The Pelican Press
Michele Robinson, Principal Jeff Sanders, Assistant Principal
School Office: 549-4966 Fax 549-4973
School Website: http://pel.leeschools.net/
Four Keys to Academic Success
Students need to be explicitly taught a combination of skills which will aide them in their academic success.
These skills include: organization, time management, concentration and motivation (yes- motivation). Here are a
few “tricks of the trade” which can help you at home to reinforce these important skills.
1) Organization- for many students, academic challenges are related more to lack of organization than
their academic ability. Try making a check list or chart that can be placed in the planner, backpack or
even on the door as your leave the house of items to complete or “don’t forget before you leave the
house”. Try using a 3 ring binder to organize the planner and all your child’s subjects so all papers are in
2) Time Management- Students at this age have difficulty with the concept of time. Waiting to the last
minute to complete a project, assignment or AR goal is typical until a strategy such as mapping out
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short completion goals on a calendar which break the assignment up into chunks. Once he/she is able,
NO SCHOOL give choices for study times with monitoring of success.
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3) Concentration- It’s important for a child to have limited distractions while completing assignments.
Sept. 6th Interim reports go home Designate a specific homework quiet time and area without the distractions of technology such as cell
phones, t.v. or xbox. Be sure the supplies needed are available.
Sept. 7th Bee Authentic Fundraiser
4) Motivation- All kids want to do well in school. Encourage your child to share what he/she is doing in
Sept. 11 Boy Scouts Rally 6:00 PM class, celebrate your child’s small successes- school is hard work! Remind your child that it’s okay to
Sept. 17th Rosh Hashanah make mistakes, and no one is perfect.
Curriculum Nights 6:00 PM:
More great happenings at PECP! We are starting a new program during the PECP extended school time. The first and
Sept. 10th- 3rd grade
fourth graders enrolled in PECP will be participating in a Math Creations Club . Mrs. Ambrose and Mrs. Blythe will be teaching
Sept. 13th – Kindergarten
the students on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Prior to this time, students will have snack and begin homework.
There will be no additional charges for this club. The primary focus of this unique and exciting club in the month of September
will be exposing your child to different mathematical practices while creating a craft project from recycled or scrap materials.
In the month of October, your child will be utilizing mathematical measurements while creating yummy non-baked treats.
During these sessions, your child will not only be expressing their creativity and having fun, but also be practicing through
hands-on experience their abilities with mathematical measurements, volume, mass, fractions, geometry, lines of symmetry,
enhancing motor skills, critical thinking skills, just to name a few. Our purpose is to create an engaging and exciting
FUNDRAISERS: Bee Authentic Fundraiser begins Sept 7th! Parent with your children during Math Creations!
look forward to workingInvolvement, Volunteers and Extracurricular Activities: Thank you to those
parents who were able to join us for our parent involvement night this past
Join us for our “Bee Authentic” kickoff assemblies for our fall fundraiser next Tuesday. We had a great turn out and many parents who were willing to support
Friday, September 7th. our efforts.
2 assemblies; 1, 3, and 5 at 8:15 or K, 2, and 4 at 8:45 After the Parent Involvement Committee members who have volunteered for various
assemblies he will set up for demonstrations with 3rd graders of the committees include: Christina Seneca, Dawn Powers, Josephine Russo, Elizabeth
natural products and benefits of bees . Vollmar, Terri Setzer, Cindy Marshall, Julie Downey, Kim Mulligan, Sarah Richards,
Kim Modugno, Patricia Siebert, Monica Bejarano, Bess Charles, Stacey Lau, Marie
Center 1: Candle Making (demonstrate candle making with bees’ wax, he will warm Pellechio, Michele Dotson, Melissa Terry, Cheryl Kunkle, Shelley Wiese, Mauren
the 4 x 4 sheets of wax, students will roll them into a candle to take home). Nofe, Mihyun Malajcsik, Nina Rimirez
Center 2: Bees Close-Up (a beekeeper will supervise this area, students can SAC officers who have volunteered include: Janet Altini (DAC), Bess Charles,
observe bees in a Plexiglas beehive). Stacey Lau (Chair), Marie Pellechio, Mellissa Terry, Cheryl Kunkle, Monica Lopez
(Secretary) and Michele Dotson.
Center 3: Honey Tasting and Honey Bee Facts (students will taste honey from a
honey stick, then write their favorite bee fact). Thank you to all who have volunteered for these committees and others- you are
our lifeline! A complete list of S.A.C. and Parent Involvement Committee
Students will visit each center about 5-7 minutes (with teacher supervision). members including staff will go home for your approval at a future meeting. If
you are still interested, there is still time, call our office at 549-4966.