FROM THE PRINCIPAL:
First and foremost, in a school year that has been chock-full of transitions for our students as well as us, I hope you make time for some rest and relaxation (as well as reading) during our Spring Break. Read to and with your child and have them read to you. Make it fun! Find high interest stories, online articles, or other pieces of literature for children to enjoy. Make sure to emphasize the joy in reading. This will ultimately help your child transition back to school as we hit our "final stretch" of the 2020-21 school year. My point here is simple. Make time for reading. Regulate and balance device use and screen time. Enjoy the outdoors. This will make Spring Break healthy and enjoyable for you and your children.
The parking lot procedures continue to work well overall, as we are cleared out with all students in vehicles on their way home between 3:12 and 3:16 PM daily. Remember to follow procedures and most notably, drive attentively and patiently to make sure pedestrians and bike riders are safe. We are encouraging bike riding and walking to finish the school year. As our Safe Routes to Schools studies indicated, this is better for our students and makes for a more efficient and safe dismissal. More specifically, following Spring Break, we return to our dismissal practice of dismissing walkers and bike riders at 3:00 PM sharp. Students who are being picked up in personal vehicles will be dismissed at 3:03 PM. Our preschool PM classes will continue to dismiss at 3:10 PM.
When we transition back on March 22nd, we will be moving forward with learning and starting to focus and prepare students for different end of the year assessments. We will start with MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) testing the two weeks following Spring Break for third through sixth grades. This information will help tell us where each learner is and how we can map out the remainder of the year successfully for their learning in math and literacy (reading, writing, speaking, and listening). Then, we will be preparing for FAST (reading fluency) assessments for kindergarten through sixth grades as well as ISASP (formerly, ITBS...now Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress) testing later in April and May. How can you help? Consistent bedtimes, adequate rest, and clear expectations for responsible learning (homework checks, communications with teachers to clarify, etc.) will greatly help your child be successful at school. Remember, we are entering a period of time (and perhaps anticipating "more than usual") where outdoor activities begin, so make time to balance all of this while keeping school and family as priorities for your child.
Wishing you all well this Spring Break and as we transition back on March 22nd!
Tony Hiatt Bridgeview Elementary Principal | Pleasant Valley CSD
MAP Testing: The spring window for MAP testing is March 22-April 8, 2021. Click here for more information on what MAP testing means for your student!
Meals Available for At-Home Learners: Starting next week, we will have meals available for 100% online learners. Meals will be available every Monday from 10:00 am – 11:00 am. You’ll pick up all your meals for the entire week. You must fill out this food service form every week by Monday at 6:00am to register for the meals. Meals are currently free because of a government program.
Work at PV!: Ever thought of joining the PV Team? We have a bunch of jobs open right now from teaching positions to nurses to support staff to food service. Apply here.
PV Foundation Golf Outing: Join us for a wonderful day of golf and support scholarships for PV Seniors. On April 26, the PV Foundation will hold its annual Golf Outing at Palmer Hills. We’d love to see you there or have you sponsor a hole. Click here for information on the PVEF Golf Outing.
FROM THE PTA
Our next PTA Meeting will be April 8th at 7 pm.
· We will be voting to pass our Bylaws that were reviewed at our March 4th meeting.
· We will be voting for member positions on the board. Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary are up for re-election this year! *you have to be an active PTA member to vote, get a hold of Becky if you have any questions*
ATHLETIC & ACTIVITIES
PV Youth Preseason Baseball: A clinic is being held on Sunday, March 21st at PVHS Baseball Field. It is for 8-14 year olds. Click this link for more information about PV Youth Preseason Baseball.
Bettendorf Parks and Recreation: SUMMER REGISTRATION FOR ALL PROGRAMS OPENS MONDAY, MARCH 15TH! Click Here to Register for all your favorite summer activities – Day Camp (5-12yr), Swimming Lessons (8mo.+), Deep Water Aerobics (13-Adult), Tennis Lessons & Camps (5-18yr), Golf Lessons & Clinics (8-Adult), Tot Lot Camp (3-5yr), Sports and Games Camp (6-12yr), and your favorite – Summer Playgrounds (5-12yr)!
Bettendorf Parks and Recreation: Dee Dee’s Tumbling Program – Students will learn fine motor skills building on overall body coordination while developing self-esteem and confidence in a positive and safe environment. Six participants per class. Classes for 2.5-4yr olds, 5-7yr olds, and 8-13yr olds. Sessions are 4-weeks long, meet every Wednesday at 4:10pm, 5:10pm, 6:10pm, or 7:10pm. Classes are 50minutes long. Coached by Dee Dee’s Tumbling, a staff with 35 years of experience! Sessions Start March 17, April 21, May 19, and June 16 – register early as spots fill very quickly! All classes are held at the Life Fitness Center, Cost $65, Click Here to Register Today!
Bettendorf Parks and Recreation is HIRING for all summer positions! Apply TODAY at www.bettendorf.org/jobs We are looking for Recreation Program Leads, Palmer Grill Restaurant Servers and Cooks, and Splash Landing Lifeguards, Admission Clerks, and Assistant Managers!
LeClaire Youth T-ball, Softball and Baseball: Registration is open until MARCH 31st for Pre-K through 12th grades. To register online or for more information, visit: www.leclaireyouthball.com
Quad City Hockey Association: Learn more about learning to play hockey at this link.