Pacific Crest Weekly Email — October 19, 2017


Dear Families,

Our Little Free Library needs some books! The 8th grade graduating class of 2016 donated a Little Free Library that is now in our courtyard area. Have you seen it? If you have any books that you want to share with our local community, please consider bringing them here.

Help us solve the mystery of the missing car seats! Many classes are asked to leave car seats along the front hallway to prepare for outing travel. Please try not to take a carseat that is not labeled with your family’s name. If you find one at home that is not yours, no problem, just drop it off in the front hallway. Finally, please make sure car seats are labeled with your child’s name! We have sharpies at the front desk.

Farm News: Visit the Farm News page on our website to read a new update from farmer Jen Keller. 

Upcoming Events

Middle School Farm Stand
Wednesdays, 2:45-3:30
Come buy beautiful, local vegetables from our hard-working middle schoolers!

Pancake Breakfast & Talent Show
Saturday, October 21st, 9:00am
Enjoy pancakes, sausage, fruit and coffee while the students put on a talent show. Tickets are available in the lobby before and after school. A talent sign up is near the front door. 

NOON DISMISSAL - Parent Conferences
Wednesday, October 25th
Twice per year parents have the opportunity to sit down with each child’s teacher. (6th, 7th and 8th graders attend their conferences with their parents). Don’t forget to sign up! 

NO SCHOOL - Parent Conferences
Thursday, October 26th

All School Parent Education Evening
Thursday, October 26th, 7pm
The presentation by David Kahn will be preceded by a whole-school orientation for new parents at 6:30. One parent from each family must attend the 7pm event. All are welcome to the orientation but only new parents are required to attend. Childcare will be available for enrolled students, a sign-up sheet will be at the front desk next week. 

NO SCHOOL -Parent Conferences
Friday, October 27th

Farm Work Party
Saturday, October 28th, 10am-2pm
Projects this fall will include: planting next year's garlic crop, removing this year's tomato plants from the new hoop house, and doing maintenance in last spring's pond-side planting (digging out new shin-high blackberry growth from the native plants we installed). We'll have a few projects suitable to younger children as well. Please come prepared to pitch in with our ongoing efforts.
*Please bring work gloves, durable boots, shovels, hand pruners, loppers, and your lunches.  We'll provide light snacks and refreshments.

Halloween
Tuesday, October 31st
We hope that you have a happy and festive holiday! For Primary and Lower Elementary families, we ask that children do not wear costumes to school and do not bring candy in their lunch boxes.

Picture Day!
Thursday, November 2nd
Look out for ordering materials in your child’s folder. This day is for individual photos only. Class photos are taken in the Spring.

Garden Work Party
Saturday, November 4, 9-11am
It's time to grab your garden tools and meet us in the garden to spruce up our grounds! We will weeding and planting. Warm beverages and treats will be provided. All family members welcome! Rain or shine.

High School Panel Night
Monday, November 6th, 7-8:30pm
Learn about the transition from middle school to high school at this event for current middle school families. More details to come.

Veteran’s Day
Friday, November 10
No School

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Pacific Crest Weekly Email — October 12, 2017

Dear Families,

Cider Press / Family Picnic at the Pacific Crest Farm
Saturday, October 7th
Thank you to everyone who was able to come out to the farm for the Family Picnic! We had a lovely time. We’d like to extend a big thank you to Celeste and Alok, Rishi’s parents, for finding additional apples for pressing.

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Upcoming Events

Reminder: There is no all-school meeting on October 12th

NO SCHOOL - Staff Retreat
Friday, October 13th
No Childcare

Middle School Farm Stand
Wednesdays, 2:45-3:30
Take advantage of this opportunity to buy your local produce from our very own Pacific Crest Farm; lovingly grown and harvested within our own community. The Farm plays a large role in the Middle School’s academic program. Come be a part of their work!

Pancake Breakfast & Talent Show
Saturday, October 21st, 9:00am
Enjoy pancakes, sausage, fruit and coffee while the students put on a talent show. Tickets will be available closer to the event. More details to come.

NOON DISMISSAL - Parent Conferences
Wednesday, October 25th
Twice per year parents have the opportunity to sit down with each child’s teacher. (6th, 7th and 8th graders attend their conferences with their parents). To sign-up for a time slot look for paper sign-up sheets by the classroom doors for Primary and Elementary and at the front desk for Middle School. We cannot provide drop-in childcare during conferences. Many parents join forces with other parents who are signed up around the same time and share child care duties. 

NO SCHOOL - Parent Conferences
Thursday, October 26th
Sign up for a time slot by your child’s classroom or at the front desk for Middle School. 

