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Get to know Mrs. Pemberton!

 

My name is Annie Pemberton, and I am excited to be your child's second grade teacher this year at Creekside! I have been teaching for eleven years, and am part of the first Creekside family to help open this top-rated, Tomball school. I am a Tomball alumnus, and then went on to get my bachelor’s degree in Education from St. Edwards University. I am EC-4 and ESL certified. I am blessed to be married with two sons. Kash is my charismatic and confident 5-year-old who attends Kindergarten here at Creekside, and Kross is my sweet, sensitive, and sneaky 2-year-old. I have taught fourth, first, and second grades throughout my teaching career, but second grade is my favorite! I cannot wait to create new knowledge through memorable learning experiences with your child this year in second grade!

 

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Week of September 18-22

Announcements:
  • Parent Information night has been scheduled for this Thursday, September 21, from 6PM to 7:45PM for all students, grades Kindergarten through fifth.  We will begin our evening in the cafeteria with a PTO meeting where officers will be introduced and their annual budget presented.  Parents will then move to the classrooms for a 30 minute teacher presentation about grade level expectations and procedures. Teachers will make their presentations a second time for parents who have more than one classroom to visit. Parents are also invited to meet with our Specialists, Specials Teachers, and Librarian. If at all possible, we ask that children not attend this event.  Seating is limited in our classrooms and the information presented is geared for parents. That evening, parents may sign up in our computer lab to participate in the Watch Dog program. Due to high demand, we are only able to schedule one Watch Dog day per family.  Additionally, parents must complete a Volunteer Application found on the district job posting to participate in the Watch Dog program.  We look forward to seeing you at CFES on Thursday, September 21 to hear more about our PTO and our school. 
  • I will have the Fall Parent-Teacher Conference Sign-Up Sheet at Parent Orientation. I look forward to meeting with you to discuss your child's progress!
 
What are we learning this week?
Reading - Students will continue to work on their comprehension and reading skills. Students will be identifying the Author's Purpose (to persuade, to inform, to entertain) of a text. We will practice answering "think" questions vs.  "thin questions" questions. Thin questions can be easily answered (ex: what is the setting?). Thick questions require you to think and search for the answer (ex: Why do you think...?). 
 
Writing - Students will continue to work on the writing process. We will focus on revising and editing their personal narrative stories. Revising makes the writing SOUND better, whereas editing makes the writing LOOK better. 
 
Math - We will begin to learn about and review place value. We will review place value up to 999 and then move on to place value up to 1,200. Students will be able to write a number different ways (standard form, word form, expanded form, and base 10 blocks). Place value is a VERY important skill. Many skills will continue to build on this concept. 
 
Science - Students will continue to identify physical properties of objects. They will measure the mass of an object by using a balance scale and a thermometer to measure the temperature of water at various temperatures. Students will also record data based on their observations.
 
Social Studies - Students will continue to practice map skills by creating and labeling maps. Students will have a major grade assessment on Friday, September 22nd. 
 
See you all on Thursday evening! 
~Annie Pemberton

Update: September 11-15th

Spelling Words:
clap, spot, end, skin, ponds, drum, plan, men, must, flat, kept, twin, brushes, family, after, little
 
A review for the math Addition & Subtraction Strategies Assessment went home in red folders today. This is to be used as a study tool in preparation for the test on Friday.

Week of September 11th-15th

What's happening this week? (9/11-9/15) 

  • Our Parent Orientation has been rescheduled for Thursday, September 21st from 6:00-7:45.  Following a brief PTO meeting in the cafeteria, you may move to your child's classroom.  There are 2 identical sessions for those of you with more than one grade level to visit.  These are 6:30-7:00 and 7:00-7:00 with a few minutes between for transition.  I look forward to seeing you all then. This informational meeting is attended for parents/guardians only. Please plan in advance for child care so that younger siblings do not attend. There will be limited space and lots of information headed your way!

  • This week, students will take the online STAR Reading and Math beginning of the year assessments. It is important that students take their time and give their best effort for these assessments. I will also begin assessing each student using our district screener in order to update independent reading levels. In order to be an independent reader, the student must be strong in word recognition, oral fluency, and comprehension (both literal and inferential).

