Pinewood Weekly Newsletter

March 12, 2021

Principal's Message - Reopening March 22nd

Dear Falcon Families,

This week our PPESD School Board took action to approve a full-time reopening to start on Monday, March 22nd. Superintendent Pat Atkins shared this decision with families on Wednesday. Please refer below to his released letter and the detailed plan presented at the Board meeting

In order to move forward to this next phase, we agree to adhere to the California Department of Public Health mandates. In addition to implementing regular sanitation practices we will continue to require students and staff to wear masks or approved face coverings. Furthermore, our daily schedule will keep grade level cohorts separated during food service and recess times. Classroom seating will be set to a minimum distance of four feet.

One challenge with this schedule will be the added traffic to our arrival and dismissal routine. In the morning, there will be added staff members out front to greet cars. We ask that you wait in drop-off line to unload and not drive past others unless directed. Keep in mind, we will once again have four bus routes, and getting the busses in and out of the parking lot is a priority. It is likely that we will be able to accommodate more bus riders. Refer to the updated bus routes in this newsletter and contact the school office to inquire about bus service. In addition, consider carpooling . At the end of the day, we encourage parents who are picking up students to time their arrival after 2:35 in order to allow us to get the busses loaded and exited from the parking lot. Your patience during these times is greatly appreciated.

In regards to food service, we will serve a morning snack and hot lunch to all grade levels. All school meals will continue to be provided free of charge for the remainder of the school year. Distance learning families may still take advantage of curbside meals between 11:00 and 1:00 each day. If they prefer, students are welcome to bring their own snacks and lunches from home. We also encourage students to bring their own water bottles labeled with their name as drinking fountains are not in service.

Because we will be able to reach our required instructional minutes during the school day, daily homework will be significantly reduced. We are asking all in-person students who checked out Chromebooks to return them with the charger by next Thursday, March 18th. This will help us rebuild classroom sets and guarantee that students have access to technology at school.

Many families have already communicated with us a desire to move into or out of our distance learning program. If your family is not comfortable with a full-reopening with adherence to the public health regulations and would like your student to finish out the year in our distance learning program, please let us know no later than next Thursday. Conversely, if your child is currently enrolled in the distance learning program and wants to be on campus for instruction, please let us know as soon as possible.

To help us prepare for March 22nd, I recommend during this next week you start getting your kids used to the extended schedule. Some students may need to modify their sleep schedule so that they can be ready to learn from 8:15 to 2:30 each day. Certainly this might be extra challenging with the time change coming up this weekend!

In the coming days your child's teacher will communicate any changes in class routines or procedures to expect in this transition. I thank you in advance for showing us grace as we adjust to this exciting change. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.


Kim Little


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday : 8:15 am - 2:30 pm

Every Wednesday is Early Release: 8:15 am -1:00 pm

Changes in Bus Transportation for Reopening

Upon reopening, we will expand to four bus routes. With this, we anticipate there will be limited space for new ridership. Please contact the school office if you are interested in starting bus transportation for your child. We can find out if there is room on your desired route and provide you a transportation application.

Please know that our drivers regularly sanitize busses, seat students by grade level and family, and require masks or face coverings to be worn on the bus at all times. It your child rides the bus please make sure they have mask on as they board the bus.

For your reference the updated bus routes are provided below.

Blue Bus Route

Gold Ridge, Sly Park Hills, Parkwoods


Pony Express Trail from Shell to Mobile Gas Stations, Gilmore, and Upper Ridgeway

Orange Bus Route

Sly Park Road to Twin Cedars, Sierra Springs, Leaf and Hazel


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

Gated Campus

Due to recent vandalism, illegal activities, and increased loitering, the Pinewood Campus will be locked and inaccessible after school hours and on weekends. We apologize for the inconvenience this causes for families that appropriately use our facility during these times.

Upcoming Dates

  • March 14th - Daylight Savings Time Starts
  • March 17th - St. Patrick's Day
  • March 18th - In -Person students return their Chromebooks by this date
  • March 22nd - First Day of Full Reopening
  • March 26th - Crazy Hair Day
  • March 29th-April 2nd - Spring Break