Middle School Newsletter
May 17, 2019
MS. WRIGHT'S WRITINGS…
As I sit down to write my final newsletter of the year I paused to just reflect back on all the memories. How quickly time passes. I have intentionally tried to slow down this year so I could live in the moment and wouldn’t miss the amazing things taking place all around me. It’s as if it was just yesterday that we were welcoming the kids to the 2018-19 school year. I can vividly remember getting the building ready for staff and students to return in August. It was the same feeling I got as a child on Christmas Eve or the day before vacation.
We hit the ground running, welcoming our new 6th graders to our middle school family and building those important relationships in classes. We intentionally spent time modeling kindness and explicitly teaching how important it is to Be Kind to one another. This work will never be finished and I am more confident now than ever that it will truly pay off. Watching our kids celebrate one another’s successes and support one another through difficult times is all the evidence I need to know that they do understand why kindness matters.
Teachers planned rigorous and engaging lessons for our students all year so that they were receiving the best education possible. Students showed up everyday and we continually reminded them to simply Do Your Best. They pushed themselves to improve and make the most of the time they spent at school. This was evident from work displayed during projects and presentations as well as their choices during field experiences. Teachers held high expectations for our students because they don’t deserve anything less than that.
School should be fun. Throughout their day students are shown how learning can actually be fun as they get to experience hands on learning. Throughout the year we also had so many different events including the rallies, field experiences, field day, career day, Challenge Day, dances...I could go on and on. At the end of the day we truly do want our students to Have Fun.
I would like to express my deepest thanks for allowing me the privilege of spending this past year with your child. Thank you for partnering with me and the school so that we can give your child the very best education possible. I have said it so many times I have lost count but PCS truly is like a very large family and I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of it. If this is your final year at PCS I wish you and your family all the best in the future...please don’t forget to visit. Everyone else...enjoy your summer and I can’t wait to see you back in August.
In 6th grade, we had an awesome year watching our students grown in maturity through showing respect, responsibility, and kindness. The group has done a great job transitioning into Middle School, and we cannot wait to cheer you on in 7th grade! Have a safe and productive summer, and don't forget to read a book, spend time outside, and continue practicing the learning you gained this year!
The 7th grade team is so proud of the growth that has happened throughout this school year. Seeing improved test scores or better writing skills will always feel gratifying, but hearing respectful words and seeing kindness from our students is the ultimate internal reward. We feel proud to send these young adults on to the next step that will surely provide them with new adventures.
Nananana nananana... Hey hey hey... Goodbye!
From the slopes of Hidden Valley to the brain busters on the MAP, 8th graders have overcome some obstacles this year by showing grit and teamwork. We are so excited for what their futures hold. We wish you all the best of luck as you move on to high school! #PCSproud
We had an incredible introductory year in EA. It was really fun to watch explorers build their confidence in hands on projects and develop their skills as chefs, builders, innovators, designers and care takers. I hope they continue to practice those skills and use them to bring change to their lives and their communities.
In the art room, students are wrapping up projects and enjoying their final studio days. Looking back at the year, it has been a pleasure to see every student explore and grow creatively. I hope everyone has a joyful, inspiring summer!
The 8th grade scholars ended their school year by completing a STEAM rotation of their choice. We were blown away by their critical thinking skills, collaboration with peers, creativity, and the final products they created. The 8th grade STEAM teachers would like to wish our PCS graduating class of 2019 all the best on their future endeavors. We have so much enjoyed working with you all this school year and can't wait to see all of the amazing things you accomplish next year and beyond.
Message regarding BAC for 2019-20
Dear PCS Families,
Our primary goal with our Before and After Care program is to provide a safe, engaging and enriching experience for all participating students. In order to do so, each year we limit enrollment to 225 students. 2019-2020 will be no different, we will again be limiting enrollment to 225 students, evenly distributed among all 9 grade levels.
