Fire Safety for kindergarten

We had a wonderful time learning about fire safety in kindergarten today. The firemen talked to us about staying away from lighters, matches and other dangerous things. They told us to check out smoke alarms and to make a plan for a meeting plade outside our house if we have a fire.

Also, there is a Fire Prevention Open House on Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 6p-8p at Fire Station #1- corner of 14th Ave. and 44th Street.

Friday September 26 Kids Cats and Reading Celebration

We had a great day on Friday at Pinewood. Our Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade classes each had adopted a Jenison Varsity Football player to cheer on and support this season. On Friday the players visited each class and read to the students. Later that evening many Pinewood students and families attended the football game together and filled our section of the stands. It was a great way to support JHS and bring our Jenison community together.

Mrs. Healey's class asking their player questions

Mrs. Healey’s class asking their player questions

Mrs. Machiela's class reading the student's a story.

Mrs. Machiela’s class reading the student’s a story.

On Friday we also celebrated our Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. Our students helped Scholastic break a world record for reading. For our celebration we had a whole school recess. In addition to the recess one class from each grade level that had the most minutes read also received frozen Gogurts or apples. Our top reader received a pass to Craig’s Cruisers. Thank you to all of the students that participated.
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International Dot Day!

Mrs. Hankamp’s art classes celebrated International Dot Day September 15th. This special day is inspired by the book The Dot by Peter Reynolds. The theme of the book is creativity, self-discovery, and inspiring others. The students had a blast creating dots that represented them!

Reflection on Teach Like a Pirate Day

Yesterday, September 12, 2014, Pinewood teachers set off on an adventure called Teach Like a Pirate Day. As a staff we read a book this summer by Dave Burgess, Teach Like a Pirate. One of the main ideas presented in this book was, If students did not have to come to your class would they still show up? For our staff that was a very thought provoking question. So on Friday we decided to offer a variety of experiences to our 3rd-6th grade students and let them plan their day. The students and teachers were amazing. Students were so excited and interested in each of their experiences and behavior was great all day. Teachers took risks and tried a variety of lessons to ensure students found fun and excitement throughout the day.

Take a few minutes to see the pictures and videos from yesterday they do a much better job illustrating the day than my words do.

Student using the iPad to make their art come to life

Student using the iPad to make their art come to life

Students working at Ambrose in Holland printing T-shirts

Students working at Ambrose in Holland printing T-shirts

Students working on pirate projects

Students working on pirate projects

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Students doing a water study at Hager Park

Students doing a water study at Hager Park

Zumba in Mrs. Browers Class

Zumba in Mrs. Browers Class

Learning about Super Heroes

Learning about Super Heroes