Pine Hollow Family Newsletter

September 16, 2022

Important Dates


20 - School Site Council, 3:15pm via Google Meets

23 - Minimum Day - Students dismissed at 12:30pm, Staff Development for all staff


7 - Minimum Day -Students dismissed at 12:30pm

10 - No school for students, District wide staff Development

Principal's Messge

Hello Families!

The wild weather has made things challenging on so many levels. I really appreciate the students for being flexible as we move classes to cooler areas, adjust the activities during lunch and do our best to respond to what Mother Nature is sending us. Keeping kids safe is a top priority and sometimes elements such as weather gives us new things to face. Many buildings in the district have been impacted by this weather and I congratulate the MDUSD Maintence and Operations Department for responding as quickly as possible. The latest predictions state that we should expect a large rainstorm in the next week. More consistent with tropical climates, temperatures will also be elevated by weeks end. What a wild ride! Check the weather apps you use and help your child(ren) plan for things to change unexpectedly. One great idea is to have your child bring extra socks when it rains. This way if shoes and socks get wet they can at least have dry feet.

Currently, we are working to get the AC fixed in the music room. Those classes have been relocated to another large space in the meantime. Large fans have been requested and should arrive next week.

Another area of focus is the gym. AC was not installed when the gym was built and often this space is hotter than outside, even when the doors are all opened. District has provided large fans to help keep the air circulating. PE classes were relocated during the hottest times of the day and will continue to access classrooms should tempratures go above 90 degress for the rest of the year.

On another note we are looking for Volunteers to help supervise activities at lunch by servingto referee games or organize quieter activites in the library. We are also looking for a Volunteer Coordinator (not paid) to help manage the volunteer recruitment and logistics. See the link below for steps to take to become a volunteer.

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BARK Comes to Pine Hollow

We are excited to announce that MDUSD is continuing with the use of BARK, an online system through Google that alerts us when statements concerning bullying, harrassment, suicide, or other harm are made by students when using our district devices. This has allowed us to intervene early in social situations to better guide students on their choices, apply consequences if necessary, or refer students to outside resources for further support.

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Thank You Pine Hollow Families

So many generous families who helped us to make our Wellness Center a reality. This past weekend, we were dreaming up a vision of a space where we could support our students and by Monday, our Amazon wishlist was fully funded. Thank you to all of the families who donated gently used items or purchased items off of our wishlist to support our Wellness Center! We are humbled and grateful for your support.

Pine Hollow Wellness Center

Our goal in creating a wellness center is to create a space for students to feel safe, reset their mood, and reduce stress. It will also be a place where students will process and reflect on behaviors that impede learning for themselves or others in the classroom to better understand the impact of their choices.

Other schools describe it as a place that provides support for students who feel overwhelmed, lonely, anxious, stressed, sad, confused, or depressed. School wellness centers are a powerful investment in the health and academic potential of children and adolescents. They provide access to caring adults and services such as counseling, mentoring, and peer-to-peer support. School Wellness Centers support teachers by assisting children and adolescents to thrive in the classroom and beyond!

Initially, at Pine Hollow, this space will be open for lunchtime activities so students have a cool space to eat and connect. Together with the staff, and using other middle school as our guide, we will develop procedures and process for students to access the Wellness Center throughout the day.

Volunteers Rock!

Interested in helping to run our library at lunch or help with supervision of student activities like lunch, field trips and assemblies? Click here for details. Be sure to email Nadine Pence at, when you have completed the process.

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