2 November 2020 | Chartiers Valley Intermediate School
Dear IS Families

We are excited that the second nine weeks is off to a good start at CVIS! As we begin the second nine weeks, remember that report cards are available on Infinite Campus. Today and tomorrow we will hold parent teacher conferences. If you did not sign up for a conference and have questions regarding your child’s learning, please reach out to their teacher. Along with the second nine weeks, we will also begin to see the weather change. On these cooler days, we ask that students have coats or sweatshirts with them to wear at recess. As long as the weather is not rainy or below freezing, students will have outdoor recess.

We want to thank the PTG for coordinating and supplying party treats and activities for our students to celebrate Halloween last week! Our students enjoyed a fun afternoon of party games, bingo, snacks, and Halloween themed crafts! We hope all of our students and families had a safe and enjoyable Halloween weekend!  

Be sure to scroll down for an important message from our Superintendent, Dr. Johannah Vanatta.
Sincerely,

Mrs. Julie Franczyk, Principal
Mr. Peter Schintz, Assistant Principal
Important Upcoming Dates


November 2 & 3 - Conference Days, No School

Greetings Chartiers Valley Families,

It is hard to believe we are entering the month of November. While the first quarter of the school year was one of transition and uncertainty, our community, staff, and students have been wonderful in supporting the District and complying with COVID-19 requirements. Because of your diligence, we have been able to offer and maintain a four-day in-person learning option to our students. Thank you!

Understandably, there will be turbulence as we navigate through the remainder of this school year. However, through careful planning, preparation and a shared commitment to working together, we will continue to successfully provide for our students and community.  

The terms “grit” and “resiliency” have been buzzwords in the world of education in recent years. How do we teach our children to navigate these difficult times, especially those who, before COVID-19, were fortunate enough to have experienced minimal hardship?  I suppose a silver lining of living through a pandemic may be that we are all acquiring and developing critical career-readiness skills. Learning to overcome, problem solve, and think creatively are soft skills that the greatest minds employ. Following this time of crisis, perhaps the next chapter will find the emergence of Resolve, Resilience, Return, Re-imagining, and Reform. (Mckinsey & Co: Beyond the coronavirus: The path to the next normal).

As many of you know, teachers have been assessing student learning throughout the first nine weeks. As a District, we are committed to delivering our high-quality curriculum and instruction, and it is very important that we continue to provide robust educational programs. As such, the District has modified its upcoming holiday calendar dates to offer essential teacher professional development. Tuesday, December 1, and Monday, January 4 are now District Teacher Professional Development days. There will be no school for students on these days. 

Proudly, we have thus far maintained our most crucial aspect -- providing education to our students. We must continue following safety protocols with diligent compliance. Wear face masks in school and during school functions and events, wash hands often, stay home if you are ill, and notify the school if your student has any symptoms. We mustn’t let our guard down now, Chartiers Valley!

Have a wonderful Monday, and remember it’s a great day to be a Colt!
Most Sincerely,

Johannah M. Vanatta, Ed.D.
Essential Workers
Nurse's Newsletter - October 2020 Edition
Daily Screening Reminder
Please remember to screen your child for COVID-19 symptoms prior to school each morning. Click here for a helpful screening checklist. If they are not feeling well, please keep your child home. If you have any questions about whether your child should stay home from school, please contact your School Nurse.  

Health Services Website
Please check out our website https://www.cvsd.net/student-services/nursehealth to find forms for medication, physicals and dental exams, and information regarding health topics including COVID-19. 

Dental Visits
The Smile Mobile Dentist visits have been postponed until May due to COVID-19 concerns. As of now, the dates are as follows:
May 3, 2021 - Intermediate School
May 4, 2021 - Primary School
May 5, 2021 - Middle School

Screenings
Our typical screening timeline for weight, height, vision, and hearing will be pushed back to a later time. Our department wants to ensure that screenings are performed in the safest way possible. If you have specific concerns about your child, please reach out to your building’s School Nurse. 

Flu
Flu vaccines will be highly recommended this cold and flu season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Per the CDC, influenza vaccination will be paramount to reduce the impact of respirator illness in the population. Please contact your child’s health care provider for information on where to get a flu shot.  

