We make sure all of our Explorers have lunch and full bellies to tackle their afternoon.

Safety at PVS

The safety of your child and all children in our schools as well as the safety of the school staff and support personnel is very important to us. In order to maintain a safe environment for our children to study and learn, it is necessary that we practice our emergency and crisis response plans by having drills designed to exercise our procedures. We will conduct a fire drill and safety drill every month. It is our hope this helps you better understand our desire to keep our children and staff safe in all circumstances.

You will receive a parent notification the day the drill has been practiced. Please feel free to discuss with your child at home and the importance of following directions from their teacher and remaining quiet until the drill is cleared by administration.

PVS Library Media Center Announcements

Click HERE for the PVS Library Media Center Announcements!


Harrison Township School District provides all the supplies that learners will need in the classroom.

It is recommended that each learner brings a labeled backpack, lunchbox, refillable water bottle, and coat to school.

Check out the website HERE for other suggestions regarding supplies.


As we hear up for our new school year, please reference the District Attendance Policies.


As Explorers, we work towards exemplar Explorer of Character Traits: BE Kind, BE Responsible, and BE Safe. We also work towards academic achievement and growth by being in school every day to excel in every subject area.


The Harrison Township School District is an inclusive community that is child-centered, progressive, and future driven. Respectful of history and tradition, the communities of Jefferson, Richwood, Ewan, and Mullica Hill aim to provide all children with the opportunity to develop their intellectual, physical, and social-emotional selves to be empathetic contributors in our global society.