A Message from Dr. Cottongim, Principal
It is a privilege to serve as principal of Pigeon Forge Primary. On behalf of all the staff members, I would like to welcome everyone to Pigeon Forge Primary!! Our Pre-K – 4th school has an outstanding reputation, and I am proud to be part of such a wonderful program. Pigeon Forge Primary is filled with enthusiastic students willing to learn, supportive parents/guardians interested in their children's education, and a dedicated professional staff committed to providing the students with a quality education.
Calendar of Events
As this school year comes to a close, our minds and hearts are filled to the brim. It’s been a great year! What a school! Together we’ve learned much and shared experiences that will long remain with us. The strength of our community and wholehearted passion to make our school a wonderful place has helped all of us make Pigeon Forge Primary truly a special place.
Special thanks to all of you who have contributed to making this year one of the best. Each staff member, student, parent, principal advisory board, and community member has been a pleasure to work with and I can’t wait to reach even higher goals with our students next year.
Recently, I’ve been reading a book about play based learning and how play contributes significantly to brain growth and development. My summer reading list includes a book entitled, Last Child in the Woods, by Richard Louv. This book describes what he calls Nature Deficit Disorder and the positive benefits of outdoor exploration on children’s physical and emotional health. May your summer be filled with play, exploration, and lots of time spent outdoors. This is a great way to learn and we live in an amazing place for it, don’t we?
This last month of May offers many opportunities for our children. I hope to see many of you at the music programs, award programs, field days, and picnics. I want to thank everyone that helped with and attended our Appalachian Day. It was the biggest and best ever and our students had the opportunity to mingle with many of our community members and learn about the history of our county.
To those of you who are leaving us for new places and adventures, we wish you all the best. Congratulations to our very capable 4th graders who are onto a new stage in their academic career! And, our best to Ms. Sharon Brunson (SPED Teacher) and (Cafeteria team member) that are leaving and beginning a new phase in their life. You’ve been a gift to us here at Pigeon Forge Primary and will be greatly missed. To everyone have a great summer!
MORNING DROP OFF PROCEDURES CHANGES
I want to thank each of my parents who have cooperated with the guidelines of our “Paws Line.” It is so important that each of us at school and home work together to ensure the safety of each of our students. As we enter our second semester of school, I continue to consider the safety of our students and how to continue making our school the safest in our county. Starting Wednesday, January 6, 2016, we will not be allowing any visitors to go to breakfast or the cafeteria in the mornings. Our cafeteria is at the far end of our building, and there is a lot of movement in the halls before school. Our teachers on bus duty must manage all hallways and ensure rooms and bathrooms are safe for our students at all times. If your child does not ride the bus, we encourage parents to use the car rider line each morning. Our SRO officer and/or another adult open the car doors and make sure your child is safely in the building. If you must bring your child in, you will be asked to give that last hug at the “Paws Line” and from 7:00 – 8:00 an adult will be there to relay any messages or concerns to your child’s teacher. If your child does not get to school before 8:05 they are considered tardy and an adult must walk them into the office. We will continue to allow adults to eat lunch with their children if their name is on the emergency card in the office and encourage our parents to attend all school functions as well as parent/teacher conferences. Please call us anytime if you have a concern about your child.
Please help us to make this a positive experience at Pigeon Forge Primary. We have our students’ safety and education in mind.
Thank you for your support,