Panther Pride STEM School
Achievement: Every Student Matters, Every Moment Counts
A message from Pinello’s Administrative Team:
We are excited to announce that Pinello received the CS 100 award for committing to reach 100% of students with computer science education during this school year. Only 4 schools in the state received the award. Go Pinello!
As it gets colder outside please make sure students are dressing for the weather. On severe weather days please make sure to check local news broadcasts for delays or closures. Thank you to all of the families that completed the CKH survey. We only need two more responses to get to our goal of 50. We will be looking at that data, and evaluating our processes as we get ready to apply for National Showcase School.
Just a reminder to use the crosswalks when crossing the street. As adults we need to model safe behavior for our students. Traffic gets very busy before and after school, so help us keep Pinello safe.
Thank you for your continued support of Pinello Elementary School.
Amber Crigger – Principal
Tiffani Lind – Assistant Principal
Capturing Kids Hearts Family Survey
Counseling Corner & Social Worker:
Social Emotional Learning
Hello Pinello Families!
Thank you to everyone who donated food to our Thanksgiving Basket Good Drive! All donations
went to local families within our own community. It is a huge help and we are so grateful
for your generosity.
As we head into the final weeks before winter break, we wanted to remind everyone of the
resources that are available to your family! If you would like to talk about other holiday
resources, please feel free to reach out to our counselor Darlene Monson at
firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (719) 391-3398 or Emily Zarkovacki our school social
worker at email@example.com or by phone at (719) 391-3410.
Another way to support our Widefield community this holiday season is to participate in the
District’s Annual Toy Drive. This will start the first week in December! Please bring in a new and
unwrapped toy or gift card for a child (Kinder through 12th grade) to the front office. Any
student who donates a toy will get a special ornament to put on our Giving Tree, and will be the
first to green our special holiday visitors!
May your family have a beautiful and safe Holiday season! Take time to enjoy good friends and
Pinello Mental Health Team!
A Note from Music
Winter is here and so are some of our programs. First grade will have their program performances on December 6 at 2:45 pm and 6 pm. Third grade will be right behind them on January 18 at 2:45 pm and 6 pm. Mark your calendars if you have students in any of those two grades.
The other grades in the Music classroom have been working hard. Kindergarten is learning about fast and slow in Music. Second grade is composing their own ostinatos (there are 4 different types of ostinatos). Fourth grade has just started working on their program and learning about time signature. Fifth grade is learning about pitches, their names and how to notate them.
Choir is in the last two weeks of working on music for the Widefield District Honor Choir that is happening on December 9. Only a select few choir members will be able to attend. On December 20, the whole choir will sing two songs at the school Sing Along.
In PE 2nd through 5th are finishing up some Tumbling. We have worked on skills from forward rolls, back rolls, cartwheels and springs. If your student has come home and been doing cartwheels and forward rolls in the living room, my apologies!
Kindergarten and first grade have been rolling on the mats figuring out how our muscles help us move and balance. We have worked on egg rolls, pencil rolls, frog wheels and animal movements.
Our next unit should be Basketball, working on dribbling, passing and shooting.
Have a great break and take some time for a nice winter hike or walk, maybe build a snowman.
By Miss Siedler
STEM received a new resource this month! Our Jay by RedBird flight simulator arrived. This tool will be used in the coming months with a unit on flight. The students have already started asking when they will get to use it and how it works. They have amazing questions already popping up in their brains about flight, the computer programming in the system and about how simulators in general work.
This great resource was paid for with part of the Pinello Fund Run money and wouldn’t have been possible without great support from our community. We are looking forward to happy flying in our future.
It is also ok to share non edible items such as pencils, or other small items instead of food.
Family movie night is Friday, December 1st from 5:00-8:00. They will showing The Grinch. Students must be accompanied by an adult.
SCOUTREACH COMING TO PINELLO
Free after school scouting is coming to Pinello. It is open to boys and girls in 2nd-5th grade. It will run for an hour after school. Flyers went home this week with the QR code to sign up. If you have any questions contact Dr. David Durkee at 719-219-2906.
One criteria of a student’s success in school is regular and punctual attendance. To report an absence or tardy, please call our attendance line, available 24 hours, at (719) 391-3396.
Compulsory School Attendance
In order to reduce the incidents of truancy, parents/guardians are hereby notified that every child who has attained the age of six (6) on or before August 1 of each school year and is under the age of seventeen (17) shall attend public school for at least the following number of hours.
One thousand fifty –six (1056) if secondary school pupil;
Nine hundred sixty-eight (968) if an elementary school pupil in a grade other than kindergarten;
Nine hundred hours (900) if a full-day kindergarten pupil;
Four hundred fifty hours (450) if a half day kindergarten pupil;
(Except as otherwise provided in CRS 22-33-104)
Two hour Late Start
Red Flag Days
The red flags will be hanging on the playground and out front to let parents know that it is indoor morning recess. The guidelines for calling red flag is as follows: The red flag temperature will be 25 degrees or below including wind chill. Students will enter through outside classroom doors.
The red flags will be hanging on the playground and out front to let parents know that it is indoor morning recess. The guidelines for calling red flag is as follows:
The red flag temperature will be 25 degrees or below including wind chill.
