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Quick Update from PCMS!Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 2/23/2021
I hope this email finds you well. As we transition back to virtual instruction today, Tuesday, 2/23/21 our focus is on the well being of our students. I shared a message with my staff, and I want to share a snippit it with you simply so you know our purpose and our vision for the week:
As we embark on a week where the only thing we can expect is the unexpected, we are going to have to make choices. We now have a week of things we can choose to make up. We have this week’s things that we can choose to “teach”. We could choose to do both. We could choose to do neither. What we cannot do, and we should not do is to worry or stress in the fact that we cannot change that this is the place we are at, right not. We also cannot and should not stress and overwork our kids (intentionally or unintentionally) due to our desire to be further along than our current position.
To further emphasize this, I will borrow wiser words than mine (these may be familiar to some) for how I believe we must proceed:
“we need the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, the courage to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
At Park Crest, we will provide our students what THEY need this coming week, not what is on a calendar that doesn’t consider what has recently happen. At Park Crest, we will not do “business as usual” when business is currently not as usual. At Park Crest, we will not be bound by deadlines to tasks and items that many of our kids won’t have access to anyways. At Park Crest, we will not find satisfaction in checking a box that proves “we told them or we tried” knowing good and well that many couldn’t access it. At Park Crest, we will focus on the needs of our students and the rest will wait.
This week instructionally will include check-ins, make up work, light instruction, minimal required homework, opt in assignments for students who are ready to start up again, and an emphasis on transitioning back to “normal”.
We will want to ensure that students who can, access canvas in some capacity daily. Attendance will need to be taken based on that access. Obviously, consequences and expectations for those who cannot attend will be different than normal. But it is important we take attendance Tuesday-Friday.
PCMS Family Wellness Checks:
Recently I sent out a message to parents to “check in” on everyone after our vicious storm. My heart was full as my inbox quickly become flooded with responses. I have now heard from nearly 500 families (some with multiple kiddos at PCMS) and the consensus was that most folks are now doing at least “fine” and most folks have power and electricity and water (that needs to be boiled). Many were without internet (just like the district) and some were having busted pipes or damage quickly repaired.
What I really appreciate is that countless families asked how they could help. So far, we have only had a handful of families that communicated needs (which I am so thankful they trusted us to help). In those instances, we were able to get them groceries and basic needs.
What I am still worried about are those who are unable to reach out with their needs. Oftentimes, it is those who are hardest to connect with, who need our help the most.
Please continue to check on your friends, your neighbors, and your coworkers.
Below are some resources you may utilize or share with anyone who may need them:
Pflugerville ISD Meals:
PfISD Food Services will bundle meals twice a week to best serve your time and travel for curbside/virtual learning meal service
TUESDAYS (three days of breakfast & lunch meals intended for Tue- Thurs)
FRIDAYS (four days of breakfast & lunch meals intended for Fri-Mon)
- Park Crest Middle School
- Pflugerville HS
- Dessau Middle School
- Kelly Lane Middle School
- Westview Middle School
- Copperfield Elementary
- Caldwell Elementary
- Highland Park Elementary
- Northwest Elementary
- Pflugerville Elementary
- Parmer Lane Elementary
- Timmerman Elementary
- Windermere Elementary
- Wieland Elementary
Breakfast/Lunch & Campus-Qualifying Afterschool Meals Can All Be Picked Up at Once
Students DO NOT Need to Be Present, But Designees Must Provide PfISD Student ID or Number
Meals Can Be Picked Up at Campuses Listed Above regardless of Attendance at That Campus
Elementary 7:45AM - 8:15AM; Middle School 8:30AM - 9AM; High School 7 AM – 7:30 AM
- FEMA Assistance: https://www.disasterassistance.gov/
Updated Calendar Events:
8th Grade Parents – High School Guidance Meetings:
Today (Tuesday) and tomorrow (Wednesday) were scheduled to be 8th grade parent visits with high school counselors. Although we are on a tight timeline to get this done, and we might have been able to pull it off, we felt it was best to reschedule.
