The Pine Bough

Pine River School Newsletter, January 2022

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Happy New Year!

Dear Pine River Families,

Happy New Year! It is exciting to welcome all of the students back to learning on January 3rd!

As we begin 2022 and near the halfway point of the school year, I thought it might be helpful to share my thoughts on how we can continue to forge a positive relationship, focused on the success of your student. In that spirit, I offer the following statements:

Count on me...

  • To exhibit a caring attitude and positive regard for all of our students.
  • To visibly demonstrate my belief that every student can learn and grow.
  • To maintain high expectations for academics, behavior, and citizenship.
  • To listen carefully and investigate any concerns fully.
  • To ensure that discipline is a teaching and learning experience.
  • To return your phone call or email within 12 hours.
  • To be available for any appointment scheduled through Mrs. Williamson.
  • To constantly research and develop strategies to improve educational practices and remove barriers to opportunities for our students.

I'll Count on you...

  • To realize my focus as the building leader is to make decisions that are in the best interest of all my students.
  • To support my daily priority of observing and supporting teaching and learning in classrooms, understanding that means I may not be immediately available in the office when you stop in.
  • To be an integral member of our team in supporting our students and collaborating with our staff.
  • To understand I will be unable to disclose information about other students to you.
  • To contact the adult closest to your concern first--a teacher or bus driver before coming immediately to the administrator.
  • To continue to support and give our staff grace during these challenging times as we all work together to navigate through unprecedented situations.

In highly effective teams, members have expectations and roles that are clear for them and readily understood. This helps the team function at the highest level. As you and I work as a team to support your student's experience for the rest of this school year, I invite your questions or comments about the above guiding principles.

I look forward to continuing a successful year together!

Your Principal,

Rachel Card

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Current Mask Mandate Guidelines

As communicated by Superintendent Cybulla, the St. Clair County Health Department issued a Public Health Order on December 29, 2021 requiring that facial coverings be worn in all indoor K-12 settings effective Monday, January 3 - Friday, January 28, 2022. This is a County-wide order that must be followed by all school districts within St. Clair County.

Specifically, beginning Monday, January 3, 2022:

● All K-12 students, District staff, and visitors to school facilities are required to “properly and consistently” wear a facial covering throughout the school day (other than while eating and actively participating in band/choir classes) and on school buses. Disposable face masks will be provided and must be worn by those students who do not wear a mask to school.

● Those individuals who cannot medically tolerate a mask may be able to receive a mask exemption from their medical provider. All such exemptions should be forwarded to Dawn Demick, Assistant Superintendent, at When possible a face shield should be worn if a facial covering cannot be tolerated. If your child has a mask exemption on file from last year, you do not need to submit a new form and are all set.

● While preschool aged students are not required to wear a face mask, they are welcome to do so.

● Per the Health Order, although highly encouraged, masks are not required during extracurricular activities held after regular school hours including athletic events and fine arts performances where attendance is voluntary.

Parents interested in enrolling their students in the East China Virtual Academy (ECVA) should contact the ECVA at (810) 676-1300 for further information. Please note enrollment in ECVA is limited to a semester long commitment beginning January 24, 2022 through the end of the school year

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The Mobile Dentist is coming to Pine River! Our orignal scheduled date was Friday, December 10, 2021, but due to our mental health day we have rescheduled to Thursday, January 6, 2022. This in-school dentist is a state licensed dentist that will regularly check your child's mouth & teeth, as well as provide a cleaning, x-rays as necessary, fluoride treatment and apply sealants, as needed. Additional care, such as fillings, may also be provided. A dental report card will be sent home with your child. By completing this link below, or completing and returning the flyer sent home with your student, the dentist will be able to see your child for their initial visit as well as all follow-up visits. All forms are ow due by December 13, 2021. Please call the office if you have questions

PTO Reverse Raffle

Hello Pioneer Families,

Our PTO is hosting a Reverse Raffle Fundraiser on January 21st and would love for you to attend. This is a new style of fundraiser for us geared towards the adults and we guarantee you will have a good time.

- Dress up and enjoy the evening if you want, but it’s not required.

- Not inclusive to only parents of Pine River - feel free to invite your family, friends, neighbors. etc.

- Alexander’s will be providing a fantastic buffet dinner & dessert along with an open bar.

