You Can Never Trust a Groundhog

If this week-end and the forecast for the coming week is any indication, I don’t know if I believe that we will actually have six more weeks of winter! I hope you are enjoying the sunshine as much as I am today!

We are heading into a busy week at PCCS! Tuesday will be our PBIS celebration in the gym. There will be inflatables (including an inflatable obstacle course) for the students to enjoy. If you have not signed a permission slip for your student to participate, please do so before Tuesday. I emailed an extra copy to everyone on Friday in case you misplaced the original that was sent home last week. We will also have a special Valentine’s Day marketplace and party on Tuesday. Thank you to all who are helping with plans for this fun day. I mentioned to the class on Friday that we do not give out Valentine cards to classmates in 5th/6th grade. As in the past, however, we encourage anyone who is interested to make a card for the entire class. We will hang these cards on the bulletin board in our room.

On Thursday we will be participating in Jump Rope for Heart. Materials have been sent home if your child would like to do some fundraising for this event. If you have time to volunteer, Mr. Flinn is looking for parents to help during our recess time (11:10 – 11:30). Please email him at if interested. Thank you!

We are excited to welcome the staff from Robert Crown Wellness Center on February 23rd to talk with the kids about important health topics related to puberty and adolescence. If you haven’t signed the consent form for your child to participate, please do so as soon as possible.

In conjunction with our unit on photosynthesis in science, we will be taking a field trip to the Botanic Garden on March 2nd. Permission forms were sent home last week, but I also sent an electronic copy via email on Friday. If you are available to join us on this fun trip, please let us know. Thanks!

In ELA, we are over halfway finished with our novel studies for Literature Circles. Each group will begin working on a culminating project by the end of this week. Last Friday, we wrote letters to the authors of our books with reasons why we liked (or disliked) the story. We were happy to read that, for the most part, the students seem to be enjoying the novels they’re reading.

Just a reminder that Farm to Table is this Wednesday and Friday is a non-attendance day due to a staff in-service. We will also have next Monday, 2/20, off in observance of President’s Day.