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Middle School Newsletter

As I mentioned in my short blast earlier this week, the trip last week was really successful. We left with 80 students and returned with 80 students, although they were much more tired than when they left. We had outstanding weather to visit the many monuments and learn about college life at George Mason University. We were able to get to several of the Smithsonian museums and enjoyed a dinner cruise on the Potomac River, among many other fun and educational activities. We are very proud of our students for exhibiting great behaviors and patience throughout the trip. With that in mind, we'd like to announce...

Middle School Trip 2019: Colorado

Our students voted and visiting the Rocky Mountains was the overwhelming winner. While our itinerary will not be set until later in the school year, we are in discussions with our travel company to include some time in the mountains along with visiting some sights in Denver, and as always, including a trip to a university in the area. More details will be out early in the 2018-19 school year.

Middle School Shout Outs

Huge Shoutout to Rylan Ray for double checking Mr. Graczyk's computer cart ensuring that all computers were put away correctly!

Ms. Boone would like to give a special shout out to the PCS Inspire Chorus members who performed in last night's spring concert. You sounded absolutely amazing and everyone enjoyed the show! I couldn't be more proud of each and every one of you! Keep up the good work!

Ms. Hayes would like to give a shout out to Ms. Lemmon's homebase for all of your help and hard work yesterday. Thank you so much!
8th Grade Graduation
Graduation is scheduled for 7:00 pm on May 21st at Central Visual and Performing Arts high school at the corner of Arsenal and Kingshighway. More information will be coming out about this special evening, but for now we wanted to announce that we are expecting to be able to allot 7 tickets per family. We will not have other tickets to distribute, and they will be sent home in a sealed envelope with the graduates closer to the date. We are looking forward to this culmination to their academic careers here at PCS.
We are in need of pictures for the graduation slide show, especially baby pictures or early childhood. Please send ONE electronic picture of your child to Kim Wright (kwright@premiercharterschool.org) by Monday, May 14.


Lunch and Breakfast Notes

We are working with SFE, our food provider, to ensure students have a nutritious and delicious experience at lunch and breakfast. We have informally talked to a few parents and students and received some great ideas and feedback. We have shared that feedback with SFE who is working to ensure the students are satisfied. We would like to have a Food Committee that includes students and parents to continue this progress. If you and/or your child would like to be part of that committee, please email Sara Guller at sguller@premiercharterschool.org. Please see a note from SFE below:

PCS Family and Friends,

Southwest Food Service Excellence would like to extend a thank you for choosing us to be your school food service vendor. It is our goal to provide a delicious and nutritionally balanced breakfast and lunch to all who desire it. We would like for every student to have their choice of entrée through all serving periods, so we are proactively increasing the more popular choices so that all students have the opportunity to receive their desired selection.

We would also like to provide you with some information about the program we utilize:

We provide three different lunch choices daily.
Vegetarian items are on the menu as a main entree 2-3 times per week
All the items we use are whole grain rich products, this includes pastas, breads, cereals
We offer a salad bar daily that includes; spring/spinach mix, carrots, celery, broccoli, cucumber. In addition beans are on the salad bar 1x per week.
You can also view the menus through an app or website called Nutrislice
http://premiercharterschool.nutrislice.com/

PCS 2018-2019 School Year

**See the 2018-2019 PCS calendar attached to this newsletter!!!

Our Kindergarten Lottery for the 2018-2019 School Year is open

Do you have or do you know a child that will be in Kindergarten next school year? We have just a few spots still available for next 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!
Spring Peace Rally and Multicultural Fair
We're excited to announce this year's theme for our annual Multicultural Fair, "We're All Chapters of the Same Book"; and invite you to join your student(s)! Below you'll find a general schedule for the day. As we get closer to the day of the fair classroom teachers will be able to share a detailed schedule of their booths as well. In the coming weeks we will send home more about performances, food allergy information, and ways for you to be involved! If you have any questions or ideas on how you'd like to contribute to the day please email: cwohlgemuth@premiercharterschool.org.

2018 Peace Rally, Walk For Hope, & Multicultural Fair Timeline:

9:00-10:00 am Peace Rally in the Courtyard
10:00-11:00 am Walk for Hope
11:00-12:45 am Booths (4-8) & Performances (K-3)
12:45-1:15 pm Lunch
1:15-3:00 pm Booths(K-3), Performances(4-7), Student-led Booths(8)

A note about this annual event:
Each year we hold two Peace Rallies, one in the Fall and one in the Spring. The rallies are a chance for our entire school, Kindergarten through 8th grade to gather together and set goals, announce new initiatives, reflect on fall's goals, celebrate clubs and teams and be together as one school.
The Walk for Hope started years ago as a way for our students to understand the distance many children walk each day for fresh drinking water. Now Ellie's Walk for Hope is a way to remember a PCS team member who passed away from Sarcoma Cancer four years ago.
Our Multicultural Fair is an opportunity for providing information and education to our students about various cultures, including those represented by PCS students, the greater community, and the world at large. The fair contains presenters, booths, and activities that are centered around various cultural topics. Students are educated on games, music, religions, food, traditions, dress, and history from cultures around the world.

