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Park Village Elementary - A 2018 CA Distinguished School
09/05 -- DADs Recycling Event -- TOMORROW
09/07 -- Labor Day -- NO SCHOOL
09/15 -- PTA Meeting via Zoom
09/17 -- Back to School Night -- More Info Coming!!
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Welcome Back Park Village Families!
I want to officially welcome everyone back for the start of the 2020-2021 school year!
As we begin our school year remotely, I want to tell you all how much I appreciate our teachers, staff, and families for your patience, understanding, and positivity as we launch another successful year of learning. It was exciting to see so many smiling faces as we distributed almost 600 bags of learning materials and 150 plus chromebooks and iPads. As a reminder, we were not able to fulfill all requests for chromebooks on Wednesday. More devices are expected soon and we will arrange for another distribution once they are in hand.
As you are likely aware, we are dealing with many factors with regard to class placements this year… those which honor the survey preferences of both families and teachers (On Campus or VLA), ESS accessibility in the afternoons, second language learners, those receiving special education services, and many other factors. Additionally, classes have been constructed in such a way to minimize disruption once our “on-campus “students and teachers transition back to campus in an AM/PM configuration.
Needless to say, class placements have been very complex and challenging this year. In both our VLA and On-Campus options, we have constructed combination classes in order to make sure all students and teachers remain at Park Village and have their preferences for learning accommodated. Because we have a limited number of teachers and seats in each setting, we are extremely limited in our ability to entertain class change requests. Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.
Our teachers are prepared and excited to meet their students for another great year of learning and growth. Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic has forced us all to be more forward thinkers, to be flexible, to increase our empathy, to increase our skills with technology, and to really focus on the outcomes we want for our children.
We look forward to the time we are all back together, as our current situation is temporary. I remain hopeful that our lives will eventually begin to return to normal and that our amazing school learning community will be back on our campus.
Once again, thank you all for a great start to the new school year!
With appreciation and gratitude,
DADS Group Recycling Event -- TOMORROW
The DADS Group monthly recycling collection kicks off this Saturday, Sept 5, from 8-10 AM in the ESS parking lot. Bring your beverage recyclables like aluminum cans, plastic bottles, and glass bottles, and your face covering. This is an easy way to help us raise money for the school. If you can stomp your aluminum cans and plastic bottles at home that saves us a ton of time. Your kids love stomping things, anyways. Trust us.
We can only accept California Refund Value (CRV) eligible containers. Wine bottles and food containers can go in your blue city bin. We will take your household batteries, though, to drop off at a future hazardous waste recycling event.
Did you know we recognize the student in each grade who brings the most recyclables as well as the overall student and class with the greatest participation? If you'd like to participate please count your cans and bottles and write the number on a small piece of paper with your name, grade, and teacher.
We'll target collections for the first Saturday of each month during virtual learning and look into weekday options as well when we return to campus. Unavailable Saturday mornings? Contact us at email@example.com to schedule a drop-off or house call.
Back to School Event
A Message from your PTA President
Welcome back to all returning families and a big WELCOME to all new families. I am so proud and honored to volunteer as your PTA President this year with an amazing group of Parent Volunteers, a dedicated PTA Executive Board, talented Teachers, and a Principal who truly cares about our school community.
The Park Village PTA supports programs and offers opportunities to encourage our families to become involved. We work hard to support the mission of PTA “EVERY CHILD. ONE VOICE.”
On behalf of the entire PTA Executive Board and volunteer staff, I would like to thank you in advance for all your support. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact us. Have a wonderful, productive, and fun school year, and know that we are so happy that you are part of the Park Village Family.
Your PTA President
Counselor’s Corner: September 2020
The pandemic has changed the way schools will look this year but I’m looking forward to a productive year for all. In the Spring “Virtual Learning” was new to all of us. We’ve learned a lot from our experience. This has led us to a more comfortable format and better experience this year. So here are some ways to set up your child/children for success.
A routine is essential for productivity. It also helps kids to feel safe and secure which makes for effective and efficient learning. Think of the behaviors you follow when going to classes or are physical school.
