Feb. 24, 2022



We are almost in March - fingers crossed for warmer weather that sticks around!

Check out the calendar to the right for some key dates in March. Remember! March 18 is an early dismissal (snow makeup day) and school is in session for the full day on March 17!



Cooking Club at Smoketown Elementary is clearly a blast! CV's Food Services Department hosts a Cooking Club at each elementary school and - new this year! - the middle school. These Smoketown students were in the midst of cooking grain bowls with quinoa, chicken, veggies, and a homemade vinaigrette.


We were optimistic the COVID News Update Center would be a thing of the past by the time this school year started. Unfortunately, there is still a need to maintain and update the News Update Center for the foreseeable future.

The Update Center was created in the spring of 2020 when the virus first affected our area. Our COVID dashboard will again be updated each school day in the late afternoon or evening.

In addition, the Update Center has a plethora of resources and information, including letters from Dr. Zuilkoski, learning resources, and more.



Taylor Alouisa

On Feb. 14, 2022, Conestoga Valley’s School Board approved the appointment of Taylor Alouisa (pictured above left) as Interim Elementary Principal at Smoketown Elementary, effective March 7, 2022. Alouisa will serve as Interim Principal after the resignation of Smoketown principal Sally Bredeman (resignation effective March 4, 2022).

In addition, Scott Ranck (pictured above right) will serve as Interim Assistant Elementary Principal, the role previously held by Alouisa. Ranck, a Conestoga Valley School District alum, is a former assistant principal with the School District of Lancaster who retired at the end of the 2020-21 school year.

District administration is currently reviewing applicants for the Principal position at Smoketown Elementary. The hiring process is expected to be completed during the March board meeting cycle.



The annual Elimination Dinner is less than one month away! The dinner is the Buckskin Activities Alliance's largest and most important fundraiser of the year. The event helps fund major improvements for CV's extracurricular activities. Purchase your tickets now!



Please join us for a THANK YOU for all the ways you, our volunteers, brighten the days of our students, teachers, and staff by volunteering in our schools! Anyone who has volunteered in any way is encouraged to attend! Childcare will be provided by CVHS students.


Conestoga Valley's online bulletin board is designed to assist community nonprofit groups in the CV area to communicate important information in an environmentally-friendly and cost-effective way. Throughout the school year, we'll highlight new announcements, registration information, and more in this newsletter.



Smoketown Elementary's annual Family Shopping & Arts Night is back! The event is scheduled for Thursday, March 10 from 6:30 -7:30 p.m.

Enjoy musical demonstrations, book fair shopping, a scavenger hunt, and more! Attendees are asked to park at the middle school where shuttles will be provided.


Students interested in participating in a spring sport are required to complete a sports physical. If you already turned in a sports physical this school year, you need a re-cert in order to be allowed to participate. Forms are available in the CVHS main office and in the athletic training room. All forms are due by 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2. See Mrs. Hess if you have any questions!



SOS Group of Lancaster is again holding Walk-In Wednesdays at the CV Service Center! Stop in on March 2 (the final Walk-In Wednesday scheduled!) to meet with a SOS Group recruiter. A variety of positions are available. Click the button below for more information!


Any juniors who plan to take the SAT exam this spring, please note the below dates and registration deadlines:

  • May 7 (register by April 8)
  • June 4 (register by May 5)

Register at sat.org.



The Conestoga Valley School District has a close partnership with CVCCS which offers a variety of assistance to the community. Below is a brief overview of CVCCS's service; for more information, click the icon below!

Food & Nutrition:

Client choice food bank with a variety of non-perishables, meat, dairy, produce, & bakery to those in need who live or attend church in the CV School District and meet financial guidelines.

Clothing, Shoes, & Coats:

Client choice clothing bank serving residents of Lancaster County via referral from a church, school, or agency.

Rooted Afterschool Mentoring:

1-on-1 Christian mentoring for at-risk 4th-6th graders at Smoketown Elementary, via referral by the school and parental permission.

Weekend Blessings:

Provides students in the CV School District referred by the school with bundles of food to take home for the weekends.

Summer Lunch:

Serves three lunches a week at three locations in the CV School District from June through August. The meals are free and open to all children 18 and younger.

Back on Track Financial Coaching:

Assists those living “paycheck to paycheck” and the underemployed who don’t qualify for social services but are struggling to avoid homelessness caused by an unavoidable financial hardship.

*NEW! Connect Client Discipleship:

Pairing adult clients with local churches to conquer the epidemic of loneliness.

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