Welcome to Platte River Academy! We are a public school of choice in the Douglas County School District. You will see, as you read the many links and pages on this website, that this school was not started with a “business as usual” idea or model. Our school was started to rewrite the rulebook and to extend the boundaries of the “possible.” We have had a magnificent strategy and it has worked brilliantly for over 18 years. We are very committed to continuing the school’s success and progress.
PRA is a charter school that has earned many prestigious awards, including the John Irwin School of Excellence Award (every year since 2001) and the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award. These are some incredible honors and they showcase all of the care, love, and hard work that has gone into this school.Click here for full article...
Feb 12, 3-4 pm
Lone Tree Library Event Hall
The 4th/5th Grade Girl Scout Troop is working to earning their Bronze Award by helping families with ALS through a yoga fundraiser! Please come to our Community Yoga Event that has been planned and executed by some very excited and hardworking 4th and 5th grade girls! There is no set fee for the event – just donations at the door. All donations will be used by the troop to purchase ingredients and make freezer meals for local ALS families. If you can only join us in spirit but would like to make a donation to the meals fund, please contact Heather Price (email@example.com) or Karyn LeFevre (1st grade IA at the school). Thank you for your support! Please see the Feb 2 e-folder for additional information.
We are opening up the opportunity to order Spirit Wear again. Order Deadline is 2/9/17. If you are interested, please see the January 19th e-folder or check your child’s Thursday folder. Thanks, PRA PTO
It’s time to get ready for the Happy Camper Book Fair! The Book Fair is the primary source of funding for new books for the PRA library, so we appreciate all the community support we can get. Help is needed with decorating, working the fair, and setting up/taking down. We will decorate the week of February 21, set up March 4, run the fair from March 6-9, and take down March 10. If you are interested in volunteering, please click on this link to SignUp.com. If you are interested in helping with decorations, please contact Jennifer McCullum directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every February, all PRA families have the opportunity to voice their opinion about the current school year by taking the annual Operations and Academic Surveys offered by the School Accountability Committee (SAC). This year’s surveys will be available for you to take online from February 3-21. Your input is very important to us, and the more people who participate, the more useful the data collected will be.
Every family will receive a link to the Operations Survey to be taken first, and then from there, you’ll be directed to academic surveys for each of your children. Last year, 86% of families completed the Operations Survey (a record!), while 74% of our families completed academic surveys. We recognize that everyone is busy, and taking the time to complete surveys may be tough to squeeze into daily life. For your convenience, we are making the survey available on our new PRA app!
Additionally, as our way of encouraging families to take the surveys, we are offering 6th – 8th grades an extra dress of choice day in March if at least 80% of their families complete the surveys. If 80% or more Kindergarten through 5th grade families participate in the surveys, those grades will get to have an ice cream party for their classrooms. A very special “Choice of Shoe and Sock Day” will be awarded if 90% of the entire school turn in their surveys. Please help your kids get these fun days by letting us know your level of satisfaction with various aspects of PRA via these surveys. Both of the surveys are completely anonymous and no one will know exactly who is submitting the answers. We will share the results with you in a March newsletter article.
Please watch for an email next Thursday, February 2nd, with the link to the Operations Survey. The link will also be available on our homepage throughout the survey window (Feb. 3- 21). Thank you for letting your voice be heard!!
2nd Quarter/1st Semester 2016-2017
Dear PRA Parents,
The 2nd quarter and 1st semester have come to a close and the teachers have prepared the student’s report cards for your review. You will need to login to Schoology and check your children’s report card grades by following these steps:
1. Select your child from the pull down menu at the top-right of the screen
2. Click on the Grades link in the left navigation
3. Click on the Report Card button
4. Select All courses
5. Select the 2nd Quarter and 1st Semester grading periods
6. Click Submit to view the student’s report card.
Behavior based information is currently being covered in the comments area for the Homeroom section when necessary. Kindergarten through 5th grade teachers are now using a Behavior Rubric to best communicate this information. You will need to open the Homeroom section for 2nd quarter to review the specific details for each child.
Please don’t be alarmed when you see a grade for Homeroom now. Attendance information for the quarter is also listed in the Homeroom comments section. We are working on ways to make this meaningful and efficient and welcome your feedback regarding this change.
If you have questions about grades specifically, please email your teachers. If you have questions about Schoology please send them to the helpdesk.
