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Family Handbook 2017-2018

Pine Tree Elementary School

156 Pine Tree Road Monroe, NY 10950

(845) 460-6900 - Fax (845) 460-6049

E-mail: pinetree@mw.k12.ny.us

Website: www.mw.k12.ny.us

Student Instructional Day begins at 9:20 AM and ends at 3:30 PM*

*Students should be in their classrooms by 9:15 AM

*We begin dismissal at 3:35 PM


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Academic Expectations

Anti-Bullying

Attendance

Backpacks

Cell phones and electronic devices

Clubs and Activities

Computer and Internet Use

Delayed Openings

District Administration

Dress Code

Drop-off and Pick-up Procedures

Early Dismissal

Early Pick-up

Extended Day Program

Health Services

Health, Safety and Security

Homework

In-school celebration

Parent Portal

Parent Teacher Conferences

Pine Tree PTA

Quarterly Pine Tree newsletter

Report Cards

School Closings

School Meals

School Safety Plan

School Safety Procedures

Snacks

Special Area Subjects

Student Behavior Expectations

Student Support for special interests or needs

Tardiness

Trading items

Transportation

Welcome letter


MONROE-WOODBURY CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION

Mrs. Elsie Rodriguez – Superintendent of Schools

Mr. Matthew Kravatz- Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources

Mr. Patrick Cahill – Assistant Superintendent for Business and Management Services

Dr. Eric Hassler – Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction

Mr. Bhargav Vyas – Assistant Superintendent for Compliance and Information Systems

BOARD OF EDUCATION

Mr. Jon Huberth, President

Mr. Daniel A. Ezratty, Vice President

Mr. Anthony Andersen

Mr. Donald Beeler

Ms. Lorraine Carroll

Mr. Christopher DiLorenzo

Mrs. Suzanne Donahue

Mrs. Staci McCleary

Mr. Michael Salatto

PINE TREE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Mr. Bryan Giudice – Principal

Mr. Timothy Martin – Assistant Principal

Main Office

Mrs. Nancy Lux – School Secretary

Mrs. Bessie Freundlich – Typist

Ms. Ursula Campo – Typist

pinetree@mw.k12.ny.us



Pine Tree Elementary School

156 Pine Tree Road, Monroe, New York  10950

845-460-6900

September 2017

Dear Pine Tree Families:

The Pine Tree faculty and staff welcome you back to another wonderful school year!  The 2017-2018 school year will once again be filled with outstanding opportunities for students to achieve academically and develop both socially and physically.  Our staff continues to be prepared to work diligently in preparation to provide the best possible education to every child on a daily basis.  As we embark on another year of preparing our students to be “College and Career” ready, we encourage parents to visit the website, engageny.org, to keep abreast with educational changes that impact teaching and learning. Our school will continue to use data to help drive instruction throughout the year.  Our Inquiry Team will further contribute to the disaggregation of data in an effort to improve student achievement.  The OLWEUS anti-bullying program will continue in an effort to ensure we provide an environment conducive to learning.

Parents and guardians are welcome to take an active role in the many activities, which take place throughout the year.   Our PTA meets regularly and meetings are open to all.  It is at these PTA meetings that myriad opportunities become available for parents to learn about ways in which they can take a more active role throughout our school.  Volunteering during the Celebrations of Capabilities, outerwear event, or on a family fun night are all exiting ways to interact with our staff and students.  Our Building Leadership Committee will once again meet monthly.  These meetings are open to everyone and will once again focus on home school connection and search for different ways to further improve this important component to a healthy and highly successful school.  Many events are listed on the district calendar and we look forward to another year of support and collaboration among our learning community.  Be sure to view on Power School our updated “Daily Bulletin” as this lists all of the upcoming events for the day and the week.

This Family Handbook is intended to provide you with the critical information regarding Pine Tree Elementary School.  Please know that we recognize the importance of excellent communication between the home and school.  Students achieve more when everyone is on the same page.  Please take time to review this electronic family handbook during the first few weeks of school and refer back to it as a guide throughout the school year.  Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me either by phone, email at bgiudice@mw.k12.ny.us, or visit in person at any time throughout the school year.  We are thoroughly looking forward to a highly productive school year!

