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September 2015

"Dreams Begin Here"

VIP Readers

Ms. Amy Lawrence, Kindergarten Teacher at Pleasant Ridge Elementary wanted to provide her students opportunities to meet adults within our district, as well as show the passion for reading.
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Dr. Melin

Principal Porter's Message

We have had a fabulous first couple of weeks of school. Please make sure you monitor your child's grade using Powerschool. Please let the office know if you need assistance.


Great attendance is essential in order for your child to be successful in school. K-3 all begin their Reading Block at 9:00. When your child is tardy he/she misses out on core curriculum and disrupts the learning environment for the other classmates. Please read the information below on attendance.


Car rider numbers must be displayed when picking your child up from school. This is for the safety of your child. If you need a new number, then please contact the front office.

Attendance

REPORTING ABSENCES
Parents should follow the absence reporting procedures outlined in your child's planner. Parents should call their child’s school to verify all absences. Parents should inform the school if their child is truant.

DEALING WITH TRUANCY AND EXCESSIVE ABSENCES
If your child is suspected of being truant or has been identified as having an excessive number of absences and/or tardies, you may be contacted by the staff of the Attendance Department. This contact may be by letter, phone, or a home visit. A conference may also need to be held with you to discuss the situation.

Students with severe ongoing attendance problems or repeated truancies may be referred to the:

Clark County Absence Review Panel,
Clark Superior 1 Probation Department or
Child Protective Services for possible action.
Actions may include meeting with the Clark County Absence Review Panel, suspension of a student’s drivers license or the ability to obtain one, termination of a work permit or the ability to obtain one, being placed on probation, or arrest.

Parents of these students may be referred to:

Child Protective Services (CPS),
the Clark County Absence Review Panel, or
the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office.
Parents can face charges through the Prosecutor’s Office, a CPS investigation, or reduction in their state aid.

5th Graders- PRIDE Work Ethic Certification

This is the first year our 5th grade students have the opportunity to participate in the Work Ethic Certification program. It is our hope that many of the 5th graders will accept the challenge to earn the certificate. The criteria for earning the certificate are rigorous and we are currently working to establish an incentive program that would both recognize and reward those students who earn this certificate. We hope you will join us in encouraging your child to participate in this program. Please read the letter and the PRIDE Work Ethic Certificate Expectation sheet that was sent home with your child last week.

Student Council: 3rd-5th Grade Students

Campaigning w​ill begin Monday, with elections on Wednesday, September 9th. Please watch for forms to be sent home this week. Elections will be held on September 9th.

We need more volunteers- Communities In Schools of Clark County

We are currently looking for 3,2,1 Read volunteers for the 2015/2016 school year. If you have an hour a week, you can make a huge impact on the life of a child! Sadly, the number of 3,2,1 volunteers has declined in recent years, so we need volunteers now more than ever! It is a fantastic program and we really want to keep it going strong, so if you are interested in becoming a volunteer please contact the CISCC office at 280-0028.


Pleasant Ridge Elementary is excited to announce that Sheila Kingery will be working at Pleasant Ridge. She is a retired teacher, and will be a tremendous asset to our school. If you have any questions about the 3,2,1 read program or would like to volunteer. Please send Sheila Kingery an e-mail at skingery@gcs.k12.in.us.

Pleasant Ridge PTO News

PTO Newsletter

Through the support of PRES families, friends and teachers, we had an amazing year fundraising last year and were able to purchase 24 mini iPads for the school. This year our goal is to purchase 12 more iPads and 12 Chromebooks for the school. We are well on our way to achieving this goal after the success of our Spirit Wear and City Saver fundraisers. Thank you for all of your support and help in providing new technology for the students to use.

The PTO is happy to announce that McTeacher's Night is back! McTeacher's Night is the first Tuesday of every month from 5-8PM. The PTO receives a donation of 10% of ALL sales during this time. Come out for some food and fun on September 1st and help support our school!

The next PTO meeting will be Tuesday, September 1st at 6PM at McDonalds. PTO meetings are open to everyone and are a great way to learn more about what is going on at PRES!

The PTO has planned a fun night at Chuck E Cheese on Friday, September 11th. Stop in between 3-9PM and tell them you are with Pleasant Ridge Elementary. 15% of all sales from PRES families will be donated back to the school. Hope to see you there!

Please join the Pleasant Ridge Elementary PTO Facebook page for important happenings!
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Congratulations Mrs. Wass' Class for selling the most City Saver Books!

Congratulations to Mrs. Wass' class for selling the most City Saver books. Also congratulations to Trent Marino, Connor Buck, Dylan Justice, Dodge Rogers, Raelyn Blackstone, Zach Cowper, Sydney Mayfield and John Mitchell for being the top sellers for each grade. As a school we sold 572 books!


Thank you to all of the families that participated in our City Saver fundraiser. The limo ride to Bearno's will be on Friday, September 25th during school. Permission slips for the students that earned this prize will be sent home soon.

PTO Meeting at McDonalds

Tuesday, Sep. 1st, 6pm

100 highway 160

Charlestown, IN

We are excited to see you there!

McTeacher Night at McDonalds

Tuesday, Sep. 1st, 5-8pm

100 highway 160

Charlestown, IN

Please show your support to Pleasant Ridge Elementary!

3rd Grade Parent Meeting-Chromebook Pickup!

Thursday, Sep. 10th, 6pm

1250 Monroe St

Charlestown, IN

This is a very important meeting for all third grade parents. Third grade is a very critical year in your child's education path. I want to make sure all parents are informed of curriculum expectations this year. Your child will also receive their Chromebook this night.

PTO Chuck E Cheese Night

Friday, Sep. 11th, 3-9pm

East Lewis and Clark Parkway

Clarksville, IN

15% of all sales from PRES families will be donated back to the school! Please give the cashier your flyer when paying!

Picture Re-take

Wednesday, Sep. 16th, 9am

1250 Monroe Street

Charlestown, IN


  • If your child was absent, then your child will need their picture taken.
  • If you ordered pictures and you would like to have your child's picture taken again, then please send back the prints.

Cross Country Meet

Thursday, Sep. 17th, 4:45pm

224 North Poplar Street

New Washington, IN

Cross Country Meet

Wednesday, Sep. 23rd, 4:30pm

210 Maplehurst Drive

Jeffersonville, IN