Pepper Drive Family News
October 14, 2022
Blue Family Information Forms
As you may or may not know, State funding for our school district is partially determined by the income levels of parents in the community. For example, Pepper Drive School receives between $150,000 and $200,000 yearly from Title I funding based on the completion of these forms. You can help us maintain or potentially increase the funding we receive to educate your child(ren) by completing either an application for free or reduced priced meals OR an alternative income form, which we call the Annual Family Information Form. The first class to have 100% of forms completed and turned in will get an extra recess with Mrs. Bradbury!
If you HAVE NOT submitted a meal application for your child(ren) this year, please help us by completing either the on-line form, which can be accessed by clicking HERE, or by completing the blue paper form which was sent home with your student(s) today.
In order for your form to be used for calculating State funding, it must be submitted on-line, or be received at the school, no later than October 31, 2022.
Thank you for your assistance with this important matter.
What to look out for:
- A sweet scent in the air or on the sleeves of clothing
- Unfamiliar pens and USB drives
- Drinking more water
- Cough or mouth sores
- New batteries and chargers
- Discarded vaping pods and devices
Here is a link to a good article about teen vaping from The Child Mind Institute.
Mrs. Shepard's Class (6th Grade AGAIN!)
Mrs. Bakke's Class (1st Grade)
Mrs. Roehrs' Class (3rd Grade AGAIN!)
Cell Phone Policy
Our student Handbook clearly states
Electronic communication of any kind is prohibited on school grounds. Each school has designated a "phone zone" where phones may be used before or after school, but under no circumstances during school hours. Pepper Drive’s phone zone is along the cement walkways outside of the school gates and on the lower field at dismissal time only. Permitted devices shall:
- Be turned off at all times during the school day, and at any other time when directed by a district employee.
- Not disrupt the educational program or school activity
The basic rule is: SEE IT, USE IT, HEAR IT, TAKE IT. Therefore, if an electronic device is seen, used, or heard, the following procedures will be put in place:
- First Offense: The device will be confiscated and returned at the end of the school day.
- Second Offense: The device will be confiscated and the parent must personally reclaim the device.
- Third Offense: The device will be confiscated and a parent must personally reclaim the device from the office. After a third offense, the student is not permitted to have a cell phone or personal device on campus. It can be checked in to the office on a daily basis or kept at home for the remainder of the year.
Monday 10/31 will be the FIRST day of Red Ribbon Week and students will be allowed to wear costumes to school, with limitations:
- No masks
- Face paint must not cover more than 1/2 of face
- No Blood or fake blood
- No weapons or fake weapons, this includes fire fighter axes and ninja stars
- No inflatables AT ALL
- Must be school appropriate attire (no spaghetti straps, offensive language or implications, no gang affiliation, crop tops, etc).
- Hats must still be removed indoors
- Costume wigs are allowed on this day only
- Wonder if your costume is okay? Ask!
- Bring a change of clothes-costumes are usually hot and uncomfortable. They rarely make it through the entire day.
Please start reviewing this information now, and encourage your children to ask questions, so we don't have any confusion on the day.
Dressing up is not mandatory for any school spirit days. When people do dress up, it takes a lot of courage and vulnerability. Nobody should be made fun of for a costume, or made to feel bad for showing school spirit. Calling a costume "trash" does not show empathy or teamwork. Let's all encourage positivity and kindness during spirit days (and every day) at Pepper Drive.
Sign up to volunteer at the PTA "Trick-or-Treat From Your Seat" drive-thru Trick-or-Treat event
10/14-Progress Reports went home
10/20 Thrivers Book Study Meeting #2
10/20 Equity Team Meeting
10/21 Crazy Sock Day
10/31-11/4 Red Ribbon Week (UPDATED)
11/11 Veteran's Day (No School)
11/17 Make-It, Take-It Behavior Support Workshop for Parents (see PHP flyer below)
11/14-11/17 Minimum Days (release @ 1:05)
11/21-11/25 Fall Break (No School)