Pine Hill School News

Principal's Message

Dear Pine Hill Families
The ending of the school year has already come and gone in a flash.  With this my last year here at Pine hill, I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you for supporting our school and our students.  There are so many who have gone above and beyond.  I want to especially thank our PTO officers and supporters along with the Elks Lodge for their tremendous efforts. Thanks to:

  • Megan McDonnell & Rachael Riggs, PTO Co-Presidents
  • Lindsey Bones, PTO Treasurer
  • Teresa McGinnis, PTO Secretary
  • Next Year’s PTO Officers will be:
    • Alicia Jimenez
    • Lucky Syphanthong
    • Bao Thao
    • Teresa McGinnis

It goes without saying that our teachers worked alongside the PTO and all of our families to make things happen. Thanks to everyone’s efforts we enjoyed the following;

  • Harvest Festival at Pine Hill
  • Winter Festival at the Elks
  • Family Dance Night at the Elks
  •  Kindergarten Information Night at Pine Hill
  • Read Across America Literacy Night at Pine Hill
  • Kindergarten Visitation at Pine Hill
  • Pine Hill Clean-Up and Planting Day
  • Movie Night at Pine Hill
  • District Wide Carnival!!
  • Fifties Night at Pine Hill

The fund raising efforts of our PTO allowed them to fulfill many teacher requests for a variety of classroom enhancements.  Examples include salmon tanks, web subscriptions, field trips and classroom carpets, to name just some of the ways funds were put to use. 
More thanks and appreciation go out to;

  • Linda Dionne, our ELD teacher, for her efforts to get our ELAC/DLAC up and running and for continuing to offer an ESL class for parents on Thursday evenings.   
  • Linda Burghart for coming back during her first year of retirement to help with student projects, talent show, field day and fifties night.
  • Mark Neeson, grandparent of a former student who comes by every morning to raise our flags.
  • All of our literacy coach volunteers with Decade of Difference who come several times a week to work with our students.
  • Parent classroom volunteers, you really make a difference for our kids…and our teachers!
  • Susan Maschmeier and Monique Hale and crew for Explore After School and Summer School!!

Thank you very much to everyone for making Pine Hill a great place for our students. Each of you will continue to hold a special place in my heart as I move on to my next adventure. Your new principal, Tami Beall, has visited the school and met many of our students. I think it will be a great match.  Have a safe, respectful and responsible summer and read, read, read!  Go Pandas!

Talent Show Video

The following video was to be shown at the end of the Talent Show on Friday, June 6, but there were technical problems. It is being posted here.


Visitor Policy: For your safety and the safety of our students, once school begins at 8:25am, all visitors and volunteers, including parents and families are required to register in the office, then obtain and wear a badge while on campus. Please return the badge sign out when leaving. All of our staff have been trained to check for a visitor’s badge and will ask visitors to sign in at the office. Again, this is to ensure your safety and the safety of our students. Thank you for your cooperation.

PBIS Class Recognitions

PBIS Class of the Week

Thank you Mrs. Tedrow's class for being safe respectful and responsible on our school campus.

tedrow class

Thank you Mr. Haase's class for being safe, respectful and responsible on the school playground.

Mr. Haase's class

May 19 - Thank you to Mrs. Lindblom's class for being safe respectful and responsible on the school campus.

Mrs. Lindblom's class

May 12 -Thank you Mr. Springers class for being safe, respectful and responsible on our school campus.

lentz class

April 28 - Thank you Mrs. Tedrow's class for being safe, respectful and responsible in the cafeteria.

April 21 - Great job Mrs.Rober'ts class for being safe respectful and responsible in the cafeteria.

lentz class

April 7 - Class of the week, Ms. Goff. Safe, respectful and responsible in the cafeteria.

lentz class


lentz class

March 31 - Class of the week, Thank you Mr. Lentz Kindergarden Class for being safe, respectful and responsible in the cafeteria.


March 24 - Class of the week. Thank you Mrs. Darby's class for being safe respectful and responsible on the playground. ( Sorry, no picture was sent)

blanchard class

Class of the Week, Mrs. Blanchard's class for being Safe, Respectful and Responsible on the Playground.

taylor class

The class of the week is Mrs. Taylor's class, for being safe, respectful and responsible in the computer lab.

bergenske class

This is Mrs. Bergenskes class-Panda PBIS winners of the week. They are safe, respectful and responsible.

hagemann class

ME ON A MAP- Julie Hagemann's 1st grade class at Pine Hill Elementary School has been studying geography of our local community and world. The first graders brainstormed the different buildings that make up our local community, and then each student chose a building to construct as homework with their families. The construction of their neighborhood plan began. Placement of each part of the community sparked deep discussion. The first graders brainstormed the different buildings that make up our local community (hospital, school, library, movie theater, food bank, etc.). The first step in the process was to be “city planners” and plan our neighborhood on a 2-dimensional map. . After making a well thought map, the students constructed a three-dimensional floor map, placing their buildings and houses they had built. Then they divided into teams and built roads, trees, bushes, flowers, ponds, stop signs, stop lights, street signs and a city sign. All students participated in putting together our town. This project was planned to meet the first grade common core standards 1.22 “Students may construct a three-dimensional floor map of their immediate region…comparing the floor map to a picture map of this same region…” Thank you to all the parent volunteers who shared about their careers and what contributions their profession makes to our community. We were fortunate enough to have a UPS delivery person, HSU professor, contractor, PG&E professional, hair stylist, a mom, a nurse, a bail bond agent, a loan officer, and a wood splitter as part of our classroom, family.