Sincerely,

Bryan Giudice

Principal

Tim Martin

Assistant Principal


Report Cards

In an effort to provide ample instructional time and to be able to fully assess students, the K-5 students will continue to receive “trimester” report cards.  Students will receive report cards three times during this upcoming school year.  Parent communication will continue to be a focal point as that critical component of providing excellent education to our students.  The parent-teacher conferences will still take place like years past.  These conferences will be more meaningful as students will have additional weeks in the trimester to improve.  Also, teachers will be provided three dates, all about seven weeks into each of the trimester, where they will send home a progress report to only those students whose grades are slipping or are in danger of failing.

As always, teachers will continue to be available throughout the year at any time as in the past. Administration will also be available during school hours to discuss the progress of your child’s academics.

Health, Safety and Security

The Monroe-Woodbury School District, its Board of Education, and its staff continue to make a commitment to the safety of all its students, staff and faculty. District publications such as our Code of Conduct, Board of Education policies, procedures and school building regulations assist all of us in knowing what is in place and what the expectations are. Every K-12 student, parent and staff member will be given the information necessary to ensure that our schools, buses and activities remain safe and secure. The Pine Tree staff works together to comply with school-wide safety rules. While some of them may cause minor inconveniences, the mission of Safety First is accomplished.

The Olweus program will provide a continuous, sustained district-wide effort to reduce bullying issues.

The District is fully compliant with the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA).  The Monroe-Woodbury Central School District strongly supports a school climate that is safe and welcoming to all students.  The District recognizes that physical, emotional, social and cyber-bullying, harassment or intimidation can jeopardize student academic achievement and undermine their physical and emotional well-being and may provide retaliatory violence.  For these reasons, Monroe-Woodbury is committed to working towards eliminating bullying/harassment with a strong immediate response to any bullying/harassment incident as follows:

No student shall be subjected to harassment by employees or students on school property or at a school sponsored function; nor shall any student be subjected to discrimination based on a person’s actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or sex by school employees or students on school property or at a school sponsored function.

School Safety Procedures

Parents are familiar with the school procedures regarding school closings and delayed openings. Other situations could, and have, resulted in the school district implementing protective actions to ensure the health and safety of students, faculty and staff.

In an effort to keep parents fully informed, our K-12 Discipline Committee, comprised of students, parents, community members, our Board of Education and staff has added these procedures to our student management objectives.  Should you have any questions, please contact Pine Tree administration.

The District and each school building maintain school safety plans which detail response procedures for possible emergencies.  The plans are available for review at the office of the Director of Health and Safety. The protocol for emergency response varies based on individual circumstances. When conditions warrant an emergency response, local law enforcement collaborates with district and building administration to determine the most appropriate response based on the circumstances of the incident.

School Closings and Delayed Openings:

Examples include inclement weather and Homeland Security Emergencies.  Parents should monitor the MWCSD website and radio/television stations.  Parents should monitor conditions at home.  Listen to the following radio stations for specific details.

www.mw.k12.ny.us OR www.cancellations.com

COOL 94.3 FM

NEWS TALK 1220 AM

MIX97 97.7 FM

RADIO DISNEY 1340 & 1390 AM

WBNR 1260 AM

WGNY 103.1 FM

WHUD 100.7 FM

WLNA 1420 AM

WNBC CH. 4

WPDH 101.5 FM

WRNN CH. 8

WRRV 92.7 FM

WSPK 104.7 FM

Early Dismissal:

Early dismissal of the students and staff can occur due to emergencies such as inclement weather, power outage, fire or law enforcement activity. During Homeland Security Emergencies students cannot be sent home if a responsible adult is not present.  As a result, the student will be sheltered at a designated location that will be protected by District personnel and law enforcement agencies. When a responsible adult is available, the student can be picked up.  Parents should not attempt to pick up children from school unless this is the normal practice. Parents should monitor the MWCSD website and radio/television stations as they do for snow closings. Try not to phone the school district since this can tie up phone lines needed for emergency response.  Parents should have an early dismissal plan in place to ensure that their children will be received by a designated responsible adult. Each child should be aware of his/her arrangements and emergency plan.

