4-7 Newsletter

Pine River Area Middle School Building Newsletter

    October 18th, 2019

       www.pineriver.org

NOTE FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

Our 4th and 5th graders ran their hearts out this week! We are so PRoud of their efforts! Thank you for supporting the school with this fundraiser. Dance and Movie night was another success! Thank you to our Friends of the Middle School for their efforts in running concessions and helping to supervise. Thank you to our staff for making this happen! Have a great weekend and see you at conferences! 

PRIDE STUDENTS OF THE WEEK:  Monthly Focus: RESILIENCY

4th grade –  Raegan Thompson-Raegan is a model student who truly wants to learn every subject. She pays close attention to the lessons and focuses during work time. Raegan’s love for education is clear when she learns something new. Her face glows with excitement, even giggling sometimes.

5th grade – Ginger Kitelinger-Ginger shows perseverance in any task she is given. She will always try her best on any task she is given no matter how difficult. She also shows her PRIDE through her poise by always being prepared and ready for class.

6th grade – Kaidyn Fullerton-Kaidyn has shown great resilience in the classroom. When he struggles with a concept, he will take it upon himself to ask questions to ensure he understands the material. He has been a hard worker in the classroom. 

7th grade – Carson Stack-Carson works hard in class ensuring that all of his work is done. Carson has shown awesome growth this year. 

MS/HS FALL BOOK FAIR:

October 23rd – 30th. The  book fair will be open during the Parent-teacher conferences.

Also, before school and during lunch. 

Parents we have a new feature called EWALLET: 

This gives you the opportunity to add money to a secure account, eliminating sending money with student. 

If you’re interested, take a look. 

http://www.scholastic.com/bookfairs/ewallet-parents.

NJHS: 

On behalf of the Pine River NJHS,  it is our privilege to welcome 15 new NJHS members. Ameriah Durst, Amelia Ward, Braelee Wheeler, Lexi Best, Layla Draper, Tehlor Keel, Brooklyn Wright, Natalee Albright, Kaylee Rush, Olivia Fisher, Xander Martin, Jason Dean, Sadler Mumby, Katelyn Weipert, and Serenity Aug. 
These students have worked hard excelling in scholarship, leadership,citizenship, service, and character. 
Induction is Monday, November 4th @ 5:30 in the library. 
Please join in this celebration and recognize these students with this special honor. 

SATURDAY GIRLS BASKETBALL:

3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grade girls, come out to the High School on Saturday mornings from 9 am-11 am for some fun and to learn some basketball skills.  The sign up sheet is attached if you are interested.

7th GRADE BOYS BASKETBALL:

Any boys interested in 7th grade basketball, there is a sign-up sheet in the Middle School office.  Please make sure if interested to sign-up for this.

DENTAL/VISION CARE:
Family Health Care will be providing dental and vision care for anyone that would like their child to participate.  If you are interested, please complete the enrollment forms that were sent home last week.

HALLOWEEN PARADE:

Parents are welcome to attend the Halloween parade for 4th and 5th graders. The annual Halloween Parade through the MS & HS halls will start at 2:30pm on October 31st! Costumes need to be school appropriate, meaning no gore (no blood or violence), no weapons and follow the dress code. 4th-7th graders will all engage in a Halloween activity planned by staff. 6th and 7th graders will NOT be participating in the costume dress up.

J.O.Y. CLUB:
J.O.Y. Club is a free after-school program for kindergarten through 7th grade students offered through LeRoy Covenant Church.  This program runs from October until May on Wednesdays from after school until 5:00 pm. If your child is interested in participating, please complete the form and turn into the Middle School office.

LEGO CLUB:
Pine River Middle/High School is excited to bring Lego robotics as an after school program for students. Using Legos and coding platforms, students will learn how to build and code robots that will be able to solve real-world problems. Our goal is to expose students to a new and emerging field of science and technology while fostering interests in the S.T.E.M. world.  Every Thursday we will meet in room 123 from 3:15 to 4:45 PM.

RUN-A-THON:

4th and 5th grade students participated in a Run-A-Thon on October 16th, 17th and 18th.  Just a reminder that all money for this is due by October 29th. Please make sure to turn that into your child’s teacher or the office.

TECH TIP of The WEEK!

Looking for a new app to help your child with language and reading?  See an app on your child’s phone that you’re not sure about? Check out the app reviews section on CommonsenseMedia.Org.  They put out reviews on thousands of apps to help parents navigate the high speed world of technology without spending hours and hours testing and researching.  Use the filters to browse apps specific to their needs. Search an app and read the “What Parents Need to Know” section to get a quick overview including educational value and ease of use, what the app is used for, even warning you of exposure to language, sex, and violence.  Be in the know by going to: commonsensemedia.org/app-reviews

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES:

The home/school connection is very important.  As a community, we take the time to set aside the time to make the face-to-face contacts to ensure that we are all working together to get the best success for students as possible.  This year, conferences for the Middle School will be held in the following format:

October 23rd:

MS Parent Teacher Conferences 4-7 pm
4th & 5th Grade Student Conferences in teacher rooms and scheduled appointment

        6th & 7th Grade Student Conferences open house style

October 24th -Half day for students:
          MS Parent Teacher Conferences 1pm -7 pm
          4th & 5th Grade Student Conferences in teacher rooms and scheduled appointment

          6th & 7th Grade Student Conferences open house style
Know that we worked with the elementary to schedule the times around families with students in both buildings.  Thank you to our 4th and 5th grade parents for taking the time to review the slips and letting us know that the time works for you or not.

For our 6/7 families, we will be sending progress reports home today!  This will let you know where your student stands in the year and allows you to formulate some questions if you have them.  We look forward to seeing all of you on October 23rd and 24th.

FRIENDS OF THE MIDDLE SCHOOL:

Our next meeting will be held on Nov 6th at 5pm in MS Room 121. Please plan on joining! If you are interested in helping out with popcorn, please call/text Francisca Webster 231.468.4190. Otherwise, just watch for volunteer opportunities and help when possible…..Many hands make light work! We appreciate all you do! 

GIFTS FOR KIDS:

Gifts for Kids 2019- If you live in Osceola county and need help with Christmas gifts and food, please call Love INC at 231-468-3204 or 231-779-5205. You must call between October 7th and November 27th from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eligibility is income based. You must pre-register for this program if you are interested. Please call the office if you would like a flyer. 

DATES TO REMEMBER: 

for more future dates and the most up-to-date events & corrections, check out our MS calendar on the district webpage: https://pineriver.org/calendar/middle-school-calendar/ 

October 23rd-Joy Club starts

October 23rd-25th-Parent Teacher Conferences (schedule to be announced soon)

October 23rd-30th-HS/MS Fall Book Fair

October 24th & 25th-Half day for students

October 29th-Money due for Run-A-Thon

October 29th-Picture Retakes

October 31st-Halloween parade for 4th and 5th graders @ 2:30

November 1st-No school

November 4th-NJHS Induction

November 6th-Friends of the Middle School meeting