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The Pioneer News is your weekly update from the Pinetree PTA
Celebrations Around The World Event - THIS Friday, December 6th
featuring a visit from Santa, an Aztec Dancers Performance & Book Fair Evening Shopping Hours


Join us for an evening of International festivities as we celebrate holiday traditions around the world. Come on out and enjoy samples of the different foods and learn about the cultures that make up our diverse Pinetree Community. We’ll also have a fun festive performance to enjoy. Refreshments will be served along with fun cultural foods provided by our participants.

This is a fun free event provided by the Pinetree PTA.

What: Pinetree's Annual Celebrations Around the World
When: Friday, December 6th, 2019
Where: Pinetree’s MPR - 6:00-8:00 p.m.


Please consider sharing your families’ heritage by hosting a table at this event!

This is an opportunity to celebrate and learn about the diverse population of families that make up Pinetree. We are hoping to have as many countries represented as possible.

Each country represented will be given a table to showcase their culture. We've had traditional first birthdays, Christmas, Hanukah, just to name a few. It's up to YOU to decide which festive occasion you would like to share or if you just want to host a booth that shares any fun information about your culture, that is great too! We would like you to showcase things like food, games, geographical location, music, traditional clothing, etc. It is an evening filled with music, fun, and a celebration of the different cultures within our school community.

If you wish to host a table, please complete the form (click button below), return it to your student’s teacher or the school office.
Celebrations Around the World Signup Flier
Scholastic Book Fair - December 2nd - 6th - THIS WEEK!
Our first Book Fair of the school year themed to "Arctic Adventure" will be - Monday, December 2nd through Friday, December 6th.  It will be held on the MPR stage.

Hours of the Book Fair for Parents & Families:
Mon - 2:15 pm until 3:15pm
Tues - 1:15 pm until 2:15pm
Wed & Thurs - 2:15 pm until 3:15pm
Fri - 2:15 pm until 3:15pm & 5:30pm until 7:30pm
(Special night hours during Celebrations Around the World Event)

* Please remember that students can shop any day during school hours

Two NEW Shopping Options! 
1) Book Fair eWallet is a safe and convenience digital payment option for your student to shop the Fair cash-free.  It's EASY & FREE to setup!
2) If you're not able to attend the Fair, try our new online shopping.  We've partnered with the Scholastic Store to offer over 6,000 products that ship direct to home (with free shipping on book-only orders of $25 or more). 

Visit our homepage to get started to fund your eWallet or shop online now:
https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bf/pinetreecommschool


We'll also be doing the coin challenge and special themed days for each day.  All coins brought in for each class will be used by your Pioneer's Teacher to replenish their classroom libraries and are matched by Scholastic to help kids in need receive books as well. 

Monday, December 2nd - Bring in nickels and wear arctic themed clothes
Tuesday, December 3rd - Bring in dimes and wear a crazy hair
Wednesday, December 4th - Bring in quarters and wear sport clothing
Thursday, December 5th - Bring in dollars and wear your favorite colors

We are always looking for volunteers to help us run the Book Fair and help give our Pioneers a great shopping experience.  If you're available to volunteer during the book fair hours (school hours & above listed hours), please make sure to complete the School Volunteer information sheet ASAP in the school office and signup at the Scholastic website here:  https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bf/pinetreecommschool
Reindeer Lane Holiday Shoppe - December 10th - 12th
Our Holiday Boutique Shoppe will be coming back in December. Give your child the joy of holiday shopping on their own within a limited budget. Prices will range from $1 - $10. The shop will be located on the MPR stage this year. Please note this is not a PTA fundraiser, just a service provided by the Pinetree PTA.  All items are sold at cost, no profit made by the PTA.

Shopping Schedule:
Tuesday, December 10th - 9:15 am - 1:30 pm
Kids will do a little window shopping during their scheduled classroom visit to the holiday shop during our preview day.
Wednesday, December 11th - 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Kids can shop during classroom visits, recess, lunch and after-school
Thursday, December 12th - 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Kids can finish their shopping during classroom visits, recess, lunch and after-school

We are always looking for volunteers to help us run the Holiday Shoppe and help give our Pioneers a great shopping experience.  If you're available to volunteer during the shoppe hours above, please make sure to complete the School Volunteer information sheet ASAP and email our Holiday Shoppe chair Michelle Hubbell at Michellehubbell07@gmail.com
Reflections Gala Winners
Congrats goes out to following students who received the "Award of Excellence" at our Reflections Gala this past week and will be moving onto the SCV Council Chapter Competition. We wish them all the best of luck. 

