Thursday, April 24, 2014

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Our Vision
Pembroke Pines Charter West Elementary is dedicated to providing a rigorous educational experience to a culturally and academically diverse community where all students are expected to succeed as innovative thinkers.

Our Mission
Our mission is to provide an environment where all students can learn, achieve, and develop confidence to meet the challenges of a changing and complex society.

Our Beliefs
  • All students can learn to their highest potential.§ Each student is regarded as a unique individual with intellectual, physical, social, and emotional needs.
  • The entire school community shares in the responsibility of shaping a positive learning environment within our school.
  • A safe and nurturing environment is essential for maximum teaching and learning.
  • Students learn through a variety of instructional approaches to maximize their individual learning potential.
  • Our school is committed to continuous improvement.
  • The school actively promotes opportunities for students to be critical thinkers and effective communicators to foster life-long learners.
  • All students are valued and treated with respect by everyone.

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Dear Central & West Middle 6 & 7 Grade Parents/Guardians and FSU, EAST, WEST and CENTRAL 5th Grade Parents:

We are preparing for next year's 2014-2015 Cheerleading Team by holding tryouts to be held at Central Campus Middle from 3:30-5:45pm on the following dates:

Cheerleading: Clinics May 14, 15, & 16
Tryouts May 19, 2014

All participating students must have ALL forms, including the cheer tryout application, the Sports Authorization 2014-2015 Form with copy of medical insurance and notarization, and the bus transportation form to board the buses (at dismissal) transporting students from WEST to Central Campus. Students MUST be picked up at the Central Campus Car Line (Green Awning) by 5:45pm. Students who are not picked up at the designated time jeopardize their not being eligible to participate as a member of these teams.

FORMS WILL ALSO BE MADE AVAILABLE AT EACH CAMPUS.

This team is an ANNUAL competition teams, which means that they may only be a member of one team for the year, and may not be eligible to participate in Soccer, Basketball, Track or Dance Team (Tryouts for these teams will be closer to their seasons starting fall 2014).

If you have any questions regarding these team tryouts, please email Brianna Brooks at [email protected] or Maria Alfaro at [email protected]
  

Dear Central & West Middle 6 & 7 Grade Parents/Guardians and FSU, EAST, WEST and CENTRAL 5th Grade Parents:

We are preparing for next year's 2014-2015 Dance Team by holding tryouts to be held at Central Campus Middle from 3:30-5:45pm on the following dates:

Cheerleading: Clinics May 27, 28, & 29
Tryouts May 30, 2014

All participating students must have ALL forms, including the dance tryout application, the Sports Authorization 2014-2015 Form with copy of medical insurance and notarization, bus permission slips  to board the buses (at dismissal) transporting students from WEST to Central Campus. Students MUST be picked up at the Central Campus Car Line (Green Awning) by 5:45pm. Students who are not picked up at the designated time jeopardize their not being eligible to participate as a member of these teams.

FORMS WILL ALSO BE MADE AVAILABLE AT EACH CAMPUS.

This team is an ANNUAL competition teams, which means that they may only be a member of one team for the year, and may not be eligible to participate in Soccer, Basketball, Track or Cheerleading Team (Tryouts for these teams will be closer to their seasons starting fall 2014).

If you have any questions regarding these team tryouts, please email:
  

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Please note this file that details the FCAT schedule for 3rd-5th grades.
  

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

Please note this email from Mary Jordan, Development Director for the City of Pembroke Pines Charter Schools.
  

Five Important Read Aloud Tips (excerpts taken from Jim Trelease’s Read Aloud Handbook)

1. The first time you read a book to your child discuss the front cover. Ask your child what he/she sees on the cover. Have your child make a prediction about the story to be read.

2. Picture books can be read to several children at one time, even if your children range in age. Find a cozy spot and enjoy a great story.

3. After reading a book, allow for time to discuss the story. This will give your child an opportunity to share his/her thoughts and feelings.

4. When visiting the library or book store, select a variety of books to share with your child. Children enjoy nonfiction books, as well as fiction.

5. Remember: listening is an art, one that is acquired by participating in it. It is gradual and with time it produces wonderful opportunities to enjoy a great read aloud.
  

Kindergarten started off the year learning about Friends and Families. In September, the students will be learning about the Five Senses along with the thematic unit of Apples. In October, we look forward to celebrating fall and learning about pumpkins. Throughout the month of November, we will study various forms of transportation as well as celebrating Thanksgiving with our friends. We excited about our study of foods, holidays and a literature unit on the Gingerbread Stories in December. Sight words, letter names and sounds, numbers to 100, and number concepts will be integrated into the various units.   

2nd grade has begun and the second grade team is excited to announce the many activities that we will be enjoying this semester. One of the many activities that students will take part in is a home project that will be focusing on character traits. They will be making puppets representing the character trait of their choice. Also, the fall and winter festivals will soon be upon us, and these are always great opportunities for parent involvement and great fun. The Science Museum field trip is also in the works, and our second graders are always excited to learn more about insects, animals, and of course technology. These are just some of the events that are forthcoming so please stay tuned for dates and times.   

Most people will never visit the remote and hostile continent of Antarctica, but our third grade students will have an opportunity to receive a postcard sent from this extraordinary place. We will be reading the story “Penguin Chick”. As a very special extension of this story, our students will create postcards about penguins. We will send them to a penguin research facility in McMurdo Station, Antarctica. Each card will be mailed back, and have a unique “Antarctica” postmark for the students to keep. It's always very exciting when the post cards return! Our third grade students will also be reading the story “Stone Soup”, and yes, we will be cooking, AND EATING stone soup! Soup always tastes better when it’s made with friends. And that goes for stone soup, too, even if it is made with stones!   

4th grade has had a great start to the year. Students learned about switching classes as we are departmentalized. Our 4th grade students have three different teachers that they see each day. In Reading, our students are not only using the Treasures book, but learning about current events through Time for Kids and Social Studies Weekly. Each week the students focus on a different skill in both Reading and Language Arts. In Science, our students continue to learn a great deal about the scientific method through many hands on experiments/labs. In Math, students are actively participating through the daily use of dry erase boards. In 4th grade our students utilize My Access, a computer based program. Each week students complete and submit an essay for instant feedback. In 4th grade Social Studies, Florida studies is our focus. Therefore, our students will complete a Famous Floridian Project in October.   

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