Pleasant Valley
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Bridgeview Back to School Center

Posted August 1st, 2017

We are thrilled to get the 2017-18 school year underway!  This is your one-stop shop for all things back to school.  Enjoy the rest of your summer and we’ll see you soon!

Important Dates

August 18:           Classroom assignments posted on Infinite Campus Portal. ***Don’t have a Portal account?  Contact Susan Parks at 563-332-5550
August 21:           5:00pm New Family Welcome
August 21:           5:30pm Meet and Greet
August 23:           8:30am First Day of School
August 30:           1:30pm Early Dismissal
August 30:           Strive for Less Than Five Challenge Day
September 4:       No School, Labor Day
September 4:       Run with Carl
September 7:       Fall Picture Day

For a full calendar of events, click here.

Meet and Greet Night, Monday, August 21!

We’re ready to get back into the classroom and hope you are, too!  On Monday, August 21, come and see your new classroom and meet your new teacher and classmates!  Starting at 5:00pm, we invite families new to Bridgeview to come to the school to get a look around.  We’ll meet in the new library!  Then, from  5:30pm to 6:15pm, all students and parents are welcome to unpack backpacks!  If you bought school supplies through the PTA, they’ll be waiting for you.   You’ll also be able to deposit money into meal accounts, finish up any registration forms and pick up the valuable 2017-18 calendar.  See you on the 21st!

From the Principal: 

Welcome to the 2017-18 school year at Bridgeview Elementary! We look forward to our partnership with you to ensure your child(ren) have a successful year.

Enrollment again promises to be strong with approximately 340 students in grades K-6 and an additional 60 students assigned to the PK and T2K classrooms.

We strongly recommend parents support your child(ren) and school by joining the Bridgeview PTA. This is a vibrant group of supporters that help contribute greatly to making Bridgeview a special place to learn and grow!

The first day of the new school year for students in grades 1-6 is scheduled for Wednesday, August 23.  Kindergarten students will begin the year with a staggered start on either August 23, 24, or 25th based upon phone notification from the school office on Monday, August 15.  All kindergarten and T2K students will come to school on Monday, August 28.

Please remember our pick-up and drop off procedures that were revised last year to improve student safety and balance with safety with reasonable traffic flow at busy times in the school day. All vehicles entering the Bridgeview parking lot will do so from Davenport Street at the intersection of 12th and Davenport.  Vehicles leaving Bridgeview will be able to continue straight on 12th Street or turn right onto Davenport.  Students walking to Bridgeview (or riding bikes) toward the front of the building must use the crosswalk at 12th and Davenport or the new sidewalk to the east of the parking lot.

On behalf of our entire staff, thanks in advance for your commitment to excellence for each and every child at our school. We look forward to working together and welcome the opportunity to work with you to maximize each child’s learning potential.

Enjoy the remainder of your summer and see you soon!

Sincerely,

Tony Hiatt, Bridgeview Principal

Parking Lot Procedures:  

Getting back into the school routine can be tough.  Remind yourself of the pick up/drop off procedures at Bridgeview.  Click here for the parking lot procedures.

Bus Rules:  

Many of our students ride a bus to get to school.  Click here for a reminder of the expectations we have for our exceptional bus riders. 

School Supplies:  Click here for a complete list.

Food Service

Want to know what’s for lunch today?  Click here for breakfast and lunch menus!  You can also download an app to keep track of it all on your phone!  Plus, our site lets you look at the nutritional values of every item on our healthy menus!  Pretty cool!

School Meal Prices:
Elementary Breakfast $1.65
Junior High & High School Breakfast $1.80
Elementary Lunch $2.45
Junior High Lunch $2.55
High School Lunch $2.85-$3.10

To add money via credit card to your student’s food service account, use your Infinite Campus Parent Portal. Communications for low food service balances will be sent to the parent/guardian email address(es) that the school has on file. Click here for a reminder about our meal charge policy, including how much students can charge and when you’ll be alerted for having a negative balance.

