Tiger Tales

March 2016


Jodi Yeloushan, Principal

Sue Lawrence, Secretary

Fax #: 248-623-3905

Late Start Wednesdays - School begins at 9:05 a.m.

Half Day for Students - Dismissal at 11:31 a.m.

Dates to Remember

8 PTA Meeting (7 p.m.)

9 Late Start Day (9:05 a.m.)

11 PTA Movie Night - SNOOPY (rescheduled) - 6:30 p.m.

15 PTA Mel's Grill Fundraiser (4-8 p.m.)

23 Late Start Day (9:05 a.m.)

24 Little Caesars Pizza Night


30 Pizza Kit Sale Starts

30 2nd Grade Music Informance (7:00 p.m.)

30 Sparkle Awards Ceremony - 7:00 p.m. CCS Admin. Bldg.

31 3rd Grade Field Trip to Lansing

March is National Reading Month!

The past few years we have focused on one book for the entire school. This year we are changing things up and focusing on a genre. The feature genre will be Mystery, which focuses on solving a crime or an unusual event.

The author of The Code Buster series Penny Warner will be visiting our school on Friday, March 11. Click on Author's visit for more information. If you have any questions regarding the author's visit or book order please contact Tamara Riches, Media Specialist at 248-623-3933.

Students love to visit the Reading Clubhouse!

A special thank you to Julie Brookes and the Reading Team for making a special place for the students to enjoy reading and de-coding the secret messages. Emery McMurray and Aidan Chou were among the many students who enjoyed reading in the clubhouse.

Important Upcoming Dates in April

April 1 Half Day of School for Students (Teacher Records Day)

April 4-8 Spring Recess

April 11 School Resumes

April 19 & 21 Parent Teacher Spring Conferences (4-7:30 p.m.)

April 11-29 M-Step Testing Dates for 5th Grade (More Info. to Come)

April 27 Kindergarten Orientation (Volunteers are still needed!)

Hearing screening for K, 2nd and 4th grade levels has been scheduled for April 18, 19, 22 & 25. If your child's grade is not scheduled for screening this school year, a written permission and referral form may be obtained through their teacher.

Breakfast with Both

Coming this April...PKE's Annual Breakfast with Both This event begins at 7:45 a.m. in the PKE cafeteria.

Last names beginning with A-I attend April 12

Last names beginning with J-Q attend April 13

Last names beginning with R-Z attend April 14

Bagels, muffins, juice and coffee will be served. Mark your calendars to attend!

Outdoor Recess - Playground Conditions

This week is a good example of how the temperatures and weather conditions can fluctuate quickly in Michigan. As we approach warmer temperatures this month, please keep in mind that the conditions of the playground may be wet and muddy. We ask that your child continue to bring their snow boots and pants to be prepared for the changing conditions on the playground.


Lost & Found Items

This month is a good time to check out the Lost & Found items located near the Cafeteria entrance. Winter items not claimed by Spring Break will be donated.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Drive for Lighthouse of Oakland County

Pine Knob Elementary will be participating in the Peanut Butter & Jelly drive that will be hosted by Clarkston Community Schools for Lighthouse of Oakland County.

We will be collecting peanut butter & jelly donations during March 1 - March 25. Donations will be delivered to Lighthouse North during the last week of March. We are asking that ALL DONATIONS BE IN PLASTIC CONTAINERS ONLY (no glass jars please). If you have any questions, please feel free to call the main office at 248-623-3900.

Thank you to all the students who have already dropped off their donations!

Celebrating Global School Play Day at PKE

On February 3, many classrooms took time to celebrate "play their way" which means all play is unstructured. In his TEDx lecture (video on website), Peter Gray clearly argues the case that today's kids do not grow up playing and this has negatively impacted them in many ways. There is so much research out there proving how important play is for kids developmentally. Like the website says, "It's time to give the gift of 'play' back to this generation", and that’s what this day will be about.

Students from Mrs. Petruska's first grade class enjoyed their special time playing, "tinkering" and problem solving together with classmates.

Celebrating 100's Day!

Our kindergarten and first grade classes had so much fun celebrating 100's day. We counted and measured our 100 things, ate our 100 snacks, drew pictures and talked about what we are like now and what we will be like when we are 100, and found out how many licks it took to get to the center of a tootsie pop. Our friends that chose to dress up as 100 year olds looked awesome! Below are some pictures from our day today.

Thank You COSI Volunteers!