1. Have your child/children get dressed
2. Have a healthy breakfast
3. Schedule in regular breaks – some physical movement or exercise, time to socialize or change what they are doing, do crafts or read quietly
4. Encourage your child to break assignments into manageable goals to accomplish so the assignments are not so overwhelming
5. Create a workspace suited to each child. Working on the bed doesn’t produce the mindset to productivity
6. If you are working from home, it may be helpful to make sure you have a workspace and take care of yourse
7. lf It’s helpful to have a schedule written out or a calendar on which you list what needs to be done. Have them cross out completed tasks. This helps children feel they are making progress. 8. Have children show up. Being present and actively engaged in class meetings or Zoom lessons promotes learning. I
9. t’s more difficult to create relationship with new teachers and classmates (which leads to trust and motivation to work) so you may have to create ways to do this.
10. Take care of your own mental and physical needs. You will be able to support your child/children when your needs are met.
Learning is hard work! Give your child/children some grace. They will get. And each child is different and learns at a different rate. Parents role is to help facilitate motivation. Ask for help from teachers or counselors.
Please let your child’s teacher if you need support with any of this. We are here to make sure that all our students succeed.
*NEW THIS YEAR: We created a Park Village~Counselor Calm Down Corner. Click on the links for more resources and to request an appointment with a school counselor.
Enjoy the school year.
Jackie Cardinale and Molly Engblom, School Counselors at Park Village Elementary School
PTA Reflections Program 2020
by Jennifer Myers, Reflections Chair
Calling All Creative Kids! This year’s Reflections theme—“I matter because...”— has many possibilities. Ask your child to think about the theme and talk about what it means to them. The thought process behind the entries is as important as the how well the creative works are executed.
Brainstorming Starting Points:
I matter to someone/something? I matter to a family member, pet, friend, an organization...
I matter to my grandma because we play checkers every Sunday, or I matter to my dog because I take him on walks and feed him
I matter because I make my school/city/world a better place? How?
I matter because my girl scout troop helps clean up beaches.
I matter because I will grow up to do great things...
I matter because I read books about science and I want to cure diseases.
I matter because I am part of a generation that will...
I matter because my generation and I will take the steps to slow global warming.
I matter because of my actions...
I matter because I wear a mask to help slow the spread of COVID19 and other diseases.
I matter because I care about...
I matter because I care about why people are protesting in our streets.
Let your child get creative and have fun! They can create a piece of artwork or short film, take a photo, choreograph a dance, and/or write a song or story that captures the theme in their own unique way!
This year is a different in that entries will be digital to limit contact.
There will be a fillable pdf entry form in a future issue.
Artwork will need to be carefully photographed or scanned.
Entries will be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org I can provide a dropbox for large files.
Entries will be due by 9pm, October 16th.
Entries will be displayed in a digital gallery. As dance choreography and film pieces are likely to have images of students, there is the option to opt out of the digital gallery.
Rules by Category and Student packets can be downloaded at:
Please note the student packets on this site will include an entry form. Please do NOT use this form, but the specific entry form for Park Village that will be available in the near future.
If you have any questions, please contact Reflections Chair, Jennifer Myers at email@example.com.
Searching for Friends of the Foundation
Box Tops for Education
BOX TOPS has transitioned to digital submission! It's now easier than ever to earn money for our school. Download the app, scan your receipt, and your earnings will instantly show up in the PVE account.
- The new method of submitting Box Tops is to scan your receipt via a downloadable app. The new style Box Tops will say "SCAN" and may only be submitted this way.
- You have 14 days to scan your receipt otherwise, it becomes invalid.
- Please watch the "how to" video below for more information & instructions.
We will be having competitions as the year goes on. Here's how to start:
1. Download the app.
2. Scan your receipt every time you go to a grocery store. You don't even have to check to see if you bought anything that is Box Tops. Just get in the habit of scanning after every grocery trip. The app will tell you if you earned box tops for your school.
3. At the bottom of the app, find the "star" and enter your teacher's name for credit for your class.
Contact Box Tops Chair, Cheryl Sifferlen, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
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/
Park Village PTA: https://www.facebook.com/PVpenguinsPTA/?view_public_for=101661371633982
Follow us on Instagram:
Park Village Foundation: https://www.instagram.com/parkvillagef/
D.A.D.S. Group: https://www.instagram.com/parkvillagedads/
Shop at Amazon and Earn Money for PV
Did you know you can support PV all year long with as little as a mouse click? Use our link to Amazon every time you make a purchase so our school can receive a cash-back percentage of your total order. Better yet, bookmark our Amazon link and use it as you buy those needed last minute back-to-school items, holiday gifts, and more. It’s a win-win! 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. https://smile.amazon.com/?ie=UTF8&tag=wwwpveefcom-20