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Elementary School Newsletter
PREMIER CHARTER SCHOOL
5279 Fyler Ave., St. Louis, MO 63139
p: 314.645.9600 www.premiercharterschool.org
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"I will believe and achieve!"
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PRINCIPAL'S POST

 

Dearest PCS Families,

With this beautiful sunshine and weather ushering us out today, we hope everyone has a safe and fun Spring Break week! Thanks to all the families who attended conferences. We love sharing all the great progress our students are making and appreciate being able to continue to strengthen the home-school connection that is so important to supporting each kiddo here at PCS!

 

Parent University ...

Our second parent university session has been rescheduled. It will now take place March 28. Mark your calendars to attend.


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...

Tuesday, March 27, 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

 

Summer School Information...

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 (https://goo.gl/forms/oYbREknQaSMRZNDg2) 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

 

Dress code reminder...

As we get further into the school year, attention to dress code seems to lack. Therefore, I am sending a gentle reminder regarding dress code and the expectations for it. Attached you will find our dress code guidelines at PCS. Please ensure that your child is following those guidelines. For students who are very much out of dress code, a phone call will be made to the home to have a uniform brought up for them. (Visiting the nurse is really not an option as those extras are for students who need a change for various reasons occurring at school). One thing to note that we have been seeing more consistently... navy t-shirts without a collar and that are not PCS shirts are not dress code. Plain navy shirts must be collared. Leggings should also not be patterned and should be the base color of navy, tan, or white. For minor things, an email, note, or call will be made for a reminder. Thanks for helping out with this.


Re-enrollment happening now...

The last round of re-enrollment forms were sent home this week for any child who had still not completed the re-enrollment form. 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...

Spots are going fast!!! Do you have or do you know a child that will be in Kindergarten next school 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!

 

From the Music Department...

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!

 

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!

 

From the School Nurse...

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
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/


The Story of PCS...
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:

STEAM Night April 26th, 5:30-7:00 PM

Still have questions? Contact Mrs. Wohlgemuth
cwohlgemuth@premiercharterschool.org

 

Social Media Spotlight...

Keep up with PCS and all its happenings and learnings through Twitter and Instagram! This week we spotlight our school pages...

 

Twitter: @ThatsPCS

Instagram: @ThatsPCS


And as always, be sure to give our school's Facebook page a like too!


Please reach out if you have any questions or comments. My office is located in the Elementary Main Office area.

 

Dana Leesman, PCS Elementary Principal
e: dleesman@premiercharterschool.org
p: 645.9600 x408

 

REMINDERS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

PCG News:

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! (Ticket order form attached)
SFE: View monthly menus at: http://premiercharterschool.nutrislice.com/
Box Tops for Education: We will continue to collect Box Tops this year... so start collecting! Box tops can be given to your child's teacher or placed in the collection container in the Elementary office.

IC Parent Portal Page: Please contact your child's teacher if you need your log in information for the Parent Portal Page. Great way to stay up to date on grades, account balances, etc!
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!
Lost & Found: Please make sure to mark your child's lunch box, jackets, coats, sweatshirts, etc with their name so any lost items can be returned to them! We will be cleaning out lost and found during Spring Break so make sure to claim any lost or forgotten items before then!

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES


3.16.18: No School

3.19-23.18: No School - Spring Break

3.26.18: School resumes

4.23-24.18: Grade 3 MAP testing window

4.25-30.18: Grade 4 MAP testing window

4.27.18: 1/2 Day - Noon Dismissal - Teacher Professional Development Day

5.1-3.18: Grade 5 MAP testing window