Pacetti Bay Middle School Wildcat Weekly
Volume 72 Version 2

Good evening Wildcat Families,

We had a wonderful week at PBMS and its unbelievable, but we are halfway through the 3rd quarter. Please check your child's progress on HAC and encourage them to seek assistance from his/her teacher, if needed.

Parents, the PBMS School Advisory Council needs your assistance. We need as many parents as possible to complete the survey below by February 26th. Please take a minute to complete it at
Mark your calendar - Monday, Feb. 21st is Presidents' Day and there is not school.

We have pretty much finished the second round of iReady progress monitoring. Overall, we are seeing students making great strides in reading and mathematics. We are very proud of the progress our students have made.

Please be reminded that school begins at 7:30am. We have noticed that the number of tardies have been increasing in the morning. Also remind your child that the cell phone is to be put away when entering the building.

If you haven;t had the chance, please complete the parent survey for access to our school nurse. More information can be found at https://www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/health/ and the survey can be completed at https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=V9CzsxL8P0-S9HK-boRDUcWtRwFHFx9Il3z-PwoFASxURTdZUTRLVjlWOU9CS0ZPRTNCWFVXTzlYVS4u

Please remind your child to keep themselves and others safe while on campus by using proper sanitization strategies. Together we can minimize the impacts on the community and schools.

The Ponte Vedra Branch of the St. Johns County Public Library is hosting a free Zoom event with author and middle school expert, Phyllis Fagell, on Wednesday, March 2 at 6 pm. Please RSVP at https://sjcpls.org/branches/ponte-vedra-beach-branch/
Ms. Fagell wrote Middle School Matters, a non-fiction book aimed at supporting caregivers in helping their rising and/or current middle school students succeed. SJCPLS owns it in print and as a downloadable e-book, both free to checkout with a SJCPLS library card. More information is under the Media Center section.

Here are some important pieces of information for this school year:

  • Doors will open for students starting at 7:10am. We are NOT able to monitor students before 7:00am. Our office hours are 7:00am- 3:00pm.
  • Parent drop-off and pick-up are the second entrance on Meadowlark lane from Pacetti Road. Please do not use the parking lot as a drop-off location as it is unsafe. When pulling up, please pull up all the way to the oak tree at the entrance of the school.
  • Please make sure to review the student COVID questionnaire, COVID 19 Health Screening Form, each day with your child. If you can answer yes, please keep your child at home. Masks and other PPE are recommended but optional for students.
  • Please remind your children that cell phones need to be put away and off once entering the building and can be be turned back on at the end of the school day.
  • Bottle refilling stations are located throughout the school for water bottles. Water fountains are currently disabled.
Upcoming Events
Events for this Week and Beyond
  • February 15th - FPL Speech Contest; Deadline for Yearbook Ads; Virtual Webinar
  • February 17th - NJHS Meeting and SAC meeting
  • February 21st - No School - President's Day
  • February 26th - SAC Survey Due
  • March 5th - 6th & 7th Grade FSA Writing
  • March 7th - 8th Grade FSA Writing
Testing Info
Yearbook
School Advisory Council
SAC Parent Survey

The survey can be completed at https://surveys.stjohns.k12.fl.us/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=74L3m955. Due by February 26th
GradVenture
***UPDATE***

We were able to secure additional buses for seating. We are selling these on a first come, first serve basis and when we are out of seats, we are out. Please read the requirements and way to pay below.
NJHS
  • February Meeting! All members please plan to attend our February Meeting on Thursday, 2/17, at 2 pm in the Multi-Purpose Room. Please have a ride ready to pick you up at 3:15 pm. If you cannot attend, you must excuse yourself with Mrs. Houston, either in person or via Schoology, BEFORE the meeting on Thursday.
  • Membership Drive Begins Soon! Current 7th and 8th Graders who meet the grade requirements of our NJHS Chapter (a 90% overall average for each semester of middle school) will soon receive an invitation to present themselves as candidates for NJHS membership. Mrs. Houston is working on gathering all the names of eligible students and will have the invitation letters out soon. Stay tuned 😊
PTSO News
Valentine's Day Fun

We had so much fun helping the kids get their Candy Grams sent out this past week. They will be delivered on Valentine's Day this week!
Upcoming Event
 
