Elementary School Newsletter


January 18, 2019

Dearest PCS families,

Quarter 2 is a wrap and report cards were sent home this past week with the students. If you did not receive the report card please check your student’s backpack or contact your child’s teacher if you do not see it. Remember there are no second quarter conferences, but we will be meeting with each family again at the close of the third quarter. In the meantime, if you do have questions about your child’s progress or would like to talk through anything, please reach out and schedule a meeting with the classroom teacher. They are always open to talking with families.

Next week marks National School Choice Week. We realize that all of you have many choices of where to send your children. We also know the great responsibility we have when your children are here with us. All team members thank each family from the bottom of hearts for choosing us and trusting us to not only educate your children but also care for them and love them each day. It is not always easy but the joy and pride that each of our students brings us helps us to push through each day trying to be the best teachers, role models and school for your kids. Because of this, PCS will be celebrating this week and your choice in various ways. Please see attached flyer for all the great events we have planned for the kids!  #pcsproud #pcspride #100reasonswechoosepcs #pcsisourchoice #crazyaboutpcs #thatspcs

Please remember that there is NO SCHOOL Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Day.

Dana Leesman, Elementary Principal 

p: 314.645.9600 x608             e: dleesman@premiercharterschool.org #ThatsPCS #DoKind

Parent University…

Please join us for our next Parent University on February 6th. We’ll have a panel discussion on this months topic of ADHD. Please see flyer for more information and don’t forget to rsvp to mgray@premiercharterschool.org


PCS Lottery…

Does your current student have a sibling who wants to come to PCS?  Do you have a family member, friend, or neighbor who has a child ready for school?

It is that time of year again…Pre-Kindergarten thru 8th Grade applications for new students in the 2019-2020 lottery are now open!

Families can apply today through Schoolmint.  If you do not already have a Schoolmint account, begin by going to premiercharterschool.schoolmint.net and create a secure account with a username and password.  From there, you can fill out an application for your student for the grade they will be going in to next year.

Our first-round new student lotteries will be held on the following dates:

  • Kindergarten: February 1, 2019

  • Pre-Kindergarten: February 25, 2019

  • 1st – 8th Grade: April 1, 2019

Should you have any questions regarding your student’s application, your Schoolmint account, or the lottery, please feel free to contact PCS admissions at admissions@premiercharterschool.org.

Donations Needed...

Elementary Art is looking for donations of fabric, yarn, and thread as students will be learning how to weave and sew when they return from Thanksgiving break! If you have any expertise in these areas and would like to visit our art classroom as a guest teacher, please reach out to Mrs. Nilsen at dnilsen@premiercharterschool.org.

Please also feel free to continue donating smaller recyclable items - especially plastic bottle caps, paper towel tubes, and corks! We really appreciate it!


Fundraising Opportunity…

Please see attached flyer for a Martial Arts Fundraiser
$49 will give the students 4 weeks (8 lessons)
100% of all money raised will go back to PCS

This is valid for both elementary and middle schools.
Contact Shelby Ford at Karate Life Studios, 314-352-6166


SFE Update…

Please see the attached newsletter from our food vendor about some of the great things that were done in November and December as well as a peek at upcoming events.

After School Opportunities...

  • UMSL is hosting a Cheer Clinic January 25 for all Kindergarten through 8th grade students. Those participating will be able to perform at the January 26 UMSL Men’s Basketball game. For more information on how to sign up, see the attached flyer.


BAC Reminders…

As the weather starts to turn colder we want to take a minute to remind everyone of our morning drop off and Before Care procedures.  All students must be walked into the building and signed in at the office if they are dropped off prior to 8:00 am. If any student is at PCS prior to 8:00 am, we will bring them to before care and will charge the regular $5 drop in fee. In order to maintain a safe student/adult ratio and ensure we have adequate staffing in our BAC program, students are only allowed 5 drop ins over the course of the school year. The safety of our children is our highest priority and we thank you for your adherence to these procedures.  

Students are only allowed 5 drop-ins for Before care and 5 drop-ins for Aftercare per year. The Before care drop-in fee is $5 and Aftercare drop-in fee is $15 per student. For any questions regarding our Before care or Aftercare program please contact Mr. Lydon at jlydon@premiercharterschool.org.

PCG News & Happenings...

