PH & SB News!

South Bay District News for the week of February 13th

PTSA Membership Drive

The Pine Hill/South Bay Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) is seeking members! We are having a membership drive during the month of February.

Why Join?

  • The kids! PTSA is a way to support your child and the entire district.
  • Connections! PTSA provides a space to share ideas, experiences, and concerns with other educators and parents in the community.
  • Opportunity! PTSA volunteers are able to learn new skills as well as put their current skills and hobbies to a good cause.
  • Make Change! PTSA is a space where everyone is encouraged to make suggestions and help our district continue growing.

Click the link below for a flyer containing a QR code with more information. Thank you for your support!

Black History Month

February is Black History Month. Watch the video below to see kids' perspectives on the importance of teaching black history and history from multiple perspectives.
Kids Explain Black History Month

Important Upcoming Dates:

Thursday 2/16 - Charter Council @ South Bay 3:30

Friday 2/17 - Lunch on the Quad at South Bay

2/20-2/24 - President's Week Break- NO SCHOOL

Monday 2/27 - Site Council @ PH 3:30

Tuesday 2/28 - Site Council @ SB 3:30

The Importance of Reading Fluency

Reading Fluency, the ability to read accurately, smoothly and with expression, is incredibly important for all readers. Fluency is important because it builds a bridge between word recognition and comprehension. It allows students time to focus on what the text is saying. They are able to make connections between what they are reading and their own background knowledge. Therefore, they are able to concentrate on comprehension.

The article Six Ways to Help your Child Read, Cover to Cover, gives parents suggestions on ways they can support their kids' fluency. Even kindergarteners can "read" fluently by reading a story repeatedly until it becomes somewhat memorized, then performing the story to an audience (parents, pets, siblings, etc.)

EVERY CHILD A READER is our goal, and we greatly appreciate the assistance you provide by reading to and with your child every night! Please reach out to your child's teacher if you have any questions or would like more ideas on how to help your child be a proficient reader!

Kindergarten Enrollment

Pine Hill is enrolling for the 23-24 school year. If you have a child who will be TK or Kindergarten eligible, please contact the Pine Hill office to start the enrollment process. For more information and to see the necessary forms, including immunization requirements, please CLICK HERE.

Any child turning 5 between September 2, 2023 and June 1, 2024 may be enrolled in TK! Please contact us ASAP to enroll your child and share this information with friends!


Cell Phones for Students

We realize that most South Bay Students have a cell phone so we wanted to remind you of the school policy. Cell phones should not be used during the time the student is on campus, from arrival to departure. If a student needs to contact home they should come to the office to contact their parent/guardian. Students that are using their phone during their time on campus will be asked to give it to a staff member for pick-up in the office at the end of the day. If a cell phone is taken by a staff member more than once a parent will need to pick-up the phone from the office. This policy is for the safety of our students and to keep staff aware of what is going on with students. Thank you for your support.

Join us for the Foggy Bottoms Run

Sign up for the Foggy Bottoms fun run and represent Pine Hill and South Bay Schools. The race is Sun. March 12th , with registration due Feb. 19th. You can register online at

This is a fun family event and we hope to see you there!

Join PTSA (Parent Teachers Student Association)

Please help us to provide great events and activities for our families and students. Please consider joining PTSA and being a member of South Bay Union School District PTSA. Click the link below to become a member!

South Bay Charter Council

Parent members for the South Bay Charter Council are needed! Our schools benefit from having Charter Councils because they:
  • provide an open forum for discussing educational issues
  • provide an opportunity for interaction by parents, teachers, and administrators
  • foster the importance of decision-making at the site level
  • contribute to each site's Plan for Student Achievement
  • assist in defining educational needs and problems

If being a part of our school's charter councils intrigues you, please reach out to Heather Becksted at South Bay. Your interest in this important school team is greatly appreciated!


Click HERE for the breakfast and lunch menus at Pine Hill and South Bay through February 17th.

Menus are covered in two-week sections, due to supply chain issues. The kitchen wants to ensure that we can provide the meals on our menu, so planning for shorter periods is necessary. Neither South Bay nor Pine Hill provides microwaves for students to use in the cafeteria, so please pack ready-to-eat meals.

**Remember school breakfast & lunch is free for ALL students, regardless of home income. **

Family Resource Center

Get familiar with what the FRC has to offer! Stop by or call us at 707-445-5933.

  • Parent Support Group is happening every Friday from 8:30-9:30 in the Pine Hill FRC. Stop by for coffee and good talks.
  • First Five sponsored Playgroup is every Tuesday, from 9:30-11:30 in the Pine Hill FRC. All kids 0-5 and caregivers are welcome.
  • If you are signed up for Friday Food Bags, they started October 7. We have a few slots left!
  • Check out our clothing closet at both sites. Call to set up an appointment to get some free stuff!
  • We are open for drop-ins at Pine Hill in the FRC and at South Bay in Room 17 Mon-Fri 8:00-4:00.

Updated Covid Guidance

SBUSD will continue to follow guidance from HCOE and Humboldt County Public Health pertaining to isolation and quarantine. CLICK HERE to view the most recent flowchart that we will use for positive cases and exposure.

Vaccinations Available

If your family is interested, vaccinations for individuals aged 5 years and older are available at numerous locations in Humboldt County. Please follow THIS LINK to make an appointment or access a variety of information related to Covid vaccinations.

Earned Income Tax Credit Information Act Communication

Due to our school offering free lunch to all students you may qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit. See below for more information.

Based on your annual earnings, you may be eligible to receive the Earned Income Tax Credit from the Federal Government (Federal EITC). The Federal EITC is a refundable federal income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families. The Federal EITC has no effect on certain welfare benefits. In most cases, Federal EITC payments will not be used to determine eligibility for Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, food stamps, low-income housing, or most Temporary Assistance For Needy Families payments. Even if you do not owe federal taxes, you must file a federal tax return to receive the Federal EITC. Be sure to fill out the Federal EITC form in the Federal Income Tax Return Booklet. For information regarding your eligibility to receive the Federal EITC, including information on how to obtain the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Notice 797 or any other necessary forms and instructions, contact the IRS by calling 1-800-829-3676 or through its website at

You may also be eligible to receive the California Earned Income Tax Credit (California EITC) starting with the calendar year 2015 tax year. The California EITC is a refundable state income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families. The California EITC is treated in the same manner as the Federal EITC and generally will not be used to determine eligibility for welfare benefits under California law. To claim the California EITC, even if you do not owe California taxes, you must file a California income tax return and complete and attach the California EITC Form (FTB 3514). For information on the availability of the credit eligibility requirements and how to obtain the necessary California forms and get help filing, contact the Franchise Tax Board at 1-800-852-5711 or through its website at

Contact Information

If you have questions regarding this subject, please contact the IRS by phone at 800-829-3676 or through its website at You can also contact the Franchise Tax Board by phone at 800-852-5711 or through its website at