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The Pioneer News is your weekly update from the Pinetree PTA
The Academic Olympics Fundraising Event is Back!
Fliers have gone home and all students were assigned a color team in this school-wide event.  Points will be earned for their team through donations (1 point for each dollar sponsored).  Each student that receives at least $10 in sponsorship will begin receiving prizes.  The more sponsorship's a student receives, the more prizes they will receive (see prize list below).  Top prizes include a hand print on our mural wall (for $100 or more in sponsorship) and the student that brings in the most sponsorship will win a family four pack of tickets to Six Flags Magic Mountain and the student that brings in the 2nd most sponsorship will win a pair of tickets.  Make sure to ask all your friends and family to help sponsor your Pioneer.  We even have a link on our website where out of state family and friends will be able to donate via credit/debit card. 

Don't forget if you purchase a spirit bundle during the Academic Olympics, the amount donated will go to your Pioneer's team color and they'll receive the fun prizes listed below based on the tier purchased.  More information on Spirit Bundles below.

This event is run in house by the Pinetree PTA to ensure all profits from this fundraiser go directly to our students!  Funds raised help us make our first payment for our Music, Art and Drama enrichment classes, pay for Brain Pop for all classrooms, the Reflections art competition, and countless other beginning of the year activities that give our Pinetree Pioneers a well rounded education.

Academic Olympics Timeline
Mon, Aug 25th - Fundraising Begins
Fri, Sep 6th - Academic Olympics Event
Fri, Sep 6th - Turn in donations by this day to receive an extra prize
Fri, Sep 13th - Final Donations Due

A great way to help your Pioneer get pledges is to post on Social Media so family and friends from afar can pledge too.
 
Here is a sample posting:
Hey Friends and Family, _______ will be participating in the Academic Olympics on the ________ color team at their school Pinetree and you can help pledge to not only get them fun prizes but to also help raise money for their school's PTA which supports their enrichment classes.  Their teacher is ______.  Check out www.pinetreepta.org to pledge online via debit/credit card.  Thank you so much for your support!
To Download Pledge Forms or Donate Online, please Click Here
For Team Color Information, please Click Here
The Habit / Baskin Robbins Restaurant Night - This Wednesday!
Our first Restaurant Day/Night Fundraiser will be Wednesday, August 28th.  It will be a dinner and/or dessert night taking place at 'The Habit' and 'Baskin Robbins' both of which are located right next to each other in the Golden Valley Plaza (near Target/Kohls) at 19223 Golden Valley Road.  The fundraiser will be from 4pm to 9pm at the Habit and Baskin Robbins will be all day.  The Habit is requesting that you please present the flyer that will be sent home soon.  Baskin Robbins is requesting that you write "Pinetree PTA" on your receipt and drop it in the box on their counter after paying.
To Download the Habit / Baskin Robbins Flyer, please Click Here
Room Parent / Classroom Volunteer Training - This Thursday!
If you're interested in becoming a Room Parent or a Volunteer in your Pioneer's classroom, it's important that you attend the Parent Volunteer Training Meeting on Thursday, 08/29 at 8:00am in the MPR. Make sure to also fill out and turn in the volunteer application that went home in the welcome packets. If you are unable to make this meeting but interested in becoming a room parent or volunteer, please email roomparent@pinetreepta.org to schedule a separate training.  Please note if you attended this training last year, you do not need to attend again unless you want to volunteer to be your teacher's room parent for the year.  We'll have important information to pass out and collect from those of you.
Academic Olympics Volunteers Needed
Our Academic Olympics event which is our main fundraiser of the year will be kicking off Friday August 23rd and ends with the main event on Friday, September 6th.  We can't put on this great event without the help of our Pinetree Family and Friends.  We keep this event in house to ensure all money raised is kept here at Pinetree.  This is a 'Survivor' style obstacle course that includes stops where they'll have to complete Academic events (Math, English, science, etc) and we need help setting up the event, running the stations and taking it down.  The event will be running from 8am to approx 11:30am with setup taking place before at 7:00am and dismantling after.  The best part of helping at the Academic Olympics event is you get to see your Pioneer run and enjoy the course.  
All volunteers must go through the office and check-in as a volunteer before meeting us out on the track (a valid id is required to check-in).