We are PUMPED to officially announce our first event of the school year!! We are opening this up for ALL grade levels to attend, but please keep in mind there will be limited capacity so get those tickets NOW.
Join us for a fun night, on Friday, February 25th from 6PM-8PM, Believe In Your #Selfie! Tickets are available NOW. $20 Presale only. Tickets will NOT be available at the door. Your child’s ticket includes music, dancing, take home gift, pizza, drink, and access to all 5 selfie stations.
Deadline to purchase ticket is 2/22 OR when tickets sell out. Venmo ticket purchase @PBMSPTSO please be sure to comment child’s name and grade level.
Who are we going to see there?!?
Spirit Night
 
We are partnering with Cold Stone Creamery this month to give back to our Wild Cats! Come by any time on February 18th between 4PM-9PM and snag yourself some ice cream. A portion of all proceeds will go directly back to our students!
Spirit Wear

We have slashed Spirit Wear prices!!! For a limited time you can snag your Wildcat some gear at a discounted price.
*sizes and quantities while supplies last

Business Partners
 More than ever, we are relying on the support and assistance of our local business partners and community to navigate the uncharted waters of the year ahead and help make it amazing for our school. Please visit our website for information regarding our 2021-22 Business Partners Program , and please feel free to reach out with any questions. We hope to have you join our Wildcats Family and help support our teachers, staff, and students through this school year and the challenges ahead. https://www.pacettibayptso.org/become-a-business-partner.html
 
Wildcats Announcement Marquee: It's BACK!!! The  Wildcats Announcement Marquee is open for reservations! We hope you will join in the fun!
 
Your $25 donation provides a personal message on the Wildcats Announcement
Marquee outside The Bay. This is perfect for Happy Birthdays, Congratulations, or other small encouragements! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f48aeac2dabfe3-wildcats
 
To keep up with the latest information, please join our Pacetti Bay Middle School PTSO Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/PacettiBayMiddlePTSO)!
PBMS Clubs
Craft club registration is now open!
Weekly meetings Tuesday 2:00 – 2:50
In Room 520 with Mrs. Craig

Art Club

The Art Club will meet from 2:00 - 3:00 pm in Ms. Denton's room (#400). Our schedule is as follows: 01/25, 02/01, 02/22, 03/01, 04/05, and our final meeting will take place on 04/26! Any schedule changes will be announced in advance.
Marine Science Camp
Marine Science Summer Program
Here's an amazing opportunity for current PBMS 6th and 7th grade students! They may apply for the Marine Science Summer Program. You may view the video of a prior year's program and print the online forms (student and parent forms) to apply. 
All 6th and 7th grade science teachers have the pre-application packets which include the summer session dates, cost, transportation information, a brief curriculum description by grade level, and the student entrance essay form that must be completed and returned to the applicant's science teacher by Friday, March 4th. The parents must also complete the online registration by Friday, March 4th.  
PBIS Rewards
PBIS Has Arrived at Pacetti Bay!
PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports and is a program that we have purchased to help encourage positive behaviors from students. The program aims to teach and promote positive interactions that will help to build a more positive school culture! Students will be trained upon return from Holiday break on PBIS and will be able to create their own free accounts. They can be accessed on school devices and on cell phones as well. Students will be able to earn points when staff members observe them displaying a pillar of character. On store reward days, students will be able to use their points to “purchase” items from our stores! Items will include Wilson sporting balls, portable chargers, PBMS spirit wear, water bottles, snacks, and much more! We look forward to rewarding students for their positive actions and to help encourage others to display pillars of character while on campus.
Valentine’s PBIS Event
We are happy to announce our first PBIS event for the year will be on Monday, February 14th for Valentine’s Day! Any student who has earned 35 points or more for the year so far will be recognized with a treat and a drink during their lunch. The “balance” of the student does not matter. The number represented in “year” is the total number of points the student has earned and must be at 35 points or more to earn the treat.

We’d like to thank our PTSO for partnering with us on the event and sponsoring the treat for students!
High School Academy News
It is an exciting time in your 8th grader’s academic journey as they transition into their high school years. St Johns County Programs of Choice include the high school career academies, IB and AICE acceleration programs, JROTC, Early College Program, and St. Johns County Center for the Arts (SJCCA) at St. Augustine High School. Students currently in 8th (and 9th grade) may apply for enrollment in a Program of Choice for any of the St. Johns County School District high schools. However, there are application rules and a timeline that must be followed in order to be considered.
 
Each high school will host an informational 2022 Academy Night. All parents, with a student interested in attending one of the academies, should make plans to attend these events. 
 
Please note Beachside High School will be a virtual event.
  
February 11-February 25: Late Applications
Late applications will be available on the CTE website or at your child’s guidance department when the window for late applications opens.
   
