Pearre Creek Newsletters

Volume #5, Issue #23                                                 January 13, 2017

Celebrate MLK Day!

School is closed on Monday, January 16, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, but you can celebrate with your family on that day. The First Missionary Baptist Church will have a celebration and march on MLK day. The church is located at 113 Natchez St. off Columbia— right off Five Points! The march ends at the Williamson Courthouse on the square. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Your Custodians, Cafeteria Workers, and Officer Shoap Say THANK YOU!

These wonderful people who serve and help your children and our school daily wanted me to say “thank you very much” for the amazing and generous holiday gift. They were overwhelmed by your kindness!

This Is It Key Students for December

Congratulations to the following boys and girls for being recognized by their teachers as exemplifying the key of This Is It! These students make the very best of every moment.

Grade K

Brisby Moore, Oliver Bliss, Grace Kaplan, Witt Deane, Phoebe Young, Parker Howard, Adelyn Richardson, Emma Fei, Madison Sloyan, Davis Pittman, Leah Busboom, and Ben Byron

Grade 1

Jenna Dow, Alton Crook, Chadwick Walker, Meagan Walker, Ansley Hardin, Hudson Rudiger, Kingsley fisher, Cason Williams, Ella Doty, Crew Sharp, and Charlotte Blackburn

Grade 2

Elle Young, Chase Morton, Bailey Allan, Max Cameron, Aidan Kilgore, Bonnie Sullivan, Hudson Oakes, Ainsley Seaton, Megan Skube, Emma Zaring, Lily Morton, and Dom Amicone

Grade 3

Harrison Kilgore, Sophie Strohm, Grant Lubbers, Ryder Close, Peyton Rudiger, Paige Webber, Ryan Krause, Margot Rhem, Isaac Brown, Clare Gummel, and Piers Barnard

Grade 4

Ben Birdwell, Charlotte Meyers, Sadie Sharp, Grady Guptil, Jake Atkins, Josie Wadatz, Jackson Dillard, Regan Puckett, Ava Ruzzo, Hannah Wiggs, Maddie Dykhouse, and Jake Harper

Grade 5

Alex Beazley, Jake Balter, Maddy Nedlik, Roman Dial, Kara Wiggs, Bobby Dammer, Ainsley Howard, Luke Ayres, Evy Nichols, Frank Aeibescher

Car Arrival Still Needs to Improve Please

My first plea for improvement involves carefully following the directions of the staff in the car line. This week, a concerned Pearre Creek parent let me know that a child was almost hit in the morning car line because two cars ignored the staff members directions and moved forward to leave too soon. Our staff discusses car line safety regularly and works hard to make it as fast AND safe as possible. For two years, we have utilized two car lines in the mornings out of respect for parents’ time, BUT we must be extra cautious while using this arrangement.

My second plea is for planning to leave the house just five minutes sooner than you have been. I drive almost 80 miles total each day to  and from school, and so I know traffic patterns change and exact times are almost impossible. We will close our front doors each day at 8:32 AM, so just please do all that you can to have your child in the drop off area before or at this time. This closing time allows students to be in their classrooms when instruction begins at 8:35. We give a bit of leeway on rainy days because we have a lot more car riders. AND PLEASE, if the front door is closed and no adults are outside, do not leave your child at the door, especially in these cold weather months. It is not up to him or her to ring the bell to come in; after 8:32, it’s up to parents to bring them in safely and sign them in at the office desk.

Final plea —to keep the traffic flowing smoothly and as quickly as possible, if you bring your child to school in the car, we ask that you not turn left from Townsend Blvd. into our parking lot. After carefully studying our growing student numbers and limited traffic patterns, we know that doing so slows the line for everyone. If you are traveling from Jewel Ave., please proceed down Townsend until you come to the cut through that is nearest the end of the car line. When families bringing their children to school in cars see people trying to turn left into the drive, two negative things happen — families who are trying to follow our procedures are torn about letting someone in the line and the line stops flowing, and those families who have been waiting in line after following our procedures get understandably upset and frustrated.

Thank you in advance for helping us with our morning car line procedures made on behalf of your children!

News from the Physical Education Department

Look at these awesome upcoming events from PE and the Panthers Care Club!

Jump Rope Club for Grades 2-5

Begins Wednesday, January 25 at 7:40am in the gym

More info and online registration:  http://tinyurl.com/JumpRopeClub2017

 

Jump Rope for Heart

Thursday, February 23rd from 5:30-7

Information Packet:  http://www.wcs.edu/pces/wp-content/uploads/sites/100/2017/01/JRFH-2017.pdf

1st Annual Elementary School “Drive Away Hunger Challenge”

January 23rd – February 3rd

Collection Boxes will Be Located throughout the School

What to collect- We will be collecting items for GraceWorks’ Fuel Bag Program (http://graceworksministries.net/hunger-prevention/).  GW distributes over 20,000 fuel bags each school year between FSSD & WCS.  Requested items include individual sizes of the following:  Shelf stable milk 8 oz.  (not powder milk) – Brands include Horizon, Hershey’s, Natrel, Microwavable Meat Meals, Canned/Package Meat, Cereal, Apple Sauce/Fruit Cups, Pudding cups, Peanut Butter to Go, Raisins or fruit snacks, Cheese and Crackers, Crackers with Peanut Butter, Vienna sausage, Ramen Noodles and Mac & Cheese.

1st Annual Music City Mile Kids Race

Sunday, April 23rd at Poplar Grove School

More information and online registration:  http://musiccitymile.com/

Your Child Would LOVE to Access ClassLink from Home!

