January 13, 2014
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Mark Your Calendars
January 15 & 16
12:20 dismissal for all students
January 30 – ACSI Creative Writing Festival
January 15-16 H.S. Mid-Term Exams
January 15-Pajama Day
January 30 – Student Council Blood Drive
January 16_Foreign Language Competition
PFA – Family Bowl-a-way
Little Warriors until 1:30
February 2 – PCS Speech Meet
January 19 – NO SCHOOL
February 9-Prospective Family Open House 7 PM
January 22 – Report Cards Distributed
February 13 – Fun Run and 12:20 Dismissal
Little Warriors will meet after school on Friday until 1:30. Please send a note for your children who have permission to stay after.
Calendar Change for Elementary
There is a date change for March 27, 2015.
The Elementary Speech Meet in Sarver, PA conflicts with the date planned for Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences. As a result it has been decided that the best thing to do will be to have school for the elementary students March 27. Parent Teacher Conferences will be moved to April 10th. The Elementary students will not have school this date.
Extra lunch menus are attached for anyone who needs them. February's menu is due January 21st. Please fill out a menu for each student. Thank you!
Midterms Pajama Day! Thursday, January 15
Relax a little during midterms!! PFA is sponsoring a Pajama Day this Thursday, January 15. Students in all grades are permitted to wear flannel, fleece or "sweatpant" style pajama pants and slippers. No shorts, tanks, "revealing" PJ's or nightshirts without pants underneath will be allowed. Donuts and hot chocolate will be provided to students by PFA on Thursday. Student Council will be selling coffee and hot chocolate during breaks both days of finals as well.
Thank you for all the Box Tops that were turned in! Miss Hallberg’s class came in 1st place, and Mrs. Charles came in 2nd! The reward for first place is a movie, with popcorn and Coca-Cola. The reward for 2nd place is Coca-Cola for the class. We will now begin Labels for Education starting now through March 27. Thank you! Mrs. Saunders
Greetings from the new office personnel
I want to thank everyone for being patient and helpful as I start my second week here. It is a joy being here. Jennifer Dziabiak
Family Fun Night-Friday, January 16
A Family Fun Night will take place Friday January 16 at the Family Bowlaway Fun Center from 5:30-8:00 pm. The cost is $10 per guest for UNLIMITED bowling, shoe rental, laser tag, and unlimited soft drink. ** $1 off admission price if you bring one or more non-perishable food item. See attachment for details.
Cheer for Cure T-Shirt Orders
The Cheer for Cure is scheduled for Friday, February 6th. The T-shirts will be delivered by Wednesday, February 4th. The order form is attached.
Volunteer Coordinator Needed ~ ELEMENTARY FUN RUN
PCS is in need of a volunteer or a pair of volunteers to coordinate the Elementary Fun Run. You do not need to be an elementary parent. The former coordinator will assist with explanations and provide the “Fun Run Bible” of how to. The office handles the fun run flyer distribution to students, mailing of flyers and collects and records the funds.
In short, this is what the Fun Run Coordinator does:
Makes participant name tags/assign team colors; organize high school student helpers to count laps; purchase candy, water and prizes (you will be reimbursed, of course); create a schedule for teachers and classes to balance the number of students running at one time; attend the days event and lead each grade level of the Fun Run with prayer, directions and encouragement. List lap totals for the office. Present prizes and winners after each class finishes. Of course all time spent on this effort will go toward your volunteer hours.
Please consider how your gifts and talents can be used to coordinate this fund-raising effort for PCS! Please contact the office with questions.
Library Help Needed
The library will need help again covering books and putting cards/pockets inside, if you are able to help in this way during the month of January during school hours, please send Mrs. Kingston an e-mail or contact her through the office. Her e-mail is
Attention all inventors!!! Fine Arts is in need of some creative contraptions of various actions!! The musical this spring is Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang! Fine Arts is looking for father-son or father-daughter teams to make some crazy machines, such as a hair cutting contraption! If you can help, please contact Ryan Ingram,
Apples for Students Program
Happy New Year PCS Families! We are already in the third point period of the Giant Eagle Apples for Students program. Please be sure to scan your Giant Eagle rewards card every time you shop to help our school earn points. That’s all there is to it – no receipts to save and turn in. Also, if you have moved from another school to PCS, please update your rewards card to include PCS. Our school ID # is 0853. Thanks so much for helping our school!
Tricia Flock – PCS Apples for Students Coordinator
Yearbooks can be ordered online @ www.jostensyearbooks. The cost is: $75.00
If you participated in the fundraiser and have credits toward your yearbook, place your order and PCS will refund you for the amount that you earned toward your yearbook. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Mrs. Russell.
Host Family Needed
If you can host a 15 year old boy from Austria, please call 724-285-3378 for more details.
Achievement Testing News
Please be advised of a change from last year regarding Achievement Testing.
ALL students in grades 1-10 will participate in taking the Terra Nova 3 this year April 27 – May 1, 2015 Please remember these dates when making your plans as it is difficult for students to make up these tests once the testing week has passed.
Please contact Mr. Saunders if you have questions.
A Word to Parents about Study Halls
Most of you have probably heard your middle or high school student reference their study hall time as something they’re not terribly excited about. And as a parent, you may be wondering about them yourself.
Study halls are the result of a nine period schedule. We schedule nine periods partly because, as a small school, we share staff with the lower grades, and partly to be able to make scheduling a little more flexible for students. If we operated on a traditional high school schedule, say a five or six period day, or a modified block schedule, the time that students now have during study hall would be included in their regular class periods as time for guided and independent practice after the lesson objective is presented. So at PCS, study halls are simply guided practices that change locations to accommodate the student schedule.
Guided and independent practice times during the school day are key factors in the learning experience. This is an important way to reinforce learning, which makes study hall time important. They are not just for “getting homework done,” though homework is also an important part of the reinforcement of learning. Education is an investment of time, and up through high school, we are teaching students the basic building blocks of a foundation of citizenship, and social skills, along with self-discipline and career building skills.
Of course, sometimes students tend to think of a study hall as “their time” or a “free period.” But in fact, that’s not the case. If a student is not using their study hall time for their independent practice, or preparing in advance for the next class period, they are wasting time. And if your child is coming home with an hour or more of homework several nights a week, that’s a sign that they are not using their study hall time wisely. Two study halls would be about eighty minutes of study time.
Hopefully, this will answer your questions about study halls, and enable you to help our staff as they seek to supervise your child in a study hall period.