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Elementary Newsletter

Elementary School Newsletter

5279 Fyler Ave., St. Louis, MO 63139
p: 314.645.9600
"I will believe and achieve!"


Hope everyone had a great weekend... the weather was beautiful and is preparing everyone for summer which is right around the corner. Hard to believe that this school year is coming to an end! There was so much accomplished this year and we are looking forward to an exciting year next year with lots of changes and expansion!


MAP testing is officially over with only a few make up tests to be made this week. The students worked extremely hard throughout the year and on the tests themselves. They should be applauded for their effort! Once results are in we will be sure to get them to you. Great work students!


Calling All Current 5th Grade Parents...

Curious about what our PCS Middle School has to offer and what Middle School will be like for your child? Please plan on joining us for a Middle School Parent Orientation this Thursday, May 10 from 6:00-7:00pm in the Middle School cafeteria. An overview of the MS experience and transition into MS will be discussed as well as other topics. There will also be a question & answer session. This is for parents only... a separate student orientation will take place at a later date. Please see attached flier. Hope to see you there!


A Note about Breakfast and Lunch...

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 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

PCS Night at the Ballpark...

Root, root, root for the Car... Sorry I can't say it as I am a Cubs fan! But, be sure to buy your tickets for the PCS Night at the Ballpark!!


A note from PCG regarding the night... We have 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. If interested, please send the form & payment in to the school 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.

If we sell 300 tickets, the choir will get to sing the National Anthem. If 300 tickets are not sold, they will not be able to perform. Please share the flyer with your family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, etc. to see if they are interested in tickets. See the attached flier for more information and the order form.


Library News...

Borrowing has ended for the school year!
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! All books are due back Friday May 11th.

The St. Louis Storytelling Festival happened last week all over St. Louis. It even came to PCS! We had four storytellers sharing their talents with K-4th grades and 6th and 8th graders!

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 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. (

Follow what's new in the library on:
twitter @pcslibrary Instagram @pcs_library


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) on May 18th! 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:

2018 Peace Rally, Walk For Hope, & Multicultural Fair

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.


MCF 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


Summer School Information...

If your child is signed up and you have a question or you would still like to inquire about signing up for summer school please contact Sheree Elkins and Jen Bordenkircher at


Social Media Spotlight...

Keep up with PCS and all its happenings and learnings through Twitter and Instagram! This week we spotlight our school pages...


Twitter: @ThatsPCS

Instagram: @ThatsPCS

And as always, be sure to give our school's Facebook page a like too!

Finally, for this coming week, we are accepting donations for the March of Dimes. If you are interested in donating, please place in purple bucket in front of Ms. Anderson's desk at the front office. Thank you.


Please reach out if you have any questions or comments. My office is located in the Elementary Main Office area.


Dana Leesman, PCS Elementary Principal
p: 645.9600 x408




PCG News:

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 PCS Inspire Choir will be performing The National Anthem to kick off the 7:15 Cards vs. San Diego game. This is really a fun night for our PCS Family to come together and a great fundraiser for PCG... hope to see you there!
SFE: View monthly menus at: May lunch menu is attached.
Box Tops for Education: We will continue to collect Box Tops this year... so start collecting! Box tops can be given to your child's teacher or placed in the collection container in the Elementary office.

IC Parent Portal Page: Please contact your child's teacher if you need your log in information for the Parent Portal Page. Great way to stay up to date on grades, account balances, etc!
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 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!
Lost & Found: Please make sure to mark your child's lunch box, jackets, coats, sweatshirts, etc with their name so any lost items can be returned to them!


5.8.18: PCS Inspire Chorus Concert @ 6:00 - MS Cafe

5.10.18: Board Meeting @ 4:30 - Library

5.10.18: 5th Grade Parents Middle School Orientation @ 6:00 - MS Cafe

5.11.18: Field Day

5.11.18: PD day - 1/2 day with NOON dismissal (aftercare closes at 4:00)

5.18.18: Peace Rally & Multicultural Fair

5.21.18: 8th Grade Graduation @ 7:00

5.22.18: KG & 1st Grade Musical @ 6:00 - CVPA auditorium

5.24.18: Quarter 4 report cards sent home (in backpacks)

5.25.18: Last day of school - 1/2 day with NOON dismissal (no aftercare)

6.13.18: PCS Night at the Ballpark

8.16.18: First Day of School for 2018-2019 School Year (1/2 Day)