Patriot News

October 2021

Message from Mrs. Moore

Attendance Matters

It is hard to believe we are approaching the end of the first quarter of school. I hope this finds all of you in good health! We are aware that COVID has created attendance challenges. Children who miss a lot of time at school can suffer in the long term from significant gaps in their learning.

Attendance Matters:

Studies show many children who miss too many days in kindergarten and first grade can struggle academically in later years. They often have trouble mastering reading by the end of third grade. Foundational reading skills taught in Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, 1st grade and 2nd grade are critical in developing strong readers. Missing out on these early reading lessons due to absences can create gaps in their learning that are harder to fix later.

Absences can add up before you know it. Under state guidelines we utilize the following indicators:

Early Warning System

Attendance Matters for staying on track

Elementary School Early Warning System Indicator for Attendance


0-2 absences in a quarter

4% or less absences in a year

At-Risk for Off –Track

3 -4 absences in a quarter

5%-9% absences in a year


5 or more absences in a quarter

10% or more absences in a year

It doesn’t matter if these absences are excused or unexcused. They all represent lost time in the classroom and a lost opportunity to learn. When students arrive late or leave early they also miss instruction that results in real learning loss.

A high number of absences in one class can affect the whole classroom by creating disruptions to the pace of instruction.

We understand that many children have been quarantined, which causes an increase in absences. However, we do not count these as absences, children are marked “present” if they complete assigned work during the quarantine.

We need your support to ensure that children’s education is not affected by poor attendance.

  • Review your child’s attendance record in MyStudent to see their current number of absences.
  • Ensure your child arrives to school on time and stays in school from bell to bell
  • Schedule family events and vacations with your child's school calendar in mind.
  • Limit the amount of time that your child misses school due to medical appointments. Try to arrange around the school day.


National Do Something Nice Day

October 5th is National Do Something Nice Day! PTO invites you to celebrate and bring in items to stock the Pine View Elementary Staff "Escape Room." We encourage each grade to bring in different items to ensure the "Escape Room" is fully stocked. A list of items was sent home in the Red Communication folder.

PTO will be in the car line and bus loop Tuesday morning to collect donated items.

PVES Spirit Night at Culver's

Gather your family and friends on October 26th from 5-8pm. for Pine View Elementary Spirit Night! Spirit Night will take place at Culver's (Near the outlets on St Rd 56).

Come out to Culver's and meet the mascot, Scoopie. 10% of ALL the proceeds between the hours of 5pm-8pm on October 26th, will be donated to PVES. This is a great way to support your school AND it easily answers the question, "What's for dinner?"

We can't wait to see you there!

Special Congratulations!

Celebrate Red Ribbon Week- October 25th-29th

PVES celebrates Red Ribbon Week with

"A Healthy Me is the Way to Be"

Monday, October 25th- Be Principled

Wear Red – to remind us that Patriots are principled and kick Red Ribbon Week.

“Let’s show we are Principled Patriots who stand up for healthy choices.

Tuesday, October 26th- Be Courageous

Wear your favorite sports shirt to show you are courageous, resourceful, and resilient by exercising your body and playing sports.

Wednesday, October 27th- Be Open-minded to healthy food choices

Wear mismatched or mixed up clothes to show you eat a variety of foods to stay healthy and help your body grow.

Thursday, October 29th- Be Balanced and comfortable by saying NO to drugs and YES to healthy choices

Wear comfy clothes or PJs to show you take care of yourself by getting enough sleep.

Friday, October 29th- Be Knowledgeable about others

Students may choose a profession, book character, or historical figure that embodies an IB Learner Profile and dress up as that character.

Costumes should be simple and comfortable and not interfere with learning. (No masks or scary costumes please)

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Learner Profile of the Month: Principled

What does it mean to be Principled?

The IB Learner profile aims to develop students who are principled. Students who are principled act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.

How to support student understanding of what it means to be Principled?

  • Connect behavior to character.
  • Provide opportunities for your child to make their own decisions, discuss the consequences of their decisions.
  • Read and tell stories in which the story characters demonstrate making principled decisions.
  • Discuss how being principled is life long commitment and well sought after as a characteristic to have.

IB Learner Profile - Principled
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Music at PVES

All music classes began the year by learning about music routines and classroom agreements.

  • 1st – 5th grade also began “Musician of the Day”. Students take turns being chosen for certain IB attitudes and once chosen, students are able to share something about themselves at our next music class.
  • All classes began learning or reviewing about the basics of music having a beat. We moved into grouping beats into 2, 3 & 4 and identified the meter of a song. We have also learned about how tempo is the speed of the beat.
  • Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades have used rhythm sticks, shakers and maracas to practice beat.
  • 3rd grade has used rhythm sticks and is now moving into using hand drums.
  • 4th and 5th grade are using drum sticks with various sized buckets to make a “bucket band”.
We are now moving into rhythm as we approach October. 3rd–5th grade classes will be learning to play the rhythm of the song called “Bucket of Bones.”

Mark Your Calendar

October Important Dates

  • Tuesday, October 5th- National Do Something Nice Day (PTO collecting donations at arrival)
  • Wednesday, October 6th- Early Release Day (dismissal at 1:50pm)
  • Friday, October 15th- Last day of Quarter 1
  • Monday, October 18th- No School (teacher planning day)
  • Tuesday, October 19th- Virtual Open House (see upcoming email from classroom teachers)
  • October 25th-29th- Red Ribbon Week
  • Tuesday, October 26th- PTO PVES Spirit Night at Culver's (near outlet mall on St. Rd 54)
  • Tuesday, October 26th- Report Cards available on myStudent (after noon)

Rock Reading at Home!

Don't miss out on participating in Mrs. Foyle's school-wide reading challenge. After you read each night, complete your reading log. Great prizes for those that participate!
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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a final rule, 40 CFR Part 763, Asbestos Containing Material in schools, commonly referred to as AHERA. This rule requires all Local Education Agencies (LEA’s) to identify asbestos containing materials (ACM) in their school buildings and to take appropriate actions to control the release of asbestos fibers.

All inspections for Pine View Elementary have been completed and a Management Plan describing the results of the inspection and the action plan to control any asbestos found during the inspection, where applicable, has been submitted to the governor for approval. A copy of this plan is located in the administrative office of this school and at the Pasco County Schools Maintenance & Facility Services Department and is available for review upon request.