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PG Parent Update (3/7/14)

posted Mar 7, 2014, 1:02 PM by Web Master   [ updated Aug 11, 2014, 10:56 AM ]
Dear PG Parent,

One sign of spring is coming this weekend! Do you know what it is? Did you say Fun Fair? It is not Fun Fair, but I certainly recommend you making it down to the school tonight for our annual FUN! We will be open from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Please remember to change your clocks this weekend and wish for warmer weather. Here are some updates below:

DISTRICT NEWS

PARCC Field Test Participation 
Just a reminder that the first PARCC field testing window begins immediately after Spring Break. Students in grades 4, 6, and 8 that have been randomly selected to participate in the Performance Based Assessment field test will be receiving a letter to take home on Tuesday, March 18th. A news bulletin was recently posted by the State Board of Education, please see the attached document for details regarding that bulletin. "

Board of Education Meeting
The monthly Board of Education Meeting will take place Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Junior High Library. Please refer to the attached agenda for more details.

PG on Twitter/Facebook
Our wonderful Tech teachers have been sharing more learning adventures via our school Twitter and Facebook pages lately. Please be sure to follow Prairie Grove on Twitter and Facebook to get an inside peek at our incredible learning adventures! You can access the link here:   Twitter     Facebook

PTO Pie in Face Day
For those students who had the highest pie sales in each classroom/homeroom, they will be getting a chance to throw a pie at one teacher/principal on March 14th during their lunch period. Parents of those students may attend if they have filled out the appropriate paperwork in the front office. Please check for the correct lunch times.

Virtual Backpack
The Virtual Backpack contains documents, flyers, and other information from non-profits and other community organizations. Feel free to peruse at the link below:
Virtual Backpack


JUNIOR HIGH NEWS

8th Grade Graduation/Prairie Ridge Speaker
Each year, Prairie Grove Junior High invites a graduating Prairie Ridge Senior to speak to our 8th grade graduates the night of graduation. The speaker must have a sibling in the current 8th grade classroom and have a desire to tell the students what's ahead for them. If any alumni would like to have the chance to speak at our graduation, please email me @ vwight@dist46.org. In your email, please write me a brief paragraph describing why you would like to take this amazing opportunity to deliver a speech to our graduates. After reviewing requests, I will get back to everyone and let them know more details.

Student/Faculty Basketball Game
The annual Junior High Student vs. Faculty basketball game will take place March 20th. A flyer is attached with the time and location. The American Red Cross is working with the Student Council to raise awareness for cardiovascular health through a "Chuck the Duck" Event and by wearing red on Thursday, March 20th. More information can be accessed via the attachments!



ELEMENTARY NEWS

Placement Requests
At this time of the year, some parents start thinking about next school year. Parents wonder how students are placed in class groups and if they can request to have a child placed in a particular classroom. There are many variables that go into making class lists. In this process many characteristics are considered such as, but not limited to, making class lists as balanced as possible, clustering special needs students together to maximize services, matching students’ needs with teacher strengths, and grouping students who will potentially work well together. Because of the complexity of this process, we cannot take requests for specific teachers. Doing so would inhibit us from making equitable classes. Certainly, we know that parents also have good insights into how their children learn. If you would like to request that certain information be considered in a child’s placement, please email me at vwight@dist46.org or write a letter by March 15, as this process begins soon. The most helpful information speaks to the unique needs, talents, and the personality of the child, or the type of classroom structure to which a child best responds. The information you provide will be considered as class groups for next year are finalized and will then be shared with next year’s teacher as an introduction to your child. Once we determine class placements, we will notify parents and students during the month of August. 

Parent Pickup
Parent Pickup has become a challenge lately as more parents are double parking again and causing congestion. I encourage the use of the bus, if at all possible. 

Just a reminder of a few key rules:
  1. Please pull up alongside the sidewalk by parent pickup.
  2. Do Not double park! Stay in a single file line.
  3. Once there isn't any parking along side the sidewalk, please park your car to the far east of the parking lot (where our busses usually park)
  4. Please come to the doors to pickup your child.
  5. If you are double parked or blocking a path, someone will have to ask you to move. It is the only way we can avoid terrible congestion.


PTO NEWS

March PTO Meeting
The next PTO Meeting will take place Monday, March 10, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Junior High Library.



Sincerely,

Vic Wight


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