Elementary School Newsletter
March 8, 2019
Dearest PCS families,
Concerns have come up in the past week or so about the Momo Challenge. This “scare challenge” is circulating on social media targeting children. It's described as a "suicide game" which combines shock imagery and hidden messaging, and it supposedly encourages kids to attempt dangerous stunts, including suicide.
I know that many of our students have both curiosity and concerns about this challenge. Regardless, if this challenge is real or a hoax, it is important for us to respond to students' concerns without creating additional alarm. If your child brings up the Momo Challenge please take that opportunity to review internet safety with them. I have included the link to a helpful website along with tips to help protect your child from these viral challenges.
Five Tips to Protect Your Child From Viral Challenges
Discuss the online trends among their peers and find out about what games their friends are talking about. It’s important you understand what websites, apps, and social media platforms they are on to help them minimize potential risks.
Have regular conversations with your children about the risks they may be exposed to and how to deal with them, such as cyberbullying, peer pressure and grooming, and ensure they feel able to come and talk to you if they see anything upsetting.
Check their privacy settings. Make sure they know how to make their profiles ‘private’ so they are not sharing personal information to strangers.
Make sure they know when and how to report and block any malicious or inappropriate messages or posts on the platforms they use.
Advise them to be careful about oversharing personal information such as their school, telephone number or anything that identifies where they live and consider not using their full name for their profile.
While your child is at school they are unable to search Momo Challenge as it is blocked by our filter on all student devices. If you need any support dealing with this situation or any online concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Dana Leesman, Elementary Principal
p: 314.645.9600 x608 e: email@example.com #ThatsPCS #DoKind
Quarter 3 Conferences…
Our final conferences for the school year are coming up right before Spring Break. By early next week, you should receive your scheduled conference time. The teachers work hard to give you close to your preferred time (if preference sheet was returned) as well as make siblings conferences close together. Please be cognizant of your time and arrive promptly. Every teacher holds at least 20 conferences so time is of an essence. If you cannot make your scheduled time, please contact the teacher to reschedule.
We make it a priority that every parent attends their child’s conference. We understand that parents do work but with only two formal conferences per year, we also ask that you as parents also make these a priority. That is why we do try to give enough notice ahead of time in case some schedules, work or otherwise, need to be adjusted. Asking teachers for different days or times outside of the designated blocks makes it really hard on them. Thanks for your help in this matter. Remember there is NO SCHOOL on Friday, March 22 due to conferences.
A Note From the Registrar....
It is that time of year again, we are starting our re-enrollment process. If you are new to this process, this is how we determine if students will be returning to PCS next school year. Turning the completed form in, lets us know how many openings we will have per grade level for our school wide lottery in April. Teachers were all given Re-Enrollment Forms again to send home for any families that have yet to return them. Families can also submit a form online instead, to make the process easier https://goo.gl/forms/6HH3h38jF2oDRaNm2 .
Families are required to submit one form per student. All forms (either "Yes coming back" or "No not returning") are due back no later than March 21st. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to Katie Lydon firstname.lastname@example.org or Erin O'Brien email@example.com
Walk For Hope T-Shirt
Please see the attached flyer about our Walk for Hope t-shirt design opportunity. This is open to all students K-8.
Parents if you would like to purchase a shirt please see the attached form. This form is only for parents or non-PCS children. All PCS students are given a Walk For Hope shirt at no cost thanks to our PCG group!
Thanks to the hard work of three 8th grade boys we have our new vending machine! We have made sure that the machine is filled with healthy snack options. Students may make purchases from 8:10-8:25 and from 3:25-3:35 daily. It is located in the Middle School cafeteria.
Mark your calendars PCS! Book Fair week starts Tuesday, March 19th! We'll be open Tuesday (3/19) 3:30-4:30, Wednesday (3/20) 3:30-7:00, and Thursday (3/21) 12:00-7. All purchases benefit our school.
Volunteers make a difference! Help our students find their next favorite book at our #ScholasticBookFair. Sign up here: (https://volunteer.scholastic.com/#/signup/stLNdSk0Z)
Can't make it to the book fair? We’re now offering a new, cash-free payment option called eWallet, making it easier for kids to buy books! Set up your account today so your kiddo can visit the fair during the school day. Visit the book fair homepage to use eWallet!
