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Home & School Association

Welcome to the Penn Valley Home & School Association page! The HSA is an organization of parents and caregivers who are committed to helping make Penn Valley a great community for our children.  The Penn Valley HSA is an active participant in the life of our school community.  Please take a look at the calendar link on this page so you can see the many events that we organize. A few highlights are: Family  Fall and Spring Fairs, Cultural Heritage Night, Open Forum with the Principal, Author Days, Book Fair, Bingo Nights, Adult-only socials, Homeroom Ambassador Program.  The HSA also helps fund many important activities and education opportunities for our kids.  We sponsor field trips for all classes in all grades, and we help offset purchases for our classrooms.  Around the school, you’ll see the HSA’s fundraising at work including the newly-installed Gaga Pit on the playground, outdoor benches, meals for teacher and staff appreciation events, technology for the auditorium and much more!  We work to foster a sense of community at Penn Valley between families, teachers and staff.  The best way to feel connected at Penn Valley is to get involved. We look forward to seeing you!

HSA Board

2019-20   HSA Board

Co-President Jenia Keating
Co-President Virginia Davis
Vice President Lauren Yoppi  
Treasurer Kim Lichtenstein
Treasurer Qingyi (Freda) Drechsler
Secretary Joyce Sachs  
Secretary Renee Applegate  
Panther Press Editor Whitney Hoffman
Past President Kim Heft  
Committee for Special Education Reps Megan McCarthy-May
Sarah Heaton
Marta Villaraga
ISC Rep Kathe Hall  

Forms & Documents

2019-2020 Calendar


Date Time Event
8/27 5:30-7pm Back to School Picnic for all grades
9/3 (Tues) All Day School starts
9/11 2-3:30pm HSA Board Meeting
9/12 7pm Open House
9/26 5:30-7pm Fall Family Fair
9/27 8:45am Pretzel Sale/Panther Pride Day
9/30 All Day All Schools Closed


Date Time Event
10/1 All Day All Schools Closed
10/2 8:30am National Walk to School Day
10/2 6:30pm K/1 Bingo
10/7-18 All Day Box Top Collection
10/8 2-3:30pm HSA Board Meeting
10/9 All Day All Schools Closed
10/11 All Day Picture Day
10/14-18 All Day Book Fair (library)
10/15 7:45am Morning Muffin Mingle
10/17 7pm Evening Book Fair Event/PJs & cookies
10/21 7:30pm K-3 Parent Night Out
10/25 6:30-8pm 5th Grade Social
10/29 7pm Open forum with Mr. Mitchell (library)
10/31 11:00am Halloween parade
10/31 12:25pm Early dismissal/staff development


Date Time Event
11/5 All day All Schools Closed/5th Grade Bake Sale/Mud Room fundraiser
11/7 6pm Cultural Heritage Night
11/8 9:30am Picture Retake Day
11/11-15 Schedule TBD American Education Week
11/13 2-3:30pm HSA Board Meeting
11/15 6pm Jump Rope for Heart (3rd – 5th grades)
11/20 7pm 5th Grade musical
11/21 5pm Parent teacher conferences
11/21 3:45pm Staff appreciation dinner
11/22 12:25pm Early dismissal
11/22 1:15pm Parent teacher conferences
11/25 5pm Parent teacher conferences
11/26 12:25pm Early dismissal
11/26 1:15pm Parent teacher conferences
11/26 12:30-6pm Pie Sale Pick Up
11/27 12:25pm Early dismissal/staff development
11/28-29 All day All Schools Closed


Date Time Event
12/11 2-3:30pm HSA Board Meeting
12/11 6:30pm 2nd/3rd Grade Bingo (cafeteria)
12/13 8:45am Pretzel Sale/Panther Pride Day
12/18 7pm Winter Choral Concert
12/23-1/1 All day All Schools Closed/Winter Break


Date Time Event
1/7-1/10 All Day Art Goes To School
1/8 2-3:30pm HSA Board Meeting
1/17 12:25pm Early Dismissal/staff development
1/17 1pm MLK service day- LMSD
1/20 All day All Schools Closed
1/31 8:45am Pretzel Sale/Panther Pride Day



Date Time Event
2/14 12:25pm Early Dismissal/Ice Skating event at the Skatium
2/17 All day All Schools Closed/Holiday
2/12 7pm HSA Evening Board Meeting (library)
2/28 8:45am Pretzel Sale/Panther Pride Day


Date Time Event
3/4 2-3:30 HSA Board Meeting
3/10 3:45pm Staff Appreciation Dinner
3/10 5pm Parent teacher conferences
3/11 12:25pm Early Dismissal & Iron Hill Dine Out Day
3/11 1:15pm Parent teacher conferences
3/11 7pm Intermediate Instrumental Concert
3/12 12:25pm Early dismissal
3/12 1:15pm Parent teacher conferences
3/13 12:25pm Early dismissal
3/13 1:15pm Parent teacher conferences
3/16 6:30pm PV Idol dress rehearsal for performers only
3/20 6:30pm PV Idol


Date Time Event
4/1 2-3:30pm HSA Board Meeting
4/6-10 All Day Spring Break- All Schools closed
4/17 6:30-8pm 4th grade social
4/20-24 All Day Box Top Collection Week
4/20-5/8 AM PSSA testing for grades 3-5
4/28 All Day K-8 schools closed / PA Primary Election/Mud Room Fundraiser


