Elementary Updates January

Principal Jeanne McCarthy

Parent Report: Setting Goals with Your Children

The middle of the school year is a great time for families to check in with students on goals. Setting academic and personal goals is a valuable skill that will benefit learners throughout their lives.

Congratulations to Jake Moses, 4th Grade!

He attended the January Birthday with the Principal chat on January 21st and won our candy guessing game! Way to go Jake!

February birthdays mark your calendar for February 18th at 12:30pm!

Week of January 25th

January Dates to Remember


January 28 Elementary Fun Chats! K-2 9:00-9:30 and 3-5 9:45-10:15 Click here!

January 29 Principal Advisory Board Meeting 8:00 - 9:00am (Parent representatives will receive an email with a virtual room link for the meeting early this week.)


Please click the links below to see our 2016 MLK Day slideshow, sign-up for Minecraft Club and order your 2016 PALCS T-Shirt. Hurry! The last day to buy your shirt is Friday, January 29th!

Seven Reasons the iPAD will Enhance Your Student's Learning Experience at PALCS!

1. Students can use the iPAD as a textbook reader or an independent second screen while working on their laptop or offline.
2. Students can use the iPAD to easily take pictures and videos to document and share their learning.
3. The iPAD enhances and adds variety to the student's user experience with programs that have apps like Dreambox, Reflex Math, Achieve 3000, Brainpop, iRead, Google Drive, Khan Academy, RAZ Kids and Coding.
4. Students can use the iPAD to attend virtual lessons with the ZOOM or Adobe Connect Apps.
5. Increase mobility and flexibility in your student's learning, anywhere that you can connect to the internet you can bring your lightweight iPAD.
6. Use the iPAD to design and create unique projects and learning products.
7. After 4 years PALCS students may keep your iPAD - at no cost to you!

Please check your email for information about our iPALCS iPAD initiative and to sign-up to receive your iPAD.

Week of January 18, 2016

January Dates to Remember


January 18 Martin Luther King Day. Learn about our volunteer opportunities and a special Book Buddies at the West Chester office here! (K-5 Virtual and posted lessons canceled in core and electives classes).

January 19 K-5 MAP testing make-ups & K-3 Assessment day (K-5 Virtual lessons cancelled core classes only)

January 20 No school for students

January 21 K-3 Assessment day

January 21 Elementary Fun Chats! K-2 9:00-9:30 and 3-5 9:45-10:15 Click here!

January 21 January birthdays lunch with the Principal 12:30-1:00pm Click here.

January 22 K-5 MAP testing make-ups & K-3 Assessment day (K-5 Virtual lessons cancelled in core classes only)

January 28 Elementary Fun Chats! K-2 9:00-9:30 and 3-5 9:45-10:15 Click here!

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Sign-Up to receive your student's IPAD

iPALCS -iPAD Initiative:

Elementary parents please check your email for an important announcement about how to sign-up to get your student's iPAD.

For additional information please go to our IPAD Resource Center: https://sites.google.com/a/palcs.org/pa-leadership-ipad-resource-center/

Parents, to sign-up to receive your student's iPAD you must go to your parent email account and follow the steps listed in the introductory letter. If you are a parent of a K-5 student and you did not receive the iPALCS email to sign up for an iPAD please follow these steps:

1. Go to our IPAD Resource Center: https://sites.google.com/a/palcs.org/pa-leadership-ipad-resource-center/

2. Click on the tab "FORMS"

3. Under #1: Follow the directions for updating your parent email address on this page.

4. Under #2: Submit a request to receive the DPA form..

If you have any questions you may also submit them on the "FORMS" page on the website or call 1-877-725-2785.

We look forward to sending your student an iPAD - please sign-up today!

Announcements

K-3 Assessment Days

All K-3 students will be contacted to schedule an appointment on ONE of the three assessment days listed above to take the following assessments with their teacher in the virtual classroom: Reading levels/Running Records (K-3), Dibels (K-2), Sight Words (K-2).


MAP Assessment

The MAP assessment is an adaptive assessment that we give to students three times a year. The assessment measures student growth in Reading and Math and tells us where students are ready to learn. It will take your student approximately 30-60 minutes to complete each assessment. ALL students will get 50% of the questions correct and 50% incorrect on the MAP assessment. Parents, please do not help your student during the test as getting questions correct, that the student can not answer for him/herself, will only make the test more difficult. For more information on the MAP assessment please click here. To take the MAP assessment students should attend their regularly scheduled Reading and Math virtual lessons.


