Forest Grove #SpartanNation October 1, 2021

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Early Dismissal:  Wednesday, October 6th, PV elementary schools dismiss at 1:30pm


LeClaire Road Closure Beginning on October 4th:   Beginning on October 4th and continuing through November 5th, Wisconsin Street between 15th Street and North 26th Street will be closed.  The detour for this section will be to utilize North 26th Street, 15th Street and Holland Street.  This will be the first of seven phases on Wisconsin Street and 35th Street to prepare for the new roundabout intersection in front of Pleasant Valley Junior High.  We will continue to communicate road closures impacted over the course of the school year.  Please see this map for this Phase One closure.  


October is Bullying Prevention Month.  Pleasant Valley Schools will continue to work with students, staff, families, and the community to prevent bullying by talking about it, building a safe school environment, and creating a community-wide bullying prevention strategy. While being bully-free and supporting friendships is our work every single day of the school year, during the month of October our students, faculty, and staff will be intentional in our focus!  To kick off the month, elementary students will enjoy a performance from one of our local arts organizations: Ballet Quad Cities! These visiting artists will dance the story of "Dorothy Goes to Oz: A Tale of Friendship and Teamwork". In this story of unlikely friendships, students will see how friends can commit to working together to achieve a common goal.  To allow for social distancing, some students will watch the performance live-streamed to their classroom.


Cognitive Abilities Test:  On October 11 - 15, the district will be administering the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Screener to all 3rd and 5th grade students.  This annual assessment looks at students’ abilities in the areas of Verbal (Analogies, Word Play), Quantitative (Number Patterns), and NonVerbal (Patterns).  The CogAT Screener takes about 30-40 minutes to complete.  If your child meets the score requirements on the CogAT Screener, they will be asked to complete the Full CogAT test later date in October.

Pleasant Valley uses this data to look at the district as a whole, as well as for advanced placement opportunities and enrichment for identified students.  We also use the CogAT Screener as a data point for placement in the district's Extended Learning Program (ELP). 


Student Hunger Drive Starts!  TONIGHT our Pleasant Valley Spartans will be facing the Bettendorf Bulldogs in not only football but in Fill-the-Truck! This is a friendly competition with Bettendorf to see who can collect the most cans and money for the Student Hunger Drive. Please bring non-perishable goods and/or money to donate and help us support our local community! The game is at Bettendorf.  Look for more ways to donate in the coming weeks!



Fall Frenzy: Thank you to all who planned, executed, and participated in the event! It was a huge success and we couldn't have done it without you! Additional communications coming soon on fundraising totals and which school improvement initiatives we will be supporting with those funds.


School Apparel: A new apparel web store will be available Monday, 10/4 through Sunday, 10/10.  The store will feature some of the products from our first campaign, as well as exciting new options for the entire family! Additional information will be shared via the PTA website and facebook page soon. 


Meetings: Our next meeting will be Tuesday, 10/19 @ 6pm in the school library.  We are working with the school to provide a virtual option. In the meantime, please complete this quick survey to share your feedback on how we can improve your PTA meeting experience. 


Box Tops: Help earn money for our school by using the Box Tops app! Click here to review how it all works, and then here to download the app and get started today! Each Box Top is worth $.10, which adds up fast! Our school ID is 9683841. Use the referral code HP9S3EQ1 when you sign up to get 20 Bonus Box Tops when you scan your first receipt now through 5/29/22.   



Cheer Clinic:  Click here to learn about the clinic and performance at halftime of the PV game on October 8.


PV Youth Basketball Clinic:  Join us for a skill session on October 16.  Learn more here.



Donate Blankets: PV is partnering with Bettendorf Rotary to provide an “Acre of Warmth” to local people in need. New or gently used blankets in any size can be donated now through October 31st. Drop boxes are available outside the main office at both PVJH and PVHS. Blankets will be donated to local homeless shelters and other agencies that provide assistance to QC families. Thank you for helping keep our fellow Quad Citizens warm this winter! Questions? Contact Joe Campion at 563-343-7861.