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Jump Rope for Heart Fundraiser
Dear Parents,
Alvey has partnered with the American Heart Association and we would like to teach our students the importance of taking care of their hearts along with helping individuals who are affected by heart disease and stroke. We are asking for your help to spread the word to your family, friends, your co-workers, and place of employment to join Alvey's Team and assist the American Heart Association in making a difference for people who are affected by heart disease (which is our nations #1 killer) and stroke (which is the fourth leading cause of death).
We are requesting that ALL donations to the American Heart Association are made ONLINE using Alvey's Heart Team Page. When the link below is displayed on the screen, you will see two options, JOIN TEAM and Donate. Please click JOIN TEAM!!!! This will ensure that I have a record of which students have registered and which ones have earned their 'Thank You' incentives for their efforts. This will also make things easier for Mr. Ferrell and me when it comes time to distribute the incentives.
Please click on the link below to access Alvey's Heart Team Page and remember to click JOIN TEAM.
** You can copy and paste this link if you can’t click on it **
Click here for more information.

***When a donation is made by someone in your family, a friend of your family, a co-worker or your place of employment, please make sure the donation is linked to your child’s name so they can receive the incentives that come along with the fundraising event.***
Students will participate in our Jump Rope for Heart Event during P.E. class in February to further learn the importance of developing heart-healthy habits and learn your fundraising efforts will help support cardiovascular research and may help save lives across the country.
Students will be receiving rubber duck incentives for money raised or donations made to the Alvey Team. To promote our Jump Rope for Heart event, students will be encouraged to wear their lanyards with their ducks attached throughout the school day. Any duck incentive or prize the student shall receive will be given out by the P.E. teachers. A student may receive a maximum of 6 ducks and other prizes depending on the amount of money raised/donated.


**I am Alvey’s Point of Contact for this fundraiser event so any questions you may have or can be directed to me!**
Please help me make a difference! Thank you
George Bidwell

J. W. Alvey Elementary December Newsletter

It is so hard to believe that winter break is almost upon us! This school year is going by so quickly and 2015 will be here before we know it. We are excited for a new year and the sense of excitement and renewal brought with it. Once again we are so grateful for all the students, parents, and staff that bring joy to us on a daily basis. Please take the time to enjoy your families and make memories that you can forever look back upon. We truly hope that everyone has a safe and relaxing winter vacation!

School Security Buzzer System
An informational meeting was held on Thursday, December 4th at 7:00 pm in the school library to answer questions and to gain feedback on how a security buzzer system would work at Alvey. This was to help parents prepare and have all questions answered prior to voting to decide if we would like to have a buzzer system. A ballot will be mailed home, one per family, on December 10th with a deadline of return on December 15th. We want your feedback, so please take advantage of this opportunity to vote "yes" or "no" for the buzzer system.

We are so excited to announce that we have successfully launched our J.W. Alvey Elementary-PWCS Facebook page. This page has allowed us to post daily on the learning and great things that are taking place at our school. We have had very positive feedback from parents and have been able to reach so many people through this page. If you have not yet done so, please like us on Facebook at:


Inclement Weather Procedures
Closing and delay announcements can be found on: the PWCS home page, Facebook and Twitter, television stations, and by signing up for PWCS E-News email and text message notifications.

Inclement Weather Announcements:

Schools Closed
When schools are "closed on Code Red" or "closed on Code Green" all school division activities will be cancelled. Also the School Age Care Program will not open.

Two-Hour Delayed Opening

* All students will report to school for a 10:30am opening, the Kiss and Ride drop-off line will begin at 10:15am.

* The SACC program will also be delayed two hours.

* Note that sometimes a 2-hour delay is later changed to a full day school closing; so check for announcements frequently when there is a delayed opening.

Early Closing (One-Hour or Two-Hour Early Dismissal)

* The SACC program will be closed.