All School Parent Education Evening
Thursday, October 26th, 7pm
Please make plans to attend this special presentation by David Kahn an internationally renowned Montessorian and friend of Pacific Crest. This meeting will be preceded by a whole-school orientation for new parents at 6:30. One parent from each family must attend the 7pm event, all are welcome to the orientation. Attendance counts towards your volunteer hours. Childcare will be available for enrolled students, a sign-up sheet will be available closer to the event. 

NO SCHOOL -Parent Conferences
Friday, October 27th

Farm Work Party
Saturday, October 28th, 10am-2pm
A few times per year Bob and Jen, our Farm Managers, host community work parties. These are great opportunities to build your family’s connection to the farm and help with much needed projects.

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Pacific Crest Weekly Email September 28th, 2017

Dear Families,

Date change: All Parent Ed to be moved to October 26.  We are changing the date to take advantage of an amazing opportunity to hear from an internationally renowned Montessori education expert, David Kahn.  He will be in Seattle for the Association Montessori Internationale’s (AMI) Bold Goal meetings, which will be convened and facilitated by a Pacific Crest community member. Please take full advantage of this remarkable opportunity to spend time with David Kahn. It is a real honor for Pacific Crest to host this Montessori pioneer. There will not be an event on October 12th.

Volunteer Sign-Ups
The volunteer fair was a great success! Thank you to everyone who has already signed up to help with school events. You may sign-up on the paper forms posted at the main building entrance or sign up via the online form.

Upcoming Events

Bright Street Workshops
Classes will begin October 3rd, 4th and 5th
Allen Hirsch will be offering singing and song workshops for Primary, Lower Elementary and Middle School. This Middle School program is new this year and focuses on songs of justice. These songs are so important to the social justice movements of the past and present. Sign up today! Registration forms are available at the front desk.

Cider Press / Family Picnic at the Pacific Crest Farm
Saturday, October 7th, 10am-2pm
Our school farm on Vashon Island is lovely this time of year! Join families of all levels for a picnic. Due to some unusual weather this past spring and summer, our apple crop was small, so we may not have enough for cider pressing. Bring your own food, drink and utensils. Farm Location

NO SCHOOL - Staff Retreat
Friday, October 13th
No Childcare

Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, October 21st
Enjoy pancakes, sausage, fruit and coffee while the students put on a talent show. Tickets will be available closer to the event. 9am, to be confirmed.

NOON DISMISSAL - Parent Conferences
Wednesday, October 25th
Childcare registrations have gone out to regular Aftercare users. Please make sure to return them to the front desk by October 6th.

NO SCHOOL - Parent Conferences
Thursday, October 26th

All School Parent Education Evening
Thursday, October 26th, 7pm
Please make plans to attend this special presentation by David Kahn an internationally renowned Montessorian and friend of Pacific Crest. This meeting will be preceded by a whole-school orientation for new parents at 6:30. One parent from each family must attend the 7pm event, all are welcome to the orientation. Attendance counts towards your volunteer hours. Childcare will be available for enrolled students, a sign-up sheet will be available closer to the event.

NO SCHOOL -Parent Conferences
Friday, October 27th

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Weekly Events September 22nd

Dear Families,

A generation of graduates

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Our 25th celebration this past Saturday was a great success! It was so much fun to see so many past and current families. Thank you to everyone who attended and helped make this event happen.

Upcoming Events

Volunteer Fair - New Time!
Monday, September 25th, 4:30-6:30pm
This is a fun, social way to learn about the many different volunteer opportunities here at Pacific Crest. Each volunteer committee will be represented with a table and a spokesperson! Come by anytime between 4:30 and 6:30. Popcorn and drinks will be served, children welcome. Location: Middle School Big Room.

Upper Elementary & Middle School Ultimate Club
Register by September 22nd
Ultimate clubs for Upper Elementary and Middle School will be starting up soon. Coaches Ben Wilk (Upper Elementary) and Derek Pharr (Middle School) are looking forward to getting on the field. Registration forms are available at the front desk. Please register ASAP! Middle School Starts Monday, September 25th, Upper Elementary starts Thursday, September 28th.

Bright Street Workshops
Classes will begin October 3rd, 4th and 5th
Allen Hirsch will be offering singing and song workshops for Primary, Lower Elementary and Middle School. Middle School’s “Songs of Justice” will be Tuesday, Primary Wednesday, and Lower Elementary on Thursday, more details and registration form to come. Please sign up at the front desk to reserve a spot.   

All-Elementary Philosophy Night
Wednesday, September 27th, 7pm
At least one parent from each Elementary family must attend. Attendance counts toward volunteer hours. Childcare will be available for enrolled students, a sign-up please sign-up at the front desk.

