The Pioneer News is your weekly update from the Pinetree PTA

Dear Sulphur Springs Union School District Families and Staff,
This is Dr. Catherine Kawaguchi, Superintendent. I am calling to inform you that all School and District Office buildings are cleaned and have passed the Environmental Inspection. The District will be open for all students to return to school on Monday, November 4th. We look forward to welcoming your child back to school, and we thank you again for your patience and partnership as we have completed our cleaning and testing process. Thank you.

Fall Catalog Fundraiser

Due to the devastating fires and the school closures, order deadline has been extended to Wednesday, November 13th.  Thank you all for your support.

The Annual Pinetree PTA Fall Catalog Fundraiser is back.  Catalogs and order forms should be going home soon.  Please support the Pinetree PTA by having your child sell items to family, friends, neighbors and co-workers.  If this fundraiser does well, we will hopefully not have to fund raise the rest of the school year except for those fun Restaurant Nights!   All profits raised from this fundraiser go to fund our enrichment programs (art, drama & music), field trips and assemblies.

Important Notes:
  • All orders are due on Wednesday, November 13th and orders will be delivered no later than the first week of December.
  • As your child sells items, make sure to sign and turn in the items sold coupons to the office or their teacher so they can start receiving the fun charm prizes.
  • Besides the fun prizes listed on the envelope, kids who sell 10 or more items will get to attend an exclusive Magic Show just for them in the MPR later this year.
  • All checks should be made out to Pinetree PTA

Online Shop Information:
  • There is a separate brochure in your fundraiser envelope that details how your student can create an online shop so your friends and families can shop online.
  • The online sales website is
  • Pinetree's Program ID# is 59996.  Make sure to register and get your unique link so you student's receive credit for their sales.  You can also send emails out to friends and families directly from the site.
  • Over 600 items are on the site for friends and family to purchase.
  • They can pay via VISA/Mastercard/American Express and choose to have the items shipped to the school for your students to deliver (free) or pay to have the items delivered directly to their door.  Any purchases $75 or over receive free shipping.
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 two Pinetree Families who have lost their homes due to this horrible disaster.  The PTA and School Staff are working with the families and we'll be sharing information soon on how physical donations can be collected to help these families get back onto their feet.

In the meantime, two GoFundMe pages have been setup for both Pinetree families.  All GoFundMe pages have been vetted 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.

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

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

If there are any other Pinetree families who homes were lost in this fire, please reply back to this email and let us know.  Our thoughts are with everyone during this difficult time. 
Pinetree PTA Spirit Bundles
You have until NOVEMBER 8TH to buy a Spirit Bundle (Platinum or higher) to earn the Academic Olympic Prizes and the Handprint on our new mural wall which will be added to the MPR in this winter.

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:

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%
Youngs - 40.00%
Nystrom - 36.8%
Storch - 36.0%
Yamauchi - 30.8%
Dorr - 16.0%
Caskey - 12.0%
Guzman - 0.0%

Pithey - 43.3%
Delp - 34.4%
Hines - 30.0%
Sykes - 26.5%
Adachi - 25.8%
Wiltz - 25.8%
Andrews - 23.5%
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 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
11/11 (Mon) – Veteran's Day - No School
11/13 (Wed) – Catalog Fundraiser Orders Due (Originally 11/04 - Delayed due to Fires & School Closures)
11/13 (Wed) - District Board Meeting at Pinetree featuring a "Pinetree Family" Presentation 7:00pm in MPR
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

12/02-12/06 (Mon-Fri) – Book Fair
12/06 (Fri) – Book Fair Evening Hours
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
12/23-01/10 (Mon-Fri) – Winter Break
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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