A Reverse Raffle is a raffle where you DON’T want your number to be called. Each attendee will be assigned a number (1-200) at check-in and numbers will be drawn throughout the evening. There will be smaller prizes for the first number out, 50th number out, 100th number out and so on. The prize amounts become substantially larger when we get to the final five remaining numbers, with the last one taking home $2500. There will also be a Silent Auction, Side Raffle Games and a 50/50.

Ticket order forms were sent home with students. We anticipate this event to sell out so don’t hesitate to place your order. Our goal is to make this an annual FUNdraising event to help provide the best equipment and opportunities for our students and school.


Pine River Elementary PTO

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Thank you to Jen and Joe Real Estate One for sponsoring our Golden Dustpan Award!

December Golden Dustpan Award Winner

Mr. Scillian's fourth grade class won The Golden Dustpan Award for December! Each month, our custodians choose the class that keeps their room the cleanest. The winning class receives a pizza party, class and individual certificates, and the honor of displaying the Golden Dustpan on their hallway cubbie.

December Golden Dustpan Award
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Positivity Project Resources for Families

The mission of The Positivity Project is to empower students to build positive relationships with others and be their best selves as individuals. Each week at Pine River, we focus on one of the 24 character strengths that everyone possesses. Through lessons presented daily by their teachers, our students learn to be more self aware and self confident in the content of their own character. In addition, they learn to understand and appreciate these character traits in others. Together, we are building meaningful relationships and connections with one another that are essential for learning and growing.

Below are some resources to help our families support The Positivity Project at home.

Positivity Project Calendar ~ 2021-2022

Character Cards

P2 for Familes, Pre-K-2

P2 for Families, Grades 3-5

Virtual Learning with the Positivity Project

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Thank you to Bistro 428/Neiman's Catering in Marine City for sponsoring our Pioneer of the Month Program!

Pioneers of the Month

All of our students strive to be motivated learners, as well as model citizens. Each month we will honor students from each class who exemplify the following qualities:


  • Student prepares for classroom activities.
  • Student approaches learning with enthusiasm.
  • Student has made steady progress in the classroom.
  • Student has been working to his/her potential.
  • Student completes all assignments and homework.
  • Student has a good work ethic and is diligent.

Leadership/ Citizenship/ Character

  • Student demonstrates respect of self and others.
  • Student assists others in need.
  • Student shows acts of kindness.
  • Student demonstrates a positive attitude.
  • Student displays good conduct.
  • Student is a positive role model by example.
  • Student participates and puts forth full effort in all areas.
  • Student follows school rules.

Young Fives/Kindergarten

Mrs. Guzowski's Class: Maylani Wojcik

Ms. Brosky's Class: Barrett Deraedt and Mila Emerich

Mrs. Malburg's Class: Kennedy Prisby and Jerron Maurer

Mrs. Schneider's Class: Charles Smith and Elliot Middel

First Grade

Mrs. Bean's Class: Sonny Malburg and Sophia Groce

Mrs. Jensen's Class: Kaycee Stanko and Calvin Blake

Mrs. Trudeau's Class: Phoenix Watson and Hayden McIntyre-Keller

Second Grade

Mrs. Dingman's Class: Emilia Gander and Graham Fryer

Mrs. Kenyon's Class: Skylar Coomer and Brayden Schroeder

Mrs. McNeill's Class: Brynn Schweihofer and Roland Potthoff

Third Grade

Ms. Dewey's Class: Kaia Schindler and Maxwell Chamberlin

Mrs. Dodge's/Mr. Spencer's Class: Bradley Shaw and Holly Shubnell

Mrs. Wahl's Class: Aaliyah Grosso and Emma Vernier

Fourth Grade

Mrs. Huston's Class: Ally Roberts and Caleb Gilroy

Mr. Scillian's Class: Liam Brozik and Clara Schneider

Mrs. Ursitti's Class: Jack Galliker and Ella Gardner

C.I. Class

Mrs. Cieslak's Class: Logan Davis

Yard Sign Pickup

Parents of our Pioneers of the Month may stop in and pick up a yard sign to display at home during the next month. Just buzz the office at the front doors when you arrive, and we will provide you with a sign.
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Mission: The mission of the Pine River school community is to work collaboratively, providing an enriched curriculum that allows for intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and creative growth in a positive and safe environment, empowering all children to become productive lifelong learners.


Pine River Elementary is dedicated to the belief that all students can learn and achieve through the combined efforts of the staff, parents, students, and community.

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