PRM School Rocker

Issue 2, Volume 3 September 2021

Principal Simpson's Message

Greetings PRM Families,


The 2021-22 school year is off and running! Our staff has been hard at work building relationships, teaching expectations and procedures, and providing access to high-quality, on-grade-level Montessori instruction. We are collecting baseline data to be able to tailor instruction to meet the unique needs of each student. Thank you for being awesome partners as we pursue outstanding student outcomes with our learners.


As we anticipated, we are dealing with some positive Covid cases in our school community. We wish that we could offer a guarantee that transmission will not occur in school but the reality is that transmission is possible any and everywhere. Know that we are doing our best to reduce in-school transmission by enforcing proper mask-wearing, frequent hand sanitizing and sanitizing of shared materials and spaces, hand washing, 3ft distancing, and use of plastic desk shields during lunch and in classrooms. We are grateful for the CPS partnership with the Cincinnati Health Department that provides each school with a nurse. We ask for your patience and consideration as we follow the guidelines in place to support the health needs of our school community. You can help by making sure your student has on a mask when getting on the bus and when entering the school. Please do not send your child to school if he/she is sick. Make sure your contact information in Powerschool is up-to-date and that you have multiple emergency contacts on hand in case your child needs to be picked up due to illness. Our collective efforts will help to keep the spread down and prevent school disruption.


Our arrival and dismissal have improved tremendously since the start of school. Thank you for adhering to our guidelines and procedures so that we can get students into the building as quickly as possible each morning. Be sure to secure a daily dismissal plan with your child's teacher and stick to it. Dismissal changes due to appointments must be communicated in writing to the teacher by no later than the morning of the day the change is needed. Please do not call our office during dismissal to have your child's dismissal adjusted. There is no early dismissal after 1:40pm.


Remember, we are all in this together. Don't hesitate to contact us with your questions or concerns. Please check prmrocks.org for announcements regarding school/community events. We value your partnership and are honored to work with you!


Love,

Principal Simpson

School Hours

7:45am-2:15pm

Upcoming Dates

Labor Day~ No School Monday, September 6th

LSDMC Meeting~ Wednesday, September 8th 3p

PTO Meeting~ Wednesday, September 8th 6:30p

Foundation Meeting~ Wednesday, September 15th 6:30p

CPS Board Meeting~ Monday, September 13th 6:30p

PRM Equity Meeting (virtual)~ Thursday, September 16th 6:30p

ILT Meeting~ Monday, September 20th 2:45p

September Movie Night/Hispanic Heritage Celebration~ Friday, September 24th

No School Staff Professional Development Day~ Monday, September 27th

CPS Board Meeting~ Monday, September 27th 6:30p

District Safety Plan (Updated 8/27/21)

Mask Requirement

Masks are required to be worn in all Cincinnati Public School buildings. They are also recommended during outdoor school events where social distancing is not able to be accommodated.


Be sure that your child has a mask that covers the mouth and nose. Please support us by teaching your child to wear the mask properly covering the mouth and nose except for when eating or during an individual mask break provided by the teacher.

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Quarantine Procedures for Making Up Work

Students who must Quarantine during the 2021-2022 Academic School will follow their teacher’s procedures to make up work similar to as if they were absent because of an illness.


Teachers will post at least every two weeks to their Learning Management System, Schoology* in Student Friendly Language:


  • Learning Outcomes

  • Materials if available

  • Assignments

  • Due Dates

It is important to note that students absent due to general illness or appointments will receive make up assignments when they return to school. This Schoology access is not intended to reflect virtual learning or full access to the curriculum. Those seeking a virtual learning option may enroll in the Cincinnati Digital Academy.

See video with reminders of how to access District Schoology Materials, click here.

2021-22 Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Please click the link to the full document below. We will notify families immediately if there are any updates or changes.