Free and Reduced Application:  New this year, we are introducing an online free and reduced application process to reduce paper and save you time.  Please see the below instructions on beginning your student’s 2017-2018 Free and Reduced Application.

  • To begin your Online free and reduced application, please log into your Parent Portal Account here.  (If you do not have an account please call our Administration Center at 563-332-5550.)
    • Please note that Free and Reduced application must be accessed from the Portal website link above; it is not available through the Portal Mobile App.
  • Once logged in, click the link for “Applications/Forms” on the left
  • Select “Click to start meal benefit application”

After your application has been processed you will receive notification in your parent portal inbox.

If you are unable to complete the online application please click on the link http://pleasval.org/free-and-reduced-meal-information/

Snacks: If you’re bringing in a treat for a classroom, remember the Spartan Safe Snack list.  We only allow items on the list in our classrooms to make sure all treats are safe for all students.  We appreciate your help to keep all our students healthy!

If you have questions about our Food Service Program, please contact Food Service Director, Andrea Mahler, at 563-332-5550 or mahlerandrea@pleasval.k12.ia.us

 

New Faculty and Staff

Join us in welcoming new faculty and staff to the Bridgeview Family:

Emma Hubner – Art

Strive for Less Than Five

This year, the Pleasant Valley Community School District is teaming up with school districts across the Quad Cities and the United Way to increase attendance.  We encourage you to watch this one-minute video below about the mission and importance of having students at school every day.  We’re hoping you’ll help us break attendance records on Wednesday, August 30.  We’re challenging every student to come to school to get the year started off right!

 Don’t Miss a Thing!

In an emergency, PV will send you notices via text and phone calls.  Information you give us during registration automatically signs you up for emergency phone calls.  But, if you want texts, too, you need to sign up. Click here to manage your preferences. Sign in and click on the Contacts Tab.  Your name will pop up, then click edit and make sure your information is correct!  (can’t remember your sign in?  Click “forgot password” on the home page.  If you have any questions, contact our Communications Director at marsounbeth@pleasval.k12.ia.us)

Pleasant Valley schools send out an email every week with important dates, events, and community opportunities.  It’s called the #SpartanNation and it’s unique to every school.  Make sure you check your in-boxes every Friday afternoon, so you don’t miss a thing!

To assure that your email provider will not block email communications, please add this email address to your safe senders list: enews@pleasval.k12.ia.us. Pleasant Valley will not give email lists to anyone outside of the district. If you do not have access to email, information is available in the school office.

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Run with Carl

Support the Pleasant Valley Educational Foundation and Run with Carl.  The 5k, 5 mile and kids run is Labor Day, September 4, 2017 at the Life Fitness Center.  The races start at 7:30am and every dollar raised from registration fees goes directly to the PVEF and the Bettendorf Community Schools Foundation.  The PVEF provides scholarships for seniors, awarding 80 scholarships in 2017.  Six PVHS seniors received scholarships in 2017 thanks to proceeds from Run with Carl! Register NOW at www.runwithcarl.com.

Celebrating 2017!

Posted May 31st, 2017

Thank you to the students, faculty, staff, parents, and community members who made 2016-17 such a great year!  Enjoy the pictures below from the last few days of school!

Bridgeview

Bridgeview students spent the last Friday before the end of the year celebrating a great year by visiting several stations with their school family groups.

Cody

Cody students celebrated the last day of school with a field day!

Hopewell

Hopewell students enjoyed the beautiful day, playing outside on the last day of school!

Pleasant View

Pleasant View students spoke about what they liked best this year and what they expect to achieve next year, before getting a send-off from faculty and staff.

Riverdale Heights

Riverdale Heights students watched the faculty versus 6th grade kickball game and took a school picture for Will Kohn.

Pleasant Valley Junior High

Students spent the last day of school writing letters to future 7th graders and some got to play a game of kick ball!

