PCA Elementary News

January 2023 Edition

Principal's Corner

Welcome to 2023! New years are my favorite, it is time to reflect and make new goals. Our elementary has huge goals! We are striving to make Pecos Cyber Academy Elementary the best! We have the absolute best families to get this done!

Teachers all chose a word for our 2023. This word is our focus for school. RELATIONSHIPS. That's it, that's our word! We think building relationships with you all is the most important part of our job! So please, reach out, visit with us! We want to get to know our students and their families in order to serve you better. Check-ins with your teachers are a great way for us to get to know you and see your beautiful faces!

I encourage you to take a minute and pick your word. It can be 2 words if you choose. One for school and one for your personal growth. What will you focus on in 2023?

As we start this new semester, we also need to focus on growth. We encourage you to work in the programs your teacher has you in. These programs are easy ways to boost your math and reading levels.

We are here to help. You can webmail, email me at kfontanilla@pecosca.us or even call 575-309-8855.

January Fun Friday

January is time to start fresh! For our first Fun Friday of 2023, we will share ideas to get your organized and ways to be your best in school! Of course we will read a fun book and do an activity to go along with it! Don't miss the fun!

When: Friday, January 20 @ 10:00 in the Elementary Zoom Room

January DATES

Monday, January 16- No School ( Martin Luther King Day)

January 17, PCA Governing Council Meeting

January 20 @ 10:00, Elementary Fun Friday

Grade Level Happenings


Thank you for being a part of PCA, and welcome to 2023! As we have completed our first semester, we are filled with so much gratitude, admiration, and respect for you. Thank you for your unwavering partnership and the sacrifices you make to support your child’s education. We are SO GLAD you are back and are looking forward to a wonderful second semester!

Here are a few reminders to get us started:

  • Please allow your teacher to run your scheduler.

  • Please log daily attendance, check pacing progress, and grades.

  • We would like to remind you to check your planner for all scheduled events and where they will take place.

  • Please attend your bi-weekly check-in that is on your planner. In the next couple of weeks, we will be conducting the required Middle of Year Benchmark for Istation Reading during your scheduled time. This will start January 9th. Be sure to get plenty of rest, and a great breakfast. Also, it would be a nice idea to use the restroom prior to testing.:)

  • Please attend all Live Lessons and any additional small group instruction required by your teacher(s). Small group instruction will resume on January 23rd.

First Grade

Welcome to 2023!! We are so excited to get this year started! As we move forward just a reminder to keep your 2023 word of the year close to your work station! Let this word guide you through your choices and the way you spend your time! Here are a couple reminders!

–Monday, January 9th

Istation Testing for all 1st Graders (lessons will not populate, your testing will count for your days work) Keep an eye out for your testing time with your homeroom teacher, schedules were sent out, check your planners!

–Tuesday, January 17th

Journal Writing resumes as normal

IXL skills resume as normal

Second Grade

Welcome back Second Graders!!

  • Middle of Year iStation testing begins Monday, January 9. Please check your webmail and planners for your specific testing date and time.

  • Second grade is working on transitioning over to Google Classroom for our morning meetings. We will be discussing this in LiveLesson.

  • Clever Badges for easy access to Clever and Google Classroom have been sent out through webmail.

  • Regular Math and Language Arts LiveLessons started Wednesday, January 4. Regular Science and Social Studies LiveLessons will begin the week of January 9.

  • RTI groups for reading and math will start back on Tuesday, January 17. Please check your webmail as some RTI groups have changed for this semester.

  • Language Arts - 5 lessons per week

  • Math - 5 lessons per week

  • Science - 3 lessons per week

  • Social Studies - 3 lessons per week

  • Make sure to enter attendance beginning on January 4.

Third Grade

Welcome to the new year of 2023! We hope you had a wonderful, fun-filled break and are ready to get back to work! We have a great semester planned for you! Please remember to complete everything on your planner daily so that you don’t get behind. We can’t wait to see who our leaders will be each week in IXL! Remember to work daily for 15 mins. each in both reading and math. Be sure to make your scheduled check-ins with your homeroom teacher every other week. Remember to always let your teachers run your scheduler so that we can make adjustments as needed. Reach out to us if you need help or have any questions. We are here for you!

Fourth Grade

Welcome back 4th graders! We are so proud of how hard you all worked to finish out the first semester. As we begin our second semester we wanted to remind you of a few important things:

  • Please complete all work daily from your planner.

  • Enter attendance each day and check your gradebook to see how you’re doing. Do you need to request any resets?

  • Attend your scheduled live lessons that you see on your planner.

  • Make sure to read the weekly newsletter for important 4th grade information from your teachers.

  • Check your webmail daily.

  • Attend your check-in with your homeroom teacher when it appears on your planner.

  • Attend any extra small group live lessons added to your planner as interventions.

  • Work in IXL 15 minutes a day per subject.

Fifth Grade

Hello 2023! We hope that you all had a wonderful break and are coming back refreshed and ready to learn. Here are some tips to help you have a successful 2nd semester:

  • Check your webmail daily

  • Follow your planner

    • Attend all LL

    • Complete all assigned lessons

    • Work in IXL

In IXL this year, our fabulous fifth graders have made these accomplishments:

135,712 questions answered

2,911 skills proficient

2,572 skills mastered

Counselor's Corner

We are happy to announce that we have our very own Elementary Counselor! Welcome Ms. Jolene Vasquez!

Here is the link to her Counselor's Corner.