PRM School Rocker
Issue 3, Volume 3 October 2021
Principal Simpson's Message
Greetings PRM Families,
This month we will close out the 1st quarter of the 2021-22 school year and begin the 2nd quarter. The season has changed from summer to fall and we are making progress every day toward our goal of having outstanding student outcomes.
We will be hosting virtual parent/teacher conferences on Thursday, October 14th. Be sure to sign up for a conference with your child's teacher(s) and specialists. Contact teachers directly if you have not received the sign-up information. We want to make sure that every parent has access and the opportunity to discuss their child's progress.
Your support is important to our success. Please make daily/weekly contact with your child’s teacher(s) to discuss academic progress. Encourage your child to follow the school rules and be a good citizen who is a peaceful problem solver. Be sure your child is prepared for school each day and ready to learn. Review the Student Handbook available on prmrocks.org or by using the link below. Also, check Powerschool and Schoology frequently for updates on assignments and progress.
PRM Student Handbook:
We are partners in this work. We must function as a unit to support the success of every child at PRM. Our Parent Teacher Organization meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm. Please plan to attend those meetings so that your contributions are considered as we make decisions for our school.
We are still in the midst of a global pandemic. Please help us maintain a safe and healthy school by sending your child to school with a mask every day. We have too many children who are showing up daily without a mask. Our supplies will run low if we have to provide a mask for multiple students each day. Also, no student is to board a school bus without a mask. We thank you for supporting our safety protocols in place.
We are moving in the right direction and we won’t leave anyone behind. Please continue to partner with us on this amazing journey!
ILT Meeting~Monday, October 4th 2:45p
6th Grade Iowa/CogAT Testing~ October 5th-8th
CPS Board Meeting~Monday, October 11th 6:30p
2nd Grade Iowa/CogAT Testing~October 11th-15th
LSDMC Meeting~Wednesday, October 13th 3p
PTO Meeting Virtual~Wednesday, October 13th 6:30p
Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences~Thursday, October 14th
Staff Appreciation Chili Cook-off
3rd Grade Fall AIR Testing~October 18th-22nd
ILT Meeting~Monday, October 18th, 2:45p
Foundation Meeting (Virtual/In-person)~Wednesday, October 20th 6:30p
PRM Equity Group Virtual~Thursday, October 21st 6:30p
CPS Board Meeting~Monday, October 25th 6:30p
PRM October Bash~Trunk or Treat, Music, Pumpkin Carving Wednesday, October 27th 6:30-8p
No Preschool~Monday, November 1st--Early Learning Assessment Day
ILT Meeting~Monday, November 1st 2:45p
Election Day~Tuesday, November 2nd, No Students
The devices are the property of Cincinnati Public Schools. The Acceptable Use Policy is reviewed with students and has been included below. All activity on the devices is monitored for content and safety. Please support us by monitoring student use at home to ensure that it is school-related. Personal devices should be used for leisure and game playing.
Students are being charged for damages and lost chargers this year. Chargers for both laptops and iPads are $50. Damages to screens, spills on the keyboard - any damage that is determined to not be accidental, will be charged to their student fees. Please refer to the AUP/MDA that all students sign at the beginning of the year.
PRM Building Expansion Letter
Welcome to October! Picture day is happening on Wednesday, October 13. Conferences are Thursday, October 14. The end of the first quarter is Friday, October 15. In second quarter, we will continue working with numbers 6-10 and move to shapes. In language arts, we will work on retelling stories with fall books, and continue to focus on phonemic awareness, phonics, and handwriting. In cultural studies, most classrooms will begin to focus on North America, and trees, apples, and pumpkins. We are hoping to take Kindergarten students on a field trip to Blooms and Berries Farm Market in Loveland this fall… more details to come!
Thanks to families and caregivers for your support. Continue to check blue folders nightly for important information and read to your student!
The end of the 1st quarter is approaching, Friday, Oct. 15
2nd grade will begin testing next week (Thursday, Oct. 14) and 3rd grade will be testing the week after (week of Oct. 18)
Ms. Allison Quinter, our school social worker, will support 6-9 classrooms with Social Emotional Learning Skills lessons
In Cultural areas of studies, 6-9 students have been working on Fundamental Human needs, The study of the Solar System and Earth, Parts of Plants, Animal research and passage of time, Seasons related work.