Helpful Links
 
Career Academies and Programs of Choice: https://cte.stjohns.k12.fl.us/ 
Registration Timeline: https://cte.stjohns.k12.fl.us/timeline/ 
Applying to a Program: https://cte.stjohns.k12.fl.us/join/ 
Cafeteria News
Menu for 2/14-2/18
Monday: Popcorn Chicken OR Mac & Cheese- Assorted Fruits & Vegetables-Milk
Wednesday: Chicken Nugget w/garlic Bread-Assorted Fruits & Vegetables-Milk
Thursday: Pizza OR Nacho Bites-Assorted Fruits & Vegetables-Milk
Friday: Cheeseburger OR Quesadilla-Assorted Fruits & Vegetables-Milk
MIDDLE/HIGH
Paid: Breakfast $1.25 Lunch $2.95
Reduced: Breakfast $0.30 Lunch $0.40

Prepayments into student lunch accounts can be made by using PayPAMS. The link to this service is located at  https://www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/food/paypams/

Online and printable Free/Reduced lunch applications can be located at https://www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/food/free/
Boundaries Presentations
We are pleased to share that we have completed all presentations to the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade classes this week. Counselors, Deans, and Administration enjoyed the opportunity to speak and interact with the students when discussing ways to establish and respect our Physical Boundaries (personal space, hallway signs, etc.), Emotional Boundaries (speaking up for oneself, respecting others despite differences, and establishing trust), and Digital Boundaries (not sharing personal information online, speaking kindly on social media apps, and online safety).

A copy of the presentation has been posted on the Pacetti Bay website as well. We encourage families to discuss what was learned and continue the conversations at home. We will pull attendance rosters and try to ensure that any student who was absent gets a chance to view the presentation.
Required Instruction & Character Chats
St. Johns County School District is required by statute to provide instruction for mental and emotional health education, substance abuse prevention, child trafficking prevention, and healthy relationships/dating violence prevention. Beginning in September, each school will show all students a 45-minute Character Chats lesson. These lessons will focus on the related Pillar of Character and one or more components of the state required instruction. Each lesson was developed by a team of district and school staff. The lessons have been designed to be interactive and include a teacher facilitation guide.  A monthly overview, lesson, and guide will be posted in Schoology. Character Chats were designed to be delivered monthly through April.
Attendance Information
Visit the PBMS webpage under attendance link or click on the button. You can complete and submit all in one easy form! Any questions, please contact our attendance office at 904-547-8780

Please remember a photo ID is required for student check-out. This is for the safety and security of all children and Pacetti Bay Middle School. There is no student check out after 1:30pm.
Deans' Office Updates
Please be advised that as per the Student Code of Conduct , students are not permitted to wear pajamas to school.

  • In accordance with statutory requirement F.S. 1006.07 (students are prohibited from wearing clothing that exposes underwear or that exposes body parts in an indecent or vulgar manner) enforcement will focus on positive guidance without embarrassment to the student and should not disrupt the educational process.
  • Clothing must cover the area from armpit to armpit, and down to mid-thigh
  • Tops must have shoulder straps and be long enough not to expose your midriff
  • See through clothing or rips in jeans must not expose your underwear or your body between the mid-thigh to your arm pit area
  • No drugs, alcohol, vape, tobacco references on your clothing
  • No inappropriate or profane text or images on clothing
  • Be safe, make sure your shoes have a back to them

If your son / daughter has misplaced their lunchbox or water container, please have them check the lost and found cart in the Café. The cart is located at the front of the main café room by the whiteboard, clearly sign posted.

Bike Riding / Skate Boarding / Scootering to School
 
Parents please remind your students that once they enter school property they must not ride their bicycles / skate boards / scooters, for safety reasons. 
Rising 7th Graders
IMPORTANT IMMUNIZATION INFORMATION
 
All rising 7th grade students are required to have a tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap) booster prior to entering 7th grade. If your student needs or has already gotten this immunization, please bring, fax or email the updated Florida DH680 form to Pacetti Bay at your earliest convenience. The Health Department or your physician can update your DH680 form.
 
Florida Department of Health in St. Johns County
200 San Sebastian View
St. Augustine, FL 32084
(904) 506-6081
Call for hours of operation for immunization services.
 
If you have any questions, please call our Guidance Department at (904) 547-8760.
 
