UPC brings parents from across the district together to enhance the PVSchools experience! 

*UPC is independent form PVUSD and information posted in this newsletter does not represent the views of the Paradise Valley Unified School District.*
November Monthly Meeting
From Academics to Arts, PV Schools offers world-class programs in academics, specialized learning, language immersion, self-contained classrooms, performing arts, career readiness, and more in Pre-K through 12th grade.

In a fast-paced world of specialties, with the many individualized interests and needs of our children, we strive to give them the best opportunities for their future, searching to find what will give them the support and extra tools to maximize their potential and happiness. Join us to learn of the variety of celebrated signature programs offered at your home school and at neighboring schools right here within the Paradise Valley Unified School District, as well as the well-round education taught in all classrooms, and learn how to apply or enroll now for next year, or to begin on the path for upper-grade programs.

Wednesday, November 18th
UPC General Meeting 4:00pm
Programming 4:30pm

Please register in advance HERE to receive the zoom link!
View the Facebook Event HERE and click "Going"!
We know you have a LOT of questions!
In an effort to make our meetings as efficient as possible we are sharing the meeting agenda, meeting minutes and proposed budget in advance to allow everyone to review in advance of the meeting.  We are also asking that any questions for Dr. Welsh be submitted in advance using this Google Form.
Please submit your questions by 10:00AM on Wednesday 11/18.

The Agenda for the November 18th meeting can be found HERE
The 2020-2021 UPC Budget can be viewed HERE..
Meeting Minutes from the October 14th General Meeting can be HERE
*Meeting slides and Committee Updates - Please note slides shared during live meeting will be an abridged version! Full Slides can be found HERE
The Gifted Committee and PVSchools' Gifted Education Department have been working together to bring parents information about the variety of gifted programs available in the district. Previous presentations can be watched on UPC's YouTube Channel:
CREST Program, click HERE!
Digital Learning Center (DLC at Sunrise Middle School), click HERE!
Journey at Mountain Trail Middle School, click HERE!
North Valley Arts Academy (NVAA), click HERE!

Upcoming Presentation
(Please note this has been rescheduled!)
Tuesday, December 8, 2020- Early Childhood Programs:
Gifted Preschool & Self-Contained Gifted Kindergarten.
Presentation begins at 6pm.
Please register in advance here: https://tinyurl.com/PV-PreK-SCGK-Nov17

All Presentations will be done virtually on Zoom, Live Streamed to the UPC Facebook Page and recorded for playback on both UPC Facebook Video & PVUPC YouTube Channels- https://www.YouTube.com/c/PVUPC/. Please join us for these events!

For more information click HERE!
Learn more about the many Gifted Programs available in PVSchools HERE! .

The Gifted testing schedule is already printed for the SPRING! The Gifted Department is working on a new remote (ONLINE) version to use to test students in case they are not on campus. You can view the testing schedule at http://pvschools.net/Gifted.
Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs offer an amazing educational experience for students! PVSchools offers a wide variety of different programs at all five high schools. You can view a list of CTE Programs available at each school HERE. A representative from West-MEC will be joining us to highlight the West-MEC Central Programs available to our PVSchools students as well. 
Click HERE to register in advance and then you will receive an email with the link.
Please click HERE to view the Facebook Event and clock "Going!" 
Positive Behavior Support

Jon Bowen, PVUSD District SEL Specialist, and Erin Smith, PV Special Education Department, will discuss Positive Behavior strategies at home and school. Families will receive easy to implement strategies to use at home, as well as, learn what strategies are used in PV SchoolsThis virtual presentation is open to all families and will benefit parents of children of all ages!