Parents can enter information regarding phone numbers or email contact that will be used with our Parent Notification System. At the bottom of the Monroe Woodbury website homepage (www.mw.k12.ny.us), select “Closings & Delays” under the Community link. Preferences can be chosen on the Parent Portal, which is also available on the link.

Students are dismissed early as per the following schedule:

Please review with your child what he/she should do in the event that they are dismissed early and no one will be home when they get off the bus.

Transportation

The Monroe-Woodbury administration, teaching staff, and transportation professionals work together to provide the safest possible bus transportation for all students.  In addition to handling the vehicle safely, our school bus drivers are proactive in making the bus ride a pleasant experience.  The Transportation Department employs the same focused anti-bullying program, “Olweus.”

The Monroe-Woodbury Transportation Department is responsible for picking up and dropping off your child at his/her bus stop at the assigned times. However, it is very important that you have an emergency plan set up, with which your child is familiar, in case you are unable to meet your child or they are dismissed early from school.

If your child is not taking his/her regular bus home, or is getting off at a different stop, it is required that we receive a note from the parent/guardian. We cannot allow a student to ride a different bus without written permission from the parent. This includes if your child is going to a friend’s house or a babysitter’s house.  Please send a note to your child’s homeroom teacher if you previously sent in a permanent note (e.g., your child goes to scouts on Tuesdays or you pick up your child for religious instruction on Thursdays) and you want your child to go home on his/her regular bus instead.

Parents are responsible for the conduct of their children while they walk to/from school and while they are waiting for the bus and returning home from their designated bus stop. It is the responsibility of the parents or guardians to make sure that the student is waiting at his/her designated bus stop on time or to assure that the student arrives to school on time if they are walkers or getting dropped off. In addition parents should review with their child the rules of proper behavior while riding on the school bus. These rules include but are not limited to:

Student Drop Off/Pick Up

The safety of all children is our primary goal.  In order to minimize risk, we ask that the following guidelines be followed.

Health Services

A variety of health services are provided to Monroe-Woodbury students. These include vision, hearing and scoliosis screenings, provision of medication or treatment, emergency first aid, and assessment of symptoms that occur during school hours.  Health Office staff also monitor immunization status and assist with state mandated physicals.

Reminders to Parents/Guardians:

  1. Students must bring an absence note when returning to school.
  2. Inform the Health Office of any significant medical concerns or changes in health status of your child.
  3. For the safety of your child and other children, parents/guardians should bring medication on their own during the school day. All medications – prescription and over-the-counter – must be accompanied by written health provider authorization valid for the current school year and also signed by the parent or guardian. All medications must be in their original, labeled containers and must be brought to the Health Office by the parent or guardian.
  4. Students needing to be excused from, or have modifications to, their physical education programs must have written verification from their health care providers. Students excused from physical education will not be allowed to participate in outdoor recess.
  5. Children who have a fever of 100oF or more or who have been vomiting should stay home. Have your child evaluated by your physician if you suspect a contagious disease.
  6. Homework requests for an absence of two days or more may be called into the Main Office prior to 11:00 AM to allow teachers an opportunity to prepare your child’s work. The work can either be sent home with a neighbor or picked up in the Main Office after dismissal (4:00 PM). Family vacations during regularly scheduled school time may interrupt the learning process.  Advise teachers well in advance if you have travel plans that require your child to be absent.

Emergency names given to the nurse's office only give us permission to call these contacts in the event that your child is ill and we cannot reach you.  It does not allow these individuals to pick-up children whenever they choose unless we have received a specific note from the parent/guardian on that day.  If you would like someone to be able to come for your child whenever the need arises, a permanent pick-up note may be written.  In that case, please realize that we will not call you to confirm that your child is being picked-up by your designated person should s/he come for your child.

School Meals

The Monroe-Woodbury Food Services offers a breakfast and lunch program at Pine Tree. Lunch includes an entrée, salad, fruit, and a beverage. Children may visit the snack bar and purchase water, ice cream or cookies.  Students eligible for free or reduced lunch are automatically eligible for free or reduced price breakfast. Breakfast and lunch menus are sent home at the beginning of each month and are also available on the District website.