  • We are in need of a Wednesday Folder parent-volunteer to come to school each week and fill our Wednesday Folders! If you are interested, please e-mail me to confirm.
  • Second Grade moves quick and promotes independent work/study skills in preparation for third grade.Please reinforce the importance of following multi-step directions upon first request, listening to learn during direct teach, independent time-on-task, and work ethic (effort, completion, neatness).
  • If you are able to donate gel pens, treasure chest items, classroom library books, colored pencils, thin markers, or stickers...we can never get enough!
Curriculum Updates: What are we learning this week?
 
Reading- Students will identify similarities and differences between fiction and informational/non-fiction text. Students will also continue to work on their independent reading skills, strategies and stamina. 
 
Writing- Students will continue to work on their understanding of the writing process. Students will continue drafting a narrative story that focuses on a small moment, stays on topic and has a beginning, middle, and end. 
Students will take the second Spelling Test of the year on Friday. The pre-test will be taken in your child's planner on Monday.
 
Math- Students will be reviewing addition and subtraction strategies to solve problems and generating addition and subtraction word problems. Students will have a major grade assessment on Friday, September 15th.  
Math fact checks will be taken on Tuesdays. These are "ungraded" for the first nine weeks, but used to help students practice the facts and prepare for next nine weeks when they will be taken for a grade. Students need to master addition and subtraction facts up to 20 and be able to solve each problem within 5 seconds. (a total of 2 minutes for the entire sheet)
 
Science- This week, students will begin learning physical properties of objects (size, shape, color, flexibility and hardness). 
 
Social Studies - Students will begin their study of maps. Students will be able to identify and use key parts of a map. 
 
Looking forward to another hard-working week in second grade!
~Mrs. Pemberton
 

Tuesday, September 5th

So grateful to see ALL of my new friends return safely to school today. 
  • Students will have their first Spelling Test on Friday of this week on the words written in their Planner. Students are expected to correctly spell each word, and write 3 dictation sentences using words for the week within each sentence. Because this is the first week of Spelling, I will post the words to study. Often, students struggle with writing small and with accuracy in their Planner at the beginning of the school year.
  • Spelling words: band, send, hits, frog, jug, help, desk, wind, flap, hunt, clap, next, slip, over, new
  • Please make sure students are reading every night and minutes are logged in their Planner in the designated section. Students should also practice their math facts (addition/subtraction up to 20)
  • Please do not forget to initial your child's Planner EVERY night. This is used as a primary communication tool between school and home. 
 
Looking forward to a great week with my second grade friends!
Annie Pemberton

Wednesday, August 23rd

What an amazing group of kids and families I am blessed to be working with this year in second grade! As your child begins to learn the classroom procedures and expectations, please be aware of a few "must-haves:"
 
  • The Red Folder should be used as a communication and organizational tool that is sent to and from school on a daily basis. Anything located on the "Wednesday Folder" side, must be emptied daily.
  • Your child must also bring his/her Planner with them to school on a daily basis. This needs to be initialed by a parent nightly and reading minutes recorded at the bottom of the page on the chart provided. Students will earn a sticker in their Planner every day if a conduct mark is not given. If your child earns a conduct mark, he/she will have a brief explanation written in their Planner and it will be counted against their conduct grade for the nine-week marking period. All reminders and assessments will be recorded in your child's Planner weekly, as well as the Spelling List for the week.
  • Please send in a pair of headphones (labeled & in a baggie) with your child ASAP!

Calendar:

August 31st- Parent Information Night 6:00 pm 

September 4th- No School (Labor Day)

 

The LAST Week of Second Grade...

I cannot believe that the end of your child's second grade year here at Creekside is almost complete! I am filled with joy at the academic progress made in each and every student in my class, as well as sadness at the thought of them not being with me again next year. They are truly like my own!
 
