PCMS Weekly Update
May 19, 2023
Good afternoon PCMS Families!
While one group of our kiddos is getting ready (really ready!!) for high school, we recently brought over our new crew of 5th Grade Pirates! On Wednesday, we hosted our 5th grade Step UP! Day where they were able to attend a pep assembly, learn a little about Middle School Life, and take a tour of the school. Our Student Ambassadors and Student Council kids and sponsors did a great job in welcoming them to their new Pirate Ship! And, we finally made it to the last week - even with mother nature thinking we needed a few extra days to get the job done! It seems like just a few months ago we were showing 6th graders how to open a locker, maneuvering through lunch, and watching the first volleyball and football games. It goes by so fast! Monday through Thursday are business as usual until Friday, when we'll clean out lockers for the last time. Who knows what treasures we might find ;)
Thank you again for everything this year, and GO PIRATES!!
🧡 This Week's CharacterStrong Focus
Here’s a quick recap of what we discussed this week in our CharacterStrong sessions - some good stuff!
- 6th Grade worked on Creative Reflections. We have covered a lot of ground in these lessons this year. This was the 2nd of 3 sessions focused on thinking back and reflecting on things we've learned and ways we've grown. This reflection process is important for us to cement the learning we have done this year.
- 7th Grade worked on Creative Reflections. We have covered a lot of ground in these lessons this year. This was the 2nd of 3 sessions focused on thinking back and reflecting on things we've learned and ways we've grown. This reflection process is important for us to cement the learning we have done this year.
- 8th Grade began to Look Back on the Year. This was the 1st of 2 sessions focused on thinking back and reflecting on things we've learned and ways we've grown this year. This reflection process is important for us to cement the learning we have done this year. In this session, we will identify what was most valuable, what we used or benefitted from, and what we'll keep trying to use.
🏹 Pirates in Action
Archery: The Archery team earned the honor of competing in the 2023 NASP Nationals tournament this past weekend in Louisville, KY. In the Bullseye category, the team achieved a score of 3216, ranking them 54th out of 240 middle school teams! While in Kentucky, the team also competed in the 3D category, where they scored 1611, ranking them 38th out of 156 middle school teams! What an amazing finish to an amazing season for our Pirate Archers!
Congratulations to our Choirs and Bands on their final performances of the year last week! I love their spring concerts because you get to see firsthand how much they’ve grown and improved over the course of the year. Both groups performed amazingly well - super proud of them!!
🎉 8th Grade Pirate Bash on Thursday!
We will celebrate the outgoing Class of ‘27 with our annual 8th Grade Pirate Bash on this Thursday! Our PTO will provide lunch, ice cream, a photo booth and class shirts. Shirts will be distributed in advance to Pirate Time classes and worn on the Thursday. The schedule for the day (weather permitting) is as follows:
12:15 - 8th grade students will be dismissed to gym for a class picture
12:30 - food, ice cream truck and games
1:30 - water balloons (weather permitting)
2:10 - yearbook signing
Each student will have the opportunity to select one item from the ice cream truck free of charge. Additional items may be purchased by students directly from the truck. Available items will average $3 to $4 (cash only).
🏫 Online Re-Enrollment of Existing K-11th Grade Students
If you haven't already done so, please complete online re-enrollment forms and electronic proof of residency by Wednesday, May 24. This will be completed in a new user-friendly student information system called PowerSchool. Click here to first create a PowerSchool account, then follow the steps to complete the New Student Registration 2023-2024 forms for each returning student. If you need assistance, please contact us.
💻 End of Year Chromebook Collection
For the summer, students in grades 6-7 are able to turn in their school-issued Chromebook if parents do NOT wish to be responsible for it during summer break. Otherwise, they will keep it and bring it back to school in August. If you would like for your child to turn in their Chromebook, please complete the following form (if you have multiple children attending PCMS, please complete one form per child) and ensure that they have 1) their Chromebook, 2) the school-issued charger, and 3) the school-issued carrying bag. If those items are not returned prior to school ending or are damaged, fees will be charged accordingly.
All 8th grade students (except those who are registered for Summer School) will turn in their Chromebook on Thursday, May 25. Please ensure that your child has 1) their Chromebook, 2) the school-issued charger, and 3) the school-issued carrying bag. If those items are not returned prior to school ending, you will be charged accordingly.
🏃♀️ Cross Country
Who? any PCMS 7th or 8th grader
What? Cross Country (so running)
When? first practice is the first day of school (August 22)
Why? Cross Country is a great way to get in shape, hang out with your friends, and become an all around better person.
How? Make sure you have a current physical (physicals are good for 2 years) and register with the district: https://plattecountyr3sd-ar.rschooltoday.com/
When does it start/how often? June 5th -/ Mondays through Fridays
What time do we start? 6:45 am
Where do we meet? Platte County High School
We would suggest trying to make time to run at least 3 times a week and on the other days be active by swimming, riding your bike, hiking, etc.
*Coach Straubel and Coach Cook will only be there on Mondays and Wednesdays*
📙 Yearbook Orders
If you did not make the deadline for ordering a yearbook, we did order a few extras. It will be on a first-come, first-served basis, so if you are interested, please call the office or ask your student to see Mrs. Singer in the library to be added to our waitlist.
💝 Thank You to our High School FCA Leaders
🥫 The PC Treasure Chest
Summer is supposed to be a slow time but hunger never rests. The Treasure Chest is a great way to support our PCR-3 families who are disadvantaged by their economic situations. The TC provides food, toiletries and other necessary items, and serves as a place where volunteers can provide assistance in operating the center. Are you looking for a way to support Pirate families? Use this sign up to volunteer. In order to maintain confidentiality, we are only taking adult volunteers 18 or older.
Please contact Dr. Beutel with questions at email@example.com or 816.858.7001.
🩺 Note from the Nurse: Student Medication at School
If your child has any medications at school, we would like to ensure that all of them are returned to you. The Platte County R-3 School District medication policy does NOT allow medications to be sent home with a student NOR can they be kept in the Health Room over the summer. Therefore, medications must be picked up by an adult and may be picked up in the Health Room during school hours.
If you would prefer to have the school dispose of your child’s medications at the end of the school year, please notify the school nurse as soon as possible. If your student requires daily medication, you may pick up medications prior to the end of the school year, leaving only the amount of medication needed to complete the term. Medication remaining in the Health Room at 12:00PM on the last day of school, May 26 WILL BE PROPERLY DISPOSED OF BY THE SCHOOL NURSE, AND WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE FOR PICK UP AFTER THIS TIME.
If you have questions or concerns, please call or email Nurse Bundridge at 816-858-2036 Ext 2613 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
🏴☠️ Pirates ROCK Character Trait for May: RESPECT
Pirates R.O.C.K. (Raising Outstanding Character Kids) is a program designed to surround our families with examples of strong character traits through school experiences, at home, and reinforced in their community. Each month our community focuses on a specific character trait and students are recognized for exhibiting these traits: Self Confidence, Pride, Responsibility, Citizenship, Compassion, Individuality, Self Control, Integrity, Perseverance, Respect, Honesty, and Cooperation.
May's #PiratesRock trait is Respect: being considerate of others, property, rules & authority.
📅 Upcoming Events
8th Grade Pirate Bash
Last Day of School - 3-hour Early Dismissal
Grade Cards emailed out
💼 Thank You to Our Pirates ROCK Star Business Partners!
Location: 900 Pirate Drive, Platte City, MO, 64079