Pinckney News & Notes, 1/13/22

Pinckney Elementary, 810 W 6th, Lawrence, KS 785-832-5800

Upcoming Events


  • Pinckney Pancake Feed, Saturday, January 14 @ 9:00-11:00 a.m.
  • No School, Monday, January 16 in honor of MLK Day
  • USD 497 MLK Day celebration, Thursday, January 19 @ 6:00-7:00 @ Lied Center
  • Date Change: 2/3 and 4/5 Music Program MOVED from 1/19 TO 2/23

Principal's Message

We are looking so forward to seeing you all tomorrow morning at our annual pancake flip breakfast. The breakfast is a free event, but donations for our PTO will be graciously accepted.

Please congratulate your students on having a great first week back to school. Our teachers and staff are so proud of the positive learner behaviors we have seen. Keep up the great work, Panthers!

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Spelling Bee Winners

Congratulations to our 5th Grader, Achilles Spates who will represent Pinckney at our districtwide spelling bee.

Another congrats to all of our participants:

3rd graders Timmy Montalvo, Maya Lee, Lena Saltmarsh, and Liam Burns

4th graders Finn Savoie, Brody Porter, Gio Rooney-Martinez, and Nova Scanlon

5th graders Libya Elshekhi, Oliver Katz, and Jackie Hamilton

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Ms. Kemme and Veda Moore are our MLK Dreamer Award recipients (from last week)

Congratulations are due for our 4/5 teacher, Ms. Lori Kemme, and our 5th grader, Veda Moore who are this year's recipients of the MLK Dreamer award. This districtwide award is to honor staff and students whose positive presence builds bridges in our school communities.

Ms. Kemme was chosen for her constant positivity and commitment to all students. Her students report how she is always kind and supportive and will do whatever it takes for them to be successful.

Veda Moore, a 5th grader in Ms. Dutcher's class, was chosen because of her strong leadership, her commitment to learning, and her support of her school. Veda is a great student and she is always willing to help her classmates and her teacher in order to support Pinckney.

Please join me in celebrating these two amazing Pinckney Panthers!

Futures Planning Community Input Sessions

The Futures Planning Committee and district administration will gather more community feedback about achieving board financial priorities during two Public Input Sessions. Each session will be held from 6:00-7:30 p.m. First, on Tuesday in the Free State High Commons, and then Wednesday in the LHS Commons.

Consultant RSP and Associates will share a brief overview of the committee's review of data about school finance, curriculum and instruction, facilities, and other factors. With an Open House format, participants will then have an opportunity to review enrollment projections, the committee's finance, teaching and learning, and facility belief statements; and proposed budget reductions while asking questions and sharing verbal and written input.

AmeriCorps members will provide child care for school-age children.

The committee's meeting materials from Wednesday have been uploaded to the website at www.usd497.org/FuturesPlanning.