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IN COVID NEWS...THE PA DEPT. OF HEALTH HAS SET UP A HUB FOR VACCINATION REQUESTS: Click on this link for more information - COVID Vaccines
REMINDER TO...

Kindly notify our nurses of any COVID-related developments at covidnurse@palisadessd.org - this is extremely important and allows us the opportunity to quickly perform a case investigation and execute the necessary follow up if as a positive case is reported.  
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TRINITY WILLIAMS SCORES 1000 CAREER POINTS!

On Saturday, January 9th, Trinity Williams scored 41 points versus Brandywine HS and became a 1000 point scorer in Girls Basketball. GO PIRATES!!!

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UPCOMING SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS THIS MONTH:
01/20/21 - Fiscal Oversight Committee 6PM - join by phone - 1 320-400-3259 PIN: 148529703
01/20/21 - Regular School Board Meeting 7PM - join by phone - 1 505-738-3077 PIN: 614740713
 01/21/21-JOC Meeting-UBCTS 8PM

 01/27/21-Facilities Committee 6:30pm

JANUARY IS SCHOOL BOARD RECOGNITION MONTH!
January is designated School Director Recognition Month – a time for us to celebrate and recognize the challenging and vital work boards do on behalf of our students, schools and families.

On average, school directors devote up to 10 hours per month to the complex responsibilities of board business, including adopting policy, voting on budgets, evaluating school security issues and reviewing hiring decisions. The impact of the coronavirus pandemic has added an additional challenge to school boards, as they determine how best to provide for the needs of students and their families in this new environment. From navigating virtual board meetings to supplying students with needed food and technology and during remote instruction, boards were tasked with making critical decisions quickly with the best information available.

Board service is an unpaid position, and the majority of school directors cite their desire to give back or contribute to public education as the main motivation for their service. As locally elected officials, school directors are invested in their communities. They are our neighbors, friends, local leaders, parents and engaged citizens.

During this month designated for recognizing these public servants, please take a moment to express your gratitude for school directors’ time and efforts year-round on behalf of our communities. The job they do ensures our schools continue to provide opportunities for success for every student, even during unprecedented circumstances. Thank them for advocating on behalf of our collective interest and for the benefit of our children.
We are so thankful for your immeasurable dedication and commitment to our students and residents of the Palisades community!
REGION 1 - Bridgeton/Tinicum: Directors Freeman, Hallowell and LeBlanc
REGION 2 - Durham/Nockamixon/Riegelsville: Directors Haubert (Treasurer), Vandergast (Vice President) and Ott
REGION 3 - Springfield: Directors Fumo, Grochowiak, and Musantry (President)
MLK Clothing Drive
PHS STAND UP TO SILENCE CLOTHING DRIVE:
To recognize Martin Luther King Jr. National Day Of Service, PHS Stand Up To Silence Club is collecting gently used clothing to be donated in support of NOVA and A Woman's Place. On Tuesday Jan.19th collection bins will be available for students and faculty outside the athletic office. Community members who would like to donate on Tuesday can do so in bins located outside the high school in front of the main office. Clothes should be bagged.

REMINDER...TRANSPORTATION AND FOOD SERVICE UPDATES:

Transportation:

1. New bus schedules will be sent out through school messenger on January 18th, effective January 26th. This will be for all buses, all schools, all students, all routes.

2. New seat assignments, and a new seat number system, will also begin on January 26th.

3. On future virtual days, AM & PM Vo Tech students will be provided home to school, and school to home transportation. (No more drop spots). Routing is underway.
4. Due to reasons beyond our control, the parent App  NxStop will cease operations and terminate the free use of their app effective January 15th. 

Food Service: 

1. Back door breakfast & lunch meals are distributed for 7 days, on Mondays and Wednesdays. However, due to school closure we will not be distributing on Monday the 18th, and Monday the 25th. On those weeks, we will be handing out extra meals on the prior Wednesday.

2. All families are able to pick up meals for remote learning students. Pre-K through 18yrs. We also are providing food for all Charter school and non-public school students. 
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PALMS ONLINE MUSICAL - FREE FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT!

Please join us as Palisades Middle School presents their annual musical in a new, digital format! The Mystery of Custodia: An Online Musical is a comedic whodunit, following an amateur sleuth and her fellow classmates as they tackle the mysterious disappearance of Janitor Humphrey and Lunch Lady Linda. With a lot of laughs and a lot of heart, this musical is bound to brighten your spirits (as it has our students!).

We have two talented cast lists this year, and with the show being fast-paced (and free to watch!), you should check out them both! A cast list is located here

The Mystery of Custodia will be housed on the PALMS Choir YouTube Channel at https://youtube.com/palmschoirs.

Premiere dates are as follows:
PURPLE CAST: Thursday, January 28th at 7 PM
GOLD CAST: Friday, January 29th at 7 PM

The shows will remain available on the PALMS Choir YouTube Channel after their premiere. 

Thank you for supporting the PALMS Theatre Department and its dedicated and determined students.

