2 November 2020 | Chartiers Valley Middle School
Hello Colt Families,

It's hard to believe that the holidays are right around the corner! We are so thankful for all of the continued support and efforts of the CVMS families in working together to make this year a success.

As the days get colder, please be reminded to encourage your students to dress for outdoor physical education classes. PE will take place outdoors as often as possible, so students should be prepared for colder temperatures.

We are so grateful for the tremendous generosity of our CVMS community during the Annual Turkey Trot. A very special thanks to the PTSG for their additional contribution and for allowing us the use of their Paypal account, allowing for convenient collection of these donations.

The 1st marking period grades will be finalized and posted in Infinite Campus by Friday, November 6th.

Lifetouch returns on November 9th for picture retakes. Orders can be placed in advance online at mylifetouch.com using Picture ID EVTD3K482

Wishing all of our students a great start to the second marking period!

Be sure to scroll down for an important message from our Superintendent, Dr. Johannah Vanatta.
Make it a great day,

Dr. Michele Welter, Principal
Mr. Dan Knause, Assistant Principal
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.
Important Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, Nov. 4 - Day 2
Thursday, Nov. 5 Day 3

2 and 3 - No School for Students (Parent/Teacher Conferences)
9- Lifetouch Picture Retakes
26 - No School - Thanksgiving Recess
27 - No School - Thanksgiving Recess
30 - No School - Thanksgiving Recess
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

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 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. Kelly Koslow
Middle School Nurse
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. 

Student Newspaper
Click here check out the October edition of the MS student newspaper, "A Dose Of Colt Coffee"

No Place For Hate
Np48 is currently recruiting student members. Any student interested in becoming a part of the No Place For Hate Committee for 2020-2021 school year should email Ms. Guarnaccio, aguarnaccio@cvsd.net

Yearbook Orders
Yearbook orders for the 2020-2021 are now being accepted! Buying early means you will get the lowest prices as the cost increases every couple of months, so don’t delay! Click here to order:

Free Meals
Chartiers Valley School District is now offering FREE breakfast and FREE lunch to every student, every school day. This includes to-go meals for students learning virtually.  

To-go meals for virtual days (both CV Cyber and Hybrid) must be ordered using this Google Form: To-Go Meals Order Form. Orders must be placed 24 hours in advance and picked up at the following times: 
  • CV Cyber Students can pick up to-go meals on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 am -12:00 noon at the High School. 
  • Hybrid students with last names beginning in A-K can pick up meals for their remote days at the end of the day each Tuesday before leaving school. 
  • Hybrid students with last names beginning in L-Z can pick up their to-go meals each Thursday before going home. 

At this time, the free meals for all students will only run until December 31, 2020, at which time meal pay statuses will return to Paid, Free, or Reduced rates based on qualifications.  Be sure to submit your free/reduced meal applications as soon as possible to avoid any gap in benefits. Applications can be found on the District website
Helpful Links

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Also follow: @cvsdcolts @cvsdprimary @cvsdintermediate @cvsdhighschool

Remember to take attendance on your online learning days- it takes only a few clicks to do! Here’s a short and helpful video on how a student can take their attendance in Infinite Campus. Or, a parent can take their child’s attendance in Infinite Campus.  Click here for a video on how a parent can take attendance.  

If your child is absent from school (online or in person), please email the MS Attendance Secretary, msattendance@cvsd.net.  If your child is a hybrid student and is too sick for school, but able to attend online, please email msattendance@cvsd.net to inform the school that your child will be working from home that day.  

Peach Jar
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!
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