Second grade took iPads and spelling outside today for a nice long break from masks
I just want to thank all of our students and parents for being so patient with us the last few days. We understand all of the procedures are taking longer than normal, but we are doing all we can to make sure everyone stays healthy!! We are so happy to be back! You would never know that we hadn't been in school since March! The kiddos came back in on Monday and never missed a beat. I am so proud of all of them!
Potomac Grade School has an opening for a full-time custodial/maintenance position. Salary is based on experience and will be starting at no less than $15/hour. Benefits are included. For an application and job description, please visit the following link. https://www.potomac.k12.il.us/o/potomac/browse/71121 If you have any question please email Candace Freeman at email@example.com or Jim Owens at firstname.lastname@example.org . Please, call the school at (217) 987-6155 if you need to come in to pick up an application. Thank you!
PGS PARENTS/GUARDIANS PLEASE READ Parents who are dropping off their child/children in the mornings and picking them up... **Drop off- PLEASE, continue to use the semi-circle drive and keep your children in the vehicle until they are called to the red tent to be symptom checked. We will then wave at you to leave once they have been checked. This will make everything flow more smoothly. We understand that the wait may be longer, but we will all get the hang of it and it will get quicker each day. Drop off time is between 8:10-8:20. Students will NOT be allowed in the building until 8:!0 if they are a car rider, walker, or bike rider. **Pick up - Use the semi circle drive just like last year. Pull up past the red tent to the first sidewalk. It would be greatly appreciated if you have your child's name on a piece of in your windshield. We know some of the vehicles, but this will speed up the dismissal process. Thank you for your patience as we work through our procedures to keep everyone safe and social distanced!!
Back to school...why not add some new Cardinal gear to your wardrobe! Check it out! https://d1qp7h00tpj2kq.cloudfront.net/v3/flyer/626/62661/6266173/9aa082/6266173-flyer.pdf
I made a mistake on the the yearly calendar. I forgot to add that we have no school on Labor Day. I have updated the calendar on our website. Labor Day weekend is a 4 day weekend, because we also have September 8th - No school! https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/857916/Potomac_CUSD__10_2020-2021_Calendar.pdf
For those that did not make it to registration, you need to reach out to the school by Wednesday, August 19th! If we do not hear from you, we will assume you will not be attending PGS and will be withdrawn.
Our parent options and frequently asked questions are now located on our website under documents/School Reopening 2020. If you have a question that you would like addressed, please email email@example.com We will update the FAQ regularly. Thank you for your patience as we move towards the start of school.
Baseball is back on! Good evening! Baseball is back! Practice will begin Monday morning from 9-11. We will have practice on weekdays from 9-11 and games can begin on the 15th. We will welcome any incoming 6th, 7th, and 8th graders to play. Please share with other that you may know are interested. As a result of COVID-19, we will have to practice social distancing and have masks with us for when we are closer together. We will not be using the dugout as of now either. Please make sure your players come prepared. If guidelines regarding social distancing and masks cannot be held we may have to cancel practice/send players home. We don’t foresee this being an issue. Parents, if you do not feel comfortable having your child play this season, we completely understand. Please let Mr. Nowaczyk know as soon as possible if that is the case.
We know everyone is eagerly awaiting the plan for the start of school. As you have seen in the news, districts are revising plans daily. At this time, we are planning on opening on time on August 24. For the health and safety of all students, Potomac Grade School is providing parents/guardians with a choice regarding their children’s education 1. In-person instruction and 2: Remote Learning. Daily attendance and engagement of students is expected whether students are participating in-person or remotely. It is our intention to provide, as close as possible, the same instruction in both methods. We know you have a lot of questions. Starting next Monday we will have a frequently asked questions page on our website with more detailed information. We are asking for your patience and understanding as we work to make each option the safest and educationally beneficial as possible. Watch for the "Frequently Asked Questions" on our website.
Registration will look different this year. Letters correspond to the first letter of the student’s last name. Please pay attention to the times listed. If you have any questions, email Ms. Freeman at firstname.lastname@example.org . ✏️Pre-K & Kindergarten (August 12 from 3-5pm) ✏️A-I (August 12 from 5-7pm) ✏️J-Q (August 13 from 3-5pm) ✏️R-Z (August 13 from 5-7pm) 📝Anyone that wasn’t able to make their designated times (August 14 from 8-10am) Please, wear a mask and practice social distancing during registration. We will have all registration forms online next week. If you have access to a printer, please print them and fill them out before coming in to speed up the process. We will also have some ready in the school office by the end of next week. The office is open from 8-12 on Mondays and Thursdays until further notice. As always, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us! This year is going to take us all working together more than ever. We know everyone is uncertain, but we will get through this.
