Pine Tree Primary School

Back to School Family Newsletter

Tomorrow is the First Day of School!

Our teachers and staff have been working hard to be ready for your students. Please review the information in this newsletter so you can help us have a fantastic start to the school year.


Please be patient with staff. We have over 500 students, most of them new, to take care of. Lines will take a while. We will get faster by the 3rd week of school

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Primary School Supplies

All Prekindergarten and Kindergarten have the same supplies.

Welcome to Pine Tree Primary!

Prekindergarten Families will be able to access Your Classroom teacher on Tuesday, August 14. Kindergarten Families will meet Camp Counselors at Kindergarten Orientation.


To see who your child’s teacher is, please follow the directions below to login to Skyward Family Access:

  1. Login into Skyward Family Access.

  2. Click on your student and then student info.

  3. The teacher and classroom number will be listed by homeroom.

As we begin the 2019-2020 school year, I would like to touch on one of the most common request of a parent to the principal in the first few weeks of school. This request is "I want my child's classroom changed." Allow me to explain a few things. Preparing classroom rosters is a collaborative effort amongst all staff members and administrators in the building. This process begins in the spring and can take several weeks, or go well into the summer.

There are many contributing factors that go into creating a classroom roster. The personality of the student and teacher, how many students are receiving exceptional services, the amount of students who are being pulled out for small group instruction, how many boys and girls are in the class, the academic levels of the students, which students had a tough time getting along with specific students the previous year, and at times, which kids socialize more when they're around specific students. Again, this process can take several weeks to complete.


Therefore, when you make this request, not only does it affect your child and the teacher's classroom they're moving to, but it also affects the schedule of other students receiving services, the schedule of the support for teachers providing interventions for your child and others, the culture of the new class, and may have an effect on the teacher’s schedule itself.

As a professional learning community, our teachers commonly plan all lessons so that all students have equitable instruction. Every month, classroom teachers and administration meet about each individual student to make sure that all students are growing academically and socially.


In conclusion, I always suggest for parents to do a few things before requesting for their child's teacher to be changed.


Meet with the teacher with an open mind to voice your concern. Be very specific.

Understand that in elementary school we're preparing children to be able to adapt to multiple teachers with multiple personalities. This is what they’ll see in middle school. This is excellent for the social development of the child.

Establish a communication plan with the teacher in regards to providing updates on the area of concern.


Most importantly, understand that we have the same goal and that is for your child to receive a world class education, in a safe and nurturing environment, and for them to reach their full potential.

Thank you for helping us make this the "Greatest School on the Land and Sea!"

Cristi Parsons

Principal

Primary Webpage

Check here for information!

First Day of School Procedures

In an effort to make the beginning of the school year smooth, please read the following information about the first week of classes:

  • On the first day of school, parents are allowed to walk in your students! Parents that walk students in the building can begin taking students to his/her classroom at 7:20. (This is only for the first day of school.) Doors open at 7:05 for students to eat breakfast. Parents are asked to say goodbye by 7:35, so we can begin our school day. The students that ride the bus or are dropped off will be guided in the right direction!


  • Kindergarten parents are welcome to walk your child to his/her classroom on August 28th since kinder camp will be over. This will give you a chance to see your child’s classroom.


  • Beginning on the 2nd day of school, students will need to either ride the bus or be dropped off in the appropriate car line. Students that arrive after the 7:35 tardy bell must be walked into the office by a parent.


  • The school day is from 7:35-3:05. It is important that students stay all day. When students are checked out early, it disrupts the learning in the classroom for the teacher and the other students. Our schedule lends itself for students to be instructed in math at the end of the day.

Arrival and Dismissal

Please understand that our buses will take longer to get your children to their after school destination during the first few weeks of school. Car lines will also be longer during the first few weeks. Be patient with us! Our bus drivers are learning new faces and new places!


All transportation changes must be made in the office or sent in a note. Transportation changes will not be made over the phone at anytime during the 2019-2020 school year.


Drop Off Procedures

In an effort to increase traffic flow during morning drop off, the following changes will be implemented for the 2019-2020 school year:

  1. Drop off Lines open at 7:05 and close at 7:35. Teachers at drop off must return inside at this time because students are entering classrooms. Please make sure to be in the line by 7:30. Being in the line at 7:35 does not guarantee your child will be let in through the entrance. Once teachers go inside at 7:35 any cars remaining in line will need to go to office.

  2. Any student dropped off after 7:35, must be walked into the office and signed into the computer. Students may not be dropped off outside without school staff available to meet them.

  3. Please form one line in the morning when entering the drop off area. Please stay in the lane closest to the curb and building. Two lines will only be used at pick up in the afternoons.


