Pepper Drive Family News

November 4, 2022

Daylight Savings Time Ends Sunday!

Don't forget to turn your clocks back one hour on Sunday morning, as it is the end of Daylight Savings Time.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher conferences are coming up quickly. If you have not yet scheduled a meeting time (both virtual and in-person options) with your child's teacher, please contact him/her today.

For grades 6, 7 & 8, plan to drop-in for conferences on the following dates:

11/14: Virtual conferences only (email teacher to request link) 1:15-3:00

11/15: 1:15-3:00 in Multipurpose Room (MPR)

11/16: 1:15-4:00 in Multipurpose Room (MPR)

11/17: 1:15-3:00 (Spanish/Arabic translators available on this date) in MPR

REMEMBER-STUDENTS ARE RELEASED AT 1:05 on 11/14-11/18. Make a childcare plan now!

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Questions to Ask During Conferences

Parent/Teacher conferences are the ideal time to connect with your child's teacher and work together to best support your child. Here are some guiding questions to consider during conferences.

Shared values and goals

Key Questions:

  • Consider: What does my child enjoy about going to school? What have I seen or heard them do that demonstrates this?

  • What shared goals can we develop for my child? What actions can we take to support these goals throughout the school year?

  • How is the school preparing my child for their next academic year?

Academic Progress

Key Questions:

  • Consider: In what subject area is my child enjoying learning? What have I seen or heard them do?

  • Share with teachers: How does my child respond to feedback on their work? What kind of feedback do they respond to best?

  • In what ways does my child exceed expectations?

  • What learning goals do teachers have for my child? In what ways can I support him/her with current goals?

Social Development

Key Questions:

  • When my child feels pressured, how have they communicated their challenges?

  • What supports or interventions have helped my child address these challenges?

  • How comfortable is my child asking for help from their teachers and peers?

Home Support

Key Questions:

  • How can I increase conversations with my child about what they are learning?

  • How can I help my child understand the content they are learning in school?

  • In what ways can I continue to support my child’s educational journey?

ELAC Meeting - November 10th @ 8:45 AM in the MPR

Parents and Guardians of English learners, please join us for our ELAC meeting on Thursday November 10th at 8:45 AM in the Pepper Drive Multipurpose Room. We will be discussing ways you can continue to support your student's education, including tips for Teacher conferences coming up! See you then!

Facial Piercings Reminder

Please remember that the Santee School Board Policy on piercings restricts facial piercings to the ears. "Any other piercing must be plugged with a skin tone plug (no color)."

Students with other facial piercings who are unable to use flesh-toned piercings or plugs will be asked to cover with bandaids during school.

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November is Native American Heritage Month

Our school library has great books about Native American history and culture. Mrs. Reyes, our librarian, has also highlighted some of the texts written by Native American authors on the tops of our shelves this month.
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We are Still Here by Traci Sorell #nativemaricanpicturebook #readaloud #multiculturaleducation
Join PTA

We surpassed our goal of 300 members, so Mrs. Bradbury will be launched into space (the roof) on the 17th of November!

November Literacy Tips for Parents

Some Literacy Tips from our Intervention Teaching Team

Counseling Corner

Mrs. Shirey has created this monthly newsletter from the Counseling department. You can also access the Counseling Corner via her website.
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Spirit Day

On Fridays, we wear red to show our school spirit. This week's winning classes, with the highest percent of students in Tiger spirit wear are as follows:

Ms. Mowrey's Class (8th Grade)

Mrs. Childress's Class (2nd Grade)

Mrs. Roehr's Class (3rd Grade)

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TIGER Expectations - Tetherball

This week, your student(s) continued to learn about how the TIGER traits are shown during recess. This week, our focus was on showing the TIGER traits while playing tetherball.
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Red Ribbon Week 2022

Upcoming Dates


11/9 TIGER Awards

11/9 Theater Class Performance in MPR @2pm

11/10 Theater Class Performance in MPR @ 2pm

11/10 ELAC Meeting in the MPR @ 8:45

11/11 Veteran's Day (No School)

11/17 Make-It, Take-It Behavior Support Workshop for Parents (see PHP flyer below)

11/17 Mrs. Bradbury Launched to Space (The Roof) PTA Membership Drive Reward

11/14-11/17 Minimum Days (k-8 students released @ 1:05)

11/21-11/25 Fall Break (No School)

11/28 School Site Council Meeting

11/29 Opus Program (Strings Instruments) Begins


12/1 Thrivers Book Club Meeting (Chapter 3)

12/2 Middle School Activity T1

12/11-12/16 PTA Holiday Shop

12/22-1/4 Winter Break (no school)

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