For the upcoming 2022-2023 school year, the only students that will receive free or reduced price meals are those meeting the eligibility requirements of the USDA Free and Reduced Price Meal Program. Free and Reduced Price Meal Applications will be available at all school sites during the summer and at the beginning of the new school year.
The Tennessee Department of Education, in collaboration with Tennessee PBS, has launched Starting with Sounds, a Reading 360 statewide awareness campaign to help Tennessee parents and students understand the importance of reading in an engaging and fun way.
A Letter from Carey Woods, Principal September 16, 2022
Greeting Mountaineer Parents/Guardians:
It is hard to believe that Monday ends our first six weeks of school. Our students have already accomplished several learning targets, Parks as Classroom activities, and exceeded Good Attendance rates. Our school theme is “Learning is a Journey and not a Destination” and it ties in with our October Awareness month themes: Anti- Bullying, Good Decision Making, and Together for Substance Prevention.
Parent/Teacher conferences are Tuesday, September 20 from 3:00 – 5:00. Please contact your child’s teacher if you would like an appointment.
Student Picture Day is Friday, September 23.
5th Grade is off to Tremont, September 26 -28, for an exciting Learning Journey.
Grade Card Day is Tuesday, September 27.
Fall Break is October 10 - 14. No School.
Fire Safety week kicks off on Monday, October 3 with the Gatlinburg Fire Department welcoming students to school that morning. Fire Trucks and GFD personnel will be in our school parking lot in the morning when you drop your child off, and I am requesting you mention this to your child before arrival so he/she understands that the Fire Department is not here on an emergency call; rather, they are here all week to discuss Fire Safety/Awareness.
Red Ribbon week will close out the month of October, and it is an opportune time for you to talk with your child about making good decisions, substance abuse and prevention, internet safety, and safety practices while living in a tourism community.
School events, field trip updates, and grade level happenings are on our school website, posted in the six weeks newsletter, webpages, Class Dojo, and our school Twitter account. Please keep in mind, your best source for information is your child’s classroom teacher.
UPDATED CONTACT INFORMATION: Please communicate to the office staff and your child’s teacher if you have a change of address or phone number. The phone number on your child’s emergency card is the one that will be utilized to contact you during school closures because of inclement weather conditions.
In closing, I wish to remind all families how important daily attendance and promptness to school is for your child. PBP is striving to decrease the school’s chronic absenteeism rate, and we need your support. At the spring awards program, students receive perfect attendance awards and good attendance awards for missing 3 days or less. We also provide end of six weeks perfect attendance incentives, honor roll incentives, and student of the month celebrations.
Thank you for your partnership and assistance.
Carey Woods, Principal