Parent-Teacher-Student Association
PCMS PTSA Course Corrections

Third-trimester is fast approaching. (Calendar below.) While looking towards the finish line, everyone's asking, "Where’d the year go?", a far cry from September. Ultimately, our PCMS village continued onward, defining the unchartered space. In many ways, we’re more productive, efficient, and resilient, not unlike our kids, Even though, we're thankful, grateful, enthusiastic, enjoying the course corrections.

PCMS PTSA pivoted, not following where the path lead; rather where there was no path, leaving a trail. (-Ralph Waldo Emerson, said it better!)

How to help us continue moving forward? Step #1: MEMBERSHIP! #2: read our action-packed Newsletter, with opportunities for everyone, especially next year! Be a part of the change, and mapping PCMS PTSA's future!
Community News

8th-9th IHS Transition

IH PTSA, IM PTSA, PCMS PTSA 8th to 9th Grade Transition Q&A
Join IH PTSA, IM PTSA, and PCMS PTSA for a Zoom-Live Question & Answer session, on March 8th, 6:00 PM, while families prepare for IHS 9th grade course registration, due March 10, 2021. There’s so much to think about, & our experts can ease the way. Zoom link. Questions, email Pacific Cascade PTSA or IM PTSA.

Our panel includes Nicole Garcia and Kim Wilkinson from IH PTSA; Wendy Cummins from IM PTSA; Tracy Drake and Lisa Small from PCMS PTSA.

8th Grade – 9th Grade IHS Transition March Checklist
Soon-to-be Freshman, join IHS on March 1, 2021, starting at 6:00 PM, as administrators and other staff welcome Eighth Grade families through a Virtual Course Selection Program, introducing IHS, and discussing offered courses. Soon after, Skyward opens for 2021-22 registration. Counselors will have a follow-up question and answer session through appointment only prescheduled Zoom conferences, on March 3, 2021. Through Skyward Family Access, IHS ninth grade course selections due March 10th, with an option to change mid-April.  IHS Website. IHS counselors list. 2021-22 IHS Course Guide Overview. Sample 4-year Schedule Selections.
March Updates

Spanish-Speaking Workshop SERIES for Parents-Coping through COVID
March: 6, 13, 20, 27; at 9:00 AM. Learn to cope with stress within the home due to COVID-19 changes and uncertainty. This Spanish-speaking workshop offers strategies for discipline, routines to improve harmony and emotional stability. Information-registration, email Alicia Spinner.

*LAST CALL* Celebrate 8th graders w/ PCMS grad signs $20/each. Deadline: March 15, 2021. CLICK to ORDER. Email Minal Desai Monga.

Virtual Java with Jeff - Join the Conversation
Join PCMS Principal Jeff McGowan for a virtual coffee break on March 24, 2021, at 7:00 PM. Principal McGowan discusses what’s happening around PCMS and ISD. Best, quickest way to get your live questions answered, and learn more about PCMS. Spanish interpretation services will be provided. Other language requests, questions, email Kim Clarke.

PCMS PTSA is selling beautiful, WA State Spring flowers, from Blaine, WA. All proceeds support PCMS student resources. Geraniums, Premium Annuals, Hanging Baskets. Online purchase-payments, PCMS pick-up, contactless trunk drop-off = Safe for everyone. Deadline: March 24; Delivery: April 15, 2021. Flyer. Questions, email PCMS PTSA.

Join the PCMS Book Club
Fun place to read, discuss great books! Tuesdays, @3:35 PM. Virtual, from the comfort of your own home. (Hot chocolate optional.) Email Mrs. Harding-Hanson.

How to get involved, start by asking our Nomination Committee. PCMS PTSA has opportunities fitting all talents, time. New virtual PTSA reshapes the way we do business.

ISD Partnerships

Nourish Every Mind 2021 - Save the Dates
Save the dates! The 23rd Annual & Virtual ISF Celebration: April 29, 2021, at 7:00 PM, with Online Auction: April 16 - 26, 2021. ISF: Nourish Every Mind.

ParentWiser wants to hear from EVERYONE!
2021-22 planning and scheduling underway! What programs, speakers, subjects would YOU like to learn more, also comments, suggestions, and available volunteer opportunities. Let ParentWiser know, today!

Literary Lions Virtual Gala – Free General Session Registration
King County Library Foundation celebrates power of words, with Colson Whitehead, Melinda Gates, Kwame Alexander, over twenty amazing authors during our virtual Literary Lions Gala, March 6, 2021. KCLS virtual fundraiser brings book lovers, authors, longtime supporters together for the library event of the year! Visit: kclsfoundation.orgList of Authors and Keynote Speakers.
Events Calendar

March 13 - Family Access Maintenance - Offline

March 14 - Daylight Savings

March 17 - Trimester II Ends

March 18 - Trimester III Begins

March 19 - Early Release Grading Day - Middle Schools

Click the links to learn more...
PCMS PTSA dates are subject to change;
visit PCMS PTSA Calendar and Website for details
Community Resources

COVID-19 Rates within ISD Boundaries-Live Update Tools
ISD calculates & publishes numbers of infections per 100,000 residents living within district, as well as King County. The ISD infection rate is determined using data provided by Public Health – Seattle & King County. Families may view how ISD calculates local case rates, and report in timely manner.

ISD Monday Meal Pick-ups - 2020-21 School Year
March, ISD will distribute meals on Mondays, for families to pick up five days' worth of meals from 4:00 to 6:00 PM, at any of the nine locations. ISD meals program provides free breakfasts and lunches for any child 18 or under. More program information found HERE.

PowerPacks+ ONE School for ALL Pick-ups
Power Packs+ provide a week's breakfast, lunch, snacks. Available for pick-up at schools. Families can select one school for ALL pick-ups. Contact school offices or counselors to register, or email Erin, or call 425-392-4123 x16.

DRIVE-THRU DONATIONS: diapers, powdered infant formula, wipes, student laptops. Registration. Delivery to EBC - Giving Catalog Information.

Education blurs lines between academics and home-life. Judith Fernstrom, GRE Counselor, outlines how the pandemic impacts the home, creating tense spaces, while working together can achieve balance and strengthen relationships. Continue here to learn more.

Thank you!

Thanks to these individuals well-earned successes, impacting us all! Thank you Carrie Hipsher & Melissa Stefani for outstanding communications! Thank you Kim Clarke for reaching fundraising's goals! Thank you Minal Desai Monga & Lindsey Pinkston for hosting monthly game nights & art activities! Thank you Natasha de los Reyes for juggling March's ASB & 8th grade grad signs! Thank you Joana Figueiredo for working with FACE families, keeping connected & informed! Thank you volunteers & membership! With time remailing on the clock, there's much more to do...
“The future influences the present just as much as the past.”
― Frederich Nietzsche
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