Welcome to Pinecrest Elementary

February 2023

About Us

Main Line: 651-480-7280

Attendance Line: 651-480-7281
Health Office (Nurse): 651-480-7286
Kids' Campus: 651-480-7296
Hastings Bus Company: 651-437-1888

Pinecrest Homepage

Elementary Handbook

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30- Reports cards available on Infinite Campus Parent Portal


2 - Countdown to Kindergarten

7 or 9 - Instrument Fair at HHS for 4th Grade Students

(see below for more details)

10 - Virtual Bingo 6:30 - 7:30

20 - NO SCHOOL - President's Day

21 - NO SCHOOL - District Staff Development


1 - Evening Conferences

2 - Evening Conferences

3 - NO SCHOOL - Morning Conferences

1-3 Scholastic Book Fair during Conferences in Media Center

13-17 NO SCHOOL - Spring Break


Please drop off all K - 4th grade students, at the front. Students will need to be dropped off along the curb. Do not have your child exit the car while in the middle lane. When dropping off your child, it is important to pull up along the curb and not block the middle lane of traffic. If you need to exit your car, please park in the parking lot in front of Pinecrest.

Drop off times are from 7:40 to 8:00 am. Children should not be dropped off before 7:40 without direct parental supervision. If you need to drop off before the 7:40 bell, you can enroll your child in Kids Campus. Further information about Kid’s Campus can be obtained from the district’s website, or from our office.

2023-2024 Kindergarten Registration is OPEN!

If your family or someone you know that has a student that will be entering Kindergarten, please register by February 28th. The student must be five years old on, or before, September 1st, 2023.

To enroll, visit the Kindergarten enrollment website.

We invite you to watch our introductory video to meet our kindergarten teachers.

Kindergarten Readiness information is available on our district website

Report Cards

Report cards will be available on the Infinite Campus Parent Portal beginning Monday, January 30th under Documents. If you do not have access to your parent portal, please email mwilson@isd200.org for your activation key.

Campus Portal Help

Parent Teacher Conferences

Elementary conferences are scheduled in the evening of Wednesday, March 1st and Thursday, March 2nd and during the morning of Friday, March 3rd.

Watch for a sign up communication in the coming weeks.


Select the blue button above to view music notes

Virtual Bingo - Friday, February 10 - 6:30 to 7:30

On Friday February 10th, Pinecrest PTA will be hosting a Virtual Bingo Event. This is a fun family event. Watch for more information

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Book Fair

Our book fair will be held in the Media Center during conferences.

March 1 - 3:40 pm - 7:20 pm

March 2 - 3:40 pm - 7:20 pm

March 3 - 8:00 am - 12:00 pm


Scholastic will give back 25% in rewards to our school when you shop online during the Fair.

Watch for the online ordering link coming soon!

2023-24 Classroom Placement

Class placement form is available in the office if you wish to provide specific input into your child's 2023-24 classroom assignment. Please have these forms returned by Wednesday, April 12th.

Please do not phone or email this information to us.


Pinecrest has implemented a positive reinforcement plan driven by the use of “Pinecrest PRIDE Tickets”.

Our goals for using the PRIDE tickets is to provide concrete symbols of the PRIDE skills in use, show students & staff that “people do positive things”, and help all people respond in positive ways to meet our school-wide expectations.

P = Problem Solver
R = Respectful and Responsible
I = Independent
D = Demonstrate Self Control
E = Empathetic

Our first Pinecrest Pride winners following our all school assembly. Winners included one student from each grade level.

Pinecrest PRIDE first winners

Week 2 winners of Pinecrest Pride chose prizes including lunch with a friend, a line leader Pinecrest Pride Flag, and the Principal's Chair for the day.

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Two students read 500 books and earned lunch with Mr. Bakker

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Hastings Reads is a community-wide reading program that seeks to encourage reading and discussion of books and the ways in which they can help us understand the lives and experiences of ourselves and others. Everyone is invited to read the books and participate in the events. Let’s start reading and talking today!