Film Production:
Primary – Harper Jennings
Intermediate – Faith Nasrallah
Middle School – Zoe Wells
 
Dance Choreography
Primary – Violet Laurino
 
Literature
Primary – Jezabella Schenone
 
Photography
Primary – DKeira O'Connor
Intermediate – Faith Nasrallah
Middle School – Zoe Wells
Special Artist – Jaden Sandoval
 
Visual Arts
Primary – Harper Jennings
Intermediate – Chloe Langenwalter
Middle School – Amelia Sivaborvorn
Special Artist – Aislyn Eirmann
To View this year's Winners Pieces and Past Winners, Please Click Here
2019-20 Pinetree Yearbook
You can now pre-order this year's yearbook online. It's easy & convenient. Reserve your copy today at ybpay.lifetouch.com using the Yearbook ID Code 10853320.  Also, order forms have been sent home or you can pick up an extra one in the office if you prefer to pay by check.  The pre-sale ends on January 31st, 2020 - at which time the prices will go up.  Prices right now start at just $23 for softcover or $29 for hardcover with additional upgrades that include personalized cover, autograph insert, Zoom current events insert and yearbook stickys.
 
To Access Lifetouch's Online Yearbook Payment Site , Please Click Here
The Tick Fire & Pinetree Families Affected
The devastating Tick Fire has shaken our Pinetree Community to the core.  Our thoughts are with the many families effected.   It has been amazing and heart warming to see our community come together to help each other during the evacuations and to help each other pick up the pieces now that we're all back in our homes.  Sadly, we have learned of several Pinetree Families who have lost their homes due to this horrible disaster.  All GoFundMe pages have been vetted by the school and all donations will be going to the families affected.  If you can help, please do.  Also, please share the links on your social media pages to help spread the word to support our Pinetree families.  Our thoughts are with everyone during this difficult time. 

The Palos Family - Their two Daughters attend Pinetree in 5th and 2nd grades and their Sequoia Rd home was completely destroyed in the early morning of October 25th.
The Palos Famly - GoFundMe
The Rangel Family - Their daughter attends Pinetree in 6th Grade and their Melia Way home was destroyed on October 24th.
The Rangel Family - GoFundMe
The Molla Family - Their Daughter attends Pinetree in the 1st Grade and their Son is a Pinetree Pioneer promoted. 
The Molla Family - GoFundMe

We also want to share a family who's six year old son attends our sister school Sulphur Springs Community School.  They also sadly lost their home on Sequoia Rd. 
Stephanie Cortes - GoFundMe
Pinetree PTA Spirit Bundles
The Pinetree PTA is happy to bring back Pinetree Spirit Bundles as an easy way you can help donate to the Pinetree PTA.  In return for your donation, you’ll receive great goodies and recognition.  We have multiple donation tiers to choose from, you can donate on behalf of your family or business name and one of the best parts - your donation is tax deductible.  This will help get Pinetree PTA on a great fundraising head start and depending on the tier, you will be able to get everything Pinetree PTA has to offer throughout the school year.  Pinetree PTA fundraising provides complete funding for our enrichment classes including art and music instruction, as well as supporting classroom needs, field trips and school wide improvements.

