Tiger Tales

January 2022

Pine Knob Elementary School Hours

8:13 a.m. Bell Rings to Enter

8:15 a.m. School Begins

8:25 a.m. Tardy Bell Rings

11:31 a.m. Half-day Dismissal

3:28 p.m. Young 5's, K-5 Dismissal

3:30 p.m. School Ends

PKE Mission Statement

Pine Knob Elementary Empowers Thinkers and Leaders!

Upcoming Dates to Remember


January 3: School Resumes for all students

January 13: Half Day of School for students: Dismissal at 11:31 am

January 14: Half Day of School for students: Dismissal at 11:31 am

January 17: NO SCHOOL for students - Martin Luther King Day


February 2: Global Play Day

February 4: Mobile Dentist

February 9: Count Day

February 11: NO SCHOOL for students

February 14: Valentine's Day Celebration - Students Only

February 17: Random Acts of Kindness Day

February 21-22: NO SCHOOL for students - Mid-Winter Break


February 24: School Resumes for all students

PKE Attendance Line

When you need to report your child absent, please call the PKE Student Attendance Line at 248-623-3990. Please include the date, your child's name, nature of their absence (including specific contagious illnesses) and the teacher's name. This information will be forwarded to the classroom teacher, eliminating the need for classroom phone messages. Please note that if you leave a voicemail for the classroom teacher and the teacher is out for the day, they won't get it.

Main Office/Attendance Lines:

Pine Knob Elementary 248-623--3990

Welcome to PKE!

Ian Ellison - Mrs. Russell's 4th Grade Class

Alan Rosas-Aguilera - Mrs. Cronovich's 2nd Grade Class

Happy January Birthdays to PKE's Amazing Students!!

January 1: Emmarie Lamz

January 4: Paige Edens, Giavonna Smith, Isabella Strong

January 6: Javier Gonzalez

January 8: Brandon Cruz Ponce

January 9: Hudson Hanthorn, Clara Reinhart, Wyatt Richter

January 11: John Grant

January 13: Joshua Betzing, Monroe Brandyberry

January 14: Joseph Proper

January 16: Ariellah Anderson, Emery Rahn

January 17: Lucas Burns

January 18: Charlotte Murray

January 19: Miles Benson, Sayge Caraway

January 20: Mickey Foster

January 23: Nevaeh Barkus, Mylee Richter

January 24: Athena Dickson

January 25: Damon Repinski

January 26: Gracie Leak

January 27: Trevor Yingling

January 29: Joshua Dell, Nickolas Schneider

January 30: Brent Carlson, Lucas Kiesgen

January 31: Mia Negron

Happy January Birthday to our PKE Staff!!

January 11: Mrs. Marcks

January 14: Mrs. Green

Book Fair SUCCESS!!!

A big THANK YOU to the families of Pine Knob for an extremely successful book fair! Our sales were just over $15,000, which allows us to choose approximately $7500 dollars in books from Scholastic's catalog. Our staff and students thank you for your support of our school library.

Attention All Skiers and Snowboarders

Are you interested in joining the Pine Knob Elementary Ski and Snowboard Club? It is NOT TOO LATE!!! COME AND JOIN IN ON THE FUN!

New THIS YEAR, Pine Knob is REQUIRING online pre registration for ski club and payment on ski club nights (this is Pine Knob Skill Hill's requirement, not PKE's).

Only a handful of people have signed up for PKE and we want to make sure you are ready for when the snow hits.


Smile Mobile Dental Program

The Mobile Dentist visit has been scheduled for February 4, 2022!

Website for Parents to Enroll: https://www.myschooldentist.com/PKCCMI_schsrm

Please look for permission forms coming home with your child(ren) soon!

Winter is Upon Us!

As a reminder: Please be sure to have your child appropriately dress for recess with a winter coat, hat, gloves, boots, and snow pants. Students will go outdoors for recess unless the wind chill dips below zero degrees. If you do not have these items please contact the main office. We may be able to provide winter items for your child.

Also, please remember that your child must have a doctor's note on file in the office if they are not able to go outside for recess due to an illness.

Please Don't Spread Your Illness!

Just a few reminders that not only is it still COVID season - it is also cold and flu season:

  • If your child is ill, please keep them home.
  • If your child is running a fever, their temperature must be normal (98.6 degrees) for a 24 hour period before returning to school.
  • Please do not send medication to school. Staff cannot (by state law) dispense medication without a form signed by your doctor. This includes over the counter medication (ointments, cough drops, Tylenol, etc.). The forms can be found on the PKE website under the Parent tab.
  • A doctor's note is required if your child has to stay indoors for recess.
  • Please discuss proper hand washing with your child and they should not share food or drinks with others.
  • Please sneeze or cough into your elbow or tissue.

If your child is absent due to illness, please contact the PKE attendance line at (248)623-3990.

