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NOTICE:  The Ottsville VFC will be using the house at 120 School Drive for training purposes on Sunday, April 21st from approximately 8AM to 2PM.

Governor Wolf with Dr. O'Connell

DR. O'CONNELL RUBS ELBOWS WITH GOVERNOR WOLF:

Today, Governor Wolf visited the Bucks County IU in Doylestown to check out the vaccination distribution for all educators in the county.  Between March 10th and 20th, 191 Palisades School District  employees have received the J&J (single shot) vaccine.

As one of the few districts open since the beginning of the school year for face to face, as well as online learning, Palisades has so much to be proud of and Dr. O'Connell shared our good news with the Governor. #palisadesstrong


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

HOT OFF THE PRESS:  Friday, April 23rd is now a half day for students.

2020-2021 District Calendar revised 3.12.2021.pdf

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
 


Annual Golf Classic


FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR THE GOLF OUTING FLYER: 
SUPPORT PALISADES FOOTBALL - Annual Golf Classic

Pirate Flag

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 

CSP Program Spring 2021

REGISTER NOW FOR SPRING PROGRAMS:  Click here for programs running this Spring!  Looking forward to offering programs at our schools again.  Please note that our programs this Spring are off site or outside.  CLICK HERE

Jacob Wasser

WHAT ARE THEY UP TO NOW?

JACOB WASSER UPDATE FROM LAST WEEKEND!  Jacob won his first consolation match, to guarantee himself a top 8 finish but then dropped a tough 2-1 decision putting him into the 7-8 match.  He gave up 2 big moves in the first period to go down 8-1 but fought back like he always has throughout his career and came back for a 10-8 victory, earning a 7th place finish becoming an All-American!! 

Congrats to Jacob Wasser and the Wasser family!


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

PLEASE DONATE BEFORE THE END OF MARCH!  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  Please drop your donated items off at the high school.

Kindergarten Registration

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION FOR THE CLASS OF 2034!

Here is the link to register your child for the upcoming school year - REGISTRATION LINK.  In order to complete the registration for your child, you must provide a birth certificate, immunization records and three (3) proofs of residency - see letter below.  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.

Please share this information with your friends and neighbors!


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UPCOMING SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS (All Virtual):
03/24/21 - Facilities Committee 6:30PM to join by phone (US) +1 347-486-6865(PIN: 981521303)
04/07/21 - Policy Committee 5:30PM
04/07/21 - Regular School Board 7PM
04/14/21 - Education Programs and Services 6:30PM
04/15/21 - Joint Operating Committee (UBCTS) 8PM
04/21/21 - Fiscal Committee 6PM
04/21/21 - Regular School Board 7PM
04/28/21 - Facilities Committee 6:30PM
04/28/21 - Athletic Committee 7:30PM


Public is encouraged to attend our School Board Meetings; use *6 to unmute when appropriate.

PASSING OF FORMER BOARD MEMBER, BOB DEGROOT:  Condolences to Bob DeGroot's family.  Bob was a 4 term School Board member from 1986 through 1993 and again from 2010 through 2017.  We will miss your diligence and commitment to all of the taxpayers in the Palisades School District.  Always inquiring and never settling for the status quo!  You moved the needle forward for our district and for that we are truly grateful!  Thank you for your volunteerism on behalf of our community!


Palisades Cyber Academy

DID YOU KNOW...

When you read or hear about "charter funding reform" in news coming from the state level, it is usually referring to payments to cyber charter (online) schools.  While their expenses DO NOT include expenses in areas such as athletics, food services, nursing services and building/facilities maintenance, their per pupil payment from our district is excessive.  Fees paid by districts to these entities can be used for other things, like advertising (which public schools are not permitted to do).  During the 2020-21 school year, Palisades School District paid $20,305 for every non-special education student and $46,630 for every special education student to charter schools including cyber charters.  This expense impacts our district’s annual budget significantly. Due to increased enrollment and increased tuition rates, the 2021-2022 budget was increased by $1.1 million dollars or 72% over the 2020-2021 budget.

