Pepper Drive Family News

October 21, 2022

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My Kid is Sick...Now What?

If your child has experienced Covid Symptoms, you are currently required to have 2 negative (home) Covid tests 12 hours apart, with symptoms improving and no fever or vomiting to return to school. Free home tests are available for pickup from the school office. Please make sure you are contacting the school office when your child is absent for any reason, and updating us if he/she is experiencing illness.

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.


We are on our way to reaching our goal of 500 pairs of donated socks before the end of October. We currently have 278 pairs of socks donated. These donations will be donated to the East County Transitional Living Center. Socks (and underwear) are the most requested, least donated items in shelters. Currently, there are almost 200 children living at the Transitional Living Center. All donations are appreciated.

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 (or Padres Gear this week), are as follows:

Mrs. Shepard's Class (6th Grade 3 weeks in a row!)

Mrs. Butsko's Class (2nd Grade)

Mrs. Keiser's Class (2nd/3rd Grade)

TIGER Expectations - Play Structure and Swings

Starting this week, your student(s) are learning about how the TIGER traits are shown during recess. This week, your student learned about how to show the TIGER traits on the Play Structure and Swings.
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Costume Guidelines

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.

Click Here to Volunteer at Trick or Treat @ Pepper!

Sign up to volunteer at the PTA "Trick-or-Treat From Your Seat" drive-thru Trick-or-Treat event

Upcoming Dates


10/24 Diwali

10/24 SSC Meeting (See Agenda with Link below)

10/28 PTA Trick or Treat From Your Seat event

10/31-11/4 Red Ribbon Week


11/2 PTA "Stoves on Strike" Fundraiser @ Chipotle

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)

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