When dropping off and picking up students, please be safe in our parking lot.  Please DO NOT stop in the drive through lane to drop off students.  If no parking spots are available on the left or in the drop off lane, please park on the street or come back around.  Stopping in the drive through lane is dangerous for our students.  It can back up the parking lot, often all the way onto the street.  Please do not leave your car unattended in the drop off lane. 

Another reminder, school does not open until 7:30 am.  For safety reasons, please do not drop off students before that time as there is no supervision.  Thank you very much for your cooperation

Assembly Bill 484 and California’s New Assessment System

Assembly Bill 484, signed into law on October 2, 2013, established a new assessment system for California’s students.  The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress(CAASPP) replaces the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program.  The major change is that CST testing will cease this year in most subject areas and we will be administering a field test of the Smarter Balanced assessments (SBAC).  Here are a few key changes:

  • All 3-8 grade students (2nd Grade will no longer be tested.)
  • Small sample 9th and 10th grade students
  • Large sample 11th grade students
  • take a sampling of BOTH ELA and Math SBAC tests, plus one performance task (3.5 hrs total)

All Smarter Balanced field tests will be administered on-line.  There will be no paper and pencil Smarter Balanced exams. Fifth and eighth grade students will be taking the CST science paper and pencil test however.

Student scores for the SBAC will not be reported this year. The field test is only to determine the validity of the test and give students and schools the opportunity to become familiar with the tests.  Please see the California Department of Education website for more information.

Bus Schedule Change Continues

Hello South Bay and Pine Hill Families,

Unfortunately one of our school busses is in need of some major repairs, and it will not be available for the remainder of the week. The District understands how important school bus transportation is to our families. We have worked really hard, and have come up with a plan that will not exclude any of our students from taking the bus to school or home. Please make sure to check your child’s backpack for the updated bus schedule so you can get to the bus stops on time, as the pick-up and drop off times have changed to accommodate this bus shortage. Thank you for your patience in this matter.

To download the alternate bus schedules go here.

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New Class Web Site Online

Our new Transitional Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Folger, has created a new web site for her class. You can check it out by going to

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Positive Behavior Interventions & Support


For the last several weeks, everyone on our staff has been handing out Panda Paws to students “caught’ being safe, respectful and/or responsible. Students have been saving up Panda Paws and Privilege Points to use in our Privilege Shop and the day finally arrived last Thursday. Students visited the shop to “spend” their paws and points. 

They were very excited as they used their math skills and shopped for special treasures.  The children are starting to collect more Panda Paws and Privilege Points for future visits to the shop. It will open again in the weeks ahead. Go Pandas!


Download a full sized poster here.

Attendance Policy

Not only does the school lose valuable funding when your child has unexcused absences, research shows students who attend school regularly learn more & are more successful in school than students who do not. When families make regular attendance a priority, they are helping their children learn to be responsible, an important skill for success in life.

Attendance patterns are formed at a young age. Children who form good attendance habits now will have a greater chance of continuing those habits throughout their school years. Students who are late or absent miss out on carefully planned lessons that are given in sequence. Student learning is cumulative.  Each lesson is built on those that preceded it.  When students aren’t there, they begin to fall behind. If the pattern continues, they are more likely to drop out. We hope you will continue to let your child know how important it is to be at school and to be on time.

Because attendance is so important, we will review attendance twice per trimester.  Families will be notified and/or asked to meet with school officials if unexcused absences or tardies fall below acceptable. Students from other districts may have their inter-district transfer cancelled if they are not able to maintain good attendance.

Excused absences include illness, medical and dental appointments, family emergencies, funerals and required court appearances.  Please call and let us know and we will mark the absence excused. If students will be out of school for more than 5 days, an Independent Study may be arranged. Work is assigned for students to complete during their absence, for example if the family is out of town.  

Please call our office if you have questions.

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Adult English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes

Our English Language teacher, Linda Dionne, will offer an ESL class Thursday evenings beginning next Thursday, October 10, 6:30 to 8:00pm at Pine Hill.  For more information, call our office at 443-4596.

School Site Council

It is part of the California Education Code that each school has a School Site Council (SSC) made up of parents, community members, teachers, classified staff and administration.  The role of the SSC is to decide upon and monitor the Single Plan for Student Achievement, a plan that designates the priorities for spending funds at each site.  Pine Hill’s first SSC meeting of the year will be Tuesday, October 15th at 2:30pm.  As some parents have “graduated” to South Bay, we will need new parents for our Site Council.  Please come if you can and find out more about this very important role.  Everyone is welcome.