Big Shout outs to the following Pinetree PTA Supporters:
Diamond Elite:  Isabelle Hefner
Diamond:  The Beard Family, The Laurino Family, Harper Jennings Family & The Godin Family
To View the Tiers and Download an Order Form, Click Here
To View the Tiers and Order a Bundle Online via Debit/Credit Card, Click Here
Membership Contest
Have you joined the Pinetree PTA Yet?  If not, join today and help your student's class top the membership class competition.  The top % of memberships per # of students in the class in each of their tiers will win a treasure chest of goodies for their class.  Here are the current tallies:

TK-1st
Ahart - 52.00%
Tyboroski - 50.0%
Rayl - 40.0%
Flessas - 33.3%
Winslow - 32.0%
Burkman - 32.0%
Berentsen - 26.1%
Grams - 0.0%

2nd-3rd
Ward - 46.2%
Youngs - 44.0%
Storch - 40.0%
Nystrom - 36.8%
Yamauchi - 34.6%
Dorr - 16.0%
Caskey - 16.0%
Guzman - 0.0%

4th-6th
Pithey - 46.7%
Delp - 34.4%
Hines - 30.0%
Sykes - 26.5%
Adachi - 25.8%
Wiltz - 25.8%
Andrews - 23.5%
Gardina - 17.6%
Join the Pinetree PTA
As you can see, we have kicked off our Membership drive with a cool "Dino-Mite" theme.  Come join the Pinetree PTA and have a voice in your child's education.  Please note that joining the PTA doesn't require you to attend the meetings or volunteer although we and your students would LOVE if you did.  The Pinetree PTA was able to increase the membership count in the 2018-19 year over the 2017-18 school year.  Let's show that we can do it again.
Also, the classes with the most memberships will win some really cool prizes. 
To download the Membership order form to pay via cash/check, CLICK HERE
To join the PTA online via debit/credit card, CLICK HERE
Please note there is a glitch on the online payment site that shows a convenience fee will be added to your transaction.  When you get to the cart to make final payment, that fee will be removed.  They are working to fix this glitch.
Amazon Smile - Holiday Shopping
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 amazon.com url when shopping, book mark https://smile.amazon.com 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.
Box Tops Program Changes
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 almost $200 for our students. However, how you collect Box Tops is going to be changing this yearit is going digital!
 
Box Tops will slowly transition 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.

Because of this change, we'll no longer be able to do classroom contests.  We're working on an overall goal for the school and if we hit that goal - ALL of our student's will receive a fun party prize.  More information on that soon.

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.
Pinetree PTA Spiritwear
To go with our Dinosaur membership theme, we have some "Dino-Mite" new Spiritwear for the 2019-20 school year.  Shirts will be available in green or grey and are 1 for $12 or 2 for $20.  New this year - GLITTER PRINT for $1 for $13 or 2 for $22.  We'll also have Women's V-Necks with the Glitter Print.  Lastly, back from last year with the Pinetree Pioneers logo are the baseball hats, tote bags, pencils, lanyards, key chains and the Pioneer Pete Coonskin Caps.   Click the button below to check them all out on our website.

Don't forget to have your Pioneers wear their spiritwear or school colors of green or grey every Friday and show their Pinetree Pioneer Pride!   The classes with the most students showing their Pride get recognition from Principal Stilson.
Click Here to view our Online Ordering Page for Spiritwear
Please note there is a glitch on the online payment site that shows a convenience fee will be added to your transaction.  When you get to the cart to make final payment, that fee will be removed.  They are working to fix this glitch.
Important Upcoming Dates
December
12/02-12/06 (Mon-Fri) – Book Fair
12/06 (Fri) – Book Fair Evening Hours 5:30pm-7:30pm
12/06 (Fri) – Celebrations Around the World 6:00pm
12/08 (Sun) – Mrs. Nystrom’s Birthday
12/10-12/12 (Tues-Thurs) – Holiday Gift Shoppe
12/18 (Wed) – Coffee with the Principal 2:30pm
12/23-01/10 (Mon-Fri) – Winter Break - No School

January
12/23-01/10 (Mon-Fri) – Winter Break - No School
01/10 (Fri) – Ms. Rayl's Birthday
01/13 (Mon) – New Families Open House 5:30pm (for parents of 2020-21 TK/K Students)
01/20 (Mon) – Martin Luther King Jr Day - No School
01/21 (Tues) – Restaurant Fundraiser Night (Location: TBD)
01/23 (Thurs) – Mrs. Andrew's Birthday
01/23 (Thurs) – PTA Meeting in the MPR 6:00pm
01/27 (Mon) – Mrs. Yamauchi's Birthday
01/31 (Fri) – Yearbook Order Deadline at lower cost
01/31 (Fri) – Family Night (Tentative)
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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