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*UPC is independent form PVUSD and information posted in this newsletter does not represent the views of the Paradise Valley Unified School District.*

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April Monthly Meeting and Educational Program
Monthly Meeting
April 15th beginning at 9:00am
This will be our first Virtual UPC Meeting. We will be using Webex to conduct this meeting. You can connect via your computer or you can call in from a telephone. 

Please read UPC's list of Best Practices for Webex by clicking HERE

Connecting to the Meeting via Webex:
Follow this link to connect: 

Meeting number (access code): 287 816 875
Meeting password: u3HmJFiMC63

JOIN BY PHONE
+1-415-655-0003 United States TOLL

Do you have questions for Dr. Welsh? 
Please email any questions you have to  president@pvupc.org  by 5pm Tuesday, April 14th. The questions will be passed on to Dr. Welsh so he can answer them during the meeting. 
There is also a chat feature you can use when logged in for the UPC Webex to drop your questions!  We will do our best to answer them! 

Important Documents for the General Meeting:
April's Agenda can be found Here.
March General Membership Meeting Minutes are available  HERE
The current UPC Budget can be found  HERE
UPC Proposed Bylaw Amendments can be found HERE. 
Slides for April Meeting Can be Found Here. *Please note we will have a shortened virtual meeting so full updates can be found in the slides above.

Information & Technology 
in Learning: Classroom, Home and Beyond

Join PVUSD IT Director Jeff Billings, Assistant Director Sam Doyle, Oceana Covington- Junior, PVHS, Alyssa Norling- Junior, PHS, (both students are members of PV's Women & Information Technology (WIT) program) as we discuss hot topics in technology, such as:
  • Standardization of technology across PVSchools 
  • Student take home devices
  • Resource security
  • Network infrastructure
  • Data governance
Wednesday, April 15th                                      
This program will immediately follow the UPC General Meeting   
 







In this Webinar, we will address how to create a positive "home climate" to promote learning, prevent stress, and protect your children against cyberbullying during the COVID-19 outbreak. What is a "home climate"? Based on research about "school climates," a "home climate" is the safety, interpersonal relationships, teaching and learning practices, and surroundings of the home learning environment. A positive home climate is crucial for emotional and mental well-being, achievement and satisfaction.

Please register in advance by  CLICKING HERE!

TONIGHT!!!! 
Monday, April 13th 
6:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
Presenter: Brad Snyder
Executive Director @ Dion Initiative for Child Well-Being and Bullying Prevention
R. Bradley Snyder is the Executive Director of the Dion Initiative for Child Well-Being and Bullying Prevention, Chair of the Arizona Adverse Childhood Experiences Consortium, and a Commissioner on the Governor's Council on Child Safety and Family Empowerment. Brad brings to these positions three decades of experience managing projects targeting children and adolescents for clients ranging from Cartoon Network to the U.S. Justice Department (for whom his project won the Innovations in American Government Award from Harvard University). Experts describe Brad's book, The 5 Simple Truths of Raising Kids, as an "urgent 'must-read.'"

Not sure what to do about 
Parent Group elections this year? 
 
Click  HERE  for the Parent Group/Booster Election Guide. 
UPC Community Cares Award

In an uncertain world, one thing we can rely on is the incredible volunteer spirit here in PVSchools. We are amazed by all the wonderful things people are doing to help their families, neighbors and communities stay safe and healthy. UPC would like to recognize those that are going above and beyond at this time.

Do you know someone that has gone out of their way to help their community? We want to hear about it! Let us know what they are doing to help out now. You can also upload photos or videos of them in action.

This award is open to students, parents, teachers and staff that show the spirit of #PVFamily.
All nominees will be recognized on the United Parent Council's Facebook page and also at the next public Governing Board meeting.

Please submit a nomination  HERE!
Geri Morgan
Postponed until fall 2020: 
Geri L. Morgan 
Volunteer Award

United Parent Council's Geri L. Morgan Volunteer Award honors the strong example of service shown in life by late UPC member  Geri L. Morgan. In her memory, UPC annually recognizes a consummate  volunteer who has made an outstanding  contribution of service. Often it is that passionate, devoted, yet humble volunteer who is doing amazing things that benefit the entire school community. 

In order to give this award the preparation and recognition it truly deserves, UPC has decided to wait until the fall to seek nominations. At that time, we will ask for nominations for a volunteer who has gone above and beyond his or her school community. A recipient will be selected and publicly recognized at a Governing Board meeting. All nominees will receive a copy of their nomination letter.
Update:
UPC Teacher & Staff 
Appreciation Award

UPC is still going to recognize the nearly 500 teachers and staff members that were nominated for this award. All nominated teachers and staff members will receive their nominations via email. We still plan to recognize all nominees at a future Governing Board meeting. 
Please note important changes to meal distribution! 
- Beginning Monday, April 13, hours for our meal distribution sites will change to 
8 a.m. to 10 a.m. in order to help our families balance distance learning schedules.

-Based on changes from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Arizona Department of Education (ADE), starting Monday, April 13, families will be able to pick-up free meals without having children accompany them. Families will need to present student school-issued IDs, report cards, or answer verifying questions such as student's name, date of birth, or student ID number. 
PVSchools Information:

HERE is the District's COVID-19 Information Page

HERE is the District's FAQ Page regrading COVID-19 and PVSchools

HERE is the District's new Distance Learning Website

HERE is UPC's PV Community Resources Document

UPC Updates

HERE is what UPC has been up to during the COVID-19 School Closures 
May Monthly Meeting
Save the date for the last UPC meeting of the  19/20 school year! 
In keeping with UPC tradition, Dr. Welsh will present his first "Closing Bell Presentation!" He will provide highlight and updates from the 2019/2020 school year as well as information about preparation for the 2020/2021 school year! 

Wednesday, May 13th 
Virtual General Meeting  begins at 9:00 a.m.

Webex information will be shared prior to the meeting. 

Your participation is vital to the success of UPC and to supporting our students and PVSchools. 

Thank you for your support.  If you have any questions or suggestions, please email me at President@pvupc.org. 


Jessica M. Wani & the UPC Exec Team 
President 2019/2020
PV United Parent Council
 
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