  1. Students should be ready to exit the car when you enter the drop off zone. Have backpacks ready to go. Please train your child how to buckle up, unbuckle and exit car on own. Greeters will be on sidewalk to welcome your child into the school building.

  2. At 7:36 a.m. your child will be counted tardy.

Main Office Parking Area

Bus and Van Riders will be picked up in the bus lane at the main office entrance off Silver Falls Road.


  • Bus lane is for buses and vans only. There is no parking in fire lanes. Fire lanes are indicated by a red painted curb labeled “Fire Lane, No Parking.”

  • If dropping off a student at the office, please park in a parking spot and walk the student into the office.


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Primary Traffic Flow

Silver Falls Road Entrance

Kindergarten


  • Students need to sit in the back seat passenger side of the car so that they do not have to walk around the car. Students need to be able to buckle and unbuckle themselves.

Drop Off 7:05-7:35

  • Students will exit the car by themselves at Drop Off.

Pick up 3:10-3:30


Pine Tree Road Entrance

Prekindergarten and Siblings from Kindergarten


  • Students need to sit in the back seat driver side of the car so that they do not have to walk around the car. Students need to be able to buckle and unbuckle themselves.

Drop Off 7:05-7:35

  • Students will exit the car by themselves at Drop Off.

Pick up 3:10-3:30

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Back to School Events

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Prekindergarten Meet the Teacher

Tuesday, Aug. 13th, 4:30-6pm

1808 Silver Falls Road

Longview, TX

During Meet the Teacher...


* Students and parents will Meet their Teacher.


*Students get name tags to wear the first day.


*Parents will verify transportation.


*This will be a great way to get our new students excited about school!


*Drop Off School Supplies


RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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Kindergarten Orientation

Tuesday, Aug. 13th, 4:30-6pm

1808 Silver Falls Road

Longview, TX

Orientation is at the PT Road Auditorium

Pick a session: 4:30pm or 5:00pm


During Orientation...


* Students and parents will learn about Kinder Camp.


*Students will meet all of the camp counselors.


*Students get name tags to wear the first day.


*Parents will verify transportation.


*This will be a great way to get our new students excited about school!


RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Kindergarten Orientation Slide Show

Click on the link to see the slide show.

Kindergarten Meet the Teacher

Wednesday, Aug. 28th, 7:30-8:30am

1808 Silver Falls Road

Longview, TX

During Meet the Teacher...


*Parents will get to meet the teacher.


*Drop off School Supplies


*If you cannot make it in the morning, teachers will be available from 4:00-5:00pm on August 28 for school supplies drop off.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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First Day of School

Wednesday, Aug. 21st, 7:15am

1808 Silver Falls Road

Longview, TX

Parents may walk students to class the First Day of School only.


Parking is available off Silver Falls Road and Pine Tree Road. Students must walked in the front entrance.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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Title 1 Parent Information Meeting

Tuesday, Sep. 3rd, 5-6pm

1808 Silver Falls Road

Longview, TX

We will be meeting in the Primary Cafeteria.


During the Meeting....

  • Learn about educational programs at the Primary
  • Meet the School Counselor
  • Meet the Parent Liaison
  • Learn how to Join PTA


We will have a Question and Answer time so we can answer any questions about what will happen in the school year.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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The ABCS of Pine Tree Primary

Attendance: Please see that your child attends school every day except in cases of illness or emergency. Send a note when he/she returns to school. Students should arrive at school by 7:35 AM or they will be considered tardy. Drop off begins at 7:05.


Buses and Pick Ups: Please understand that our buses will take longer to get your children to their after school destination during the first few weeks of school. Car lines will also be longer during the first few weeks. Our bus drivers are learning new faces and new places!

Change of Clothes: Please leave a change of clothes in your child’s backpack all year.

Accidents happen, milk spills, and children get dirty on the playground! (Consider the season and growth spurts!) Closed-toed shoes are best for playground and gym time!


Dismissal: The school day ends at 3:10 p.m. Anyone picking up your child MUST have a car tag. Our bus transportation policy is that students maintain the same drop-off address daily, unless given a permanent change. Transportation changes must be made in the office.


Data Notebook: Your child will come home with a “Take-home Folder” each day. Please check the folder daily to keep up with what your student is learning. Our teachers will send notes and student work, as well as notify parents about student behaviors. If you have a note for your child’s teacher, PLEASE BE SURE TO PLACE IT IN THE FOLDER. Folders are checked daily. Teachers do not check backpacks.


Exercise: Students get 50 minutes of recess a day. Wear shoes that are playground safe!


