MS Counselor Connection
PAMS Counseling Department Newsletter April 2023
What's the "Scoop" at Palmyra Middle School?
Month of the Military Child:
Each year, April is set aside as a military child appreciation month, officially known as the Month of the Military Child. With its creation in the mid-1980s, the Pentagon and other military support organizations and agencies use the month to recognize military kids for their sacrifice and bravery on the homefront.
The term "military brat" is a badge of pride worn by generations of kids who traveled the world with their parents, moving into adulthood with the knowledge that they have the strength to handle anything. Military children deal with separations, deployments, frequent moves and even their parents' injuries as part of the life they were born into or entered with their families.
Because purple is a color used to represent all military services, the theme "Purple Up" is used over the course of the month. This year, PAMS is participating in Purple Up for Military Families by encouraging everyone to wear purple on Wednesday, April 19th.
Other News @ PAMS
PAMS Club List
Outdoor Education Update for 7th grade parents
Our trips to Camp Swatara are just around the corner! Extensive planning and preparation continues as we draw closer to the awesome opportunity for our students!
MEDICATIONS FOR CAMP:
Any medication (prescription or over-the-counter) that needs to be administered to your child during their time at camp MUST be brought into school with the completed blue form the Friday before your child's camp week (see the dates below). Please have your child bring the form and medication to their morning homeroom teacher. The school nurse will collect everything that morning, while students are in homeroom. This allows us to make sure we have everything we need prior to the first day of camp.
Mountain Camp Week - form and medication brought in Friday, May 12th
Stream Camp Week - form and medication brought in Friday, May 19th
If you have any questions about medication please contact the middle school nurse as soon as possible.
DROP OFF CAMP GEAR:
Students will bring their gear (sleeping bags, clothing, toiletries, etc.) to the middle school auxiliary gym the Sunday night before their camp week. Please have your child's clothing and belongings marked. Your child is responsible for all of their belongings while at camp. Please refer to the "clothing and equipment list" for a guide of what to pack. Layers are important to have a at camp. A poncho or rain jacket is important - as we continue with our activities through rain, unless it is an electrical storm.
Please have your child bring a refillable/reusable water bottle for the week. It is important to stay hydrated throughout each day.
Mountain – 5/14/23 (Sun) 7:00-7:30 (No earlier or later) - MS Auxiliary Gym
Stream – 5/21/23 (Sun) 7:00-7:30 (No earlier or later) - MS Auxiliary Gym
RETURNING FROM CAMP WEEK:
Pick up your camper promptly at 2:00 p.m. on the Friday of your child's camp week in the back parking lot of the middle school
Mountain – 2:00 p.m. 5/19/23
Stream – 2:00 p.m. 5/26/23
PSSA and Keystone Testing Updates
Annual PSSA and Keystone preparation is underway!!! Here are the dates for testing - please mark them on your calendar!
Monday, April 24th - ELA PSSA Testing: Day 1
Tuesday, April 25th - ELA PSSA Testing: Day 2
Wednesday, April 26th - ELA PSSA Testing: Day 3
Thursday, April 27th & Friday, April 28th - ELA PSSA Makeup Testing
Monday, May 1st - Math PSSA Testing: Day 1
Tuesday, May 2nd - Math PSSA Testing: Day 2
Wednesday, May 3rd - Friday, May 5th - Math PSSA Makeup Testing
Monday, May 8th - Science PSSA Testing: Day 1 (8th grade only)
Tuesday, May 9th - Science PSSA Testing: Day 2 (8th grade only)
Wednesday, May 10th - Friday - May 12th - Science PSSA Makeup Testing (8th grade only)
Monday, May 15th - Keystone Testing: Day 1 (Algebra 1 students only)
Tuesday, May 16th - Keystone Testing: Day 2 (Algebra 1 students only)
Wednesday, May 17th - Friday, May 19th - Keystone Makeup Testing (Algebra 1 students only)
April Spotlight - Autism Awareness Month
Autism Signs & Characteristics: Repetitive behaviors, movements, or phrases • Lack of response to normal stimuli (i.e. his/her name, visual cues) • Atypical verbal communication or non-speaking • Difficulty understanding or expressing feelings • Avoiding eye contact
Summer Camp Opportunities
April Challenge: Live in the Now!