5th Grade Parent Information & Presentation

Below is the June letter about Adventures in Middle School and the reservation link as well.  Please see this attachment for more information and frequently asked questions

Dear 5th Grade Students and Parents,

Welcome to Pilgrim Park Middle School! We are so eager to meet our new students and parents as we embark on the 23-24 school year! As you prepare for the transition to middle school, I have included some important information to support you in this transition.

Transition Visits and Questions
Our team has finished all of our 5th grade visits and had so much fun meeting all of our new students. We hope that our visit helped calm some of the nerves and made everyone a little bit more excited to start middle school in the fall. We did our very best to answer all of the questions, but there were usually too many to count at the end of our sessions! Mrs. Berghauer, 6th grade counselor, is our expert in the transition to middle school and has put together the document below to help answer the more frequently asked questions. We hope this is a helpful resource for students and parents.

PPMS 5th to 6th Transition - Frequently Asked Questions

Adventures in Middle School - August 24th
“Adventures in Middle School” is the summer orientation program held at Pilgrim Park Middle School for our 6th grade students. Students spend time with their 6th grade house teachers learning the ropes of middle school so they will feel confident and ready for the first day of school.  Students have the opportunity to tour the building, learn about the middle school day, get to know their teachers and meet other students in their class.  This event is not mandatory, but is an opportunity to help our incoming 6th graders feel confident and comfortable entering middle school. Please click on the flyer below for more information. We ask that families RSVP so we have a general knowledge of which students are attending. Please complete the RSVP form below to help us better plan. If you are unable to attend, the building will be open after that day during normal business hours for you to come in with your child and walk his/her schedule.

Adventures in Middle School Flyer
Adventures in Middle School RSVP

During Adventures, students will receive their school issued locks and will practice opening them. Unfortunately, there is no time for locker setup during Adventures. If your child would like to set their locker up before the first day of school, there is locker setup from 3:00pm until 7:00pm on that day (8/24) for all PPMS students.

We are also offering a parent component to our Adventures in Middle School experience this year. If you are a new middle school parent, or just wanted a refresher on how to support a middle school student, you are invited to stay during your child’s Adventures experience for a parent session where we will review information relevant to the middle school parent including the topics below. Parents are asked to report to the cafeteria for this session. This session is optional based on interest and availability. 

  • How do I monitor my child’s grades on Infinite Campus?
  • What is Canvas and how can I see what is happening in each of my child’s classes?
  • Who do I communicate with at PPMS when I need support or have a concern?
  • How do I support my child’s learning?
  • Q&A Session
  • And more!

School Supplies
Our school supply lists for 2023-24 are posted on the Pilgrim Park website. Parents have the option of shopping for these items on your own or ordering a school kit through PTO. Here is the PPMS School Kit Order Form. The deadline for ordering is July 1st.

Transition Resources
Our transition process began in February with course selection and will culminate with our Adventures in Middle School program in August. Rest assured, we are prepared to support all of our students as they make this transition. I have included links to our transition information that has been previously shared for easy reference below. When kids (or parents) are feeling nervous for the transition, these resources can help answer your questions and hopefully help you to feel at ease.

Health Room Information

Immunizations
Please note that students entering 7th grade in the fall are required to show written evidence of a Tdap vaccination (adolescent booster). Written evidence means a paper or an electronic record of the month, day and year the vaccine was administered. If you choose to sign a waiver for religious, health, or personal conviction, the bottom portion of the Student Immunization Record has been designated for this purpose. Simply check the type of waiver, the immunization you are waiving, and sign/date. Please note medical waivers require both parent and medical practitioner signatures.

Please see this link for the Student Immunization Record to provide the above information.

If you have questions whether your child received the Tdap adolescent booster, you may access the Wisconsin Immunization Registry (WIR) to look up your child’s immunization record. You may also contact your child’s practitioner if you have questions.

Attendance
Attendance at the middle school is handled by Sandy Morris, PPMS attendance secretary.  She can be reached at PPMSattendance@elmbrookschools.org or 262-785-3924.

Medications
New medication orders are needed EACH SCHOOL YEAR. If your child will be needing medication administered throughout the school day, you may access the necessary forms here.

All completed health related forms or medication orders can be sent to pilgrimparkhealthroom@elmbrookschools.org.

Thank you for taking the time to review this important information as your child makes the transition to middle school. Have an amazing summer! We can’t wait to welcome our new Panthers to PPMS!

 

Kelly Szesterniak, Principal