September 9 Weekly Message
This Week at Pleasant Grove
mClass Reading Assessments occur in Grades 1 - 5
Friday: 3rd Grade Students complete Beginning of Grade Assessment
Positivity Trait for the week: Other People Matter
Hurricane Dorian Make-Up School Days: November 1 and December 20 are now designated as school days.
mClass Reading Assessments: Students in Grades 1-5 will meet one on one with a teacher to complete these assessments. They focus on how students can identify the basic elements for knowing letters and decoding words at the youngest grades and extend to having students read texts and answer comprehension questions to assess their understanding in the following grades. Parents will receive a report about their child’s progress once all assessments are completed in several weeks.
Parents: Thank you for your patience with buses and carpool. These processes should improve as everyone becomes more familiar with the routines. If you pick your child up in carpool during the afternoon, please remain in the carpool line. If your child rides the bus, be at your bus stop early and be patient as new students begin riding the bus and routes are being adjusted. The contact number for WCPSS Bus Transportation is 919-805-3030. Each afternoon we post bus departure times on our school bus twitter @pgesbuses.
Carpool: Children must exit and enter your car from the passenger side. Carpool slows down and is not safe when families unload on the driver side. For safety, do not attempt to pass around cars. If you need more time with your child, pull down to an open parking space and then walk your child to the front entrance.
Cafeteria: Pay for meals online at www.mySchoolBucks.com with your child's Student ID number. Families can also apply for meal benefits online at www.myschoolapps.com. After October 7, families who have not reapplied for meal benefits will lose access to their benefits from last year. Apply online at www.myschoolapps.com. En octubre, las familias que no hayan solicitado los beneficios de comidas perderán el acceso a sus beneficios del año pasado. Solicite beneficios de comida escolar en línea desde las privacidad de su hogar, ó en cualquier lugar con una conexión de internet. Viste www.MySchoolApps.com.
Flyers “Independence Day”: We want our students to develop independence and confidence that will serve them well in the classroom. We also want our teachers to make the most of their instructional time, including the morning time before school. This preparation time is a very busy time for our teachers. They must monitor students and attend to instructional duties. Although this is a popular time for parents and teachers to interact, we must place the needs of our students and their instruction first.
With this in mind, we are declaring our “Independence Day” for the 2019-2020 school year to be Monday, September 23, 2019. On that date and thereafter, we are requesting that K-5 students walk to class “independently” and that parents schedule meetings with teachers at other times if personal conversations are needed.
To assist with traffic and safety issues, students transported to schools should be dropped off and picked up in the designated areas. We are confident that the next few weeks will provide our students – including our kindergarteners – with sufficient time to adjust to the new school year. We ask for all parents to assist us in making this a positive experience for our students and teachers and in helping us to maximize our instructional time. If your child has specific needs, please contact your child’s teacher.
Thank you for your cooperation in recognizing “Independence Day” on September 23, 2019!
PTA: Have you joined the PTA? Visit the PTA website to join. Dues are $7. You can also sign up to receive messages directly from the PTA. The PTA sends out its messages separately from the school.
PTA Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month: Students in Grades 2, 3, & 4 will participate in special cultural arts activities on September 17 & 18 courtesy of the PTA.
Parent Curriculum Night & PTA Meeting: Thursday, September 19, 6 PM – 7:30 PM. All families are invited to join this special event to kick off the school year! Look for more information coming home with your child in the upcoming days.
PTA Annual Giving Drive: The PTA Giving Drive has started. 100% of what you contribute directly supports programs for students led by the PTA. This includes special performances by artists, events like Field Day, computer programs for students, and assistance for students in need.
PTA Fall Festival: Friday, October 4 – families enjoy games, bounce house, DJ and more!
PTA School Book Fair: October 21 – 25
Parks & Recreation Programs: Drop off and pick up for Parks & Recreation occurs at the bus loop. Morning drop off for Parks & Rec begins at 7:00 AM and ends at 8:30 AM. Afternoon pick up for Parks & Rec begins after 4:15 PM and ends at 6:30 PM. Parks & Rec families must yield for school bus transportation.
Volunteers: Don’t forget all volunteers from last year must reactivate their volunteer status by October 31. New parents must be approved by WCPSS prior to volunteering. Use the volunteer registration kiosk in the school Media Center.
Burt Batten, Principal