Piner Elementary

April 2022 : Panther Press

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April Breakfast and Lunch Menus

Menus are subject to change based on availability.

Engaged, Well Rounded Students

As you are aware, the KCSD has adopted a new Community Based Accountability System (CBAS) Model to focus on ALL the wonderful things taking place in our Kenton County schools. This forward-facing model focuses on so much more than just an end of the year test score. The 7 Pillars of the CBAS model are listed below:


1. Student Learning and Progress
2. Student Readiness
3. Engaged, Well-Rounded Students
4. Community Engagement and Partnerships
5. Professional Learning/Quality Staff
6. Fiscal and Operational Systems
7. Safety and Well-Being

Data has been collected and analyzed for each of the seven pillars above. The current status of each pillar was shared with stakeholders in November and February, and will be shared once again in May. All of this information and the current status of each pillar can be found on the district website.


Piner Elementary would like to make sure we have the most up to date information about all the wonderful school based and community based activities our students are involved in (Pillar 3, Engaged, Well Rounded Students). To help us gather this information, please complete the Google Form linked below, for each Piner student by Friday, April 29th.


Engaged, Well Rounded Students: Parent Survey - Round 2

Thank you!

Terrace Metrics Screener

3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students in Kenton County will be taking the Terrace Metrics screener before 5/6/22.

  • Piner 5th graders will take the screener on 4/6/22.
  • 4th grade students will take the screener on 4/20/22.
  • 3rd grade students will take the screener on 5/4/22.


Please read this document to understand more about the screener.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NfCArI2PUApLJbPZhvHrZSGwK08O4wlnB892OgYIfNg/edit?usp=sharing

If your child is in person they will be taking the screener at school unless you do not want them to. You will need to fill out an opt out form if you wish for them to NOT take it. Here is the link for the opt out form. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScodJCg_sPXTdEnBrJrZcsne3j0GsokhItsEdbyTRWqJ30_1A/viewform?usp=sf_link


Please contact Mrs. Blaze if you have any questions about this.

A Big Thank You From the PTA!!!

The PTA would like to extend an GINORMOUS THANK YOU to the entire PINER Community!

The Shamrock Shake Fun Run was a huge success and the PTA was able to raise over $9,000, which broke our pre-COVID Fun Run record!!!!! WOW!!!!!

Thank you to everyone who made our Fun Run such a huge success!
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PTA LaRosa's Buddy Card Fundraiser

April 6th - 22nd - LaRosa's Buddy Card Fundraiser

LaRosa's Buddy Cards will go home 4/6 and are due back to the school on 4/22. The cost is $10/card ($150 value). It's good for 14 buddy deals: Buy any large pizza, get a large cheese pizza, FREE! We can accept cash, check, or Venmo. Posted below is a flyer with additional information.

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Trimester 3 Midterms

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SBDM Parent Representative Nominations and Election

We are currently accepting nominations for a parent representative to serve one year on the School Based Decision Making (SBDM) Council at Piner Elementary School. Any parent with a child attending Piner during the 2022-2023 year is eligible to run for SBDM. SBDM representatives are required to attend a training session (six-hours for a new member/three-hours for an experienced member) and monthly meetings.


If you would like to nominate/run for SBDM please complete this form and return it to Amy Nitschke: amy.nitschke@kenton.kyschools.us by April 8, 2022. You may also send in a copy to the front office.


Election dates will be in person at the April 19 open PTA meeting at 6pm. Once Elections are complete the school administration will be notified.

PTA Board Member Nominations and Election

The PTA is also accepting nominations for PTA Board Members at Piner Elementary School. Any parent with a child attending Piner during the 2022-2023 year is eligible to run for Board Member positions.


If you would like to nominate/run to be a member of the PTA board please complete this form and return it to Amy Nitschke: amy.nitschke@kenton.kyschools.us by April 8, 2022. You may also send in a copy to the front office.


Election date will be in person at the April 19 open PTA meeting at 6pm.

KCSD Spring Break

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PTA Skate Night Fundraiser

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Title I Parent and Family Engagement Policy

Kenton County School District encourages parent input and comments regarding the Title I Parent and Family Engagement Policy. All parent input is valued and used to improve our Title I programming. Additional Title I information and the Parent and Family Engagement Policy can be found linked below or on the district website.


Piner Annual Title I Information

2022 Maker Expo

The 2022 Maker Expo is being held at Ignite Institute on April 30th from 10am-2pm.


Posted below is more information and several flyers with details about this year’s event.

The Maker Expo is free for attendees and will have several engaging activities for students and their families. Details and challenge registration can be found at www.themakerexpo.com.


  • Brick Build Challenge for grades 1-8: Students will build a LEGO creation inspired by a movie and bring their builds to be displayed at the Expo. The NKY Makerspace will host open build times (see below) for interested participants, providing LEGOs for the constructions which can be kept by the brick builders after the Expo. Prizes will be awarded.
  • Open Build Times at the Makerspace (37 Atlantic Avenue, Erlanger, KY 41018): 4/2 1-3PM, 4/5 3-6PM, 4/13 9-11AM, and 4/23 10AM-12PM.
  • Chalk Art Challenge for grade 9-12: Students will transform a scene from a movie into a chalk art masterpiece on 5’x5’ blacktop. Enter on your own or with a partner. Chalk artists can start their masterpieces at 8:00am. All designs must be completed by 12:00noon. Prizes will be awarded.
  • Artist Market: Designed to support and shine a light on local artists and designers and inspire the next generation of makers. Artists will be sharing part of their making process and selling their creations.
  • Maker Tables and School Showcase: Presentations and activities focused on robotics, 3-D printing, electronics, coding, and STEAM making.
  • Career Corner: Local businesses showcasing their internship and career opportunities.
  • Camps & Activities Fest: Opportunities for extracurricular and summer programs.
  • Food Trucks: There will be food trucks to enjoy during the event.

Construction Updates

Construction and renovations at Piner are well underway. The crew is currently working on the new addition along with the library renovations. Library and gym renovations are projected to be finished by the end of May and the new addition by the end of July. The remaining building renovations and construction projects will continue throughout the summer and the start of next school year. Because of all the work needing to be done, the building will be closed during Spring Break and throughout Summer months. Unfortunately, we will not be able to conduct any summer programing at Piner like we have done in the past. We will continue to keep families informed of the progress along the way.

Upcoming Dates

  • April 6th: Terrace Metrics Screener 5th grade 9am
  • April 6th - 22nd: PTA LaRosa's Buddy Card Fundraiser
  • April 9th: SBDM and PTA Board Member Nominations due to Mrs. Nitschke or school office
  • April 11th - 15th: No School - Spring Break
  • April 19th: PTA Meeting (SBDM and PTA Board Member Elections) 6-6:30pm in Cafeteria
  • April 20th: Terrace Metrics Screener 4th grade 9am
  • April 20th: SBDM Meeting
  • May 2nd - May 20th: RI (Reading Inventory) Foundational Subtest Assessment Window - Grades 1 and 2
  • May 2nd - May 16th: RI (Reading Inventory) Assessment Window - Grade 3
  • May 4th: Terrace Metrics Screener 3rd grade 9am
  • May 9th - 26th: Kentucky Summative Assessment Testing Window (formerly known as K-Prep) - Grades 3 - 5
  • May 17th: No School
  • May 26th: Field Day
  • May 26th: Last Day of School
  • May 26th: Trimester 3 Report Cards sent home
  • May 26th: 5th grade Promotion @ Twenhofel Middle School (time TBD)