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Thursday, March 15, 2018


I'm not sure if Spring Break arrived quick enough for some of our students! Well, it's here now, and it is a very needed break for our students and teachers alike. It's hard to believe that when we return to school on March 26, there will only be about 8 weeks left in the school year! Time really flies when your having fun. And speaking of fun, those remaining weeks of school will be filled with some hard work for our students, but also a lot of fun as we wind down the school year. Please keep an eye out for schedules of events and permission slips that your students will be bringing home in the coming weeks. But, for the time being, enjoy this week with your kids home from school for a much needed break, and we look forward to seeing them all return the following week. Check out the list of fun activities supplied by Nurse Gertwitz at the end of this newsletter for some free fun to have with you family over the break. #thatsPCS #springbreak
Middle School Trip 2018: Washington D.C.

The Washington 101 classes are on the calendar for March 28 and April 4. In these, the chaperones will have some lessons previewing some of the exciting places we will be seeing and discussing etiquette that we expect our PCS students to show while on the trip, such as in the hotel, to tour guides and in restaurants.

PCS 2018-2019 School Year

Re-enrollment is here
The final round of re-enrollment forms were sent home this week for each child. All students must return this form or re-enroll online in order for a spot to be reserved for the 2018-2019 school year. Please be cognizant of returning these forms in order to ensure your child's spot next year. Our lottery to fill any remaining spots in grades 1-8 will be held in April.

Our Kindergarten Lottery for the 2018-2019 School Year is open

Do you have or do you know a child that will be in Kindergarten next school year? We have just a few spots still available for next year. Applications can be filled out online at School Mint. This is a secure website where all that needs to be done to submit an application is fast and simple. It allows you to create a username and password and fill out all necessary information right there. There are also paper applications in each office as well. Please pass this information on to family, friends, and neighbors that you may be encouraging to apply to PCS!

Yes...It's Time to Talk Summer School

Dear PCS Families -
Premier Charter School is excited to offer summer school again this year. It will run from Monday, June 4th through Friday, June 29th. The school day will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. Before Care and After Care will be offered for those students that need supervision prior to and following the end of the summer school day for a fee.
If you are interested in having your child participate this summer, please fill out the online registration form and submit by Friday, April 6. Please complete one form per family and include all of the information requested. Confirmation on your acceptance status should be sent home by mid April. Information regarding your child's summer school teacher and room number will arrive in May.
The summer school program will focus on remedial and enrichment activities, primarily targeting English-Language Arts, Math, and Physical Education. In addition to an enriching academic curriculum, we will be instilling our nationally acclaimed Character Education component into our daily routine.
Class size will be limited. We fill classes on a first come, first serve basis. Once a class is designated full, we will start a waiting list. If your child is waitlisted, we will let you know, so that you can plan accordingly. The goal is to make availability for all interested families.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email or call us at 645-9600. We look forward to potentially seeing your child this summer for another opportunity to academically achieve and have fun!

Sheree Elkins and Jen Bordenkircher
summerschool@premiercharterschool.org

From the PCS Music Department

Join us for an evening of singing at PCS, on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. The PCS Inspire Chorus will be in concert at 6:00 pm at our very own Premier Charter School! All performers need to arrive no later than 5:30 pm. The show will take place in the Middle School Cafe. You will receive notice with special instructions closer to the day of the concert. Save the date and we will see you there!

Attention All PCS Inspire Chorus Parents: We will resume our regularly scheduled rehearsals on March 27th. Enjoy the time off.

The PCS Music Department is pleased to announce the Kindergarten and First Grade concert taking place on May 22, 2018. All Kindergarten and 1st grade students of PCS are encouraged to perform! More info to come. Save the date!

Thanks,
Ms. Boone

 

PCS Night at the Ballpark
PCS is heading back to Busch Stadium for another fun night of baseball and friends! Please see the attached flyer for ticket orders for the PCS Night at the Ballpark on June 13th. The PCS Inspire Choir will be performing The National Anthem to kick off the 7:15 Cards vs. San Diego game. This is really a fun night for our PCS Family to come together and a great fundraiser for PCG... hope to see you there!
Parent University
Our second parent university session HAS BEEEN RESCHEDULED for March 28. Please consider attending this helpful event:

Creating Home Structures and Routines to Maximize Your Time: Ashley Cade

Is one of your resolutions for 2018 to get organized? Then this is the session for you! Ashley Cade, owner of Joy Filled Organizing and mom of 3 will be sharing with you proven organizational strategies for taming the paperwork monster, establishing systems and routines to help your child be more independent and for setting your home up for optimum efficiency. Life is not one size fits all and neither are organization systems but finding what works for you and your family can help and in fact allow for more quality time as a family!

Multicultural Fair Parent Meeting

Thursday, March 29, 2018 @ 5pm in the Library
You are invited to join the Multicultural Fair committee for a parent meeting to give input, ask questions, and help out with this years' Multicultural Fair. The Multicultural Fair takes place Friday, May 18th, all day, and includes the Fair, the Walk For Hope and Spring Peace Rally. Topics for discussion: event overview, food & allergies, booths, and getting involved!
Please RSVP to cwohlgemuth@premiercharterschool.org
Notice to Parents of 7th Grade Students

The state of Missouri requires that all 8th grade students have their Tdap & Menactra vaccines at the start of 8th grade--so Spring Break is a great time to take your 7th graders in to get these vaccines.

According to PCS records, 63 seventh grade students have not yet received their Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria & pertussis) booster and/or their Menactra (meningitis) vaccines. These 63 students have received notices to update their vaccine records with the school nurse. In addition, each of these 7th grade students was given a copy of their school vaccine record.

In addition, parents will be given an all-call if their student's record indicates that they have not yet received the Tdap & Menactra vaccines.

