Gray Wolf Gazette Parent Edition

December 21, 2015

At Pioneer Trail we will be safe, respectful, and responsible!

News to Know


Happy Holidays

Winter Break begins at 12:05 on Tuesday, December 22, 2015! We hope you have a safe and happy holiday with your family and friends! We will see all students back on January 5, 2016!



Cold Weather

The weather is getting colder, so make sure your child is dressed appropriately to go out to recess. Outside recess is only canceled if the temperature drops below 20 degrees.



Boys and Girls Club

There will be no after school care for Boys and Girls Club on December 22. Please call the office to make arrangements for those two days if you have a child(ren) who attend Boys and Girls Club.



Shakespeare's Pizza Fundraiser

It’s the same pizza as the restaurants, it just went through a freezer instead of an oven. The same recipe, the same ingredients, the same stuff that tops the polls every year. Help support Pioneer Trail's PTO and have a great pizza while you’re at it. Pizza order forms will come home on Friday, January 8 and need to be returned on Friday, January 15. There are nine varieties of pizza to choose from all for $12.00 each. Pick up for all orders will be on Saturday, February 6 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

Hardworking and Motivation

January's character trait is hardworking and motivation. What a great way to start off the new year by coming back to school ready to work hard and stay motivated towards goals! Show that you can work hard by sticking to a task until it's completed. Show that you are motivated by meeting a goal in reading or math. You can do it!

Calendar of Events



January 4

Professional Development Day for Staff - No School for Students

January 5

School Resumes for the New Year

PTO Meeting, 6:00

January 7

Grade Cards Go Home

January 8

PTO Shakespeare's Pizza Fundraiser Begins

January 13

Early Release - School Dismisses at 1:05

January 15

PTO Shakespeare's Pizza Fundraiser Ends

January 18

No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 21

Literacy Night

January 29

Awards Assembly, 8:30



February 1

PTO Meeting, 6:00 in the Library

February 4

Student Led Conferences, 4:00-8:00

February 6

Shakespeare's Pizza Fundraiser Pickup, 9:00-12:00

February 8

Student Led Conferences, 4:00-8:00

February 11

Valentine Classroom Parties, 2:00-3:00

February 12

No School, Staff Compensation Day

February 15

No School, President's Day

February 26

Awards Assembly, 8:30

PBS for Parents

What were the rules when you were in elementary school?

No running

No talking

No hitting


At Pioneer Trail, our expectations, or rules, are all positively stated. This is a BIG part of our Positive Behavior Support program. The goal is to teach and tell students what we want them to do, not what we don't want them to do. The more time and attention we focus on the correct behavior, the better behavior we get in return.


The same rules as above at our school sound like this:


No running - Use walking feet

No talking - Voice level zero

No hitting - Keep all hands feet and other objects to yourself (KAHFOOTY)


Our expectations do focus on school, but there are not just school rules! Being KAHFOOTY is a good lesson for life. Using polite and kind words is a life skill we should all try to do better at. When you talk about school rules or expectations, relate them back to real life. It can help for kids to understand why it is important to be the best they can be everyday.

Pioneer Trail Elementary

Pioneer Trail Elementary will foster a community of students, parents, and staff dedicated to the development of every individual’s ability to learn. Staff and parents will expect each student to achieve at his or her maximum potential, both academically and behaviorally. As a community, we promote a safe, supportive environment that encourages curiosity, inquiry, and a life-long passion for learning.