Visit www.hastingsreads.com for more information

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Just a reminder that if your child is having a birthday party and wants to invite their friends from school, we are not able to give out names, phone numbers or addresses of the students. While we know it is exciting for children to have a birthday party and invite their school friends, we ask that you not send invitations to school with them to pass out. It can cause hurt feelings for those students who did not get invited to the party.


The district has adopted a wellness policy. We are still celebrating student birthdays; we are just not doing so with birthday treats. We ask that students not bring any treats in honor of their birthday.


As the weather begins to cool, please be sure your child is dressed appropriately for playing outside. Students spend twenty minutes outside for noon recess.

When the temperatures start to dip into the 40’s and 50’s, we do require students to wear a light jacket or sweatshirt outside. When winter arrives, winter clothing will be required.


Throughout the year, there may be times that your child may be sick, need to go to medical appointments, etc. If your child is absent, please call the attendance line by 8:00 am at 651-480-7281.

Being on time to school is very important. If you are late to school, please check your student in at the main office.

If there is ever a change to your child’s normal dismissal plan, please contact the main office at 651-480-7280 by 1:30 pm.

If you are picking up your student early for an appointment, bring your ID. If someone other than the parent/guardian is picking up, office must be notified in advance and their ID also is required.


In order to minimize interruptions to the classroom, students should not be picked up early unless it is an emergency. On those occasions when it is necessary to pick your child up during the school day, please go to the school office to sign your child out. The office administrative assistant will call the classroom and have the student sent to the office. Teachers will not release students unless the office gives prior approval. This practice has been established to help protect your child.


Please bring your driver's license with you when you are checking out your student.


Please continue to monitor your child every morning for symptoms of COVID-19 that could indicate that they are not well. If your child has any COVID-19 symptoms or they have been exposed to a person with COVID-19, please keep them home and call the attendance line. Symptoms of COVID-19*

● Fever or chills (T = 100.4 or higher)

● Cough

● Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

● Fatigue

● Muscle or body aches

● Headache

● New loss of taste or smell

● Sore throat

● Congestion or runny nose

● Nausea or vomiting

● Diarrhea

*This list does not include all possible symptoms (see Symptoms of Coronavirus for more information).

We learn more about COVID-19 every day, and as more information becomes available, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) will continue to update and share information with us. As our knowledge and understanding of COVID-19 evolves, this guidance may change.

During the school day if your child develops illness symptoms we, the school, will notify you and help you and your family take needed actions. Students who develop illness symptoms during the school day will be sent home.


It is important that you have accurate phone numbers on file for your student. Although we are using a calling system to contact families in case of inclement weather, the district will still continue to post school delays or closings in the following ways:

Official school closing announcements will be made on Hastings KDWA Radio 1460, WCCO-Channel 4, KSTP-Channel 5, KMSP-Channel 9 and KARE-Channel 11 television and Hastings Public School Website.

Click HERE for instructions on how to update contact information in Infinite Campus Parent Portal


If during the school year your address or daycare changes and this requires a change in transportation, please contact the school, not the bus company. If you give us the information we will work with the bus company to make the changes. The only changes that can be made are those that are permanent or for an extended length of time. It is very difficult for the bus company to make brief or sudden changes in the routes. If you need to update your address, please complete this form to turn into the office Thank you for your help in this matter.


If the Hastings Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather conditions, the Kids Campus Program will also be closed. If school is delayed two hours in opening, Kids Campus will be open at the regular time (6:30 am).

If school closes two hours early, then Kids Campus sites will close two hours early

(4:00 pm). Parents will be called and notified by Kids Campus staff to pick up their child.

Please pick up your child by 4:00 pm or authorize someone else to pick up your child by that time. Please listen to the radio and TV for school closing announcements.


As we continue to look to support our students’ mental health and well-being, please connect with your child’s classroom teacher, school social worker , or building principal with any questions, concerns or safety related issues.

Contact Info:

Pinecrest Social Worker:

Michaela Burr

P: 651.480.7287

Email: mburr@isd200.org

Pinecrest Principal:

Paul Bakker

P: 651.480.7280

Email: pbakker@isd200.org