Badger Beat

December 3, 2021

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

December 6 - Pine Creek Spelling Bee, Grades 3-5 8:30-9:30, Grades 1-2 9:30-10:30

*Links posted below*


December 7 - All School Dress Up Day for the Holiday Countdown - Wear festive holiday layers


December 8- 11:40 Early Dismissal (sack lunch order form)


December 14 - Height, Weight, & Vision Screening, 1st-4th Grade and new 5th Grade Students

Scooters, PTO Ditch the Dishes, ALL DAY

SPELLING BEE INFORMATION- DECEMBER 6

We will be hosting our annual spelling bee on Monday, December 6. Families of participants are able to attend in person. Spelling Bee will be streamed live at the links below. Recordings will be sent later for viewing at a convenient time.


3-5 Grade Spelling Bee

Monday, December 6 · 8:30 – 9:30am

Google Meet joining info

Video call link: https://meet.google.com/dxf-wohi-dwg

Or dial: ‪(US) +1 941-216-5506‬ PIN: ‪755 837 637‬#


1-2 Grade Spelling Bee

Monday, December 6 · 9:30 – 10:30am

Google Meet joining info

Video call link: https://meet.google.com/ibw-ykhy-asx

Or dial: ‪(US) +1 402-523-0142‬ PIN: ‪828 625 240‬#

HEALTH SCREENING CHECKS

On, Tuesday, December 14, Pine Creek will be conducting the yearly height, weight, and vision screenings. This will include 1st-4th grade and new 5th grade students.


Volunteers needed for the height, weight, and vision screening! Please click on the link below if you'd like to help! No experience is needed! Thank You!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805094EAAAC29A4FB6-health


Tuesday, January 11 will be the Dental Screening for Kg-4th grade and new 5th grade students. A volunteer sign up will be sent out soon!

THANK YOU THURSDAY- PARENT EDITION

As with last year, I would like to facilitate the opportunity for parents, students, and families to share their gratitude for staff member at Pine Creek. Please consider taking a few minutes to tell someone (or many people!) that you are thankful for them at Pine Creek. You never know when your words will be just what they needed to hear.


Thank You Thursday- Parent Edition

PINE CREEK FOOD DRIVE

This year we will be collecting food for needy families in Douglas and Washington counties. We will be collecting food from Dec. 6 until Dec 15. We are encouraging students to donate nutritious items only. Each item will have a point value and classrooms will be competing to see who brings in the most points.


  • All Items will receive 1 point except the bonus items, canned fruit and non refrigerated jello and pudding. These will be worth 10 points.

  • Please NO Pop

  • Please NO GLASS CONTAINERS


BONUS ITEMS BY DATE- Each bonus item brought will be worth 10 points!

Dec 6-Monday Boxes of Cereal- Multi serving

Dec. 7-Tuesday Boxed Desserts or Boxed Bread

Dec. 8- Wednesday Pasta, rice or noodles (plain)

Dec. 9-Thursday Peanut butter

Dec. 10 Friday Spaghetti Sauce (no glass jars please)

Dec. 13-Monday Oatmeal

Dec. 14-Tuesday Baby food fruits and Vegetable

Dec 15-Wednesday Canned Soup

TAGG (Together A Greater Good) APP

One of the easiest ways for our PTO to raise funds, is by gathering funds from Businesses and not families!

There are hundreds of Omaha and Council Bluffs community-minded businesses that will donate a portion of each purchase to Pine Creek Elementary!

Download the free Together A Greater Good (TAGG) app and submit photos of your receipts within 14 days!

The typical donation is 5% of the purchase however may be capped or different, as indicated below or on the app.

That’s all you need to do! Just shop and snap!

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Spirit Day Winners

LOST AND FOUND- Please come claim what you recognize

THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP IN PULLING ALL THE WAY FORWARD AND QUICKLY ENTERING AND EXITING YOUR CHILDREN FROM YOUR VEHICLE

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PARENT/STUDENT BUILDING ACCESS AFTER SCHOOL

We have been noticing parents and students going to lockers and classrooms after school has let out for the day. If you need to access to the building at any time, please check in at the office. If you have a child who attends ASK, you will need to check in at the office before you head down the halls. If it is after 4:00, there will be no access to the classrooms. Thank you for your understanding!

IT'S TIME TO SEND WINTER GEAR!

It's that time of year when the weather can be unpredictable! Please make sure your children are dressed accordingly for recess and waiting outside before school starts! If they need additional layers, they will be sent to the Lost & Found. Thank you!

A Note from Mrs. Rischling and Mr. Keane:

We are looking for empty Pringles cans. We will use these to work on student's bowling skills as well as hand eye coordination activities!