Virtual link information to come. If you would like to be emailed the link, please send an email to specialed@pvupc.org.
Thanksgiving Meals for
Palomino Intermediate

Our friends at PVUSD's Palomino Intermediate School need some helping putting together Thanksgiving meals to make sure all of their students are able to enjoy a nice holiday meal with their families. Can your school commit to providing for 5 families? Or can each person reading this see if you can sign up for 1 item? Please check out this SignUpGenius and sign up for whatever you are able to donate. Items will be collected through Thursday, 11/19. 
Items can be dropped off at:
  1. Desert Shadows Middle School (5858 E. Sweetwater). There is a box outside of the office.
  2. UPC Representative's Residence at 19226 N 39th Way (40th St and Union Hills). There is a box by the front door.

Contact programming@pvupc.org for additional drop-off locations.
Support Roadrunner School!
Roadrunner School is a highly specialized program for K-12 students who are eligible to receive services for social, emotional, and/or behavioral needs. Many of the students are not able to purchase items for their families for the holidays. Most of their population is high need and low socioeconomic so their parents are not able to help. Roadrunner's unique K-12 self contained special education school allows for students to earn points to "purchase" gifts for their families. This is a lesson for them to learn about giving to others.
Roadrunner's school store needs a variety of items for children to adults. We welcome ANY new items that you would like to donate, even if it's not on this list of ideas. Some items may also be used for our daily store where students can shop. You can also drop new items off at: Roadrunner School
Phone number: ‪602-449-2600‬

Visit Roadrunner's Amazon Wishlist HERE!
Project SEARCH!

PVSchools is now participating in Project SEARCH! Project SEARCH is a national organization with the goal of "Preparing young people with significant disabilities for success in competitive integrated employment." Special Education students from PV high schools have the opportunity to be interns at Mayo Clinic and learn valuable job skills. They need a little help from the community as they get the program started.

  • The students are not able to get lunch at school due to the program's schedule. We want to make sure these students have hearty lunch available to them before they begin working everyday. You can purchase lunch items off this Amazon Wishlist! Items include: Chef Boyardee Microwave Meals, Mac n Cheese for Microwave, Ramen Noodles, Hot Pockets, Frozen Pizza, Peanut Butter and Jelly.
  • The students also need professional clothing. They will take anything (for future interns to use), but here is the size list for the current interns:

-Solid colored ties
-Shirt sizes Medium, Large, and X-large
-Pants: 32x32, 36x34, 40x42
-Shoes: 8.5, and 9

-Shirts: Medium
-Pants: size 9
-Shoes: 7

They can also use professional blazers/jackets for both men and women.
***Gift cards are also appreciated (especially Target)! They do have a new skills trainer that will help them purchase what they need (basic undergarments, socks, makeup, etc, to complete the professional appearance)

If you are able to help or have any questions, please email Deb Kozak at specialed@pvupc.org.
Scout & Cellar® clean-crafted™ wines offer a variety of reds, whites, bubbles, spritzers & mixables from around the world and delivered to YOUR doorstep.

ALL Scout & Cellar® wines adhere to their clean-crafted™ mission = NO added sugars, NO added sulfites, NO chemicals, NO synthetics or pesticides! 100% satisfaction guarantee.

1 - Shop & order through the dedicated UPC Tasting URL.
There is a different link each month: Please use this link to place your order
Please share URL link with family & friends!
2 - Get clean-crafted™ Scout & Cellar™ wines delivered to your doorstep (and make great gifts to friends, family and co-workers)!
3 – Feel great knowing that 10%+ of ALL UPC orders are donated to PV Schools’ Education Foundation each month to support students and staff.
January Monthly Meeting and Programming
Meeting topics will be announced soon so stay tuned!
PVSchools Resources for Families:

HERE is the District's COVID-19 Information Page

HERE is the District's FAQ Page regrading the Reopening of PVSchools

HERE is UPC's List of Health and Wellness Resources 

Visit PV Assist HERE for technical support for online learning. 

View the District's list of Resources for FamiliesEnglish and Español

UPC Updates
HERE is what UPC has been up to during the COVID-19 School Closures 
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 2020/2021
PV United Parent Council 
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