Pinewood Weekly Newsletter

September 17, 2021

Welcome Back - Take 2!

Thank you Ms. Cassara for capturing this second, first day of school picture of one of our favorite Falcons, Beau Gallant.
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Principal's Message

Dear Falcon Families,

We did it! We actually made it through our first full week of the school year. I am impressed with how our staff and students jumped right back in and hit the ground running.

I want to thank you for your understanding in our cancellation of Back-to School Night. Even though we are not holding this event, teachers will be sharing information with you about their classroom routines and procedures. They are also open to meeting with you to directly answer your questions.

Looking ahead to next week, we will be taking school pictures on Tuesday, September 21st. Our photographers will also be here on campus on Thursday, September 23rd to take pictures of any students who were absent earlier in the week. Of course, we will also schedule a retake day in the near future. This week we sent home picture packet order forms. In the event that this paper did not make it home, I have also included this form with this newsletter. You may print this form at home and send it back with your payment by picture day. Please reach out to our school office or email me if you have any questions about school pictures.

In closing, I want to appreciate you all for your continued support. The past month was truly challenging. I am optimistic that the remainder of the school year will run smoothly.


Kim Little


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Mark Your Calendar for our First PTC Meeting of the Year!

On Tuesday, September 28th we will hold our first Parent Teacher Club meeting of the year. This first meeting will take place after school beginning at 2:45 pm by the small playground outside rooms 1 and 2 . We are looking to reinvigorate our Pinewood Parent Teacher Club.

Over the years this group has hosted many fun and engaging events for our students and families including: Fall Festival, Santa Story Night, Christmas Shopping Store, Family Dances, Yearend Luaus and game nights. The PTC has funded the creation of our school wide murals, assorted classroom activities, assemblies, and many enrichment opportunities.

At this first meeting we will be electing new board members. Please consider attending this meeting to learn more about the Pinewood PTC and how you can help support our Pinewood Falcons.

Free and Reduced Lunch Verification Survey

Dear Pollock Pines Families,

I am writing to ask for your help to ensure that Pinewood Elementary and Sierra Ridge Middle School receives extra funding from the State to support academic and extracurricular programs. By completing a quick survey, your student(s) may be eligible for free or reduced breakfast and/or lunch, and PPESD bus passes, and more.

Even if your student(s) may not take advantage of these services, completing this form will allow Pollock Pines Schools to qualify for grants, receive free transportation for field trips, and help qualify for more funding for extracurricular enrichment programs. We ask you to take 2 minutes to complete the survey.

We appreciate your assistance in helping our school qualify for additional funding resources.

We need all families to complete this confidential survey below by Friday, October 1, 2021.

Pat Atkins

PPESD Superintendent


Please take the time to complete by 10/1/21

El Dorado Smiles Dental Van Coming Soon!

In the coming week, we will be sending home information to sign up for the El Dorado Smiles Dental Van. The van visits our school site twice a year. We are excited to welcome this service on campus October 5th and 6th.
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Falcon Café - September Menu

All meals are offered free of charge for the 2021-2022 school year.

Upcoming Dates

September 21st - Picture Day

September 27th - Site Council Meeting 3:00-4:00pm, Emigrant Trail Meeting Room

September 28th - PTC Meeting, 2:45pm outside rooms 1 and 2

October 1st - Spirit Wear Orders are Due

October 5th and 6th - El Dorado Smiles Dental Van will be at Pinewood

October 12th - PPESD Board Meeting 6:00 pm,. Emigrant Trail Meeting Room