from the principal's desk
23 September 2019 | Chartiers Valley Intermediate School
October Day Calendar

Start with Hello Week
Start with Hello Week is a national initiative to overcome social isolation by teaching kids how little gestures like simply saying “hello” can help others feel included and loved. On Monday, let’s all wear green for Start with Hello Week.  

Wear your Colt Gear on Wednesdays
Every Wednesday the IS staff rocks their red and blue Colt gear. We are inviting all students to join us and show off our Colt pride every Wednesday with their red and blue!  

Mind Yeti
Mind Yeti is a mindfulness app/website for kids! It is used in the classroom and is available at home to build self-awareness and coping skills. Visit or download the Mind Yeti app for free mindfulness sessions on the go!  
Early Dismissal Form
Please use the NEW online early dismissal form. Click here to access the form. Please complete this form to ensure that the CVIS office receives documentation of a planned early dismissal for your child. All forms must be submitted prior to 3:00 pm on the day of dismissal. Thank you in advance for your cooperation! If an emergency arises once this form is submitted, please contact the CVIS office at (412) 429-2236.
The IS early dismissal form can also be found on the Intermediate School website under Parent Resources, Frequently Used Forms. 
Follow CVIS on Instagram
Have you heard? The Intermediate School has an Instagram page! Follow us @cvsdintermediate 
Also follow: @cvsdcolts @cvsdprimary @cvsdhighschool

CVIS Horseshoe Hustle
OCTOBER 4, 2019
This is the PTG's big fundraiser for the fall. Our goal is to raise $15,000 - that is roughly $20 per student - which will pay for field trips.
-- $20+ donations - chance to win prize baskets
-- $40+ donations - receive a dri-fit CVIS t-shirt & entered to win the prize baskets
-- Classroom prizes for highest donations
Jogathon Donations
Deadline: October 9, 2019

Jogathon Volunteer SignUp
Deadline: September 18, 2019

New From the PTG
Join the CVIS PTG! Joining the CVIS PTG is a way to get involved and ensure all of our students have a fun and successful year. 
Our membership drive runs through September 15 th . Included in the membership is a FREE yearbook for each student and a digital copy of the CVIS Social Directory.
PTG Membership:  
Even if you decide not to join the PTG, we strongly encourage you to include you information in the CVIS Social Directory. This is a way for your student’s classmates to get in touch with you for birthday invites, playdates and much more. Please remember, teachers and staff are not able to give out personal contact information for your child’s classmates. 
Social Directory:
Superintendent's Spotlight
A monthly message from Dr. Vanatta
Dear Friends,

Welcome to the first of a series of topics which I will share with our community. The purpose of these "spotlights" on various matters is to inspire dialogue within our community. I foresee the topics covering educational matters, concerns surrounding health and safety, student and community progress and inspiration, or even at times topics that are more lighthearted.  

Today, I would like to discuss a very serious and life-altering topic. The use of electronic cigarettes, or "vaping" as it is more commonly called, is having life-impacting effects on hundreds throughout the United States. As I am sure many of you saw on news outlets recently, hundreds are struggling with their lives and it is believed the common factor is the usage of e-cigarettes.  

U.S. health officials are urging people to stop vaping  until they figure out why some are coming down with serious breathing illnesses. Officials have identified about 450 possible cases, including at least five deaths, in 33+ states. The count includes newly reported deaths in  California Indiana  and  Minnesota ( Source ).

The New York Times wrote: “There is clearly an epidemic that begs for an urgent response,” Dr. David C. Christiani of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health wrote in an editorial published on Friday in The New England Journal of Medicine. The editorial called on doctors to discourage their patients from using e-cigarettes and for a broader effort to increase public awareness about “the harmful effects of vaping ( Source ).

I bring this information to you today because vaping is an epidemic that schools have been struggling with for the past few years. These devices have been marketed to our youth and regretfully, the marketing has been quite successful. Although the District provides health education on the harmful effects of vaping and imparts consequences when students are vaping on school grounds, these actions only assist partly in our charge to discourage students from this act. 

The district has seen students in all grade levels -- yes, even in elementary schools -- who have access to vaping devices. Many times these devices can look like a computer “flash-drive. I encourage those with children to have active conversations and be aware of devices and packaging which may be related to JUUL, or other electronic cigarettes.

Below is a short list of some key indicators to consider if you think your child may be vaping (source: Partnership for Drug-Free Kids): 

  • Presence of vaping equipment or related product packaging
  • Unusual online purchases or packages
  • Smelling faint odors of mint, fruit, bubble gum or chocolate cake
  • Increased thirst or nose bleeds
  • Decreased caffeine use
  • Use of vaping lingo in text messages or on social media
  • Appearance and/or behavior changes

I encourage you as parents, guardians and community members to speak with our youth about the harmful effects of vaping. Be familiar with what the devices look like, as there are many variations of electronic cigarettes, and vaping devices. If you have questions or concerns that your child may be vaping please notify your child's school and/or physician.   


Johannah Vanatta, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Inspiring, achieving and celebrating excellence