2nd Quarter Newsletter
Quarter 1 is in the books, and we are looking forward to great things for quarter 2. Things coming up include a children’s book author coming for chapel on 11/1, our annual Fall Festival on Friday, 11/17 and Thanksgiving Break is just around the corner!
If you have not ordered your outerwear from Embroidery Cottage, please do so quickly as the chilly temperatures that have arrived may require your child to need a jacket. Originally, we gave an October 16, 2017 date for having the correct outerwear. Because some have not been able to order, or may have ordered and the jacket is not ready, I am changing the date to January 9, 2018. This should give everyone ample time to get their order in and received. At that time next semester, from Monday-Thursday, all PACA students should have the correct black jacket with the PACA logo on it (old or new). Fridays will always be PACA spirit wear; therefore, any PACA outerwear will suffice. What this means for right now through December is students can wear a plain black jacket (like we did last year), the old gray PACA jacket still in circulation, or a PACA sweatshirt that a student may have received from a club or sport they have played in the past.
AM Arrival Updates:
AM Arrival has taken some time but I feel we now have it working well. Here are four things we can still do better to increase our efficiency and safety:
- Once you arrive on campus, consider having your child unbuckle once you are close to the spot where you will be dropping off. Students should have all of their personal items ready with them so once you have stopped they can exit safely and quickly to the sidewalk.
- Follow all the directions of the people who are serving the school as safety patrol or staff. There are times they are asking you to continue pulling all the way around to the first position drop off at the corner of the gym. Please do as asked so we can maximize the amount of cars unloading at the same time. I know it may take on average about 5-7 minutes for you from the time you arrive on campus to drop off your children and then exit. I appreciate your patience to make sure things go well and safe.
- If your child is able to open their own door and exit onto the sidewalk, that is perfectly fine; however, we do not want you to leave the line and pass every car in front of you resulting in two lanes of traffic at the corner of the gym trying to merge into the VPK line. That means no passing. I think we go very fast, so please just stay in line and we can continue the flow of traffic and get you out as soon as possible. Cones will be at the merge point to remind you we only have one lane at arrival. With VPK traffic coming from the right and other possible cars coming in the opposite direction, as well as any students who may be riding their bike to school, an accident could occur on our campus; therefore, please pay attention to our traffic lady Mrs. Albro with the stop sign.
- Please refrain from texting while driving and talking on the phone while coming through the car loop. Today, we had a parent drive off with one of our cones stuck under the van as we set cones to prevent two lanes from forming at the corner of the gym where our first drop-off spot is located. Distracted driving can cause many issues, not just in car loops but on the road. We want our families and staff safe, so please stay focused!
PM Dismissal seems to be going very smoothly. On the grades 4-8 side we are still utilizing a two-lane arrival from the entrance of Park Avenue until the rounded corner of the sanctuary to prevent cars from being on Park Avenue. At that point, each vehicle should merge one at a time taking turns as you enter the merged lane for picking up your children. When you arrive in the afternoon, and the lane is starting to hook around the sanctuary, please start a second lane. We will start putting cones out to funnel the two lanes into one. Hey, if McDonalds and Chick-Fil-A can do it at their drive-thru, surely the PACA Conqueror families can do it!
I thank you for allowing us to partner with you in training up your children in a way they should go so even when they are old, they will not depart!