This year, WCS introduced a new dashboard with access to all kinds of wonderful electronic resources called ClassLink. Your children have been asking how to access ClassLink from home for activities like Typing Agent and Scratch. Here’s the directions on how to do just that!

– Go to www.wcs.edu

– Select Parents & Students

– In gray drop down menu on far right under Student Links, select Internet Resources

– Then select “WCS Single Sign on Dashboard”

– Students then will click the blue “Sign in with ADFS” button and log on

InFocus…the School District’s #1 Source of Information

Sign up today to receive InFocus, the district’s weekly e-newsletter! Complete with videos, articles and other news you need to know, InFocus is the district’s main source for Williamson County Schools information. To sign up, go tohttp://www.wcs.edu/infocus/subscribe-to-infocus/.

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

January 16             NO SCHOOL in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday

January 17-20        Successory Week; go to wcs.edu, then Parents & Students to find the Successory Program nomination form and honor a school employee that helps your child be a success

January 17-31          STAR Universal Screener administration

Volume #5, Issue #22                                                   December 16, 2016

Your ID is Needed for Class Parties

Please bring your ID with you if you come to your child’s class party on Wednesday. We will have an extraordinary number of visitors that day and we will check IDs and issue stickers in the front hall. No ID means no entrance! Thank you!

Library Books are Due In!

Please return all library books by Monday, December 19th.  This allows Mrs. Boggess to complete her mid-year inventory. Thanks a Bunch!

Thank You for the Bikes!

A huge thanks to everyone that supported the 2nd Annual Panthers Care Bicycle Drive.  We were able to deliver 52 new bicycles to Graceworks this morning to go to boys and girls who otherwise would not have one. Please see a great article in InFocus, the district’s online newsletter, athttp://www.wcs.edu/infocus/2016/12/14/panthers-care-club-donates-bicycles-for-holidays/

Help Us Please with Car Arrival – Your Cooperation Keeps our Panthers Safe, Especially in Cold Weather!

We will close our front doors each day at 8:32 AM. This closing time allows students to be in their classrooms when instruction begins at 8:35. We give a bit of leeway on rainy days because we have a lot more care riders. PLEASE, if the front door is closed and no adults are outside, do not leave your child at the door,especially in these cold weather months. It is not up to him or her to ring the bell to come in; after 8:32, it’s up to parents to bring them in safely and sign them in at the office desk.

To keep the traffic flowing smoothly and as quickly as possible, if you bring your child to school in the car, we ask that you not turn left from Townsend Blvd. into our parking lot. After carefully studying our growing student numbers and limited traffic patterns, we know that doing so slows the line for everyone. If you are traveling from Jewel Ave., please proceed down Townsend until you come to the cut through that is nearest the end of the car line. When families bringing their children to school in cars see people trying to turn left into the drive, two negative things happen — families who are trying to follow our procedures are torn about letting someone in the line and the line stops flowing, and those families who have been waiting in line after following our procedures get understandably upset and frustrated.

Thank you in advance for helping us with our procedures made on behalf of your children!

Your Child Would LOVE to Access ClassLink from Home!

This year, WCS introduced a new dashboard with access to all kinds of wonderful electronic resources called ClassLink. Your children have been asking how to access ClassLink from home for activities like Typing Agent and Scratch. Here’s the directions on how to do just that!

– Go to www.wcs.edu

– Select Parents & Students

– In gray drop down menu on far right under Student Links, select Internet Resources

– Then select “WCS Single Sign on Dashboard”

– Students then will click the blue “Sign in with ADFS” button and log on

Let’s Keep Making PCES a Great Recycling Family!

Each year, through the efforts of our students, staff, and parents and led wonderfully by PCES parent, Pam Mattox, we receive a grant because of our school recycling efforts. We do so by earning points in a recycling workbook that documents all our activities (also maintained by Ms. Mattox!). We can earn lots of points by recycling live Christmas trees and wreaths with the Williamson County Recycling Center. Please see the link to a flyer below for more information!

Christmas Tree Recycling in Williamson County

Let’s Stay Healthy!!

PREVENTION

Washing our hands is easy to do.  It can prevent so many infectious diseases.  Let us all make a concentrated effort to wash our hands, not only during cold and flu season, but year round. To use effective hand washing technique:

Wash hands 1) before and after eating meals, 2) after using the restroom, 3) after sneezing, coughing, or blowing your nose, and 4) after playing outside and with animals.

Use warm, running water and soap.  If you use liquid soap, use about one teaspoon.  Be sure to rub your hands together vigorously for 20 seconds.  Don’t forget to rub between fingers and clean underneath the fingernails.  Rinse off soap thoroughly and dry your hands with paper towels or a hot-air dryer.

Add Your Information toMySchoolAnywhere 2016-2017 Online PTO Directory

Are you new to Pearre Creek Elementary?  To get access to up-to-date PTO news and events, and to connect with other Pearre Creek families, please click on the link below to enter your family’s information.

https://www.myschoolanywhere.com/new-family.a5w?fam=PearreCreekElementary38828

InFocus…the School District’s #1 Source of Information

Sign up today to receive InFocus, the district’s weekly e-newsletter! Complete with videos, articles and other news you need to know, InFocus is the district’s main source for Williamson County Schools information. To sign up, go tohttp://www.wcs.edu/infocus/subscribe-to-infocus/.

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

December 21                             1/2 day; class parties from 9:30-10:30; dismissal at 12:10

December 22-January 9             WINTER BREAK for students