The South Spotlight

News and Updates from South Elementary - 03/10/23

Message from Mr. D'Andrea

Dear Families,

With spring right around the corner, we begin the start of the final trimester of the school year today and look forward to a busy schedule ahead. Please review the information below and let us know of any questions - we look forward to seeing many of you out for the various spring events at South and throughout PVSD!

  • T.2 Report Card
  • Art Show / Book Fair
  • Kindergarten Registration
  • PBS @ South Updates
  • March 15th 1/2 Day
  • Upcoming Home and School Spirit Nights
  • Music in Our Schools Month - Spirit Week
  • Rock Your Socks for World Down Syndrome Day
  • Yearbook Update
  • Important Dates - March and April
  • April South Calendar

Again, let us know of any questions, have a great weekend!

Dave D'Andrea

Principal, South Elementary

Trimester 2 End / Report Cards

Please note the second trimester officially ended yesterday, (03/09) - families can access report cards in ParentVUE on Friday, March 17th at 12:00 PM.

The third and final trimester of the 22-23 school year will run from March 10th until the last day of school in June.

Save the Date - South Art Show / Book Fair (Friday, March 31st)

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23-24 Kindergarten Registration OPEN

Do you have a child that will turn 5 years old prior to September 1st, 2023? If so, your child is eligible to attend school in the Perkiomen Valley School District next fall.

Click the link below to begin the online registration (OLR) process:


Once you complete the online registration process and submit all required documentation, please call the South main office at 610-489-2991 or email Kim Jones at to schedule your registration appointment - Kindergarten registration at South will take place on March 20, 21, 22, and 23rd.

At your registration appointment, we will confirm all registration requirements have been met, and and we will also meet with your child to learn more about their early reading and numeracy skills.

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

Positive Behavior Support (PBS) @ South Update

On Tuesday, February 28th, we hit 10 names in a row on the South 20 Club Board for the 5th time this school year (picture below)! During the first 2 trimesters, the staff at South has distributed 600+ tickets recognizing students across grades for making positive choices at school that are RESPONSIBLE (trimester 1), SAFE, and/or KIND (trimester 2).

As we begin the 3rd trimester, our focus will shift to RESPECT in response to our current behavior referral data - at South, the highest referred problem behaviors are defiance and disrespect, which make up about 45% of all behavior referrals submitted during the 22-23 school year. In response to this data, we plan to spend some time reteaching expectations, communicate what these behaviors look like to both students and families, and implement an action plan to reduce our behavior referrals overall for defiance and disrespect by reinforcing the positive behaviors we expect to see.

Keep an eye out next week for more information about our PBS focus in the 3rd trimester and an overview of what will be shared with students leading up to our March PBS assemblies on Friday the 24th.

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1/2 Day Inservice Schedule / Notes (Wednesday, March 15th)

Please note we have an in-service 1/2 day scheduled next week on Wednesday. See arrival and dismissal adjustments below:

1st-5th Grade:

AM Arrival: 8:30 AM, NO CHANGE

PM Dismissal: 12:15 PM (bus times are adjusted 3 hours earlier than normal)


AM-K Arrival: 8:30 AM, NO CHANGE

AM-K Dismissal: 10:30 AM (bus times are adjusted 1 hour earlier than normal)

PM-K Arrival: 10:30 AM (bus times are adjusted 2 hours earlier than normal)

PM-K Dismissal: 12:15 PM (bus times are adjusted 3 hours earlier than normal)

K+ Arrival: 8:30 AM, NO CHANGE

K+ Dismissal: 12:15 PM (bus times are adjusted 3 hours earlier than normal)

*YMCA Note: the before/aftercare YMCA program will run onsite as usual on 1/2 days.

Upcoming Home and School Spirit Nights

Wednesday, March 15th - Panera in Collegeville

4:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Bring a flyer or show a digital copy when ordering in person. If ordering online, through the app, or kiosk - use code FUND4U. Orders placed online/in the Panera app (with the promo code applied) may be placed all day (during normal café operating hours) and will count toward our fundraiser! Home and School will receive 20% of all sales. (Orders placed through UberEats, DoorDash, etc. will not apply.)

Wednesday, April 12th - California Tortilla

All day (11 am - 8 pm)

Online ordering preferred! If ordering in store, you must inform the cashier of the spirit night by mentioning South Elementary. When ordering online or through the app, add the "Spirit Night" item to your cart. Home and School will receive 25% of all sales. (Orders placed through UberEats, DoorDash, etc. will not apply.)

Join Us In Recognizing Music In Our Schools Month!

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Rock Your Socks for World Down Syndrome Day on Tuesday, March 21st!

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Yearbook Update (03/10/23

The South yearbook is 96 pages and contains student photos from Home & School events, in-school events (spirit weeks, book fairs, assemblies, classroom photos, recess, etc), and so much more!

Purchase deadline has changed- It is now April 10th instead of the 17th! Soft cover $18 and hard cover $23. Please buy the yearbook soon for planning purposes. There will be limited copies available after the deadline. Order here by credit card: . Cash and checks (Payable: South Home & School) accepted too- look for the green flier sent home with your child. Not sure if you ordered? Email the yearbook committee.

Want to increase your chances of seeing your child's face in the candids pages of the yearbook? Email the yearbook committee photos that you have taken at events and at school (past and future events, such as the 3/25 skate night, book fair, art show). Deadline to submit photos is April 3rd!

The yearbook committee email for questions or to submit photos:

Important Dates: March and April

Wednesday, March 15th - In-service 1/2 Day

March 20th - 23rd - Kindergarten Registration for the 23-24 school year (see above for details)

Saturday, March 25th - H&S Ice Skating @ Center Ice, 4:00 - 5:30 PM

March 29th - April 12th - Scholastic Book Fair

Friday, March 31st - Art Show & Book Fair, 5:00 - 8:00 PM

April 5th, 6th, 7th, & 10th - Holiday Break, NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, April 12th - Beginning Strings Concert @ Middle School WEST, 6:30 - 7:00 PM

Tuesday, April 18th - Beginning Orchestra/Band Concert @ Middle School West, 6:30 - 7:00 PM

Friday, April 21st - 5th Grade Chorus Concert @ South APR, 5:00 - 5:30 PM

April 25th, 26th, & 28th - PSSAs, ELA Grades 3-5

Thursday, April 27th - Take Your Child to Work Day

South Calendar - March and April

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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 ( for any unplanned or unexpected absence due to illness or well visits.
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