The Pirate Press

December 2020

Dear Families,

Well, December certainly started on a chilly note! Parents, please make sure you send children to school each day with a coat or jacket. They will continue to have recess each day as long as the temperatures are above freezing. Also, please note that December 21 is now a Remote Learning Day and ALL students will participate in learning at home. This change was made at the UCPS Board of Education meeting on 12/1/20.

Thank you to all of our families who participated in the Kiwanis Food Drive! Your donations were greatly appreciated! I loved the "attitude of gratitude" displayed by our families and it was a great way for our students to show "Pirate Pride"!

Progress reports will be sent home next week. We appreciate our virtual and in-person families working hard to ensure children are completing assignments and participating in lessons. Our teachers review data and assessment information on a regular basis to plan instruction. Our goal is to individualize student needs to help fill learning gaps from last year and prepare them for the next school year. Current research indicates that students are experiencing greater deficits in math than reading due to our emergency quarantine situation last spring. To help us meet student needs, we are very fortunate to have access to the iStation instruction online for math and reading this year. This is a great supplemental tool for the students and we want every child to complete their iStation instructional time each week.

Parents, health and safety protocols continue to be priorities for us. Please remember the three Ws! Also, if your child is sick or has been exposed to someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 it is important that you contact the school nurse as soon as possible. Thank you for doing your part to help us maintain a safe and healthy school environment.


Cheryl L Lawrence


What's Happening? Important Dates

December Dates

  • Dec. 2 CogAT testing for 3rd grade only
  • Dec. 2 Site Based Meeting 2:45-4:00 PM
  • Dec. 2 PTO Board Meeting 4:15
  • Dec.7-11 Computer Science Education Week
  • Dec. 8 Progress Reports go home with students
  • Dec. 9 Staff Meeting 2:45-4:00 PM
  • Dec. 14 Last day to submit the family Gingerbread House contest photos
  • Dec. 21 Remote Learning Day for ALL students (calendar change(
  • Dec. 22-Jan. 4 Winter Break
January Dates
  • Jan. 4 Optional Teacher Workday-No School for Students (virtual or in-person)
  • Jan. 6 Kickoff for Boosterthon-Dance Fit
  • Jan. 6 PTO Board Meeting 4:15
  • Jan. 14 Boosterthon Dance Fit Event Day-80s Theme!


Congratulations to Mrs. Meaghan Leadem our new Teacher Assistant of the Year! Mrs. Leadem serves in many roles and classrooms throughout our school. She is dedicated to our students and staff!


Porter Ridge is proud to be a PBIS school! PBIS stands for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, and it is the system we use to help students achieve and demonstrate respect, responsibility, and safety throughout the school day. The PBIS system is not limited to the students physically at school. Virtual students can also display positive behaviors such as participating in lessons, completing assignments, and being respectful.

With PBIS we reinforce positive behaviors through recognition and appreciation. Students are rewarded with Dojo points using our Class Dojo system. These points can be used to purchase prizes. Recently we had our first "PBIS Cart" day and students were able to select their prizes. Students' points also contribute towards a class goal celebration. Class goals help students to focus on collaboration and teamwork to support each other.

Boosterthon Is Almost Here! Are You Ready to DANCE????

Tshirts are being ordered and we are ready for our Boosterthon experience this year! Booster has partnered with "Just Dance" to create a fun-filled week long experience that will end with our "Dance Fit" Parties! Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our Dance Fit celebrations will be held in each classroom and our virtual classes will get to participate too! We will have an 80s theme for the Dance Fit parties, so find some 80s attire to wear with your neon green Booster shirts! Students will still collect pledges to support the school. More info is coming soon!

Congratulations to Our November Terrific Kids

On Monday, November 30th our November Terrific Kids recipients were given their certificates and prizes. It is a a great honor to recognize students for this program that is supported by the Kiwanis Club. We love to celebrate our students! Check out this video of our November Terrific Kids:
PRES Terrific Kids November 2020

Have You Joined Our PTO?

Have you taken the time to join our PTO? The PTO is a great organization that supports our students and staff. We are amazed at the work they are doing this year. Check out their Facebook page AND their newsletter. We need every parent to be a part of this organization. There are many ways you can participate and volunteer.
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