After speaking to parents over the course of the last few years and analyzing BAC enrollment, we believe that the most equitable way to distribute spots in BAC to all our families, old and new, is through an enrollment lottery. This is the same way that we fill open spots at the school.
We will begin accepting applications for BAC on April 1st and hold our BAC enrollment lottery on May 1st. This schedule will allow us to notify all families who applied for BAC if they were accepted or not before the end of the 2018-2019 school year.
We have also decided to offer a special, early bird enrollment lottery for all families who have submitted applications by April 15th. We will fill as many spots as we can on April 15th and fill any remaining spots on May 1st.
As a school of character, we believe strongly in the importance of equity and believe that this enrollment system is in line with our core ethical values. I am happy to answer any questions about this policy change and look forward to hearing from you.
Dr. Mike Schrimpf
Assistant Head of School
Just a reminder our next half day is May 10th, 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
Meal/BAC Balance Reminder
As we come to the end of the school year it is expected of all families to have all meal and Before and Aftercare (BAC) balances paid in full before the last day of school. If you are not sure about your balance feel free to visit the parent portal or check with any office. Payments for both meals and BAC can be made via the parent portal or in person to any office.
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, during lunch and from 3:25-3:35 daily.
We want to remind you that PCS has safety structures in place if we were ever to be in a lockdown situation because of an outside threat. Please rest assured that we understand communication in these situations are of utmost importance. Parents will be notified through the automated school system; calls texts and emails. We have a very good relationship with the police department down the street and if we hear of or are made aware of a situation where lockdown might be a possibility, we will be in contact with district 2. They will be able to provide accurate details of the situation and from there we can receive their recommendation on our course of action. At all times, student safety is on our minds and we will always communicate with what you need to know. As always please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
On the last Monday of the month any student who has earned 80% or higher on their homework completion grade may dress down. Students can check their grade on Infinite Campus to ensure that they have indeed earned this privilege. Please remember that all clothing must be school appropriate.
REMINDERS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Please see the attached updates from SFE.
Fun Around Town…
Sat May 18 9:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m.
Extreme Earth Expo at the St. Louis Science Center
Do you know what an extremophile is? Have you heard of astrobiology? Learn about all things extreme this weekend. Fire trucks and emergency equipment will be on display, check out a real seismometer and experience volcano action, experience a hail storm, build a disaster proof structure with the help of professional engineers, take home some quake sand, learn to prepare for a natural disaster, check out some extreme dinosaurs. It's all things extreme!
Sat May 18 10 a.m.-Noon
Bike Through History at U.S. Grant Historic Site 7400 Grant Rd at Gravois
Enjoy a family friendly 4 mile round trip bicycle trip along Grant's Trail lead by a National Parks Service Ranger who will describe historical points along the way.
Included is a free tour of Thomas Sappington House. Free reservations are required by calling 314-842-1867 extension 230.
Sat/Sun May 18-19 10 a.m-5 p.m.
St. Charles Historical Children's Festival in Downtown St. Charles, MO
Learn to be a kid in the 1820's when Missouri was not yet a state. You may churn butter, write with a quill, wash clothes in a tub on a wash board, watch re-enactiments, see demonstrations of skills needed in the 1800's, enjoy period music & storytelling.
Sun. May 19 11a.m.- 4 p.m.
Kids Day at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site in Collinsville, IL
Make an arrowhead, throw spears with an atlatl, grind corn, make a pinch pot and explore the largest prehistoric Native American site in all of North America found just across the Mississippi River.
Important Upcoming Dates
5.17.19-8th Grade Park Field Trip
5.20.10-8th Grade Swing Around Fun Town Field Trip
5.21.19-6th Grade Zoo Field Trip
5.21.19-8th Grade Graduation 7pm
5.22.19-MS Fly Up Day
5.23.19-6th Grade Park Field Trip
5.24.19-Last Day of School-Noon Dismissal
May Lunch Menu
Vaccinations Flyer for 7th Grade Families