Elementary School Newsletter
October 11, 2019
Dearest PCS families,
Hard to believe but the first quarter of the 2019-2020 school year ends next Friday, October 18. This coming week you should receive confirmation on your time for your scheduled parent teacher conference on October 23 or 24! Please mark your time in your calendar to ensure that you attend. It is vitally important that all families have this time with their teacher(s) to discuss how the year has started both academically and behaviorally as well as to set goals for the second quarter and rest of the school year. For the students currently in 4th & 5th grades, you will also receive your MAP scores from last school year. If there is a problem with your assigned time, please reach out to your child’s teacher to reschedule.
Although I am not on the page personally, I know a lot of questions, concerns, and shout outs happen on the parent FB page. I know information is disseminated there, however there is information in which it is probably best and more accurate to ask someone directly at the school. Please feel free to reach out to me or to one of the Teacher Leaders/Asst Principals with your questions, concerns, or comments. You are also welcome to call our front desk ladies, Maggie Zamudio or Riley Anderson, and they can help answer or direct you to the appropriate person. Thank you!
Don’t forget!!! School picture day is Thursday, October 17!
Hope all have a wonderful weekend!
Dana Leesman, Elementary Principal
p: 314.645.9600 x608 e: firstname.lastname@example.org #ThatsPCS #DoKindTakeCarePCS
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL UPDATES
Strategic Planning Conversation…
Please join us for some conversation about plans for PCS over the next 5 years. We are seeking parent/family input on ways to enhance our academic program over the next 5 years. Come share your ideas and get excited about the future of PCS. Pizza and salad will be provided! If you plan on joining us please rsvp to either Maggie or Riley so we know numbers to expect for dinner. Thank you!
October 17: Middle School Cafe @ 6:30-8:00 pm (this is the October PCS board meeting)
Red Ribbon Week coming up October 28-31…
Red Ribbon Week is an ideal way for our school community to unite and take a visible stand against drugs. During the school week of October 28th through October 31st all of PCS will be showing our commitment to a drug-free lifestyle by wearing the symbol of a Red Ribbon. Each student and staff member will be given a Red Ribbon sticker on Monday, and will also be encouraged to participate in our theme days planned by our 5th grade Teeny 10 members. Please note that if your child chooses not to wear an item relating specifically to the theme of that day he or she must then be in full uniform.
PK-8 Red Ribbon Week Themes…
“Our Futures are Bright, No Drugs in Sight”
Wear neon shirt/accessories with uniform bottom.
“Too Smart to Start”
Wear a PCS spirit shirt, favorite high school shirt, or college shirt with uniform bottom.
“Say Peace Out to Drugs”
Wear peace signs and tie dye with uniform bottoms.
“Team Up Against Drugs”
Wear your favorite sports team jersey/t-shirt with jeans or sweatpants.
Again, our school community is choosing to participate in the National Red Ribbon Week Campaign in an effort to show our commitment to the health, safety, and drug free future of our students, their families, and our community. The National Family Partnership’s Red Ribbon Week Campaign reports that children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who do not. This week will certainly open a window for these conversations here at school, and, hopefully, at home as well.
Thank you in advance for your support!
Your School Counseling Department
Ariel Boulicault M.Ed, PLPC
Martha Gray M.Ed, LPC, RPT, CTP-E
Paige Jackson M.Ed
Jennifer Walsh M.Ed, PLPC
Morning Drop Off…
A gentle reminder that students may not be dropped off before 8:10 unless they are signed up for before care. We have seen an uptick in the amount of students waiting outside unattended because of being dropped off early. No staff is outside before 8:10 as that is when our drop off window opens. Please be understanding of this as we already accommodate a 15 minute window for students to come in before the actual start of school at 8:25. Reminders will be given to students that are out there early and if the trend continues, families will be contacted. This really is about the safety of our students and as a school we can only accommodate so much especially when staff is not here yet for supervision. As a parent, if you want to wait with your student that is great but that is not what is happening with 95% of the students dropped off early. Thank you for your assistance with this.
Aftercare announcement for upcoming Half Day on October 24…
The October 24th half-day is quickly approaching. Please remember that aftercare ends at 4:00 pm. If your child is not signed up for aftercare but will need it for this half-day, please let us know ahead of time. Half-day drop-in fees are $25 per child.
Scholastic Book Fair is coming…
Mark your calendars! The Fall Book Fair Is coming Tuesday October 22nd-Thursday October 24th after school and during conferences! All purchases benefit our school.
The Fair will be in the new Elementary Library Building C. 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 will be ready when their class comes to the book fair. Find details here:https://www.scholastic.com/bf/premiercharterschool
We need volunteers to help with set up, previews, sale hours, and break down. Please sign up here:https://volunteer.scholastic.com/#/signup/7k95BF46M Any questions? Contact Vera Ramsey email@example.com or 645-9600 x320. Hope to see you at the Book Fair!
