Pinewood Weekly Newsletter

October 2, 2020

Message from the Principal - A Focus on Safety and Wellness

Dear Falcon Families,


As we welcome students on campus starting next Tuesday, you will experience several procedural changes. Please know that we have worked hard in the past weeks to adapt our routines to align with the California Department of Public Health guidelines (this document is attached in this week's newsletter).


Perhaps the biggest change to our procedures is the arrival and dismissal routine. Going forward, we will be using a curbside drop-off and pickup process. Rest assure my staff and I will guide students that are dropped off in front of the school to get directly to class. Parents may no longer park and walk their child onto the campus.


While we are accustomed to welcoming all visitors and volunteers on campus, at this time we need to avoid having additional people at Pinewood. In the event that you need to come on site, we request that you come directly to the office and we will help you.


We hope that this week's newsletter answers any questions you may have. As always if you need clarification or more assistance, please reach out to our school office or email me directly.


Looking forward to seeing many of you next Tuesday!


Kim Little

Principal, Pinewood Elementary School

Hybrid Daily Schedule

Mondays. Asynchronous/At home learning Tuesday - Friday: In person Cohorts


Cohort A MORNING


  • Student Drop off - 8:00 - 8:15 am *
  • Instructional Block (with a 10 minute grade level break) - 8:15 -10:55 am
  • Bus Rider Dismissal and Loading - 10:55 -11:00 am
  • Parent Pick up - 11:00 am


Cohort B AFTERNOON


  • Student Drop off - 11:35 - 11:50 am*
  • Instructional Block (with a 10 minute grade level break) - 11:50 am - 2:30 pm
  • Bus Rider Dismissal and Loading - 2:30 - 2:35 pm
  • Parent Pick-Up - 2:35


* Please do not drop off your student before the stipulated drop-off time. Students need to wait in their vehicle until greeted and cleared by a staff member.

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Arrival - If you are driving your child to school, pull into the yellow parent lane and have your child wait in the car until cleared by a staff member. Do not park and walk your child to their classroom. Staff members will be available at the school to make sure all students make it safely to class.


Departure - All students being picked up will be walked by teachers to the front of the school after the busses have loaded and are departing the site. Kindergarten students and their siblings will be picked up in the red zone near the flagpole at the front of the school. First and second grade students along with any of their older siblings will be in the Yellow zone by the playground. These students will be at the inside fence line and a supervising adult will announce when their car is curbside. Finally any 3rd and 4th graders will be in the blue zone located between the school kitchen and district maintenance building. Again any family with more than one Pinewood students should go to the zone of their youngest child. Look for colored signs to guide you. Please drive very slowly and be mindful of cars pulling away from the curb to exit.

PW Arrival and Dismissal

School Transportation Update

Beginning next week we will be running two routes for each of our cohorts. The North bus is a combination of the red and green routes. The South Bus will be a combination of the orange and blue routes. All riders must have a current application on file before we can transport them. Please see the route schedules and the transpiration application below (Click on the titles ). As a reminder, ALL students K--8 must wear a mask while on the bus. If you have any transportation questions you may contact the transportation department directly at 644-3750

Chromebook Return

At this time, all Kindergarten and first grade families who are not participating in the year long Distance Learning program need to return their Chromebooks that were checked out to them. In addition, families with multiple devices need to return all but one Chromebook that they have checked out. This will allow our second through fourth graders to utilize their digital curriculum at school. We request you return these devices and chargers to the school office between 8:00 am and 3:30 pm. We are appreciative if you can return these on Friday, October 2nd or Monday October 5th.

Rainbow Reader and Special Education Support Services

We will continue to serve the students who already attend Special Education and Title 1 classes. These identified students will continue to come on their scheduled days: Tuesday - Second, Wednesday- Third, Thursday - Fourth and Friday- Kindergarten/First. If your child is in Cohort A, they will receive their support services on this given day during the afternoon cohort. If your child is in Cohort B, they will come to their support class at 8:15 for the morning session. In both instances, these students will have supervised lunch and break between groups.

Closed Campus

Over the span of the past year, loitering, vandalism and illegal activity have increased on the Pinewood campus during non -business hours. It is unfortunate that we have had to spend thousands of dollars to repair areas throughout Pinewood due to these unsupervised visits. In the coming days, you will see no trespassing signs for unauthorized visitors posted across campus. In addition, we are pursuing ways to put a gate across the front office corridor. While we will work closely with our recreation sports leagues to use our facilities, local community members will soon lose open access to our campus at night and on the weekends.

Check out the following Attachments