We did this in part for our families who would not be able to attend, but also so that our high school and middle school counselors could focus on social emotional needs that we identify this week. A task like this is an “all hands on deck” to make sure all 8th grade families are fully prepared for their high school journey. I appreciate in advance your understanding for our decision to reschedule.
Thus, the scheduled time you were given WILL NOT CHANGE. The only thing that will change is the date. If you were scheduled for this Tuesday, you will be the same time next Tuesday. If you were scheduled for this Wednesday, you will be the same time next Wednesday.
Those rescheduled dates are March 2nd and 3rd. All zoom and passcode info is the same since the dates were simply edited.
- Tuesday February 23rd appointments are now moved to Tuesday March 2nd
- Wednesday February 24th appointments are now moved to Wednesday, March 3rd
Yearbook Pictures (virtual students) and Retakes:
If you and your child are interested in ensuring they are in this year’s year book, please check out the information below:
Wednesday, March 10
Times – please use the sign-up genius below (note: if you already signed up your appointment time is still in there):
Here is the sign up link to let us know what time works best for you so we can swing you by the campus quickly, easily, and safely: Link for SignUpGenius
Park Crest Middle School
Who are we? We. Are. Pumas!
A Message from PCMS - 2-19-21Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 2/19/2021
I hope this email finds you “well”. These past few days have been a rollercoaster of stress, fear, and uncertainty, as well as resilience, perseverance, and teamwork. I have seen so many people in my neighborhood support one another, check on the elderly, and share supplies to ensure everyone stayed as safe and warm as possible.
I know many of our PCMS families have gone through great hardships over the past few days and I want you to know that each of our students have been in my thoughts and prayers.
As a resident of Pflugerville, myself, I was hit with lack of power, lack of water, lack of internet, and lack of cell service. We lost our food in the fridge, we used vehicles to warm up and charge devices, and we have had to scoop snow to boil for water for our toilets. We went to relatives to seek warmth, relocated grandparents who had no power, and have had to keep little ones sane during many transitions. We are blessed, and are all safe and sound. Yet, I say all of this only to emphasize that I realize and want to acknowledge that school and instruction was far from the priority. Keeping my family safe and warm was essential.
I have had the opportunity over the last two days to check on all of my staff and can report that everyone is now safe and warm. Although situations were less than ideal, everyone seemed to have high spirits and a resilient attitude. The last few days of extreme cold and loss of basic utilities has been incredibly uncomfortable, unfortunate, and an all-around dangerous series of events for everyone. Nonetheless, we are okay.
I have also had the opportunity to visit our campus and feel thankful that we did not encounter any damages that I can tell. Not every building and not every residence is as fortunate. Those with busted pipes and damaged homes will be in our thoughts and prayers.
What I do not know, is the condition of each of our Puma families. That is what troubles me most.
I would love, if you are able, for you to send me a quick response to this email with:
- We are fine, we have water, power, and internet, etc.
- We are fine, but we do not have _____.
- We are not fine, we need _____.
Or any other statement you would like to share. We will be working next week to support our students and families who have been affected the most in any way we can.
I also realize that many of our most affected families will not get this message. If you know of any families in need, please pass their information along to me so we can try and get them support.
What happens for the week of February 15th?
We realize that we prepared Sunday night for cold weather and virtual instruction, but could have never predicted the severity of the disruption that would ensue. Please do not stress at all if your child was unable to connect or engage with instruction. We will work through attendance and lack thereof, as we get up and running again next week. I have advised my teachers to not count any assignments against students for this week and we will make sure any instruction planned is made up as if it didn’t occur, because it pretty much didn’t.
Where do we go from here?
I expect communication to come this weekend from the district regarding next week and instruction. Please stay tuned for updates.
I look forward to hearing from you, and seeing your kiddos real soon.
Park Crest Middle School
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