Lunchbox Express
October 15, 2020
Updates from Returning to School Task Force
The Returning to School Task Force continues to meet weekly to review metrics and other considerations related to COVID-19. We will continue to update parents of any changes to our plan in the Lunchbox Express throughout the school year. As always, please don't hesitate to email the RTS Task Force with questions or concerns regarding COVID-19 planning.

  • Next week all families will be receiving a copy of the Vernon County Parent's Guide to COVID-19 and Schools, along with a FAQ sheet, that will help parents navigate what they should do in the event that their child is ill this year.

Learning Scenario Update:
We continue to see increasing case numbers in Vernon County. The rate of increase has slowed slightly and the positivity rate and other metrics continue to mostly hold steady, however it's likely that we haven't yet reached the peak of this surge. In light of this expected trend and forecasted temperatures next week, beginning on Monday, October 19, grades 1-8 will move to half days in-person (8-11:45am), with afternoons at home (note that kindergarten will continue with full days in-person). Teachers will provide take-home or virtual work for the afternoons for grades 1-8, depending on the individual class schedules. The plan is to continue with this scenario into the following week pending metrics. Please note that there is no school Wednesday, October 28 - Friday, October 30 due to parent-teacher conferences and faculty in-service.

As the fall weather becomes less conducive to full-day outdoor learning, the faculty and Returning to School Task Force are finalizing plans for cold weather and look forward to sharing them with you. We really appreciate all the ways our community of teachers, parents, students, and staff are working together to remain flexible this school year.
Grandparents & Special Friends Day
Friday, October 16
6:00-7:15PM CST via Zoom

The whole family is welcome ~ Sign Up Here!

Grandparents & Special Friends Day is an opportunity for the special elders in our child(ren)'s life to visit the school, our child's classrooms, and experience first-hand this unique education for themselves.

This annual tradition has become one of the most anticipated days of the fall season, and many grandparents and special elders return every year! This year's program will take place online and is scheduled later in the day so all may join.

The program will include:

  • School Tour (featuring our new outdoor classrooms)
  • Class Sharing/Virtual Assembly
  • Alumni Speaker, John Gambrell (Class of 2002)
  • Q&A /Community Discussion

Please note that registration is required for all participants - CLICK HERE to sign-up. Once registered, a confirmation email with the Zoom link and program schedule will be sent to participants. Hope to see you and your loved ones there!
Parent-Teacher Conferences With Subject Teachers
Subject teachers welcome an opportunity for parents to meet with them as a group for parent-teacher conferences. In the interest of safety precautions and confidence in planning, fall conferences will be held via Zoom. Appointments will be available Wednesday, October 28 starting at 8:30 am. Please note: just as with in-person conferences, virtual conferences should be a private conversation between teachers and parents/guardians, and children should not be present. If you are interested in scheduling a time for a conference, please contact Stephanie Pedretti by Tuesday, October 21.
Please Return Handwork Tools

Please return handwork tools that were sent home last spring. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Geri directly.

Grade 3 - Crochet Hooks and Weaving Needles
Grade 5 - Wooden Knitting Needles

Thank you!
PRWS 8th Grade Class Presents: ENCHANTED STORIES!
The PRWS Class of 2021 has been working hard to author and perform four Halloween-inspired stories that are available for purchase in Audiobook (mp3) format, to be released on October 31! This is a pandemic-proof, safe alternative to the beloved Enchanted Forest. The class is also creating mystery gift bags from the storytellers with a treasure or two from each story, akin to the treasures they would have shared with each of the children on the Enchanted Forest walk. Instructions for picking up the gift bags will be forthcoming closer to Halloween for those who have placed orders. (Sorry, shipping is not available for gift bags.)

The Audiobook (mp3) purchase is $5.00 and comes with one gift bag. Each additional gift bag is $2.00. Please go to our website for more information and to place your order!

All proceeds benefit the Class of 2021 class trip funds. Thank you for supporting our first fundraiser of the 2020-21 school year!

With Love,
Ms. Morse and the 8th Grade Class

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Pleasant Ridge Today Podcast!
In our latest episode, we discussed the Pentathlon, Michaelmas festival, upcoming Grandparents and Special Friends Day, and other news.

Listen directly from our website or via your favorite podcast player. Questions or ideas? Please contact us-we'd love to hear from you. Thanks for listening!
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Community News
Chickens raised by hand from the incubator, now about 5 months old, need a new home. They were initially intended as a 3rd grade project for Mrs. Davina's class. They are Roberta, Helene, Brunhilde, and Co., all together 7 ladies with feathery, puffy cheeks, plus three layers from the original flock. There are also three fine, young gentlemen who could win your affection. The guinea flock that was raised along with the chicks could find a new home as well, however it seems to be six males (who tend to be rather mean and better in soup), and one female. We raised them as "tick eaters". Please contact Mrs. Davina under 608-618-2448. We are on the move to Germany on October 26.
Thoreau College has initiated a new social enterprise business! As you know, PRWS now rents the greenhouses at 520 E. Terhune St. in Viroqua to us and we have jumped fully into them... repairing the greenhouses, seeding late fall greens, increasing houseplant inventory, and
putting cut flowers back in the cooler! Other fun stuff as well.

We're open Monday thru Saturday 10am - 4pm and we'd love your support!

Contact us at 637-8200 or Blessings, beauty, and bounty to us all. Thank you!