from the principals
9 December 2019 | Chartiers Valley Primary School
This Week At a Glance

Monday - Day 4
Tuesday - Day 5 Wear your blue anti-bullying t-shirt! 
Wednesday - Day 1 - Grade 1 Art Show & Concerts
Thursday - Day 2
Friday - Day 3 - Holiday Movie Night from 6-8:30 pm ( click here to register )

Looking Ahead

December 17 - Parent/Student Breakfast 7:45 am-8:10 am arrival (parents will be able to stay until 8:30 am)
December 20 - Holiday Parties (2 pm - 3:30 pm)
December 23 - January 1 - No School - Winter Recess
January 2 - First Day back at school after Winter Recess
January 2 - First Day back at school after Winter Break
January 27 - 100th Day of School (tentative)
February 5 - Global Play Day
Toys for Tots & Play it Forward
Are you in need of toys for the holidays?  If so, please click here for details about how you can receive toys for your child(ren).

Mindfulness Classes
Our counselor, Megan Mouas, is presenting Mindfulness lessons to our classrooms through the end of December.  Be sure to talk with your child about the following ideas and concepts:
-using our senses to be present in the moment
-how our body responds when we are upset or worried
-ways to calm our body and mind with breathing and stretching techniques

From our library
As part of library class, second grade students studied the work of photographer Walter Wick and his creation of the famous "I Spy" books.  Students were inspired to create their own version by photographing objects around a central theme. Students designed the scene, photographed it using iPads and wrote the text to accompany their photo in Google Slides.  The ebook was also turned into a hardback book for students to purchase. Proceeds from the book sales are being used to purchase books and other materials for the library.

From the Cafeteria
Parent/Student Breakfast
The Primary School is excited to invite you to attend our first Parent/Student Breakfast on Tuesday, December 17 at 7:30 am!  Click here for more information.

Wacky Snack Wednesdays!
Snacks may be purchased on Wednesdays with $1.00 cash or through a student lunch account with a positive balance. 
12/11: Welch’s Fruit Snacks (berries & cherries)
12/18: Cheetos Puffs
1/8: Polar Blast Bar (fruit punch ice cream bar)
1/15: Cool Ranch Doritos
1/22: Grandma’s Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies
1/29: Welch’s Fruit Snacks (mixed fruit)

Racers for Tots
To help our local community, the Primary School will be participating in the 2019 RACERS FOR TOTS HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE that helps provide Holiday gifts to local families in need. The collection not only contributes to local area families, but also helps support many organizations such as Children’s Hospital, Children’s Institute, Bikes for Children with Autism, Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, Holy Family Institute, F.O.R. of McKees Rocks and many more. From November 25 - December 11, students may donate a new or unused gift donation valued at $10 or more for children between the ages of birth - 10 years. To participate, please have your child bring an unwrapped donation in a bag with the attached tag ( see flyer ) completed and taped to the donation or bag during the days listed above. If you are donating more than one toy, make sure to tag each toy with the child’s name and homeroom/teacher. If the donation is too large to fit in a bag or to be transported by the student (i.e. bicycles, big wheels, electronic tablets, etc.) the donation can be dropped off at the school office during school hours. There will be a friendly classroom competition, too. Thank you for supporting such a wonderful cause for the holidays!  

Jackets, Hats and Gloves
The cooler weather has arrived! Please send your child to school with jackets, gloves and hats, too. We plan to have outdoor recess as often as possible. As long as the temperature is above 32 degrees, it is likely that we will have outdoor recess so please be sure that your child is appropriately dressed.
Grade 1 Concerts & Art Shows
The holiday concerts & art shows for grade 1 will be from 2:00-3:00 pm on the dates listed above. We previously reported a 1:30 start time. Please note that concerts will begin at 2:00 pm on the dates listed above.

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!  
Study Buddy Volunteer Opportunity
The Study Buddy Program connects community members looking for a meaningful volunteer experience with students at the Primary school in need of extra one on one attention. The adult buddy helps the student with their academics twice a week for 45 minutes in our school's library. The resulting relationship has a great positive impact on both the child and the mentor. Training will be provided. Clearances are required but the cost can be covered if needed. Please call school counselor, Megan Mouas, if you are interested or if you have questions about the program, (412)429-7016. Megan Mouas will walk you through the process.

CVSD is Hiring
The Chartiers Valley School District is actively seeking day-to-day and long-term substitute teachers.Individuals with any teaching certification or those eligible for emergency certification are encouraged to apply. The District contracts with Precision Education for all substitute needs. If you are interested in becoming a substitute, please contact Kelly Mannering who will guide you through the Precision Education application process.

The District is also seeking applicants for instructional paraprofessional (aide) opportunities. Contact Kelly Mannering to apply .

The District is also seeking food service staff to work in our cafeterias. Contact Jeff VanBibber for more information.

Chartiers Valley Primary School is now on Instagram! Find "all things primary" by following us @cvsdprimary.  
Please follow the link the our first No Place For Hate (NP4H8) newsletter containing information about the program at the PS and a suggested reading list.
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