The PEN

Information for PES Families - July 30, 2021

From the Principal

Hello PES School Family!


Our 2021-22 school theme is Team PES, and PES staff are PUMPED UP to work with you to
make this year a WIN for your child!


You may wonder what is the most accurate predictor of academic achievement. It's not
socioeconomic status, nor how prestigious the school is that a child attends. The best
predictor of student success according to research is the extent to which families encourage
learning at home and involve themselves in their child's education.* When parents are engaged in their children's school lives, students have the home support they need to not only finish their assignments but also develop a lifelong love of learning.


Family involvement in education matters now more than ever because it's in decline. Recent
research has revealed a drop in parents who believe that intimate family-teacher
communication is effective. Some now prefer remote methods of communication, like online
student portals, and they are less likely to attend conferences or school activities. We know
that with the worldwide pandemic of the last 18 months, people have become more content
with distancing from each other. This shift is concerning due to what it means for family
engagement. While digital tools can help families stay informed, students are missing out if
families and educators don't connect in vital ways.


When families and teachers work together to establish a thriving classroom, the effect on the
students is profound. Students with engaged families don't just have high test scores: their
attendance, self-esteem, and graduation rate rise, too. Family-teacher relationships are more
than an optional classroom benefit. They are key for helping students on a personal and
classroom level reach their academic potential. If we don't make space for family-educator
partnerships in our schools, we're limiting our student's capacity for growth.


Across fifty different studies on parental engagement, educational researchers found a
connection between family involvement and academic achievement.* And the earlier
educators and families establish effective communication, the more student performance is
raised.* Family-educator partnerships formed during elementary school years build a strong
foundation for student success and future engagement opportunities.It's never too late to build the foundations for family-school communication. But the sooner we do, the more equipped our students will be to reach their academic potential.


When families and schools team up, everyone wins!

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We look forward to seeing you at Open House on August 18. What a great opportunity to
connect with your child's teacher to set them up for a successful year of communication! Our
first day of school is August 23. We can't wait to get going with another fantastic year at PES!
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me or Ms. Ackermann at
573-547-7500, ext. 335.


Have an amazing rest-of-the-summer!
~Ms. Narrow

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Open House

Our Open House night is Wednesday, August 18 from 4:00-7:30. You will have the opportunity to meet your child's teacher and bring in classroom supplies.


Informational Tables (cafeteria)

Transportation - update information/get route numbers

Technology - pay Chromebook insurance fee

Food Services

Adventure Club - registration/payment


Fees Collected (cafeteria)

Staff will be available in the cafeteria to collect the following:

  • $25 Chromebook insurance (see info below)
  • $10 Student Fee - provides miscellaneous items to our students (ex. planners, incentives throughout the year, headphones/earbuds if needed).
  • $10 School Theme Shirt (optional) - TEAM PES


School pictures (multipurpose room)

Photos will be taken in the multipurpose room. To order your photos, go to https://inter-state.com/FlyerEntry/60117RA. You must order photos online - we will NOT be collecting money the night of Open House.


School Nurse (health office)

Ms. Davis will be in the health office. Prescriptions may be brought in at that time.


Lunch/Breakfast Application Forms (cafeteria)

ALL students will receive free breakfast and lunch this upcoming school year, regardless of income. However, we are asking all families to fill out a free/reduced lunch application as these applications set the amount of funding we receive for our Title programs (academic intervention services for struggling students). We will have staff available to assist you with filling these forms out in the cafeteria.


Online Registration Updated (library)

All D32 families must update their registration information. You may save time and do this prior to Open House at this link: https://sdm.sisk12.com/pv360x3/login.

  • If you have not completed this, you must do it the night of Open House in the library. Be aware that you must have a parent portal account. You must have a current email address connected to the D32 parent portal.
  • Please go to the link above BEFORE August 18, even if you believe that you have signed up before. If you haven't created a parent portal account, after you provide an email, you will receive an application link to complete the process.
  • PLEASE attempt to register in advance of Open House - Last year many people discovered that they didn't know the correct email/password combination to access the parent portal (it was an outdated email address) and had some frustration getting through.



We look forward to seeing you on August 18! If you have questions regarding Open House details, feel free to contact our office at ext. 335.

Online Registration


***SAVE TIME AT OPEN HOUSE***


**ALL DISTRICT 32 FAMILIES MUST REGISTER ONLINE FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR**

(online registration takes the place of having to fill out multiple forms each year)


If you haven't taken care of this yet, please log onto your parent portal at https://sdm.sisk12.com/pv360x3/login and register for the upcoming school year.


*This will save you time at orientation/open house if you have this taken care of prior.


Please share with family and friends and remind them to register NOW to save time later!

$10 School Fees

We are taking school fees of $10 again this year to provide miscellaneous items to our students (ex. planner, incentives throughout the year, headphones/earbuds if needed). These may be paid online.

Supply Lists

Supply lists are online here and can also be found at Wal Mart. You may bring supplies in on the night of Open House if you wish.

Chromebook Insurance

Students will have the opportunity to purchase insurance for their Chromebook. There will be a table set up at Open House with more information.

  • The optional insurance costs $25.00.

  • The insurance must be paid within two weeks from when school starts.


Insurance Coverage

  • The damaged device or screen may be replaced ONE time if it is unable to be fixed.

  • The device may be repaired two times - this does not include screen replacement.

  • The charger will be replaced one time if it is not working properly.

  • The case and charger are not covered under the device insurance.


Malicious treatment/damage to the device will not be covered under the device insurance, will result in disciplinary action, and full reimbursement of the device to the school. Device replacement under these conditions will be at the discretion PCSD.
  • Loss of a device and/or charger will not be covered under insurance.

  • Families will be charged for the full price of a device that is lost or damaged due to malicious treatment even if they have insurance.
  • Students will not receive a new Chromebook unless a new one is purchased.

No Insurance: Families are strongly encouraged to purchase insurance. Families who opt-out of purchasing insurance will be responsible for the full cost of any repairs/replacements and will be required to sign a waiver.

Dismissal Visors

All students should have a dismissal visor. These will be distributed at Open House. Anytime someone picks up a student through our pick-up line, they MUST have our official dismissal visor with the Pirate head on it. This tells us that the person has the permission of the parent to pick up the child.


Even if your child typically goes home a different way (bus, Adventure Club, walks), keep the dismissal visor in your car. You never know when you might need it. If you need additional copies, we will be happy to make them. Just contact our front office (ext. 335).

School Photo Time!

Important Dates

August 18 - 4:00-7:30 - Open House


August 23 - First Day of School


September 6 - Labor Day - No School

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*PTA, N. (2000). Building Successful Partnerships: A Guide for Developing Parent and Family Involvement Programs. (pp. 11-12). Bloomington, Indiana: National PTA, National Education Service.


Ferlazzo, J. (2011, May). Involvement or Engagement? ASCD, pp. 10-14


Child Trends (2018, September 16). Parental Involvement in Schools. Retrieved from childtrends.org: https://www.childtrends.org/?indicators=parental-involvement-in-schools

Hill, N. E., & Tyson, D. F. (2009). Parental involvement in middle school: a meta-analytic assessment of the strategies that promote achievement. Developmental psychology, 45(3), 740-63


Dearing, E., Kreider, H., Simpkins, S., & Weiss, H. B. (2006). Family involvement in school and low-income children’s literacy performance: Longitudinal associations between and within families. Journal of Educational Psychology, 98, 653-664


American Psychological Association. Parent Engagement in Schools. Retrieved from apa.org: https://www.apa.org/pi/lgbt/programs/safe-supportive/parental-engagement/default.aspx