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Pine Run Elementary School

Pine Run Plaza: Celebrating grit and growth with great cuisine!

Pine Run Plaza Opens For Business!

As an award for our Study Island Challenge winners, fifth grade students were the first honored guests at the very exclusive and trendy Pine Run Plaza. Critics raved that the service was A+, the food was of the finest quality, and the decor was warm and elegant.

Good luck to all our students in grades 3-6 who are now competing in our second and final Study Island Challenge for this school year!!


Register kindergarten and new first grade students now!

Don't forget to register your incoming Kindergarten student or your new-to-Pine Run 1st grader for the 2014-2015 school year. Please contact 267-893-2111 to make an appointment ASAP.

If you don't have to register a child, you can still help!! Please spread the word to others about registering in the very near future. Prompt registration helps our school personnel plan more effectively and efficiently for the new and exciting school year ahead!

Art Grant awarded to Mrs. Thomas!!!

Crossing Boundaries: Making Art

Pine Run and Kensington Collaborative Exhibition

March 2 through March 23, 2014
Education Gallery at the Michener Art Museum

Crossing Boundaries: Making Art is a collaboration of two diverse communities of learners from Pine Run Elementary and the Kensington Health Sciences Academy in Philadelphia.

The elementary and high school students who participated in this program worked at their home schools, with visual arts educators Stephani Thomas and Robin Lane. They created mixed media works with photography, fabric, artifacts, and found objects.

Through their artwork, student-artists reflected upon their sense of place within their home and school environments, In addition, students wrote reflective essays that help inform the images they created.

This creative process gave students the opportunity to explore the enduring questions, "Where do I come from?", "Where am I going?", and "What will I do when I get there? " Their artwork offers a rare glimpse into the challenges faced, and opportunities afforded, to young people living in two very different communities. We see the innate qualities of youth - resilience, spirit, promise, invention, and hope - crossing boundaries.

Please come! The public is welcome!

The exhibition is free and open to the public from March 2-23, and visitors may see the student work during museum hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10am - 4:30 pm, and Sunday from noon - 4:30 pm.

Portfolio Conference Information

Portfolio conferences will be held in mid-April. We invite you to enjoy the time conferences provide to discuss your child's work and to engage in valuable reflections and goal-settings.

Prior to the conferences, portfolios containing student work will be sent home with each student. This is an opportunity for you and your child to examine his/her work, celebrate successes, and consider areas and ideas for future learning. Using a brief summary, we will solicit your feedback from your parent-child conversations. This will help you and your student prepare for the conference to follow. Portfolios will be sent home from April 4th to April 11th - and homework will be minimized to allow you this precious time.

Boomerang Award

This year, Pine Run continues to accept nominations for the Boomerang Award as a way of honoring students who best demonstrate strong developmental assets. What are Developmental Assets? They are the characteristics displayed most frequently by children who are successful in school and in life. These 40 assets have the power to influence choices young people make and help them become caring, responsible adults. For a complete list of the 40 Developmental Assets visit: www.

March: #38 Self-Esteem. Young person demonstrates a confidence that promotes positive behaviors and relationships. He/she is proud to be the person that they are, and they serve as a role model to others because of their healthy self-confidence.

April: #25 Reading for Pleasure. Young person reads for pleasure most days of the week, either alone, with family members, or with friends.


PSSA Reading/Math (Grades 3-6)

  • Monday, March 24th - Thursday, March 27th

PSSA Writing (Grade 5 only)

  • Monday, April 7th - Wednesday, April 9th

PSSA Science (Grade 4 only)

  • Monday, April 28th - Tuesday, April 29

We ask that you make every effort to avoid taking your children out of school during testing days.

For additional Information go to - Curriculum - Assessment

Update of Elementary Progress Reports

To better match classroom instruction with our communication of student achievement, CB continues to work aggressively to revise and enhance its reporting system. As a principal, I am honored to be working at the helm of this initiative. Hundreds of hours have already been employed to research the fields which best inform our decision-making. These include behavioral studies, motivation theories, patterns of child development, learning practices, socially and culturally-based constructs, instructional methodologies, learning environment research, educational psychology, and cognitive psychology. Also included in our exploration are findings gathered through neuropsychology, which furthers our knowledge of how brain functioning impacts learning behaviors.

By reviewing research and examining hundreds of working documents from local, national, and international elementary schools, we believe we are well on our way toward establishing a reporting system that 1) reflects research-based learning practices and 2) reflects our district's expectation for student achievement.

Please take some time to check out all five of our videos listed on our website (link below), to further your knowledge and understanding of this important project!

Reading Challenge Breakfast and Crazy Hat Day!

Bravo to all our young readers who participated in the Pine Run Reading Challenge over the holiday break! Their extra time and efforts to read when school was not in session won them a yummy pancake breakfast with all the fixings. Fun was had by all!!

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