Here's What's Happening at PCCS
Geography Bee
For the 3rd year, PCCS 4th-8th graders will participate in a Geography Bee. By the end of November, each class will hold a Bee and send a class champ to compete in the all-school Bee, which will take place in mid-December. Students can review Geography facts HERE. Please check with your child's teacher for the date of their classroom Bee. Good luck to all our budding Geography experts!

November Farm to Table Coming Soon!
Our November Farm to Table is coming on November 15th with a comforting autumnal meal.   Register for our last fall lunch by Wednesday, November 8th. This will be our last Farm  to Table lunch until January. Are you interested in volunteering for prep on November 14th or serving on November 15th? Contact   Carol   to learn more!
Scholastic Book Fair
The Scholastic Book Fair is coming on Monday and  Tuesday, November 20 & 21 This is a great event that benefits classrooms, students and families.  Aside from all the great reads, last year PCCS purchased many new classroom books and 2 new Smart Boards with the Scholastic Dollars earned.  Thank you PCCS families!
We hope you will have a chance to stop and browse the fair before or after your conferences!
Thanksgiving Literacy Night
Join us for Thanksgiving Literacy Night  on  Tuesday, November 7th from 6-8:30pm  in the Gym. Bring a favorite cultural dish to share with other families and enjoy a night of educational activities. Just like Farm to Table, be sure  to bring your own plates  and utensils and RSVP  HERE !
The Wild Ones at PCCS
Join us on Saturday, November 11th for a learning opportunity on  Building Healthy Habitats Today for a Better Tomorrow . Please consider  registering  for this informative morning. There will be students and staff from PCCS participating in this important event! Hope to see you there. 
Drama Club Comes to PCCS
Do you like to sing? Like to dance or act? PCCS is starting a Drama Club this year. They will be putting on a musical: The Lion King Jr. in the spring. There are opportunities for students to participate in the Backstage Crew and part of the Drama Club as well.  Please contact Mrs. Fiorelli to learn more. 
Upcoming Events & After School Opportunities
Do You Shutterfly? Planning on buying Holiday Cards, making photo calendars, photo gifts, or printing pictures this holiday season? The PSO has set up a Shutterfly/Tiny Prints fundraiser--when you place an order HERE,    Shutterfly/Tiny Prints will donate 13% of your purchase to the PSO. This is a win-win for you and the school!
PBIS--Being Safe in the Bathroom
Being Safe in the Bathroom.  We all want the bathroom to be a safe and clean place to use. By using the equipment appropriately and telling an adult if there is a problem that we can't take care of on our own, we help keep the bathroom a clean and safe place for everyone at school to use comfortably.
Personal Responsibility
At PCCS, we are always working towards being Respectful, Responsible & Safe in all learning environments. Teachers work with students to help them be as successful as they can be, to grow academically as well as socially and emotionally. As a PBIS school, the staff works hard to acknowledge and reinforce positive behaviors so students receive consistent feedback on school expectations. Sometimes, increased redirection is needed when students have difficulty following school expectations, and teachers need to help shape behavior in a positive direction. 

By partnering with parents, we can better accomplish this goal. You may have received teacher communication or have seen a "reflection" or "think it over" sheet come home. The goal of the sheet is to have students reflect on their behavior when they have broken a rule, to take ownership of their behavior, and to identify what they can do differently next time. At home, you can use the sheet to talk with your child about these things, and to communicate with your child's teacher. In this way, we are building personal responsibility in our students, and we appreciate your support as we all work together to help our students be the best they can be.
Veterans Day Assembly-Do You Know a Veteran?
This year we will be celebrating Veterans Day with a ceremonial walk to recognize those who have served their country in the Armed Forces. On November 10th at 8:15 we will meet at the flagpole near Lake Leopold to have a short ceremony and then a walk around the lake in recognition of those who have served. In addition to the school ceremony, we will be collecting donations (change) to help support the Lake County Honor Flight.   In order to help us guide the school in this celebration, please take a moment to complete the form HERE, then share it in an email to Mr. Zamiar.  Mr. Z will then compile the names and share with the classes. Thank you for supporting us as we recognize the Veterans in our community who have served our country so admirably. We hope to see all of you then.

PSO Corner
Annual Holiday Bazaar- Save your holiday gift-worthy donations! We begin collecting at carpool starting on  November 16th. Each of our children will have the opportunity to purchase gifts for both immediate and extended family members for the holidays. The collection of donations occurs each morning until the sale on  December 7th! Your donations of gently used items for all ages, gift bags, wrapping paper and tape are much appreciated!
SCRIP sales- With Thanksgiving coming up, plan ahead and get your gift cards now! With the money you spend at the grocery anyway, why not purchase SCRIP cards to Jewel, Mariano's, Target, etc. and help to earn money to give back to our classrooms! Also, SCRIP cards are perfect for your Black  Friday or Cyber  Monday shopping!
Chipotle- Thank you to everyone who came out to dinner at Chipotle! It was incredible to see how many families came together from PCCS. That evening we raised over $830! This money is used for teacher grants, and directly benefits our children. A special thank you to the staff that joined us as well!
Classroom Parties- A big thank you to Kristen Zimmerman, who is in charge of our classroom coordinators, our amazing classroom coordinators, and to every single volunteer who gave their time, donated food, supplies, or helped in any other way. It is because of you all that the parties were a big hit!
Upcoming Events at PCCS:
Saturday, November 4th-- Pumpkin Composting @ CLC 9am-1pm
Tuesday, November 7th--Boys' Basketball at Gavin South 4pm
     -- Thanksgiving Literacy Night 6-8:30pm
Wednesday, November 8th-- Farm to Table Registration Due 
           --Home Basketball Game vs. North Prairie 4pm
Friday, November 10th--Veterans Day Assembly 8:15am 
Saturday, November 11th-- Building Healthy Habitats Today for a Better Tomorrow 8am-1pm @ PCCS Gaylord Nelson Gym

Save the Date: 
Saturday, November 18th-- Green Apple Day of Service 10am-noon
Monday, November 20th--Conferences and Scholastic Book Fair
Tuesday, November 21st--Conferences and Scholastic Book Fair
Wednesday, November 22nd-- Thanksgiving Eve Babysitting  1-5pm
Saturday, December 2nd-- PCCS Holiday Marketplace Craft Fair 9am-3pm in Gaylord Nelson Gym


PCCS Administration
PCCS Staff Dressed as Waldo this Year!
Kindness Rocks!--with Mr. Hershiser's Class
Kindergarten Halloween Fun in Mrs. Parker's Class
Mr. Flinn Teaching Mrs. McGovern's Class the Thriller Dance
Some of Our 8th Graders Doing a Phenomenal Job Leading Environmental Lessons

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