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CALENDAR BIZ:  Here is the updated Calendar for PSD - 2020-2021 District Calendar revised 2.23.2021.pdf - Please note that Monday, April 5th is now a regular school day for staff and students!

LOOKING AHEAD...The first day of school for the 2021-22 school year (all grades) is scheduled for Monday, August 30, 2021 for those planning summer vacations!  The calendar is linked here for your perusal:  District Calendar 2021.2022 approved 1.20.2021.pdf

Class of 2021

TIME TO BRUSH UP ON YOUR SINGING OF THE PSD ALMA MATER!  Graduation Info for the Class 2021 from Principal Heffernan:

During Wednesday evening’s School Board meeting (3/3/21), Dr. O’Connell informed the School Board that we would like to hold a FACE TO FACE, socially distant graduation ceremony for the Class of 2021 that meets all the requirements of the Bucks County Department of Health and the School District Health and Safety Plan. 

I am excited to inform you that the graduation date for the Class of 2021 will be Friday, June 11th at 5:30 PM in Walter T. Rohrer Stadium. The rain date will be Saturday, June 12th at 11:00 AM and if we need a second rain date, it will be Sunday, June 13th at 11:00 AM.

This year’s graduation ceremony will allow our graduates to celebrate as a class and be recognized, in-person, for their accomplishments. However, we will need to meet stadium capacity limits and follow all orders, which may change. Currently, we plan to give graduating seniors 2 tickets each for family members to attend the ceremony. The graduation will be live streamed for those who cannot be in the stadium. Keep in mind the spectator limits may change based upon any new orders from the Governor.

During the next few months, we will be planning a first class graduation and celebration for the Class of 2021!  As information is confirmed and details are developed, I will notify you of the updated plan.  Stay tuned for more information!




PCF IS CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF SUPPORT IN PALISADES SCHOOL DISTRICT AND COMMUNITY!

For the past 25 years, the Palisades Community Foundation has helped our community with funding for numerous projects such as the stadium lighting, the all weather track, and murals at each of our schools...just to name a few. PCF also gives many grants and scholarships 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 and friends who were negatively impacted by the COVID -19 economic disruptions. Also this year, we purchased gifts and gift cards for families needing some extra help over the holidays!
We have several projects in the works to support our 3 pillars (arts, education and wellness). We are also working on a special event to celebrate our 25th anniversary on September 12, 2021 - SAVE THE DATE - for an afternoon of fun to honor the work done by this organization. Stay tuned for more details!
To make a donation to the Palisades Community Foundation, please visit PCF's new website


BRICK SALES - HONOR SOMEONE SPECIAL IN YOUR LIFE...MAYBE A GRADUATE?

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!


Pirate Pride

Haubert Crowned Regional Wrestling Champion! 

Last weekend, Ben Haubert won the Southeast Region 2A individual wrestling championship at the 172 lb. weight class. Mason Smeland placed fifth at the 152 lb. weight class.  

This weekend, Ben and Mason will compete in the Super Regional Wrestling tournament at Pottsville HS.

Girls Basketball Team in District XI Semi-Finals: 

Last evening, our Girls Basketball Team defeated Northern Lehigh HS in a first-round playoff game. They advance to the semi-final round on Saturday against Palmerton HS at 1PM - livestream link:  CLICK HERE

Swimmers Qualify for District XI Competition on Saturday 3/6/21:

Live Stream Link

Skylar Donaldson (Class of 2022) is Event 7 - 200 IM, and Event 15 - 100 Freestyle
Natalie Owens (Class of 2023) is Event 11 - 100 Butterfly and Event 19 100 Backstroke.


Exciting News!  EF Global Citizen Scholarship Award:

The tour company used by our World Language Teachers (EF), held a competition last Spring that one of our current PHS students and one of our PHS alumna won!  Both Camila O'Donnell (a current 10th grader) and Crysta O'Donnell (a 2018 PHS grad, currently at the University of Scranton as an International Studies, Hispanic Studies and French Language Major in their Honors Program) submitted separate and individual video entries highlighting the importance of worldwide travel and what it meant to be a Global Citizenship.  Apparently out of many entries around the entire country, each of the O'Donnell sisters succeeded in winning one of these $1,000 Global Citizenship scholarships!  As the email states, their " insight, curiosity, passion, and unique perspective" blew away the judges! Anyone who knows these 2 young ladies will not be surprised one bit! We couldn't be more proud of them! They embody the curiosity that we attempt to instill in our students about the world around them that truly makes them Global Citizens!

Palisades Logo Gear For Sale:

Get your Pirate Gear Now! This semester's Entrepreneurship class is running the school store as Pirates Supply Co. We offer the same great items as last semester such as t-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, hats and masks in a range of sizes from small to 2 or 3XL! If you are interested in purchasing from our school store, please visit our website and to place an order, fill out this Google Form: Pirates Supply Co. Order Form.

Thank you for supporting our future entrepreneurs!

~Pirate Supply Co. Team 

Ordering a PHS Yearbook:

The following is a link to purchase this year's edition of the PHS Yearbook:  Preorder yours today!

https://studentservicesco.com/palisades/palisades-high-school-yearbook/

Food Drive

PHS National Honor Society Food Drive:

In response to the damage done to our community by the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Honor Society at the high school will be holding a food drive through March to support the Saint John Lord’s Pantry and the Quakertown Food Pantry. Any donation, particularly those in the ‘needs’ lists, would be greatly appreciated and will have a positive impact on many people in our area.  MarchFoodDrive.pdf

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 posted on our website on March 12th!  In order to register your child, you must provide a birth certificate, immunization records and three (3) proofs of residency. After your child's school is assigned, more information will be forthcoming about orientation, assessment of your child for math and literacy, as well as an opportunity to meet with our school nurses and counselors.

Kindergarten 2021-22 Letter.pdf

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

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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):
03/10/21 - Education Programs and Services 6:30PM - (‪US‬) +1 413-268-4413 and entering the PIN: ‪216 060 216#‬
 
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


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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CAST AND CREW FOR A WONDERFUL SHOW! We ARE all in this together - how appropriate! Great work everyone!!! HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL CAST LIST.pdf
NAMI for March
Click on this flyer for program dates and information: NAMI_Online_Support_Flyer_March_2021_2.pdf
Refer a Friend

NEED SOME HELP?  TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THESE PROGRAMS...

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:

CHECK IT OUT!!!  This video (approximately 10 minutes long) covers the following topics regarding the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines:
  • vaccine development
  • how the vaccine works to develop an immune response
  • efficacy (meaning and how it is calculated)
  • transmission after vaccination
  • unknowns
  • safety

WEBSITE UPDATE: The link at the bottom left of our homepage will direct you to the district’s notification dashboard only - CLICK HERE FOR YOUR PSD UPDATE

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.  
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.

TLeague of Women Voters

Click on this flyer for contest details: LWV PSA Contest Flyer

Egg Your Yard
Now this is a creative fundraiser for our PHS Field Hockey Team: Egg Your Yard - Easter FH poster.pdf

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

 

Tennis Anyone
Register for Spring Community Tennis at PHS Courts: Click on this link for registration information - PSD BCTA 2021 Tennis Schedule.pdf
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 LINK:  
http://www.palisadessoftball.org/registration-318457.html


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.

Egg Hunt Cancelled

Bucks Camp Expo


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