Qualls' Quarterly PRES 2017

Pelham Road Elementary Volume 1 Issue 1

GREETINGS PRES Parents & Families!

I would like to wish all of our Pelham Road parents, students, and friends a safe, happy Winter Break and holiday season!

Walt Disney once said, "You can dream, create, design, and build the most wonderful ideas in the world, but it requires people to make the dream a reality". This is certainly the case for Pelham Road! The reality is that the amazing learning experiences and opportunities that have taken place so far this year could not have happened without a great deal of commitment and support from the teachers, staff, parents, and students. We are so fortunate at Pelham Road to continue to have the amazing support of you all.

I am so thankful for the opportunity to serve this wonderful school community as your principal! We anticipate a strong return to school when we come back in 2018! In the meantime, I wish you all a safe, happy, and enjoyable holiday season and happy New Year!

Below you will find a just a couple of snapshots of amazing things and events from 2017!

With great care and love,

Mrs. Qualls

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Pelham Road: Ranked in the Top 5% in SC!

Pelham Road also has a longstanding history of high student achievement and performance. Last Spring 2017, all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students took SC Ready in both ELA and Math. Our 4th grade students also took SC PASS Social Studies and Science. Based on 2017 scores, Pelham Road is ranked #28 out of 640 public schools in the state of South Carolina! #AwesomeAllstars #28

Check out more data by visiting School Digger; here is the website link: https://www.schooldigger.com/go/SC/search.aspx

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What is a Compliment Card?

If you received a phone call from me on a Friday morning, don't worry, it is a POSITIVE call! Each week, teachers write a compliment to a student in the class and place it in our school's "Compliment Box'. Then, every Friday on the morning news show, I pull one compliment card out of the box to read to the entire school! The student meets me in the library, get a special prize, and we call you, the parent, to let you know the great news! We also take a quick picture.

There are so many wonderful things that go on in our school and classrooms each day! Things that I or even you may not know about. This is just one way to help bring positive recognition to your child and let you know how proud we are of our students. One of my favorite compliment cards that I read so far was when a 3rd grader gave his coat to a teacher during the fire drill so that she would not get wet.

I am so proud of our students that help make our school such a special place. I am in the process of planning a surprise celebration for all the students that received a compliment so far this year. Stay tuned!

School Attendance

Greenville County Schools place a high emphasis upon attendance. Research shows that missing 10 percent of the school negatively affects a student’s academic performance. That’s just two days a month and that’s known as chronic absence.

Please continue to make sure you have your student at school and on time. I also ask that you continue to be mindful of early dismissals. When a student is late or leaves early, he or she misses valuable class time and causes the teacher to do extra record keeping and explanations. In order for your child to be counted present, the new district's policy requires him/her to be in school at least 3 hours each school day.

We believe through regular attendance your child will best benefit from the instructional program at Pelham Road. Thank you for your support with these efforts.

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"The Buddy Bench"

Did you know that we have a buddy bench on the main playground at Pelham Road? Last year, Rachel Keeter of State Farm donated the bench to our school. The buddy bench is a simple idea to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground. Please continue to encourage your child to spread the message of inclusion and kindness!

There are 2 ways that you can encourage your child to use it:

When you see someone sitting on the Buddy Bench

  • Start by saying hello. If you don’t know the person, introduce yourself.
  • Make conversation. What’s up? How are you? I like your shoes.
  • Ask them to play with you or suggest an activity you can do together.
  • Don’t make it the last time you hang out. Keep playing with your new friend.

When you sit on the Buddy Bench

  • “Before you sit on the Buddy Bench, think of something you would like to do. Ask someone else to play with you.”
  • “The bench isn’t for socializing. Only sit there if you can’t find anyone to play with.”
  • “While you’re sitting on the bench, look around for a game you can join.”
  • “If you see something you want to do or a friend you want to talk to, get off the bench!”
  • “If you’re sitting on the bench, play with the first classmate who invites you.”
  • “Keep playing with your new friends!”
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Teacher & Staff Recognition

I am privileged to be a part of a school with highly capable and committed teachers and staff. One of the critical factors of any successful school is the staff. Below, you will notice several ways that we recognize our outstanding teachers and staff.

Teacher of the Year 2018-2019

Congratulations Mrs. Brooker!

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October's State Farm TEAM of the Month!

Mrs. Brooker, Mrs. Farmer, Mrs. Garrison, Mrs. Robbins, and Mrs. Sultan

Our Special Education Teachers... Congratulations!

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November's State Farm TEAM of the Month!

Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Miller, Mrs. Sides, and Mrs. Royaards

Our front office staff - Congratulations!

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Golden Apple Award Nomination Form Below!

Nominate A PRES Teacher!

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Not a day goes by that we are not as a school celebrating the success of our students, whether these successes be in the classroom, participating in a program, or just coming to school with a smile and great attitude. If you have not already done so, please click the links below to LIKE us on Facebook and FOLLOW us on Twitter!

We want to hear from you...

What are we doing well?

What improvements would you like to see?

What suggestions do you have for us?

Let us know! Email kqualls@greenville.k12.sc.us and cprochas@greenville.k12.sc.us

Coming Soon... Chess Clubs!

Our hope is to begin in January! Stay tuned for more information.

From all of us: Have a Happy Holidays and New Year!

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