If you wish to prepay your child’s meals, the cafeteria will keep a record of their spending account. Send a check, made payable to Monroe-Woodbury Food Services, and include your child’s name and homeroom teacher. You can also use Paypams.com for an additional option to replenish the spending account. Periodic statements of account will be sent home with your child, upon request.

Parents are welcome to join their children for lunch. Specifically, parents may join their child for lunch two times per each trimester.  Please be mindful that Cafeteria space is limited. In keeping with the district’s healthy food theme, please bring a brown bag lunch or enjoy one of the cafeteria’s specials.

Providing lunches for any other student is not permissible.  In the event school is on an early dismissal or late arrival schedule, time and space is limited, and parents will not be able to eat with their child.

Snacks

Parents are encouraged to send a nutritious snack with their child to school for classroom snack time. Snacks should be non-sugared and follow the district guidelines in the Healthy Schools Initiative. Also, since many children have allergies to certain foods, all classrooms will be designated “Nut-Free.” The sharing of snacks is not allowed.  Please follow the guidelines on snacks from your child’s teacher.

Student Attendance

The Monroe-Woodbury Attendance Policy Summary is sent home with students on opening week.  Please review it carefully and return the “acknowledgement” section to your child’s homeroom teacher.

*The Pine Tree Elementary student instructional day begins at 9:20 AM and ends at 3:30 PM.  We begin dismissal at 3:35 p.m.

Tardiness:

A major emphasis has been placed on school attendance and arrival time by our faculty and administration.  While we understand that there can be extenuating circumstances, repeated absences and tardiness deny your child a structured routine of daily practice, academic learning, and special area instruction (Art, Music, Library only occur once a week, with Physical Education twice).  Tardiness is especially difficult in a structured school environment.  A child arriving late needs time to acquire a late pass from the Main Office, then time to settle in while the rest of the class is already engaged in a lesson or activity.  We believe that consistent attendance and arrivals are critical to the academic success of all students. Students have the best opportunity for success if they are in their classrooms by 9:15 AM.

Early Pick-up/Dismissal:

While we realize there are times when an early dismissal is necessary, please keep in mind that when students are picked up at or before 3:30 PM, they are deprived of:

Because reflection, either individual or whole class, helps students pull their thoughts and experiences together and increases their level of understanding, removing them early truly interferes with their educational development.  This is also disruptive to the other students in the class.

**Students who are frequently late or absent will receive follow-up from administration to help resolve issues surrounding their absenteeism.

Clubs and Activities

Pine Tree is also the place where students will make new friends, have a chance to try out new things, and have fun. Their classroom will be like your home during the school day but there are many exciting ways to have fun outside the classroom, and students will learn so much. Let’s see what some of them are:

Extended Day Program

The YMCA Club Kid program at Pine Tree is a before and after school program sponsored by the YMCA.  The program is available from 7:00 AM until school starts and from school dismissal until 6:00 PM. You can reach the YMCA at 344-9622, Ext. 237 for additional information.

Student Internet and Computer Usage

All families will be emailed the “Student/Parent Consent Form”, which will outline the district’s policy for student use of computerized informational resources, which includes a “District Media Release” form, among other things.

The parents are required to sign only if they want their child to be exempt from any media release.  It should be returned to your child’s homeroom teacher.  Please call the Pine Tree main office with any questions about this form.

Expectations For Student Behavior

The Monroe-Woodbury Central School District is committed to providing a safe and productive learning environment for all students, faculty and staff. To that end, our district supports a progressive discipline model with a three-level approach to student management: prevention, intervention and after-care. It is the obligation of our district and our community to help students gradually increase their responsibility for appropriate behavior.

The New York State Legislature enacted Project SAVE, Safe Schools Against Violence in Education Act, in July 2000. This legislation required that schools develop specific plans to address a number of safety and educational issues.

Our plan includes:

School Safety Plan

Each school has a BERT (Building Emergency Resource Team) Plan. This plan outlines who and how staff members are to respond to safety issues that may occur in a school setting.

 K-12 Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct establishes the standard for appropriate conduct in school and on school property. A copy of the Code of Conduct can be found in the Appendix.

