2 November 2020 | Chartiers Valley Primary School
Dear Primary School Families, 

We are so excited that the second nine weeks is off and running at CVPS! As we begin the second nine weeks, remember that report cards for first and second grade are available on Infinite Campus. Kindergarten students only receive a report card at the end of the second and fourth nine weeks. Now that fall is in full swing, cooler weather is among us. 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 be having outdoor recess.

Our school has teamed up with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Hero Squad starting on November 2, 2020 to teach our students about kindness, bravery, and how working together for one common goal will help both children and adults in their fight against cancer. Visit HeroSquad.org, find our school, and join your classroom team to get started raising money online! While your child is learning goal-setting, self-motivation, and organizational skills, your student will earn fun Hero Gear at various fundraising levels. Money raised will help blood cancer patients right in our community by funding research, providing free information, financial and support services, and advocates for blood cancer patients. Thank you for your support of our Hero Squad and be on the lookout for more information soon! Every hero needs a squad!

CVPS has had an update to the nurse's office email address. If contacting the Primary School nurse, please use pshealthoffice@cvsd.net.
As always, we want to send a sincere thanks to the CVPS community for all of the hard work and dedication this school year within our Hybrid and CV Cyber Academy programs. We are extremely proud of our students, staff, and families!

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

Anissa Rosenwald, Principal
Marc Hubert, Assistant Principal
Important Upcoming Dates

2 - No School for Students (Parent/Teacher Conferences)
3 - No School for Students (Parent/Teacher Conferences)
4 - Wear Red, White, and Blue
11 - Wear Red, White and Blue for Veteran's Day
12 - Picture Retakes
26 - No School - Thanksgiving Recess
27 - No School - Thanksgiving Recess
30 - No School - Thanksgiving Recess

1 - Act 80 Day - No School for Students
24-January 3 - Winter Recess - 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/November 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!
Kaila Pugliese
Primary 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. 

Daily Afternoon Student Pick-Up
Students riding the bus are dismissed at 3:30 pm. After school pick-up (by parents/guardians) is staggered at 3:20 pm and 3:40 pm.
Kindergarten and Second Grade student pick-up begins at 3:20 pm. First Grade student pick-up will begin at 3:40 pm.

Parents with children in both first grade and another grade may pick up both students at 3:20 pm.

Occasional Afternoon Student Pick-Up
As a reminder, if you are planning to pick up your child in the afternoon occasionally, you must complete the Online Pick Up form before 1:30 that day. 

Remember to take attendance on your online learning days-it takes only a few clicks! Here’s a short 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 PS Attendance Secretary, psattendance@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 homeroom teacher AND psattendance@cvsd.net to let them know your child will be working from home that day.  

Still need help?
There are a few questions that may come up throughout the school year that may be addressed simply by viewing the CVPS Concerns & Who to Call page.

Free Breakfast & Lunch for ALL Students
Chartiers Valley School District is 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 Academy and Hybrid) must be ordered using the Google Form on the CVSD website under Nutrition. Orders must be placed 24 hours in advance and picked up at the assigned times or sent home with your child.
At this time, the free meals for all students will 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 CVSD website
Parent Teacher Group (PTG):  
Square 1 shopping is available through November 27. Don't miss out on great gifts for the whole family by clicking here
Looking for a way to be more involved in our school community? Be a Homeroom Coordinator! Sign-ups are live now on Signup Genius by clicking here

If you are interested in signing up to be a member of the PTG please click here.

Our monthly meetings are the first Wednesday of the month via zoom. Our next meeting will be Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020 at 7 pm.

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Cyber Students
We would like to see pictures of our cyber students working from home so we can include them on Instagram and in our Monday Memos. Please email pictures to our secretary, Mrs. Bobbie Francis at psattendance@cvsd.net.

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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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125 Thoms Run Road Bridgeville, PA 15107