Welcome to Pinecrest Elementary

December 2022

About Us

Main Line: 651-480-7280

Attendance Line: 651-480-7281
Health Office (Nurse): 651-480-7286
Kids' Campus: 651-480-7296
Hastings Bus Company: 651-437-1888

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1 - 10 - 10 Days of Giving Food Drive

23 - Jan 2 - NO SCHOOL - Winter Break


2 - NO SCHOOL - Winter Break

9 - Monthly PTA Meeting (Pinecrest Media Center 5:30 pm)

16 - NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Day

23 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Workshop

10 Days of Giving

This year’s food drive benefits Hastings Family Service. Merchants Bank and area schools will collect monetary donations and non-perishable food items.

Through December 10th, students may fill a plastic or paper bag with items and drop them off in the green bins at school! A bin will be located in the main office at Pinecrest.

  • Monetary donations. Hastings Family Service can turn a $10 donation into 70 pounds of food. If each student at Pinecrest brought in $1 we could provide 3,500 pounds of food to families in need!
  • See most needed item list below.
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Thank you to all the families who attended movie night on 11/11/22! It was the largest crowd that Mr. Bakker and the PTA ever remember seeing at a movie night!

The December General Meeting on 12/12/22, has been cancelled, we hope to see you all in the new year on Monday January 9, 2023 at 5:30p in the Pinecrest Media Center aka Library.

On January 10th - take a night off from making supper. PTA will be having a fundraiser at Chipotle here in Hastings. More information will follow.

Mark your calendars Friday February 10th @ 6:30 p.m. - Virtual Bingo. More information with the Zoom Link will be sent closer to the event.

Please watch your emails for information about the 22-23 Yearbook.

2023-2024 Kindergarten Registration

Information for registering your 2023-24 kindergartener will be mailed out in early January. Additional information regarding an opportunity to visit our school and meet kindergarten teachers will also be included in that mailing.


Click here to learn more about our E-Learning Plan to understand the plan for days in which school may be closed due to inclement weather.

*Please note, the first inclement weather day will not have e-learning expectations in place. Students will use the day to catch up on anything they would like.


Just a reminder that if your child is having a birthday party and wants to invite their friends from school, we are not able to give out names, phone numbers or addresses of the students. While we know it is exciting for children to have a birthday party and invite their school friends, we ask that you not send invitations to school with them to pass out. It can cause hurt feelings for those students who did not get invited to the party.


The district has adopted a wellness policy. We are still celebrating student birthdays; we are just not doing so with birthday treats. We ask that students not bring any treats in honor of their birthday.


As the weather begins to cool, please be sure your child is dressed appropriately for playing outside. Students spend twenty minutes outside for noon recess.

When the temperatures start to dip into the 40’s and 50’s, we do require students to wear a light jacket or sweatshirt outside. When winter arrives, winter clothing will be required.


Throughout the year, there may be times that your child may be sick, need to go to medical appointments, etc. If your child is absent, please call the attendance line by 8:00 am at 651-480-7281.

Being on time to school is very important. If you are late to school, please check your student in at the main office.

If there is ever a change to your child’s normal dismissal plan, please contact the main office at 651-480-7280 by 1:30 pm.

If you are picking up your student early for an appointment, bring your ID. If someone other than the parent/guardian is picking up, office must be notified in advance and their ID also is required.


In order to minimize interruptions to the classroom, students should not be picked up early unless it is an emergency. On those occasions when it is necessary to pick your child up during the school day, please go to the school office to sign your child out. The office administrative assistant will call the classroom and have the student sent to the office. Teachers will not release students unless the office gives prior approval. This practice has been established to help protect your child.


Please bring your driver's license with you when you are checking out your student.


Please continue to monitor your child every morning for symptoms of COVID-19 that could indicate that they are not well. If your child has any COVID-19 symptoms or they have been exposed to a person with COVID-19, please keep them home and call the attendance line. Symptoms of COVID-19*

● Fever or chills (T = 100.4 or higher)

● Cough

● Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

● Fatigue

● Muscle or body aches

● Headache

● New loss of taste or smell

● Sore throat

● Congestion or runny nose

● Nausea or vomiting

● Diarrhea

*This list does not include all possible symptoms (see Symptoms of Coronavirus for more information).

We learn more about COVID-19 every day, and as more information becomes available, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) will continue to update and share information with us. As our knowledge and understanding of COVID-19 evolves, this guidance may change.

During the school day if your child develops illness symptoms we, the school, will notify you and help you and your family take needed actions. Students who develop illness symptoms during the school day will be sent home.


It is important that you have accurate phone numbers on file for your student. Although we are using a calling system to contact families in case of inclement weather, the district will still continue to post school delays or closings in the following ways:

Official school closing announcements will be made on Hastings KDWA Radio 1460, WCCO-Channel 4, KSTP-Channel 5, KMSP-Channel 9 and KARE-Channel 11 television and Hastings Public School Website.

Click HERE for instructions on how to update contact information in Infinite Campus Parent Portal


If during the school year your address or daycare changes and this requires a change in transportation, please contact the school, not the bus company. If you give us the information we will work with the bus company to make the changes. The only changes that can be made are those that are permanent or for an extended length of time. It is very difficult for the bus company to make brief or sudden changes in the routes. If you need to update your address, please complete this form to turn into the office Thank you for your help in this matter.


If the Hastings Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather conditions, the Kids Campus Program will also be closed. If school is delayed two hours in opening, Kids Campus will be open at the regular time (6:30 am).

If school closes two hours early, then Kids Campus sites will close two hours early

(4:00 pm). Parents will be called and notified by Kids Campus staff to pick up their child.

Please pick up your child by 4:00 pm or authorize someone else to pick up your child by that time. Please listen to the radio and TV for school closing announcements.


As we continue to look to support our students’ mental health and well-being, please connect with your child’s classroom teacher, school social worker , or building principal with any questions, concerns or safety related issues.

Contact Info:

Pinecrest Social Worker:

Michaela Burr

P: 651.480.7287

Email: mburr@isd200.org

Pinecrest Principal:

Paul Bakker

P: 651.480.7280

Email: pbakker@isd200.org