PRM School Rocker

Issue 4, Volume 2 November 2020

Principal Simpson's Message

Greetings PRM Families,

As we approach the time of year set aside for giving thanks, we want to express our sincere gratitude to our school community for all of your encouragement, patience, and support. We know that we are living through some very challenging times. Hard decisions have been made, then adjusted, then changed altogether and we have remained focused on being a united community for the success of our students.

Let's continue to do our part to ensure the health and safety of our school community. If your family is notified of close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 you must notify the school and quarantine for 14 days. Please do not send your child to school if they are sick. Even if they are fever free with a runny nose, cough, or headache, they are to stay home. Please report your child's absence by calling the main office or the classroom teacher. Our school nurse will likely follow-up with a call to see if support is needed. Be sure to wear a mask at all times when coming to our campus. We also ask for your help by wearing a mask when out in public and washing your hands frequently. We want to keep our school doors open as long as we can.

We are a strong community of educators, parents, and partners. We will honor as many of our school traditions and events as possible with appropriate safety considerations in place. Our Think Pink event was a great success! We look forward to having full participation with our Hands Across PRM event this month. We are also planning other fun things that we can do together safely as a community.

It is our sincere hope that you will continue to be intentional about showing love and care for your family and those you are connected to. Thanksgiving may be different this year but the meaning is still the same. We are so grateful for each and every one of you. Stay safe and cherish each other.


Principal Simpson

Upcoming Dates

  • 3rd Grade AIR Reading Testing and Iowa CogAt Testing for 2nd and 6th grade~ Oct. 19th-Nov. 30th
  • Conference Day~ November 2nd- No School
  • Election Day~ November 3rd- No School
  • Boosters~ November 4th @ 7p
  • Hands Across PRM~ Nov.9th-30th (Cohort A returns completed hands Nov. 4th; Cohort B Nov. 6th)
  • LSDMC~ November 10th @ 3p
  • Veteran's Day~ November 11th- No School
  • PTO~ November 12th @ 6:30p
  • ILT~ November 16th @ 2:45p
  • Foundation~ November 17th @ 7p
  • Thanksgiving Break~ November 25th-27th- Schools Closed
  • CPS Board Meetings~ November 4th @ 4p, November 16th @ 6:30p, November 23rd @ 6:30p

Renewal Levy Passes-Thank You PRM Community!!!

Cincinnati Public Schools’ renewal levy on the November 3 ballot passed by a wide margin, with almost 70 percent of voters agreeing to renew.

We want to express our thanks to the voters and the team of volunteers who worked to get the word out about this important renewal levy — our employees, parents, community members and the Cincinnati Preschool Promise partners.

Now more than ever, our employees and the Cincinnati community understand the importance of high-quality education.

Updated Arrival and Dismissal Procedures for Blended Learning

Big picture

Blended Learning School Hours/Cohort Schedule

Safe Arrival~7:45-8:15am

Safe Dismissal~1:50-2:30pm

All students learn remotely on Mondays

Students in Cohort A~Attend school every Tuesday and Wednesday

Students in Cohort B~Attend school every Thursday and Friday

PreK students~Attend school Tuesday thru Friday

Staff Contact Information

Big picture

District Safety Plan

The District Safety Plan for Reopening Schools was updated recently with some additional information below.

This update includes more specific guidance for recess, cloth face coverings, and how to respond to a confirmed case or exposure to a confirmed case in your building. Please take the time to read these updates in the safety plan at the link above.

Health and Safety Update 10/29/2020

COVID-19 Protocols

If a student is identified as having symptoms in a building:

  • Any student who displays symptoms of COVID-19 will go to the isolation room to be evaluated by the nurse.
  • Based on the nurse’s assessment, the student will be tested, ONLY if the consent document is on file.
  • Parent/guardian will be called to pick up their child regardless if they are tested or not.
  • Children directed to the isolation room due to displaying symptoms of COVID-19 will be sent home. This is out of an abundance of caution to keep everyone safe.
  • All students will be given a letter to explain the next steps.
  • Students who are not tested are asked to follow up with the primary doctor.
  • The principal and building staff will work to identify any students that were in close contact with any student who has a positive test result. We go back 48 hours from the onset of symptoms.