Field Trips: Our classes will attend Ecoland twice this year. Permission slips must be turned in for your child to attend. Limited adults are allowed to attend due to facility rules.


Grades: Look for updated data in your child’s data notebook 3 times a nine weeks. More information will be sent home at the end of the 1st 9 Weeks.


Happy Birthday: Celebrations may occur during the last 30 minutes of the school day. Items must be pre-packaged and dropped off in the office. No parents may attend. Contact your child’s teacher to set up a day to celebrate.


Independence: In Primary school, students will learn how to work independently and develop skills to do work on their own. Teachers do not buckle students in at the end of the day. Please teach your child how to buckle their seat belt.


Join: We are asking you to join us to give your child the best experience at the Primary. If you ever need to speak with your child’s teacher, either send a note, email or call the school to set up a conference.


Know: Help your child know what items belong to them. Please be sure to label (on the outside) backpacks and lunchboxes. Write your child’s name inside coats, etc.


Lunch: Parents may eat with students beginning on September 9, 2019. NO LUNCH VISITORS ON WEDNESDAYS. On the webpage you are provided access to put money in your child’s lunch account. You will need the student id number for these accounts.


Money: Primary can only accept exact change or check. Label money with student name, teacher, and purpose of money.


Newsletters: A class Newsletter will be sent home every week. This will provide you with what your child will be learning for the following week. It also provides you with important information happening at school.


Nametags and Numbers: Please have your child wear their name tag the first 3 days of school. Students will have a class number that is from 1-22 to learn. Students will have a 5 digit lunch and computer lab number to learn.


Office: Please contact the office and let your child’s teacher know if there are changes in contact information. It is important that we are able to reach you. Only people listed in Skyward Family Access can be on campus or pick up your child. Have your ID ready when you come to the office.


Parties: We will have various parties and special events throughout the school year. Please look for information from your child’s teacher on how you can participate in these special events.


Pictures: If you opt out of pictures at registration, your child will not be in the yearbook, class pictures, or on the website.


Quality Work: Be looking for a letter about how to access your students Seesaw Family Journal to see the great work your child is doing in class!


Rest: Get your rest every night! Children at the Primary need about 10-11 hours of sleep a night.


School Supplies: If you did not bring them to “Meet the Teacher”, please drop off your child’s school supplies in the office!

Prekindergarten Supply Drop off is August 13 or 21.

Kindergarten Supply Drop off is August 28.

School supplies may run out during the year. Donations are always welcome.


Transportation: Transportation tags will be placed on your child’s backpack the first day. Please leave these tags on your backpack all year to help assist up with transportation each day. Kindergarteners will have a breakfast tag on their backpacks.

All transportation changes must be made in the office or sent in a note. Transportation changes will not be made over the phone.


Updating Information: Changes in phone numbers, addresses, guardianship, and transportation need to be made in the office.


Volunteer: If you would like to volunteer in the classroom, sign up on the parent website: http://www.ptisd.org/page/Home.Parents


Welcome: Parents and other visitors are welcome at the Primary. All visitors must check in at the office to receive a badge from our Raptor system. Please have your ID ready to be scanned.


X Y Z: We’re eXcited to work with You and Your child this year. Make sure he/she gets plenty of ZZZZZZZ’s each night as we have a fantastic year planned!

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Attendance Tips

School days are based on minutes not days. We want your child to have the best quality education. In order to ensure that your child receives the best education we need your help.When your child is late, tardy or picked-up early they are missing quality learning time. It is important that you get your child to school on time. Doors open at 7:05 - 7:35. You can either drop them off in the office or drive through the car line. Bus transportation is available if you would like your child to ride the bus. Only our campus PK & K ride our buses. If your child is out because of a doctor’s visit please bring the excuse so we can excuse the absence.


Only 3 parent note’s will be excused per semester either handwritten or via email. All others will be counted unexcused.


Your child will receive after school detention if they have 3 tardies, 3 unexcused absences or the child has been signed out early 5 times.


The safety of all of our students is our utmost priority, and we must make sure that all our children leave in the custody of the appropriate parties. For that to happen, we only allow children to leave in our automobile lines after school hours. To help with this process, we ask for a cut off time of 2:30 pm for students to be checked out from our office. After this time, it becomes very difficult for our staff to maintain order with our dismissal process.


Of course, we ask for these instances to be limited to emergency situations, and all early check outs are documented through our attendance system.


Students with excessive absences in Prekindergarten will be removed from the program. Students with excessive absences in Kindergarten will be referred to Truancy Court. More than 10 absences, excused or unexcused, per semester are considered excessive.

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