Reminders:
  • There is NO SCHOOL on Monday, May 29th.
  • Please continue to empty your child's backpack NIGHTLY. They are heavy as we continue to send home Workbooks and school supplies. 
  • We will have a Read-In and Game Day on Wednesday, May 31st. Please have your child bring a special book and board game to school on Wednesday. School-appropriate electronic games are acceptable.
  • Our last Class Auction will be held on Thursday, the last day of school! Donations will be greatly appreciated! 
  • Please pick up all medication from the nurse by June 1, 2017.  All medication not picked up by the last day of school will be destroyed.
  • Lost and found items, located on the table outside the library, will be donated June 1st. Please check for any lost items that may belong to you.
  • The Perfect Attendance and Presidential Award Ceremony will be held Tuesday, May 30 at 3:00. Eligible students have received an invitation to this event.
  • End-of Year Parties will be from 11:30-12:30 on Thursday, June 1st. Students may be dismissed with a parent without penalty.  General dismissal will be at 12:50.

Weekly Update: May 22-26

Weekly Update: May 22-26th

  • Camp Learned-A-Lot will continue this week in second grade!  We are doing camp-themed academic spiral review assignments to reinforce previously learned skills. Stuffed animals and blankets need to stay at home this week, but please continue to send a flashlight for campfire reading.
  • *Students received their yearbooks on Friday. They turned out beautifully and the students were excited to hunt for themselves throughout the book!  Please send the yearbooks back on Friday, May 26th for Autograph Day! Please also send a colored Sharpie/Permanent Marker with your child to use for signing.
  • A note from our counselor: I would love your input as to what you value the most and feel is the most essential part of a comprehensive counseling program.  If you could respond to the survey below, that would be wonderful in helping me tailor the program to meet the needs of our students here at CFES!
  • https://goo.gl/forms/Uzf4DdOvBn3eRY7I3
  • This week we will participate in some fun activities at CFES!  We will attend a Cultural Arts Performance in the cafeteria, visit 4th Grade's Wax Museum, and have an author visit! The Second Grade Spelling Bee will be held on Friday. This will be a student-only event. Due to student-anxieties and space-limitations, families are not invited to attend. Thank you for your understanding as students compete for the first time in front of their peers. We will take photos of the participants in action!
  • Please empty your child's backpack NIGHTLY, as supplies will begin being sent home this week.
Looking forward to another fun week with my soon-to-be third graders!

Weekly Update: May 15-19

Updates & Reminders: 

There will be no more spelling tests, literacy bags, or homework. Please continue to encourage your child to read and write daily, as well as practice their multiplication facts...this will maintain and strengthen necessary academic skills in preparation for third grade.
 
Thursday will be our last library visit for the year. ALL books are due and need to be turned in. 
 
The Dance Party that students earned from Creekfest donations will be held on Friday, during Specials. 
 
We have our next Class Auction this Friday. Any donations would be greatly appreciated. Classroom Economy has been a tool used for motivation and money management this nine weeks in second grade!
 
We started our 2nd Grade annual "Camp Learned A Lot" today. Students read by the campfire during Stamina time and are encouraged to bring a flashlight, stuffed animal, and blanket daily. Students will complete a variety of "camping-themed" activities this week! 
 
What are we learning this week?
 
Reading & Writing - Students will camping mentor texts to practice & review reading and writing skills.  
 
Math - Students will be using a variety of strategies to solve division problems (repeated addition and equal groups). We will still continue to practice multiplication as well. 
Students will also be doing extension activities and problem solving activities to review and extend their learning for previously taught objectives. 
Students will be taking the 2nd Grade End of Year District Benchmark TOMORROW, TUESDAY, MAY 16TH. Please encourage your child to eat a good breakfast. Students need to read each question carefully and take their time. 
 
Science - Students will participate in many "STEM" science activities. Students will take the 2nd Grade District Science Benchmark on THURSDAY, MAY 18th. 
 
Social Studies- Students will continue learning about land-forms and bodies of water. Students need to know: river, lake, ocean, hill, mountain, valley, peninsula, island, plain, canyon, plateau, bay, glaciers. Students will have a major grade assessment on Friday, May 19th. 

Field Day Update

Parents,

Your child will participate in field day this week. K-2nd grade will be on Thursday from 9:30-12:30, and 3rd -5th grade will be on Friday from 9:30-12:30. Please make sure that they wear the color that their teacher has given them, and tennis shoes. Field day attire must follow the school dress code. Kindergarten lunch is from 10:30-11:00, 1st grade from 11:00-11:30, and 2nd grade is from 11:30-12:00. Grades 3-5 will eat after the games at 12:30. If you did not order a box lunch for your student, please be sure to send your student with a sack lunch. On Friday the cafeteria will be closed, and will not be serving the regular menu to ANY grades. Only box lunches that were pre ordered, will be served on Friday. Please pack a lunch on Friday as well, if you did not order a box lunch.

