P'ville Elementary Newsletter

March 2017 Edition - We're Growing Learners & Leaders

Mission Statement for Pleasantville Community Schools

The Pleasantville Community School District, in partnership with the entire community, will empower every student to become a life-long learner who is a responsible, productive and engaged citizen within the global community

5th Graders Lead Two Service Learning Projects, Raise Nearly $2,000 for Charities

Two fifth grade classrooms engaged in two months worth of work to help raise money for two charities they wanted to support. Not only did they help raise significant money for those charities, but they learned a lot about service learning and working together. Best of all though, these charitable efforts were all student-led and student-run (with some parent & teacher support when needed).


Students in Mrs. Kenyon's class learned about the wildfires that had devastated communities in Tennessee, including two elementary schools. They felt driven to help in anyway they could. Their solution? Sell hot chocolate and dessert items and use the proceeds to go to the two elementary schools damaged in the fire. They came up with the appropriate name of "The Wildfire Cafe" and synergized to sell these items two days per week for eight weeks. They raised nearly $1200!


Some students in Mr. Harken's class were also bitten by the charitable bug. Their passions revolved around helping animals in hopes of raising funds that could help support the food, medical costs and other such needs for the Furry Friends Refuge. They named their service learning project "Pastries for Pets" and sold various yummy goodies like brownies, cookies, trail mix, suckers and apple juice. Like the other 5th grade group, these students worked two mornings a week for approximately eight weeks, as well as at Parent-Teacher Conferences, to sell their goods to raise money. They raised a grand total of $592. Way to go!


We are so proud of our kids and their passion to help others (or animals) in need. These two groups raised almost $2,000, and most of all learned a lot along the way. These are classic examples of what we love to see as a byproduct of our Leader In Me initiative. Thank you to all who helped support them on this journey!

Pleasantville Students have now raised over $3,500 for Alzheimer's Research, the Homeless, Victims of Wildfires and for a Pet Refuge in 2016-2017!

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Mrs. Busick's 4th Grade Led Us in a Song & Dance (Go Yusef and Braylon!) at the PBIS Assembly

Habit of the Month: Synergize! Congratulations to our March "Trojan Trompers!"

In March, we focused our attention on the sixth habit "Synergize," which emphasizes teamwork. Students and staff found wonderful ways to work cooperatively and involve others. The phrase "Together is Better" fits this habit to a "T". Congratulations to the following students who were nominated by their teacher for best exemplifying this habit and got to participate in the latest "Trojan Tromp": Anaiah Claver, Aidan Van Ness, Bella Sutter, Jaxson Olson, Brittany Holsinger, Trinity Kimrey, JJ Hayes, Timmy Finley, Madalyn Hamilton, Colby Christensen, Taylnn Showers, Cooper Mills, Lizzie Ammons, Michael Dickey, Carter Hicks, Isaiah Widman, Elsie Otto, Ella Fust, Laila Pedicini, Bryden Lamb, Raegan Murray, William Mesecher, Graham Archer, Luke Vestal, Sky Gilpin, William Goodale, Owen Rule, Charlotte Latch, Grace Jordan, Simon Martin, Xander McGill, Yusef Gulley, Georgia Boza, "Touchdown" Tommy Booth, Colton Collins, Natalie Hartnett, Nathan Richards, Madeline Lopez, Leah Adreon and "Eye of the" Tiger Bennett.


Apologies too to a couple TK students that were inadvertently left off last month's newsletter: Kayden Feldman and Shanna Curtis. Way to go!

3rd Quarter PBIS Assembly

Our third and fourth grade classes put together an assembly this month to celebrate our "Orange Pride Expectations" (Be Safe, Responsible and Respectful) as well as our "Habit of the Month" (Synergize!). They did an excellent job practicing what they were preaching: they synergized to put an excellent assembly together! Mrs. Nowak's class taught us all about synergizing, Mrs. Worthington's class showed fun videos depicting synergy in action, Mrs. Gordon's class had the entire student body work together to keep a beach ball aloft, Mrs. Eakes' class had everyone "make it rain" through sound effects and Mrs. Busick's class had us all up, singing and dancing "Together." Check out the bottom of this newsletter to see two videos from the assembly.


At the conclusion, four lucky students were drawn from all the PBIS punch cards turned in. Students earn a punch on their punch card when they are caught embodying leadership or following our Orange Pride expectations. Congratulations to Hudson Furnal, Ellie Heywood, Hayden Edwards and Talyn Spaur who each won $5 (NOT $1,000 ... sorry!), and way to go 3rd and 4th grade for putting on an outstanding assembly!

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Congratulations to Ms. Nowak's Class, our March "Orange Pride" Classroom of the Month!

Nineteen classrooms had the opportunity to be selected for our Classroom of the Month, but only one could win this honor! Congratulations to Ms. Nowak's class for being selected as the recipient of this prestigious award. They were chosen thanks to collectively and consistently exhibiting our PBIS Orange Pride Expectations: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe. These are the "school rules" our students follow as part of our PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support) system. The classroom of the month earns a special privilege such as extra recess minutes and/or reading the morning announcements. Way to go!
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Upcoming Important Dates in April for Parents

Late Start Mondays: April 3, 10, 17, 24


PTO "Mother-Son Lazer Tag" April 1st


PTO Meeting: April 5 @ 5:30 PM in Elementary Library


"Exercise Your Character" Field Trip to Hy-Vee Hall (5th Grade only): April 13

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Stay Tuned Next Month ~ Iowa Assessment Results! *** Spoiler Alert: It's AMAZING!!! (Seriously, It's Ridiculously Good)***