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NEWS YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS...

Our PHS Video class made its annual trip to WFMZ!  Future news production team!

PHS Video Class

MORE VETERANS' DAY CELEBRATIONS!

On Friday, November 9, 2018, the Durham Nockamixon School Community was proud to recognize thirty nine Veterans!  Please click on the link below to view the celebrations (on google slides):

Durham Nockamixon Salutes Veterans!    


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HOLIDAYS ARE A TIME FOR GIVING!  
We have opportunities for you to help!

Palisades Giving Tree - set up in the main office at PHS - grab a tag and bring back the wrapped gift for one of our own students from across the district.  Many tags on this year's tree!  Deadline for returned gifts is December 19th so we will have time to distribute to the families.  Special thanks to Mrs. Berger and our counselors and nurses for helping to make the holidays brighter for families in our district!

Springfield Family Needs Your Help!  Let's Help the Macorts - this family has hit a bump in the road while dealing with a serious health condition.  Any of your help is deeply appreciated!  The friends of this family have organized this GOFUNDME fundraising effort on behalf of the family.  Thank you for your help!

ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE HOLIDAY CHEER!

It's that time of year again!  PALMS is collecting new and unwrapped toys for less fortunate children in our area. Collection boxes are located by the auditorium. Deadline for donations is December 10, 2018.  Thank you and have a wonderful holiday!


Safety and Security Panel

SPECIAL THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED AND ATTENDED OUR SAFETY AND SECURITY TOWN HALL MEETING:

Held on Tuesday, November 13th, we had a number of professionals from the mental health and family health industry, as well as law enforcement, including Matt Weintraub, District Attorney for Bucks County and local police.

School safety is the biggest issue facing schools in the region, across the state and nationally.  The open and frank discussion held before the Thanksgiving break, shed light on the challenges encountered by all of our panelists in their area of work.

Many resources are available to support mental health concerns and needs.  We have begun to assemble those resources for families.  Please click on this link for more information.  Mental Health and Crisis Resources

Overall, the common theme is "if you see something, say something."  In this way, we can all play a part in protecting our community and our schools from harm.  If you are concerned about a situation that may result in harm being done, please contact any school office 610-847-5131, ext. 4000 (district office), ext. 2000 (PHS), ext. 1000 (PALMS), ext. 3000 (Durham Nox), ext. 7000 (Tinicum) or ext. 6000 (Springfield).

If the situation needs immediate police action, please contact 911.  We all play a role in keeping our schools and our community safe.

At the beginning of the year, the state will be rolling out a tip line to report suspicious or concerning behavior as part of Act 44 (new legislation now in place to support increased school safety).  For more information about Act 44, please click on this link:  Website Powerpoint (Overview of Act 44).pdf

 

Also note that part of Act 44 includes grant funding for which schools can apply to further enhance safety and security in schools.  Thus far, we have been awarded $25,000 for programming related to mental health.  Attached is a synopsis of what the funding will be used for at Palisades.  Act 44 Grant Part A Board discussion.pdf

BOYS BASKETBALL TO PLAY OPENER AT THE WELLS FARGO CENTER!

This past summer the Boys Basketball team was able to secure a game on December 10th at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. We are hoping to run a student fan bus, but it will be dependent upon interest. The game ticket cost $26 and the students will need spending money. The students will return after the Palisades basketball game. The deadline to sign-up for the fan bus is Wednesday, December 5th. Students should stop by the Athletic Office, if they are interested.

GIRLS BASKETBALL SEASON BEGINS - GO PIRATES!

The teams are selling magnets as a fundraiser - the cost is $6.00

Please contact Coach Hibbler directly:
610-577-5832

** Note, there are some available the HS athletic office for people to purchase.

girls basketball magnets


Lastly, exciting news...Opening night is quicky approaching. Friday, December 7, 2018

MS vs Brandywine at 4pm/5pm
Varsity vs Quakertown at 6:15pm

Both games are being played at home at the high school.

SIGN UP FOR THE SAFESTOP TRANSPORTATION APP TO GET UP TO THE MINUTE BUS INFO:

Click HERE for information about how to download our new transportation app with SAFESTOP.  You will receive updates regarding delays or other important information about your child's bus once you load the app and subscribe.  The app is available to download starting now!  Any questions, please contact Gerry Giarratana or call 610-847-5131, ext. 5002.