Please make sure that your student puts on sunscreen/bug spray before they come to school. Please send them with a water bottle and towel for picnicking as well. We are hoping for beautiful weather, but you never know what could happen. Unless it is storming, we will plan to go on with the day. Thank you for allowing your child to participate. We are looking forward to 2 days full of fun!

Coach Baxter & Coach V

debrabaxter@tomballisd.net
281-357-4526 phone ext. 3911 

Weekly Update: May 8-12

Announcements:

  • What a week of spoiling for this second-grade teacher! I am so blessed by the BEST students and families this year in second grade. I absolutely felt so appreciated and loved every day! The heart-felt notes, flowers, and gifts made me truly value my job even more! I am one lucky teacher, thanks to YOU!!
  • Our class earned NO HOMEWORK this week! Students will still be required to prepare for the Spelling Test on Friday. There will not be a challenge list this week.
  • Our last Class Auction is approaching! If you are able to donate items for the students to purchase, using their classroom economy income, this would be greatly appreciated!
  • Students in grades 3, 4, and 5, will have an opportunity to show all that they’ve learned this year as they take a variety of STAAR tests.   
    • May 8th, 2017:  3rd, 4th Math STAAR, 5th retest (I will be administering the STAAR Test and will have a sub on this day).
    • May 9th, 2017: 3rd, 4th Reading STAAR, 5th retest (I will be administering the STAAR Test and will have a sub on this day).
    • May 10th, 2017: 5th Science STAAR

Due to the security of this testing process, all parents (Kinder through 5th grade), will eat lunch with their children on other dates. Volunteers are also asked to reschedule their time. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter. Here at Creekside Forest, we have the most amazing parents who provide their time and care to volunteer and make our school a nurturing environment.

  • Thursday, May 11th-  Field Day: 2nd Grade students wear BLUE! Make sure your child is in clothes appropriate for athletic activity, and that those clothes still meet CFES dress code. They need to wear closed-toe shoes, too.  Please apply sunscreen to your child before they come to school.  Send a sack lunch unless you pre-ordered lunch from the cafeteria.
  • Friday, May 12th- the cafeteria will be closed. All students need to bring a lunch from home. 
  • Friday, May 12th- SALSA party 2:15-3:15, come enjoy homemade salsa from our garden vegetables. We will also show group technology projects and individual projects will be displayed. Click the link to view the invitation: https://goo.gl/f5Erux. You will be able to sign your child out after the party. We are in need of a few donations for our upcoming Garden Celebration.  We need 3 bags of tortilla chips, such as Tostitos or a similar brand for dipping. We also need 30-40 small sized water bottles for our class.  If you are able to donate, please send me an e-mail.  We will need these supplies by Thursday, May 11th in order to prepare.
  • The week of May 15th - We will start our annual 2nd grade Camp Learned A-Lot. Students will need to bring in a flashlight (labeled with their name), and a stuffed animal. Please let me know if you are able to donate a small tent to the class during the two weeks of camping. It needs to be small enough to fit on our round rug and easy to assemble. The tent will be returned at the completion of our camping experience!

What are we learning?

Reading: Students are going to be participating in a book study and will focus on reading strategies and comprehension skills. Students will independently read and respond to the text.

Writing: Students will be working on procedural writing, as they explain "how to make salsa" and practice using strong word choice (Salsa Words) in their writing. 

Math: Students will begin learning how to solve multiplication problems different ways. Students will learn how to solve problems using repeated addition, arrays and equal groups.

We will still have our weekly math fact check on Tuesdays (addition and subtraction), but we will also begin multiplication fact checks (not for a grade). Students will all begin on x0,x1,x2 facts and as they master the facts they will move on to x3, x4, and so on. 

We will also be reviewing previously taught 2nd Grade objectives. Students will take their end of the year District Math Benchmark Test on Tuesday, May 16th. 

Science: Students will be working on their garden project! Students will be creating a poster or box to display their data from their project. 

Social Studies: Students will continue to learn about landforms and bodies of water. 

Looking forward to our BUSY week ahead!