If you can just volunteer for 30 mins or the whole time, any time donated is greatly appreciated.
To sign-up to volunteer for the Academic Olympics and pick the time slots you're available, please CLICK HERE
Water Donations Needed for Academic Olympics
To make this event a great success we like to provide small water bottles to our kiddos once they complete the course and to have available for our volunteers.  If you're able to donate cases of small water bottles, please bring to the School Office and let them know it's for the PTA.  We thank you in advance for your support.
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.
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.
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
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.
Pinetree PTA Spiritwear

All sizes are now available to order on our website.  Please note we have sold out of most of the sizes.  Please get your Pre-orders in ASAP so we can reserve your size as a new order will be placed this week and expected to arrive by Mid-September.  Once the new shirts arrive, we'll deliver to your child's class.

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.
PTA Waivers
Three waivers went home with your students in their welcome packets.  It's imperative that we receive those completed forms back ASAP so they can participate in PTA related activities including the upcoming Academic Olympics.  Also, the photo waiver is needed in order for your student to be featured in special pages of the yearbook.  Please make sure student's names are printed on each form clearly.  Thank you in advance for  your cooperation.  If you have not filled out any of these forms, you can print and download them from the buttons below:
Click Here to download PTA Photo Release Form
Click Here to download PTA Waiver Form
Click Here to download SSSD Waiver Form
Reflections 2019-2020
It's never to early to have your students start their Reflections art project to enter in the 2019‐2020 competition!  PTA Reflections is a nationally acclaimed student recognition program to encourage artistic creativity in the classroom and at home. Students of all grades and abilities may participate and explore the arts based on the 2019‐2020 theme “LOOK WITHIN” 
Pinetree students of all grades (TK‐6th) can get a jump start on their creativity and choose to enter one or all of the following categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Photography, Visual Arts, and Music Composition. 
We're having a FREE art night where you can practice and learn all the rules for the program.  It will take place on Thursday, September 5th from 6pm to 7:30pm and all entries will be due Friday, October 4th.
For rules or with any questions, please email reflections@pinetreepta.org
Click Here to view our Reflections Webpage for More Info and see Past Winners
2019-2020 Chair Positions Open
The 2019-20 PTA Board is still recruiting positions for this year.  If you're interested in chairing a position, please reach out to us at president@pinetreepta.org

Positions open include:

Chair Positions

Family Night Coordinator:  This position is responsible for planning free family fun nights for our Students and their families to enjoy together.  (paid for by the PTA within pre-defined budget).

Hospitality:  This position is responsible for spoiling our teachers and staff during Teacher Appreciation Week, Staff Appreciation Day, Parent/Teacher Planning Sessions and Conferences by providing snacks and lunches (paid for by the PTA within pre-defined budget).

Spiritwear Trainee:  This position will work with our current Spiritwear Chair to learn the process of creating new spiritwear for our students each year, working with the outside vendor and the sales/fulfillment process.  This is in hopes of finding someone to take over after next school year.

Treasurer Trainee:  This position will work with the current Treasurer to learn the process, counting and bookkeeping for the PTA.
Social Media
Pinetree Community School now has an Official Instagram Page.  Please go follow them for the latest on everything Pinetree. They will be sharing photos of the latest school events, important reminders and more.
Click Here to Follow Pinetree Community School on Instagram
Don't forget the Pinetree PTA has our own Official Facebook Page.  Please "like us" for the latest on our events, fundraisers and more.
Click Here to Like Pinetree PTA on Facebook
Important Upcoming Dates
August
08/23 (Fri) – Academic Olympics Fundraiser Begins
08/28 (Wed) – The Habit / Baskin Robbins Restaurant Night 4:00pm-9:00pm
08/29 (Thurs) – Parent Volunteer Meeting 8:00am
08/30 (Fri) – Coffee with the Principal 8:00am in the Learning Center

September
09/02 (Mon) – Labor Day - No School
09/05 (Thurs) – Reflections Art Night (Free Event) in the MPR 6:00-7:30pm
09/06 (Fri) – Academic Olympics Event
09/12 (Thurs) – Minimum Day
09/13 (Fri) – Academic Olympics Final Donations Due
09/19 (Thurs) – Coffee with the Principal 2:30pm in the Learning Center
09/20 (Fri) – PTA Meeting in the MPR 5:00pm
09/20 (Fri) – Ice Cream Social in the MPR 6:00pm-8:00pm
09/23 (Mon) – Family Dance Tickets go on Sale
09/25 (Wed) – Goal Setting Meetings – Minimum Day
09/26 (Thurs) – Goal Setting Meetings – Minimum Day
09/27 (Fri) – Goal Setting Meetings – No 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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