Director of Innovation and Student Leadership
The 2nd semester has begun and we’re looking forward to sharing some of our new communication plans with the PRA community. Thank you to everyone that participated in the Fall Focus Groups! We learned valuable insights from the 14 different sessions and multiple one on one conversations. The team has begun working with a graphic artist to update the logo and branding elements that will be presented in a survey at the end of February. Once we have these finalized the updated newsletter and website will be developed. Our focus for 3rd quarter will be Facebook, Twitter and the PRA App. Please like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and download our app.
Make every shot count!
Contest ends on: May 4th – 10am
Make sure you label bags with grade and teacher! New for this contest, no mid-contest updates on where every class stands! The class money will be spent however that class/teacher decides – pizza party, popcorn party, etc. Only 1 winner: 1 Class 1 Teacher
Winner gets: Class = $75 GC, Teacher = $100 GC
When: January 27th, 2017
Where: PRA Gym
Please join us for BINGO, Pizza, Snacks, and Prizes! The link to register for Bingo Night is: Bingo Family Fun Night
Please register by Wednesday, January 25th at 11:00pm so that we can have an accurate count for who is coming and how much pizza to get! When placing your RSVP, there is NO charge for this event, but you need to complete the registration just as you would if there was a fee and get the email confirmation at the end. If you do not receive an email confirmation, your RSVP WAS NOT COUNTED!!!
If you have any trouble or questions, please contact Heidi Kruglet at email@example.com.
Looking forward to seeing you all there!!!!
Please continue to donate your gift wrap tubes to PRA Science Olympiad. Our team is competing in a bottle rocket event, and thin-tubed gift-wrap rolls are ideal nose cones. If you find yourself with the empty rolls, please send them to Mr. Willsea in room 18.
Colorado State Chess Champion Lior Lapid and assistant coach Mike Lavelle are excited to coach a new session of PRA Chess Club! Students will learn the fundamentals of chess strategy in the opening, the most common tactical motifs in the middlegame, and critical checkmating techniques in the endgame. All participants are eligible to play in K-6 scholastic tournaments, conveniently held at Platte River Academy. Watch next week’s e-folder for dates, cost and registration information or contact Lior Lapid at firstname.lastname@example.org.
KidStage is a theatre and acting class for kids! The curriculum includes concentration, teamwork, improvisation, movement, voice and basic theatre terminology. At the end of the class, KidStage kids will perform for peers and parents. This session we will be performing the show WONKA! All children enrolled in the class will be cast as a role in the play (max of 20 students) and all rehearsals and the performance will be held at PRA. Rehearsals are on Monday afternoons beginning on 1/23, so please register ASAP if your child would like to be involved. For more information and details, please check our flier in the PRA e-folder.
This year’s Talent Show is Friday, March 3rd from 6-8:30p.m., in the PRA gym. We will have two shows again this year. Tryouts are from 3:30p-5:30p
Monday, February 6
Tuesday, February 7
Wednesday, February 8
Sign up sheets will be posted outside Ms. Cole’s room.
PLEASE COME FOR YOUR TRYOUTS COMPLETELY PREPARED WITH YOUR ENTIRE GROUP, YOUR ACCOMPANIMENT, COSTUME AND ACT AS YOU WOULD PERFORM IT.
We will not accept any same day write ins or partial acts for tryouts. Students must be signed up prior to Monday, February 6th to tryout.
The Spring Semester of the PRA Singers will start Thursday Jan 19 in the afternoons only from 3:15- 4:45. We will be part of the Spring Musical production of Mulan Jr. All 4-6th grade students are invited to attend.
The fee is $50.00 for the semester. See Ms. Cole for more information.
Also, if you have choreography experience and need volunteer hours, please contact Ms Cole!
Please see the Jan 12th e-folder for the 12/12/2016 PTO meeting Minutes.
Dates for the first week of girls basketball:
Thursday, Jan. 12th, Open Gym 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Tuesday, Jan. 17th, A/B Team Tryouts, 3:30pm to 5pm
Wednesday, Jan. 18th, A/B Team Tryouts, 3:30pm to 5pm
* Parent Meeting on January 18th from 5pm to 5:30pm
Thursday, January 19th , Combined A/B Team practice 3:30pm – 5:00pm
* Remember, all players need a current physical on file with the athletic department before tryouts.
For more information, contact Mr. Pascua at email@example.com
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