~Mrs. Pemberton

Weekly Update: May 1-5

What are we learning this week?
 
Reading: Students will be completing book studies on assigned chapter books. Students will read the text and respond to their reading.Students will also be assessed on their end of the year reading levels. 
 
Writing:Students will continue working on the writing process and will also focus on writing expository text. Students will have a district expository major grade writing prompt this week. 
Spelling Words: city, sail, nice, cell, price, cent, call, kitten, cable, basket, face, police, cupcake, place, second, once
 
Math:Students will continue their study of financial literacy and money. They will have a major grade assessment on Friday, May 5th.
 
Social Studies: Students will begin studying landforms.
Read about landforms: http://mocomi.com/landforms/
 
Science:Students will continue studying animals and identify how physical adaptations help  them survive in their environments. 
 
 
***Garden Project:*** This is a big deal for our 2nd graders and our school! This "project based learning" project will be coming to end soon and the kids have done a great job planting, researching, caring for and making observations in the garden.
Students need to bring in a shoe box OR a poster board to display all of their data from their project. Students will be creating a slideshow of their pictures and data and creating a display to "show off" during our Salsa Party celebration.
Our salsa party will be on MAY 12th! ALL parents are invited to come view your child's project display and celebrate with us! More information will come home next week. 
 
ON MAY 11th- I need 2 parent volunteers to help "prepare" the salsa with the students! If you are able to and want to help in the afternoon, please e-mail me! 
 
Upcoming Dates:
May 1st - May 12th: Penny War! Support the CFES DI Team by donating coins to help raise money for the Global DI tournament in Knoxville, Tennessee!
 

Students in grades 3, 4, and 5, will have an opportunity to show all that they’ve learned this year as they take a variety of STAAR tests:   

May 8th, 2017:  3rd, 4th, Math STAAR, 5th retest

May 9th, 2017: 3rd, 4th, Reading STAAR, 5th retest

May 10th, 2017: 5th Science STAAR

Due to the security of this testing process, all parents (Kinder through 5th grade), will eat lunch with their children on other dates. Volunteers are also asked to reschedule their time. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter. Here at Creekside Forest, we have the most amazing parents who provide their time and care to volunteer and make our school a nurturing environment.

Warm regards,

Elysia Dean/Counselor ext.3813

May 11th - Field Day (2nd graders - wear BLUE)
 
May 12th - Cafeteria closed - all students need to pack a lunch

Weekly Update: April 24-28

 

Upcoming Dates:
Next week- BOOK FAIR! We will go as a class on Thursday during our library time at 10:30. You can send money with your child or please feel free to meet us there! Our class has a wish list basket on top of the shelves that hold text titles that we find to be particularly powerful and memorable to us!
Tuesday, April 25th- Muffins with Mom! 7:30 a.m. The Book Fair will also be open early that morning. 
May 11th- Field Day - 2nd grade students need to wear a blue shirt. 
May 12th- CAFETERIA CLOSED - students need to bring their lunch. 
May 29th- NO SCHOOL
 
What will we be learning? 
Reading and Writing: Students will begin their animal research portfolio using the notes that they recorded on their note taking chart! This project has many parts and the final product is a lot of work,  but it turns out really neat. Students are always so proud of the work that they put into it.
 
Students will also continue to show reading comprehension, as they independently read grade-level passages and find evidence in the text to support their answers! Please work on this skill at home if you see that your child is struggling with going back and using the text. They should be doing this weekly on their homework passage as well.
Students will take a Reading Research Assessment for a major grade on Thursday.
 
Math: Students will continue learning about money. Students should be able to identify coins and their values, determine the value of a collection of coins up to a dollar, make an amount using different coins and write the value using the cent symbol and a decimal point. Problem solving problems are incorporated into our study of money as well. Students will have a daily grade on Tuesday. Students will then be using their money knowledge to learn about "financial literacy". Vocabulary: saving, spending, lending, borrowing, withdrawal, deposit, responsible and irresponsible
 
Problem Solving/Word Problems are still a big focus in second grade and we continue to practice them daily. Students will take another daily grade this week on Wednesday (similar to the one they have done a few times now). 
 
Science: Students will be studying how animals meet their basic needs. They will compare the needs of animals and  determine if all animals need the same things to survive. They will also look at an animal's environment and how it effects the animals' ability to meet their needs. 
 
