Pine Street Press

February 2021

Principal's Corner

Happy Groundhog's Day! It looks like we are in for 6 more weeks of winter according to Punxsutawney Phil. It has been a beautiful winter so far with many days that it has been nice enough to bundle up and get outside to enjoy the sunshine. I hope you and your family have found time to get out and enjoy our wonderful Michigan winter.

As many of you are aware, the Wayland Union Board of Education voted to transition back to full time face to face instruction starting February 15th. Our Pine Street Staff is excited to welcome our students back to the building five days a week. We have been working hard to put plans and procedures in place to prepare. We will spend time the first week back reviewing our procedures with students as well as taking time to get to know their whole homeroom class that until now they have only seen on Zoom. Please see below a detailed list of transition plan and the procedures that will be in place to help answer questions you may have.

Our goal is to make this transition as smooth as possible for our students and families. If you have any further questions or concerns feel free to reach out through phone or email. (269)792-1127

Your partner in education,

Robyn Robinson

Principal, Pine Street Elementary

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Full-time Face to Face Instruction

Arrival Procedures

  • Pine Street Elementary doors will open at 7:15 each morning. Please do not drop your child off before 7:15 as they will not be able to get in the building.
  • Please continue to screen your child each morning before school for symptoms including a daily temperature check. Student temperature checks will be optional at the bus and at the building entrance.

Classroom and learning spaces

  • Face masks required for all students and staff, at all times indoors, except meals and/or with approved medical exemption
  • Face masks worn as specified by CDC: multiple-layer mask covering nose and mouth at all times, except meals and/or with approved medical exemption
  • Handwashing practices reinforced. Classes will have scheduled bathroom and handwashing breaks.

  • Hand sanitizer stations are set up throughout the school as well as in the classrooms.

  • Students will switch classrooms halfway through the day with their switch teacher. Desks will be cleaned before students switch classrooms and again when they switch back at the end of the day.

  • Students will have assigned seats in both of their classroom as well as specials classrooms.

  • Social distancing, to extent feasible, within each classroom and learning space

  • Students remain with learning cohorts all day unless receiving intervention or IEP services

  • Specials: Students transition to specials classroom with cleaning between students/cohorts

Cafeteria/Food Service

  • Grab & Go Breakfast in classrooms
  • Supervised lunch in the cafeteria
  • Procedures to facilitate a controlled flow to reduce crowding
  • Cafeteria tables sanitized between lunch periods
  • Students seated, in the cafeteria, with their cohort/homeroom class
  • Food Service Staff will continue to wear face masks, use barriers, wear gloves, and wash hands often
  • Students will wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before and after eating


  • The playground will continue to be divided into sections with one homeroom class per section
  • Classes will rotate sections weekly
  • All equipment will be changed out each recess
  • Students can remove their masks while outside with their homeroom class

Water Fountains and Filling Stations

  • Water fountains will remain closed
  • Water filling stations available
  • Please send a clean refillable water bottle to school each day with your student

December ROARS Winners

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January ROARS and Classroom winners

Congratulations to our January ROARS winners! Aubrey Messer, Max Merren, Makiah Geers, Elyana Jurkowski, Santiago Sal, Bryleigh Calkins, Rick Brackney, Adalyn Hudson, Jasmin Garcia, Mia Ellis, Alanna Mancuso, Parker Page, Kenneth Bos, McKinley Didion

January Classroom winners were Mrs. Ezinga's B group and Mrs. Bultman's A group!

Great Job Everyone!

Pine Street Spelling Bee

On January 20th, Pine Street held our annual spelling bee. Students signed up to participate and completed a pre-test in order to be selected to participate. Twenty-two 4th and 5th grade students qualified to participate in the school wide spelling bee. This years winner was 5th grade student Spencer Miller and the runner up was 5th grader Carter Vronko. Congratulations Spencer and Carter! The top five spellers will now move on to compete in the Allegan County Spelling Bee at Wayland Middle School on February 23rd. Our top five spellers were Spencer Miller, Carter Vronko, Aliya Venlet, Dallyce Parm, and Cameron Thomas. Congratulations and good luck spellers!

Upcoming Dates

February 5- Picture Retake Group B

February 11- Valentine's Party Group A

February 12- Valentine Party Group B

February 15- All students return to full time in person instruction

February 19-22- Mid Winter break- No school Feb. 19th or 22nd

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Mike Omness, Assistant Principal