Students will enter through outside classroom doors.
Inclement Weather Procedure
Widefield District 3 will:
• make inclement weather decision(s) based on students’ safety
• collect data at the earliest appropriate time
• make the decision as to whether schools will be open and announce no later than 5:30 am by calling radio stations and TV stations
• not penalize students if parents keep them home or pick them up from school early on questionable snow days.
In the event the decision made earlier is to open schools and the storm worsens unexpectedly, Widefield District 3 will:
• inform the same media as stated above that schools will dismiss students early
• keep buildings open as long as necessary to evacuate all students safely
• announce that if an early dismissal occurs, afternoon activities, and evening events will be cancelled
Parents are expected to:
• be responsible for custody of children
• listen to the news broadcasts on stormy days
• decide whether or not to send children to school on threatening, stormy days
In the event the decision is made earlier to open schools and the storm worsens, parnets are expected to:
• know that students may be dismissed earlier than normal
• listen for an early dismissal announcement
• make sure children know what to do and where to go if dismissed early
• not rely on telephones to make last minute arrangements for their children. (Lines tend to malfunction during storms.)
Title 1: Parent Right to Know
Your child participates in a program in Widefield School District which receives funding under the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015. You have the right to know what professional qualifications are held by the teachers who instruct your child. The Act gives you the right to the following information about each of your child’s classroom teachers:
Whether the teacher is licensed or qualified for the grades and subjects he or she teaches.
Whether the teacher is teaching under an emergency permit or other provisional status under which state licensing criteria have been waived.
The college major of the teacher, any advanced degrees held by the teacher, and the subject matter of those degrees.
What instructional aides or similar paraprofessionals, if any, provide instructional services to your child, and if so, what qualifications they possess.
If you are interested in receiving information of this sort, please contact the Human Resources office at 391-3015.
Notice Concerning Directory Information:
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a Federal law, requires that Widefield School District 3 (“the District”), with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child's education records. However, the District may disclose appropriately designated "directory information" without written consent, unless you have advised the District to the contrary in accordance with District procedures. The primary purpose of directory information is to allow the District to include this type of information from your child's education records in certain school publications. Examples include:
A playbill, showing your student's role in a drama production;
The annual yearbook;
Honor roll or other recognition lists;
Graduation programs; and
Sports activity sheets, such as for wrestling, showing weight and height of team members.
Directory information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, can also be disclosed to outside organizations without a parent's prior written consent. Outside organizations include, but are not limited to, companies that manufacture class rings or publish yearbooks. In addition, two federal laws require local educational agencies (LEAs) receiving assistance under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to provide military recruiters, upon request, with three directory information categories - names, addresses and telephone listings - unless parents have advised the LEA that they do not want their student's information disclosed without their prior written consent. If you do not want the District to disclose directory information from your child's education records without your prior written consent, you must notify the District in writing by September 20th each year. The District has designated the following information as directory information:
Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
Weight and height of members of athletic teams
Electronic mail address
Degrees, honors, and awards received
Date and place of birth
Major field of study
Dates of attendance
The most recent educational agency or institution attended
Annual FERPA Notice
Annual FERPA Notice The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years of age (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. These rights are:
1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the school receives a request for access. Parents or eligible students should submit to the school principal [or appropriate school official] a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The school official will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.
2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate or misleading. Parents or eligible students may ask the school to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the school principal [or appropriate official], clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the school decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the school will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.
3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the school as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the School Board; a person or company with whom the school has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. Upon request, the school discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.
[NOTE: FERPA requires a school district to make a reasonable attempt to notify the parent or eligible student of the records request unless it states in its annual notification that it intends to forward records on request.]
4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the school to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA are:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-4605
Educational Rights of Homeless Children
- Go to school, no matter where they live or how long they have lived there.
- Choose between the local school where they are living, the school they attended before they lost their housing, or the school where they were last enrolled.
- Enroll in school immediately, without proof of residency, immunizations, school records or other documents.
- Get transportation to their school of origin
- Get the school services they need.
- Be free from harassment and isolation
- Have disagreements with the school settled quickly.
Calendar of Events
-December 1st-Family Movie Night
-Dec 4th-8th-Holiday shop
-Dec 6th-1st grade music program
-Dec 7th-Parent Involvement Breakfast 7:30 am-8:35 am
-Dec 9th-District 3 choir festival
-Dec 15th-Buck a Hat Day
-Dec 20th-2nd quarter ends, sing a long at 2:00 pm, classroom parties at 2:45
-December 21st-January 5th No School (Winter Break)
-Jan. 8th-Students return from Winter Break, Third Quarter begins
-Jan 9th-Coffee with Principal (BAAC) at 8:45, Report cards go home
-January 11th-PTO Meeting at 4:00 in the Library
-January 12th-Renasisance Assemblies, K-2 at 1:30, 3-5 at 2:30
-January 15th-No School Martin Luther King Jr. Day
-January 18th-3rd Grade Music Program at 2:45 and 6:00
-January 26th-Buck a Hat Day
-January 31st-District Chess Tournament
"Responsibility is not something to be taken lightly, it is the key to personal growth and success."