There is legislation being discussed to propose a cap of $9,500 on cyber charter tuition which would result in a significant savings (more than $1 million) to the district.  The Palisades School Board advocates for charter school funding reform as demonstrated by their unanimous approval of the recently adopted resolution - 2021-Resolution #4-Charter-Funding-Reform
According to the Wolf administration, Providing an online education costs the same regardless of where the student lives...while Intermediate Units only charge $5,400 per online student. Establishing a single statewide rate ensures that school districts are not charged more than $9,500 per regular education student, reflecting the actual cost of an online education by higher-performing cyber schools. Follow this link for more on charter funding.


If you would like to advocate for the proposed legislation above, please contact your legislators:   https://www.palisd.org/school_board/about_our_board_of_directors/contact_your_legislator


ENROLLING FOR 2021-22 SCHOOL YEAR:  Students who are currently enrolled in a cyber charter school (not Palisades) and wish to enroll in the Palisades Cyber Academy or return to face to face instruction, please contact the Community Relations Office at 610-847-5131, ext. 2401 or email dholmes@palisadessd.org


NAMI for March
Click on this flyer for program dates and information: NAMI_Online_Support_Flyer_March_2021_2.pdf
PARENTING TIPS TO CONSIDER: Check out this article - Phrases Not to Say to Children
FAFSA Webinar Lenape
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OTHER IMPORTANT COVID-RELATED INFORMATION FOR FAMILIES:

NEW CDC REPORT:  Click here for information on a new report from the CDC on a rare complication of COVID for children called MIS-C - CDC Report MIS-C

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.  
BUCKS COUNTY LAUNCHES NEW RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM: Rental Assistance Program
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.

Egg Your Yard
Now this is a creative fundraiser for our PHS Field Hockey Team: Egg Your Yard - Easter FH poster.pdf
Lenape Chamber
LENAPE CHAMBER ENSEMBLE YOUTH CONCERTS -
Video Recorded Concerts for Music Education

The Lenape Chamber Ensemble is pleased to present for education of music students through high school live video/recordings of our most recent chamber music concerts. 

The high definition video/recordings, made possible through a grant from the Lehigh Valley and Arthur Judson Foundations, are available at our home website: Please direct your attention to the children's/youth concert page.

http://lenapechamberensemble.org/children  

The concerts feature personal introductions by our musicians, who are highly acclaimed international artists.  Their friendly insights provide students with approachable context to understand the music. 

Currently posted is our popular Fall Baroque concert.  This presentation features Bach, Handel, Gabrieli, Telemann and Purcell for violins, viola, cello and harpsichord.

Later this Spring, we will be notifying you of the posting of our most recent March concert highlighting works of Dvorak, Respighi and Mozart including piano, violins, viola, cello and double bass. 

Please enjoy sharing these wonderful presentations with your children.  We invite and welcome any feedback you may have to enhance this educational opportunity.   

Tennis Anyone
Register for Spring Community Tennis at PHS Courts: Click on this link for registration information - PSD BCTA 2021 Tennis Schedule.pdf
Silver Creek Events
Silver Creek Athletic Association Website
SCAA Coaches
Teener Head Coaching Positions 2021  

PAGSL Registration Info
REGISTRATION LINK:  
http://www.palisadessoftball.org/registration-318457.html


Plumstead Hawks

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PALISADES YOUTH SOCCER:

Interested in Travel Soccer? Come check out a practice:

  • 2004-2005 Boys: Sundays 11-12 (Turf), Tuesdays 8-9 (PALMS)
  • 2011-2013 Girls and Boys: Sundays 12-1 (Turf), Wednesdays 7-8 (PALMS)
  • 2008-2010 Girls: Sundays 1-2 (Turf), Tuesdays 7-8 (PALMS)
  • 2007-2010 Boys: Sundays 2-3:30 (Turf), Wednesdays 8-9 (PALMS)
  • 2003-2007 Girls: Sundays 4-6 and Thursdays 7-8:30 (Turf)

Masks are required and parents must drop off at the door for PALMS practices (no parents inside - school policy).

Interested in Spring Intramural?  More info can be found here: https://www.pysanet.com/page/show/6191569-spring-intramural

And look for info on Summer Intramural and Beach Blast coming in April.

Questions? Email Nikki Bowen nbowen@pysanet.com

Bucks Camp Expo


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