Multicultural Fair Food Information!
We will have a google doc (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1aLv7-CII2nJr5n-f5E6nCYAUG3nDiwK8RjJ3CEoUxsk/edit) that will be added to and updated as we receive information from vendors. Please let me know if you would like to be added to the document by sending me an email with your email address. The student-created booths will not have food at all this year.
Food will be for sale by the Hispanic Festival Inc. again this year as it was a great hit last year! They will have two areas from two different restaurants/bakeries. One will have bakery treats and the other will have 'street tacos'.
One of our fabulous parents is running a fresh salsa making booth and the Scottish Center and BIAS center will have Walker brand shortbread cookies and Inr Bru soda in their booth as well.
Again this year we will have food allergy information for all staff and they will have the ingredients list as well. Please also let me know, via email, if you have specific questions or concerns.

Cultural Fashion Show

Time to show off your culture!
We are interested in learning about traditional clothing from different cultures. We invite anyone (adults and students) to participate in this year's cultural fashion show at the Peace Rally on Friday, May 18th at 9am.
We would also love to have any adult come and teach about their culture on this day to small groups. Displaying artifacts and/or pictures, teaching a traditional dance, demonstrating how to make a traditional food, and/or showing a short film are just a few ideas of how you could share your culture with others.
If you or any family member is interested in the fashion show, teaching about your culture, or even just helping at the Multicultural Fair, this would be GREATLY appreciated!
Please contact any ELL teacher if you are able to help out!
314-645-9600 ext 165
mbruns@premiercharterschool.org
jgianino@premiercharterschool.org
lmueller@premiercharterschool.org
mwagener@premiercharterschool.org

PCS Summer School

Thank you to all who have registered for summer school at PCS. Open registration is now closed, as we are sorting out the numbers for each grade level. We will be getting more information out in the coming weeks about placements and any potential waiting lists, however it is always our goal to make sure that all who are interested are able to attend. Remember: PCS Summer School will run 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 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

From the Middle School Math Department

Do you want to help fight the lost math skills (on average, 2.6 months in grade-level equivalency) students experience during summer break? Check out this summer math challenge hosted by DESE and designed for students who have just completed grades 1st-8th. Copy and paste this link: https://dese.mo.gov/state-board-education/commissioner/missouri-summer-math-challenge to find out more information or check out the attached flyer.

PCS Night at the Ballpark

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 PCG has extended the sale of Cardinal tickets for the June 13, 2018 game until Tuesday, May 15, 2018. This is a fun PCS night out with other family/friends from school. It is also Star Wars Night at the Ball Park so there will be Star Wars characters throughout the stadium. Tickets are sold at a reduced price - $20/ticket. I have attached the flyer again. If interested, please send the form & payment in to the office. Tickets will be sent home the week of May 21, 2018. Thank you to all who have already sent in their forms & payments. We really appreciate your support.

7th Grade Students Need Vaccines to enter 8th Grade Next Fall

Current 7th grade students will need to update their vaccine records to attend 8th grade this coming fall. The state of Missouri mandates that all incoming 8th grade students have a Tdap booster (tetanus, diphtheria, & pertussis) and a Menactra (meningococcal MCV4) vaccine.

To date, 32 of our seventh grade students still need these 2 vaccines or have old vaccine records on file with the school nurse. If you are unsure as to whether or not your seventh grade student still needs a Tdap and/or Menactra vaccine, please bring the most up to date vaccine record to the school nurse and she will check your child's vaccine status.

Your child may receive the Tdap & Menactra from your pediatrician or you can obtain free vaccines at the People's Health Center, 5701 Delmar, St. Louis, MO 63112; call 314-367-7848 for walk-in hours with no appointment needed. People's Health Center requires you to bring a copy of your child's vaccine record with you, which can be obtained from the school nurse if you don't already have a copy.

If you have questions about your child's school vaccine record, please call the nurse at 314-645-9600 extension 156.

Library news

Borrowing ended last week!
It's the saddest time of the year for the Librarian, time to return all library books and shelve them for the summer Please check under beds, in closets, in cars and old book bags for any lost library books! We would like to have all library books back as soon as possible.

Beware of the "summer slide"
Help prevent learning loss that takes place over the summer by encouraging your child to read!

Check out the Saint Louis Public Library website for information about their summer reading program and free camps!

