We are welcoming in the New Year with our Open Enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year. Please let friends and family know the dates to complete an Initial Application run from January 3rd to March 14th at four o’clock pm. The Initial Applications are available online or may be picked up at the front office during the school day. We already have over 20 applications!
In order to better promote the school and our mission, we are giving guided tours to prospective parents. Each classroom teacher has created a showcase of students’ work on the walls throughout the building. Our students and staff have created brochures, and students will be ambassadors for the school as they lead the tours. They are very excited to have been chosen to represent our school.
Our second grading period ends on January 21st, and parent conference day is January 31st. Some teachers may be scheduling conferences throughout the week beginning January 27th in order to accommodate parents’ schedules. Parents will receive report cards at the scheduled conference.
Our PCA Education Foundation recently raised $12,000 to support classroom libraries. The teachers all created lists of books, and the majority of those books have been purchased and are in use in all classrooms. We will continue to add to these libraries throughout the year.
Our PEAK organization is very involved and supportive of all we are accomplishing at PCA. At the last meeting, they approved supporting the costs for background checks for volunteers for up to $500 until January 31st. If you wish to be involved directly with children in the classroom or cover lunchtime for a classroom teacher, then you would need a background check. If you just want to volunteer in general to help decorate classrooms or hallways or volunteer in the classroom with the teacher, then you just need to sign in and get a regular visitor badge. You should fill out a volunteer form for any type of volunteering. These forms are online and available in the front office.
PEAK is also sponsoring monthly Spirit Nights. The next Spirit Night is January 21st at Chuck E Cheese in Gastonia from 3:00 – 9:00 pm. Please go out and support our school.
Our first annual Scholastic Book Fair is sponsored by PEAK and begins January 23rd and lasts through January 31st. The book fair will be set up in the Cafetorium, and schedules will be established for students to preview the items and to make purchases throughout the day. PEAK will also have a parent night for purchasing books at their PEAK meeting on January. 23rd.
D.A.R.E. classes have begun for our 5th grade students. Deputy James Brooks is our D.A.R.E. officer and will lead the program. Students will complete several activities and a workbook during their weeks of classes from January through March. The students will be required to write an essay in order to graduate from the program. The students will also have a ceremony at the end of the program. Watch for more details and information from your 5th grade teachers.
We accessed our new OneCallNow system for parent notification for the two delays we had on January 7th and 8th. Please notify the office if you have not received any notifications from this call system so we can correct and/or add your information.
Parents should abide by all traffic rules including filling in the correct lanes in the back parking lot and turning RIGHT only when exiting the school during morning and afternoon drop times. It takes everyone working together to make our traffic plan effective. Please set the proper example for our students by abiding by the rules.
Do not send children in by themselves when they are tardy. Parents are responsible for completing the tardy forms. I know with your help and positive attitudes, we can teach our children to follow kind and courteous examples of good citizenship and the importance of punctuality. Parents are responsible for having their children at school and on time every day.
Students should not be picked up early from school unless there is an emergency or the child has a medical appointment. If the child has an appointment, then a doctor’s note should be brought in the next day and given to the teacher. Students will not be dismissed from the office after 2:20.
Thank you for your partnership and continued support. We are truly thankful for all you do to make our school the best it can be. Our promise to you is to do all we can to promote excellence in our classrooms.
Dr. Danielle Robertson