Cider Press / family Picnic at the Pacific Crest Farm
Saturday, OCtober 7th, 10am-2pm
Our school farm on Vashon island is lovely this time of year! Join families of all levels for a picnic. Due to some unusual weather this past spring and summer, our apple crop was small, so we may not have enough for cider pressing. Bring your own food, drink and utensils. Farm Location

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Pacific Crest Upcoming Events June 8th, 2017

Dear Families,

We have some important documents for you. Be sure to check your student folders in the next couple days, Middle school’s will be handed out by teachers.

  • Summer Community Events: we have some great community building opportunities this summer; Middle School Potlucks, Ross Park Playdates, Farm picnics and Farm Harvest Tuesdays.

  • Critical dates for 2017-18 school year: These are just some of the critical dates for next year. You will receive a full Annual Calendar in the summer mailings. These items have been posted to our online calendar as well.

  • School Roster information to confirm. Please review your information carefully to ensure that mailing addresses, student birthdates, cell phone numbers and email addresses are correct. If you anticipate any changes between now and September 1st make sure to let us know- The deadline to make changes is June 14th.

  • Photos of your students taken by Primary parent Carlen Luke for our Annual Fund campaign. If you would like a digital copy of this photo let sarahm@pacificcrest.org know.

  • Class photos for those who ordered prints.

Also Note: If you have fresh flowers that you can donate to transform the big room for graduation, please bring them to the Middle School Friday morning.  

Upcoming Events 

Primary Before/Aftercare Ice Cream Social

Friday, June 9th, 4-5pm

Parents of Primary before/aftercare students are invited to an ice cream social to celebrate the end of a great year.

 

8th Grade Graduation

Friday, June 9th, 7pm-9pm

All Pacific Crest families are welcome to attend graduation, please RSVP to the front desk.

 

All School Picnic & Potluck

Tuesday, June 13th, 5:30-7:30

This is our last all school event of the year at a beautiful new spot, Meridian Park. Bring a blanket to sit on, food to share that serves 10-12 people (with serving utensils) and your own cups, plates and flatware.                                        

(By child’s last name)

A through F - Dessert

G through L - Main Dish

M through Z - Salad

We will provide water and lemonade to drink. Please leave pets and squirt guns (of all varieties) at home. Please find parking on nearby streets. The parking lot is reserved for visitors to the Good Shepherd Center.

 

NOON DISMISSAL Last Day of School Wednesday, June 14th No Aftercare

Primary Summer Program Begins: Monday, June 19th

First day of Summer Care for registered Primary students.

 

Little Library

Have you seen our beautiful Little Library in the outer courtyard? Don’t forget to check it out for summer reading. Bring a book to share or take one home to read! 

First Farm Harvest Tuesdays: Tuesday, June 20th

Families are invited to sign up to help with harvesting, weeding, preparing produce for the market and farm stand and much more. Every Tuesday Starting June 20th and ending September 5th. You may sign up by the front desk; an online sign up is coming soon. If you have questions contact Jutta von Stieglitz via email jvstieg@gmail.com or by phone (919)-667-5185.

 

Family Picnics at the Pacific Crest Farm (All ages): Sunday, June 25th, 11am-3pm

The first of two family picnics at the farm! Bring a lunch and picnic supplies. Join farmers Bob and Jen for a tour of the property at 1pm. This is a wonderful way to see the farm and socialize with other PCS families. Please leave pets at home. The second picnic is July 15th.

Upcoming Events 3-9-17

Dear Families,

Ski Chaperones needed! Erin’s class and Middle School need more parents to chaperone March 10th, 17th and 24th. If you can help, please email Amy amye@pacificcrest.org

Aftercare Summer Program- Tomorrow is the final day to get the early bird pricing for summer childcare.

Annual Fund! - It's here… The Annual Fund Campaign has begun! Brochures have been mailed, the Gallery is decorated, now it's time for you to pledge or donate! This year we have made it easier for you to investigate and apply for an employer match. Go to our website and see if your employer matches and how to double, triple or even quadruple your impact! Watch for our updated totals in the main lobby as the weeks go on. Pledge cards and donations can be turned in to the front desk or credit card payments can be made online here. Remember, we accept installments too. Thank you for your support!

Professional Development Day NO-SCHOOL, NO-CHILDCARE Monday, March 13th - This day provides a rare opportunity for staff to observe in other Montessori Schools or High Schools that attract our graduates, then meet and reflect on their observations.

All-Parent Education Evening Wednesday, March 15th 7pm “Montessori education presents a radically different – and radically effective – educational approach that may be the best method we’ve got to ensure the optimal cognitive, social, and emotional development of every child.”  Dr. Steve Hughes

We are excited to welcome Dr. Hughes, a pediatric neuropsychologist. He is a sought after expert on brain development and education. One parent from each family is required to attend, attendance counts towards volunteer hours. Childcare will be available for enrolled students.

