The Puma Paw
A Pinebrook community information source
February 9, 2024
Hello Puma Families!
The Night Of Family Literacy contained so much information about literacy! Teachers were present, community members joined, and our awesome Reading Specialists developed the event in partnership with the PTA! Thank you, Ms. Hennessy, Ms. Baier, teachers, and PTA!
We've noticed an uptick in students using personal devices in the classrooms. While necessary for safety before and after school, personal devices can distract the natural flow of the school day if available during school hours. Schools are permitted to create rules around the use of personal devices. Personal devices are to be kept in backpacks. This school rule applies to cell phones, smart watches, video game systems, and other personal technology items. An exception to the rule is that the personal device is necessary for a student's health and is included in a Student Health Plan, 504, or IEP.
As you know, the school is not responsible for lost or stolen property. We recommend that our students refrain from bringing expensive electronic devices to school.
For Your Reference
Here's the language from the Student's Rights and Responsibilities: Students may operate cellular phones, personal learning devices, communication devices, and other personal electronic devices when authorized to do so by the Principal or Designee, in accordance with Policy 8650, "Student Technology Acceptable/Responsible Use Policy."
School Board Policy 8650 says the following about Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT):
Personal technology devices are permitted at school and can be used in instructional areas with permission from the teacher. Personal technology devices are permitted to use the LCPS-OPEN wireless network only. Personal technology devices are prohibited from accessing the LCPS network (wired or wireless). All Personal Devices used within school or at school functions must be free from anything that would violate the Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook or this policy, including the use of a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to subvert the Division's protection measures.
We value your partnership, the continued development of our programs and trust, and the work we do to maintain student progress and learning.
- Feb. 12 - 16 is a B week
- Feb. 12 - 16 is Random Acts of Kindness Spirit Week! This week wear:
- Monday - Pajamas (dreaming of kindness)
- Tuesday - Shirt with positive words or backward (bad words can't be taken back)
- Wednesday - Red for self-love
- Thursday - Tie-dye (kindness ties us together)
- Friday - House color or a team jersey (teamwork!)
- Feb. 13, 14, 15 - CoGAT for Grade 2 Students
- Feb. 13 - PTA Meeting at 7:00 PM.
- Feb. 16 - Gr. 5 Handprint Day
- Feb. 19 - No School in recognition of Presidents' Day
- Feb. 20 - Virtual Tuesday Talk - 7:30 PM. Click here to join!
- Feb. 21 - Community Listening Session with LCPS Superintendent Dr. Spence at 7:00 PM at Lightridge High School. Click for more info.
- Feb. 23 - PNB Spirit Night at Moe's - pickup in PNB Bus Loop between 5:00-5:30 PM (see flyer) AND...
- Feb. 23 - PTA Virtual Bingo at 6:30 PM! See flyer below
- Attendance Update! The collective Attendance Rate (Percentage of Students Present) for Feb. 1 - Feb. 9 was 90.21%.
- Arrival: Here is another reminder not to drop students off on Mindful Court. Thank you!
- Here's why - First, traffic near the crosswalk on Mindful Court creates a blind spot for those crossing onto campus. Second, mixed bus and car traffic create unnecessary safety concerns.
- Bus Riders - If you plan for your child to ride a different bus home, such as to go with a friend, please be sure to request the change at least one day in advance. That way, we can ensure there is room on the required bus. Thank you!
- Tuesday Talk! Schedule for 2/20/2024 - Partnership within the Discipline Process
- We look forward to discussing our partnership in supporting students within student discipline. We'll provide a framework for our approach, share resources we use to guide, explain how the House System connects, and demonstrate how we need your help. The conversation will lean toward upper elementary grades, but all are welcome.
Do Something That You Enjoy? Share it at Career Day!
The Pinebrook School Counseling Department is in the planning stages of hosting a Career Day. In order to have a Career Day we need volunteers! Volunteering would require about 2 hours of your time on the morning of Friday, April 12th. Presentations for students would be 20 to 30 minutes long. You would be asked to do 2 to 3 presentations. Presentations would include the following information: education requirements, training, job responsibilities, pros and cons of the career. You are allowed to bring props and make the presentation interactive. If you are interested in sharing your career with Pinebrook students please complete this form by February 12th. After February 12th we will determine if we have enough volunteers to continue planning the Career Day. If you have other family or friends who may be interested in sharing their career with our students, please pass this form on to them. If you have any questions please contact Tory.Walker@lcps.org. Thank you for your support!
Pumas That Pounce!
Let's shine a spotlight on music teacher Ms. Somok Yoo! Ms. Yoo took extra care of one of her students by being insightful and timely. Well done! So glad to have her here!
Of course, we want to celebrate our Reading Team for NFL! Their energy toward reading is contagious and inspiring!
Lastly, we want to welcome our new Day Custodian, Carmen Silva! Ms. Carmen comes to us from Hillside Elementary, where she was an evening custodian for 10+ years. We've been impressed with her work and are happy to have her join our staff!
Kindergarten Students Get A Close Look at the Lunar New Year Celebration!
Students in Ms. Fox's Kindergarten class learned about the Lunar New Year! The Stimpson Family shared the traditional celebrations and meaning behind the holiday with the class, and students had a few activities to align with the lesson. It was a wonderful experience!
Grades 3 -5 Virginia Growth Assessment Report available In ParentVue
VDOE has created a new Parent Report for the Virginia Growth Assessments administered in reading and math to students in grades 3-8 in December. This report includes comparison data from fall to winter and resources to help parents support their student's learning. Don't hesitate to get in touch with your child's teacher or school administrator if you have any questions.
Reading Text Book Adoption for Grades 3-5 Open for Community Input!
The review of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) Into reading is open and will continue through Friday, Feb. 23. As with our K-2 process, we will have digital access available through the LCPS Textbook website. A Google form will be posted for LCPS staff and community members to provide feedback on the materials.
Friday Spirit Week!
We're bringing back Friday Spirit Day! Each Friday, have your child wear their PNB Spiritwear or house colors!
School Colors - navy blue, maroon, white
- Yukon - yellow
- Yosemite - red
- Patagonia - purple
- Sonoran - orange
- Everglades - green
- Andes - blue
*For many students, they might know their color ... we might not have locked up the specific house names yet.
Puma Pawd - Pinebrook's Own Podcast
What's the word on Word Study? Paul and Turner talk with Reading Specialist Jeannie Baier and 4th-grade teachers Brittany Harris and Amy Jo Bollinger about the power of Word Study.
Click here to check it out, or click below!
Have an idea for the Puma Pawd? -Big or small - click here to let us know! -And thanks again to those who sent some ideas! Send more!
Remember, when you come to school...
- When you come to school, it's essential to be in the habit of three things:
- Make an appointment
- Have your ID;
- Have your phone, especially if you are tardy, picking up, or returning a child to school, as we use an electronic form to record the child's return. You will access the form via a QR code scanned by your phone.