Camp Pioneer Trail

May 2019 Parent Newsletter


Dear PT Families,

We are quickly coming to the end of a very busy year! It seems like we just had the first day yesterday! I hope that you feel really positive about the time your student(s) has spent at Pioneer this year. I am extremely proud of the staff and students in this building. All have worked hard, and we have seem extreme growth across the year.

I recently read an article about some simple ways to spend some quality time with your kids while freeing them from screen time. It suggested the following...

  • Start a family book club. Pick a book, everybody read it, and then set aside a little time to chat about it. What did they like about the book? What did they not like? What was the message the author wanted you to understand?
  • Family meals. Plan the meal together, cook it together, and just sit down and eat and talk together.
  • Play board games or outdoor games with them. Teach them a new game that allows you to interact with each other.
  • Take a road trip - even if it is just for the day around town. Leave phones and tablets at home and just enjoy the day together making memories and seeing new or favorite sites.
  • Have a summer project. Fix something up around the house or plan and maintain a garden together. The key is just having something in common to focus on and build the parent-child relationship.

Whatever your plans may be, enjoy some time together. We will look forward to seeing you again either at summer school or in August! Thanks for all you have done to support us and help make our school what it is!!!

Scott Salmons


Monday, May 6th, 7:30am to Friday, May 10th, 3:30pm

Pioneer Trail

MONDAY - "Wake UP" Day - Wear your pajamas to school!

TUESDAY - "Sweeten UP" Day - Gray Wolves are sweet! Wear your PT attire!

WEDNESDAY - "Forks UP" Day - Wear summer tourist/beach theme clothing!

THURSDAY - "Snack UP" Day - Wear comfy/relaxing clothing!

FRIDAY - "Lift UP" Day - Dress to represent your favorite Superhero!


Don't forget - if you are interested in your child attending summer school, please complete and return the registration forms as soon as possible. Please let us know if you have any questions. Thanks!
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Kindergarten Enrollment for 2019-2020 is Open NOW!!

Click on the button below to find information about the enrollment process. Thanks so much!!

JCPS Preschool 2019-2020

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Forgiveness is our character trait for May. Please discuss with your child the importance of being able to forgive others for mistakes they have made or things they have done against us.

Making reading a priority over the summer...

With summer quickly approaching, don't forget to make a plan to keep your child in the habit of reading each day. This shared commitment can help your child continue to grow in their literacy skills and be ready to roll again when school starts again in the fall. Check out the link below for some ideas to highlight reading this summer.
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Rebecca Gosche

Hi everyone! My name is Becky Gosche and I’m so happy to be teaching English here at Pioneer Trail.

This is my first year working with English Language Learners, and my eighteenth year in education. My first five years, I taught fifth grade in California, MO and then moved to North Elementary in Holts Summit. For the past twelve years, I’ve taught fourth grade at North. In that time, I earned my master’s in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

I grew up here in Jefferson City and have been married to my husband, Chris, for sixteen years. We have two wonderful children, Lynn and Emry. Lynn is fourteen and Emry is eleven. We also have a big fuzzy dog, Dizzy, and a fat little rabbit, Fluffy. I love reading, gardening, listening to music, and road trips.

This first year here at Pioneer Trail has been wonderful! The students, families, and staff have been so welcoming. I’m looking forward to many more years here at PT!

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May 6...5th Grade MAP Science Testing

May 6...4th Grade Archives Visit

May 6...PTO Meeting @ 6:30 pm

May 7...5th Grade MAP Science Testing

May 8...2nd Grade i Ready ELA Testing

May 8...3rd Grade iReady ELA Testing

May 9...3rd Grade iReady Math Testing

May 9...5th Grade iReady Math Testing

May 9...4th Grade Concert @ 6:00 pm

May 10...4th Grade iReady ELA Testing

May 10...5th Grade Field Trip

May 10...Safety Patrol Field Trip

May 13...5th Grade iReady ELA Testing

May 13...Board of Education Meeting @ 6:00 pm

May 15...PTO Field Day

May 16... 5th Grade Party Day

May 16...5th Grade Promotion @ 6:00 pm

May 17...No School

May 20...Awards Assembly @ 8:30 am

May 21...4th Quarter Incentive Celebration

May 21...5th Grade vs. Staff Kickball Game

May 22...Last Day of School

May 22...3 Hour Early Release @ 12:05 pm

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Difference Makers are those who go above and beyond to serve our students, staff, and schools. We need your help in identifying those individuals, teams, or groups who have made a difference in our district. Please use the button below to share your Difference Maker's story. We are specifically looking for Difference Makers tied to the JCPS organizational pillars: Learning, Partnerships, and Stewardship.

While we will thank all who are nominated, some will be recognized monthly at the Board of Education meeting.


  • To ensure the safety of our students, we will always follow the set routine for your child to go home from Pioneer Trail unless we have a note or phone call from you. Please call no later than 2:30 pm.
  • If your child will be absent, please notify the office as soon as possible at 632-3400.
  • When dropping your child off in the morning, please remain in your vehicle. If you need to exit your vehicle, please pull into a parking space so that the flow of traffic is not disrupted.
  • If you are dropping your child off after 8:15, please walk them inside and sign them in.


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The mission of Pioneer Trail is to create a community where all members work to their maximum potential, display positive character, and engage in a high-quality learning experience.


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.

We Believe that learning is a continuous process that builds from year to year with a rigorous curriculum that focuses on state standards.

We Believe that students should be engaged in the learning process and be accountable for their learning.

We Believe that character traits should be an important focus and help support a cheerful, productive, and safe school environment.

We Believe that collaboration among all stakeholders is vital to helping students achieve success.

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