Communicator

THE PLS WEEKLY COMMUNICATOR

SCHOOL: (253) 537-1901
CHURCH: (253) 537-5492
EXTENDED CARE: (253) 720-4405
www.parklandlutheran.org

“We Would See Jesus”
September 21, 2020

THE PLS COMMUNICATOR IS YOUR PRIMARY SOURCE OF INFORMATION

GRADELINK
Your child’s Gradelink account is a great resource for finding information about your child’s attendance, recorded volunteer hours, grades & assignments (grades 3 thru 8), updates from your child’s teacher, etc. An email was sent today with information about how to login to your child’s account.

WATER BOTTLES
Students are encouraged to bring a personal water bottle to school every day as water fountains have been disabled due to Covid-19 restrictions.

DRESS CODE REMINDERS
Please remember this aspect of our dress code:

  • Shoes: A laced up tied/Velcro shoe in a SOLID color of navy, brown/khaki, black, grey, or white is encouraged, but will allow a shoe that has a combination of the above colors. No other colors or decorations should be on the shoe. Logos are alright, but no patterns/characters (e.g. – checkered shoe or pictures). Shoestrings should be white or match the shoe color. Shoes should be closed toe, and heels are not to exceed 2 inches. Boots may be worn for outside wear but are to be removed upon entering the classroom. Please note: The Board of Christian Education has given the provisional go ahead for girls to wear “booties” at PLS, providing they meet the following guidelines:
    • The bootie must be of uniform shoe color (navy, brown/khaki, black, grey, or white).
    • The bootie should not have any pattern or pictures.
    • The bootie heel should not exceed 2 inches.
    • The bootie should not exceed 2 inches above the ankle bone.

PLS CLOTHING ORDERS
An order form for PLS T-shirts, sweatshirts, & jackets was sent home with students last week. This will be the only opportunity to order PLS clothing during the 2020/21 school year. Remember, PLS T-shirts may be worn on Fridays, for field trips, and are required for P.E. in grades 5 thru 8. Order forms may be turned in via your child’s take home folder no later than Monday, September 28. (Checks should be made payable to PLS Boosters.) Order forms can also be found on the PLS website.

NEW BIRTHDAY TREAT PROCEDURES
If you would like to drop-off treats for your child’s birthday, please make an appointment with the school office prior to bringing the treats. Please note: Due to Covid-19 restrictions birthday & holiday treats must be store-bought; no homemade treats for birthdays & holidays. Also, please remember that we are a nut-free campus. Treats must not contain peanuts/tree nuts or be made in a facility with peanuts/tree nuts. Thank you for your help in keeping our students safe.

INTRODUCTION TO LUTHERANISM CLASSES
All parents who are not members of Parkland Lutheran Church are expected to attend the “Introduction to Lutheranism” class, preferably the first year they have students at PLS. In this class you will hear what your children will be taught in their religious instruction and you will have an opportunity to discuss and ask questions. If you cannot make it to the class, please let the office know, perhaps a later offering of this class can be arranged. Pastor Gullixson will teach this class from 6:30pm to 7:30 pm on the evenings of Tuesday, October 6 & 13. We will meet in the church sanctuary, entering through the church doors on 123rd St S (Dominoes side of school).

We will also be offering a class called “Christianity 101” which goes into more detail regarding the teachings of the Christian faith. Some take this class to become members of Parkland Lutheran Church, others take it as a refresher course and still others take the class to learn more what Parkland Lutheran Church & School teaches. This fifteen-week class will meet on Tuesdays, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm, in the upstairs conference room of the Church. If you are interested in taking this class, please contact the church office at 253-537-5492.

REMIND 101
In an effort to continue open communication with our parents, we are using the Remind101 program. This service allows PLS to instantly text you with important information, such as school closings due to weather or other school wide notifications. Please consider subscribing to this automated text service, if you have not done so already. You can unsubscribe at any time. To subscribe, text @PLS to 81010 or visit https://www.remind.com/join/pls using class code is @pls.

YEARLY AND MONTHLY CALENDAR
Calendars are available electronically on PLS website. Changes will be announced in the Communicator.

VOLUNTEER HOURS
This year, PLS will require that each family fulfill a total of 10 volunteer hours. These hours are to be completed between the first and last day of the school year by parents/guardians (defined by mutual agreement between the administration and parents). At the end of the school year, any unfulfilled volunteer hours will be billed at $20.00 per hour.

  • In order to receive credit for your volunteer time, please use the PLS Volunteer Voucher that can be found on the Volunteer Hours page of our website. To access the page you will need to use the following password: vikings
  • Completed volunteer vouchers can be emailed to the school office at school@parklandlutheran.org.
  • To view your recorded hours, please visit your child’s Gradelink account or the Volunteer Hours page of our website.

PLS BOOSTERS CLUB
The PLS Boosters Club is composed of parents, teachers, and friends of PLS, who are active in sponsoring activities beneficial to both home and school. The mission of the Boosters is to facilitate a close working relationship and better understanding among the Board of Christian Education, teachers, and parents, so that parents play a supportive role in the training of our children and to develop such united efforts as will secure for our children the highest advantages in the physical, mental, social, and spiritual developments. All parents and friends of PLS are invited to attend meetings and to get involved when volunteers are requested!

The first PLS Booster Club meeting of the 2020-21 school year will be Thursday, October 15, at 6:30pm. Meetings will be held in the Music Room Portable. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend. Time spent at meetings counts toward required volunteer hours!

SCRIP CARDS
Purchasing SCRIP cards is another way to help our school. Do you shop at Safeway or Wal-Mart for your groceries? Do you get your morning coffee at Starbucks? If so, using SCRIP cards to pay is a great way to support our school! SCRIP cards are regular gift cards, but when you buy them through the SCRIP program PLS gets a kickback for every gift card sold! Order forms can be found on the Boosters page of our website. Orders turned in by the 1st of the month will be available for pick-up by the 15th of the month. Thank you in advance for your help!

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION APP
You can help support our school thru the Box Tops for Education app! The Box Tops app makes it easy! No clipping. No sending Box Tops to school. All you need is a smart phone. Download the Box Tops app, shop as you normally would, then simply scan your store receipts to find participating products. The app will automatically credit our school’s Box Tops earnings online! To download the app: Android users click here; iPhone users click here.

SHUTTERFLY
Help support PLS thru Shutterfly. Simply visit parklandlutheran.shutterflystorefront.com to make your Shutterfly purchases and PLS will earn 8% on every order placed! Shutterfly is great place make personalized Christmas cards & gifts!

AMAZON SMILE
Amazon Smile is a simple and automatic way for you to support our school every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price (0.5%) to Parkland Lutheran School Boosters. Find out more about this wonderful program at http://smile.amazon.com/about.

A LOOK AHEAD

WED 9/23
Chapel Day

SUN 9/27
PLC Early Service 8:00am (in-person)
PLC Sunday School 9:15am (in-person)
PLC Adult Bible Class 9:15am (in-person & online)
PLC Late Service 10:30am (in-person & online)

MON 9/28
PLS Clothing Orders Due

WED 9/30
Chapel Day

FRI 10/2
Last Day to Wear Uniform Shorts