Reading Under the Big Top at Bridgeview

Posted April 21st, 2017

Thank you to Bridgeview students Addie Stoerau, Katelyn Kiefer, Brooklyn Gowan and Tommy Jeffries for wrtiting this article.  Addie and Katelyn covered Kindergarten through 2nd Grade and Brooklyn and Tommy covered 3rd through 6th Grades.  Students covered the themed reading week at Bridgeivew, as students worked on literacy with a circus theme.

Kindergarten

The kids are working on sight words and the syllables in each word. The kids are saying each syllable out loud and throwing beanbags into a hula hoop for a fun educational game. With Mrs.Huffman they are stacking cups into a triangle if they say the words correctly. With Mrs.Brown they are working on speed reading and how to say each word. In Mrs. Kurige’rs group, the kids are working on saying words correctly.


1st Grade

First graders are working on their fluency by reading from a book, ¨Let´s go to the circus!¨. They then played a game much like the kindergarteners, saying the word from on the cup and stacking it into a pyramid.

2nd Grade

2nd graders are working on their fluency. They are reading tongue twister poems and continual poems. They played tongue twister tic-tac toe, a game where you read the paragraph and if you say it without mistakes you put your x or o on that spot.

3rd-6th Grade

Bridgeview is going wild like the lions under the big top of their reading circus fun. In W.I.N. Time this week, Bridgeview students have been practicing fluency at the circus. Teachers have been preparing the students for the end of year reading tests. Students have been working on things such as punctuation, expression, accuracy and rate, and phrasing. They have read all about circus fun facts and things about fairs too.

Students have enjoyed reading and learning about the circus along with fun activities to get them more excited about reading. The students have rode on “rollercoasters” with Mrs. Brown, had a reading bean bag toss with Ms. Heiselman, tic-tac-toe with Mr. Seamer, bubble pop with Mrs. Peterson and circus poems with Mr. Beausoleil. The activities all resemble fun at the circus while the students are learning, too. Bridgeview has definitely enjoyed fun at the circus and are ready to read.

The pictures directly below were taken by Bridgeview ELP students.

Sharing a Love of Reading at Bridgeview

Posted February 24th, 2017

Learning to read and loving to read can bring together students of all ages.  In February, 3rd Grade students read to preschoolers at Bridgeview.  The 3rd graders are working on inflection and fluency and this gives them a chance to practice those skills to students who love stories!  Way to go team!

Writing Code from Scratch

Posted January 31st, 2017

 

Students across the District are experimenting with computer coding.  In December, more than 100 3rd grade students stayed at school after an early dismissal to participate in an Hour of Code.  In February, 4th Graders will do the same thing.

In Mrs. Kress’s 5th Grade ELP class, students design their own animations and games using computer code.  They log into a website called Scratch.  It’s a free program that guides students through the coding process.

Students love it.  Mrs. Kress says many of her students ask to work on their games or animations at home. The process of coding helps students think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively, which are all essential skills for life in the 21st century.

“It helps me see when something goes wrong and that I have to go back and fix  it,” one of the students said.

Scratch is free, so go ahead and try it out for yourself!

Student Artists Shine at PTA Reflections Ceremony

Posted January 18th, 2017

 

Pleasant Valley students showed off their skills at the PTA Reflections Awards Ceremony on Thursday, January 12, 2017.  This program continues to grow.  This year, PV had 249 entries from  198 students!

The PTA Reflections contest is a nationwide contest to support Arts Education. Students create their projects on their own time and submit artwork in six different catagories:  dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts.  The work is judged by adult artists and each student receives a critique.  At the ceremony, all work is on display as each student is individually recognized for his or her creation.

Special thank you to co-chairs, Denise McGregor and Tosha Allen, as well as the chairs at each individual school:  Leta Rose (Bridgeview) Amy Hartz (Cody), Sharon Tinsman (Hopewell), Angela Brand (Pleasant View), Tosha Allen (Riverdale Heights), Kathleen Fitzgerald (PVJH), Shawn Rice (Edison Academy) and Jennifer Krier (PVHS).

 

 

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