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Things to note:
- Arrival and Dismissal Reminders
- Census Information
- Cold/Flu Season Reminders
- CCS Distinguished Alum
- Auditions for Talent Show - pick application up from Mrs. Easterling
- Stakeholder Meetings for Seaforth High School Attendance Zone
- PTA Updates
Dates to place on your Family Calendar:
- Tuesday, February 4 - SIT Meeting @ 3:30
- Friday, February 7 - Quarter 2 Awards for 3rd & 4th Grade @ 8:15AM
- Friday, February 7 - PTA Dining for Dollars w/ Marco's Pizza
- Friday, February 7 - School Dance for 2nd - 4th Grade @ 6-8PM
- Friday, February 14 - No School: Optional Teacher Workday
- Tuesday, February 18 - PTA Book Swap Begins
- Thursday, February 20 - International Night @ 6-7:30PM
Wishing you well #PandaFamily,
PES Arrival and Dismissal Reminders
All traffic should enter campus via Pittsboro Elementary School Road or Farrell Street. Please remember that PES Road is a two way street. Cars should not pass the line, this puts yourself and others in danger of a head on collision.
Visitors may park in the gravel lot across the street. The upper gravel lot is mainly reserved for our bus drivers and PreK families.
Early arrival is from 7:00-7:40. These students must go straight to the cafeteria where staff are on duty to provide coverage. Students dropped off before 7:40 should not wait by outside doors. Please do not sit and wait in the carpool line before 7:40. Normal carpool arrival begins at 7:40-7:55. Once arrival begins please pull all the way up to the designated areas to keep the traffic line flowing. If your family chooses to walk your student in, please check in through the main office to receive a badge.
Students will not be dismissed from the office after 2:15 PM. If it is after 2:15 PM, you will be asked to utilize regular dismissal procedures. Dismissal begins at 2:55.
Information regarding bus routes will be available during Open House. If you are interested in riding the bus, please visit the main office to fill out the appropriate forms.
Please display the school-issued carpool tag when picking up your child and make sure your child knows his/her number. Please wait in your car at designated signs until an adult assists your child into your vehicle. Once your child is inside your vehicle, and has buckled up by themselves, please wait for the carpool lane to be dismissed and pull off slowly.
Here is a slideshow to help explain our double lane dismissal procedures. Share this with any family members or care takers that you have approved to pick up your child up on a daily basis. Please note carpool tags are a vital part of this procedure, in the event a carpool tag is not displayed, you will be asked to park and show photo ID in the main office to pick up your child.
Walkers **New Tags this year**
Please show the school-issued walker tag when picking up your child from the cafeteria. In the event a walker tag is not shown, you will be asked to visit the main office to show photo ID in the to pick up your child. Tags can be picked up during Open House.
The YMCA is on campus for after school care.
All transportation changes must be emailed to the classroom teacher (prior to 8:00AM) or in writing to ensure teacher is aware of the changes. Last minute and/or emergency changes must be made to the main office before 2:00 PM. Please refrain from calling after 2:00 PM to make transportation changes as it will disrupt our dismissal procedures for the entire school. Any time a student’s transportation home changes from his/her regular routine, the teacher must receive a written note/email from the parent. Staff are directed to send students home the regular way unless a note is presented - a verbal request from the child to change transportation home will not be honored.
Census Day Information
April 1, 2020, is Census Day. The local organizing committee for the census is encouraging all of our families to complete their census forms online, by phone or through the mail by April 1. It’s important and only takes about 10 minutes to complete. Our census data has lasting impacts on what Chatham County becomes for our children and students. It impacts new roads, schools, hospitals and even businesses. And all information shared is protected by law and cannot be shared with any other government agency, landlords, schools or employers. So no matter an individual’s legal status, age, race or national origin, that person should be counted. So again, please complete your household’s census form by April 1 because it is safe, easy and important.
Cold/Flu Season Reminders
Nominate a CCS Distinguished Alum!!
Jot down this number or put it in your phone: 919-545-7975. Use it to nominate someone for the Chatham County Schools Distinguished Alumni Program. Think about someone who graduated at least 10 years ago from Chatham County Schools and deserves recognition. Leave the name of that person on the voicemail when you call 919-545-7975.
Community Stakeholder Meetings for Seaforth High School Attendance Zone
Chatham County Schools is constructing a high school on Seaforth Road. The projected opening for Seaforth High School is in the fall of 2021. Seaforth will possibly serve a portion of students who are presently assigned to PES. An integral part of the complex process of establishing the attendance zone for Seaforth High School is to hold Stakeholder Input Meetings.
All meetings will start at 6:30 pm and will be finished between 7:30 and 8:00 pm.
2/6 (Thursday) Pollard Middle
2/11 (Tuesday) Northwood HS
2/20 (Thursday) Horton Middle
Stay Up To Date with our #PAWSome PTA
Box Tops for Education
Did you know that Box Tops for Education has gone digital? There is now an app available for both Android and iOs that allows you to snap pictures of your receipts and earn money for the school all year round. Check out the short video about how to use the new app!
Keep in touch with the PTA
Did you know the PTA has a variety of ways to stay up-to-date with all of the activities and events that they have going on throughout the year?
Our website can be located at pittsboropta.org.
Join MemberHub to get our emails and sign-up forms: https://pes.memberhub.com/join/45w77o
You can also find us on Facebook at facebook.com/pbopta/.
We occasionally Tweet, too! @PittsboroPTA
And finally, our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sign up to be a Thrift Store Volunteer!
Our volunteers at the Thrift Shop last year helped us to add over $20,600 to our budget for this year. This money pays for field trips, classroom and teacher support, schoolwide projects and clubs and a lot of fun events for the students and community.
We are really struggling to get volunteers to come out for workgroups this year. If the 6-8pm window isn’t working for your schedule, feel free to drop in AT ANY TIME and help in the store! Ask for the manager on duty and let them know you have some time and want to volunteer for Pittsboro Elementary School.
We have our workgroups scheduled through the end of 2019. Check out the schedule, grab a fellow mom or dad, and come out for just ONE workgroup! The hours add up and mean so much for the school!