Pioneer Community Update 11/7

Just a reminder tomorrow we will be doing our Veterans Assembly. Please see the flyer below for more information.
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Volunteer Opportunities

Dear Pioneer Volunteers,

We have a lot of great opportunities to be involved at Pioneer in the upcoming days/weeks. Please see the latest volunteer opportunities below. Thank you for your participation at Pioneer!

If you see something of interest, please SIGN UP HERE:

Veteran’s Day Assembly: Set Up Crew

Friday, November 8

8:30 - 9:30am

Pioneer is having a school-wide assembly to honor our veterans and we could use your help to set up the gym. Jobs will include moving and setting up chairs, helping to decorate, and welcoming our veterans. We would love the extra hands.

Veteran’s Day Assembly: Piano and/or Guitar Player

Friday, November 8

9:15am - 10:30am

We need your talent! Mrs. Bishop, our music teacher, is looking for 1 or 2 people to play instruments (piano and/or guitar) during our Veteran’s Day assembly. Songs are patriotic and have simple chords. Instruments provided!

Vision & Hearing Screening Volunteer

Monday, November 18 & Tuesday, November 19

Times vary, see link to sign up

We will be conducting a Vison & Hearing Screening and need a few volunteers to help make this a smooth process. Volunteers do not need prior experience.

Thanksgivng Luncheon: Set Up Crew

Wednesday, November 20

10:00am - 11:00am

Our fabulous lunchroom staff puts on a Thanksgiving Luncheon each year. Families are invited to eat with their students. We are looking for people to help set up the gym for this festive event. Duties include setting up tables, chairs, and decorating.

Thanksgivng Luncheon: Kitchen Helper

Wednesday, November 20

11:00am - 1:15pm

Do you remember your lunch lady from elementary school?? Well now is your chance to be one for a day! Our kitchen staff would love 2 extra people to help serve our families during our Thanksgiving Luncheon. Your tasks include basic food service.

Thanksgivng Luncheon: Lunchroom Helper

Wednesday, November 20

11:15am - 12:15pm (and/or) 12:15pm - 1:15pm

We are looking for extra hands in the lunchroom to make our Thanksgiving Luncheon a smooth success. Jobs include, tidying up, directing guests, and wiping tables. You will be helping in the school gym.

Thanksgivng Luncheon: Sign In Table

Wednesday, November 20

11:00am - 12:00pm (and/or) 12:00pm - 1:15pm

We also need volunteers to help at the sign in table. Duties include helping guests sign in and out during their time at Pioneer as well as directing them where to go. You will be located at the tables in the school lobby.

1st Grade Literacy Group

Ongoing, Weekly, Fridays

10:30am - 11:30am

Would you like to help make a difference in the lives of some adorable 1st graders? Volunteers spend time with a small group of students for literacy games. The teachers will have all materials for you. This is a weekly commitment. We need volunteers for Fridays.

Thursday Folder Parent

Every Thursday

Anytime before 3pm

Are you looking for a weekly way to get involved at Pioneer? Thursday Folders is a great way! We need a volunteer to take a 2nd grade classroom's Thursday folders. Jobs include coming each week on Thursday, getting the Thursday Folder bin from your teacher's room, filing teacher papers and weekly flyers in student's folders, and returning the bin to the classroom. This is a great help to the teachers.

Kindergarten Math Volunteer

12:25pm - 1:15pm

Weekly, you choose the day of the week

2+2=4! We have some very sweet kindies who could use extra hands with their math time. If you are available on a weekly basis and would like to help out, they would love to have you. Choose a day of the week that is best for you. We have M, T, W, Th, F open.

If you see something of interest, please SIGN UP HERE:



Dear Parents:

Each year Douglas County Schools conduct vision and hearing screening for all students in the state-mandated grade levels K, 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 and 9, as well as new students to the District and special education students in other grades. The screenings are overseen by the school nurse consultants and conducted by the District Vision and Hearing Screening Team.

