Pine Hill School News
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.
PTO News & Updates
The annual Winter Festival is Sunday, December 15th from 12-3 at the Elke's Lodge. Please RSVP to email@example.com.Come for some Winter fun and a visit from Santa. Plus all kids 3rd grade and younger get a free present. Lunch is free for children and $5 for adults.
December 9th: The Parent Teacher Organization will hold their next meeting on Wednesday, December 18th at 6:15 at the South Bay School Library. Free pizza and babysitting. We will be planning the Family Dance Night at this meeting. All are welcome!
December 13th: The PTO hopes to see you and your families at the Winter Festival this Sunday, December 15th from 12-3 at the Elke's Lodge. Come for some Winter fun and a visit from Santa. Plus all kids 3rd grade and younger get a free present. Lunch is free for children and $5 for adults.
December 16th: Reminder: The next PTO meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 18th at 6:15 at the South Bay School Library. Free pizza and babysitting. We will be planning the Family Dance Night at this meeting. All are welcome!
Fall is here, and everyone has been working very hard. Our various fall activities have begun. The kindergarten classes took a field trip to the pumpkin patch and each student picked out a pumpkin on Thursday, October 17. We hosted our third annual Harvest Festival at Pine Hill last Tuesday, October 15th. First through third grade students were able to choose a pumpkin and have their picture taken that day. Thank you to everyone who supported these events. It was so fun to see the joy on the children’s faces as they held their pumpkins.
Halloween is on the horizon. We will host our annual Halloween parade beginning at 8:45am on the blacktop in the rear of the school (weather permitting). A separate flyer with information about that day is attached to the newsletter.
Kindergarten Classes Study About Dinosaurs
All the kindergarten classes are studying about dinosaurs. We have created a dinosaur link page to provide lots of resources for families to use at home to extend and enhance their children's learning at home. You can link to the dinosaur resource page here.
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 http://folgerteaching.blogspot.com/
Positive Behavior Interventions & Support
BE SAFE, BE RESPECTFUL, BE RESPONSBLE
We had an assembly today to reinforce our 3 B’s; Be Safe, Be Respectful and Be Responsible. The students learned more about playground expectations and following directions. We also told them about a new school wide reward system that will start on Monday, October 28th. All staff will have a supply of “Panda Paws”…tickets that students will collect to use at a student store, called the Privilege Shop. The shop will be open approximately one time a month. Each ticket has a place for the student & teacher names. Teachers will have a place for each student to keep their Panda Paws in the classroom. Students in the after school program have been participating in this system for awhile using privilege points. They will be able to combine after school Privilege Points with their Panda Paws for use in the shop.
All the students were very excited about earning Panda Paws!
Another aspect of our positive behavior system is home communication. When we a student has had a particularly good day or shown great improvement, their teacher may send a note in the mail on a postcard.
Beginning Monday, teachers will also be implementing a 5 step plan for consequences in their classrooms. If a student is having difficulty, the steps are as follow:
Student conference or conversation with the teacher
Think Sheet—an age appropriate worksheet for students to reflect on their behavior.
Teacher/parent contact---teacher will let families know about the behavior.
Referral to the office. (A referral to the office will happen immediately for any extreme behaviors that are suspendable.) A referral to the office will usually result in call home.
We will continue to update you on our Positive Behavior Support plans in this newsletter and on our website. Please call our office if you have any question
Download a full sized poster here.
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.
We have had some issue with lice this year. Some of the steps we have taken at school are listed below. There are also some helpful tips for home
As the weather gets colder, we seem to have more incidences of head lice. Please remind your children to never share hats, hooded jackets, brushes, hair bands, etc. While inside school jackets are to be kept in their backpacks. Periodically we will do “lice checks” at school, but it is a good idea to regularly check at home. South Bay School District has a “no nit” policy. Here is some info about lice:
- Head lice are yellowish-white or brown insects that are about the size of a sesame seed.
- They spread through head-to-head contact.
- Lice don't have wings. They do not fly, hop, or jump. But they can crawl quickly!1
- Lice need human blood to live. They'll die within 48 hours without it.
- An itchy scalp is the most common symptom of head lice.
- It takes about 8 or 9 days for eggs (nits) to hatch.
- Nits are small, white, and attached firmly to hair shaft – can’t be flicked away
- Pets don't get head lice or spread it.
- Apply lice medication (either over the counter or prescription) following label directions *
- Use lice comb to thoroughly comb hair removing all nits.
- Change into clean clothing
- Do not rewash hair for 2 days
- Check all household members and, if infected, treat the same way
*slathering hair with mayonnaise, oils, etc. has not been proven to be effective.
- Machine wash and dry clothing, bed linens, plush toys, pillows, and other items that the infested person wore or used during the 2 days before treatment using the hot water (130°F) laundry cycle and the high heat drying cycle. Clothing and items that are not washable can be dry–cleaned or placed in a sealed plastic bag for 2 weeks.
- Vacuuming furniture and floors and car upholstery can remove an infested person's hairs that might have viable nits attached.
- Soak comb, brushes, hairclips, etc. in hot water (at least 130°F) for 5–10 minutes.
For more information contact your local physician or Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Branch 707 445-6200.
A big thanks to our parents for “Apples for Educators Day” last Wednesday.
Our staff room was filled with wonderful apple treats enjoyed by the whole staff. We all felt so appreciated!!
Last week the PTO Ways & Means Committee met to consider funding requests for different classroom and school projects for both sites. The committee carefully considered each request before allotting all funds raised last year. Typical approved requests were for a salmon hatchery tank, library books, art centers and extra technology. Your efforts to raise funds for our students are truly appreciated.
The next PTO meeting will be Thursday, November 21, 6pm @ Pine Hill
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.
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:
- Eligible to receive a free or reduced-price meal (Application Process)
- Classified as an English Learner
- 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 – www.southbayschool.org. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
These are the revised bus schedules for the 2013-2014 school year. Click here to see the desired schedule or download a printable copy of the schedule.
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.
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!
Box 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.
Thank you for all of your support and happy clipping!
Download the September 2013 newsletter here.
The kindergarten teachers all send home a weekly newsletter. Click here to see, read, and/or download the kindergarten newsletter.
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
Dates To Remember
November 8 - End of First Trimester
November 11 - Veteran’s Day Holiday - No School
November 14 - School Board Meeting At South Bay 7pm
November 18-22 - Parent Teacher Conference s- Early Release 1:30
November 21 - PTO Meeting At Pine Hill 6pm
November 25-29 - Thanksgiving Holiday Wee k- No School
December 4 - Parent Teacher Conferences-Last Day