Date Time Event
5/1 7pm PVE Parent/Teacher Social
5/4-5/8 lunch Plant Sale
5/13 2-3:30pm HSA Board Meeting
5/8 7:45am Staff Appreciation Breakfast
5/8 9:30am Children’s Garden
5/11-6/5   Tribute Card Order Period
5/12 (5/13 rain date) 10am 5th Grade Junior Olympics
5/14 7pm Spring Choral Concert
5/18 All Day Fifth Grade Class Field Trip
5/19 9:30/1pm Kindergarten Orientation
5/20 7pm Beginning Instrumental Concert
5/22 10am Field Day
5/22 12:25pm Early dismissal/staff development
5/25 All day All Schools Closed
5/27 9:30am 1st-5th New Student Orientation


Date Time Event
6/4 9:30am HSA Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast/Open House (cafeteria)
6/4 5:30-7:30pm HSA Annual Spring Festival
6/10 2pm 4th and 5th Grade Recognition
6/15 10am 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony/Reception
6/15 12:25pm Early Dismissal – Last day of school
6/15 6pm 5th Grade Celebration Party

Please refer to weekly Panther Press emails for updates. Questions? Email

Panther Press Newsletter

The HSA publishes a weekly electronic newsletter,   The   Panther Press.   This is our primary method for sharing information about events, activities, changes  and news so please read it each week.   You will also be signed up to receive our HSA emails that get sent out periodically throughout the year with event information, upcoming dates or changes, as well as volunteer sign up information for upcoming events.

Please  click here to sign up and receive The Panther Press!

Event & Volunteer Information

The Home and School Association (HSA) is planning for the 2019-2020 school year, and our programs need parent support in order to continue to thrive.   Please read through the descriptions below and if something (or more than one thing) sounds interesting to you, sign up here.

Art Goes to School  - This is a District-wide program that seeks to enrich art appreciation with classroom discussions.  After attending meetings in the fall to learn about a portfolio of art, volunteers will present the portfolio to each art class at Penn Valley, during the first and/or second week back to school after winter break. The chairperson of AGTS will have a recap meeting that first week before presenting to the children and will send out helpful tips, and ideas for the classes. Dates: January 7-10, 2020

Staff Appreciation Breakfast/Dinners  - The HSA plans an appreciation breakfast and dinner  for Penn Valley teachers and staff at the beginning and end of school year as well during parent/teacher conferences.  We are currently looking for a few volunteers to help with set up for these events.  Dates: November 21, 2019 at 3:45 PM; March 10, 2020 at 3:45 PM; May 8, 2020 at 7:45 AM

Fall and Spring Fairs  - Help with the always-exciting Fall and Spring Fairs. Many volunteers are needed to keep the momentum going on these fun, festive events. Committee positions include helping during the day of event with set up, selling food, running games, etc.  Dates: Fall Fair: September 26, 2019 from 5:30-7:00 PM; Spring Fair: June 4, 2020 from 5:30-7:30 PM

Parent/Teacher Social  - This event brings together parents/caregivers and Penn Valley teachers/staff for a fun (adults only) evening of conversation, food, drinks, silent auction, music and more!  We need committee members to help event chair with set up and clean up on the day of the event, solicit and collect auction items, assist with check-in of guests and other tasks as needed.   Date: May 1, 2020 at 7:00 PM

Cultural Heritage Night  - Cultural Heritage Night at Penn Valley is a free event that highlights the countries, cultures and family traditions that make up Penn Valley Elementary School’s diverse community. Committee members are needed for various tasks during planning of the event, set up on the day of the event and other tasks as need.  Date: November 7 at 6:00 PM

Apparel  - Volunteers are needed to help the HSA sell Penn Valley clothes at various events during the school year.   Dates: Ongoing

K-1 and 2-3 Grade Bingo Nights  - The HSA hosts two different Bingo nights for grades K-1 students and families and grades 2-3 students and families.  We need volunteers to help set up, serve as Bingo callers, hand out ice cream, etc.  Dates: K-1 Bingo is October 2, 2019 from 6:30 - 7:30 PM; Grades 2-3 Bingo is December from 6:30 - 7:30 PM

PV Idol  - This is Penn Valley's highly popular and wonderfully entertaining talent show!  We need volunteers for all aspects of the show including coordinating logistics, promoting the event, managing the performers, helping with bake sale and more!  Date: March 20, 2020 at 6:30 PM  

Plant Sale   - Help to sell plants during lunch to Penn Valley students during the week of the Plant Sale.   Dates: May 4-8, 2020

Homeroom Ambassadors  - Serve as a connector for your child's class as a Homeroom Ambassador.  This position requires emailing your classroom families once a month to keep them apprised of class, school, and HSA happenings based on information from the Thursday Envelope, Panther Press, PVE Facebook, Interschool Council representative, and/or communications from principal and teacher; organizing one or two social events over the course of the school year at a local playground, restaurant, library, etc. for parents and caregivers to get to know each other; meeting or speaking with their classroom teacher at least twice a year (fall and spring); helping to connect families, especially new families, to all of the resources and activities available to them at Penn Valley.   Dates: Ongoing