Tiger Tales

June 2016

School Year Farewell

I know I say this every year but it is really true...


We have had a wonderful year at Pine Knob Elementary with students growing both in statue and in their academic pursuits. It amazes me how students come prepared each day to be challenged and rise to the occasion. The hard work our students put forth each day would not be recognizable if not for the dedicated support of our staff, families and PTA. It certainly takes an entire community to see our children through their trials and tribulations each and everyday but together we make amazing things happen for all students.

A huge THANK YOU goes out to our PTA Board for all of the support and leadership they have provided our school during the past year:

Christine Cairns, President

Katie Charter, 1st Vice President

Stephanie Crane, 2nd Vice President

Corrie Ruby, Treasurer

Tricia Elson, Co-Treasurer

Stacey Garrison, Secretary

Anne-Marie Williamson, Fundraising

Vicki Uebbing, Membership

Stacy Swick, Volunteer Coordinator

The staff at Pine Knob Elementary wishes all of our students and families a safe and happy, fun-filled summer! We look forward to seeing everyone back on the first day of the 2016-2017 school year.

Thank you for a great fun-filled year as your PKE principal,

Jodi Yeloushan

Last Two Days of School - Important Information

Students are NOT to bring their backpack to school on Wednesday, June 15, 2016.

Locker clean out will be as follows:

5th, 1st & 2nd grades will clean out their lockers on

Monday, June 13.

Kdg., 3rd & 4th grades will clean out their lockers on

Tuesday, June 14.

  • We support Oakland County Sheriff Department's recommendation that students do not walk home or to Dairy Dream on these days.
  • If your child will be going home a different way than they normally do, a SIGNED PARENT NOTE MUST BE GIVEN TO THE OFFICE FIRST THING TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY MORNING. If a note is not provided, your child will be sent home their normal method. Thank you for your understanding in keeping our children safe.

Important Dates to Remember

June 2016

10 - Field Day (P.M. only)

14 - 5th grade Graduation/Tree Planting Ceremony - 9:00 a.m.

14 - Half Day of School for Students (11:31 a.m. dismissal)

15 - Half Day of School for Students (11:31 a.m. dismissal)


MANY VOLUNTEERS ARE STILL NEEDED TO MAKE THIS DAY A SUCCESS! A Sign-up Genius has been shared for you to view areas that help is needed.

PKE Field Day 2016 will be an Olympic themed fun-filled day featuring games, relay races, obstacles courses, Kona Ice treats and so much more.

Field Day is a really fun end of year event. The kids really look foward to it!! We need volunteers to make this day happen for our kids. Lunch will be provided for all day volunteers.

If you have any questions please call the main office to leave a message at 248-623-3900 or e-mail me (Christine Cairns christinecairns@att.net or lamoldovan@gmail.com).

Field Day Co-Chairs,

Christine Cairns and Lisa Moldovan

2016 Yearbook

Yearbooks will be passed out on Monday, June 13 at the end of the day.

There are only a few extra yearbooks for sale ($10.00). Cash or checks made payable to PKE PTA will be accepted. They will be available for sale on Wednesday, June 15.

If you want to purchase a yearbook:

1. Students need to bring their money in an envelope with their name on it.

2. All envelopes will be placed in a drawing.

3. If your envelope is not selected the money will be returned.

The yearbook autograph signing will be on Wednesday, June 15. Please remind your student to bring their yearbook back to school on this day to gather autographs from friends and teachers!


Please make sure you access and set up your account in ParentVue. The Learning Feedback Document (formerly report card) will be sent home during the week of June 20th. Parents may view their child(ren)'s LFD through ParentVue on Tuesday, June 21. To access ParentVue:

  1. Go to the Clarkston Schools’ webpage www.clarkston.k12.mi.us

  2. Choose the Resources tab and then select ParentVue

Student Medications on File

Any medications that your child has taken at school will need to be picked up by an adult in the main office by the end of the school year. Any medications that are not picked up by June 17 may be discarded.

Also keep in mind that if your child will need medication in the 2016-2017 school year, you and your doctor will need to complete a NEW and UPDATED Medication Authorization Form, (printable version) or can be obtained from the school office.

If you have any questions, feel free to call the main office at 248-623-3900.

Summer Coding Camp 2016

Scratch (Coding) Camp for Beginners

Cost - $175.00

Date - July 25-29, 2016

Time - 8:30 - 11:30 am

Max. Participants - 20

Location: Administration Building

Instructors - Lori Banaszak , CCS Technology Integration Specialist and Sharon Crain, CCS Media Specialist

Registration: http://bit.ly/SummerCoding16

Coding Camp for Beginners - A camp for kids ages 9 - 11 years old to learn about coding (computer science) using Scratch. This camp will introduce and help kids build a basic understanding of coding. This will include the terminology and processes to start thinking like a computer programmer. Students will complete group activities as well as individual projects to produce a final game or animation. There will be a student showcase the last day of camp to highlight student projects. Come code with us!

Scratchers (Coding) Camp for Intermediate/Advanced

Cost - $175.00

Date - July 25 - 29, 2016

Time - 12:30 - 3:30 pm

Max. Participants - 20

Location: Administration Building

Prerequisite - Coding Camp for Beginners or member of one of the CCS elementary coding clubs.