We are saddened to announce that IESA has canceled fall sports. This includes baseball and softball. https://www.iesa.org/
📣Parents, Guardians, Students, Everyone📣 🤔We know you are anxiously awaiting to hear the Back to School plan. Please know, we are working tirelessly trying to figure out the best way to get our students back to school in person! As you are aware, things change daily! We don’t want to release a plan and have to change it a couple days later. Our hope is to return as normal as possible. We’d love nothing more than that. 🗓School is still starting on August 24. 📝Registration information will be posted later today. It will look different than years past. 🙌Thank you for being patient with us. We are just as frustrated with all of this as you. 😔We miss our kiddos like crazy! 😷One thing that we do know, is masks will be required when we return. So, feel free to start stocking up on those. ☀️Enjoy the rest of your summer! We can’t wait to see you soon, safely!!
Happy Friday! I hope you all are enjoying your summer. I’m sure you are all wondering what the plan is going to be when we return to school in August. Please know we are working on it. We don’t want to push information out too early, then it all change again. Expect to hear the plan around the beginning of August. Stay safe and healthy! ☀️
Don’t forget today is the last day for yearbook pick up!! Mrs. Carley will be there from 4-6 this evening!! There are still plenty of extras available for purchase!!!
2019-2020 Yearbooks Are In!! If you purchased a 2019-2020 yearbook, you can pick them up on Monday, June 1st from 10am-Noon OR Wednesday, June 3rd from 4-6pm! Mrs. Carley will have a table set up outside the front entrance! Please practice social distancing!! Also, there are a limited number of extra yearbooks available for purchase during these times on a first come, first serve basis!! They will be sold for $11.50! Please bring exact amount of cash for purchase or a check made out to Potomac Grade School!
Check out these awesome shirts! Hurry, you can only order until 6/9!!
Shop the Cardinal Strong Store!
Hurry, shops closes 06/9/2020.
Class of 2020 pictures - Feel free to download any pictures that you would like. Enjoy! https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1lGF09wL7lkp6LR_G7wAFUGxwJeXNrTDY?usp=sharing
If you ordered Potomac Cardinal gear at the end of the school year it is in!! Pick up will be tomorrow during food distribution time of 10-12 or on Tuesday by calling ahead to let us know you are coming for pickup. Thanks again for supporting the Potomac PBIS team in helping to support positive behavior in our school!!
The second graders always enjoy a fun round of NAME THAT POTOMAC CARDINAL! Play the Kahoot and let's see who is Cardinal Champion!! (This link will expire on Friday, May 8th at 11 pm) https://kahoot.it/challenge/08899850?challenge-id=10ff0440-261e-4ba2-8c99-1bee6d2cedfd_15883581
Due to COVID-19 our Kindergarten Preregistration was cancelled. Please, if you have a child who will be starting Kindergarten next year, fill out the Google Form so we can get your child registered. Thank you! https://forms.gle/WDaHMPFz8Fn2g7ZJ6
Today, we worked to get systems up and running for students who have internet access at home, but not a device to use! We are so excited to roll these out as a trial run with a few families next week! Also, a huge thanks goes out to Leon Hudson for all of his hard working making sure we were able to make this happen! #InThisTogether
Potomac Grade School Easter Egg Hunt **Social Distance Style** If you would like eggs placed in your yard for your children to hunt, please fill out this form. https://forms.gle/M4bVwR61Vz2HWi676
Day 1 is off to a great start! If your student is doing online-remote learning, please make sure you are checking Dojo and Google Classrooms! Reach out to your teachers if you need help. Remember this is state mandated and we are learning together as we go!
Happy Sunday! We will have meals ready for pickup tomorrow from 10 am-11 am those who signed up. We will also have packets ready for pickup during that time if you requested those from your child’s teacher. Please, pull to the side car rider pick up door and we will bring it out. If you have any questions, email Ms. Freeman. 🙂
Today between 1-2pm parents may stop in and collect their families prepared food supplies and any other supplies that teachers have gathered for your student if they were not in attendance today.
If you are planning on ordering a yearbook, but have not sent in your order and payment yet, they must be turned int TOMORROW Monday, March 16th! Thank you!!!
Governor Pritzker has announced that all Illinois Public Schools will be closed from Tuesday, March 17th through Monday, March 30th. Details are still unfolding as to what this will look like for Potomac Grade School. We appreciate everyone’s patience through this and we will keep you updated throughout the weekend.
In accordance with public health guidelines, non-essential school personnel should not be allowed into school buildings; therefore, we will be cancelling spring pictures scheduled for Tuesday, March 17th!
Want to know more about the County Facilities Sales Tax? See our information in the NEWS section.
Reminder: Friday, March 6 is a School Improvement Early Dismissal Day. We will be dismissing at 11:20.
On Monday, March 2nd Track Practice Begins!! All practices will be held at Potomac Grade School from 3:00-4:30!! If you do not have a sports physical on file, please get that turned in ASAP!! We are looking forward to a fun and successful season!!
