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2022 January Parent Newsletter

Happy 2022!

Happy New Year! I know we are all looking forward to a new year, a fresh start, and outlook! At Pelham City School we are optimistic about a new year that has lots of potential to be the best yet. When I think of our hopes for a better year in 2022, my mind goes back to a quote from one of my favorite childhood books, Anne of Green Gables. The protagonist in the story, Anne Shirley, would say, "Tomorrow is always fresh with no mistakes in it...well, with no mistakes in it yet!" So as we venture into this new year let's remember that this an opportunity, a fresh year with no mistakes or mishaps in it yet!

Good Reads for cooler days!❄

We may not have any snow flurries in Pelham this winter, but a few cooler days are here and they bring the perfect opportunity to spend some indoor time reading! I have posted a few examples of great books for any age above that still remain on the current Goodreads list and are full of adventure, excitement and lots of imagination! If your student is old enough for a chapter book, the first two are a great pick, but even if your child still likes to be read to, these two are a great option! The final is a notoriously hilarious small book that your little "monster" will love! If you haven't checked these books out before, be sure to stop by the Carnegie Public Library this month and check them out.

For younger students, don't forget to pick up your FREE book of the month at the library! This month the FREE Book is entitled, Berkeley's Barn Owl Dance, by Tera Johnson and Tania Howells. Each month a new FREE book is available at Carnegie Public Library for your young reader, so don't forget to pick your child's book up each month!

Berkeley's Barn Owl Dance- January's FREE book for young students at the Carnegie Public Library!

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PCS Parents Zoom in '22

For the rest of the school year the PCS Parent Engagement Program will offer parents, Zoom in '22. This will be a series of Zoom meetings that will provide parents academic and parent empowering information via the Zoom platform with opportunities for feedback and Q & A. Some of these topics will also be offered in person at Parent Academy and other parent events. The first of the the Zoom in '22 series will be hosted by the PES School Counselor, Tykinia Ray and Cindy Smith, Parent Engagement Coordinator and will be covering the topics of Dealing with ADHD and Testing Prep at Home. The meetings will be at 6:30pm at the following link:

Cindy Smith is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Virtual Parent Academy

Time: Feb 1, 2022 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 759 1883 6919

Passcode: PrMP6b

To better prepare for the topics of this parent event please access the highlighted form and submit your questions.

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All families with children in Pelham City School should receive a P-EBT card in the mail by this date. The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) cards are given to families of children in schools with free and reduced lunch status. Pelham City School is a 100% Free and Reduced Lunch status school, therefore all of our students meet the requirement for the cards. For families that also participate in the SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps) program the benefits will be automatically added to their accounts. For Non-SNAP families the P-EBT card will be sent or should have already been sent in the mail by January 15, 2022. Once the P-EBT card is received the directions for activating the card are easy to follow. If you have any questions or issues activating or accessing your benefits call the P-EBT Hotline at 855-501-INFO (4636).
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PHS Parents Needed!

The PHS Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) Department is in need of parents of our high school students to complete a brief survey to assist in our FY23 learning needs assessment. Please access the survey at this link: https://forms.gle/DwR8PpPMKYp7zvMp6

Thanks for your cooperation in making our currently successful CTAE Program all it can possibly be for our students!

If you have any questions concerning the survey or the PHS CTAE Program, please contact the CTAE Director for PHS, Mrs. Susan Prince at <sprince@pelham-city.k12.ga.us>.

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PES parents are invited to a Virtual PTO Meeting, January 20, 2022, at 6 p.m. at the following link on google meets:


Everyone is invited to join the Virtual PTO meeting to keep up with PTO fund raisers and current projects!

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Parents and PBIS

Most PCS parents and community are aware that several years ago we implemented the Positive Behavior Interventions & Support Program in all three of our Pelham City

Schools. As we can determine from the title this is a program to boost, support and model positive behaviors in the school setting. You have surely by now heard of Bee Bucks, Golden Hornets, Star Cards etc.. no matter which school your student attends. The incentives and rewards for good behavior have been implemented at all levels of student growth. Each school has a PBIS team that meets monthly or quarterly to discuss behavior events, referrals and especially the impact incentives and positive reinforcement may or may not be having in the school. I am currently one of the staff members serving on the PHS PBIS team.

One behavior that is concerning at middle and high schools in our country in the last few years is vaping. Vaping materials and e-cigarettes are far too easy for teens to obtain, use on the down-low and become addicted to. These products can come in many shapes and sizes, some look like actual cigarettes or cigars, but most are likened to commonly used items like flash drives or pens. The e-cig is advertised as the smokeless alternative to cigarettes but may cause more health risks especially to minors than the former. The JUUL, the e-cig most shaped like a flash drive, is now the most commonly sold e-cig in the US and the refill "pods" contain at least as much nicotine as a pack of cigarettes. Scientists are still learning about the long-term effects of the use of e-cigs but we already know that nicotine exposure during adolescence can harm the developing brain, impact learning, memory, and attention. The use of nicotine in the teen years can also increase risk for future addiction to other drugs. The PHS PBIS team wants to make parents aware of the increase in vaping across our country and to be educated on the subject. To research more on this subject access the E-Cigarettes and Youth Toolkit for Partners- How you can help end the epidemic by the CDC and visit their website <https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes/about-e-cigarettes.html>

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Stay in the Know!


Please sign up for our Parent Engagement Remind text message. Just text (229-588-2949) and use the code below as the message for your school or schools of choice.

PHS @9-12a123



Cindy Smith, PCS Parent Engagement Coordinator & Homeless Liaison

contact me in various ways...

address: 534 Barrow Avenue Southwest, Pelham, GA, USA

email: csmith@pelham-city.k12.ga.us

phones: 229-2948170 ext. 214 or 229-221-2336

website: pelham-city.k12.ga.us & follow us on Facebook

Coming Up

February 1- Virtual Parent Academy, 6:30 p.m., ADD/ADHD 411

February 7-11- Pre-K Registration, 8:30 a.m.- 2 p.m., come to PES front office for a packet

February 21-25- Winter Break ❄

*All in-person Parent Involvement Activities are temporarily suspended and postponed until a latter date due to the recent rise in covid cases in our area.