Pacific Grove Middle School

5th Grade Edition April 2019

Body and Mind

By Mr. Roach, Principal and Mr. Dorey, P.E. Teacher

When thinking about what my topic for this month’s newsletter would be, I was struck by a conversation I had with our fantastic PE teacher, Chip Dorey. Chip relayed that the PE department is discussing nutrition by having students monitor what they eat, learn about processed foods and how to read food labels to learn about the ingredients they are consuming. What he is finding is a bit of a mixed bag, with many students making healthy decisions on what they eat, and others who either eat what tastes good or, skip meals (notably breakfast) altogether! In speaking with Chip, we both re-lived our youth, which was filled with candy, chips and soda and struggled to remember when we began making our own healthy food choices. We also discussed some of our challenges as parents, and agreed that an ongoing conversation with our kids about the effects of a good diet and preaching “all things in moderation”. I thought this topic is important to share, and hopefully inspire some important conversations around your dinner table! Another great resource (linked below) that is worth watching is a TedEd talk on “How the food you eat affects your brain”. Our P.E. classes watched this on a rainy day which sparked meaningful conversation about food, especially nutritious food that can help support students working to their fullest potential both mentally and physically. Below is an excerpt from a wonderful article posted on that gives some pointers on how to have this critical conversation with your middle schooler, enjoy!

Make Mealtimes A Priority

Sitting down at the table as a family is an important part of establishing healthy eating habits. But it's more than just eating together. Mealtimes are also a chance to:

Provide your kids comfort. Children thrive on routine. Knowing they have dinner or other meals with their family regularly helps them feel safe.

Talk with your Kids. Show interest in what's going on in their lives. Tell them what's going on in yours. Build stronger connections among your family members.

Monitor their eating habits. Older kids and teenagers spend more time eating at school or at friends' houses. Use this time to watch what and how they eat. See if there is anything you can do to encourage better habits.

Set an example for your child. If you prepare and eat healthy foods yourself, your child will eat healthier, too. Avoid obsessive calorie-counting. Don't talk negatively about yourself. Your child could adopt the same attitudes. This could lead him or her to develop body image issues or negative associations with food.

TedEd- "How the Food you eat Affects your Brain."

2019-2020 School Registration

You will receive a letter in the mail in mid-July that lets you know when and what you will need to complete the online registration for 2019-2020 school year.

Once you receive the letter, please make sure to complete the online registration prior to July 26. The Registration Round-Up for 6th graders will be on Monday, July 29. Schedules can only be picked up once the online registration has been completed and approved so it is imperative for your online registration to be completed prior to July 26.

Online registrations will be reviewed during the week of July 22 when the office staff returns from Summer Break.

Forgotten Items & Messages

Please let your students know:

• If they call you to bring something (lunch, homework, binder, backpack, etc.), it is their responsibility to come up to the office to check. We will not send a pass to let your student know that it is in the office.

• Always check the office when they realize they forgot their lunch, homework, binder, backpack, etc. Most of the time their lunch or various items are already dropped off.

• If you bring something to the office, that you think your student needs for a class, and your student does not come up to get it, we will place it in the teacher's box.

We understand that after school plans do change and exceptions can be made, but if it happens often, the messages will not be delivered.

Thank you for your understanding, in this matter, to help decrease the number of classroom disruptions.

Cell Phone Policy

Cell phones must be turned off and stored inside lockers during regular school hours. Any time a student is found using a cell phone he/she will receive a referral and the item confiscated.

1st Offense: Referral, the student may pick the phone up after school from the Assistant Principal.

2nd Offense: Referral, after-school detention, and parent must pick up the phone from the Assistant Principal.

3rd Offense: The above consequences along with a parent conference.

We are not responsible for stolen items. We strongly recommend that you keep all valuable items at home.

From the Library...

The library is open from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily. Library books may be checked out for two weeks at time and then must be returned or renewed. Students must take responsibility for lost, stolen or damaged books. Students may use the library at lunch by picking up a library pass in the morning before school and during break. Limited passes are given daily. Once you are in the library, there is no in and out privileges, except during break time. Students are not allowed to bring food or drinks into the library.

PGMS Physical Education

All students are expected to dress out and participate in PE every day. Students must be in the locker rooms when the tardy bell rings. Additionally, all students are expected to remain in the presence of the teachers or supervisors after dressing until released by their teachers.

P.E. Requirements

If a student does not have proper footwear, they will not be allowed to participate and will receive a zero for the day. Students can wear a PGMS sweatshirt or other sweatshirt on top of their PE uniform on cold days. Students who do not dress appropriately for PE will receive a lower grade and/or disciplinary consequences. The color of the uniform is royal blue or gray. Students can wear sweatpants, shorts (dress code applies), short-sleeved shirts, sweatshirts, long sleeve shirts as long as the colors are royal blue or gray. Students can wear black leggings under their PE shorts.

P.E. Behavior

Student behavior in PE is expected to be the same as in any other class. Pushing, grabbing, teasing, poking, and use of inappropriate language will not be tolerated. These behaviors will lead to referrals and disciplinary consequences.

Excuses from P.E. Participation

If there is any change in your student's health, which may affect his or her ability to take PE, or if he or she is placed on regular medication (ed. Code 12020), it is the parent's responsibility to notify the school. Parent's notes are good for one to three days, depending on the issue. The note must state the number of days excused, or the instructor will assume it is only for one day. The note should also be specific about what activities the student is prohibited to perform. A note must be presented the day the student is to be excused from PE activities. Students who are excused from PE activities for medical reasons are still expected to be on time to roll call and to be dressed out.

A medical doctor's note is required for excuses lasting longer than three days. The note should include all of the above information. The doctor should also recommend the type of activity if any, that the student can perform while excused from PE and the length of time for that recommendation. Students who are excused from PE activities for medical reasons are still expected to be on time for roll call and to be dressed out unless otherwise determined by the teacher, counselor, or administrator.

Options to purchase PE Apparel

- Order from Field of Dreams Designs

- Recycled PE clothing is available, please email Mr. Dorey, at

- Purchase from a store royal blue or gray PE clothes.

Gum is not allowed on campus.