More Information:

* After-School Activities
If schools close early or if schools divisionwide are closed all day due to inclement weather, the after-school student activities, athletic activities, and GED/Adult Ed classes will be canceled.
However exceptions can be made in some cases and the school activity may be held as planned

Check announcements about the status of the SACC program when after school activities are canceled. SACC program may close early.

Toys For Tots

Alvey is an official drop-off site for Toys For Tots. The collection runs from November 1 - December 19. The Toys for Tots Program takes only new toys. Please note the following requirements as you consider donating:

Unwrapped toys: The thorough sorting, checking and distribution process requires that we be able to clearly see the toys and evaluate them for gender and age appropriateness.

Sealed and Shrink wrapped: Video / DVDs / CDs / Video Games- our distribution process requires that all movies, music and games be in their original shrink wrapped packaging.

We cannot accept any of the following:
* No Toy Weapons of any kind (squirt guns, cap gun, play swords, etc.)
* No Gift Cards
* No Food


PTA Happenings
Did you know that for the month of November
-Your PTA held another successful spirit night at Nando Peri Peri.
-Your PTA hosted a skate night at Skate-n-Fun Zone.
- Your PTA provided and served breakfast to the quality students and their families at the November Quality Student Breakfast.

Upcoming Dates:
Saturday, December 6 Holiday Breakfast/Vendor Fair
​Tuesday, December 9 PTA Meeting 7pm
Thursday, December 18 Winter Concert 7pm
​Friday, December 19 Birthday Celebrations in the cafeteria
December 20-January 4 Winter Break
Monday, January 5 School Reopens

Did you know…Parents should support homework independence. Have a pre-homework chat to summarize assignments and to review directions. After this brief meeting, slip away, but check back later to see if there are any questions or problems. Above all, let the child work on his/her own.

J.W. Alvey Administration


Alvey Designated 2014 School of Excellence

Our students have the distinction of attending a newly named PWCS School of Excellence.  This is the 10th year Alvey earned the coveted title.  


School of Excellence is the highest recognition awarded to schools by the PWCS School Board. It signifies high levels of performance on state accreditation, Annual Measurable Objectives, and in moving toward the goals of the Division's Strategic Plan.


Congratulations to everyone who helped to earn this important indicator of student success.




Parent Input Requested

Dear Parents,

The J.W Alvey Principal's Committee is seeking your input. At our meeting in September, a parent requested that the committee investigate the possibility of adding a buzzer system to the security systems already in place at J.W. Alvey.

Alvey is not being considered for the buzzer system by the county because we have a "secured entrance" meaning that everyone has to come through the office to gain access to the rest of the building. The buzzer system would add another layer of protection.

Currently, when a visitor comes to Alvey, they have to enter through the office, have their ID scanned, verify with the information on the emergency card and notation of the destination of their visit. If the buzzer system were to be in place, the visitor would have to present ID to the screen, be buzzed in and then follow the steps listed above. Administration and staff would have to outline the events when the system would be used and when the system would be temporarily disabled. This would be dependent on the event and the number of parents that needed to be checked in using the buzzer system.

An informational meeting will be held on Thursday, December 4th at 7:00 pm in the school cafeteria to answer questions and to gain feedback. Please direct questions and comments in advance to . This will help us to prepare for the meeting. A ballot will be sent home, one per family, on December 10th with a deadline of return on December 15th. We want your feedback, so please take advantage of this opportunity to vote "yes" or "no" for the buzzer system.

If the majority of the school community wants the additional security system, we will proceed with seeking funding through grants, with an estimated cost between ten and twelve thousand dollars. Funding will be through grants and/or from the Alvey community, not through school or county funds. If the majority of the community does not want the buzzer system, the current security procedures will remain in place.

Please give this careful consideration.

Community Meeting - December 4 at 7:00 pm

Ballot home on December 10th

Ballot return on December 15th

The results will be shared at our January Principal's Meeting on 13th at 6:00 pm.

The Principal's Committee


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