Middle School Newsletter

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Friday, February 16, 2018
Dear PCS families,

In the wake of yet another heartbreaking headline of school violence we are reminded of how critical human connection is. Our hearts go out to all effected by this tragedy. As educators and as parents, it is difficult to comprehend such catastrophic events. We feel closely connected to the children, teachers and staff, families and community who were so devastated by this loss. As a school who values the social and emotional development of our students, we will continue to support them by responding to their questions and needs as we all process these traumatic events.

I want to reassure you that we take school safety and security very seriously at PCS. We are vigilant and proactive when it comes to our students' safety and have clear plans and procedures to deal with emergency situations. We practice intruder drills with our kids and staff regularly. We have technical systems in place as well. Some of those include, campus and door cameras, doors that automatically lock with the push of a button, and button alerts the can indicate to neighboring police that we have an intruder. Additionally, we have a relationship with the station down the street, and we have a police officer here every day toward dismissal.

Please know we continue to seek advice and learn from experts as we keep this part of our safety plan a top priority. As an example, we will be practicing our intruder procedures with a law enforcement officer (staff only) this summer. As we continue to get feedback we can make any changes necessary to stay in tune with the best practices in preparing for an impossible situation such as this.

We will continue to keep the Florida community in our thoughts and prayers. If you need any resources to help with the processing of these events at home, please don't hesitate to reach out. Your teachers and principals can certainly assist!

Thanks for your continued partnership!

-Dr. Julie Frugo

Middle School Shoutouts

Shout out to Lindsey Robin for reaching out for help during study hall with her homework! Keep up that hard work!

Shoutout to Madison Milbourn, Kaden Scola, and Kobie Lokeomanivong for being focused leaders in fifth bock Math. You guys rock!

Ms. Berwick would like to give a Valentines shoutout to her incredible homebase for showing respect, responsibility, and caring on a daily basis. I love you all dearly!

Ms. McAdams would like to give Madison Longmire-Lee a shout out for her powerful poem, great work!

She would also like to recognize Daimond and Tyrin for working on poetry in a creative way, she thought your competition was a unique idea!

Ms. Berwick would like to give a huge shoutout to Sandy Cucue and Nina Nguyen for helping prepare for the day. I really appreciate your hard work ladies!

PCS Athletics

Unfortunately, our games against Lift for Life Academy were cancelled at the last minute yesterday so neither of our teams had the opportunity to play this week. Please check the calendar for any upcoming games.

Middle School Trip 2018: Washington D.C.

Yesterday was the cut-off date for families to make payment arrangements with AST, if they have fallen behind. We hope that very soon we are able to announce a firm final payment amount. We appreciate your patience in this process and really look forward to this trip to our nation's capital.

Here at school, we are gearing up for the trip in several ways. On Wednesday, February 21, we will have the rooming meeting for students attending the trip. This will be at 2:30 pm in the MS cafeteria. We will make announcements on Tuesday and Wednesday, but please remind your child about this important meeting when they will be choosing their roommates for the trip. Also, the Washington 101 classes will be starting soon. In these, the chaperones will have some lessons previewing some of the exciting places we will be seeing and discussing etiquette that we expect our PCS students to show while on the trip, such as in the hotel, to tour guides and in restaurants.

If your child participated in the Popcornopolis fundraiser, we are hoping for a March 5th delivery, but that has not been confirmed. I will be sure to put the pick up information in here as soon as we have a firm date.

It is not too late to have your child attend the Middle School trip to Washington D.C. I still encourage you to complete the paperwork and submit a deposit. We have had a couple of students unfortunately drop out of the trip recently, so there have been spots available. Openings will be filled based on the order of students on the waiting list. Contact Ms. Rhine or Ms. McAdams for more details.

Parent University is Back

Save the date for Wednesday March 14th, which will be the 2nd session.

Creating Home Structures and Routines to Maximize Your Time: Ashley Cade

Is one of your resolutions for 2018 to get organized? Then this is the session for you! Ashley Cade, owner of Joy Filled Organizing and mom of 3 will be sharing with you proven organizational strategies for taming the paperwork monster, establishing systems and routines to help your child be more independent and for setting your home up for optimum efficiency. Life is not one size fits all and neither are organization systems but finding what works for you and your family can help and in fact allow for more quality time as a family!

PCG Update

See the attached flyer for the upcoming family night at the Bread Company on Chippewa from 4:00 pm- 8:00pm, Wednesday, February 21. If ordering online, there is a promo code listed on the flyer.

The PCG is hosting a trivia night on Saturday, February 24. Doors open at 6:00 pm with trivia beginning at 7:00 pm. Please see the attached flyer for more details.

Uniform Donations

Our elementary nurse is in desperate need of size 7/8 boys and girls UNIFORM pants...or really any size close to that. She uses this for accidents, spills, rips etc... For some reason these sizes go fast. They can be brought to her in room 238 or dropped off at elementary office.
Any help you have would be great! thanks so much.