Our department is working hard to keep our students and staff healthy and safe. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your building School Nurse with any questions or concerns!
Mrs. Bobbi Spak
Intermediate School Nurse
412-429-2283
Calling all Veterans!
Mr. Harhai's HS history classes are in the process of putting together a virtual Veterans Day celebration and would like to honor local veterans with a slideshow.

Veterans and/or loved ones should send the following information to dharhai@cvsd.net:
  • Photo of the veteran
  • First and last name
  • Branch of service
  • Any other specifics (Vietnam, Korean War, etc.)


Distinguished Alumni Nominations NOW OPEN!
The Chartiers Valley School District Distinguished Alumni program recognizes alumni who have made outstanding contributions to society at the local, state, national and global levels. 

If you know of an outstanding alumnus, please consider nominating them by clicking here to complete this form.

Nominations for the Distinguished Alumni Class of 2021 will be accepted through December 7, 2020. 

Title I Update
Chartiers Valley Elementary Schools have been granted Schoolwide Title I status from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). The Schoolwide status allows CVPS and CVIS to provide additional reading services as needed through each level of the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) programming. As part of Title I services, the district has developed a learning contract between home and school. This learning contract was developed through the Title I Advisory Council. Please click here to review the learning contract.  

News from the PTG
Texas Roadhouse Fundraiser: Click here for the flyer

Link to PTG Fall Meeting Recording, click here. If you missed the CVIS PTG Fall Meeting, you can view the meeting recording and listen as we discuss new plans for outdoor and indoor recess, upcoming Halloween party, virtual Book Fair, upcoming Read-a-Thon and more.

October PTG Newsletter, click here 

Read-a-Thon Coming in November! Get your student ready to open their favorite books and help raise money for the school in November. If you know of a local business that would be interested in advertising through the fundraiser OR if you can help our coordinator with advertising, please email Becki Lewis at becki.m.lewis@gmail.com

Yearbook: Please keep sharing your virtual activities with the yearbook at cvisyearbookphotos@gmail.com

Box Tops!!! Click here for the flyer Each box top brings $0.10 to our school!   
Check out the new CVIS PTG Website!  https://cvisptg.wordpress.com/ 
Attendance
If your child is absent from school (online or in person), please email the IS Attendance Secretary, skowalo@cvsd.net If your child is a hybrid student and is too sick for school, but able to attend online, please email your child’s teachers (ELA and Math/Sci) AND skowalo@cvsd.net to let them know your child will be working from home that day. 

Blessings in a Backpack Program
We are grateful to be able to offer the Blessings in a Backpack program through St. Barbara’s again this year. If you would like to receive food donations through the Blessings in a Backpack program, please Click Here to Sign-Up!  Your family will receive monthly supplies of food provided by St. Barbara's Catholic Church in Bridgeville. Please note - it operates on a first come, first serve basis. If you have questions regarding the program, contact our school counselor, Ms. Mallon, smallon@cvsd.net 

Counseling for Colts
Click here to view the November edition of Ms. Mallon’s Monthly Newsletter. Students, parents, and teachers can review important updates, the theme of the month (Anti-Bullying), and family-friendly “warm fuzzies” to brighten your day. Explore her School Counseling website for more parent and student resources, program details, and more! 
CV Cyber Students can sign-up for a Google Meet with Ms. Mallon by clicking HERE.


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Flyers
All flyers are sent digitally via PeachJar!

That means no more backpacks full of paper and over 150,000 pieces of paper saved each year...that's 17 trees!

Click on the graphic to view flyers for:
  • community & school events
  • youth sports and activities sign-ups
  • job and scholarship opportunities
  • and more!
. . . CV in the News . . .

Pittsburgh Steelers salute Chartiers Valley’s Dan Knause as its High School Coach of the Week

inCommunity Magazine
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CVSD Superintendent Serves as Expert Panelist

Two local school officials receive national service awards


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Chartiers Valley Intermediate School

2030 Swallow Hill Road Pittsburgh, PA 15220
412-429-2233