Online Summer Book Club!!
Scholastic is sponsoring a summer reading challenge with the theme: "A Magical summer of reading." The website features illustrations from the Harry Potter series and weekly reading challenges. Students can log their reading minutes online to earn small prizes, certificates, and a celebration with Mrs. Ramsey in the fall. (the challenge ends September 7th). If you would like to participate please contact Mrs. Ramsey (vramsey@premiercharterschool) to get a username and password.

Check out "The Great Read" coming to PBS May 22nd. The series will talk about 100 books that Americans love. Viewers can vote on their favorite book on the list starting May 22nd! The Great American Read facebook page

Visit our online catalogue: Destiny Discover!
You can search our library shelves from any computer or device. Simply visit www.Gofollett.com or download the Destiny Discover App! You can see a list of new books and popular books, search for books, see what books are checked out and when they are due, and more!
Your child's login is:
Username: (your child's lunch number)
Password: (your child's first name)
Feel free to contact me if you need your child's lunch number. (vramsey@premiercharterschool.org

Follow what's new in the library on:
twitter @pcslibrary Instagram @pcs_library
Drum Lessons???
Mr. Twombly is a substitute teacher at Premier Charter School. He is also a professional drummer who offers fantastic drum lessons to all ages and frequently performs with many artists throughout the St. Louis area. His experience teaching and performing in many genres such as jazz, blues, rock, country, and hip-hop makes for a well-rounded fundamental knowledge of the instrument. To any of those who are interested in drum lessons, please, have a look at the attached document. Rock on!

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!

Free Family Fun

Tues/Wed/ Fri May 9-25
Learn to Dance at Ignite Theatre Company
Ignite Theatre Company presents Let's Dance!: a partner dance intensive for performers ages 13-20 including styles of pas de deux, swing, salsa, and more! This free workshop will be held May 9-25, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, at Ignite's rehearsal space 3510 Giles Avenue, St. Louis, MO, 63116, and will culminate with a showcase on May 25th in which the students will perform choreographed pieces demonstrating what they've learned. 314-717-1851

Friday, May 11 6-9 p.m.
Star Wars Fan Fest with Ashley & David Eckstein
Grant View Branch Library 9700 Musick Road @ Gravois
A giant celebration of all things Star Wars, this annual event features costumed characters, food trucks, crafts and games. Additional off-site parking and a shuttle service will be provided. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. All ages.

Friday, May 11 7:30-9:30 p.m.
City of Crestwood Parks Dept. Bat Survey Presentation
Whitecliff Park, 9245 Whitecliff Park Lane, Crestwood, MO
Join the City of Crestwood and Vona Kuczynska to learn how wildlife biologist survey bats using mist nets down by the Quarry in Whitecliff Park. If bats are captured, participants will get the opportunity to see how bats are measured and identified. Participants will also learn how bats are tagged and tracked using tiny transmitters. This net survey presentation is FREE and open to the public. Registration is not required. The event could be cancelled due to inclement weather. Participants should bring a headlamp or a flashlight. For more information call 314-729-4860 or visit www.cityofcrestwood.org

Sat May 12 9:30-4:30
St. Louis Science Center's SCIFEST--Tornado Alley
Meet local experts studying storms, earthquakes, forest fires, and how you can keep yourself safe in these dangerous situations. Many other free exhibits.
For a complete list of SCIFEST topics: https://www.slsc.org/learn-kid-family-activities/scifest/

Sat May 12 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Missouri History Museum Lindell & DeBaliviere
Cuentos en español en el museo
Cuentos en el museo promueve el interés de los visitantes más jóvenes y de sus familias en objetos históricos y el entorno del museo utilizando cuentos tradicionales y contemporaneos. En estas fechas especiales, los cuentos serán en español y leídas por lectores hablantes nativos de español. Los niños también participarán en una actividad manual. Cada sesión es gratis y dura 45 minutos. Este programa es recomendado para niños de 2 a 5 años de edad.

Saturday, May 12
Historic Daniel Boone Home in Defiance, MO 1868 Hwy F
Meet Daniel Boone and his biographer, John Filson as re-enactors bring history to life. You will be able to see a collection of antiques from the time of the French & Indian War to the Revolutionary War
http://www.sccmo.org/1712/Events or 636-949-7535

Upcoming Events


May 12- 8th Grade Formal Dance
PCS Multipurpose Room
5:30 pm- 8:00 pm

May 18- Peace Rally & Multicultural Fair

May 21- 8th Grade Last Day of School
12:00 Dismissal

May 21- 8th Grade Graduation
Central VPA High School
6:30 pm doors open
7:00 pm ceremony begins

May 25- Last Day of School
12:00 Dismissal