Pinto Press

Friday, April 16, 2021

A Message from Your Principal

Hello, PIntos!

Progress reports were sent home with your child today. We will be mailing them home for our all-remote students.

While the warmer weather invites summer shoes, please know flip-flops or slides are not allowed at school due to safety reasons. They present lots of safety challenges, especially on the playground. Thank you for your support.

Please see below for important information regarding classroom placements for next year. If you know your child will not be returning to Picotte for any reason, please let your child's teacher know as soon as possible.

Teacher appreciation week is coming (May 3-7). Please consider helping show our teachers and staff our love and appreciation. Below is a link of items the PTA could use to make it a special week for all their hard work. On behalf of the PTA, thank you in advance.

Take a night off cooking on April 28 and support Picotte with a restaurant night at Panera. Stop by the Panera at 149th and Maple from 4:00-8:00 p.m. and show the flyer attached below. You can also order on-line using the code PRFUND.

The district is now offering a new on-line payment system for fines and fees. Please see below for more information.

Please reach out if you have any questions or if we can help in any way.

Enjoy the weekend.

With Pinto Pride,

Mrs. Schovanec

Counselor's Corner

When you are providing support to your child who is feeling anxious, please remember to validate his or her feelings, don't try to "fix it" and remind yourself that it is okay to say "I don't know".

5 Coping Statements for Anxiety that you can teach your children

1*Once I label my stress from 1 to 10, I can watch it go down.

2*By relaxing through these feelings, I learn to face my fears.

3*Feeling tense is natural. It tells me that it is time to use coping strategies.

4*I am going to breathe slowly until I know what to do or how to respond.

5*This thought is not helping me. I will think of something positive that will help me.

Mrs. Ferree

Classroom Placements for 2021-2022

As a staff, we will be working on preparing class lists for next year very soon. This is a very detailed and specific process to make sure classrooms are balanced and students are placed according to their strengths and needs. Therefore, I am not taking specific teacher requests.

If there is a situation, concern, type of teacher, etc. you feel your child would benefit from, please send me an email with that information by April 30. We will take into consideration your email, but requests are not guaranteed

I appreciate you trusting us that we will place your child in the best possible classroom. Fortunately, the staff at Picotte are all high quality instructional leaders and caring teachers.

Thank you in advance for your understanding.

OnLine Payment Option

Online Payment is a reliable and secure electronic payment processing solution for fees and fines transactions. The Infinite Campus Online Payment was launched on April 15th. Parents and guardians can set up a payment method and select fees to pay through their Campus Parent Portal account.

Parents or guardians must have a Campus Parent account to do this. If you would like to set up an account and have questions, please contact the office.

Important Upcoming Dates

April 13 - April 30
  • NSCAS testing for our 3rd and 4th graders

April 21

  • No school for EC (Early Childhood) students
  • Happy Secretary's Day to our fabulous Mrs. Wynne

April 23

  • Spirit Day!

April 26

April 28

  • Panera restaurant night from 4-8

April 30

  • Spirit Day!

May 3 - May 14

  • NWEA MAP testing for grades K-4

A Message from our PTA

Our wonderful PTA is looking for volunteers and new board members. It's a wonderful way to become involved in your child's education.

We are also looking for parents wanting to be involved as committee chairs for next year's activities. We're hoping for a more normal school year, so want to plan for a full range of activities. We will definitely need help with activities such as the Book Fair, Family Fun Nights, hospitatlity, yearbook, and restaurant fundraiser events.

These volunteer opportunities may not require as much of a time commitment but would still make a huge impact for our staff and students.

If you have questions or are interested in volunteering some of your time to the PTA next year, please contact our current president, Mrs. Duggan at

K-4 Arrival Drop Off Time Is 8:35

As a reminder, morning arrival drop off time is 8:35. If you bring your child to school, please keep them safely in your car until 8:35 or until staff signals them to exit. Staff is not on duty so therefore I do not have enough supervision for all students before that time.

I have a few extraordinary volunteers who are assisting me with getting our bus students into the building before then. I have to get buses unloaded and on their way and will not keep students out in the cold. However, regular drop off begins no sooner than 8:35, as that is when I have a full staff for supervision.

Thank you for helping me keep all students safe.

Early Childhood Drop-off

If you are the parent of an Early Childhood student and drop your child off in the morning, you must exit your child on the sidewalk (passenger) side. When students get out on the driver's side, it is not safe for them, you, or the drivers who are coming around you for the K-4 dismissal zones.

Thank you for helping keep everyone safe!


Unless enrolled in the All-Remote Learning model, your child is marked absent if they are not physically here at school, even when they join on-line. We do not have a hybrid model where you can transition your child back and forth between In-Person and Remote Learning on a day-to-day basis.

If your child is arrives late (after 8:50) or leaves school early their absence is recorded as well.

Attending school on time every day matters. We know students are more engaged and achieve best when they are here. Plus, we miss our students when they are gone!

Please call the office if you have any questions. Thank you.

iPad Battery Trouble? Check out these tips!

Battery Life of the iPad: A few things that could be draining your iPad battery:

  • Tabs open in Safari- To close them, hold X on an open tab and hit "Close other tabs"
  • Multiple Apps opened: Double click on the home button, a small version of all open apps will appear. You will need to swipe them off with your finger to close them out.
  • Bluetooth is on: Go under settings and turn bluetooth off.
  • Background Apps Refresh: In Settings, go to General, select Background Apps Refresh. Turn off apps that students do not use like maps, books, music, etc. This will prevent these apps from running in the background which will drain your battery and use data.
  • Reduce Screen Brightness: In Settings, select Display and Brightness. You can lower the brightness of the screen. This is also better for the eyes!
  • Cellular Data/Wi-Fi: If you are on a home Wi-Fi, you need to turn off the cellular data. If you are using the cellular data, you will need to turn off the Wi-Fi (under settings).
  • Personal Hotspot: Under settings, turn off the personal hotspot.

Remember to charge all night for updates and battery charge!

Always use the charger that came with the iPad. Other chargers may not work.

Safety Links

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