Anti-Bullying Mission Statement

The Monroe-Woodbury School District strongly supports a school climate that is safe and welcoming to all students. The district recognizes that physical, emotional and social bullying, harassment or intimidation can jeopardize students’ academic achievement and undermine their physical and emotional well-being and may provoke retaliatory violence.

For these reasons, Monroe-Woodbury School District is committed to working towards eliminating bullying/harassment with a strong immediate response to any bullying/harassment incidents, taking disciplinary action, providing emotional and psychological support for the victim, counseling intervention for the bully, maintaining procedures for conflict resolution, publicizing reporting procedures, monitoring school climate and ensuring that curriculum and pedagogical strategies foster respect.  Our Olweus initiative will provide our school with the universal philosophy and expectations related to peer relationships.

Student Dress Code

All students are expected to dress appropriately for school. Our focus is on maintaining a safe environment where students can do their best learning. When selecting clothing for school, please remember that student attire should not interfere with the day to day functioning of the classroom or infringe upon the general health, safety and welfare of others.

Sneakers with hidden wheels are a safety hazard and are not allowed in school. These sneakers may only be worn if the wheels are removed. Flip-flops and sandals present safety concerns on the playground and on stairs. Please encourage your child to wear sneakers or other closed shoes. Clothing with inappropriate phrases or pictures should not be worn to school. The length of shorts and skirts as well as the types of shirts students wear should be appropriate for a learning environment. Short shorts, tank tops, spaghetti straps and half shirts are unsuitable for school. Clothing must cover the midriff. School clothes should be comfortable, but not distracting from work. During the colder months, students should wear pants, jackets and suitable clothing to stay warm.

Cell Phones

If you want your child to bring a cell phone to school, it must stay in their backpack and be turned off during the instructional day. If children need to call a parent during the instructional day, they must use the office phone. The school takes no responsibility for the loss or damage of any child’s cell phone.

Electronic Games, iPods, Electronic Devices

These items are not allowed to be in use during school. If your child wants to use these devices on the bus, they must be kept in their book bags during the school day. When bringing any valuable items to school, including card collections, your child takes a chance they might be damaged or lost, so please take this into consideration. The school accepts no responsibility for loss or damage to any such items that students may elect to bring to school, and we strongly advise that they not be brought to school at all.

Trading Items

Children are not allowed to trade or sell items that they bring to school (toys, candy, gum, cards, etc,)

Backpacks

If you need to purchase a new backpack for your child, please keep in mind that the bags on wheels can be very difficult going up and down stairways and getting on and off the bus.

We appreciate your support regarding these rules and are happy to discuss any particular concerns you might have relative to this topic.

Academic Expectations

The New York State Board of Regents has established higher standards for all students. To reach the New York State Learning Standards, assignments will challenge students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Technology, and Social Studies. New York State has adopted common learning standards for all students grades K-12.  These standards will help align New York State schools to provide a shared set of clear educational goals, particularly for English language arts and mathematics.  There is a great deal of information on the New York State Education Department website, and to see some of the most frequently asked questions, you can access www.engageny.org.

 New York State Assessments

Grade 3

English Language Arts and Mathematics

Grade 4

English Language Arts, Mathematics and Science

Grade 5

English Language Arts, Mathematics

Support Programs for Special Interests or Needs

Every child has different needs.  The Monroe-Woodbury School District recognizes the rights of each child to receive services based on his or her academic, physical, and emotional differences.  Speech classes, counseling services, adaptive physical education classes, physical and occupational therapy, testing, and special education services as necessary are part of the everyday program at Pine Tree Elementary School.

Each year students’ needs and interests change.  As children mature and develop, a well-rounded educational program exposes them to a wide variety of opportunities in order to accentuate talent or interest and/or assist remediation for areas that may need strengthening. Monroe-Woodbury is cognizant of the differences in student growth and development and meets individual needs with support programs both on a state-mandated and student elective basis.

Second Grade

Academic Intervention Services provide support in reading and math for those students experiencing difficulty in their regular classroom settings. In the spring, ALL second graders are screened for possible invitation to the formal EXPAND program which would begin in Grade 3. However, all students in each grade level will have opportunities to work with the EXPAND teacher.

