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PTA Meeting - This Thursday, May 21st at 5:00pm
Our last PTA meeting of the year will be this Thursday, May 21st at 5:00pm via Zoom.  We hope you will come attend.  We will be approving our 2020-21 PTA Calendar and Budget.  Below is Zoom information to access and the Agenda.

Topic: Pinetree PTA May Association Meeting
Time: May 21, 2020 05:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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2019-20 Pinetree Community School Yearbook Update
The 2019-20 Pinetree Yearbook is complete and currently at the Lifetouch Printers being printed.  We hope to receive an estimated delivery date within the next week or two at which time we'll announce the distribution information.  We expect it to be in early June.  Stay tuned...
Please click the button below to watch a wonderful video made by our amazing Pinetree Support Staff.  
Click here to view the Pinetree Support Staff Video
Please click the button below to watch a wonderful video made by our amazing Pinetree Teachers & Staff.  We all miss you so much!
Click here to view the Pinetree Teachers & Staff Video
Pinetree Spring Carnival - Refund Process
Due to the school closure, we sadly had to cancel the Pinetree Spring Carnival.  If you pre-purchased a wristband via debit/credit card, we have refunded your purchase to your original form of payment.  If you pre-purchased your wristband via cash/check, please reach out to us at so we can arrange a refund.

We greatly appreciate your support and we look forward to bringing the carnival back next school year.

The Pinetree PTA wishes you and your family all the best during this time.

Pinetree PTA Executive Board 2020-21
A big thank you to the new Pinetree PTA Executive Board that was elected at our last PTA meeting for their dedication to Pinetree Community School, it's students and staff.  They look forward to serving the Pinetree Community family during the 2020-21 school year.
President:  Sarah Kline
1st VP Communications: Kristie Laurino
2nd VP Membership: Valeska Duarte
3rd VP Ways & Means: Tiffany Vargas
4th VP Programs: Heather Beard
Secretary:  Gilma Haro
Treasurer: Ty Reaber
Historian: Gaby Abdelkerim
Auditor: Melissa Day
Parliamentarian: Katia Ruiz
Important Information from Sulphur Springs School District
In the coming weeks, we're going to try and provide you with information from the district as it's released.  Please review images below, you may click on any of them to enlarge.

Also, Principal Stilson is adding links daily of great educational resources to practice during this time.  Find them here:
Pinetree Educational Resources - Click Here

Superintendent Updates as of 5/15/2020

Good Evening Sulphur Springs Families,

This is Dr. Catherine Kawaguchi, Superintendent, with your Friday Update, May 15, 2020.

I want to express my appreciation to our teachers, Principals, and support staff who worked really hard to make sure that your child’s personal items were ready for pick-up this past week. If you were unable to pick-up your child’s items this week, another time will be scheduled for families to pick-up their child’s belongings. Your child’s Principal will send out a message as to when the new pick-up time and date will be.

Please note that families that have children in the State Preschool Program at Mint, Leona Cox, and Canyon Springs Community Schools will have their own deployment of student items on Friday, May 22nd. Mary Mercogliano, Director of the State Preschool Program, will be sendingout additional information to these families.

I wanted to also share with you that the District is forming a Task Force of stakeholders to
discuss the re-opening of our schools in August. The Task Force will ensure that all discussions will be focused on the health and well-being of students and staff. In addition, the Task Force will be discussing a variety of instructional delivery models in case schools are only permitted to open under certain conditions as directed by LA County Department of Public Health. We are currently working on a survey for families to get your feedback on distance learning so we can continue to adjust to meet your child’s needs in this environment. The District will continue to provide families additional updates regarding the Task Force and its recommendations to prepare for the re-opening of our schools in the fall.

Thank you, families for remembering to wear masks when coming to pick up
the free nutritional food at Canyon Springs and/or Mitchell Community Schools between
12:00PM and 1:00PM. We so appreciate your support with working to continue to protect
our staff as well as our families.

Thank you.