PCS 2018-2019 School Year

Don't forget to spread the word that PCS 2018-19 enrollment is now open. Please register those new kindergarteners or let your friends and neighbors know about this hidden gem in St. Louis public education before it's too late.

Paper applications have been dropped off in both offices, in case you want to pick one up for your neighbors or friends that you may be encouraging to apply here at PCS. You can also share our online application, which can be found at premiercharterschool.schoolmint.net. This a secure website, where all that needs to be done to submit an application is create to a username and password. Please see the attached flyer about kindergarten open house later this month.

STEAM Opportunity for Our 8th Grade Girls

WE (Women Entrepreneurs) MAKE, a creative workshop for young women interested in science, technology, engineering, art, &/or math will be held Saturday, February 24, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at South Technical High School, 12721 West Watson Road in Sunset Hills.

Young women in 8th, 9th, & 10th grades are eligible to participate in two hands-on workshops ranging from drafting to lasers, learning from women with expertise in sculpture, architecture, landscape architecture, aerospace engineering, & design.

For more information or to register for WE MAKE 2018:
or call 314-989-7578
Lost and Found
The pile is growing again, and Spring Break is right around the corner. That is when I usually clear out the lost and found items that have gone unclaimed during the winter. If your child is missing a coat, hat, lunch box, etc..., come take a look, because I will be donating anything still here at break to Goodwill.

Please remember to label any coats, hats, gloves and lunchboxes, so if they end up in the lost and found, we can return them to their rightful owner.

Important note about dismissal and the YMCA

We are kindly asking parents and students to be respectful of our neighbors at the YMCA. Their building and grounds are not to be used as a pick up point for students as they have membership rules and regulations regarding their building and grounds use.

Their policy is that MEMBERS under the age of 13 cannot be present at the YMCA without a person 18 years or older to supervise them. They especially cannot allow NON MEMBERS under the age of 13 to be there either. Also, 13 year old NON MEMBERS can only be in the building with a signed waiver from a parent and they are only admitted on a guest pass 2 times per calendar year. The YMCA is for members only afterschool and their lobby is not a place for students to "hang out". The parking lot is also not a place for parents to pick up their children after school.

If you need a place for after school care, please check out our Aftercare program. Payment is on a sliding scale and is affordable. It offers a safe and engaging program for our PCS students!. For more information contact Josh Lydon at jlydon@premiercharterschool.org.

The Story of PCS

Please join us to tell your story!
We will be collecting your stories throughout this school year to compile an incredible video that we will share at our Multicultural Fair & Spring Peace Rally.

Not sure what to say? Do you have a favorite memory, trip, teacher, project, event from the school? Have you made lifelong friends? Gather your family and friends to share these stories with us. You can plan out your story or talk from the heart.

Recording Dates & Times:
Conference Dates:
March 14th, 4:00-6:00 PM March 15th, 12:30-4:00 PM
Event Dates:
Board/Parent Coffee February 28th, 7:30-9:00 AM
STEAM Night April 26th, 5:30-7:00 PM

Library News (Updated)

Save the dates for our Scholastic Book Fair coming to the library March 13th, 14th and 15th during conferences!

Celebrate Black History Month
EyeSeeMe African-American Children's Bookstore in University City is offering an Intro to Black History Class for Middle and High School Students. The class is a two part series (Tuesday 2/20 and Tuesday 2/27 5pm-6:30pm). Seating is limited. Register at https://www.eyeseeme.com.

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

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!

Family Fun around Town

Fri. Feb 16 5:30- 9 p.m.
Family Free Night at the Magic House
Free admission for up to 2 adults and 4 children every 3rd Friday at the Magic House in Kirkwood.

Fri Feb 16 Opening at 6 p.m.
Free Third Fridays at Third Degree Glass Factory
Free glass blowing demos, free flame working demos, free regae band, and the St. Louis Fire Technicians will perform at 8:30 p.m.
Food truck available.

Sat. Feb. 17 9 a.m. to Noon
Gateway Arch Grounds Great Backyard Bird Count
Become a Citizen Scientist--learn about birds, their life cycle, bird watching, bird counting, bird photography, and the ecological importance of the Purple Martin.
Attendees can tour park grounds for optimal bird watching and bird counting.

Sat. Feb 17 2 p.m. at the Central Library Auditorium 1301 Olive Blvd.
How High is Up? The magical story of Little Star's quest to save her friend's life.
Introduce your children to the art of the theater by enjoying this 1 hour performance by St. Louis' own Black Rep. There will be audience participation and an opportunity to meet the actors after this free performance.

Sun Feb 18 1-4 p.m.
Free Family Sundays at St. Louis Art Museum in Forest Park
Lunar New Year Celebration
Enjoy a Lion Dance performance, create your own artwork inspired by the Asian Art Collection, and watch Asian craft demonstrations. Presented in partnership with Friends of Taiwan-Greater St. Louis and St. Louis Chinese Language School.