Third Grade

Academic Intervention Services in reading and math continue to be offered for students eligible.  Chorus is part of the music program for all third graders.  The formal EXPAND program begins for those who qualify. However, all students in each grade level will have opportunities to work with the EXPAND teacher

Fourth Grade

Academic Intervention Services are provided for those eligible.  Chorus is an elective for students who choose to participate. This year also provides students with the opportunity to take instrumental music lessons and participate in Band, Orchestra, and/or Chorus. The formal EXPAND program is offered to those who continue to qualify and express an interest. However, all students in each grade level will have opportunities to work with the EXPAND teacher.

Fifth Grade

Academic Intervention Services are provided for those in need.  Chorus is an elective and instrumental music lessons, in Band and Orchestra, can continue for students who have an interest in pursuing their musical education.  The formal EXPAND program continues to be an option for those who qualify. Additional activities are offered through the Gifted and Talented program to all students.

As part of each grade level experience, assemblies and visitors to the classroom may be scheduled. These special activities are designed to make units of study more meaningful to students. These “real world” connections are often the elements of the school years that children never forget!

Special Area Subjects

Art, Music, Physical Education, Library, Health and Computer

Art Education is part of our K-8 program for ALL students. Pine Tree provides art classes to second graders once a week.  An additional art class is added sometime during the year to focus on the needs of second graders to continue their fine motor skill development. Children in grades 3-5 have their art study once a week. This gives our older children an opportunity to complete a unit of study, which often integrates art, and/or humanities with content currently being researched throughout the school year in their other classes.

Music Education is also part of our K-8 program for ALL students.  Similar in format to our art program, music is scheduled once a week throughout the school year. Along with this unit of study, our third through fifth grades have Chorus opportunities. All Third grade students participate in chorus. Fourth and fifth grade chorus is optional.  Grades 4-5 have an instrumental elective of choice in Band or Orchestra.  Music education provides a wonderful way to introduce children to culture throughout the world.

Physical Education is offered twice a week for each grade level.  The program focuses on physical growth and development, social interaction, physical fitness, and an introduction to the rudiments of competitive and lifetime sports activities.  Along with this sequential physical education for ALL students, an adaptive physical education plan is in place for students with special needs.

Library Education is designed to help our students recognize the library as the “hub” of all research and study.  By the time our students are in the fifth grade, they are expected to access information from a variety of resources, take notes, outline and develop through to a finished copy, a research paper based on a theme or unit of study.  All library efforts, beginning with our second graders, are to that end.  Pine Tree students should be as comfortable in the library as they are in their own homes!

Computer Education is primarily focused on developing keyboarding skills, word processing literacy, and using a wide variety of software to provide individual practice opportunities for specific content areas.  All students in Monroe-Woodbury are required to complete a research paper each year.  This gives students the opportunity to integrate their reading, writing, library, and computer skills.  Second graders will, once again, be taught Computer Education by the Computer Teaching Staff.

Health Education focuses on the knowledge, skills and attitudes essential for making responsible, lifelong health-related decisions.  All topics are covered in an age-appropriate manner.  Topics that may be covered include: self-esteem, feelings, stress reduction, peer pressure, drug abuse prevention, medication safety, disabilities awareness, personal body safety, abduction prevention, communicable diseases, nutrition, dental health, body systems, health consumerism, safety and first aid.  Topic emphasis varies according to grade level.

Homework

SCHOOL WORK AT HOME

Homework is designed to fulfill one or more of the following purposes:

REINFORCE daily class work

PROMOTE responsibility

DEVELOP habits

FOSTER independent learning

PRACTICE skills previously taught

Children all over the world have responsibilities.  Pine Tree Elementary students demonstrate self-directed learning skills by having homework assignments completed on time and finished neatly, accurately and completely.  Parents can help by valuing the homework process, providing a place for children to work, reading all notes and communications sent home, and taking an interest in the topics studied.  Expressing interest, taking time to talk to your child(ren) about assignments, and words of encouragement from parents are the best known motivators for student success.

