Poplar Grove Post

April 2019


Hello PGMS Families,

I hope this finds everyone well rested from our recent Spring break! We have been working hard since our return, and everyone seems happy to see each other again. April is a really busy month here at the Grove and will bring lots of events! We will also be conducting state testing the last 2 weeks in April. As always, it is important to try to be present for each testing day if you are healthy, to get a good night’s sleep, and to eat breakfast each morning. Our students and faculty have been working hard this year, and this is just another opportunity to show what an AMAZING place PGMS is to learn and grow. Thank you for your continued support of all we do here!

We have a TON of things going on this month! Please click the link below to see a list of all the events.




Seasonal allergies are common at this time of year. Symptoms of seasonal allergies include watery, itchy red eyes, sneezing, a clear runny nose, post nasal drip, an itchy palate and throat. Seasonal allergies occur with pollen coming from plants, weeds, grasses and at this time of the year, trees. As we “spring forward,” it’s important that we are proactive and “take charge” early. Medications to help with seasonal allergy symptoms should be started before symptoms flare up. Most allergy medications are more effective at preventing symptoms, than they are at treating them once they start. Check with your child’s healthcare provider, to find determine the best treatment for your child’s symptoms.


Watch for information that will be coming home in your child’s Tuesday folder regarding important immunization information. All students entering 7th this August 2019, must provide an updated Tennessee Certificate of Immunization. The form must be signed and dated by your child’s healthcare provider, and show documentation of your child receiving the Tdap vaccination and 3 doses of the Hepatitis B vaccine. To acknowledge that you received this information, the form that will be coming home, must be signed by a parent/legal guardian and returned to your child’s homeroom teacher.


2018-2019 Drive Away Hunger Challenge:

All Williamson County and Franklin Special School District Middle schools will participate in the 2018-2019 Darrell Waltrip Automotive Group Drive Away Hunger Challenge from April 1 – April 10. The goal of this Hunger Challenge is to raise money for the Graceworks food program for Williamson County.

Cash and check donations will be accepted. The funds collected will be used by Graceworks to purchase food for families in our community and for the fuel bag program. All checks should be made out to GraceWorks with the name of the school in the notes section.

Darrel Waltrip Automotive Group is sponsoring this contest. There will be two grand prizes awarded. The school that collects the highest number of pounds and the school with the highest average pounds per student will each receive $1,250. For the challenge competition purposes, every $1 donated = 8lbs of food. The details for the contest can be found at www.darrellwaltrip.com/hungerchallenge.

Staff will be in the front lobby every morning to collect money. If you have any questions about the food drive you can contact Keith Welch (PGMS School Counselor) at 615-472-3993.

We appreciate your help in serving our community!



5th graders had a great time reading to elementary classes during Read Across America Week!


6th graders paired up with elementary classes for Read Across America Week! We loved getting to spend time reading to them and having them read to us!


The 7th graders went to see a play in March. The group traveled to the Williamson County Performing Arts Center at Academy Park in Franklin. There was a traveling theatre group that presented C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia. What a show!


Homecoming Week was so much fun! Grant Watkins and Sevan Keur were voted Mr. and Miss PGS. Mr. Ellison's door won "Best Decorated Door". His homebase class decorated the door.



Myles Johnson’s hot air balloon was super successful!! It’s that tiny dot in the clear blue sky! STEM students enjoyed creating tissue paper hot air balloons 3rd quarter. The launch was a treat for all!!


Quarter 3 students learned about surreal artists and their unique dream like style. Students were then challenged to create a surreal inspired dessert plate out of clay! To wrap up the lesson, students were able to enjoy a sweet treat on their one of kind plate as a reward for all their hard work!

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Welcome students, parents, and community supporters to Spring! I want to highlight my ​6th graders because we hosted their mama and papa in Spanish class this month. We had such a wonderful time exploring Kahoot, Quizlet, Quizizz, and FlipGrid. Our next event is April 24th for an easter egg hunt. I am in need of plastic eggs for this special event. Also, all three of our classroom Donors Choose Grants have been fully funded! Thank you for your continued support!

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OneGenAway event: April 6, 2019 from 8:00AM to 12PM. The first 100 students who sign up earn 10 House points for every hour served! Event will take place on the Elementary end of Poplar Grove School. Students will organize the food giveaway from 8:00 am to 10:00 am and hand out food from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. You must have parent permission before signing up!


Our TECHFIT team enjoyed sharing their exergame at our last House Advisory Challenge! Reverentum rocked it with a win for their house. In the picture, Nicholas Onusaitis knows how many jumps to take by looking at our stack light tower. His next task was to swipe the sensor lighting the lamplight and then moving to soccer goal with more sensors to activate before escaping in record time!


Join us for our Spirit Night on April 17th at California Pizza Kitchen, 1800 Galleria Blvd. Suite 1164, Franklin, TN. Our event will last all day!


PGMS just had our latest House Day, filled with lots of competitions between the houses in the gym. It was lots of fun and we now have updated point totals for each house. Sapenta is in 4th place with 7,816 points. Coraticus is next with 8,520 points. Second place is held by Almitas. And, our leader is Reverentum with 10,964 points!! Keep working hard to earn more points for your house, PGMS students!

Your Positive Behavior Support tip for the month--acknowledge your child's successes. Your child would love to hear from a parent about how they're succeeding at something in school, no matter how large or small the successes may be.

At Pride Time this quarter, students will be recognized for demonstrating Wisdom. We look forward to being able to highlight some of these kids for being wise in school.

We will have two large events in May--one on the 10th and one on the 20th. Food Truck and Family Night will be on May 10th and should be a great time for all of the family! On May 20th we will have our 2nd annual PBS Carnival for the students. If you're able to volunteer on the 20th, please contact the front office.


The ducklings are here!! 3 adorable ducklings hatched on March 9th. Mrs. Nash's students are learning all about taking care of ducks this week. The ducklings will be moving to their new home on a farm at the end of the week.