The Pioneer News is your weekly update from the Pinetree PTA
Pinetree Chili Cook-Off - THIS Friday - February 7th
It’s time to heat things up!  Do you have a chili recipe that can’t be beat? Prove it at our Annual Pinetree Chili Cook Off!
FREE to enter, FREE to judge!  Awards/Prizes given to top three vote getters!  Prizes include passes to Paint with a Twist, Color me Mine and Los Angeles Zoo.  Trophy for 1st Place as well.

Friday, Feb 7th, 2020 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the MPR
Votes will be tallied at 7:30 p.m.

This is a FREE event, so please come out and sample some delicious chilies and pick the best Pinetree Chili.

Entry signup forms and official rules have gone home or you can download them below.  Entry forms are due by Wednesday, Feb 5th.  Let the competition begin!
Download Chili Cook-Off Entry Form & Official Rules Here
Pinetree PTA E-Board Nominations for 2020-21 School Year
Are you interested in joining the Pinetree PTA Executive Board for the 2020-21 school year?  Your Nominating Committee is now filling positions for next year's PTA Board and encourages you to consider joining the team.  If you think PTA Moms and Dads just organize school carnivals and fundraisers, you might be surprised to learn all that your PTA does for your child's school and its students, parents and teachers.  Being involved in the PTA is great way to become involved in your child's school.  Have a voice, exchange ideas, make lifetime friends and contribute to improving Pinetree - and have fun while doing it!  The board has stay at home Moms, working Moms, Aunts and even a full time working Dad, so everyone is welcome and positions can accommodate most schedules.
To apply: Fill out the form that is going home this week or you can download at the button below and return to the office or your student's teacher. Deadline for Submission is, February 3rd, 2020.  
To Access PTA E-Board Interest Form, Please Click Here
Bingo for Books - SAVE THE DATE - Friday, February 28th
Friday – February 28th, 2020 – 6:00 to 8:00pm

Come to a Party and Let’s Have Some Fun!
You could not...should not...want to miss...Bingo for Books Night
February is the month, the 28th is the day, 6 o’clock pm is when we will play!

Win a game, pick a Scholastic Book to take home and enjoy!  This is a FREE family event brought to you by the Pinetree PTA. Come celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday and have fun playing Bingo for Books with your family in the Pinetree MPR!  We hope to see you there.

The Pinetree PTA always try's it's best to make sure every kiddo leaves the event with a book.

The event will be following a brief PTA Meeting.  Come early at 5:30pm and attend our PTA Meeting and you'll receive an extra Bingo card to play with.
Pinetree Spring Carnival - SAVE THE DATE - Friday, March 20th
Save the Date - The return of Pinetree's Annual Carnival will be taking place on Friday, March 20th, 2020.  More Information Coming Soon.  Tickets will go on sale March 2nd.  
2019-20 Pinetree Yearbook - Pre-Order ends April 13th, 2020
You can now pre-order this year's yearbook online. It's easy & convenient. Reserve your copy today at Lifetouch's website (button below) 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 to guarantee you receive a yearbook ends on March 31st, 2020.  After the presale, there will be a very limited number of yearbooks on sale first come first serve during the last week of school.  Prices right now start at just $28 for softcover or $34 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
Reflections Art Competition Winners (Updated with 34th District Judging)
Congrats goes out to following students who received the "Award of Excellence" at our Pinetree Reflections Gala this school year and moved onto the SCV Council Chapter Competition.  The SCV Council level and 34th District (AV & SCV) level judging has been announced.  We have two Pinetree students who are moving on to California State level judging.  We're so proud of all our Pinetree Artists.

*SCV Council Reflections Gala is Thursday, February 13th at 6:00pm at the Newhall Family Theater located on the Newhall Elementary campus.
*34th District Reflections Gala is Wedsneday, April 22nd - Time and Location TBD

Film Production:
Primary – Harper Jennings
Intermediate – Faith Nasrallah
Middle School – Zoe Wells

Dance Choreography:
Primary – Violet Laurino - Placed 1st at SCV Council & 34th District and will be moving to State level judging
Primary – Jezabella Schenone - Received Honorable Mention at SCV Council
Primary – DKeira O'Connor
Intermediate – Faith Nasrallah - Placed 1st at SCV Council and will be receiving Award of Merit at 34th District
Middle School – Zoe Wells
Special Artist – Jaden Sandoval - Placed 1st at SCV Council and will be receiving Award of Merit at 34th District
Visual Arts:
Primary – Harper Jennings Received Honorable Mention at SCV Council
Intermediate – Chloe Langenwalter - Placed 2nd at SCV Council
Middle School – Amelia Sivaborvorn
Special Artist – Aislyn Eirmann - Placed 1st at SCV Council & 34th District and will be moving to State level judging

Musical Composition:
Intermediate – Dhanushika Reddy Komala
To View this year's Winners Pieces and Past Winners, Please 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:

Ahart - 53.8%
Tyboroski - 50.0%
Rayl - 48.0%
Flessas - 33.3%
Winslow - 32.0%
Burkman - 32.0%
Berentsen - 26.1%
Grams - 0.0%

Ward - 46.2%
Youngs - 44.0%
Storch - 44.0%
Nystrom - 36.8%
Yamauchi - 34.6%
Dorr - 16.0%
Caskey - 16.0%
Guzman - 0.0%

Pithey - 46.7%
Delp - 34.4%
Hines - 30.0%
Sykes - 29.4%
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.
Box Tops Goal - Laser/Music Assembly Reward
If we earn more that $1,000 in box tops this school year, all students will receive an awesome Laser/Music Assembly in our MPR so keep collecting those box tops and turning them into your student's teacher.  Also, make sure to scan all your store receipts in the Box Tops App (new video below with instructions) to earn more box tops.

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.
Amazon Smile
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.
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
02/07 (Fri) – Pinetree Chili Cook-Off 6:00pm-8:00pm
02/08 (Sat) – Mrs. Caskey's Birthday
02/14-02/17 (Fri-Mon) – President's Day Weekend - No School
02/18 (Tues) - Restaurant Fundraiser Day - Location TBD
02/20 (Thurs) – Minimum Day 11:45am Dismissal
02/22 (Sat) – Many Families One Community Event @ GV High 9:00am -- 2:00pm
02/28 (Fri) – PTA Meeting in the MPR 5:30pm
02/28 (Fri) – Bingo for Books 6:00pm in MPR

03/02 (Mon) – Pinetree Spring Carnival tickets go on sale
03/06 (Fri) – Coffee with the Principal (Anti-Bullying Presentation) 8:00am
03/11 (Wed) – Minimum Day - Parent/Teacher Conferences
03/12 (Thurs) – Minimum Day - Parent/Teacher Conferences
03/13 (Fri) – No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences
03/19 (Thurs) – PTA Association Meeting and 2020-21 E-Board Elections
03/20 (Fri) – Pinetree Spring Carnival 4:00pm-8:00pm
03/30-04/03 (Mon-Fri) – Book Fair
03/31 (Tues) – Yearbook Pre-Order Deadline to guarantee a Yearbook
04/02 (Thurs) – Open House 6:00pm
04/02 (Thurs) – Book Fair Evening Hours 5:30pm-7:00pm
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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