School Board News

UPCOMING SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS:
  • Budget Presentation (2nd of 3) - PHS Library 6PM on Monday, December 3rd
  • Board Reorganization/Regular School Board Meeting - PHS Library 7PM on Monday, December 3rd
  • Facilities Committee Meeting - PHS Audion 6:30PM on Wednesday, December 5th
  • Athletics Committee Meeting - PHS Audion 7:30PM on Wednesday, December 5th
  • Education Programs and Services Committee Meeting - NO DECEMBER MEETING
  • Fiscal Oversight Committee Meeting - District Office 9AM on Monday, December 17th
  • Policy Committee Meeting - PHS Admin. Conf. Room 5:30PM on Wednesday, December 19th
  • Budget Presentation (3rd of 3) - PHS Library 6PM on Wednesday, December 19th
  • Regular School Board Meeting - PHS Library 7PM on Wednesday, December 19th
  • Joint Operating Committee - UBCTS Conf. Room 7PM on Thursday, December 20th

PLEASE NOTE: The budget presentations represent requests that may or may not be approved as part of the final budget. These preliminary requests may not be funded as part of the final budget-the budget can come down, but may not increase after presented to the Board.


PALISADES COMMUNITY SCHOOL CLASSES FORMING NOW

Click HERE for all the information you need to join one of our many classes - registration and course descriptions (on the calendar links)!  For a complete listing of classes - Community School Classes 2018-19.pdf - email dholmes@palisadessd.org for registration.

UPCOMING:
Soap Felting - 12/1/18
Healing and Bereavement Workshops - several
Tri Loom Weaving - 12/8/18
Making a Holiday Wreath - 12/8/18

ONGOING:
Fitness Center
Driver Training
Volleyball
Country Line Dancing


PACT Logo

STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS...Join us on February 4th, when our guest speaker will be Lauren Verbilla, Director of Family Services for Penn Foundation.  Lauren served as one of our panels earlier this month and has agreed to come back to PHS in February to discuss mental health awareness!

VAPING - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:  The attached is a brief presentation put together by Mrs. Christman, an active member of PACT regarding vaping - information guaranteed to surprise and alarm you.  Check it out!  Vaping.pdf


GET STARTED ON HOLIDAY SHOPPING! SEE FLYER LINKED IN E-FRIDAY FOLDER FOR TINICUM'S HOLIDAY MARKET ON DECEMBER 1:

Join us at the Tinicum Holiday Market on Saturday, December 1st from 9am to 2pm.  This merry event offers a holiday shopping area in the All-Purpose Room with a mix of craft, boutique, artisan, and small business vendors, a sweets ‘Cakewalk’, ‘DIY Make or Take’ holiday crafts, festive raffles, special musical performances, as well as a family lunch area with home-made soups and treats.  Please see the attached flyer in the E-Friday Folder section for additional information. 

Learn more about our vendors and raffles, see samples of the ‘DIY Make or Take’ holiday crafts, view our musical performance schedules, and much more, at the Tinicum Elementary School PTA Facebook page.

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR MUSICIANS!

The Palisades High School Band Boosters will be Hosting a Christmas Basket Raffle on December 6, 2018 in the Lobby Outside the Auditorium Before the Winter Concert.  Please Come Out Early and Show Your Support of Our Amazing Young Musicians!

Enjoy the sounds of the season...our high school's traditional winter concert will be held on Thursday, December 6th at 7PM.

Christmas Basket Raffle

Good luck to the PHS Marching Band who will be participating tomorrow in a competition at Governor Mifflin HS and then traveling to J. Birney Crum Stadium for the National Championships!  GO PIRATES!

MORE MUSIC NEWS...

Jaime Patterson  Julia Costello
David Marks  Ash Foster

Last week, four PHS students traveled to Upper Merion High School to audition for PMEA District 11 chorus. We are happy and proud to report that Jaime Patterson, Julia Costello, and David Marks were all chosen to participate in the festival to be held in February at Wissahickon High School. Ash Foster is an alternate. Congrats to these students for an outstanding performance! 

On another note: Based on her PMEA All-State performance last school year,  Julia Costello was chosen to be a member of the NAfME All-Eastern Women's Chorus, which will take place in Pittsburgh, PA in April of 2019. Congratulations to Julia! 


 E-FRIDAY FOLDER FOR THIS WEEK: Click Here for E-Friday Folder

Gingerbread decorations

Live Nativity

Holiday Cookie Sale

CLICK ON THIS LINK FOR EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AT PSD:  EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Pottery Bowls
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