Please help us by following these procedures:


  • Arrival begins at 7:35am. Please do not arrive before 7:30am so that our staff can park and get in place.
  • Masks must be worn on our campus and/or when dropping off and picking up students.
  • Please be courteous to our staff. We are only trying to keep everyone safe.
  • The park and walk option is available at the Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church. You may park your car and escort your student to the proper arrival entrance.
  • Please be mindful of your speed. The School Zone speed limit is 20mph. Please keep your speed to 15mph when driving on campus. Citations will be given for violations.
  • There is no drop-off on Montgomery Rd. This is not safe. The police officer on duty will be giving citations if this happens.
  • When dropping off students in the car line, please make sure they are ready to exit the car from the passenger side with all of their belongings. We want to keep things moving as efficiently as possible.
  • Families dropping off a PreK student must merge to the right side of the carline for morning dropoff. The staff will complete the safety check and escort the student and any siblings to the PreK entrance.
  • Dismissal is from 2:05-2:15pm. Please do not arrive too early for the carline. The gate will not open until 1:50pm. You can minimize frustration and wait time by timing your arrival according to the dismissal times for your child's grade level or floor. (See Arrival/Dismissal document below)
  • Be sure to select a daily dismissal method for your child and stick to it. Dismissal changes must be communicated to the teacher in writing 24 hours in advance or the morning of the change. Students will be sent home the normal way if this communication is not received. There is no early dismissal after 1:40pm.
  • Please watch out for our staff as they support traffic flow on Montgomery Rd.
  • Be prepared for your child(ren) to be loaded into your car on the passenger side only.
  • Please pull forward once your child(ren) loads the car. You may buckle them in further up the driveway.
  • Please follow safe distancing guidelines and school signage when waiting for your child to come out for walker dismissal.
  • You may park at the Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church to walk over to pick up your child in the front. Students may not walk to the church parking lot without a parent.
  • Keep the positive energy flowing. We are in this together!
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CPS Forms

Traditionally, parents and guardians are accustomed to completing forms at the beginning of each school year. This year, we are requesting that parents complete these forms online through the district's registration platform, register.cps.k12.org. This will save you time and ensure that we have your child's updated address, phone number and health information.


Online Registration Platform

To get started, parents will have to create an account and log in or simply log in if you have used the online registration system previously. It will take 30–60 minutes to complete the information.


Translations

The online registration platform offers translations in Spanish and French. On the right side is a button marked English, click on the drop-down menu and select the preferred language.


Paper Forms

Paper forms in Arabic, English, French, and Spanish are available below for parents to print, complete and return to the schools. Some forms are available in Nepali. Paper forms are also available at each school. Complete and Submit by September 10


Please complete the online or paper forms by Friday, September 10.

If you have any questions or need assistance with the student registration system, please contact the PRM office or call our Customer Care department at (513) 363-0123.


Health Forms


Military Connection

Cincinnati Public Schools would like your help to ensure the unique needs of military-connected students are met. Cincinnati Public Schools is required to identify students whose parent(s) are in the U.S. Armed Forces (Active Duty or Reserve status) or in the National Guard.

If your child is affiliated with the military, complete the form below and return the form to your child's school office.


Photo/Video Permission


PowerSchool


Student Dining Services


Student Fees


Student Internet Use

Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) and Mobile Device Agreement (MDA):
(Student signatures will be obtained digitally at school)


Student Privacy

Staff Contact Information

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PRM Community in Action:

Community News: Thank you to everyone who made the Back to School Open House Event a success despite the torrential downpour! Thank you to PRM administration and staff, to food trucks AJ Steaks and Snug Monkey, and to all the countless volunteers who worked to plan and those who stepped in at the last minute to make the mad dash inside. The Million Father’s March started the year off with a highlight of celebration and hope!

PTO & Foundation Hub News

Parent Organization Updates

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the staff appreciation breakfast! The staff was appreciative and well fed! Look for opportunities to help contribute at each parent teacher conference night. Our next big Community Event will be a movie night/Hispanic Heritage Night on September 24th!

If you are interested in hearing more about PRM or are interested in getting more involved, but don’t know where to start, please join us at our next PTO meeting on Wednesday, September 8th! We will welcome everyone and begin with a highlight of student work! This is also a great time to just get information (no commitment needed) and leave with a link to all the notes for remembering later (we’ll share these online later on prmrocks.org)


Foundation, the fundraising parent group, is having a Mum Sale! Click here for details! For other no cost fundraising, click here. Look for details coming home soon about Read-a-thon and Fall Festival.


