Here's What's Happening at PCCS
Join the Board
The Board is looking for applicants to fill the parent-elected seat on the Board. Applications are currently being accepted until Monday, October 2nd at 3:30pm. Interested candidates should click  HERE  to learn more about the process. Joining the board is a wonderful way to learn more about the school, its mission, and governance.  Questions? Please contact Board President Ed Jamison

Rummage Sale!
It's time to come shop for some excellent clothing bargains at the PSO Rummage Sale in the Gaylord Nelson Gym!  There is a PCCS-only 
sneak preview on Thursday, September 21st from 1-3pm. The sale opens to the public on Thursday, with sale hours from 4-7pm, then again on Friday, September 22nd from 8am to 3pm & Saturday, September 23rd from 8am-2pm.  Tell your friends!
NWEA Reports 
Student fall 2017 NWEA reports will go home today via student backpack. This applies only to 2nd through 8th grade students. NWEA/MAP tests serve as one assessment tool teachers use to identify each individual student's strengths and challenges. Parents are encouraged to contact their child's classroom teacher with any questions they may have. 
8th Grade Farmstand
Back by popular demand, the PCCS Farmstand returns! Beginning Monday, our 8th graders are offering a Farm Stand during morning, afternoon, & Kindergarten carpool. Students will be selling various produce boxes for $5 each and herb bundles for $3 each. All proceeds will go towards  the 8th grade Virginia Trip in April. Questions? Please email   Ms. Hamerlind
Curriculum Night
Thank you to all of the parents who joined us for the two Curriculum Nights we held over the last two Tuesdays. We hope you had the opportunity to learn more about what your child will be learning this year, meet their teachers and also meet some other parents! If you missed Curriculum Night, please contact your child's teacher for information about what was discussed. Thank you!
Pizza Friday
Our PSO is proud to present the return of Pizza Fridays! Pizza lunches will be offered three times this year, once each trimester. Pizza lunches include one slice of pizza and fruit for $5, with a $2 charge for additional slices of pizza.  Pizza will be delivered to classrooms during student lunch times; students will need to provide a plate, napkin & silverware. HERE is the order form .
Upcoming Events & After School Opportunities
Alumni Spotlight.  Kendall Gehring and Shane Jung, PCCS  Class of 2014 Alumni, are among 16,000 students across the country who are semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program . Congratulations to them on this high honor!
PBIS--Being Respectful in the Classroom
Being Respectful in the Classroom. Being respectful in the classroom means following the expectations for ALL staff at school. This includes classroom teachers, instructional assistants, specials teachers, all other staff, and parents who come to help in classrooms.  We are a community at PCCS, and we value showing respect to one another. Students are expected to show respectful behavior towards adults, and teachers are expected to show respectful behavior towards students. By showing respect to each other, we make our school environment a happier, more positive place to learn and do our best every day.
Environmental Learning
This year, we're harnessing the greatest and most powerful renewable energy source in the world -- our students!  We're very excited by the enthusiasm of our students for environmental learning and stewardship.  Many PCCS students (and staff!) want to make a difference beyond even what they do in class, and we're thrilled to have three extra-curricular groups helping to keep the environment at the center of everything we do this year.  

The Green Challenge Leadership Group is a new committee of passionate 5th and 6th graders who will be running the school's Green Challenge program this year.  Assemblies, classroom activities and challenges will come from this group of students!  

The Comstock Eco-Warriors is another new group; these enthusiastic 3rd and 4th grade students will help lead the Comstock building in new environmental projects and in making sure that students are practicing environmental behaviors with fidelity.

Meanwhile, the Green Team has reconvened -- this group of 8 faculty and 15 students in grades 3-8 have already started planning programs and initiatives for the 2017-18 school year.  You can join us for our first event on  September 30.  We will be cleaning up our adopted stretch of highway that morning... click  HERE for more details!  We hope you can join us for some earth-friendly fun.

Students from the Carson Building went on visits to the Learning Farm this week to engage in integrated lessons on tomatoes.  Their afternoon included ELA, science, math, and social studies connections and celebrated the relationship we have with tomatoes in our culture as well as in their native home.  

Wednesday's first Farm to Table was a resounding success thanks to the efforts of PCCS students who harvested and contributed heirloom tomatoes as well as white and yellow onions which went into an amazing lunch prepared by Chef Rick Starr of Ad-Lib Geocafe in Lindenhurst.  

Finally, looking ahead, 5th and 6th Grade will be busy prepping and cooking for their annual Tomato Jubilee next week and 8th Grade will be kicking off their Farmstand.  They will be selling produce from PCCS Sustainable Schoolyard gardens directly to families during carpool.  Watch for herbs, vegetables, and a few surprises to be offered up during carpool next week!
Upcoming Events at PCCS:
Monday, September 18th--Hearing and Vision Screening
       --Cross Country Meet at Gavin South 4pm
Tuesday, September 19th--Hearing and Vision Screening
--Soccer vs. Stanton 4pm
       --Finance Committee Meeting 6pm
       --Governance Committee Meeting 7pm
Wednesday, September 20th--Early Release; Dismissal at 1pm
      --Rummage Sale
Thursday, September 21st--Rummage Sale
 --Cross Country Meet at Park 4pm
 --Soccer Game at Home vs. Park 4pm
Friday, September 22nd--Rummage Sale
Saturday, September 23rd--Rummage Sale

Save the Date: 
September 15th-October 15th--Hispanic Heritage Month Activities
October 10th--Picture Retakes
October 13--Pizza Friday Order Forms Due


PCCS Administration
Lost and Found in Carson (L) and Comstock (R)
Foggy Morning + Morning Dew = Beautiful Webs
Hahn and Parker Book Buddies
Hershiser and Barnett Book Buddies
Crazy Hat Day!
Patriot Day

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