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December 3, 2016

Dear Families,

Can you believe it is December?  This is my favorite time of the year!  There are so many wonderful reasons to celebrate: great music, good food, the company of family and friends…  I hope you all take a moment or two to enjoy all that this season has to offer.  Get out your calendars–below is your weekly update!

December 9–Classroom holiday parties 5th-8th grade
December 9–Polar Express/Pajama Day K-4th grade
December 12–Holiday Open House grades 5th-8th (details below)
December 13–Holiday Open House grades K-4th (details below)
December 15–Upper Grades Choir and Musical Theater Concert
December 16–Last day of classes before Winter Break
December 17-January 2–Winter Break
January 3–Classes Resume
If you have not received an email with proofs of your child’s school picture, please contact the photographer directly:
We cannot stress enough how important it is that EVERYONE in our community follow the traffic plan as written.   The Town of Parker Police Department has informed us that they will start writing citations to anyone who parks on Compark Blvd, makes illegal u-turns in front of the school, or anyone who blocks traffic on the corner of Chambers and Compark Blvd.  Unfortunately, we cannot control traffic off of our property and have to rely on all members of our community to follow the rules.  Please review the traffic plan HERE and follow it.
We will be hosting a holiday open house as an opportunity to gather as a community and share our COMPLETED school building.   As parking is a challenge in our new facility, we have planned accordingly and have scheduled the open house as follows:
Monday, December 12 (5th-8th grade families)
4:30-6:00 pm last names A-L
6:30-8:00 pm last names M-Z
Tuesday, December 13 (K-4th grade families)
4:30-6:00 pm last names A-L
6:30-8:00 pm last names M-Z
If you are unable to make your designated time, you are welcome to come at the other time for your grade level.  Please note, teachers will only be available on the date that corresponds to the grade level they teach.
This year, we have rented out the Wildlife Experience for tons of holiday FUN! So, put on your PJ’s and get on board, December 9th!  Details below:
  • Students in grades 1-4, along with full-day kindergarten, will be bussed to and from The Wildlife Experience where they will enjoy crafts, games, stories, The Polar Express movie, and full entrance to the museum, all in the comfort of their pajamas!

  • Please pack a sack lunch to send with your child on December 9th.

  • Skip running to the store for juice boxes, cookies, or treats, and instead prepare to see your child come home sharing stories of the best holiday party yet, for only $10 per child (including transportation)!

  • Watch for an email regarding chaperoning this field trip.  We will have 4 chaperones per class to join in on our fun-filled day.  Chaperones will be chosen by a drawing per each teacher.

Please click here to pay and fill out the permission form. Both the payment and permission form must be received by Monday, December 5th.


Have you been clipping and saving your Box Tops for Education?!  I hope so because we have set a goal to raise $3,000.00 this year for our school!  We are having our 1st collection the week of December 12th – 16th.  PLEASE SEND IN YOUR BOX TOPS IN A ZIPLOC BAG CLEARLY MARKED WITH THE HOMEROOM TEACHER NAME AND GRADE. Please remind your child(ren) to give the ziploc to their homeroom teacher immediately when they arrive to their classroom in the morning.

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS TO COLLECT AND COUNT! This will be an easy way to earn some volunteer hours and have fun with fellow PPA parents!  To sign up:
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on SignUp.com
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on
3. Sign up! Choose your spots – will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!
Remember, the top 3 classrooms will win a dress of choice day!  I know the kids will love the extra dress of choice day, so clip and save!! And remember to turn them in December 12th – 16th! We will announce the winners as soon as we complete the count. The dress of choice day will be held after winter break.  Let’s exceed our $3,000 goal!!
If you were not able to attend the PPA Technology Webinars, they are posted on both the PPA School website and the PPA YouTube Channel.  Below are links to the Webinar videos, as well as, the PPA YouTube Channel where you can subscribe and see all the wonderful things going on around Parker Performing Arts!
Please email, Hayden Galler at, with any technology questions.
Have a great Sunday,
Mrs. Burgess