Instructors - Lori Banaszak , CCS Technology Integration Specialist and Sharon Crain, CCS Media Specialist

Registration: http://bit.ly/SummerCoding16

Scratchers Coding Camp - This camp is designed for kids ages 9 - 12 years old to take their Scratch skills to the next level. This camp will build upon the concepts of Coding Camp for Beginners and develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of coding (computer science) using Scratch. Participants will work in collaborative groups as well as independently to create interactive games or animations. There will be a student showcase the last day of camp to highlight student projects. Come code with us!

School Supply Kits

It's not too late to still place your order! Avoid the stores, the crowds and save your gas.

School Supplies 1st will pack all of your students school supplies and deliver right to their classroom. We have been serving the families of Clarkston School District for ten years.

Your teacher has made his/her list for the 2016/2017 school year. You can order on-line at www.schoolsupplies1st.com. Select District/Clarkston/Pine Knob/ and then your grade. Enter your student's name. Add the kit to the cart and you will be directed to Pay Pal to complete your order. It's that simple! Orders on-line must be received no later than July 15.

PKE Recognizes the Power of Reading - Help Us Provide Books for Babies!

Pine Knob Elementary is embarking on a new service project that will impact on our own school community. The project is being planned for the fall of 2016 but we wanted to let parents now about it before summer break. Click on the document provided below for all the details.

Thank you for your support of this project that will benefit our future PKE students. We wish you a wonderful summer and remember to continue reading with your children!


Elizabeth Gifford and Stacey Albani

Leadership in Action!

Broadcast Team for April through May: Six fifth graders go live every Tuesday, Thursday & Friday with the school news. Pictured are team members Cameron Stark , Samantha Wancour, Madison Zacharias, Gavin Pate, Gavin Bow & Yuliya Lenyk.

Celebrating our Salmon Project!

Students from Mrs. Giovas' third grade and Mrs. Driver's second grade took a field trip to Yates Cider Mill in Rochester, Michigan to release the salmon raised during this past school year. This wonderful experiment was made possible by the financial support of the following organizations:

Pine Knob Elementary's PTA

Clarkston's Farm & Garden Club

The Clarkson Foundation

A special thank you to Rodney Elnick, from the Detroit Steelheaders, for his ongoing support of this project. The fish tank was placed in the 2nd grade hallway so that the whole school was able to witness and enjoy the salmons' growth.

Super Summer Success

Let reading take your child on new adventures

this summer!


Your child can exchange books on the following dates:

Day time hours:

Wednesdays from 10:00-11:00 a.m. on 6/29, *7/27, and 8/24

Evening hours:

Tuesdays from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on *7/12, and 8/9

If you have any questions regarding this summer reading

program, please contact the Reading Team at PKE 248-623-3900.

(*The main office will be closed during the month of July.)


The following students have joined the Media Center Book Club and will celebrate a birthday in June:

Kendall Sieradski (6/1/2007)

Hailey Jones (6/6/2006)

Brenden Curry (6/20/2008)

Owen Murray (6/22/2009)

Jacob Lenardson (6/24/2005)

Summer Coding Camp 2016

Don't miss out on the opportunity this summer for your child to attend Coding Camp where they can learn or advance to the next level.

Please click on Summer Coding Camp 2016 for more information.

PKE - PTA Board Members for 2016-2017

President - Stefanie Crane

Vice President - Anne-Marie Williamson

Vice President - Laverne Woodward

Secretary - Tricia Elston

Treasurer - Katie Charter

Treasurer - Corrie Ruby

Volunteer Coordinator - Vicki Uebbing

Membership - Christine Cairns

Passive Fundraising - Stacy Garrison

Congratulations to the PKE PTA Scholarship Winners!

Kudos to the following PKE students who were presented with scholarships to attend various camps this summer at the PTA meeting in May:

Summer Writer's Camp - Madison Drapinski

Reading Camp - Claire Curry

Clarkston Wild Camp - Graham Mooney

Clay Camp - Percival Valascho

Clay Camp - Charlie Swick

Clay Camp - Nolan Payne

Musical Theater Camp - Morgandy Shaw

Rush Robotics - Kyle Lynch

Clay Camp - Nathan Cairns

Musical Theater Camp - Izzy Zurek

CCS Student Calendar for 2016-2017

Click here to view: Student Calendar 2016-2017

Save the Date - August 30!

Partnership Night - Tuesday, August 30, 2016

PKE to Hold Three Events in One Night!

Mark Tuesday, August 30 down for the Pine Knob Elementary Meet & Greet,

Curriculum Night and Ice Cream Social!

Specific details about this exciting event will be communicated as the event gets closer!

Board of Education and Central Office Administration

Board of Education

Steve Hyer, President

Elizabeth Egan, Vice President

Kelli Horst, Treasurer

Susan Boatman, Secretary

Cheryl McGinnis, Trustee

Craig Hamilton, Trustee

Gregory Need, Trustee

Central Office Administration

Dr. Rod Rock, Superintendent

Shawn Ryan, Deputy Superintendent

Mary Beth Rogers, Executive Director of Business Services

John Lucido, Executive Director of Human Resources

Kathy Christopher, Executive Director of Student Support Services

Non Discrimination Clause

In compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Americans with Disability Act of 1990, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, it is the policy of the Clarkston Community School District that the Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, height, weight, marital status, genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristic, in its programs and activities, including employment opportunities. For more information contact the Executive Director of Human Resources, 6389 Clarkston Road, Clarkston MI, 48346, (248) 623-5400. For more information regarding ADA, contact the Deputy Superintendent, 6389 Clarkston Road, Clarkston MI, 48346, (248) 623-5400.