The Pine Bough

Pine River School Newsletter, December 2022

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Happy Holiday Memories

My hope is that the Christmas season is relaxing and joyful for all of our Pine River families! You and your children deserve special moments of time shared with one another. Rather than focusing on material gifts, here are some ideas for giving your children the gift of time:

  1. Give your children quality time devoted specifically to them. Children need and want your attention. Baking cookies, playing a board game, or watching a Christmas movie are ways to enjoy time together.
  2. Set realistic expectations for gifts. For some families, this means limiting the number of gifts. Help your children understand how much is “enough” when it comes to presents. A good guideline might be something you want, something you need, something to wear, and something to read.
  3. Evenly pace your holiday season. Choose holiday events carefully as not to overwhelm children or add to Christmas stress. Focus on events in which children can savor the sights and sounds of the season, like attending a holiday concert or viewing Christmas lights. Arrange to spend time with loved ones during which your child can nurture relationships with family and friends.
  4. Continue old family traditions and start new ones. When your child looks back on memorable Christmases in the future, it will not be the gifts that will be remembered. Instead, your child will remember what you did as a family, such as cutting down the Christmas tree, attending Christmas Eve church services, reading a favorite holiday book, visiting relatives, or donating time to help a local cause.

Remember, the greatest gift parents can give their children is the feeling of love and security. Your love and attention teaches your child that s/he is important and unique, builds self-esteem, teaches your child positive social skills, and builds communication skills. Those are certainly gifts we all want for our children!

May you all have a happy holiday and the best upcoming year yet! I hope you continue to collect moments, not things, in 2023!

Wishing you the gifts of the season —Peace, Joy, and Hope!

Rachel Card, Principal

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The Golden Dustpan Award

The Golden Dustpan Award was created to recognize the class that works the hardest over the course of a month to keep their classroom neat and clean. Each month, Ms. Carol and Ms. Alexis, our custodians, will choose a class and present the award. Students in the class will receive a class certificate, individual certificates, a class pizza party, and the honor of displaying the golden dustpan on their hallway cubbie.

For the month of November Mrs. Bean's class earned this prestigious honor! Keep up the great work keeping your classrooms clean, Pioneers!

November 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 is a link to resources to help our families support The Positivity Project at home.

Positivity Project for Families

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Skyward Family Access

If you are already signed up for your Family Access account, there is no need to sign up again. If you have forgotten your password, please go to our website;, and hover over ‘Parents’ then click on Family Access. This will take you to a screen where you can click on Forgot your Login/Password, and then you can follow the links. To cut down on expenses and time, the only report card to be mailed home will be the final one at the end of the year. There is also a Skyward App available in your app store you can download for your phone. Please use this useful tool to monitor your child’s progress throughout the year. You will need to access Skyward in order to review your child’s report card.
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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: Elle Wojtowicz

Ms. Brosky's Class: Reese Galliker and Emerson Forro

Mrs. Malburg's Class: Carina Malburg and Dean Woodman

Mrs. Schneider's Class: Lucy Roberts and Olivia Shaughnessy

First Grade

Mrs. Bean's Class: Charles Smith and Sadie Tatman

Mrs. Jensen's Class: Matthew Culloty and Dahlia Schultz

Mrs. Trudeau's Class: Noah Kolis and Laudie Sultemeier

Second Grade

Mrs. Gorski's Class: Grace Stone and Hannah Ball

Mrs. Kenyon's Class: Levi Luca and Madison Mitchell

Mrs. McNeill's Class: Jack Roberts and Kora Robbins

Third Grade

Ms. Dewey's Class: Emma Baker and Aaron Abubakar

Mrs. Dodge's Class: Thomas Fountain and Avyrie Allen

Mrs. Wahl's Class: Skylar Coomer and Weston Fraley

Fourth Grade

Mrs. Huston's Class: Nathan Pokriefka and Aurora Dionne

Ms. Jakiel's Class: Emma Mitchell and Hugh Sultemeier

Mrs. Ursitti's Class: Michael Romeo and Avery Galliker

C.I. Class

Mrs. Kierszykowski's Class: Coltyn Stevens

Pioneers of the Month will be honored at our STARS assembly on Monday, December 5th, at 2:45 p.m. in the gym. Parents of those students being recognized are welcome to attend. Please check in at the office first.

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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Good Behavior Tickets and Prizes

Students earn "good behavior tickets" when they demonstrate examples of positive behavior. Pioneers whose names are drawn on Friday morning are called to the office to choose prizes.
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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.

Vision: 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.