Delayed Start Procedures

In the event of inclement weather, please note that on a West Chester (East) delayed start day all K-5 virtual lessons that begin BEFORE 10:00 am will be canceled. Virtual lessons that begin at 10:00 am or after 10:00 am will be held as scheduled. Please refer to the Moodle homepage and Remind text for delayed start alerts. If our Pittsburgh office is on a delayed start, all virtual lessons will proceed as scheduled.



Students do not need to make up a virtual lesson that is canceled due to a delayed start, however students are encouraged to come to another virtual lesson that week if possible.


Virtual Lessons

If school is not held on your student’s virtual lesson day, the virtual lesson does not need to be made up. Students who miss their virtual lesson due to school closure may choose to attend another lesson that week. Please contact your teacher to make arrangements.

Winners of the Winter Break Bingo Challenge!

Congratulations to all of our students who read over Winter Break! The 10 students listed below were randomly selected from all of the Winter Break Bingo Challenge entries to win a special prize! Students your prize will be mailed to you this week! Congratulations!!!

Keyshaun David Dennis Grade 5

Emma Lavelle Grade 5

Juhanah Jannat Islam Grade 5

Ayden Gerlach Grade 3

Abrar Islam Grade 4

Stephan Samsonov Grade 3

Maya Reynolds Grade 5

Ibrahim Kashif Grade 5

Aubree Evans Grade 5

Gordon Martin Grade 3

Week of January 11, 2016

January Dates to Remember

January 11-15 K-5 MAP Assessment (Students attend their regularly scheduled Reading and Math virtual lessons to take the MAP assessment. Electives will hold all virtual lessons as scheduled this week.Whole group lessons are cancelled Jan. 11-15.)

January 14 Elementary Fun Chats! K-2 9:00-9:30 and 3-5 9:45-10:15 Click here!

January 18 Martin Luther King Day. Learn about our volunteer opportunities and a special Book Buddies at the West Chester office here! (K-5 Virtual and posted lessons canceled in core and electives classes).

January 19 K-5 MAP testing make-ups & K-3 Assessment day (K-5 Virtual lessons cancelled core classes only)

January 20 No school for students

January 21 K-3 Assessment day

January 21 Elementary Fun Chats! K-2 9:00-9:30 and 3-5 9:45-10:15 Click here!

January 21 January birthdays lunch with the Principal 12:30-1:00pm Click here.

January 22 K-5 MAP testing make-ups & K-3 Assessment day (K-5 Virtual lessons cancelled in core classes only)

January 28 Elementary Fun Chats! K-2 9:00-9:30 and 3-5 9:45-10:15 Click here!

Week of January 4, 2016

Happy New Year to all of our K-5 students and families!


K-5 Million Pages Bingo Challenge

Students you have until Friday, January 8th to turn in your bingo sheets to be included in the drawing for the prizes! Click here for more information and to turn in your bingo sheet!


January Dates to Remember

January 4 Welcome back to school!

January 7 Elementary Fun Chats! K-2 9:00-9:30 and 3-5 9:45-10:15 Click here!

January 8 Teacher in-service (Virtual lessons canceled in core classes only)

January 11-15 K-5 MAP Assessment (Students attend their regularly scheduled Reading and Math virtual lessons to take the MAP assessment. Electives will hold all virtual lessons as scheduled this week.Whole group lessons are cancelled Jan. 11-15.)

January 14 Elementary Fun Chats! K-2 9:00-9:30 and 3-5 9:45-10:15 Click here!

January 18 Martin Luther King Day. Learn about our volunteer opportunities and a special Book Buddies at the West Chester office here! (K-5 Virtual and posted lessons canceled in core and electives classes).

January 19 K-5 MAP testing make-ups & K-3 Assessment day (K-5 Virtual lessons cancelled core classes only)

January 20 No school for students

January 21 K-3 Assessment day

January 21 Elementary Fun Chats! K-2 9:00-9:30 and 3-5 9:45-10:15 Click here!

January 21 January birthdays lunch with the Principal 12:30-1:00pm Click here.

January 22 K-5 MAP testing make-ups & K-3 Assessment day (K-5 Virtual lessons cancelled in core classes only)

January 28 Elementary Fun Chats! K-2 9:00-9:30 and 3-5 9:45-10:15 Click here!