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Lou deFonteny


WELCOME OUR NEW DIRECTOR OF STUDENT SERVICES TO THE PALISADES TEAM!

Next week, Mr. Lou deFonteny will begin in his role as the Director of Student Services, replacing Mr. Gladfelter who is retiring this year.  Although we will sincerely miss Eric Gladfelter and wish him well in his retirement, we are looking forward to working with Lou deFonteny and offer him a warm Palisades welcome!  (Lou and daughter, Sarah, pictured above.)

Here is a little information about our new administrator, Mr. deFonteny:

Tell Us About Your Family:  I married my middle school sweetheart, Sharon, and have 4 children (two boys: Tommy 19 Bryce 15, two girls: Emily 17, Sarah 13); All of our children are involved in sports including soccer, basketball, field hockey and dance which is where we spend most of our time. I am the coach of my daughter's U14 Girls travel soccer team. When not on a field or in an auditorium, we enjoy spending time with our extended family at the beach.

How About Your Career?  I was blessed to have grown up in Bristol Township where I began working with students with disabilities in summer programs when I was 14 years old. Although I knew in 6th grade that I wanted to work with students with disabilities in 6th grade, my work in the ESY programs solidified my desire to work with students with disabilities. This led to me getting my degree in special education from Bloomsburg university and a 27 year career  in Bristol Township as a special education teacher, principal, supervisor of special education and director of special education and pupil services.

What is Your Philosophy and Drives Your Work?  "Every Student Every Day" taken from my time in Bristol Township; All students want to feel safe, belong to something special, and be successful. If we invest the time in knowing our students,  provide supports and services to help them feel safe, and are genuine in our approach, we will foster lasting relationships that will empower students to take risks as learners and achieve their goals.


Kindergarten Registration

COMING SOON...KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION FOR THE CLASS OF 2034!

The link to register your kindergarten age child for the 2021-22 school year will open at the beginning of March!  Stay tuned for more information and don't forget to share this with a friend.  In order to register your child, you must provide a birth certificate, immunization records and three (3) proofs of residency.  Details regarding kindergarten registration will be posted with the link in early March.

In order to begin kindergarten in the 2021-22 school year, your child must be five (5) years of age before September 1, 2021.  Stay tuned for more information!

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FROM OUR MUSIC DEPARTMENT:

We are OFFICIALLY ready to welcome new students to join the Palisades Elementary Band! Over the next few weeks, I will have the opportunity to talk to the 4th and 5th grade students to talk to them about the elementary band! 

Below is a link to our Band Recruitment Website! This includes all information on our program! This is a FUN interactive experience! I encourage you to watch these videos with your children, and have fun exploring all that our Palisades Band Program Has to Offer!


Sign-Ups for the Elementary Band are due Friday, March 12th! 

Please don't hesitate to email Mr. Morris with any questions and inquiries! We look forward to making some awesome music! 

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UPCOMING SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS (All Virtual):
02/24/21 - Facilities Committee 6:30PM - to join by phone (US) +1 904-580-9600 PIN: 143091418#
02/24/21 - Athletic Committee 7:30PM - to join by phone (US) +1 512-551-1110‬ PIN: ‪283 127 091‬#

Looking Ahead to March:

03/03/21 - Regular School Board Meeting 7PM
03/10/21 - Education Programs and Services 6:30PM
03/15/21 - Fiscal Oversight Committee 9AM
03/17/21 - Regular School Board Meeting 7PM
03/18/21 - Joint Operating Committee UBCTS 8PM
03/24/21 - Facilities Committee 6:30PM

Ice Cream Event

PHS PRESENTS...HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL - 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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PHS BASEBALL FUNDRAISER:
Our January Lottery Board Fund Raiser is complete.   There were 8 separate winners with 1 winning number being picked twice.   A special thank you to Top of the Mall Deli, Swamps Auto, Bloom Chiropractic and Saucon Valley Sporting Goods for their support.   The players and coaches thank everyone who helps support the Palisades High School Baseball Program.   

POST SEASON COMPETITIONS:  Wrestling and Basketball Teams
  

This weekend our wrestling team will compete in the 2A District XI Individual tournament. To learn more about the event, please click this link. Next week, the Colonial League Basketball playoffs will take place. To learn more about seedings, games and the entire tournament brackets, please click this link. Good luck to our Winter Sports Teams! 