It is important for you to understand that this is a mass screening to detect academically significant vision and hearing problems. Certain visual or eye problems will not be picked up in a screening program, therefore, it should not be considered a substitute for a professional eye exam, particularly in students who are experiencing difficulty in visual tasks or who have frequent visual complaints.

Students will be vision screened using a Sloan standardized letter chart, an LEA symbol chart and/or the Spot Vision Photo Screener. The Spot Vision Photo Screener by Welch Allyn (SPOT) is powered by sophisticated technology that detects the indication of the following vision issues: near sightedness, far sightedness, unequal refractive power, blurred vision, pupil size deviations and eye misalignment. The process is improved if students with glasses are wearing them or have any corrective lenses with them for the screening. This helps to avoid unnecessary referrals for an eye exam.

The hearing screening may be done on a day your child has a cold or an ear infection. If your child is on medication for an ear problem and is being followed by your doctor, please inform the vision and hearing team at

Referral letters will be sent to the parents of students who fail the vision screening. Students who fail the initial hearing screening will be referred to the DCSD Audiology Department which will conduct further screening and communicate directly with parents if hearing concerns are noted. Please return the completed referrals as it assists us in updating your student’s records and improves the follow up process. Any questions that you may have about the school vision and hearing screening can be answered by the school nurse at the phone number listed below.

If you would like to opt out of the vision or hearing screening, please request the opt out in writing at least the day before the screening so that the request can be sent to the appropriate personnel. Pioneer Elementary screening is November 18 and 19th.

Thank you in advance for your support of these very important programs.

Nurse: Kelly Driver, RN BSN. 720-284-7545

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Pioneer Elementary PTO

Subject: Help Support our School! Our Charleston Wrap Fundraiser Starts TODAY!

Dear Pioneer Families,

This year we have chosen to team up with Charleston Wrap and are selling gift wrap, quality kitchen and home items, and over 1500 other products. All products will be shipped directly to the purchaser. You will not have to worry about receiving and distributing anything! 40% from each purchase will go back to our school! No matter the size, each order can make a BIG difference!

But only if we can count on the participation of our wonderful community!

Simply put, we’re asking you to reach out to your friends and family and encourage them to shop for products in our online fundraising catalog. The proceeds of every purchase will make a BIG difference in our fundraising efforts this year. There’s a lot of great stuff in this year’s catalog; with over 1,500 products you can be confident that everyone you know will find something they like.

Our fundraising sales only last until November 22nd! So do these quick, easy things today and let’s get our momentum going!

1. Register your student online by clicking on this link:

2. Then enter our School ID: z- 16873

3. Invite friends and family to shop and support our students. Send emails, share on social media, and text the fundraising link to your friends & family to quickly spread the word!

4. Look out for the catalog packets coming home with your student on Thursday.

As always thank you for supporting our school!

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Thanksgiving Lunch at Pioneer on November 20th


Please join your student(s) for a delightful Thanksgiving lunch on Wednesday, November 20th. The luncheon will be held in our school cafeteria and the cost will be $4.25 per visitor (exact change is highly appreciated). Listed below are lunchtimes by grade. You may pay in advance to the front office, cash or check; no credit cards, please. You may also pay at the door on the day of the luncheon. We utilize an electronic check-in system at the school so please bring a driver's license for each adult. Plan to come a little early to expedite the check-in procedure. We look forward to you joining us here at Pioneer for this festive occasion.

Second Grade 11:30 to 11:50

First Grade 11:45 to 12:05

Kindie: 12:00 to 12:20

Fifth Grade: 12:30 to 12:50

Fourth Grade 12:45 to 1:05

Third Grade 1:00 to 1:20

Chick-fil-a Restaurant Night

The Chick-fil-a Restaurant Night will be rescheduled. A later date will be communicated via the community blast on Thursdays.

PTO Meeting November 21st

Pioneer PTO will have their monthly meeting on November 21st starting at 8:00 am in the maker's space. We would love to see you.