Happy Holidays from PEAK!

by Amanda Finlaw on December 16, 2016 Filed under: Family Information



Family Literacy Night – 11/15/16

by Mary on November 10, 2016 Filed under: Family Information

The next Pottstown School District Family Literacy Night (FLN) is Tuesday, November 15th, with registration beginning at 5:30 pm at Pottstown Middle School.


Remember, if you attend 4 of the 5 FLN events this year, you will qualify for the Grand Prize drawing which includes: 2 brand new iPads.

The remaining FLN dates are:

Tuesday, November 15th

Tuesday, December 6th

Remember, this is an evening dedicated to parents and children, so bring your children with you. Child care will be provided for children outside of the Pre-k through 4th grade age ranges, so please feel free to bring them as well.

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to practice the skills that will enable you to teach your child to read at home.


Looking forward to seeing you on November 15th!


Let’s Talk Community Conversations Are Back!

by Mary on October 27, 2016 Filed under: Family Information

Let’s Talk about building connections! Families of children elementary age and younger are invited to get connected with the Pottstown School District (PSD) at a new series of Let’s Talk Community Conversations, “Building Connections for Our Children,” happening at each elementary school this November.

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You’re invited to come out, meet with other Pottstown School District families, and share your thoughts on any of these dates:

  •         Wednesday November 2, 5:30 to 7:30 at Elizabeth B. Barth Elementary School, 467 W. Walnut St
  •         Thursday November 3, 5:30 to 7:30 at Franklin Elementary School 970 N. Franklin St
  •         Monday November 7, 5:30 to 7:30 at Rupert Elementary School, 1230 South St or
  •         Thursday November 10 from 5:30 to 7:30 at Lincoln Elementary School, 461 N. York St.  

PSD wants to hear from elementary families to gage what needs to be done to better connect with our community. Additionally, families will discuss with moderators and among one another, how we can all work together to build connections to help our children. The conversations are occurring at all four elementary schools so that it’s more convenient for families, to facilitate more participants in these important conversations.

In addition to great conversation with other parents, Let’s Talk includes dinner, child care, raffles, and Spanish interpreters. There are also several activities for the kids, including a magic show, arts and crafts and story time with the Pottstown Regional Public Library, and pizza, so it’s a great night out for the whole family. Mr. Swider, the magician, is a Pottstown resident coming out of his magic show retirement just for this one time series of events, so you don’t want to miss the opportunity for your children to see this show.

There will be a selfie contest, so at some point during the evening, snap a quick picture of yourself or with another parent and tag Pottstown School District on Facebook, @pottstownschool on Twitter, or @PottstownSD on Instagram for a chance to win children’s’ books (and bragging rights)!

For this movement to be successful, Pottstown School District family participation from all social, cultural, and ethnic groups is crucial. Your participation is valuable.  We invite you to come out,  have your voices heard, and be part of Our kids…Their Future.

The Our kids…Their Future or Let’s Talk conversations are supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the University of Pennsylvania Penn Project for Civic Engagement.  The grant has enabled the school district to work with families in the community, as well as the local agencies and community leaders who serve them, to determine how the home-school partnership can be strengthened, to find out what can be done to increase family participation, and to improve support for ALL children’s growth and development from birth through elementary school.

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For more information and to learn more, please contact Valerie Jackson, PEAK Community Engagement Coordinator at 610-256-6370, vjackson@potstownsd.org, or visit www.pottstownschools.org.



Hurry, You Can Still Enroll in Pre-K Counts!

by Mary on October 4, 2016 Filed under: Family Information,News


You can still enroll your 3 or 4-year-old child into our Pre-K Counts partner sites, for free full-day Pre-K education. You must be a Pottstown School District resident and meet the income requirements listed in the flyer above. To enroll now, please contact the site you wish to enroll with. For more information about our Pre-K Counts classes, contact the Pre-K Counts Coordinator at (610) 718-8635.


Last Wednesday, we launched the new initiative Pottstown Trauma Informed Community Connection (PTICC), at the Pottstown campus of Montgomery County Community College (MCCC).

The event was opened by Mary Rieck, PEAK Coordinator, and the approximately 130 attendees from various community organizations, healthcare services, educational facilities, religious institutions, and more received information about our new work to reduce the effects of trauma and adverse childhood experiences (commonly referred to as ACES) here in Pottstown.

Some key messages presented from steering committee members such as Jack Tebes, Ph.D., from Yale University, Samantha Matlin, Ph.D., of the Scattergood Foundation, Suzanne O’Connor, of the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, Laurie Kolka of Pottstown School District, Dr. Andrew Trentacoste, CEO of Creative Health Services, and Kirsten Murray of Lakeside Educational Network, include that we do not address this topic with an “us versus them” mentality, almost every child experiences some type of trauma, from divorce to drug or alcohol abuse, to physical abuse, and more. With this in mind, our initiative is about coming together as people to work toward support of our children, through awareness of trauma and ACES and through implementing social-emotional learning (SEL).

In The Mercury, Michilea Patterson wrote that “’This is why some kids misbehave at school and fight at home…they’re trying to send up an SOS that’s something’s wrong,” she [Kirsten Murray] said. Suzanne O’Connor said children that are being difficult and angry all the time, most likely are experiencing some type of trauma. O’Connor, who is also a member of the trauma steering committee, said now it’s time for the community to figure out what their part can be such as how to appropriately respond to adverse childhood experiences.”

During two portions of the event, attendees were broken into groups to discuss what ACES are and how they experience trauma in their work, and how we can address the reduction of ACES and the building of resilience here in Pottstown. The groups were filled with people working in several industries, thus bringing varying perspectives to the topics, but all agreed that we can work together as a community toward the recognition of the importance of compassion, community, and recognition of the whole person.

The slideshow that was presented during the launch event can be found here.

There will be several educational sessions for interested community members to learn more about trauma and SEL. There will be a training session Oct. 6 and Nov. 15 at Pottstown Middle School. For more information or to RSVP, use the email PTICC@pottstownd.org or call 610-970-6614. You can also visit http://www.pottstownmatters.org. The next community partner meeting will be held October 19 from 9:00-11:00 at Montgomery County Community College. For information, call 610-970-6655.

You can subscribe to PTICC’s YouTube channel to see videos of local individuals’ experiences of trauma and resilience. More will be posted there soon. You can also follow PTICC on Twitter @PottstownTICC and on Facebook.