The Kids Heart Challenge is a sweet success! Watch the story on WCIA 3. https://www.wcia.com/news/students-get-sweet-revenge-after-kids-heart-challenge/
Congratulations to our Spelling Team! They won the preliminary meet today, and will be spelling at the final meet on Thursday at DACC!!
With the cancellation of school today and continued extreme temperatures forecasted for tonight, we will be rescheduling the Valentine Dance for a future date to be determined. Thank you for your understanding!
Due to extremely cold temperatures and hazardous road conditions, Potomac Grade School will be closed today (Friday, February 14).
The 5th-8th Volleyball game tonight at Gifford starts at 5:00 pm! The bus will leave Potomac at 4:10 and Armstrong to follow.
https://cubbyholeonline.com/iesa/ For anyone who wants to order their family’s State Gear!!!! Orders due by tomorrow at 9. They will have our stuff at the game on Saturday to pick up!!!! Lets go Cardinals!!!!!
Don’t forget to wear Cardinal colors tomorrow to show support for our 8th grade boys who will be playing for the Sectional Championship tomorrow night in Chrisman at 6:30 pm!
Don’t forget Friday night the 5th-8th graders are invited to attend a Valentine’s Day Dance at PGS from 6-9pm! ONLY PGS STUDENTS ARE PERMITTED TO ATTEND!!! There is a $2 admission fee and concessions will be available!! Students may choose to leave the dance at anytime, but they will not be allowed to return to the dance! We also ask that students refrain from wearing athletic wear to the dance! Jeans are perfectly acceptable!! Happy Valentines Day!! ❤️💃🕺
PGS is taking the Kids Heart Challenge! If HALF of our students register and take a challenge, PE will get $300 to spend on new equipment! Here’s a link to get signed up: https://www2.heart.org/site/TR;jsessionid=00000000.app30127b?company_id=230258&fr_id=4818&pg=company&NONCE_TOKEN=E2C353712145ACEE093CF33B69E7F2B7
Reminder tomorrow is an 11:20 dismissal!!
There is NO CARNIVAL this FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7!! We know it says it on the yearly calendar, but it will not be taking place!
Reminder: There is no PRE-K classes tomorrow, Thursday, January 23!!
If you haven't already done so, please complete the following survey to help us improve our school! https://survey.5- essentials.org/illinois.
D.A.R.E. Graduation is Friday, January 17, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. Feel free to come support our 5th grade class on their completion of the D.A.R.E. program.
Don’t forget tomorrow (Wednesday, January 15th) is sports/activity pictures!!!📸
Sports pictures will be Wednesday, January 15th!! Students will need a separate order form for each sport they will be ordering pictures for, but can submit one form of payment for all orders!! Order forms will be going home this week!! 🏀⚾️🥎🏐🏃♂️🎯📸
Reminder: Fundraisers are due back on FRIDAY! If you would like to continue selling tumblers over Thanksgiving weekend, let us know! Poinsettias must be turned in by Friday!!!
Movie Night...tonight!!! Doors open at 6:30, movie begins promptly at 7:00! Concessions will be for sale in the cafeteria. All students must be accompanied by an adult.
Don't forget, we need your input!! Parents across Illinois have an opportunity to participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey: Organizing Schools for Improvement. This survey was designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child’s school. As a parent, this opportunity will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness in a survey about your child’s school. As of now, we only have two parents who have completed the survey. Link for parents to take the survey: http://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/
Skylar earned a Cardinals Care ticket for being respectful and helpful to our substitute yesterday in Kindergarten! The kids have a chance to get caught being good by any adult in the school who catches them being respectful. They can turn one part of their ticket in to go to lunch 5 minutes early and the other portion to be kept in a collection bucket for a school wide drawing for prizes on November 15 and again on December 20! #cardinalscaretickets
Check out, what Mrs. Chandler's husband is up to while he is deployed in Afghanistan! He is currently in Afghanistan serving as a physician’s assistant. https://www.runnersworld.com/runners-stories/a29459297/solider-runs-chicago-marathon-in-afghanistan/
Congratulations to our baseball team on a great season. We are proud of your accomplishments! It was great to see the support from our community!
Picture day is TOMORROW! If you’ve misplaced your order form, he is the link you can order from. https://inter-state.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=86bf98013aa8c9ab0f4f283a9&id=4b059cee34&e=7b6dc7c176
Don't forget that PICTURE DAY is Friday!!
Potomac-Armstrong Cardinals baseball team will play St. Matthew Raiders on Saturday at 11:00 am at the Knights of Columbus field in Rantoul! We hope to see you all there to cheer on the boys! ⚾️
Are you in need of firewood? Potomac Grade School has a deal for you! Tree limb is down, you clean it up, and all the wood is yours! Email me at email@example.com if you’re interested! Please share!