News of Pine Hill School

Winter Assembly Schedule

Friday, December 19

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8:45-9:00: Pitlock & Blanchard

9:05-9:20: Lindblom & Lentz

9:25-9:40: Scalvini & Storrar

9:45-9:50: Tedrow

9:55-10:00: Darbys

10:05-10:10: Goff

10:15-10:20: Storts

10:40-10:45: Bergenske

10:50-10:55: Haase

11:00 – 11:10: Springer & Taylor


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Scholastic Book Fair

Join us at our holiday book fair which runs from December 15-19 in the Pine Hill library. We are open from 8:00-8:30 am and 2:00-3:00 pm with a special day on Friday, Dec. 19 from 8:00-11:00 am.

  • The Book Fair is also online. Send wish lists and eCards to family and friends
  • Find books for everyone, from preschoolers to adults.
  • All purchases benefit the school.
  • And all orders ship to school for free!

Click here to go to the Scholastic Book Fair site.

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Mrs. Folger is returning!

We would like to thank Mrs. Pitlock for all she has done for the TK-K class since the start of school.  She has cared for the students, created an inviting classroom, and provided excellent instruction.  Also, thank you to her aide, Ms. Amy Thallheimer, for providing so much support.  Mrs. Pitlock will be subbing for Mrs. Storts when she leaves on maternity leave later on in the year.

We anxiously await the return of Mrs. Folger on January 5th!  We have missed you! Your students will be happy to see you!

iPad Donated to Mrs. Blanchard's Kindergarten Class

Kindergarten teacher Diane Blanchard was awarded an iPad through FAAN (Families Advocating Autism Now) for use in her classroom.

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Technology at Pine Hill

tech tools

Pine Hill is on the forefront in using technology in the classroom.  Some examples of technology in the classroom include:

  • iPads during center time where students use aps engaging the student in curriculum related material
  • Kindles for reading, math instruction, intervention techniques, spelling activities, AR quizes, and more!
  • Computer lab for research, reports, math fact practice, key board practice, internet  and testing.
  • Computers and laptops in the classroom for intervention, lesson reinforcement, AR, Research, presentations, and more!
  • Communication with families
  • Check-in for safety measures in the office

In addition, we have a staff who is not afraid to try new things, who buy devices for their classroom with their own money, who spend oodles of time  aligning the curriculum with the new technology, and are able to share with your child the newset trends.  We are very lucky to have such a forward thinking, motivated staff.

Kindergarten Classes Studying Dinosaurs

The kindergarten students are now studying about dinosaurs. We have an entire page of links for families that want to extend their child's learning at home. Click here to go to the dinosaur link page.

You can also watch the fun little movie below.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, Dec. 17 - Cultural Night from 6:00-7:30 pm

Thursday, Dec. 18 ~ Ugly Sweater Day

Friday, Dec. 19: Winter Assembly ~ staggered times beginning at 8:45

Panda Press December 15 Issue

This Issue of our newsletter Panda Press for the 2014-2015 school year is now available online.

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Parent Representatives Needed For School Site Council

Please contact us if you are interested in serving on our Site Council  We meet one time per month on the first Tuesday at 2:45.  Typical meetings last 1 hour.  We need 3 parent volunteers for our committee.  Voluteers are chosen by a parent vote. See Principal Beall if you have any questions. ]

The California Education Code requires the school site councils to:

  1. Measure effectiveness of improvement strategies at the school.
  2. Seek input from school advisory committees.
  3. Reaffirm or revise school goals.
  4. Revise improvement strategies and expenditures.
  5. Recommend the approved single plan for student achievement (SPSA) to the governing board.
  6. Monitor implementation of the SPSA.

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Local Control and Accountability Plan


Below, please find a summary our LCAP (Local Control and Accountability Plan) This plan describes a district’s
overall vision for students, annual goals, and specific actions the district will take to achieve these vision and goals. 

LCAP Goals

  • Increase the number of EL who achieve full English Language  proficiency.
  • Increase the number of students who score proficient or above in ELA and math on the SBAC assessments.
  • Increase the number of students who identify as healthy and physically fit.
  • Achieve and maintain attendance rates that support student learning.
  • Decrease chronic absenteeism.
  • Reduce the number of student referrals and suspensions.
  • Provide and maintain the appropriate assignment of teachers.
  • Provide students and staff with standards-aligned instructional materials.
  • Provide and maintain school facilities in good repair.
  • Increase the number of parents providing input about school conditions.
  • Promote ongoing and open LCAP communication among all stakeholders.
  • Improve communication among all employees within SBUSD.
  • Increase parent knowledge and participation in their child’s education.
  • Increase the community awareness in the community of the various SBUSD events/activities that support student programs.
  • Create a safe and welcoming learning environment where students attend and are connected to their school.

Budget Workshop PowerPoints

Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation given by Lyn Kerr

Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation given by Gary Storts

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Absences and Tardies

Please be sure your child attends school, each and every day.  We have 179 days to prepare your child for the next grade.  Every day is important.  Plan appointments for after school, or at least later in the day, if at all possible.  Make every effort to have him/her arrive at school on time. Being here on time sets the tone for the day.  Frequently, rich instruction takes place immediately after the bell rings. We don’t want your child to miss out! 



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.

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

Positive Behavior Interventions & Support

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Congratulations to Mr. Lentz's class for being safe, respectful, and responsible on the school bus.

storts panda

Congratulations Mrs. Storts class for being safe, respectful and responsible in our cafeteria. Great Job 2nd graders!

scalvini class

Thank you Mr. Haase's class for being safe respectful and responsible on our school playground. Great job!


Thank you Mr. Storrar's class for being safe respectful and responsible in the school office.

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Thank you Mr. Springer's class for being safe respectful and responsible in our school cafeteria.

Mr. Lentz

Thank you Mr. Lentz's class for being Safe, Respectful and Responsible at our school assembly last Friday. Way to Go!

darby class

Thank you Mrs. Darby's class for being Safe, Respectful and Responsible in our school library. Way to Go!

Congratulations to Mrs. Blanchard's class for exhibiting good behavior in or near the bathrooms.


Congratulations Mrs. Pitlock's class for being safe respectful and responsible in our cafeteria. This week we will focus on bathroom expectations.


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

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We would like to congratulate Mrs. Lindblom's class for Being Safe, Respectful and Responsible in our cafeteria. Great Job!

storrar class

September 15 - Mrs Storrar's class received the Panda of the Week for displaying great behavior on the playground! Congratulations 1st graders.


Sept 8th class of the week. Thank you Ms. Scalvinis class for being safe respectful and responsible on the school campus. Good job!


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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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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