In the event of a confirmed case in a school building:

  • A temporary closure (1-5 days) of a classroom, grade, or entire building will be considered so we may thoroughly clean / disinfect and conduct a risk assessment based on the potential for viral spread.
  • In the case of temporary closures, all students will shift to distance learning.
  • When would a classroom switch to distance learning? This decision would be made with the Health Dept. based on factors such as multiple confirmed cases in one classroom or if 6’ distancing was not followed.
  • When would a school switch to distance learning? This decision would be made with the Health Dept. based on factors such as a cluster of confirmed cases in one school and/or a high percentage of staff absences.
Masks On For Me
Big picture

COVID-19 Testing Sites for Families

3-6 News

Thank you to those of you who were able to able to attend our virtual conferences. We appreciate your insight and perspective!

I could say this every month but the 3-6 teachers are so happy to be in person with your children. They have done a wonderful job learning the rules and routines of the classroom. We have some hard workers on the ground floor!

The children will be learning about North America, seasons, and mammals during the month of November. In math, we will continue to focus on numbers 1-10. We will also be introducing the differences and similarities between flat and solid shapes. In language, we will continue to work on rhyming, syllable sorting, letter name/sound identification, and so much more!

6-9 News

The 6-9 Team has truly enjoyed working with students in person at PRM. Thank you so much to the Community for being flexible as classroom teachers work to create their established classrooms.

Third graders completed their 3rd Grade AIR Test! 2nd Graders are going to continue with their CoGAT/Iowa testing throughout the month when in the classroom - If your student is in the 2nd grade please remember to get lots of sleep and to bring your computers and chargers.

Students are now continuing their cultural students on the world, continents, and moving into specific studies on various topics. Students can continue to work on reading fluency at home and we always encourage practicing math facts to increase speed.

9-12 News

9-12 is getting into a great routine for Blended Learning. Thank you everyone for the continued support through this transition.

6th grade is completing CogAT and IOWA testing for the foreseeable future. Students learning from home need to schedule a time to come in on Mondays for testing. Contact your homeroom teacher to schedule this.

4th and 5th graders are engaging in a mock election to learn about democratic practices. They are also starting Module 2 of Wit and Wisdom. Please turn in Module 1 novels.

Fine Arts/Specials Update

Specials classes are in their second week of the quarter and are getting off to a great start. Don't forget that students have their special every day of the quarter. Students who have music this quarter have been focusing on playing instruments. Here is a short clip of students learning to play "Halloween Round" on xylophones. All of the 6-9 students have been learning this song in class, but this is Ms Z's community playing in the recording.
Halloween Round

Weekly Food Distribution Every Wednesday and Friday

Blended Learning Meal Cooking Instructions and Nutrition Information

CPS Student Dining Services provides FREE meal packages that contain breakfast and lunch items for three (3) days to supplement the meals served in school the days students are learning from home. This is in no way a determination of economic status or need. Meal distribution takes place during dismissal on Wednesdays and Fridays. Staff will offer the meals to all students. Students who have been instructed by their parents to not take meals can simply say no thank you and keep moving. The decision to take or not take the food is up to the student and their family.

Please support this process as an equitable opportunity for all students to receive meals that would be offered to them in school. If your child brings home food and you don't desire to use it feel free to repurpose it as you choose. Once the food is taken or touched safety guidelines prevent its return to the school. Our Food Service Department follows strict food safety guidelines for proper storage of food to prevent contamination and waste.

All nutrition info can be found on SchoolCafe. On your computer, visit On your mobile device, visit SchoolCafe on the App Store or SchoolCafe — Apps on Google Play.

All products are thoroughly cooked and can be consumed cold or heated using the instructions in the links below.

For more information about remote meals, visit CPS Continuing to Provide Breakfasts, Lunches During Distance Learning.



Community Learning Center (CLC) Updates

  • Thank you for your participation in Think Pink! It was a great event and we got to see so many people celebrate the fight for breast cancer. We also want to thank you all for your donations. I am proud to say that PRM raised $1,511.67. The winning class was Mrs. Paisley’s class who brought in $127.00. A sweet treat will be awarded to her and her class. Thank you PRM for Rocking it Out!

