Camp Pioneer Trail
December 2018 Parent Newsletter
Dear Pioneer Trail Families,
Hoping this newsletter finds you well as we start moving into the hustle and bustle of the holiday season! I feel like I say this all the time, but I really cannot believe how fast the school year is going!
I am very proud of the work that our students and teachers are doing! We are making some great progress toward our goals this year! For example, our most recent iReady Reading Diagnostic showed that our students moved from 29% being considered "on grade level" at the beginning of the year to 46% at the end of November. The amazing part about this is that the "on grade level" is based on where students should be by the end of the year for their grade placement. I cannot wait to see the continued progress we make at our next diagnostic in early February! Your support at home by ensuring that students are taking time out to practice reading either independently or with you is only going to increase these gains...15 minutes a day has huge impacts!
We are also making huge gains in our discipline incidents. Over the past three years, we have noticed significant decreases in office referrals. At this time of year in 2016, we had 258 office referrals. This time last year, we had 157 office referrals. This year, we currently have 107! We still have work to do, but we are making huge gains! Your support at home when you are contacted by building administrators or teachers will help this number decrease. Know and trust that when you are being contacted, we are really needing your help. The sooner your child realizes that home and school are on the same page and that expectations are consistent - the sooner the impact on their choices.
Thank you for your continued support as we move forward this year! I am so proud to be part of such an amazing school made up of your kids and our phenomenal staff! Wishing you and your family the very best this season! Working together, we can create the best school ever!
COMMPASSION AND KINDNESS are our character traits for Decmeber. Please discuss with your child the importance of being gentle and thoughtful with his/her words and actions.
UPCOMING FOOD DRIVE....
Pioneer Trail Physical Education
Two Can Dance Food Drive
Strengthening our bodies and helping the community at the same time!
Please donate TWO canned goods for your child to use as weights to strengthen his/her arm muscles while we dance and exercise in class!
Can Drive Dates:
Monday, December 3 through Friday, December 14
Students will participate in this event during their P.E. classes on December 12 through December 17.
All canned goods will be donated to the Samaritan Center on December 17.
Students are welcome to bring additional cans to donate to this great cause!
NEW FACES AT P.T.
My name is Ashlie Beck and I am one of the new 4th grade teachers at Pioneer Trail, however, some of you may recognize me from a few years ago! Four years ago I did a maternity leave for a teacher here at PT and probably had some of you in my class then! Crazy how fast time flies! Since then, I have been teaching 4th grade at New Bloomfield Elementary. This year will be my 4th year of teaching 4th grade. I have lived in Jefferson City for the majoirty of my life and am a graduate of JCHS. I continued my education at Moberly Area Community College where I earned an Associates Degree in Education. From there I transfered to Columbia College and received a Bachelors in Human Services with certification in Elementary Education.
This summer my husband Eli and I had our first child, Nathan! He is our whole world! We have been married for almost 4 years and hope to have several more children in our future! Our family also consists of our dog, Samson. He was our first 'real child'! As a family, we love to travel, be outside, bike, and eat! :)
Dec. 3...PTO Meeting 6:30
Dec. 5...Major Saver Kickoff
Dec. 6...Papa John's Pizza Night
Dec. 10..Board of Education Meeting
Dec. 13..Kindergarten Concert 6:00
Dec. 20..Second Quarter Incentive Celebrations
HELPFUL HINTS FROM THE OFFICE
- BBBRRRRRR.....cold weather is here!! Students will go outside each day that the "feels like" temperature is 20 degrees or above, so please make sure they come to school with their coats, hats, and gloves. Thanks so much!!!
- To ensure the safety of our students, we will always follow the set routine for your child to go home from Pioneer Trail unless we have a note or phone call from you. Please call no later than 2:30 pm.
- If your child will be absent, please notify the office as soon as possible at 632-3400.
- When dropping your child off in the morning, please remain in your vehicle. If you need to exit your vehicle, please pull into a parking space so that the flow of traffic is not disrupted.
- If you are dropping your child off after 8:15, please walk them inside and sign them in.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL OF YOUR HELP!!
PIONEER TRAIL MISSION STATEMENT
PIONEER TRAIL VISION STATEMENT
Pioneer Trail Elementary will foster a community of students, parents, and staff dedicated to the development of every individual’s ability to learn. Staff and parents will expect each student to achieve at his or her maximum potential, both academically and behaviorally. As a community, we promote a safe, supportive environment that encourages curiosity, inquiry, and a life-long passion for learning.
We Believe that learning is a continuous process that builds from year to year with a rigorous curriculum that focuses on state standards.
We Believe that students should be engaged in the learning process and be accountable for their learning.
We Believe that character traits should be an important focus and help support a cheerful, productive, and safe school environment.
We Believe that collaboration among all stakeholders is vital to helping students achieve success.