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Principal Message 5/1/20

posted May 4, 2020, 5:57 PM by Chris Hughes
May 1, 2020

Dear PV East Parents,

I hope that you and your family continue to be well. It is wonderful to see that the month of May has finally arrived. With the wonderful warmer weather this is a great time to be outside and enjoying a walk or bike ride. Please be sure to maintain appropriate social distancing.

We continue to have discussions as a faculty to improve our Virtual Voyage. Please know that we recognize the challenging circumstances that our families have been placed in due to school building closures. Our goal is to support our families as we move student learning forward. Please do not hesitate to contact our teachers, school counselors and administration for anything that you may need. We are here for you!

Attendance & Announcements: Starting next week our teachers will consistently take attendance in the same way by having students respond to a question in each of their Google classrooms. We hope this will simplify the process. Our daily announcements and PVTV continue to be sent out via gmail every morning. We encourage our parents and students to check this every day. 

Virtual Voyage: Our school district has a page dedicated to important updates regarding our Virtual Voyage. It includes our weekly schedule as well as a suggested daily schedule. 


Homework/Classwork: Our academic teams continue to post assignments under their team name. Please check here for all of their virtual assignments. Your child will still need to check with Special Area teachers Google classroom pages for their assignments. 



YearbooksOur deadline to purchase yearbooks has been extended to 5/20/2020. The cost is $30. You must purchase online if you want a yearbook this year. There will be no additional copies for cash sale at the end of the year. Please order online at www.jostens.com. Final Deadline (-for real) is 5/20/2020!  

East-West Reading UnionPlease encourage your child to participate in this reading activity. 

Attention East and West Students. Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to connect over a book with your PV Middle School East and West friends. A new reading group called the East-West Reading Union is beginning the week of May 4th. We will read a few chapters each week during the month of May and participate in weekly virtual book discussions.   We will be reading, Squint, by Chad Morris and Shelly Brown. This book shows how “through a series of challenges, two friends learn how to trust each other, believe in themselves, and see what really matters” (MackinVIA). Squint is available as an ebook (with audio support) through our Destiny Discover card catalog.   If you are interested in joining, CLICK HERE.  When we receive your entry, directions will be emailed to you to get started. We look forward to experiencing this East-West reading adventure with you!


 8th Grade Student vs. Faculty Minecraft Competition: We are organizing an 8th Grade Student vs. Faculty Minecraft Competition. On Wednesday, May 13th from 3-4PM the students and faculty will individually compete in Minecraft Speed Racer. The top 5 students and top 5 faculty will then compete against each other in a team-based game: Minecraft Paintball. This event will be held on Friday, May 15th from 3-4PMBoth events will be broadcast live on YouTube. More information to follow when we get closer to this event. A separate email will be sent to 8th Grade students and their parents with more details about the selection process to play. 

6th Grade Field Trip: Our 6th Grade science students will be virtually attending a planetarium field trip with ‘Stars on the Move’ this Tuesday & Wednesday (5/5 - 5/6/2020). Each team will send students an option of a morning, afternoon or evening time via email to participate in this optional activity. 

PVSD Lunch Program information on distribution: http://www.pvsd.org/home/Food%20Service%20and%20PV%20Power%20Packs%20are%20providing%20food%20for%20families%20during%20shutdown%20-%20click%20here%20for%20information.png

I hope you all stay safe during this time. 



Dr. Seamus Clune




In addition, Montgomery County Mobile Crisis is also available to PV families: https://www.montcopa.org/2064/Crisis-Services

Helpline that will refer Pennsylvanians who are struggling with anxiety and challenging emotions due to Covid- 19 emergency to community-based resources: The toll-free, round-the-clock support line can be reached at 1-855-284-2494. For TTY, dial  724-631-5600.

The Safe2Say tip line will remain active during the closure.  This tip line enables one to send anonymous tips to notify the proper authorities to any number of concerns, such as, but not limited to:  mental health concerns, personal safety, drugs/alcohol abuse, bullying and more.  There are several ways to report a concern: you can call 1-844-safe2say, go to the Safe2Say, or download the app.  Your tip will be forwarded to a dispatcher, and administrators and/or counselors will do their best to address the issue.  Don't forget, in an emergency, please call 911!


Also, during the school closure, MS East will continue to run SAP (our Student Assistance Programmeetings; East’s SAP team will continue to take referrals and provide connections for students and families.  The mission of the Pennsylvania Network for Student Assistance Services is to provide leadership for developing a safe and drug-free environment and mental health wellness in schools and communities across the commonwealth.  Please contact a school counselor for more information.