April News & Notes

Hello everyone,
With just under two months left in the school year we have a lot of exciting things to look forward to as we close out the 2016-2017 school year.  This email will provide you with information on a variety of different items that are fast approaching.  Please take the time to read each item and keep and eye out for additional information and requests in the future. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me or Ms. Breitenfield.
1. Taste of the World – 4/14
On Friday, a detailed email was sent out specifically regarding the Taste of the World event that is taking place this Friday from 12:20-2:50 pm in the Gaylord Nelson Gymnasium.  This is a great culminating experience for the students as they have been studying world geography and countries for the last 6 weeks and get to share their findings with the entire school! Parents are welcomed to attend and those bringing food for their students should do so at noon.
2. Camping Informational Meeting  4/11
This is a friendly reminder that this Tuesday, April 11th at 6 pm we will be having a 30-minute informational meeting on the upcoming camping trip to the Warren Dunes (5/16-5/18) led by Ms. Carol Flaig. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow evening.  Copy of Camping Commitment Form (previously sent out).
3. PARCC Testing – This week (4/10-4/14) & 4/26
PARCC testing concludes this week for 6th-grade students and 5th-grade students will have one more day of testing on Wednesday, April 26th.  Please remind students to come prepared to class with their Chromebooks (charged!!!), charger, and free read book.
4. ISA Testing – 4/24
5th-Grade students will be participating in Illinois Science Assessment on Monday, April 24th.  Please see the letter that went home for additional details.  Students will need their Chromebooks in order to complete the assessment.
5. Prairie Burn – To be determined
As part of our science curriculum, students are going to have the opportunity to be a part of prairie burn.  In order to coordinate a date that works with our schedule in addition to having appropriate weather conditions, the date of the prairie burn has not yet been scheduled.  We will provide you with that information as soon as it is available and in the meantime please review the information on the 2017 Prairie Burn Permission Form and submit your responses to us.
6. Earth Week – 4/17-4/21
Earth Week is almost here and we have a lot planned!  Permission slips and information has already been sent out so please try to return all forms and money no later Thursday, April 13th.  Here are the field trips and activities planned.
(click the links for additional information and copies of the permission forms)
Monday: Wildwood Subdivision Green Home (Grayslake, IL)
Tuesday:  Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (Chicago, IL)
Wednesday:  Bike Trip to Independence Grove (Libertyville, IL)
Thursday:  Spanish/Multicultural Day
Friday: Music & Reading Day
7. PCCS Announcements and News
Please see the weekly announcements email and website for additional school-wide news.
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