Elementary Newsletter

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Elementary School Newsletter
PREMIER CHARTER SCHOOL
5279 Fyler Ave., St. Louis, MO 63139
p: 314.645.9600 www.premiercharterschool.org
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"I will believe and achieve!"
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PRINCIPAL'S POST

We hope everyone is able to enjoy this extended weekend we have! Just a reminder that, like today, we are off school on Monday as well for the President's Day holiday. We will see everyone back at PCS on Tuesday.

 

A note from Dr. Frugo...

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!


Warmly,
Dr. Julie Frugo

 

Parent University is back for year 2...

Last evening we kicked off this year's Parent University sessions. If you were not able to make this session, be sure to mark your calendar for the next session happening on Wednesday March 14. If you do plan on joining us, an RSVP is appreciated. Please email Ms. Anderson at the front desk: randerson@premiercharterschool.org.


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!


Dress code reminder...

As we get further into the school year, attention to dress code seems to lack. Therefore, I am sending a gentle reminder regarding dress code and the expectations for it. Attached you will find our dress code guidelines at PCS. Please ensure that your child is following those guidelines. For students who are very much out of dress code, a phone call will be made to the home to have a uniform brought up for them. (Visiting the nurse is really not an option as those extras are for students who need a change for various reasons occurring at school). One thing to note that we have been seeing more consistently... navy t-shirts without a collar and that are not PCS shirts are not dress code. Plain navy shirts must be collared. Leggings should also not be patterned and should be the base color of navy, tan, or white. For minor things, an email, note, or call will be made for a reminder. Thanks for helping out with this.


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? Our first lottery for our new K class was pulled at the beginning of February and we already have lots of acceptances! 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!

 

From the Music Department...
Announcement #1
We are looking forward to our upcoming Musical Production, entitled We Are the World. This concert is for ALL students in grades 2-5 and is NOT for choir members ONLY. ALL STUDENTS IN THESE GRADES ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND. The attire for the concert is anything your child would like to wear that represents their culture or ethnicity or if they prefer, anything nice (slacks and collar shirts for boys and dresses or pants for girls.) This is to add to the program, not take away, so please don't stress about attire. Students should wear what works for them! The only thing we ask is that there be no graphic t-shirts.


Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Location: Central Visual and Performing Arts High School Auditorium (3125 S Kingshighway Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63139)
Performers Arrive: 5:30 pm
Concert Begins: 6:00 pm
Concert Ends: 7:30 pm


Announcement #2
We are pleased to announce that our PCS Inspire Chorus will be in concert on Thursday, March 8, 2018. This concert features PCS Choir members ONLY. Students will bring forth selections in different languages and across various genres.


Date: Thursday, March 8, 2018
Location: Central Visual and Performing Arts High School Auditorium (3125 S Kingshighway Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63139)
Performers Arrive: 5:30 pm
Concert Begins: 6:00 pm
Concert Ends: 7:00 pm


All PCS families, faculty and staff members are encourage to attend. See you there!

 

The Story of PCS...
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:

STEAM Night April 26th, 5:30-7:00 PM

Still have questions? Contact Mrs. Wohlgemuth
cwohlgemuth@premiercharterschool.org


Library News...

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

 

Celebrate Black History Month with books!The PCS library has a great selection of titles related to Black History Month! Storyline Online has a selection of Black History Month titles to choose from! As the website states, "Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children's books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.http://www.storylineonline.net/

 

EyeSeeMe African-American Children's Bookstore has free story time Sundays at 2 pm and Tuesdays at 11 am

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


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!


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
e: dleesman@premiercharterschool.org
p: 645.9600 x408

 

REMINDERS & ANNOUNCEMENTS


PCG Update:
The next PCG Family Night will take place at Panera Bread on Chippewa this coming Wednesday, February 21 from 4:00-8:00 pm. Please present the attached flier to have a portion of your food cost donated to PCS.
The Spring fundraiser concludes on February 26. If you did not receive your child's fundraising packet, please check their backpack or let their teacher know.
Our PCS Trivia Night is next Saturday, February 24! If you would like to reserve a table for this night or if you have a good or service you would like to donate, please contact Lisa Simon or Terry Brogan.
SFE: View monthly menus at: http://premiercharterschool.nutrislice.com/

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 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!
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! We will be cleaning out lost and found on a monthly basis this year. We have now moved the elementary lost and found outside of the cafeteria by the windows.


IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

 

2.12-26.18: PCG Spring Fundraiser selling days

2.15.18: Parent University - Library @ 6:30-8:00 pm

2.16.18: No School - Professional Development Day

2.19.18: No School - President's Day

2.24.18: PCG Trivia Night - Police Assc Hall @ 7:00 pm

2.28.18: Earthquake Drill (rescheduled)

2.28.18: We Are the World PCS Musical Production (Gr. 2-5)

3.14-15.18: Quarter 3 Conferences

3.15.18: 1/2 Day - Noon Dismissal & Conferences

3.16.18: No School

3.19-23.18: No School - Spring Break

3.26.18: School resumes