Pinewood Weekly Newsletter

September 10, 2021

Principal's Message

Dear Falcon Families,

After a very challenging month, I am beyond excited to welcome our students and staff back on Monday! As we restart next week, please know that the health and safety of our school community are paramount. We will continue to monitor air quality and pivot to indoor activities if needed.

To celebrate our reopening, we will be having our first spirit day of the year. On Monday, we ask that students show their Pinewood Pride by wearing their spirit wear or our school colors, navy blue and gold.

Looking Forward to Next Week!

Kim Little

Daily Schedules

Note that school starts at 8:15 am each day. Please do not drop off your student before 8:00 am. Each Wednesday is an early release day and dismissal time is 1:00 pm.
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Parent Drop-off and Pick- Up Procedures.

In an effort to alleviate the traffic backup on our neighboring streets, there is going to be a change in how parents drop-off and pick-up their students.

A.M. Drop- Off - After 8:00 AM, students may be dropped off along the yellow curb near the playground and Head Start Preschool Building. No longer do you need to wait for a staff member to greet your student at your vehicle. Please have your student get out via the passenger side of your vehicle. You may also park in the lot and walk your child to the front of the school using the parking lot crosswalk. Please do not stop your vehicle in the bus unloading zone until all four busses have exited the lot in route to the middle school. School Starts at 8:15 am.

PM Pick Up - School is dismissed at 2:30 pm. Each Wednesday is an early release day and dismissal is at 1:00 pm. This year we are going to ask parents picking up students to park their vehicle and come on campus for pick-up. If you have a TK or Kindergarten student, you will go to room 2 at the front of the school to get your student. For students in grades 1-4, we will unlock the playground gate at the end of the day for parents to come in and meet their student. We will ask parents to wait patiently near the back of rooms 1 and 2 near the small play structure. There will be signs specifying each grade level. Parents should wait by the sign of their youngest student. Students will be walked out to this area where they will be united with the person picking them up. While there will be several staff members facilitating this process, please be understanding that it takes some time to ensure kids are matched with the right adult.

Whenever you are driving in our school parking lot, be aware of people and moving cars. It is important that you always drive slowly in our parking lot.

Again, thank you in advance as we all adjust to this new routine.

COVID-19 Self Monitoring

We depend on families to screen their student each morning for symptoms of illness. Please refer to the screener below to guide you. Keep your child at home if they are exhibiting symptoms and contact the school office for further guidance.
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Falcon Café - September Menu

All meals are offered free of charge for the 2021-2022 school year

Transportation Information

Our bus routes remain the same. If you have any transportation questions, please reach out the transportation department at 644-3750.
Bus Application and Fee Form

Students must have a current application on file and fees paid in order to ride the bus. A hard copy of this application is available in the school office.


Route Area: Pony Express Trail from Shell Station to Mobile Station, Gilmore, Upper Ridgeway


Route Area: Sly Park Road to Twin Cedars, Sierra Springs, Leaf/Hazel


Route Area: Gold Ridge, Sly Park Hills, Parkwoods


Route Area: Pinewood School, Blair, Lower Pony Express Trail, Cedar Grove, and Forebay

The Mummy and McGaughey Families showing how we all feel....THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PROTECTED OUR HOMES!

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Care Solace - Connecting Families with Mental Health Support

Having experienced the challenges of the last month, we know that many families may need additional mental health support. Pollock Pines Elementary School District is committed to the safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and families and wants to remind you of the resources available in our community.

Pollock Pines Elementary School District has partnered with Care Solace to support our community’s mental health. If you or a family member are looking for help with your mental health or substance use, you can use Care Solace to anonymously find community therapists or treatment programs matched to your needs regardless of circumstances.

Care Solace is a complimentary and confidential service provided to students, staff and their families by our Pollock Pines Elementary School District. Care Solace is available 24/7/365 and can support you in any language.

If you would like to use Care Solace to help you find a provider:

· Call 888-515-0595 available 24/7/365 in any language

· Visit on your own , OR click “Book Appointment” for assistance by video chat, email, or phone.