September 5 Weekly Message
Hello Pleasant Grove Families,
I hope that every family is enjoying the Labor Day holiday weekend. This is Principal Batten with an update about school events for the week of September 6 – 10.
Students will return to school on Wednesday, September 8. School is closed on Monday for the Labor Day Holiday and Tuesday is a Staff Workday.
Buses: This week the school will take steps each day to check and verify dismissal transportation for each child. Pleasant Grove is a Tier 3 dismissal school. Because transportation is organized by WCPSS any delays with 1st or 2nd Tier schools will have impacts on Pleasant Grove. Visit https://www.wcpss.net/busrider for information about bus routes and the Here Comes the Bus app. The district code for Here Comes the Bus is 67500. The contact number for WCPSS Bus Transportation is 919-805-3030. Each afternoon Pleasant Grove displays bus departure times on our school bus twitter @pgesbuses. If your child will ride the bus, be at your bus stop early and be patient.
Carpool Reminders: Carpool enters and exits the school at Pleasant Grove Church Road. Parents make sure your child is ready to exit your car from the passenger side when you reach the school entrance. Pull all the way down to the furthest point to load/unload. For safety, please ensure that your child is wearing a mask. Carpool cars should follow the stacking lane that goes all the way around the big playground so that traffic does not back up onto Pleasant Grove Church Road.
Transportation Changes: The deadline for transportation changes is 2:30 PM. If you need to make a transportation change, it is best to send a note in writing to your child’s teacher in the morning. If you have an emergency transportation change that you can’t request in writing, please call the school office at 919-694-8770 before 2:30 PM. Please do NOT send an e-mail to the teacher during the school day to request a transportation change. He or she might not read your e-mail until after dismissal. The school will not make transportation changes after 2:30 PM.
Early Checkout: The deadline for early checkout is 3:15 PM. You must show a photo id when you arrive to check your child out of school. For the safety of all our students, our office staff will ask to see a photo ID before releasing a child to anyone. If you arrive after 3:15 PM, then you will have to wait and go through the carpool line.
COVID Updates: Face coverings are required for all students when indoors and on school buses. Due to the pandemic only essential visitors will be allowed into school this year. For more information about health and safety guidelines visit www.wcpss.net/covid19
Water Fountains: Water fountains are closed for all students due to health guidance. Students should bring a water bottle to school.
Stay home when sick: All students should have their temperature taken every day at home before coming to school. You may not enter a WCPSS facility if you are:
- Diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 10 days
- Exposed to COVID-19 within the last 14 days and not fully vaccinated
- Instructed to quarantine
- Sick or experiencing any of these symptoms of illness
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
When students can return to school: Students who are not feeling well but do not have one of the COVID-19 symptoms listed above may return to school after they have gone at least 24 hours without a fever or the use of fever-reducing medicine. View wcpss.net/WhenToReturn for requirements to return after a COVID-19 diagnosis, exposure, or symptoms.
Fall AIG Nominations: We are currently accepting nominations for 5th grade students for AIG. The purpose of the Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG) Program is to provide an appropriately challenging educational program for students who perform, or show potential for performing, at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared to others of their age, experience, or environment. If you feel that your child would be a good candidate for this program in Reading and/or Math, please send Erin Bloomer an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meals: Meals are available to all students free of charge during the 2021-2022 school year. Please note that a “meal” consists of an entrée item, fruit, vegetable, and milk. Students who wish to obtain only snacks or milk must do so a la carte. If your child wants to purchase just snacks or milk then parents should create an online meal account at http://www.myschoolbucks.com/
Student/Family Handbooks: Copies of the Pleasant Grove Family Handbook and WCPSS Family Handbook are available online. Read more at this link.
School Communications: Pleasant Grove school messages are sent each weekend. Text YES to the code 67587 to receive school texts. Visit https://www.wcpss.net/domain/12201 to set preferences for how you receive school communications.
Parent Teacher Association (PTA): Visit the PTA website at https://pges.memberhub.com to learn how you can join and support the school. Pleasant Grove spiritwear can be ordered online. Click here to order spiritwear.
PTA DanceFit Fundraiser: We are excited to launch the first ever Pleasant Grove DanceFit on September 14. This event will have a worldwide theme! The PTA goal is to raise $20,000 for school events including spring fling, the family picnic, and technology to benefit all students and to strengthen our school community.
We completely understand if your family is not in a position to financially support the school right now. You can still be involved by simply SHARING about our fundraiser with friends and extended family online at mybooster.com. Sharing IS supporting! Click here to learn how to support. All students will participate in the Pleasant Grove DanceFit, regardless of financial participation. We will also be following our school safety guidelines to ensure a safe and fun experience for everyone.
DanceFit dates to remember:
- Registration now open; Register on MYBOOSTER.COM
- Donating Starts - 9/07
- Fundraiser Kick Off - 9/14
- Event Day - 9/23; SAVE THE DATE!
Student Technology Support: Call Student Tech Help at 919-664-5700 or visit https://www.wcpss.net/techguides
We love our Pleasant Grove family! Thank you for your support this year. We all need it!
Questions? Call 919-694-8770 or visit the school website at www.wcpss.net/pleasantgrovees for more information.
Burt Batten, Principal