"All For Books" Elementary Coin Drive begins Monday March 11th
Next week students can raise money to purchase books for their classroom libraries through the Coin-a-day Challenge. Each day represents a different type of coin. The classroom that collects the highest overall total will receive a pizza party.
Friday any coin
If you have loose coins hiding under couch cushions, floor mats, in pants pockets, or the bottom of your bag, put them to good use by giving students more access to books they’ll want to read!
Book Giveaways from the StL Public Library…
The Saint Louis Public Library is sponsoring literacy programs for all ages now through May:
Read-It-Together is for preschool to 2nd grade: Meet Vanessa Brantley-Newton, author of Grandma's Purse and receive a free copy of the book March 23 at 10 a.m. (Schlafley branch)
Reading Pays is for grades 3-5: Pick up a free copy of Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani from any SLPL branch and meet the author on May 8th at 6:30 p.m. (Buder Branch)
Read-It-Forward is for grade 6-adult: Pick up a free copy of Dear Martin by Nic Stone from any SLPL branch and meet the author on March 13th from 7-8 p.m. (Central Branch)
A Note From the Nurse…
Recently, PCS has been experiencing absences due to Influenza A infections.
Flu symptoms can include: fever, chills, headache, sore throat, runny nose or nasal congestion, muscle aches, fatigue, and vomiting & diarrhea. Not every one who is diagnosed with the flu will experience all of these symptoms.
Flu viruses are the cause of various types of flu. These viruses can enter your body through your mouth, nose, or eyes. Every time you touch your hand to one of these areas, you potentially infect yourself with flu virus.
Influenza A virus constantly changes which is why flu vaccines are given yearly. The flu spreads by people who are already infected, so it is important to avoid contact with sick people and while sick, limit contact with others. If your child is sick, they should stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone without the use of fever reducing medicine. Teach your child to cover their nose & mouth with a tissue when they cough or sneeze, throw the tissue away, and wash hands properly with soap and water. Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth. Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with influenza virus.
For more complete information regarding the flu see the following: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/consumer/symptoms.htm
Get Ready for the Kids’ Heart Challenge…
Parents, it’s time for your child to show heart! This year, we’re launching the Kids Heart Challenge. It’s your child’s chance to be a Heart Hero by learning about heart health, spreading the word and raising funds to save other children.
Have your child go to heart.org/kidsheartchallenge so they can take one of the three challenges and email family and friends to ask for donations. Your child will earn a glow-in-the-dark wristband just for registering online. When they get donations, they will receive Echo, Finn and a clasp. Thank you for supporting the physical and emotional well-being of our students and the American Heart Association.!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Please also feel free to continue donating smaller recyclable items - especially plastic bottle caps, paper towel tubes, and corks! We really appreciate it!
Makerspace is also looking for donations! PCS has been busy inventing and creating this year and we are looking for more supplies. Please consider donating the following items:
Glue (all kinds)
Tape (all kinds)
Donation boxes are located outside both cafeterias. Thank you!
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
Please stay tuned.
After School Opportunities...
Typing club is beginning soon for 3rd-5th graders! If interested and you no longer have the sign up flyer, please have your child see Miss Riley at the front office or Mrs. Wissler in the the 3rd grade pod.
Just a reminder our next half day is March 21st, school will dismiss at noon. Please make sure your students have a way home. If they attend aftercare, it will end at 4:00 pm. If your student(s) are not enrolled in aftercare but need aftercare please let us know ahead of time, half day drop ins are $25 per child. Just remember that students are only allowed 5 aftercare drop ins per year.
PCG News & Happenings...
TRIVIA NIGHT!! Time is ticking away to get your group together and ready for our Annual Trivia Night on March 23. This is night you don’t want to miss. We are looking for donations for our silent auction as well as volunteers to help run the event. Please see the attached flyer for more information or email Terry Brogan at firstname.lastname@example.org or Lisa Simon at email@example.com.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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 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/
Upcoming Important Dates...
3.15.19: Father & Daughter Dance @ 6:00-8:00 pm (tickets must be purchased)
3.20-21.19: Quarter 3 Conferences
3.22.19: No School - Conferences
3.23.19: PCG Trivia Night
3.25-29.19: No School - Spring Break
4.22-24.19: 4th Grade MAP test
4.25-26.19: 3rd Grade MAP test
4.27.19: Family Night at Panda Express
4.29-5.1.19: 5th Grade MAP test
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.