From the Desk of Phoebe Lewis
December 1. 2023
I heard recently about a class at Yale that piqued my interest. So this class at Yale…it’s the most popular class in the university’s 300-year history. You know what it’s called? Psychology & the Good Life (simply put, “How to be happy”). Teacher and psychologist, Lori Santos, came up with the idea after research has shown that mental health concerns are a rising problem on so many campuses. Each night, the students in her class have “Happiness Homework:”
1. Meditate for 10 minutes.
2. Sleep 8 hours.
3. Do something kind.
4. Write down 5 things you’re grateful for.
I’m taking this to heart this November. I don’t know what the holidays are going to look like for you, but I’m guessing a little extra happiness injected into the equation won’t hurt any of us. On mornings, I often ask my kids what kind of a day they’re having, and we all hold up fingers between 1-10. I remind them often that we all have bad days and it’s ok to have a low number.
Addressing Questions and Concerns
We are thankful for the ongoing partnership and support we experience in our school community. Working together we ensure the best possible student experience allowing them to realize personal success. There are times, however, when issues arise which require our continued collaboration to resolve. Families may utilize the matrix linked on the district website to best address questions and concerns that may arise throughout the course of a school year. Finally, all staff and visitors should conduct their business free from intimidation, harassment, or bullying. The district’s Board of Education states expectations regarding civility within Policy 6341. Again, thank you for your partnership in helping to maintain a safe school community environment for all.
If you are able to assist with vision and hearing screens on Dec 12th please signup below. You can sign up from 7:40-8:45am, 8:30-9:25am, or both! Volunteers will not be screening students; but assisting with crowd control and screening forms to help our screens run smoothly.
Clothes donations (especially sweatpants)
Individually packaged breakfast bars or granola bars
Travel sized unused deodorants
Students of Strength Needs Your Help!
Students of Strength is running a Thankful/Spirituality/Generosity campaign December 4th- December 8th. This campaign includes a Collection Drive and we will donate the items to a place called “My Father’s House”.
My Father’s House is dedicated programming and advocacy for individuals who are experiencing homelessness, have a low income, or are struggling and underserved in some way. Our club would like to thank you in advance for your “generosity”, support, and donations during this week of giving. Items can be brought in daily or all at once 12/4-12/8 and given to your child’s flex teacher. At the end of the week students of strength will collect the items and take them to “My Father’s House”.
Monday 12/4- Medical Monday (first aid supplies)
Tuesday 12/5- Toiletry Tuesday (soaps, shampoo, deodorants, toothbrushes, diapers, wipes)
Wednesday 12/6- Warm Wednesday (hats, scarves, mittens/gloves, socks)
Thursday 12/7- Thermal Thursday (blankets, coats, warm stuff)
Friday 12/8- Feast Friday (non-perishable- canned meats/tuna/foods/PBJ/crackers foods)
Badminton and Pickleball Tournament
See flyer below for details and information
Girls Basketball Student Games
PRMS Girls Basketball team is inviting PRMS students to come to the basketball games after school this coming Wednesday (12/6) at the PRMS gym. There are 2 games after school and they will be done at about 5:30 (for pickup time). There will be FREE candy and soda available to the students and there will be a half-court shot shooting contest for anyone that wants to participate at half-time of both games. There will be NO entry fee for the half-court shot contest, but the winner will receive a $10 gift card to a location of their choice! PLEASE have your child attend so they can have fun with their schoolmates and support their school!!
8TH GRADE GRADUATION/CELEBRATION
The celebration will occur on May 22, 2024
Please note: This date may change after the last day of school is announced.
Please submit an electronic picture of your student - when naming the file, include your student's first and last name, e.g. Steve_Smith.jpeg at the following link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1VidOlVxwt7sz9Z-iTA7lfkBDIuW1tUBL?usp=share_link
STAFF APPRECIATION HOLIDAY DONATIONS
We cannot make this happen without your help and generosity. We have 76 staff members to gift! We are simply asking for monetary donations in order to make this project happen. All you have to do is click on the link below to donate--Today thru Friday, December 8th, and we'll take care of the rest!
Thank you for helping us spread some holiday cheer!
Panera Bluhawk 1/11/24
Papa John's 1/31/24
SAVE THE DATE
BULLDOG NIGHT- ALL SCHOOL EVENT 1/26/24 6-8PM AT PRMS
SUBMIT PICTURES FOR YEARBOOK:
If you have any photos that you have taken or will take at PRMS events (sports, clubs, band, orchestra, vocal music, socials, etc.) throughout the school year that you would like to submit for the PRMS yearbook, please sent them to Melinda La Londe at email@example.com. The photographs must be in png or jpeg format. Please do not send HEIC photos. The deadline for submitting photos is February 29, 2024.
SCHOOL PICTURE RETAKES:
Wednesday, October 11
Please make sure that you have ordered a PRMS yearbook for this school year. You can order on ParentVue - Fees. You can also check to see if you have ordered a yearbook on ParentVue - Fees - Paid Fees. The deadline for ordering yearbooks is February 15, 2024.
December Celebrations & Observances
- Universal Human Rights Month - people all across the globe are encouraged to come together and stand up for equality, justice, and the dignity of all humans.
- International Day of People with Disabilities - December 3 - a day to celebrate the achievements and contributions of people with disabilities, promote an understanding of disability issues, and mobilize support for the rights, dignity, and wellbeing of people with disabilities.
- Hanukkah - evening of December 7 - evening of December 15 - an eight-day Jewish festival of lights. Some Jewish families will celebrate by lighting a Menorah and eating foods cooked in oil.
- Christmas - December 25- a Christian holiday commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. Some Christian families will celebrate by attending church services and exchanging gifts.
Kwanzaa - December 26 - January 1 - a seven-day African-American holiday celebrating culture, family, and community. For some, celebrations may include song, dance, storytelling, and a large traditional meal.
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