We are continuing to work in the garden as we record our observations, and measure our jalapeño plants every week! We released ladybugs into the garden as well and added a hummingbird feeder last week. Our jalapeño peppers are getting BIG! 
 
Social Studies: students will locate and identify each continent and ocean on maps and globes and describe the characteristics of each. Students will take a major grade Continents and Oceans Assessment on Friday, April 28th. 
 
Looking forward to an exceptional week with my kiddos!
~Mrs. Pemberton

Weekly Update: April 17-21

Here's what we are learning next week:
 
Reading and Writing: Students continuing to work on their big research project.  Students picked an animal to research and will learn how to site sources and organize information.  Students are recording their research notes in Google Classroom and taking notes in a slide format.  It should be an adventure!  The students will use their research notes to create a final product (major grade). 
 
Spelling: chalk, fall, talk, calm, bald, salt, stall, stalk, small, all, call, palm, bald, almost, always, animal
 
Math: We will review fractions on Monday. Students will take a major grade assessment on fractions on Tuesday, April 18th.
We will then begin studying coins - identifying coins and their values and determining the value of coins up to a dollar. Students need to be able to identify coins, know their value and write the value using the cent symbol and a decimal point.
 
Students need to continue to retain their skills on problem solving & understanding word problems. We had a problem solving daily grade last week and we will have another one next week. We practice these skills in class daily, students just need to take the time to read the problems carefully and check their work for "silly mistakes".  
 
Science: Students will be learning about insect life cycles and comparing various life cycles. 

 

Social Studies: Students will be studying geography. Students will be identifying and locating the 7 continents and oceans on a globe and map. 

Continents song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVrN-0aQV1o&feature=youtube_gdata_player  

Oceans: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUS2Kjzzd9s 

A few websites with games to practice:

http://www.playkidsgames.com/games/continentNames/continentJig.htm

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/world_G1_drag_drop.html 

https://www.purposegames.com/game/continents-and-oceans-game

Weekly Update: April 10-13

Reminders: 
  • Literacy Bags and Reading Response Sheets were due TODAY. Please return completed as soon as possible.
  • There will be NO SCHOOL this Friday.
Reading: Students begin animal research this week! Students will determine, locate, and explore the full range of relevant sources addressing a research question and systematically record the information they gather. Students will clarify research questions and evaluate and synthesize collected information. Lastly, students will organize and present their ideas and information according to the purpose of the research and their audience.
 
Writing: Students will continue to research a self-selected animal, as they ask open-ended research questions and develop a plan for answering them by generating a list of topics of class-wide interest and formulate open-ended questions about one or two of the topics. Students will decide what sources of information might be relevant to answer these questions.

Lastly, students organize and present their ideas and information according to the purpose of the research and their audience by creating a visual display to convey the results of the research.

Spelling: Because of the short week, the Spelling Test will be on Thursday.

haul, maul, gaunt, pauses, raw, paw, draw, claws, dawn, yawn, hawk, launch, haunt, saw, because, off

Math: Students will continue to study fractions as they use models to count fractional parts beyond one whole and recognize how many parts it takes to equal one whole. 

Science: Students will understand how living things depend on one another for meeting their basic needs- ANIMALS DEPEND ON ANIMALS, ANIMALS DEPEND ON PLANTS, PLANTS DEPEND ON ANIMALS.

Social Studies: Students will be able to use a map to locate places and describe the benefits and reasons for using a map. Students will take a major grade Maps Assessment on Wednesday of this week. 

Monday Update: April 3

  • Please support us as we begin reading The Lemonade War as a TISD community! Your child will be receiving a copy of the book! I highly encourage you to have your child take part in reading this book! We followed along and listened to Coach Garrett (the Dallas Cowboys head coach) read Chapter 1 today! 
  • Run the Creek is this Friday! Our class will begin at 10:30am. Look for orange leopard!!
  • Please send a full-sized cereal box with your child this week before Wednesday. We will be using this in Reading on Thursday and Friday of this week. Thank you!
  • Kindergarten Registration is coming! Those with upcoming Kindergartners and siblings, please attend registration on Thursday, April 13th from 9:00am-3:00pm.