PBMS Fax: 904-547-8775
Email: kimber.ponce@stjohns.k12.fl.us
Media Center
Our spring Book Fair will be here soon!
  • We need volunteers! If you are an approved volunteer and can help run our Book Fair, please sign up using this link
  • You can set up an eWallet account now so your student can shop cash free. Click here to find out how.
  • Our in-school Book Fair will be open for shopping during school hours February 28-March 3  
  • Our online Book Fair will be open for shopping February 25-March 10
  • Visit our Book Fair website at this link
Overdue Books
We are experiencing a high number of overdue books. There are books still owed from past school years, either to PBMS or your student’s previous school. Please return, or pay for those books if lost/damaged, to the Media Center as soon as possible. If you owe books and fines to other SJCSD schools, you can bring those books or payment (made out to the school the book belongs to) to the Media Center and we will be happy to mail it to the appropriate school to clear your account. Overdue notices are emailed home weekly on Mondays and show the title and cost of outstanding materials. Your student can also log into their Destiny account at home to show you what they have out. Our policy, as stated below, is that students need to take care of overdue books/fines before they can continue checking out new books. If your student has overdue materials, please help them locate those items and put them in their backpack so they are prepared to return them. Thank you!  
Schoology Information:
  • Schoology is our online learning management system. Teachers will be posting announcements, calendar events, assignments, and materials in Schoology. 
  • Students should check their account regularly, at least once a week. It is strongly recommended that students check Schoology daily when absent.
  • Parents are able to set up their own Schoology accounts. Parents will need their child’s parent access code to set up a new account or add a child to an existing account. Parent access codes are available in HAC. Click on the Registration tab and look under Additional Information. If you don’t see your parent access code listed, please keep checking back, it could take up to a week to populate.
Visit the PBMS Schoology Information webpage and the SJCSD Schoology for Parents webpage for additional information and resources. 
Media Center Policy:
Our students are expected to check out books and read throughout the school year. Students are responsible for returning or renewing their library books and textbooks by the due dates given. Students will only be permitted to check out books if they do not already have an overdue book. Students, and their parents, are responsible for the replacement costs of any lost or damaged materials. If ordered, a yearbook will not be delivered to the student and the cost of the yearbook will be put towards the replacement cost of any lost or damaged materials. Students may be excluded from end-of-year activities with Media Center materials outstanding. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this policy, please contact our Media Specialist at Karin.gowens@stjohns.k12.fl.us
COVID Information
COVID Information Webpage

The COVID information web page for SJCSD families is live at

This site includes the COVID Dashboard, Quarantine Help Guides, directions to access online textbooks and Schoology, and Health & Safety resources.

***REMINDER: Review the Health Questionnaire daily with your student. Students MUST stay home from school when they are ill, awaiting COVID-19 test results, or if anyone in the household is COVID-19 positive. Thank you for partnering with us to help protect the safety of all students and staff.
 
***PARENTS: To notify us of your child’s positive COVID-19 test result we are requesting that you complete the Optional Positive Student Reporting Form. However, should you feel you need to discuss your child’s COVID-19 scenario in detail, please feel free to bypass the form and call the District COVID Support Team at 904-547-8230.

With the increase in COVID-19 numbers and need to make sure we are timely with our communication, we are asking parents to use an online form to report a positive student and we will adjust how we communicate with you regarding a positive COVID-19 case on campus.
To notify us of your child’s positive COVID-19 test result we are requesting that you complete the Optional Positive Student Reporting Form located here: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=V9CzsxL8P0-S9HK-boRDUdd7PTxJF7NMpeGQuOXX5S5UOURZS1gyRERDN1pUOFZPQVFMWkhRNTdCSy4u However, should you feel you need to discuss your child’s COVID-19 scenario in detail, please feel free to bypass the form and call the District COVID Support Team at 904-547-8230.
When we receive information regarding a positive student, we will communicate to all parents in the classroom that there has been a positive case in your child’s class. In the past, we have only communicated to close contacts. By making this adjustment, we can notify parents faster and more efficiently.
We continue to ask you to monitor your child for symptoms and keep them home if they are not well. We want students to be in school learning and we also want children healthy and safe. We are in this together and will continue to work together to navigate this new normal. 
Thank you for your patience and understanding. If you have any questions, please call 904-547-8230 for further clarification. 
Sincerely,
SJCSD Administration
District Reminders
SJCSD Microsoft Office 365 Offer

Families and employees of SJCSD are eligible for free Microsoft 365 Pro Plus. Please click the link for details: https://www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/advantage/

Daily Silent Reflection

State law now requires a one minute moment of silent reflection to take place at the beginning of each school day. During this minute, students may not interfere with other students’ participation and teachers may not make suggestions as to the nature of any student’s reflection. Parents are encouraged to discuss this moment of silence with their children and to make suggestions as to the best use of this time.

Dress Code
We will be following the SJCSD dress code policy that can be found here: https://www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/schoolservices/conduct/
SJCSD Info
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