PKE PTA hosts: Exploring the “Amazing Human Machine”

On March 3rd, our PKE scientists were thrilled to explore the inner workings of their human bodies. We kicked off the day with an engaging all-school assembly featuring Hannah, our COSI representative out of Columbus, OH. She, together with several student helpers, “fixed” the explodanator that had several systems out of commission. She taught our researchers all about the organ systems, how to make a balanced meal, and how energy into the body should balance energy out. After finally fixing the explodanator, the students got to count down to a real live explosion and were excited to try out the many hands-on stations during their own 30 minute classroom rotation. From x-rays to a hand-held microscope to ‘gross human facts’, the kids got to experience first hand what makes them human. And everyone loved raising their heart rate to a song of “Just Dance” on the Wii. (Check out a few pictures shown below.)

This fantastic day was made possible by the generous gift of time from the following people: Heather Dost, Megan Mayernik, Matthew Mayernik, Daniel Mayernik, Stefanie Crane, Kristen Byers, Andrea Carson, Fred Grennan, Kim Haener, Kelly Jackson, Bethany Cicero, Jen Mooney, Patrick Dost, Lolita Benson, Christina Schneider, Jamie Mosher, Jeff Ellingsworth, Sean Weeder, Tom Beattie, Mark McMurray, Bob Jasper, Stacy Swick, Rich McGowen, Reisha Ivory, Christine Cairns, Gretchen Robinson, Stephanie Wise, Nicole Stoyanoff, Lynn Gladwish, Laura Wancour, Tricia Elston, Shawn Guiterrez, Tricia Delude, Robert Morgner, Michelle Haracic, and Robert Haracic. A sincere thank you to all of them and to all the staff who adjusted their schedules to support our annual COSI day.

-Linda Mayernik

COSI chair

Kindergarten Registration Has Begun!

The enrollment process for the incoming kindergartners for the 2016-2017 is still taking place. All new registrations /enrollments are being taken at the CCS Administration Building, 6389 Clarkston Road. Information may be found on the district's website under the ENROLLMENT tab. Pine Knob Elementary Kindergarten Orientation is scheduled for Wednesday, April 27, 2016.

You must be registered to attend. More information will be mailed to you prior to April 27.

If you are interested in volunteering, please call Sue Lawrence at 248-623-3900. Volunteers are still needed for both the morning and afternoon sessions.

Birthday Book Club Members

The following students have joined the Birthday Book Club and will celebrate a birthday this March:

Tyler Mosier (3/14/2005)

Camryn Dziurda (3/17/2005)

Sophia Catella (3/18/2005)

Ella Sinclair (3/25/2008)

Ryan Sinclair (3/25/2008)

Abby St. Dennis (3/27/2009)

Diana Marshall (3/30/2006)

Pine Knob Elementary Scholarship

Pine Knob Elementary is again sponsoring two college scholarships to seniors graduating from Clarkston High School in June. The senior must have a 2.5 minimum grade point and have attended PKE for at least two years. Students may obtain an application from the High School Counseling office or click on scholarship to download. Scholarship applications are due to the CHS Counseling office no later than March 18, 2016.

Leader in Me - 7 Healthy Habits

We continue to build our school culture using the 7 Habits. The first 3 habits focus on personal development:

Be Proactive --- I'm in charge of me

Begin with the End in Mind -- Make a Plan and Set Goals

Put First Things First -- Begin with the most important stuff!

Our next group of habits focus on developing our skills as members of a community:

Think Win-Win -- Solving problems in a way that all are happy with the outcome.

Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood -- Listen carefully first and think about what the other person is saying. Try to understand another point of view. Then, share your thinking.

Synergize-- working together to solve problems. Valuing other people's strengths and learning from them.

Sharpen the Saw--taking care of yourself by staying healthy and energized. Finding meaningful ways to help others.

Please make sure to ask your child about how s/he is using these habits at school and at home!

Board of Education & Central Office Administration

Board of Education

Steve Hyer, President

Elizabeth Egan, Vice President

Kelli Horst, Treasurer

Susan Boatman, Secretary

Cheryl McGinnis, Trustee

Craig Hamilton, Trustee

Gregory Need, Trustee

Central Office Administration

Dr. Rod Rock, Superintendent

Shawn Ryan, Deputy Superintendent

Mary Beth Rogers, Executive Director of Business Services

John Lucido, Executive Director of Human Resources

Kathy Christopher, Executive Director of Student Support Services

Non Discrimination Clause

In compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Americans with Disability Act of 1990, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, it is the policy of the Clarkston Community School District that the Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, height, weight, marital status, genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristic, in its programs and activities, including employment opportunities. For more information contact the Executive Director of Human Resources, 6389 Clarkston Road, Clarkston MI, 48346, (248) 623-5400. For more information regarding ADA, contact the Deputy Superintendent, 6389 Clarkston Road, Clarkston MI, 48346, (248) 623-5400.