Pinewood Weekly Newsletter

August 19, 2021

Principal's Message

Dear Falcon Families,


It has been a very difficult week for our Pollock Pines Community. I know our families and staff have evacuated near and far. My heart goes out to the neighboring community of Grizzly Flats who has been devastated by this fire. I am grateful for the many firefighters and law enforcement officers who have worked tirelessly to protect our little town and surrounding areas. Like you, I have been closely monitoring the news and internet to gather any information about our neighborhoods. I am optimistic that our school community will soon be back together.


I do want to extend my sincere thanks to our families, staff, and students who worked together to facilitate our very early release from school this past Tuesday morning. Parents, your patience and calmness helped our student feel safe and secure. To our staff, I appreciate you for following directives and going out of your way to connect individual families with their children. I applaud our students for listening to the adults and staying calm during this morning release. As a team, we were able to get everyone home in a short amount of time.


I am astounded by the generosity and supports available to our families right now. The purpose of this newsletter is to provide you information about the many resources that are emerging to help you through these very trying days.


Obviously we cannot reopen our school until evacuation orders are lifted. We will communicate reopening plans via an all call, email, our district webpage and Facebook Page. If you have any questions or need help connecting with resources, please reach out to me at klittle@pped.org.


Continue to Stay Safe and Well,


Kim Little

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El Dorado County Office of Education - Caldor Resources

Our County Office of Education has centralized many links and resources here. You can find fire information links and supports for basic needs.

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Caldor Fire Relief Fund Application

A fund has been set up by the El Dorado Community Foundation to help people impacted by the Caldor Fire to assist them with immediate relief needs. This application provides the specific qualifications needed to receive these funds.

Care Solace - Connecting Families with Mental Health Support

As our community deals with the impact of the Caldor Fire, we know that many families may need additional support. Pollock Pines Elementary School District is committed to the safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and families and wants to remind you of the resources available in our community.


Pollock Pines Elementary School District has partnered with Care Solace to support our community’s mental health. If you or a family member are looking for help with your mental health or substance use, you can use Care Solace to anonymously find community therapists or treatment programs matched to your needs regardless of circumstances.


Care Solace is a complimentary and confidential service provided to students, staff and their families by our Pollock Pines Elementary School District. Care Solace is available 24/7/365 and can support you in any language.


If you would like to use Care Solace to help you find a provider:

· Call 888-515-0595 available 24/7/365 in any language

· Visit www.caresolace.com/site/ppesd on your own , OR click “Book Appointment” for assistance by video chat, email, or phone.

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COVID - 19 Monitoring

In the midst of this wildfire emergency, we are still experiencing an increase of COVID-19 cases in our community. Please continue to screen yourself and your children for symptoms on a daily basis. During this time of evacuation, you can reach out to the Marshall Hospital COVID Advice Hotline for support for adults and teens. It is recommended you connect with your health provider if your child is 12 years old or younger. In the event that someone in your household is positive for COVID, please follow these steps: 1. Isolate 2. Seek advice from your medical professional 3. Communicate this information to the school for tracking and quarantine purposes. Until school is reopened, please communicate with Kim Little through email.
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Back-to School Night

We will reschedule Back-to-School night after we get through the Caldor Fire Emergency. As soon as we establish a new date we will promptly communicate that out to families.

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