Piner Elementary

December 2021 : Panther Press

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12 Nights of Literacy to Kick off Piner's Family Literacy/Math Night

In preparation for our Family Reading and Math Night we are going to host a 12 Nights of Literacy event. Beginning December 1st and continuing through December 13th, we will be releasing a book each night, read aloud by one of your favorite Piner Panthers for you to enjoy at home. You can access these read alouds and other fun activities by clicking on the link below.

So, grab a cup of hot cocoa and jump into your warmest PJ's for Piner's 12 Nights of Literacy.

Happy Holidays from our Panther family to yours!

12 Nights of Literacy


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This is just a reminder for those who participated in the KCSD partnership with Ethos Labs and received their first dose of the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine on Saturday, November 13th - the second dose will be administered on Saturday, December 4th the same locations and times below:

  • Simon Kenton High School 8am-5pm, 11132 Madison Pike, Independence, KY 41051. Use lower side door entrance to school, the vaccine event will be in the library.
  • Dixie Heights High School 8am-2pm, 3010 Dixie Highway, Ft. Mitchell, KY 41017. Use the main entrance to school, the vaccine event will be in the cafeteria.

Please visit to select your time and location. You can select appointments for both doses, just make sure you select Vaccines Ages 5-11 and the appropriate dose.

If you have questions please contact Ethos Labs at (877) 496-2570 ext. 1154

Click below for a flyer.

Dec 4: KCSD Pediatric Pfizer Event


The Kenton County School District has completed an approved application through KDE for NTI (Non Traditional Instruction) days to be included in the district calendar as student attendance days for the 2021-2022 school year due to a potential need to close for our facilities to in person instruction due to weather or unforeseen circumstances. The use of NTI days will allow for a continuation of instruction for all students due to an emergency situation or weather.

As we head into the colder winter months we wanted to make sure all families were aware of what these NTI days will look like at Piner. On the days that school closes and NTI days are used, students will have assignments (either online or previously sent in a folder) to complete at home. On the first NTI day students will complete NTI Day #1 assignments, on the second NTI day they will complete NTI Day#2 assignments, and so forth. These NTI assignments will be a review of content previously taught or it will be a practice of skills that have been worked on throughout the year. All NTI assignments are expected to be completed and submitted the day of (if online) or completed the day of and brought back to school the following day or the next day we return to in person instruction (if not online) for student participation to be counted.

Teachers and staff may or may not report to work depending on the weather, but they will always be available on NTI days to assist students and parents by phone, email, Google Meet, Google Voice, etc. during the NTI days. Teachers will be communicating their specific NTI Day information with you.


Every Student, Every Day


As a reminder, if your student is absent, please make sure to call the school to inform our staff of the absence. When your student returns to school, send a parent or doctor note for the absent date(s). An attendance note (parent note or doctor note) is required within three (3) days any time your child is out of school, including late arrivals and early dismissals. If your child is experiencing COVID - related symptoms, a doctor’s note or negative COVID test is required to return.

Keep in mind that a maximum of ten (10) excused days each year may be excused with a signed note from a parent/guardian OR doctor.

If there are more than ten (10) days excused, a Medical Excuse Form must be completed, stating the student was seen in the doctor’s office, and returned for review by school officials within three (3) days of the absence, for the absence to be excused. A new form will need to be submitted for each absence after 10 days and will be considered a doctor's note.

If students are in quarantine due to a positive Covid test or exposure, families have one of two options.

1. Remain in quarantine until the determined return date and participate in instruction synchronously. Teachers will contact parents regarding synchronous learning, if this option is chosen. If a student does not participate in synchronous learning it will be considered an unexcused absence and students will still be expected to make up the work.


2. If exposed, your student can enter into the KCSD Test to Stay Program. You can find more information about this program on the KCSD Website and on the KCSD Test to Stay Criteria and Protocols document.


Open Enrollment/Tuition Application Window for the Kenton County School District is

November 29, 2021 - January 14, 2022.

  • Current open enrolled/tuition students were given an application to take home on 11/29/2021.

  • The deadline to return applications is January 14, 2022.

  • Applications received after January 14, 2022 will NOT be accepted.

  • Applications will only be considered if there is adequate space at the grade level requested.

  • Student grades, attendance, and behavior, and parent cooperation with the school are also determining factors.

  • Need an application? It can be accessed through the KCSD Website once it has been updated or you can access an application in the school office.

  • Questions? Call the school office at (859)356-2155.


Penguin Patch Holiday Shop will be open December 6th - December 9th. Students will be able to shop during their ART/PLTW class.

Each child will have 2 opportunities to shop, please check with your homeroom teacher to verify the day of ART/PLTW Class **Budget envelopes will be sent home this week. The envelope is a great tool for shoppers to know who to buy for and how much to spend on each person. *contact PTA at with any questions

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This is just a reminder that the Northern KY Health Department will be picking up all returned dental consent forms next Thursday December 9. Mrs. Bohman will be collecting all forms. Please have all forms returned to school by December 8.

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HOLIDAY SPIRIT WEEK: December 13th - 17th

Please see the calendar linked below for our Holiday Spirit Week dress up days at Piner.
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PINER'S SKATE NIGHT - December 16th

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Piner families please consider filling out the survey linked below for our Family Resource Center.

The information obtained from this survey will assist the Family Resource Center in coordinating programs and services that best meet your family's needs and interests.

Survey participation is completely voluntary. Please complete only ONE survey PER HOUSEHOLD. All information provided is confidential. Thank you.


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The KCSD Kindergarten Registration day will be on Tuesday, January 11th, 2022

We will be hosting a registration event in the cafeteria here at Piner on Tuesday, January 11th during the following time frames.

  • 9:00 - 10:00 am
  • 2:00 - 3:00 pm
  • 5:00 - 6:30 pm

If you have a student who will be entering Kindergarten next year or if you know someone who has a Kindergartner who will be starting next year, please fill out the survey linked below.

Intent to Enroll in Kindergarten 22-23

Our school school specific Kindergarten information has been updated and can be found on the district website along with other important kindergarten registration information.