A message from the Nurse…
Kids Vision for Life Vision Van coming to PCS Wednesday, October 16
PCS students were vision screened a few weeks ago. If your child did not pass this initial vision screening, he/she will bring home a consent form during the week of October 7 which, when completed & signed by a parent, will allow your child to have a vision exam by an optometrist at no cost to you and obtain free glasses if needed. The optometrists will be here on Wednesday, October 16 for one day only. To take advantage of this opportunity, please complete the Kids Vision For Life Consent Form in its entirety and have your child turn the form into his/her teacher by Friday, October 11 at the latest to take advantage of this opportunity.
Free/Reduced Meal Status 2019-2020
As a reminder, Free/Reduced lunch statuses from the previous school year are expiring here soon! If you have not filled out an application for this current school year, or are interested in turning one in for the first time, make sure that you do so and turn it into any of the offices ASAP (form attached)! We ask that all families have one on file as our Free/Reduced Meal numbers have positive funding implications.
If you have any questions feel free to contact Ben Huebner at firstname.lastname@example.org
This year we have a vending machine in both cafeterias! We have made sure that the machine is filled with healthy snack options. Students may make purchases from 8:10-8:25, during their lunch period, and from 3:25-3:35 daily.
More coming soon.
After School Opportunities...
Girl Scouts: If your child is interested in joining Girl Scouts, please see attached form for sign up information.
More coming… check back soon!
PCG News & Happenings...
Fall Festival: In order to make our annual Fall Festival a success we need all the volunteers we can get. Please take a look at the sign up sheet link below and see what time slot you could volunteer. This is a great opportunity to get to know new families at PCS!
Please see the attached flyer for information on Fall Festival bracelet sales.
Join the PCS community for the 2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off and our traditional Trunk or Treat! Both of these events follow the Fall Festival on the 19th. See attached flyer for more information and to sign up for the Chili Cook-Off.
The next PCG family night is coming up soon… Head to JJ Twig’s on Hampton on October 15 for time to meet up with school families and enjoy some good food all the while helping to support PCS! More details in flyer below.
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.
If you would like to be on the PCG parent email group, send your email address to Terry Brogan (email@example.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...
Scenic Autumn Drives
Autumn officially began on September 23 but the chilly nights that we associate with autumn usually don't occur until October. And speaking of chilly nights--they are the key to beautiful fall colors. Chilly nights break down the green pigments in leaves and allow the red, orange, yellow and even purple pigments to show through.
Missouri Department of Conservaton provides a website for tracking fall color. These fall color reports show you where trees are turning colors and suggest the best places to see the changing leaves. Go to: mdc.mo.gov/fallcolor
Apple Picking, Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes and More Fall Family Fun
Go to this master list of fall activities:https://saintlouis.kidsoutandabout.com/content/master-guide-fall-family-fun-st-louis-and-st-charles
iNaturalist Family Festival at Powder Valley Conservation Area in Kirkwood; Saturday, Oct 12 10 a.m- 2 p.m.
Learn to use the free iNaturalist app and your smartphone to identify the plants and animals around you. In addition you can go on a guided autumn hike, attend a bug safari, create nature crafts, and explore the many nature discovery stations, visit with conservation partners, sample local honeys and enjoy free hot dogs and other snacks. Spend an hour or the day exploring at the iNaturalist Family Festival. Free for all ages and no registration required.
SciFest The Great Outdoors Expo at the St. Louis Science Center; Saturday, Oct 12 9:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Meet the people who work in the great outdoors, go on a tractor ride, climb a rock wall, visit cows, goats, sheep, chickens and a hive of honeybees, meet engineers, field geologists, paleontologists, learn about meteorites, telescopes and backyard astronomy, check out an electric go-kart, meet the Eureka Search & Rescue Team made up of people and dogs, press an apple in an apple press and make yourself a glass cider.It's all free at the Science Center! https://www.slsc.org/event/scifest-the-great-outdoors-expo/
Wagon Days at Longmeadow Rescue Ranch in Union, MO; Saturday, October 12 11 a.m.- 3 p.m
The Humane Society's 165 acre Longmeadow Rescue Ranch which rehabilitates horses and other farm animals is open for free wagon rides, supervised horse rides and other fun activities for families. Twister, the painting horse, will be on hand to demonstrate his artisitic abilities. Take a ranch tour and learn about the important work Longmeadow does in rehabbing farm animals. https://www.stlparent.com/event/wagon-days-longmeadow-rescue-ranch-0
Upcoming Important Dates...
10.15.19: PCG Family Night - JJ Twig’s on Hampton
10.17.19: PCS Board Meeting (Parent/Board strategic talk) - 6:30 pm
10.18.19: End of Quarter 1
10.19.19: Fall Festival
10.24.19: Noon Dismissal - Conferences 12:00-7:00 pm
10.25.19: No School
10.28-31.19: Red Ribbon Week
11.1.19: No School - Professional Development Day
11.27-29.19: No School - Thanksgiving 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.