Elementary School Newsletter


April 12, 2019

Dearest PCS families,

Well it seems that Spring is finally here! With that comes lots to do at PCS, including a very important test for our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders! The Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) testing will begin on Monday, April 22 for our 4th grade students and Thursday, April 25 for our 3rd grade students. 5th grade students will test during the week of April 29. All grade levels will be tested in ELA and Math and 5th grade will also be tested in Science. We will begin testing daily at 9:00. It is imperative that your child is on time to school as we can’t allow students to enter the classroom once testing has begun. Students who arrive after 9:00 will have to make up their test at a later time, meaning they will miss valuable class time. It is also imperative that student’s get a solid night’s rest as well as a healthy breakfast before testing. Please help encourage your child to do both of these things. Our students have worked so hard all year to learn and master their grade level content. State testing is nothing more than an opportunity for them to demonstrate how much they’ve grown in a year. Please encourage your child to do his or her absolute best and take these tests seriously. Below are a few tips that might be helpful to review with your child before testing begins.

Tip #1: Teach your child that visuals are part of the text.

Students are often required to gather information from photos, captions, drawings, charts, and graphs. You can help by teaching your child to look at all of these materials as part of the total text.

Tip #2: Help your child know how to use text-based support in written responses.

Most of the constructed-response items on the MAP assessments have two parts or require children to explain or show how they arrived at their answers. Children will receive only partial credit for answers to questions that are not supported with specific details or that do not contain an explanation.

Tip #3: Teach your child to preview the test before starting.

Planning the test time will allow your child to pace himself while he is working and decrease stress.

Tip #4: Teach your child to identify all parts of a question.

Teach your child to identify exactly what each question is asking. Some questions have multiple parts, which are often combined into a single sentence with a single question mark at the end. The child should underline each question word (who, what, when, where, why, how and any other word or phrase that indicates a question). By doing so, she can see if a question has multiple parts. Not answering all parts of a multi-part question is a common error.

Tip #5: Teach your child to paraphrase test items, turning questions into statements.

Teach your child to turn questions into statements. The child may underline the question words as described above, and then turn each part of the item into a statement. For example, the question, "Why did the main character play with the ball?" could be rephrased as "The main character played with the ball because ..." This practice allows the child to phrase the question in a way that makes the most sense to him. He is then ready to read the passage and look for answers.

Tip #6: What can a parent or guardian do to ensure successful assessment for their student?

  • Be aware of the testing schedule.

  • Be certain that your child has had adequate rest.

  • Be on time for school.

  • Avoid scheduling appointments that can be done at a later date.

  • Have a positive attitude.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Dana Leesman, Elementary Principal 

p: 314.645.9600 x608             e: dleesman@premiercharterschool.org #ThatsPCS #DoKind

Message regarding BAC for 2019-20…
Dear PCS Families,

Our primary goal with our Before and After Care program is to provide a safe, engaging and enriching experience for all participating students.  In order to do so, each year we limit enrollment to 225 students. 2019-2020 will be no different, we will again be limiting enrollment to 225 students, evenly distributed among all 9 grade levels.

After speaking to parents over the course of the last few years and analyzing BAC enrollment, we believe that the most equitable way to distribute spots in BAC to all our families, old and new, is through an enrollment lottery.  This is the same way that we fill open spots at the school.

We will begin accepting applications for BAC on April 1st and hold our BAC enrollment lottery on May 1st.  This schedule will allow us to notify all families who applied for BAC if they were accepted or not before the end of the 2018-2019 school year.

We have also decided to offer a special, early bird enrollment lottery for all families who have submitted applications by April 15th.  We will fill as many spots as we can on April 15th and fill any remaining spots on May 1st.

As a school of character, we believe strongly in the importance of equity and believe that this enrollment system is in line with our core ethical values.  I am happy to answer any questions about this policy change and look forward to hearing from you.

Dr. Mike Schrimpf

Assistant Head of School

Message from BAC…

Just a reminder our next half day is April 19th, school will dismiss at noon. Please make sure your students have a way home. If they attend aftercare, it will end at 4:00 pm. If your student(s) are not enrolled in aftercare but need aftercare please let us know ahead of time, half day drop ins are $25 per child. Just remember that students are only allowed 5 aftercare drop ins per year.  