If you get a call and you know that your student is compliant, please have your student give the nurse his/her current vaccine record and the nurse will update the school record.

If your child is truly not compliant, you may take your 7th grader to any clinic or pediatrician of your choice.
Free vaccines are available at the People's Health Center at 5701 Delmar, 314-367-7848. Call for walk in hours at the Vaccine Clinic where no appointment is needed. People's Health requires that you bring your child's shot record in when you arrive so they know exactly which vaccines are needed.

If you have questions about your child's school vaccine record, please call the nurse at 314-645-9600 extension 156.

The Story of PCS

Please join us to tell your story!
We will be collecting your stories throughout this school year to compile an incredible video that we will share at our Multicultural Fair & Spring Peace Rally.

Not sure what to say? Do you have a favorite memory, trip, teacher, project, event from the school? Have you made lifelong friends? Gather your family and friends to share these stories with us. You can plan out your story or talk from the heart.

Recording Dates & Times:
Conference Dates:
March 14th, 4:00-6:00 PM March 15th, 12:30-4:00 PM
Event Dates:
STEAM Night April 26th, 5:30-7:00 PM

Library News

Visit our online catalogue:Destiny Discover!
You can search our library shelves from any computer or device. Simply visit www.Gofollett.com or download the Destiny Discover App! You can see a list of new books and popular books, search for books, see what books are checked out and when they are due, and more!
Your child's login is:
Username: (your child's lunch number)
Password: (your child's first name)
Feel free to contact me if you need your child's lunch number. (vramsey@premiercharterschool.org

Follow what's new in the library on:
twitter @pcslibrary Instagram @pcs_library
Lutheran South High School Cheer Opportunity
Cheerleading Tryouts
Are you an 8th-grade girl with lots of cheer! Lutheran South will be hosting Cheerleading tryouts for the 2018-19 Season. Clinics will be April 9 and 10 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. with tryouts on April 12 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. It is required that you attend all three of these dates! Please wear a white t-shirt, black shorts and tennis shoes for tryouts. Contact Debbie Smith for any questions at dsmith@lhssstl.org.
Lancerette Tryouts
Grab your dance shoes! Calling all 8th-grade girls, Lutheran South will be hosting Lancerete Tryouts for the 2018-19 Season. Clinics will be April 16-19 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. and tryouts on April 20 from 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Please bring jazz shoes, wear black leggings and a t-shirt. Contact Laura Reis for any questions at dljaareis@att.net. Attached are fliers of these events.

Amazon Smile Program

Our school has linked up with the Amazon Smile Program in which we get a percentage of an order placed that is "smile eligible" (it will say on the item by the price if it is or not). The easiest way to do this is to type "Amazon Smile" into the search bar on Amazon.com. It will then automatically link you to the Smile program. Then type in "St. Louis Charter School" (and look for St. Louis Charter Schools) to select us to be correctly linked with in order for the purchase percentage to go to us!

Free Family Fun

With warmer temperatures just around the corner and Spring and Summer Breaks on the horizon, it's important to remember that children of all ages need plenty of physical activity and outdoor play time. Physical activity and unstructured outdoor time have been shown to have not only physical benefits, but cognitive, social, emotional & psychological benefits as well.

A minimum of 60 minutes of physical exercise daily is recommended for children of all ages. Physical activity has be shown to lower rates childhood obesity which has both immediate and long term effects on physical health. Physical activity reduces the risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, asthma, & joint and orthopedic problems and promotes muscle and bone strength, balance, coordination, and flexibility.

In addition to physical benefits, physical activity reduces stress and promotes emotional & psychological well-being. Team sports and unstructured group playtime promote social development. Frequent physical activity has been shown to improve behavior and mood and decrease feelings of anxiety and depression.

Cognitive benefits of unstructured play time include the development of creativity, imagination, planning, and strategy--all traits that improve school performance. Aerobic activity has even been shown to promote neural connections in the brain.

Even the environment benefits from children who spend time outdoors. Children who do not experience time outdoors in natural environments early in life may develop an aversion or discomfort to natural spaces or regard nature as nothing more than a disposable resource.

So during Spring & Summer Break, take a break from technology. Go for a walk with your kids, shoot some hoops, get out a frisbee or jump rope, play a game of touch football, run down Art Hill and back up again, go skating, roller blading, or bike riding, take a trip to a park playground or a hike in the woods.

There's a lot of good that comes from fresh air & physical activity.

Parks for the Fun of It
When it comes to local parks, there are many to choose from. Here are websites dedicated to finding a park that is just your style or finding a new favorite park.

St. Louis City Parks
https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/parks/parks/browse-parks/

St. Louis County Parks
https://www.stlouisco.com/parksandrecreation/parkpages

Missouri State Parks
https://mostateparks.com/find-a-park?region=7

Federal Parks in Missouri
https://www.nps.gov/state/mo/index.htm

Local Hiking Trails
.stltoday.com/lifestyles/great-trails-for-hikes-in-the-st-louis-area/collection_7f958fad-bf23-5e3e-be6e-3ad2cb2cb380.html

http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/missouri/st-louis/best-hiking-spots-around-st-louis/

March 27- Multicultural Fair Parent Meeting PCS Library @ 5:00 pm

March 28- Washington DC 101 MS Building @3:30 pm- 4:15

March 28- Parent University PCS Library @ 6:00 pm- 8:30 pm

April 2-6- 8th Grade MAP Testing

April 2- Grade Check

April 4- Washington DC 101 MS Building @ 3:30 pm- 4:15 pm

April 10-11- 6th Grade MAP Testing

April 12-13- 7th Grade MAP Testing

April 16-20- MAP Make-ups

April 18- MS Trip Parent Meeting MS Cafeteria @ 5:30 pm- 6:30 pm