New Families! Buddy Families: What is “Buddy Families”? Organized by the PRM Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), “Buddy Families” matches existing school families with new families to help ensure a smooth transition to PRM. Buddy Family Ambassadors will assist New Families with answering questions, connecting to Room Parents, providing information about school programs and events, and in general, supporting new families throughout the year as they become part of our school community. New Buddy Family Students will receive a FREE PRM T-shirt that can be worn as their uniform shirt! Go to prmrocks.org/buddy to sign up! Existing families willing to help out go to prmrocks.org/ambassador


Upcoming Meetings and Dates

Labor Day - No School Monday, September 6th

LSDMC Meeting - Wednesday, September 8th 3p

PTO Meeting - Wednesday, September 8th 6:30p

Foundation Meeting - Wednesday, September 15th 6:30p

CPS Board Meeting - Monday, September 13th 6:30p

PRM Equity Meeting (virtual) - Thursday, September 16th 6:30p

ILT Meeting - Monday, September 20th 2:45p

September Movie Night/Hispanic Heritage Celebration - Friday, September 24th

No School Staff Professional Development Day - Monday, September 27th

CPS Board Meeting - Monday, September 27th 6:30p


ILT Meeting - Monday October 4th 2:45p

CLC Update

We are off to a great school year and we are happy about it!. The CLC Center is here to provide you with various services that you may need. Feel free to contact either our Resource Coordinator- Ms. Monique Johnson at johnmon@cpsboe.k12.oh.us or our Asst. School Community Coordinator- Mrs. Jamie Donaldson at donalja@cpsboe.k12.oh.us.


  • We have to send out a huge THANK YOU to all of our partners who helped out during our Open House. Despite the rainfall, we still had a wonderful turnout with some very excited families and our food trucks were a big hit! (AJ Cheesesteaks and Snug Monkey)

  • Thank you to our fabulous PTO for providing the staff with breakfast to kick off the school year.

  • In-Person and Virtual Tutoring is being offered to our students. Be on the lookout for more information.

  • PRM is gearing up for after-school activities as well as many extracurricular activities. Make sure that you and your child are getting involved with many of the fun and educational programs.

  • Webby Dance is currently taking applications for session one for grades preschool-5 grade. Your child should come home with a yellow application form.

  • Are you interested in learning Spanish? Well PRM is happy to bring back our partnership with Cincinnati Spanish Academy. Click on the link to register www.cincinnatispanishschool.com/prm

  • Blessings in a Bag is coming back to PRM. Registration forms will come home with your child in the upcoming week. Feel out the form and return it back to your child’s teacher.

  • CRC After-School Care at PRM is currently full. There is a waiting list at this time if you are interested.

  • YMCA of Blue Ash is offering Sports of All Sorts for ages 7-12. Use the QR Code to register.


Community Resources:


  • Fresh Produce and Food Drive Thru Distribution at Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church, every Wednesday from 4:30-6:30 pm. Let them know that you are PRM

  • YMCA offers a new class: Salsannati which is a Salsa and Bachata Dance Lesson.

  • Pleasant Ridge Public Library- is offering a monthly steam program called “IMAGINE Lab! The next one is Wednesday, September 15 from 4-5 pm, for ages 6-12. You must register by clicking on the link https://cincinnatilibrary.bibliocommons.com/events/60f570f9e522f52f00861915

  • Want to Get Vaccinated? The Hamilton County Public Health is providing Covid shots and the first one will get you a $100.00 Visa Gift Card. See the flyer below for more information.

  • Cares Act Rent and Utility Assistance- If you or someone you know is in need of financial assistance due to Covid-19, you can click on the link below to fill out an application https://hcjfsonbase.jfs.hamilton-co.org/AppNet/UnityForm.aspx?key=UFKey

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Menus

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District Calendar 2021-22

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CPS District Code of Conduct

Support Hotlines

Cincinnati Public Schools:

513-363-0123


Child Mental Health Crisis

Cincinnati Children's Hospital PIRC intake line:

513-636-4124


Suspected Child Abuse or Neglect:

513-241-KIDS


Suicide Prevention Hotline:

1-800-273-TALK (8255)


Crisis Textline:

Text 4HOPE to 741741


Disaster Distress Helpline:

1-800-985-5990


Domestic Violence Hotline via Women Helping Women:

513-381-5610

CPS Parent Technical Support Line

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R.O.C.K.S!

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