Message from TLC…

Dear Parents,

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education values the opinions of all parents in Missouri’s schools. We would appreciate you taking the time to respond to this brief survey about the special education services your child receives. This survey is confidential; your individual responses are not shared with the school district or anyone else. Only a summary of all responses is provided to school districts in order to help all schools improve education for our children. You may complete this survey by using the link below.  Please complete this survey by April 30. Thank you very much for providing your input.

Go to http://spec.education/ and enter the access code to the right. Access Code: GBPKLL

STEAM Night…

Join us on Thursday, April 18 from 5:30-7:00 PM for our 5th Annual STEAM Night. Pre-K through 8th grade students and their families will enjoy fun and exciting experiences in the areas of science, technology, engineering, art, and technology. Students will have the opportunity to design their own video game, make slime, observe minerals and gems, see bones and artifacts, plant seeds, watch chemistry demonstrations, make a model of a comet while learning about space, hear about STEAM careers, experience a tornado machine while learning about weather, participate in many hands on STEAM activities, and engage with STEAM experts from all over the St. Louis area. STEAM Night activities will be held in the middle school building and students must be accompanied by an adult at all times during the event. We hope to see you there!

PCS Annual Multicultural Fair is Coming Soon…

This is how we PCS: Around the world in 1 day.

2019 Multicultural Fair! May 3rd!

Peace Rally 9-10 in the courtyard

Walk for Hope 10-11

Lunch & Class Meetings 11-12

Performances/Multicultural Fair 12-3

We're excited to announce a new format for our annual Spring Peace Rally and Multicultural Fair. While some things have stayed the same (Peace Rally, Walk for Hope, and awesome cultural experiences), we've changed how students will experience the day.

This year performances will be scheduled for classes and each grade level will be learning about the cultures of a particular continent within their classroom!

More information and detailed schedules will be coming soon, but we wanted to give you the date and times so you can add them to your calendar now.

Also, if you're interested in donating your time or expertise, please contact me at cwohlgemuth@premiercharterschool.org. Some things parents are doing: demonstrating a dance, organizing contacts with community partners, teaching how to prepare a traditional food, serving a traditional food, and more!

Cultural Fashion Show!

Time to show off your culture!

We are interested in learning about traditional clothing from different cultures. We invite anyone (adults and students) to participate in this year’s cultural fashion show at the Peace Rally on Friday, May 3rd at 9am.

We would also love to have any adult come and teach about their culture on this day to small groups. Displaying artifacts and/or pictures, teaching a traditional dance, demonstrating how to make a traditional food, and/or showing a short film are just a few ideas of how you could share your culture with others.

If you or any family member is interested in the fashion show, teaching about your culture, or even just helping at the Multicultural Fair, this would be GREATLY appreciated!

Please contact any ELL teacher if you are able to help out!

314-645-9600 ext 249 or send in a note.

Vending Machine

Thanks to the hard work of three 8th grade boys we have our new vending machine! We have made sure that the machine is filled with healthy snack options. Students may make purchases from 8:10-8:25 and from 3:25-3:35 daily. It is located in the Middle School cafeteria.

Donations Needed...

Elementary Art is looking for donations of fabric, yarn, and thread as students will be learning how to weave and sew when they return from Thanksgiving break! If you have any expertise in these areas and would like to visit our art classroom as a guest teacher, please reach out to Mrs. Nilsen at dnilsen@premiercharterschool.org.

Please also feel free to continue donating smaller recyclable items - especially plastic bottle caps, paper towel tubes, and corks! We really appreciate it!

Makerspace is also looking for donations! PCS has been busy inventing and creating this year and we are looking for more supplies. Please consider donating the following items:

Glue (all kinds)

Tape (all kinds)


Cardboard rolls

Popsicle sticks

Pipe cleaners



Donation boxes are located outside both cafeterias. Thank you!


SFE Update…

Please see the attached updates from SFE on activities from the last month, as well as upcoming events and menu changes.

After School Opportunities...

  • More coming soon!

PCG News & Happenings...