You will hear more about homework at our fall open houses.  Please contact teachers if you have questions.  Reviewing the homework information contained in the Student Handbook with your child should help make “homework” time a positive experience. Should homework take longer than 45 to 75 minutes, please contact your child’s teacher to further discuss.

Assignment Books

Each child will receive an assignment book, which should travel between home and school each day.  Your child will record his/her assignments and any notes concerning short/long-term projects.

If your child is unable to complete an assignment within the recommended times, you should write a note to the teacher in the assignment book.  In addition, if you need the teacher to contact you for any reason, the assignment book is a good way to do so.

Parent Conferences

Report cards will be issued three times per year. There are six parent-teacher conference days planned for the 2017-2018 school year, which will be managed by the Pick-A-Time online scheduling program.  Check the school calendar for the dates of parent-teacher conferences.  During the conference, parents will have an opportunity to review their child’s progress, see samples of writing, and discuss assessment data.   Ultimately, by having the parent-teacher conferences during the “trimester”, students will have opportunities to improve their final report card grades as there will still be several weeks before grades are due.

As always, the conference is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to continue to strengthen our home/school partnership and connection. Please remember that we encourage you to contact your child’s classroom teacher whenever you have questions or concerns. Pick-A-Time information will be sent home several weeks prior to parent-teacher conferences to assist with scheduling.

Teacher Gifts

No staff member is allowed to receive any gifts, including holiday or end of year, having a value of more than $75.  Parents are encouraged to show appreciation by a card or written note.  A donation of a book to your child’s classroom library or a small gift to charity may be acceptable alternatives.  Taking a class collection of gifts or money/ lottery cards is not permitted.

Here Are Some Great Ideas:

Student Birthday Celebration

Every child’s birthday is a special day at Pine Tree.  During morning announcements, students celebrating a birthday will have their names announced.  Also, students celebrating birthdays will have an opportunity to visit Pine Tree administrators for a special birthday gift.  Students who have birthdays in July and August will be announced in June.  Our district’s Health and Wellness Policy has recommended that a classroom birthday celebration take place one day each month for those students who have a birthday within that month.  Your child’s teacher will notify you of when they will hold the monthly classroom birthday celebration to allow families an opportunity to provide donations for their child’s special day.  Please do not send in gift bags for students in the classroom.  Teachers are not permitted to provide class lists and or contact information for your child’s birthday party invitations.  If you are dropping off items for a class celebration, we ask that they be left at the Greeter’s Desk.  Our fifth grade student delivery helpers will gladly deliver items to the appropriate classroom.

Pine Tree Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

Our PTA has a long history of providing special programs and activities for all our students. These include cultural/curricular programs by professional performing groups and individuals.  All grade levels have multiple opportunities throughout the year to see these wonderful performances. In addition, our PTA sponsors and coordinates our Book Fair, Holiday Boutique, Art Expo, Spring Fest, and many other programs that enhance our students’ experiences at Pine Tree.

You will be receiving much more information from and about our PTA.  Please join this wonderful group and become an active participant. Our PTA and its members truly help to create a nurturing and enjoyable school community for all of us.

For your convenience the Pine Tree PTA can also be contacted through e-mail at the following e-mail address: mwptpta@gmail.com

2017-2018 PTA Executive Board

President - Shannon Chambers

Vice-Presidents - Melissa McHugh and Ivy D’Onofrio

Treasurer - Nicole Anderson

Corresponding Secretary - Eliza Reynolds

Recording Secretary - Widna Taveras

District Calendar and Quarterly School Newsletter

Please utilize the district calendar provided to all families to help you stay informed of all district and building activities and programs.  In addition, our website and the Parent Portal’s Daily Bulletin are maintained daily and are wonderful resources for up-to-date information. We will also be sending out a school newsletter at the end of each trimester to keep you updated with all events happening at Pine Tree Elementary School.

Parent Portal

**Important **  Anyone needing to update or register for PowerSchool Parent Portal can check the link, posted on the districts home page, under MW Quick Links, located on the right hand side of our district homepage.

*In regard to the Parent Portal, each parent will need to obtain their student(s) Access ID and password. Please call the Pine Tree main office with any questions.

Pine Tree- a great place for children to grow!