  • Hands Across PRM- November 9th- Make sure your child has turned in their thankful hands to their homeroom teacher.

  • Thanksgiving Distribution Information:

Freestore Foodbank- 1141 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Monday, November 2-Tuesday, November 24 from 8:30 am-3:30 pm.

  • Imago Ranger Website- This website is interactive and engaging for you and your family. Click on the link to access nature.

  • YMCA Basketball League- Looking to get your child involved in basketball during the winter months. Click here to find out how.

  • CRC is still taking applications for PRM After-School Care. Stop by the office for an application.

November is a time to be grateful and thankful for what we have. Let’s do it throughout November and always. Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!

PRM Community in Action:

Students returned to blended learning in October! Thank you to all the students, parents, staff and administration. We are so proud of our PRM family. We celebrated Think Pink- Breast Cancer Awareness event with various activities. So we thank you all for all your support. We would like to announce that PRM raised $1,511.67 All proceeds will go to American Cancer Society.

PRM Think Pink for Breast Cancer

PTO & Foundation Hub News

Greetings from PTO, Foundation, ILT, LSDMC and Boosters. Remember all meetings will be remote and the links will be available on calendar. PRM parents and administration want to make sure all voices know they can be heard and are welcome. Please see the meetings, reminders and updates below!

  • PTO - November 12th @ 6:30p
  • Foundation - November 17th @ 7p
  • ILT - November 16th @ 2:45p
  • LSDMC - November 10th @ 3p
  • Boosters - November 4th @ 7p
  • CPS Board Meetings - November 4th @ 4p, November 16th @ 6:30p, November 23rd @ 6:30p



CPS Parent Technical Support Hotline

Technology throws a curve ball occasionally when software is going haywire or a laptop simply will not start.

For CPS students and their families, help is a phone call away by dialing the Family Technology Support Center, (513) 363-0688 or emailing. Tech support is available in English and Spanish from 8 a.m.– 6 p.m., Monday through Friday when school is in session.

The Family Technology Support Center has been created to assist students and their families when they are not at a CPS school. The move is in response to feedback received from families during the district’s Parent Town Hall meetings held recently.

Some examples of available tech support include:

  • Resetting passwords for Google, Schoology and Powerschool
  • Troubleshooting connectivity issues
  • Logging into the computer
  • Offering assistance with Google Meet, Calendar, Gmail and standard software
  • Coordinating the repair of a CPS device that is damaged, broken or not working

"We understand that technology issues arise, and we are here to support our CPS families," said Jeremy Gollihue, chief information officer. "It's important that students do not lose valuable learning time and it is our goal to resolve situations quickly so students can go back to completing assignments, doing research or connecting with their teacher."

Parents will continue to call the Customer Care Department, 363-0123, with other school-related questions.

Big picture

Cincinnati Public Schools District Code of Conduct 2020-21

CPS Calendar

Big picture
Big picture

Virtual Mindpeace Rooms

VIRTUAL MINDPEACE ROOMS Many of our students (and staff) are missing our MindPeace Rooms used to help students deescalate and learn coping skills. During this stressful time while students are not in schools and don't have access to a physical MindPeace Room, we are providing a virtual experience as a resource for students of all ages. Please share this link to 3 Virtual MindPeace Rooms (one for K-2nd grade, one for 3rd-6th grade and one for middle and high schools) on the updated MindPeace website with the students and families you serve. Virtual MindPeace Rooms™

Tips for Using Google Meet

Virtual Montessori Materials

Virtual Homework Help

Big picture

Support Hotlines

Cincinnati Public Schools:


Child Mental Health Crisis

Cincinnati Children's Hospital PIRC intake line:


Suspected Child Abuse or Neglect:


Suicide Prevention Hotline:

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Crisis Textline:

Text 4HOPE to 741741

Disaster Distress Helpline:


Domestic Violence Hotline via Women Helping Women:



Our Character Program centers around:

Respect, Ownership, Compassion, Kindness and Safety, Safety, Safety!

Below are the three school-wide expectations that we expect students to follow throughout all parts of our learning community. Please support us by reinforcing these at home.

  • Be Respectful
  • Be Responsible
  • Be a Problem Solver

Principal Simpson & Assistant Principal Stegman