from the principals
25 November 2019 | Chartiers Valley Primary School
This Week At a Glance

Monday - (Day 2) 
Tuesday - (Day 3) Wear your blue anti-bullying t-shirt! 
Wednesday - (Day 4) 
Thursday - No School - Thanksgiving Day! Enjoy the time with your family & friends!
Friday - No School - Thanksgiving Recess
Monday - No School - Thanksgiving Recess
Tuesday - First day back at school after Thanksgiving Recess

Looking Ahead

December 13 - PTG Holiday Movie Night from 6:00-8:30 pm. Register your child:
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
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.

From the Cafeteria
In light of the recent CDC recall of romaine lettuce, The Nutrition Group has removed all romaine from the CV cafeterias. In lieu of romaine, the cafeterias will utilize iceberg lettuce, spinach, or spring mix which have all been confirmed as safe to use. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact .

This past week, the PS enhanced the breakfast program. Each morning, students are greeted by a cart in the main foyer. The cart provides a large visual area for students to see the breakfast options that are available to them. The cart houses a hot option, cereal, fruit, yogurt, milk, juice, etc. Students enter the line and select the food they want for breakfast. After paying for the items at the cart, students eat in the cafeteria. There is also one serving line open in the cafeteria serving the same items. By having two serving areas we can increase efficiency of the breakfast program helping to prepare our students for a great day of learning!   

From our Library
In November, we have been focusing on "citizenship" at the PS. In our library classes, your child has been taking part in digital citizenship lessons from Common Sense Education. The lessons were designed to help students in grades K–2 develop healthy media habits and learn how to be safe online. As Mrs. Forkner and Mrs. Connolly taught these lessons, they also sent home tip sheets and activities for you to complete with your children. If you are interested in additional resources, visit the Common Sense Education website at . Working together, we know we can prepare today’s kids to think critically and use technology in positive, creative and powerful ways.

From the PTG: 
Texas Roadhouse Rolls/Butter/Gift Card Fundraiser
Chartiers Valley Primary School PTG has teamed up with Texas Roadhouse to raise a little “dough”!  
-Students will take orders on paper forms that will be sent home from November 18 - December 4.
- Items available are Frozen Rolls/Cinnamon Butter/Gift Cards.
- Order forms & money must be returned by December 4 with all student information completed.
- (Checks must be made out to CVPS PTG with student name and HR# in memo line)
-A copy of your order form will be returned to you with order vouchers for distribution.
-You will distribute vouchers to everyone who ordered from you.
-They will present these vouchers at Bridgeville Texas Roadhouse for pickup between December 18 - December 20 during normal business hours.
Please contact with any questions. Thank you for your support! 
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.

Distinguished Alumni Nominations
2020 Distinguished Alumni nominations are due before December 6, 2019. The CV Distinguished Alumni program recognizes alumni who have made outstanding contributions to society at the local, state, national and global levels. If you wish to nominate an exceptional graduate, please click here to review the requirements and complete the nomination form.

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.

From the Nurse’s Office
Thank you to all of the parents who send in a full set of extra clothing for their child to keep in their locker for accidents/spills. We would also like to ask for the following clothing donations for the health office: girls/boys socks, girls/boys underwear sizes 6, 8,10, boys/girls pants sizes 6, 7, 8, 10. No shirts please...we have plenty! 

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.

We’re helping Chartiers Valley High School Interact Stuff-A-Bus in the annual 96.1 KISS Stuff-A-Bus event!
Bring a new and unwrapped toy to the high school office and help us stuff buses to support the Marines Toys for Tots program. Collecting now through Dec 2. 
Superintendent's Spotlight
A monthly message from Dr. Vanatta
Chartiers Valley Parents, Guardians, and Students,

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, we are reminded to pause and reflect on all we are grateful for. 

I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the Chartiers Valley community -- from our students who greet me with their ambition and kindness daily, to our teachers and staff who work to support our students and their families, to the parents who play an integral role in the education of their children. On behalf of all of us here at CV, I thank you for all you do!

At times, especially during the busy holiday season, life can feel so face-paced. We race through daily routines and juggle numerous responsibilities. In these moments, I am reminded of the importance of teaching our students to pause — or at least slow down — and be present. This year, we are piloting mindfulness programs in our elementary schools and exploring ways to incorporate aspects of mindfulness in our secondary schools. 

Hopefully, during the Thanksgiving break you will have a moment to press “pause” and enjoy the people and things you are thankful for. Again, thank you all for making Chartiers Valley School District one of the best districts in Pennsylvania; I am so thankful for you!


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