Doctor's notes will be kept on record and are referred against a student's attendance record as needed. Compulsory Michigan attendance law requires that PKE maintains accurate attendance records and those excessive absences are properly reviewed. Appropriate medical documentation helps to support a student's cause when evaluating a potential truancy concern.

Mask Policy

A friendly reminder that the mask policy is still in place.

Beginning in Fall 2021, masks will be required for all district staff and students in Grades Y5-12 at all times, indoor on school campuses except when eating or drinking. Masks will also be worn on school buses. Masks should fit snugly on the face and cover both the nose and mouth. Masks are required unless a documented medical exception is presented to administration.

Bus Drop Offs & Inclement Weather

To ensure students are able to get into their homes and not stuck outside in the cold weather, parents must follow the directive below from Clarkston Schools Transportation Department.

The parent/caregiver is responsible to inform their child of an alternative location to go if the parent/caregiver is not at home in time of the bus drop off. Parents/caregivers must be available for students anytime after school is dismissed.

The office will communicate with PKE families via E-blasts and text messages if buses are running late due to bad weather conditions. If you have not signed up to receive text messages from PKE, please contact the main office for instructions.

Should severe conditions occur after classes are in session, our general policy will be keep bus students in their buildings until we can safely operate the buses. Students will be released only to their parents, to approved adults, or by phone parental authorization.

Snow Day Announcements

School closings for snow, chill and ice days will be announced on the following channels or website:

Please do not contact the school. The office will communicate closings via text message system. If Clarkston Community Schools or Pine Knob Elementary is not listed, then school will be in session.

Seasons Greetings from All of Us

The entire Pine Knob Elementary staff wishes each of you a wonderful holiday season with family and friends. We look forward to even more learning together in 2022! School resumes on Monday, January 3, 2022.

Breakfast and Lunch Provided

Clarkston Community Schools is committed to providing breakfast to all families who are in need and/or are interested in receiving it.

This year, in order to provide a safe and efficient way of distribution, a new method of delivery will be used. Please read the information below and then fill out the form if this is something you are interested in receiving.

Breakfast for Pine Knob Elementary will be sent home every Tuesday and Thursday after school. Tuesday's breakfast package will have meals intended for Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Thursday's breakfast package will have meals intended for Friday, Monday, and Tuesday mornings.

Additionally, Clarkston Community Schools will also be providing free lunch to all students. Please have your student make their lunch choices with their teachers each morning.

January Lunch Menu

Lunches are FREE for all students. Please have your student make their lunch choices with their teacher each morning.

January Breakfast Menu

Breakfast is FREE for all students in need or that are interested. Be sure to have your student tell their teacher if they would like to receive breakfast.

Amazon Smile

Like to shop on Amazon? Help out the PKE PTA by using Amazon Smile. Zero point five percent of your purchases will go to the PTA to help fund fieldtrips, assemblies, field day and much more.

Here is the link if anyone wishes to use it and pass it along according to the above guidelines.


Contact Information

Jodi Yeloushan, Principal........248-623-3901
Lisa Moldovan, Administrative Assistant....248-623-3900
Office Fax #:.............................248-623-3905
Attendance Line.......................248-623-3990

Board of Education and Central Office Administration

Board of Education 2021-2022

Kelli Horst, President

Gregory Need, Vice President

Cheryl McGinnis, Treasurer

Stephen J. Hyer, Secretary

Stefanie Crane, Trustee

Andrea Catalina, Trustee

Elizabeth Egan, Trustee

Central Office Administration

Shawn Ryan, Superintendent

Nancy Mahoney, Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services

John Lucido, Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services

Wendy Osterman, Administrator of Data Structure & Analysis

Stacey Theophelis, Execute Director of Student Support Services

Mary Beth Rogers, Executive Director of Business Services

Staci Puzio, Director of Student Growth and Well-Being

Kelly Allen, Marketing Director


Clarkston Community Schools creates a learning environment where students, staff, and families are challenged, healthy, engaged, safe, and supported.

The Clarkston Community Schools, 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, and the Americans with Disability Act of 1990, states that it is the policy of the Clarkston Community School District that no person shall, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or ancestry, age, gender, marital status, disability, height, weight, and/or any other legally protected characteristic, be discriminated against, excluded from participation, in, denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to, discrimination in any program or activity for which the Board is responsible or for which it receives financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education.

If any person believes that the Clarkston Community School District or any part of the school organization is guilty of discrimination as noted above, he/she may bring forward a complaint which should be referred to as an grievance to the following public officials: Deputy Superintendent (Section 504 Coordinator).

Clarkston Community Schools

6389 Clarkston Road

Clarkston, MI 48346

(All other inquiries related to discrimination)

Mr. John Lucido, Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services

Clarkston Community Schools, 6389 Clarkston Road, Clarkston, MI 48346