MORE FROM OUR MUSIC DEPARTMENT...PHS PRESENTS - Musical for Spring 2021:

This year's spring musical, "High School Musical On Stage: One Act Edition" is set to live stream on Friday, March 5th at 7:00PM. Patrons can purchase tickets and view the show through the online platform "ShowTix4U". Adult tickets are $8, and Student/Senior tickets are $6. Please consider purchasing a ticket for everyone viewing the stream, as the ticket money helps sponsor this production. Based on the Disney Channel Original Movie, this on stage version is sure to entertain. Thank you for your support of our PHS Student Performers and Crew members. The link to purchase tickets is https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/43206 . Tickets are now on sale!

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SANDY AIKEY RETIRES:

Congratulations to Sandy and we wish her well in her retirement after 25 years!  (a correction from the last Patch) 
  

POETRY COMPETITION FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:  This year's Bucks County High School Poet of the Year Competition is on! The deadline is March 19, 2021.

 

The winner will receive a $300 prize and be acknowledged with a proclamation from the Bucks County Commissioners.  In addition, the Bucks County High School Poet of the Year runners-up and finalists will give a live virtual reading. Mentioning the contest and public reading on college applications will demonstrate initiative, writing skills, and public speaking experience. Clearly, there’s a lot to gain from entering the contest.

The application process is easy and there is no entry fee. 

Poems and entry form must be submitted online atbucks.edu/hspoetentry
A flyer detailing this information is attached HERE

  

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BRICK SALES RETURN!

Use this P.C.F. Brick Application Form to purchase your commemorative brick which will be installed at the Walter T. Rohrer Stadium at PHS.  We have found a mason to help us get these bricks (past and present) installed!  Thanks for your consideration and for supporting PCF!

In the past PCF has helped our community with funding for numerous projects such as the stadium lighting, the all weather track, and murals at our schools...just to name a few. PCF also gives many grants to our students and teachers to help fund various projects and activities throughout the year. 


We also give back to our community members in need. This past year, PCF offered hundreds of free dinners each week over the summer  to our neighbors that were negatively impacted by the COVID -19 economic disruptions and we have purchased gifts and gift cards for families needing some extra help over the holidays!
To make a donation to PCF, please visit PCF's new website

 

AN INVITATION FOR INTERESTED FAMILIES:

 

Happy New Year! My name is Karen Montague and I am the Bucks County Lead Drug and Alcohol Prevention Specialist for the Drug and Alcohol Prevention Education Team (PEP) at Child and Family Focus, Inc. (CFF). We specialize in drug and alcohol prevention and intervention for youth and families in Bucks County, PA.   

 

We are currently enrolling families in a free, evidence-based program we are implementing, Strengthening Families Program for parents/caregivers and youth ages 10-14 (SFP 10-14). This program has been running for 26 years and has so many positive benefits to families! We are starting on Monday, January 25, 2021-Monday March 8, 2021 from 5:30PM-7:30PM. There are seven sessions which will be completed over 7 weeks (1 session per week) plus, a graduation ceremony will take place at the end and families will receive certificates. The first hour will be two separate breakout rooms with Parents/Caregivers and youth and the second hour will be a family session all together. I want to extend the invitation to offer this program to the many Bucks County families you serve as well! I know many families could use positive resources during this time, it would be wonderful to play a role in uplifting as many families as possible.

 

The program is funded by Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission, Inc, it will be held virtually over ZOOM, families will receive weekly meal stipends every Monday evening, and free raffled off prize/giveaways such as, microwaves, vacuums, lamps, printers, art supplies, earphones, crockpots, etc. Attached please find a flyer and brochure about the program, SFP 10-14. The World Health Organization named Strengthening Families Program 10-14 the number one prevention program out of 6,000 programs analyzed for long-term effects on substance use and misuse. Topics Covered include peer pressure resistance, reducing stress, finding our family values, better communication skills, problem solving, goal setting, and understanding each other better. 

 

For more on the Strengthening Families Program:  http://www.extension.iastate.edu/sfp10-14/

Mental Health Supports

Tuesday, January 19th from 6:30-8 Family Service will be hosting NAMI for a Virtual Family Night. This event was rescheduled from December. We hope that you can join us as we discuss the important topic of Mental Health and Stress. These are unprecedented times, and we are feeling emotions and stress as never before. Click going on Family Service's Facebook Event and you will get a notification when we go live. Can’t make the live event? It remains on the Facebook page and you can watch it anytime. 

 

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UBCTS - APPLY NOW!


UBCTS is now accepting on-line applications for the 2021-22 school year via our website https://ubtech.org/ubt/_top or https://upperbucks.enrolltrack.com/studentportal/#  

Since many programs fill to capacity quickly, we encourage you to complete your application by February 12th.  

CHROMEBOOK INSURANCE WINDOW NOW OPEN:

Register for chromebook insurance to cover accidental damage to your child’s chromebook the window is open from January 9-24th - take advantage of the low cost insurance offered to our families, click on this link to register:   https://gpo.worthavegroup.com/gpo/palisd

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