PINE CREEK PTO NEWS

Please follow Pine Creek PTO on Facebook:

The Directory can be found through our website: http://pinecreekpto.wixsite.com/pinecreekpto

(An update is still occurring behind the scenes. We thank you for your patience.)

We hold our meetings the 3rd Monday of every month at 7pm in the school library. We will continue to hold them in person with virtual attendance as an option.

PINE CREEK YEARBOOK PHOTO SUBMISSION

Hello parents! This year for the yearbook we are going to try and make the process a little easier for all. We will have links for different school events where you can directly upload your kiddos photos that relate to each event. These can be photos taken at home as well.

Only yearbook coordinators will have access to these uploaded photos. Thanks SO much for all your help in making our yearbook the best!



Veterans Day Concert: https://www.plicbooks.com/go/GQPZKB


Classroom Learning/Fun: https://www.plicbooks.com/go/3ZMXUX

PTO BADGER BLUE DAYS

Mark your calendars! On the first Friday of each month, we are looking for the class that has the highest percentage of participation. We encourage you to send your child in all the spirit wear they own...or even a blue shirt! Add those bows, socks, hair paint etc. The winning class from each grade gets a special treat on that day!


Friday, January 7

Friday, February 4

Friday, March 4

Friday, April 1

Friday, May 6

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BENNINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY PROGRAMMING

1st Saturday @ 11 AM Read to a Dog

1st & 3rd Wednesday @ 3:45 PM Lego Club

1st & 3rd Saturday @ 3:45 PM Lego Club

2nd & 4th Wednesday @ 3:45 PM STEAM

2nd Tuesday @ 3:45 PM Golden Sower Book Club (8-12 year olds)

FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE

Please call Liz or Kathy at the front office (402-238-2372) to report all absences, late arrivals, or early pick ups. If you have personal information that needs to be updated, please do so using the NebSIS Family Acct on the Bennington Public Schools website.

MEDICATION AT SCHOOL


  • All medication must be checked into the office.
  • Expired medication will not be given to the child.
  • Any sort of prescription or over the counter medications must be brought in by a parent with a signed authorization form.
  • Other medications (including cough drops and itch creams) can be brought in by a child but must also have an authorization form signed by the parent in order to be administered.

ELEMENTARY COVID INFORMATION

For possible positive cases within our Elementary Buildings, there are steps that differ between Vaccinated and UnVaccinated. At this time, we understand that Elementary Students do not have the option to receive a vaccination, but if that should change this explains how it would affect the close contact experience:


  • First case in a classroom: All self-monitor unvaccinated wear a mask until 14 days have passed from the last exposure to the positive case.
  • Second case in the same classroom: Within 14 days of the first case, all self-monitor and unvaccinated wear a mask (i.e. vaccinated do not have to wear a mask at that step. Unvaccinated choosing to NOT mask at this step will not be allowed to attend school) This occurs until 14 days have passed from the last exposure to the positive second case.
  • Third case in the same classroom: Within 14 days of the first case, the school district will consult with DCHD to determine further mitigation measures; may include quarantine.
  • The health department recommends if a household member tests positive for COVID-19, that the unvaccinated other household members quarantine. Your child’s school’s front office staff will be able to assist you in determining a safe return to school date for your child should this event occur within your household.


We will once again send staff and students home who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms.


COVID-19 Symptom Lists:

Students and staff with any one (1) of the following symptoms will be sent home:

New Cough, New Onset of Shortness of Breath, New Loss of Taste or Smell


Students and staff with any two (2) of the following symptoms will be sent home:

Fever 100.4 F. or Above, Chills, Muscle Aches, Headache, Sore Throat, Nausea or Vomiting, Diarrhea, Fatigue


Please continue to communicate with us if a household member of your student has tested positive for COVID-19. If the student is Unvaccinated, the student must quarantine at home away from the positive individual. They may return to school with a negative COVID-19 test on Day 5 or later from the last time they were in close contact with the household member and may return to school after Day 7. The student should wear a mask and continue to self-monitor through Day 14.

UPDATED COVID DASHBOARD

If you would like to refer to the updated guidance that was sent out to all families regarding the District’s protocols when addressing positive COVID-19 cases within the school setting, please visit the District COVID Website. Here, you will be able to access resources, copies of Friday Notes, the Dashboard, and links to our Return to Learn Plan. The Dashboard will be updated next week once we have a full week of school. We will keep this website updated with any additional information or guidance provided by the health department. To start, there are updates on what to do if there is a positive COVID-19 case in your household. This can be found on the homepage of the website.
Health Department Guidance for Readmittance into School

If your child is sent home due to the above symptoms, we will follow the Health Department's guidance for readmittance into school.

COME WORK WITH US AT PINE CREEK!

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NUTRITION SERVICES INFORMATION

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December 2021 Lunch Menu

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