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September 14 Weekly Message


Hello Pleasant Grove Families,


I hope that you and your children are doing well.  This is Principal Batten sharing an update about what to expect for the upcoming week at Pleasant Grove Elementary.


What will this week of school look like:  This week we will introduce two programs that many returning students are already familiar using.


First, teachers will begin using the Positivity Project (P2) in morning meetings with students.  This is the third year that the Positivity Project has been part of the character education work at Pleasant Grove.   This week, students will learn about the five key elements of the Positivity Project that focus on building empathy and positive relationships with others. This year, P2 has developed P2 for Families to help families bring the P2 conversation home. Check it out.


Second, teachers in grades K-5 also will begin introducing students to how we will use the Istation reading program this year.  All students K-5 will take an Istation reading assessment in the coming weeks.   This assessment does not count as a grade, but will provide our staff with valuable information on how to better meet your child’s instructional needs with reading. Teachers will model the program before asking students to take the assessment.  More information will be coming soon on how to access and use this resource.



Health Assessment & Immunization Updates:  All immunization requirements and health assessments are due September 30, 2020.  Students will be granted a 30-day grace period which expires on October 30, 2020. This means students will be excluded from school (in-person or virtually) on October 31, 2020.  Families of Kindergarten students should make sure to complete this process before the deadline.


Meal Benefits, Free & Reduced Lunch Forms: Families can fill out the annual request for free & reduced lunch at: . For more information about meal benefits, visit


Meals for Students:  Students can receive a free breakfast and lunch from an operating location until December 31 or until funding is depleted. Please visit for a list of operating sites. Students are not required to visit their assigned school and do not have to be present to receive meals. The curbside meal service will operate Monday through Friday from 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. No student ID number required to receive meals.  



PTA Updates:  Families are encouraged to join the Parent Teacher Association (PTA).  The PTA supports students and teachers with instructional resources and special activities. Visit the PTA Website for more details.  PTA Membership is $7.50.


PTA Family NightTuesday, September 22, 4 PM – 8 PM at Chipotle, 6602 Glenwood Ave. Suite 3.  Bring Flyer/Show Flyer and 33% of proceeds will go to benefit student programs at the school.  Click here for more details and steps for online orders.



Childcare:  Click this link to learn about the Families and Schools Together  (FAST) Initiative, Raleigh Parks and Recreation weekly camps, and YMCA Scholastic Support Centers.


Technology Devices:  Device distributions will occur this week at Enloe High School, Apex High, and Knightdale High on Wednesday and Friday from 11 AM – 6 PM.


Technology Support:  Visit


Student Online Behavior Expectations:


WCPSS School Updates:  Families should review the WCPSS Return-to-Campus Guide .  Additional updates from WCPSS can be found here.


School Communication:  Make sure Pleasant Grove has your current cell phone, home phone, and email address in our database.  Text messages will only be sent to people who opt in.  Text YES to the code 67587 to receive messages from the school. 



Burt Batten, Principal