ATTENTION PARENTS/GUARDIANS:  Bucks County Community College Parent Night

Tuesday, 2/23 from 7-8 pm, Bucks County Community College is hosting a virtual Parents' Night.  Academic deans and student services' directors will be answering your questions, and this year, will also feature audio testimonials from many who have experienced Bucks. Guests will hear the words of others in support of our institution, but we also speak to general "going to college" concerns.  Please register for this event, by clicking on the Parents' Night link above.

NEED SOME HELP?  TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THESE...

credit counseling
(special thanks to Mrs. Lloyd for sharing!)

Lasagna Love
(special thanks to Mrs. Carson for sharing!)

OTHER IMPORTANT COVID-RELATED INFORMATION FOR FAMILIES:


WEBSITE UPDATE: Please note that the COVID-19 section of our website has been organized to be more useful to our community - visit www.palisd.org and click on the COVID-19 Information section linked at the top of the page.  The link at the bottom left of our homepage will direct you to the district’s notification dashboard only.

FREE COVID TESTING FOR CHILDREN WHO ARE SYMPTOMATIC:  The Bucks County Health Department has recently expanded free COVID-19 testing to now include children who have exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 for at least 24 Hours.  This is in addition to school employees and contractors already eligible to be tested at these sites.  Every child must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian who will be responsible for administering the nasal swab to the child.  An updated flyer with location addresses, hours of operations, and registration information is attached below.  We thank the Bucks County Health Department for expanding this free COVID-19 testing for symptomatic children in Palisades School District!

 

COVID Testing

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.  
COVID RELIEF FROM PGW: PGW customers who face pandemic-related financial hardships may be eligible to receive $300 for their natural gas bills under a $2 million PGW COVID-19 Relief Grant program.  https://www.pgworks.com/customer-care/payment-assistance    
BUCKS COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IS NOW HIRING: See information here County Of Bucks-Health.pdf
NEW!!! FREE TAX ASSISTANCE FROM THE BUCKS COUNTY OPPORTUNITY COUNCIL:

The Bucks County Opportunity Council (BCOC) is offering free tax assistance this year for those who made $57,000 or less in 2020.

See our website for more information: https://www.bcoc.org/i-need-help-with/taxes/tax-appointments/

Because many AARP tax sites are closed, we are filling up quickly for the season, but scheduling online is the easiest way to get an appointment. We are scheduling well into March at this time.

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The St. Luke's Community Health and Preventive Medicine Team is excited to provide your school with resources promoting healthy behaviors throughout the school year. HKBF February Resource Packet.pdf

League of Women Voters
Click on this flyer for contest details: LWV PSA Contest Flyer

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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RECEIVED A GIFT CARD FOR THE HOLIDAYS THAT YOU WON'T USE?  CONSIDER DONATING IT TO PCF FOR REDISTRIBUTION TO FAMILIES IN NEED:  

This is a great way to help families in our community without spending your money to do so.  If you have a gift certificate that will go unused by you, why not donate it to the Palisades Community Foundation for redistribution to another family who would welcome the assistance!  Gift cards can be mailed to PO Box 194; Kintnersville, PA  18930 OR drop off at the high school main office between 7AM and 3PM (please mark attention Donna Holmes).  Thank you for your consideration!

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
BASEBALL NEEDS YOU!
Coaching Positions
For responsibility descriptions and other information, click on this flyer: Teener Head Coaching Positions 2021.pdf

IT IS TIME FOR REGISTRATION!  SO SPRING IS NOT TOO FAR AWAY!

PAGSL Registration Info


Registration for Silver Creek

Please use this link:  Silver Creek Athletic Association Registration

TYAA

Tinicum Baseball registration is open! Click here to register. Registration ends March 5! Lets play ball!

TYAA Registration is Now Open!

Plumstead Hawks

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PALISADES YOUTH SOCCER:

Palisades Youth Soccer has been providing travel and intramural soccer programs to our area for the last 40+ years and we’re working on planning this year’s programs.

Currently we’re offering open sessions on the Palisades High School Turf on Sundays for the following age groups:

·         11-12pm: 2004-2005 Boys 

·         12-1pm: 2011-2013 Girls and Boys

·         1-2pm: 2008-2010 Girls

·         2-3:30pm: 2007-2010 Boys

·         4-6pm: 2003-2007 Girls

In addition, we’re working on the following programs:

·         Spring Travel Soccer

·         Spring Intramural

·         Summer Intramural

·         Beach Blast

·         Fall Travel

·         Fall Intramural

If you are interested, please fill out this form: https://pysanet.sportngin.com/register/form/906556533

Questions? Email Nikki Bowen nbowen@pysanet.com

Visit https://www.pysanet.com/ for more information.

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