Coffee & Tea With Dorrie Friday, March 17th, 8:45 - 9:45am Join Dorrie for a cup of coffee or tea and a parent ed follow up discussion. Location Aftercare room.

Pancake Breakfast & Talent Show Saturday, March 18th 9am Tickets will be on sale in the gallery next week

Spring Parent Conferences Wednesday, March 22nd NOON DISMISSAL Thursday, March 23rd and Friday, March 24th NO SCHOOL Conference sign-up sheets are posted by the classroom doors for Primary and Elementary, and at the front desk for Middle School. Childcare please note: a special registration form is required for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday during conferences.

Note: If you are in Erika’s class or Chuck’s mentor group you have already had your spring conference.

PCC Scrip cards - Do you shop at PCC Natural Markets? When you purchase one of their Scrips cards they will donate 5% to us! First you buy a card from us loaded with $18, you spend that at PCC like a debit card and then every time you add money to your card at the store we will get 5%! It’s an easy way to support a sustainable, local business and our school at the same time.

Summer Camps

MS Farm Internship June 27th-July 11th FULL

Adventure Camp July 10th - 14th FULL

Primary Beach Camp July 24th-27th FULL

upcoming events January 19th

Coffee & Tea with Dorrie & Jen Costigan

Friday, January 20th, 8:45am

Join us for a great conversation over a cup of coffee or tea tomorrow morning in the aftercare room. The topic for tomorrow’s gathering will be “responding to your child when he/she is angry or upset”. Jen Costigan, who is Toddler, Primary and Elementary trained will join us. We will also be offering evening opportunities for similar discussions in the future. An evening opportunity is coming up February 28th at 7pm.

 

Primary Parent Education

Wednesday, January 25th, 6pm

Prepare to join our teachers as they present the mathematics curriculum in depth. One parent from each Primary family must attend. Hours will count towards your volunteer hours. Childcare will be provided for enrolled students, sign up at the front desk by January 24th. Please Note: this meeting starts at 6pm

 

NO SCHOOL- Teacher Prep Day

Monday, January 30th

Teachers and staff will be spending the day in our environments, brushing up on some trainings and meeting together. Childcare is not provided.

 

Elementary Curriculum Night

Wednesday, February 1st, 7pm

Prepare to join our teachers as they present the language curriculum in depth. One parent from each Elementary family must attend. Hours will count towards your volunteer hours. Families of other levels are welcome! Childcare will be provided for enrolled students, a sign up will be on the front desk next Friday.

 

Primary Open House

February, 8th 5pm-7pm

Open House is a special time for your child to show you their work in the classroom. Your child’s teacher will be sending a letter with more details and information about signing up for a time slot. Childcare will be available for enrolled siblings so that your child can have your full attention, sign up will be on the front desk.

 

Upper Elementary and Middle School Skiing

March 3rd, 10th, 17th

March 24th MS Only

Information packets and registrations coming soon

 

Donation Request

Do you have extra children’s clothes at home? We like to keep some extra pants, shirts, socks and underwear for boys and girls ages 3-6 available to our Primary students. If you would like to donate some, please give them to a Primary teacher or an Aftercare staff member.

 

Weekly Events January 5th

Thursday, January 5th, 7pm Primary & Elementary Intro Night

Bright Street Workshop Elementary Signing Group has been cancelled

Parent Coordinator Meeting Monday, January 9th, 7pm

Classroom parent coordinators meet monthly to share ideas and plan events. Notes from this meeting will be posted to the bulletin boards in the middle school and front desk area. Lower & Upper Elementary Introduction for current families

Tuesday, January 10th, 7pm Elementary Intro Night

Are your students moving from Primary to Elementary soon? Or from Lower Elementary to Upper? This year we are offering an Elementary Intro Night specifically for you! Sonya and Erika will do a joint presentation on the 1st through 3rd grade program and Erin will present for 4th & 5th grades. Childcare will be available for enrolled students, please sign-up at the front desk.

Re-Enrollment January 6th - February 15th

Look for your re-enrollment paperwork in the mail next week. We encourage you to talk with your teacher and or Dorrie if you have any questions about next year.

NO SCHOOL January 16th No Childcare MLK Day

Middle School Parent Education Wednesday, January 18th, 7pm

Coffee & Tea with Dorrie-Friday, January 20th, 8:45am

Coffee & Tea with Dorrie is a new opportunity for parents to gather and talk informally about common concerns in child rearing and to share their tricks and insights within a Montessori context. The topic for January 20th’s gathering will be “responding to your child when angry or upset”. Jen Costigan, who is toddler, Primary and Elementary trained will join us. We will also be offering evening opportunities for similar discussions in the future.