The Bullpup Pride

Pine Tree Hill Elementary- 1st Nine Weeks Edition #WEAREONE

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Everyday is a GREAT day to be a BULLPUP!

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Principal's Message

Hello Bullpup Family,


We have successfully conquered the first nine weeks of a new school year! I am extremely proud of the hard word and dedication our students are putting forth daily. Thank you for all you do to support your child's education at our school. Together we can ensure that every child grows socially, emotionally, and academically. Since you have been unable to visit our classes to see the great things our amazing teachers are doing daily, please enjoy the video below. This video highlights our first quarter learning and you may notice a few familiar Bullpups. Thank you to Mrs. Mayo for this creation!


As we enter a new quarter, please make sure you have scheduled a conference with your child's teacher (if you haven't done so already) to discuss their current progress. This is a great time to become more informed about your student's strengths, needs, behaviors, and learning styles. Our conferences are scheduled virtually or by phone for this nine weeks. If a face to face conference is requested, we ask our school visitors to wear a mask upon entering the building. We are working hard to maintain a safe environment for everyone.


As Covid numbers are inconsistent, we would like to remind you of our requirement to quarantine due to “close contacts” (in class and even on the bus). We want to acknowledge the incredible work our entire staff is doing during this time especially our amazing Nurse Thompkins. Please be respectful and understanding when you are called in reference to student illness or close contacts. Safety is our top priority.


Have a safe and enjoyable Fall Break!

Message from our Assistant Principal

Hello Bullpup Families,


We have had a strong start to a new school year! Thank you for all that you do daily to partner with us here at Pine Tree Hill. Please continue to review our school wide "B.A.R.K" rules with your child daily: Be safe; Act responsibly; show Respect; be Kind. These rules apply both in school and on our school buses. We are relaunching our Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) system for the 2nd nine weeks. Students will be rewarded for demonstrating these rules and will have the opportunity to participate in celebrations to reward their efforts.


Please stay tuned for more information on our B.A.R.K Bucks and Punch Cards.

Please make note of our upcoming Iowa/COGAT Assessment dates for our 2nd graders: Oct. 19, 21 and Oct. 25-27. The CogAT is a norm-referenced aptitude test, and IOWA is an achievement test. The purpose of testing is to identify students for the gifted and talented program. Our gifted and talented program is called SEAGUL, which begins in the third grade.


Please be safe during this fall break period!

Please complete this very important parent survey!

We are a Title I School

Click here to complete our Parent Title I Survey: Due Oct. 29, 2021.

First Quarter Review

Pine Tree Hill Quarter One Review

Spotlight on ELA Learning

Below you will find the 2nd Quarter Big Focus:


4K: Letters and Letter Sounds

Kindergarten: Initial, middle and final sounds in words, Identify & describe story elements, Informational Text & Narrative Writing

1st Grade: Reading & Writing Informational Text

2nd Grade: Text Features & Fairy Tales

3rd Grade: Nonfiction Main Idea & Summarizing

4th Grade: Nonfiction Main Idea & Details

5th Grade: Informational Writing and Explanatory Text & Greek and Latin Root Words

Spotlight on Math Learning

Below you will find the 2nd Quarter ELA Focus:


4K: Counting #s 1-10 and Correspondence

Kindergarten: Sorting and Classifying Data, Counting to 100, Reading numbers 1-120, Adding and Subtracting fluently within 5

1st Grade: Word problems to practice addition and subtraction for numbers up to 20

2nd Grade: Addition Fluency & Money

3rd Grade: Understanding Multiplication and Division

4th Grade: Multiplication and Division

5th Grade: Number patterns and coordinate planes; numerical expressions, input/output tables, & the coordinate system.

School Wide Math Challenge: Kindergarten-5th Grades

We would like to challenge you to spend 15 minutes nightly on Exact Path MATH. Your students are familiar with logging in daily and practicing math skills. This program will assist them in growing and becoming better math students. As they successfully complete activities, trophies will be rewarded. Please chat with them on their individual/grade level trophy goal. This will be a great way to practice math skills over fall break! There is also a Exact Path Reading component.