  • Upcoming events:

    • Family Night at Smokin’ Barrels - January 23

  • The PCG is a support group for the students, teachers, and parents of Premier Charter School. Parent volunteers promote social and extracurricular activities, which will lead to successful and positive experiences for the students. We want to welcome you and encourage all parents to become involved in PCS. The best way to become involved is to volunteer or help out in any way you can and you can do this through PCG. Please take a look at the attached letter and PCG events for the year.

  • If you would like to be on the PCG parent email group, send your email address to Terry Brogan (tbrogan@lashlybaer.com). You will receive updates on upcoming events, etc.  Please take a moment to like the PCG parent Facebook page if you are on FB.

  • If you have Box Tops at home, be sure to collect and sent them in for additional fundraising opportunities for the school.  There is a collection box located in the Elementary Building.

Fun in the StL...


Now through Feb 10, 2019: Kehinde Wiley: St. Louis at the St. Louis Art Museum

Artist Kehinde Wiley gained national notoriety for his work on the official portrait of Barrack Obama.  Mr. Wiley now is exhibiting portraits of ordinary St. Louisans in his ongoing exhibit at the St. Louis Art Museum; free now through 2/10/19 in Galleries 249 & 250 in the East Building.

Note:  Due to construction directly in front of the Art Museum, Fine Arts Drive is blocked in front of the statue of St. Louis overlooking Art Hill but you may reach either one of the 2 free parking lots coming from the Zoo side or from Skinker Ave side but you currently cannot drive past the statue of St. Louis going in either direction.


Now extended through March 24, 2019: Panoramas of the City at the the Missouri History Museum

Panoramic photos of St. Louis as large as 10 feet x 30 feet taken from 1900 to 1950 tell the history of St. Louis is the first half of the 20th century.

Exhibit date has been extended through March 24, 2019.  http://mohistory.org/exhibits/panoramas-of-the-city/

Through June 2, 2019: Muny Memories at the Missouri History Museum

The nations oldest outdoor theater celebrates its 100th birthday.  Learn about past performances, take a peek backstage, vote for your favorite star, & learn a dance step at the free ongoing exhibit now through next June. http://mohistory.org/exhibits/muny-memories/

Mon Jan 21 MLK Day Events--NO SCHOOL

Downtown St. Louis MLK Celebration https://hot1041stl.com/events/dr-martin-luther-king-jr-holiday-celebration-2018/
History Museum MLK Celebration https://www.forestparkforever.org/calendar/2019/mlk-community-celebration-3kn3a

UMSL (Blanche Touhill Auditorium) MLK Celebrationhttps://www.evensi.us/dr-martin-luther-king-jr-holiday-celebration-umsl-blanche-touhill-performing-arts-center/283179185

MLK Canned Food Drive & Free Skate Admission  11:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.Skate free at Brentwood Skate Rink 2505 S. Brentwood Blvd in exchange for a non-perishable, non-expired canned food. 

Friday, Jan 25 7-9 p.m An Evening with Raptors Powder Valley Conservation Center  11715 Cragwold Road in Kirkwood Meet Missouri Falconers and their hunting partners.  Falconry, a sport reported as early as 700 BCE, is still practiced today.  The presentation will include info on falconry & how to become a falconer and then you will meet the birds and the falconers.Free Reservations required at mdc.mo.gov/events

Wed Jan 30  7 p.m .Freedom Songs: The Music of Black History U. S. Grant National Historic Site 7400 Grant Road in Affton For Free reservations call 314-842-1867 ext 230Presented by: Bright Star Children’s Theatre
This musical revue provides an energetic and engaging approach to learning about Black History. From songs which carried the secret messages needed to navigate the Underground Railroad, to the powerful anthems of the Civil Rights Movement, to the Beale Street Blues, music has long been an integral part of American history which is celebrated in this production. The program was created for children in grades 3 and up, but will be enjoyed by all ages.https://www.nps.gov/ulsg/index.htm

Upcoming Important Dates...

  • 1.21.19: No School - ML King Day

  • 1.21-25.19: National School Choice Week

  • 1.23.19: PCG Family Night - Smokin’ Barrels 11:00am - close

  • 2.6.19: Parent University about ADHD @ 6:00 p.m.

  • 2.7.19: PCS Board Meeting - 4:30 p.m.

  • 2.15.19: No School - Professional Development Day

  • 2.18.19: No School - President’s Day

  • 3.25-29.19: No School - Spring Break


Be sure to check us out on social media... Twitter, Facebook, Instagram!  All teachers & classrooms have accounts where you can check out pictures and happenings.