New Principal at Pinetree for Next School Year


Dear Pinetree Families,

I am calling to inform you that Pinetree’s Principal Ms. Deb Stilson will be moving out of the area at the end of the school year, and therefore will not be returning as principal for the 2020-2021 school year. 

Your child’s education and well-being are our most important priorities. One of our goals is to maintain consistency for the students and staff at Pinetree Community School through this transition as the community welcomes a new principal for the 2020-2021 school year. With this in mind, the selection process to establish a new principal for Pinetree Community School has begun.  We look forward to the completion of the hiring process before the end of the school year, and Ms. Stilson will be available to assist the new Principal to ensure a smooth transition.  

The District is asking for you to complete a survey regarding what you feel are the needs for Pinetree Community School. Please go to Pinetree School’s website where you will find the link.

We thank you for your support as we work through the transition process.


Dr. Catherine Kawaguchi


Box Tops to Support Pinetree PTA
During this time, you can still support the Pinetree PTA by continuing to scan your store receipts on the official box tops app and contributing them to Pinetree Community School.  We greatly appreciate your support.

There are some BIG changes happening to one of the easiest ways to raise money for Pinetree School. For every Box Top that is turned in, Pinetree earns 10 cents. They add up, and already this year, we have collected $765 for our students. However, how you collect Box Tops has changed this yearit has gone digital!
Box Tops is slowly transitioning to no longer printing Box Tops on the packaging of products, that is why it is so important to download the app and start scanning. However, until then, please keep clipping and sending any Box Tops that you may find. We will be earning money for Pinetree both ways.  We suggest anytime you go food shopping, go ahead and scan that receipt in the app.  The app will look at each of the items and do the work for you to see if any of the items qualify for a box top and automatically contribute it to Pinetree.  Please note you have to scan the receipt within 14 days of the purchase.

Check out the video below for more information on this change:
See how easy it is to earn for your school with the NEW Box Tops App! Watch this how-to video to for a simple, step-by-step explanation of how it works—then give it a try yourself.
Amazon Smile
During this difficult time, it's becoming more common to make online purchases especially through vendors like Amazon.  Please consider using Amazon Smile to support Pinetree Community School while making that purchase.  We greatly appreciate it.

Do you shop through Amazon?  If so, do it through AmazonSmile and Amazon will donate a percentage of every purchase to Pinetree PTA. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service. Instead of going directly to the url when shopping, book mark and choose one time that you want to support "Pinetree Community School PTA" and everytime you shop through that link going forward, you're supporting your child's school.  It's as easy as that!

Also, Good news! AmazonSmile is now available in the Amazon Shopping App to all AmazonSmile customers using supported Android devices.

If you are an AmazonSmile customer, you can now support Pinetree Community Elementary PTA in the Amazon shopping app on your Android device! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.
  1. If you have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping App, open the App on your Android device.
  2. View Settings and select AmazonSmile.
  3. Follow the in-App instructions to complete the process.
If you do not have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping App, update your App. Click here for instructions.

AmazonSmile is not currently available for iOS users. We will notify everyone when it becomes available.
Important Upcoming Dates
05/21 (Thurs) – Minimum Day
05/21 (Thurs) – PTA Meeting 5:00pm via ZOOM
POSTPONED – 05/21 (Thurs) –  Honorary Service Awards 6:00pm
05/25 (Mon) – Memorial Day – No School
05/27 (Wed) – Coffee with the Principal 12:00pm via ZOOM
CANCELLED – 05/29 (Fri) – Pinetree Spring Carnival 4:00pm-8:00pm
06/03 (Wed) – Mrs. Hines’ Birthday
06/07 (Sun) – Mrs. Wiltz’s Birthday
06/10 (Wed) – Coffee with the Principal 8:00am via ZOOM
06/11 (Thurs) – Minimum Day & Last Day of School
Free Easy Ways to Help the Pinetree PTA
Keep checking out the “Easy Ways to Help” page on our website for free easy ways you can help the Pinetree PTA
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