The Pettit Park Paper

Monthly news for Pettit Park Elementary Technology Academy

January 2021

Each month, we will send a link out to our Pettit Park newsletter, The Pettit Park Paper. Since we cannot have visitors this year, this is a great way to stay connected and keep up on what we are doing each month at school. Please contact the school if you have any questions.
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Happy New Year!

On New Year's Day, Dr. Smith did a read aloud on Facebook about choosing ONE WORD for the new year to be your focus! This would be a great discussion to have as a family! What is your one word to help focus in 2021?
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Read Aloud

Did you know that reading aloud is HUGE for brain development? This is especially true for children ages birth to 5, but it is still helpful for older children too!
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Upcoming Events

  • January 11: Return to school
  • January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day--no school
  • February: Black History Month
  • February 15: President's Day--school is in session
  • April 5-9: Spring Break


The playground (most of it) is now open during the school day. Unfortunately, there is still construction going on and we cannot open up the playground in the evenings yet. Please remember to respect the construction fence and stay out until it is safe to play!

Virtual School

Hello Parents/Guardians of our Virtual Students!

We want to review a few items with you in order to help make our learning experiences better for our students!

  • Please try to find a quiet place for your child to participate.
  • Please try to limit background noise and interruptions from others.
  • Students may struggle in bed or on a couch, so a place with a table and chair is ideal for the live lessons.
  • We are required to take attendance for our virtual students each day. The attendance is updated at the end of each week. Teachers are also tracking attendance for sessions. Teachers will provide a weekly summary of attendance at each lesson/check-in session.
  • Our teachers are working on recording video sessions in case your child misses a live session. These are a work in progress and often take time to upload…please be patient.

We appreciate your support in order to make this learning experience the best for your child!

Social Media

We will post photos on our Social Media throughout the week. This is a great way to see what is going on in our classrooms and get to "see" into the life at school without actually being here physically. Please take time to follow us!
Learning social skills is an important part of life. We teach social skills throughout the year. The social skills below are a few that would be good to review at home too!

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Bring in Tabs

We are collecting bottle tabs, tabs from cans of food, etc. for Riley Hospital. This collection helps support families that have to stay in the Ronald McDonald House when a child is sick. Please consider saving these and sending them to school!

Meet Dr. Smith

Lyndsi Smith is the principal. She has been in education for 20 years as a teacher, instructional coach, assistant principal and now, principal. Dr. Smith started her own schooling at Pettit Park in elementary school. She also started her teaching career at Pettit Park. She is excited to be back home!