In Language students continue to work on parts of speech (nouns, articles, adjectives, verbs), writing mechanics appropriate to each grade level, and Reading Comprehension and analysis skills.
Reminder for families to send laptops to school daily and charged.
Headphones are always in high demand if families want to donate to your classrooms.
We want to continue to encourage reading aloud and supporting your children with homework completion.
4/5 Math consists of 4th graders learning multi-digit addition and subtraction over the next few weeks, and 5th graders learning multi-digit multiplication and division over the next few weeks. We are all in slightly different places, but this is the focus content.
ELA: 4/5 students continue to work with the Wit and Wisdom curriculum. 5th grade is learning about the complications of Westward Expansion through the novel Thunder Rolling in the Mountains, and 4th is exploring figurative and literal language through the novel Love That Dog. In 6th grade, our focus was on comparing and contrasting events in our book Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis. 6th grade students worked in groups to construct graphic organizers with details and then used those organizers to write a compare and contrast essay. We read chapters 17-19 and finished the book! Lastly, students participated in a modified Socratic Seminar.
6th grade math: We are continuing with decimal operations and using them in context. We are learning strategies for fraction operations. We will be learning when and how to use fractions in the real world. Exit tickets are due at the end of the quarter and students can redo them over and over again for full credit!
In Science: 4/5 students are learning how creating a model of something can help us understand how things work. 4th graders investigated how the rain cycle puts water in our faucets. 5th grade is using a digital simulation model to understand how Earth spins to give us different night skies throughout the year. The sim model is a very useful tool to help our students grasp the big ideas that define space science. 4th grade challenged themselves to recreate a filter using different types of soil and sediment, mimicking how aquifers under the ground work. Students then voted for the cleanest aquifer model and we have two close winner groups who designed very effective models.
In Social Studies, 4/5 classes have been practicing map skills and learning the names of US states. We have also just begun a new unit on the earliest Americans on this continent, exploring the Human Migration Theory.
PRM Community in Action:
Community News: The heat took a break to bring us great fall weather just in time for our first ever Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration and Movie Night! Thank you to Laura Hershberger and Alma Garces for enriching us and sharing your family's heritage! Thank you to ask the volunteers who made this event successful! Join us at our next Community Event, PRM October Bash, Wednesday October 27th from 6:30-8pm! Go to prmrocks.org/octoberbash for more details! Trunk or treat, music, pumpkin carving contest with special famous judges! Costumes welcome!
PTO & Foundation Hub News
Parent Group Updates: Parent groups at PRM are working to keep us connected as a community, to create a supported and equitable community! The men's group met at the Fowling house on September 30th to watch the Bengals! Check the prmrocks calendar for upcoming dates! PTO is planning a pumpkin carving contest for the end of October, details to come! The PRM building expansion design team will give a presentation at the next PTO meeting virtually on October 13th at 6:30. Foundation will meet the following Wednesday in a virtual/in person hybrid meeting on October 20th at 6:30pm. PRM Equity group will meet virtually on Thursday, October 21st at 6:30pm and will be looking to have an in person meeting on November 18th! A huge thank you to all of our teachers who give to our students every day! Let’s show our appreciation with the Staff Appreciation Chilli Cook-off on Parent Teacher Conference Night on Thursday, October 14th! Click on this sign up link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4CAEAD22A0F94-prmstaff8
Boosters- Students in grades 2-6 can now sign up for PRM Basketball. Sign up at https://sports.bluesombrero.com/prmsports Registration will close on October 20th. After that date we cannot guarantee a spot on a team. Practices will start in November with games beginning the first weekend in December and lasting through February. PRM play in the Cincinnati Premier Youth Basketball League www.cpybl.com Cost is $85 *Financial assistance is available – to request assistance, answer “yes” during registration and select “Check” as payment method. PRM Boosters will then follow up via email to complete financing. Requesting financial assistance does not affect your registration in any way.
Hello everyone, The CLC Center is here to provide you with various services that you may need. Feel free to contact either our Resource Coordinator- Ms. Monique Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or our Asst. School Community Coordinator- Mrs. Jamie Donaldson at email@example.com.
We have to send out a THANK YOU to our Blessings in a Bag Volunteers. With their help we are able to provide weekend bags to over 150 students.
Whiz Kids will start on Monday, October 18, 2021 from 5:30-7:30pm at Crossroad Church in Oakley. Applications are in the school office. This is a first come first base sign-up. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact Monique Johnson.