October Dates to Remember:

  • Artist in Residency visit Oct. 19th
  • Report cards were emailed at noon on Oct. 20th
  • Boo Gram Fundraiser: Oct. 18th- Delivered Oct. 29th
  • Red Ribbon Week: Oct. 25th-29th


November Save the Date: Thursday, Nov. 11th

Alice in Wonderland Production featuring our third graders and the Baillie Players. Third grade parents will be invited to attend this presentation. If weather permits, this will be an outdoor event. We will record and post a video for those unable to attend.

Notes from the Nurse

This week, I reviewed all 4k and 5k students' immunization records for completeness required by SC DHEC and SC state law for childcare and school age children. All children in school must have one of the following: SC Certificate of Immunization or Religious Exemption or Medical Exemption in their permanent record. DHEC 30 Day Exclusion notices were sent home with students this week if the student's record lacked the correct documentation or required shots were missing on their certificate of immunization on file at school. If you received this notice, please call your healthcare provider and obtain an updated SC DHEC Certificate of Immunization, and if necessary, make an appointment for vaccinations that were indicated as missing on your child's record. You have 30 days from the date discovered to complete this in order for your child to remain in school. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to call Nurse Thompkins at 803-425-8970. Thank you parents for taking prompt attention to this important matter. You may email Nurse Thompkins any records at kerry.thompkins@kcsdschools.net Please visit the CDC link below for the importance of childhood vaccines.


https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/visit/vaccination-during-COVID-19.html

Counselor's Corner

Please mark your calendars for our Red Ribbon Week- October 25-29. The theme for this week is "Drug Free Looks Like Me". Read below for the following theme day activities:


Monday, 10/25: "TEAM UP against Drugs, We are One"- Wear your favorite team colors or jersey


Tuesday, 10/26: "DRUG FREE LOOKS LIKE ME"- Wear red with your favorite shades or hat


Wednesday, 10/27: "PAWSitively Proud to be Drug Free"- Bullpup pride, wear green and gold or a PTH Bullpup shirt.


Thursday, 10/28: "Follow your Dreams, Don't Do Drugs"- Wear your favorite PJs to school


Friday, 10/29: "Strong Characters Don't Do Drugs"- Dress up like your favorite career or job

Awards Ceremony

This year we will host an end of the year award's ceremony to showcase student learning, growth, and success. The dates and times will be posted on our school website, teacher newsletters, social media, and class dojo. Parents will be invited to attend this celebration.

We will highlight our quarterly honor roll students on our school webpage. This list is also sent to our local newspaper.

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Friendly Reminders

  • School begins at 7:30AM (in your seats & ready to learn)
  • No sign outs after 2:00PM (unless pre-approved by admin.)
  • Please update the front office if there are changes in address or updated contact numbers
Thank you to our parents who are paired in Canvas. This is very important in order to monitor your student's grades and class participation. If you are not paired, please contact your child's teacher for instructions. Our goal is to have 100% of our families paired by the end of October.
If you're looking for a SAFE after school program here at PTH, consider our Be Great Academy-Boys and Girls Club. Students receive help with homework, are fed dinner and will receive a snack. The weekly rate is $54 but discounts are offered to multiple enrolled students and/or Medicaid eligible families. Call 803-231-3300 to register today!

Updated Contacts

Please notify the school office with all contact information changes - phone numbers, address and ANY changes in custody arrangement. If you move to a new address in the District please provide a new primary proof of residence to the office immediately. If you have a new custody order, please submit a copy to the office or email a copy to Emily.Cameron@kcsdschools.net. Thank you for partnering with us to ensure the safety of your child.

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Pine Tree Hill Elementary School

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938 Bishopville Hwy.

Camden, SC 29020

Phone: (803) 425-8970

Fax: (803) 425-7718