Poplar Grove Post

May 2019

NOTE FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

Parents/Guardians,

Thank you for a wonderful school year. I am always amazed how fast the school year seems to pass. I am happy to report our students worked extremely hard while completing TnReady testing, and I am confident our students did well. May is a busy month, and I have listed a few of the many events below:

Teacher Appreciation Week: May 6-10

May 7th 5/6 Choir Concert 6:00 pm

May 7th: Band Concert 7:00 pm

May 8th: Battle of the Books Contest 9:30 am

May 9th: 7/8 Choir Concert 6:00 pm

May 9th: Strings Concert 7:00 pm

May 10th: PTO Sponsored Mother/Son Dodgeball Game

: PGMS sponsored movie and food trucks to follow

May 14th: Blood Drive

May 16th: Athletic Awards Night 6:00 pm

May 20th: PGMS Field Day/PBS Carnival

May 22nd: Graduation Walk for graduating seniors 8:00 am

: 8th Grade Celebration @ 6:00pm w/ reception to follow

May 23rd: House Champion Reveal

: Last day of school (2 hour day)

CLINIC NEWS FROM NURSE LIZ:

END OF THE YEAR MEDICATION PICK-UP

All medication orders will expire at the end of this school year. If your child has any prescription or non-prescription medications in the clinic, they MUST be picked up by a parent or designated adult prior to dismissal on Wednesday, May 23. Exceptions to this are rescue inhalers and Epipens. Students can come to the clinic to pick up these medications and take them home with them. We are not allowed to keep any medications in the clinic over the summer. Any medications that are not picked up by dismissal on May 23, will be disposed of in compliance with state regulations.

In August, I will need new FSSD Medication Administration Forms brought in, with any prescription, non-prescription medication that you would like me to administer to your child during the 2019-2020 school year. These forms are in the clinic or on the FSSD website. I CANNOT accept any medication without a completed medication form. It is the parents responsibility, not the school nurse, to get the medication administration form completed by your child’s healthcare provider.

Students diagnosed with a chronic medical condition such as Asthma, Seizure Disorder, Diabetes, a food or insect sting allergy, etc, will need to provide a new complete, updated individualized healthcare plan when school resumes in August. These healthcare plans are kept in the clinic. Again, it is the parents responsibility to get all healthcare plans completed and returned to the school nurse.

It has been a great school year! Have a safe and healthy summer!

COUNSELOR'S CORNER

The students at Poplar Grove Middle raised $1,522 for Graceworks through the Darrell Waltrip Drive Away Hunger Challenge. The money raised will allow Graceworks to buy 12,181 pounds of food for those in need in our community. I am so grateful to our students and parents for supporting an organization that gives back to our community! Thank you for supporting this cause!

GRADE LEVEL NEWS:

5TH GRADE NEWS:

We are excited about our BIG field trip to the Chattanooga Aquarium! Please be sure to send in your permission form and money for the trip by Friday, May 3.

Also, 5th grade is VERY proud of the kids and how they worked last week during TN Ready TCAP testing!!! We will be enjoying some downtime over the next couple weeks because of their hard work and effort! On Monday, we started the week off with PJ or Athletic wear!!! Thanks for partnering with us and supporting your child with rest and hearty breakfast each day of the testing!!

6TH GRADE NEWS:

6th grade visited the Adventure Science Center and watched a presentation in the planetarium about the Egyptian Pharaohs and the importance of the stars in their culture. Students also were able to "moonwalk" across a planet. We had a great time!

7TH GRADE NEWS:

Seventh grade has had great fun SMASHING TCAP! In Mrs. Anderson’s math class students have been rewarded with colorful confetti eggs for doing Eggcellent work while reviewing for testing. At the end of each class they had the opportunity to throw the eggs at a target. Some students even drew faces on the eggs, named them and took them home. Even though it gets tiresome reviewing for tests, fun was had by all who SMASHED TCAP!

8TH GRADE NEWS:

8th grade is excited to have TCAP testing completed! They are looking forward to their annual Harpeth River canoe trip on May 15. Following that event, they have their annual cookout at Pinkerton Park on May 21.

RELATED ARTS NEWS:

LIBRARY NEWS:

All library books and fines are due Monday, May 13th. Rising 5th-8th graders are required to choose one book from next year's VSBA list to read over summer break. The list will be attached to your child's final report card. Please consider checking out books from the Williamson Co. Public Library and signing up for their Summer Reading Program. Using their library card, students can checkout ebooks and audiobooks from home through the Libby and Overdrive apps. Students can also checkout ebooks from our PGMS collection by using the free app Destiny Read.

STEM NEWS:

Students in 7th grade STEM class engineered containers for an egg drop. They created their egg drop containers with straws, tape, and chenilles. Two of the groups were successful in protecting their egg! Congrats to all for a great effort!

SPANISH NEWS:

7th and 8th grade students did a wonderful job presenting all about their trips to Spanish-Speaking Countries. Students created elaborate 7 day trips explaining hotels, currency conversions, what to pack, and logistical details. Presenting in front of an audience is a great real-world skill that will prepare your student for high school and college. Our Bear Market is May 9th. 12:30-1:30 7th grade and 8th grade 9:45-10:30. https://flipgrid.com/e95e3a42​is our last FlipGrid for this school year. Thanks for your ongoing support.

EXTRACURRICULAR NEWS:

MOTHER SON DODGEBALL TOURNAMENT

Calling all PGS Mothers and Sons!!! Please make plans to join us Friday, May 10 at 5:30pm in the PGS Gym for our 3rd annual Mother Son dodgeball tournament. This is a super fun event for the whole family! Daddies and daughters are welcome to come cheer on our Moms and Sons as they compete for the coveted PGS Mother/Son Dodgeball Trophy!! Photo booth will be stationed outside the gym before, during and after the event.

POSITIVE BEHAVIOR SUPPORT NEWS:

With spring in full swing (finally!) and TNReady testing done, it is easy for students to begin to put forth less effort academically and behaviorally. It is important that we help our children finish the school year strong. This means working hard in their classes and continuing to follow the school rules and expectations. Please make sure they still:

Come prepared to school with supplies and assignments

Follow dress code (unless we are having a special school-wide event)

Stick to a night time routine

May brings so many fun events and activities! Please join us on Friday, May 10th for Food Truck and Family Fun Night. Little Cancun on the Go, The Grilled Cheeserie, and Bradley’s Creamery will be serving up their yummy creations from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. and then we can all head to the gym for a “lawn style” viewing of the movie Small Foot. We hope to see you there!

Also, our 2nd annual PBS Carnival and Field Day will be on Monday, May 20th. This event is a wonderful way for students to spend their well-deserved PBS tickets and compete in games to earn their House some final points for the year. Please click on the link if you are able to donate items or volunteer for this event: http://bit.ly/PBSCarnival_FieldDay

PGS BLOOD DRIVE:

Please consider donating!

Tuesday May14th 12-5 Multi-purpose Room

Blood Donor APP (to sign up with and use Rapid Pass day-of drive here):
https://www.redcrossblood.org/bloodapp?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI4PCcgMXg2QIVEJBpCh2y7w_CEAAYASACEgIaJPD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=CIuOnYTF4NkCFUHFwAodpn8FtQ

Rapid Pass Link: https://www.redcrossblood.org/rapidpass (morning of the drive if not using the APP)

Donors: To schedule an appointment online log onto: www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: PGS19.​