  • Upcoming events:

    • You don’t want to miss the PCS choir performance at Busch Stadium. PCS music teacher, Mr. Plank and some elementary students will perform before the game at Ford Plaza at 5:45. Please come out and support PCS. Invite your family and friends and join us on May 7th! Ticket prices have been reduced and are now $15 (face value 58.00).

      Please see the attached flyer for more information or email Terry Brogan at tbrogan@lashlybaer.com or Lisa Simon at lrsieve@yahoo.com.

  • The PCG is a support group for the students, teachers, and parents of Premier Charter School. Parent volunteers promote social and extracurricular activities, which will lead to successful and positive experiences for the students. We want to welcome you and encourage all parents to become involved in PCS. The best way to become involved is to volunteer or help out in any way you can and you can do this through PCG. Please take a look at the attached letter and PCG events for the year.

  • If you would like to be on the PCG parent email group, send your email address to Terry Brogan (tbrogan@lashlybaer.com). You will receive updates on upcoming events, etc.  Please take a moment to like the PCG parent Facebook page if you are on FB.

  • If you have Box Tops at home, be sure to collect and sent them in for additional fundraising opportunities for the school.  There is a collection box located in the Elementary Building.

Fun in the StL...

The following events are sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation and all are free--unless noted these events require registration at:


Saturday, April 13   9-11 a.m.

Cane Pole Fishing For Families at Forest Park Hatchery

For families with children 6 and up

Tuesday, April 16   6-7:30 p.m.

Water, Water Everywhere at Powder Valley Nature Center in Kirkwood

For families with children 8 and up 

Tuesday, April 16  6-8 p.m.

Family Archery at Jay Henges Shooting Range, 1100 Antire Road, High Ridge 

For families with children 9 and up

Saturday, April 20   1-3 p.m.

Family HikingSpring on the Trail Among the Trees at Rockwood Reservation, 2751  Glencoe Road, Wildwood

Families with children of all ages are welcome

Friday, April 26  7-8 p.m

Music Inspired by Nature

Music of John Nilsen and Photography of Noppadol Paothong

Powder Valley Nature Center in Kirkwood

Appropriate for all ages

Saturday, April 27   8 a.m.- Noon

Urban Fishing for Familes at Jefferson Lake in Forest Park

No Registration is required for this program, no age restrictions

Saturday, April 27  8a.m.- Noon

Family Fishing at Carondelet Park Boathouse Lake

No registration is required for this program, no age restrictions

The following events are sponsored by Forest Park Forever and are free, family friendly and open to the public:

Thursday, April 25  4:30- 7 p.m.

Grand Re-Opening of Emerson Central Fields

A Family Friendly celebration including live music, food trucks, sports exhibitions & a hot air balloon


Saturday/Sunday April 27-28  11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Earth Day Celebration on the Muny Grounds in Forest Park

Free and Open to the Public


Through June 2, 2019: Muny Memories at the Missouri History Museum

The nations oldest outdoor theater celebrates its 100th birthday.  Learn about past performances, take a peek backstage, vote for your favorite star, & learn a dance step at the free ongoing exhibit now through next June. http://mohistory.org/exhibits/muny-memories/

Forest ReLeaf presents 1 week Tree Camp in Creve Coeur Park for students in 4th- 7th grades

Monday-Saturday, June 3-8 (half day camp  9 a.m-1 p.m.) and Family Day on Sunday, June 9 at 10 a.m.

$50 or full scholarships for qualifying families;   snacks and lunch provided

Register at http://moreleaf.org/learn/treecamp/

Upcoming Important Dates...

  • 4.12.19: 4th & 5th Grade Dance

  • 4.18.19: STEAM Night

  • 4.19.19: 1/2 Day (Noon dismissal) - PD day for teachers

  • 4.22-24.19: 4th Grade MAP test

  • 4.25-26.19: 3rd Grade MAP test

  • 4.27.19: Family Night at Panda Express

  • 4.29-5.1.19: 5th Grade MAP test

  • 5.3.19: Multicultural Fair

  • 5.10.19: Field Day & 1/2 Day (Noon dismissal)

  • 5.21.19: 8th Grade Graduation

  • 5.24.19: Last day of school (Noon dismissal)


Be sure to check us out on social media... Twitter, Facebook, Instagram!  All teachers & classrooms have accounts where you can check out pictures and happenings.