Thank you Lindsey who donated some much needed laundry detergent to the school. This has helped the school in a major way.
In-Person and Virtual Tutoring is up and running for our students and it's off to a great start with the help of many of our volunteers within the community and from our local Colleges and University. If you are looking for tutoring services for your child, feel free to contact Jamie Donaldson here at the school.
Are you interested in learning Spanish? Well PRM is happy to bring back our partnership with Cincinnati Spanish Academy. Click on the link to register www.cincinnatispanishschool.com/prm Classes start soon.
Vision Screening- Thursday October, 21 the nurse and nursing students from Xavier will be conducting our vision screening for our Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 5th grader as well as any other students that may need to have their vision checked. More information to come.
PRM Pink Out Friday is scheduled for Friday, October 29, 2021. Make sure you stay on the lookout for updates on this celebration.
After-School Clubs and Groups are getting geared up for a fun and exciting school year. The leaders of the clubs/groups are getting ready to send out information and applications to students. Here is a list of current Clubs/Groups:
Girls 2 Women (4th-6th)
Chess Club (3rd-6th)
Brain Bowl (4th-6th)
Hooked on Fishing (4th-6th)
Art Club (4th-6th)
Music Club (2nd-6th)
AV & Stage Crew Club (4th-6th)
Composers Club (3rd-6th)
Girls on the Run (3rd-5th)
Are you interested in learning Spanish? Well PRM is happy to bring back our partnership with Cincinnati Spanish Academy. Click on the link to register www.cincinnatispanishschool.com/prm
CRC After-School Care at PRM is currently full. There is a waiting list at this time if you are interested.
YMCA of Blue Ash is offering Before School and After School Child Care with transportation to and from school. Looking for more information contact the Resource Coordinator or the Front Office for an application.
Making Strides Breast Cancer Walk will be held on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at Yeatman’s Cove from 9am-12pm. Click on the link to see more information. Breast Cancer Walk link: https://secure.acsevents.org/site/STR?pg=entry&fr_id=100970
City of Blue Ash Halloween Walk in the Woods is Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 12pm-3pm. This is a free event and open to the public and it is geared towards children 10 and under. Click on the link https://www.blueashevents.com/news_detail_T2_R216.php for more information
Cincinnati Recreation Commission (CRC) Pleasant Ridge is having a Ghoul Fest Trunk or Treat on Friday, October 22, 2021 from 6-7:30 pm. This is a free event for all. See the flyer below for more details.
YMCA Blue Ash has many things to offer such as:
Esports Gaming Clinic –October 19 (4-6 pm)
City of Blue Ash Halloween Walk-October 23 (12-3 pm)
Blue Ash Y Trunk or Treat-October 28 (6-8 pm)
The “Y” is waiving the $50 activation fee through October 15 as we Welcome New Members to the Y.
Blue Ash Preschool and Before/After School Child Care are still taking registrations. FT preschool families receive complimentary YMCA membership Contact Monique Johnson PRM Resource Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Deb Hatfield at the YMCA (email@example.com) with any questions
Blue Ash Youth Basketball starts October 18. Contact Derek Mast (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
Be sure that your child has a mask that covers the mouth and nose. Please support us by teaching your child to wear the mask properly covering the mouth and nose except for when eating or during an individual mask break provided by the teacher.
District Safety Plan (Updated 8/27/21)
Quarantine Procedures for Making Up Work
Students who must Quarantine during the 2021-2022 Academic School will follow their teacher’s procedures to make up work similar to as if they were absent because of an illness.
Teachers will post at least every two weeks to their Learning Management System, Schoology* in Student Friendly Language:
Materials if available
See video with reminders of how to access District Schoology Materials, click here.
Staff Contact Information
District Calendar 2021-22
CPS District Code of Conduct
Cincinnati Public Schools:
Child Mental Health Crisis
Cincinnati Children's Hospital PIRC intake line:
Suspected Child Abuse or Neglect:
Suicide Prevention Hotline:
Text 4HOPE to 741741
Disaster Distress Helpline:
Domestic Violence Hotline via Women Helping Women:
CPS Parent Technical Support Line
Our Character Program centers around:
Respect, Ownership, Compassion, Kindness and Safety, Safety, Safety!
Below are the three school-wide expectations that we expect students to follow throughout all parts of our learning community. Please support us by reinforcing these at home.
- Be Respectful
- Be Responsible
- Be a Problem Solver