Positive Behavior Support

We have begun implementing our Positive Behavior Support Plan throughout the district.  The main themes are Be Safe, Be Responsible, Be Respectful. All of our behavior expectations are now based on these three main ideas. At Pine Hill, we will begin teaching students the agreed upon behavior expectations during October. We will have several assemblies and training sessions to help them better understand our new expectations.  We will also be sending information home and posting ideas on our website to keep families informed.

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Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)

This year the State Legislature and Governor have agreed on a new way to fund public schools in California.  From this year forward, schools in California will receive additional funding through a new formula, known as the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). Schools will receive the regular amount per student, known as the Base Grant, and in addition, a Supplemental Grant.
The Supplemental Grant will provide an extra 20% of the Base Grant amount for every student that is:

  1. Eligible to receive a free or reduced-price meal (Application Process)
  2. Classified as an English Learner
  3. Foster youth

In order to get the most money for our school, we need every parent/guardian who qualifies to complete the application for free and reduced-priced meals, even if your child never plans to eat a school lunch.

***This is really important, because every approved application will provide additional funding to your child’s education. ***

Free and Reduced Lunch Application – Approximately 65% of the students in South Bay receive either a free or a reduced priced meal.  The application for free and reduced-price meals and the income eligibility guidelines is available in our school office and on our school website –  A family of four that makes less than $43,568 per year will qualify for a reduced lunch.  Please check the chart below to see if you qualify. Proof of income is not required to determine eligibility. If your child lives in two households, you may use either household’s income to meet the eligibility requirements. If your income changes during the school year, please consider reapplying.

South Bay School Lunch Program

School Lunches: About 85% of the students at South Bay School eat a school lunch every day. Some students bring a lunch, others pay either the full or reduced price, and others receive a free lunch. The school secretary knows how each student pays for their lunches in order to manage the school lunch program; the kitchen staff, teachers, and other staff do not know this information, and neither do the students.

Paying for Lunch: Each student is expected to pay for their lunch before ordering it. Students can pay for their lunches in the school office. School lunches cost either $2.05 at a full price or $.40 at a reduced price and include the main course, side dish, milk and salad bar. Parents are encouraged to pay in advance by sending cash or a check (made payable to South Bay School) with their student, or we also accept payment by mail to: 6077 Loma Drive, Eureka, CA 95503.

Estimating lunch costs: The monthly school lunch menu is typically sent home a week before the new month begins. Parents are encouraged to look over the menu with their student and estimate the number of lunches the student will order at school. A student who eats school lunch every day will spend $10.25 for a five-day week and $41 for a full month of 20 school days.

Lunch Account Balances: Each student has an account set up on the school information system that will automatically deduct the funds from his/her account each day after lunch is served. Parents can obtain a current balance by contacting the school office at 443-4828 or by email at  A balance remaining at the end of the school year is automatically rolled over to the next school year unless you request a refund of the balance. The school office will contact the parent/guardian of a student who has a school lunch account in the negative with the amount owed to the school. If the amount owed exceeds $50, the student will not be allowed to receive a school lunch.

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New Family Handbook Available Now

The South Bay Union School District 2013 - 2014 Family Handbook For Pine Hill Elementary School is now ready for distribution. You can get a pdf of the Family handbook here.

School Menus

Use the school menu page to view menus online or download a pdf to print at home.

Helping Pine Hill is just a click away!

boxtops for educationBox Tops for Education in having a promotion where first time buyers receive 15 extra eBox Tops to give to their school until October 31. The Box Tops marketplace has collaborated with several companies to earn Box Tops. Some of those companies include Kohl's, Disney Store, Lego, Office Depot, and Famous Footwear. Along with the 15 eBoxTops, every company gives a number of eBox Tops for every $10 spent. It is super easy to earn. 1.

Click here to Sign up or Login 3. Shop!

Thank you for all of your support and happy clipping!

YouTube Channel

YouTubeMr. Lentz has created a YouTube channel called Pine Hill Studios. He has uploaded three (3) more movies.


School Newsletters

Download the February 2014 newsletter here.

The kindergarten teachers all send home a weekly newsletter. Click here to see, read, and/or download the kindergarten newsletter.

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School Safety Updates

School is in session, including the afterschool program, Monday through Friday, from 8:20am to 6:15pm. The campus opens at 7:30am. Please do not drop your children off before 7:30am, since there is no one on duty before that time.

Many neighbors use our grounds after hours and on the weekends. We appreciate everyone’s efforts to clean up after dogs and keep an eye out for anyone who might be behaving with ill intent. Neighbors, if you notice anything out of the ordinary, please call the Sheriff’s office at 445-7251.

Reminder-In the morning, please drop off students in the front of the school. If you would like to walk your children to class, please park in the visitor parking or on the street in front of the school. Parking on the side of the school near the kindergarten playground is reserved for staff parking.


Class Web Sites

Teachers are encouraged to create class web sites to enhance home/school communication.

School Board Meetings

Click here to go to the school board page.

Dates To Remember


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