The Pioneer News is your weekly update from the Pinetree PTA
Attendance Awareness Week - "Count Me In"
Pinetree Community School is putting on an "Attendance Awareness Week" this week (09/30-10/04) to show how important it is that your child comes to school everyday and on time. 

To celebrate, they're having themed days this week:
Monday: Crazy Sock Day - "Start your week off right!!" - Come wearing your craziest socks
Tuesday:  Twin Day - "School is where I can work with others!!" - Pick a friend and dress alike.
Wednesday: Wacky Hair Day - "I have the power to come to school!" - Come with your wackiest hair style
Thursday: Jersey Day - "Be part of a team attending school!!" - Come wearing your favorite sport team jersey
Friday: School Spirit Wear Day - "Count Me In! I'm wearing Spirit Wear!" - Come wearing a spiritwear shirt or the school colors of grey or green.
50's Sock Hop Family Dance - Friday, October 11th

Let’s bring it back to the 50’s and Shake, Rattle and Roll
The Annual Pinetree Family Dance is back on Friday, October 11th from 5pm to 8pm and this time we're taking you back to the 50's for a Rockin' good time!  Tickets are now on sale - $20 for first 2 attendees & $5 for each additional attendee.  Tickets include delicious food, an awesome DJ with a variety of music to keep everyone having a good time, a photo booth to capture your smiles & lots of fun.

Whether you just want to make this a Father/Daughter date, Mother/Son date or a big ole' family outing, everyone is welcome to have a great time.

Please note this is a preorder event, tickets will not be sold at the door.   Ticket orders due by Wednesday, October 9th
Click Here to Order Tickets Online via Debit/Credit Card
Click Here to Download an Order Form to Pay via Cash/Check
Reflections Art Program - Entries Due 10/04
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” 

Some parents have commented that this theme has been hard to explain to their kids. Try one of these explanations: What would your child see if they looked into the Harry Potter "Mirror of ERISED"...looking at someone from the inside vs. their outside...getting quiet with yourself and having a conversation with your own mind/your own heart...looking for answers to life's big challenges by relying on what YOU think you should do."
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.
Entries are due by Friday, October 4th.  For rules or with any questions, please email
Click Here to view our Reflections Webpage and to See Past Winners
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:

Tyboroski - 50.0%
Ahart - 48.0%
Rayl - 36.0%
Flessas - 33.3%
Winslow - 32.0%
Berentsen - 26.1%
Burkman - 20.0%
Grams - 0.0%

Ward - 46.2%
Nystrom - 36.8%
Storch - 36.0%
Youngs - 32.0%
Yamauchi - 26.9%
Dorr - 16.0%
Caskey - 12.0%
Guzman - 0.0%

Pithey - 43.3%
Delp - 34.4%
Hines - 30.0%
Sykes - 26.5%
Adachi - 25.8%
Andrews - 23.5%
Wiltz - 22.6%
Gardina - 11.8%
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
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.
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 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.

You have until October 31st to buy a Spirit Bundle to earn the Academic Olympic Prizes and the Handprint on our new mural wall which will be added to the MPR in November.

Big Shout outs to the following Pinetree PTA Supporters:
Diamond Elite:  Isabelle Hefner
Diamond:  The Beard Family, The Laurino Family, Harper Jennings & 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
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
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 carnival later this year. 

Also, the photo waiver is needed in order for your student to be featured in special pages of the yearbook.  If you don't want your child photographed, please make sure to fill out the photo waiver form with "NO" and make sure your student's names are printed clearly on the form.  We received several forms back with a "NO" but no student names were listed. 

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
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
09/30-10/04 (Mon-Fri) – Attendance Awareness Week
10/04 (Fri) – Reflections Entries Due
10/07-10/08 (Mon-Tues) – Fall Break - No School
10/11 (Fri) – Family Dance - 50's Sock Hop - 5:00pm-8:00pm
10/15 (Tues) – Restaurant Night (Tentative)
10/17 (Thurs) – PTA Meeting in the MPR 6:00pm
10/18 (Fri) – Coffee with the Principal 8:00am in the Learning Center
10/31 (Thurs) – Professional Development Day - Minimum Day

11/01 (Fri) – Professional Development Day - No School
11/04 (Mon) – Catalog Fundraiser Begins
11/11 (Mon) – Veteran's Day - No School
11/15 (Fri) – Catalog Fundraiser Orders Due
11/15 (Fri) – Coffee with the Superintendent 8:00am in the MPR
11/15 (Fri) – Family Night
11/21 (Thurs) – PTA Meeting 5:30pm in the MPR
11/21 (Thurs) – Reflections Gala 6:00pm in the MPR
11/25-11/29 (Mon-Fri) – Thanksgiving Break - 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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