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Falling for Fall

As we begin to enjoy the beautiful colors of fall, we are keeping ourselves busy at PCCS. Last Wednesday, we enjoyed another Farm to Table lunch, sponsored by Cafe Pyrenees. The chicken, pasta, and corn chowder were perfect on a blustery fall day. The Friday Pizza lunch was also enjoyed by our students. Thank you to the many parents who worked behind the scenes and/or served pizza in the classrooms. The pizza brought smiles to many – including the teachers 🙂 Thank you!

Another big thank you to the parents who volunteered their time to drive for and chaperone our field trips to the Lake County Recycling Center. A shout out to Michelle Feldmeier, Neelambika Annigeri, Nydia Colon, Bill Heller, and Mary Haggerty from Mrs. Neil’s class who chaperoned our Friday trip. The visit was educational and renewed the commitment we have all made to do our best to recycle. It was shocking to hear that the US only recycles 9% of the plastics we use and styrofoam products – which cannot be recycled – will never decompose in a landfill! You will find a few pictures from our trip attached to this email. In one picture, you can see a number of plastic grocery bags wrapped around the machinery. These bags should only be recycled through specific programs, like the drop off bins found in most grocery stores, to prevent damage to the equipment at Waste Management. Mr. Barber’s class will make this trip on Monday afternoon.

Speaking of recycling, the students in Mrs. Neil’s class will begin a project in music next week for which they will use recycled materials to make instruments of their own. An email was sent home last week requesting any recycled materials you would be willing to donate. Please see the note from Ms. Klug below for more information:

Last Friday I introduced the project and showed the students a lot of examples. I passed out a plan sheet for the students to get their ideas together and sketch their instruments.

Students will have two weeks (4 music class periods) to build their instruments. They will be due on November 3rd, and they will be presenting to the class.

Also, on November 7th, MPAC is hosting a Literacy Night and all are welcome to attend. Below is some information from Mr. Freeman about the evening:

This fall the Multicultural Parent Advisory Council would like to take families on a tour of the world. The evening will explore several celebrations that remind us to be thankful though games, crafts, and literacy and then top it off with a “taste of the world” potluck dinner. Be sure to get your passport at the door because we’ll be traveling on November 7th from 6:00 to 8:30 pm in the Gaylord Nelson Gym! All students and families and staff are welcome. Please RSVP using this form: or emailing

On Tuesday, October 31st, we will celebrate Halloween with a small celebration. If your child would like to bring a costume, they will be invited to change at 2:15. Please be sure to follow the PCCS guidelines when choosing a costume:

No excessive violence depicted by the costume.
No face masks or hoods which render students unrecognizable.
No “Creepy Clown” masks or “Creepy Clown” face paint.
No Weapons of any kind, real or toy.

And finally, please make a note that we will have an Early Release this Wednesday at 1:00.​​