Positive Post-It Day

On Friday, April 24, Pinewood staff and students wrote positive affirmations to each other.  It was amazing to see the smiles and watch the excitement as students and staff gave and received these notes.  Lockers were covered with notes, doors adorned with affirmations, and desks cluttered with positives!  What a great way to end the week.  We all left school feeling unique, valued, and most of all part of a family!

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Earth Day!

Aidan, Jolie, and Malina

Aidan, Jolie, and Malina

Ava

Ava

April 22 is Earth day. This is a day to celebrate our environment: air, water, land, wildlife, and ecosystems. Earlier this year, elementary students from across the state of Michigan were invited to create a poster to emphasize the importance of Earth day.

The contest was sponsored by The Michigan department of natural resources and Michigan department of Agriculture and Rural Development, and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Judges selected a 1st and 2nd place winner from each grade and chose some honorable mentions, too.

Pinewood had one fourth grader (Ava Appel) and three fifth graders (Aidan Karsten, Malina Kothari, and Jolie Sheets) earn honorable mention awards for their amazing Earth Day posters. Other students who completed posters earned certificates of participation.

We are so proud of all of these students! Please join us in congratulating them!

You can view their posters using the following links. 

http://www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/deq-2015_PosterContest-4thGrade_484886_7.pdf

http://www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/deq-2015_PosterContest-5thGrade_485108_7.pdf

Everyone Matters at Pinewood

Our amazing Social Worker, Mrs. Bosch, is leading Pinewood in celebrating Everyone Matters.  Everyone Matters is a way to celebrate each and every awesome student and staff member at Pinewood embracing everyone’s unique qualities and teaching kindness and acceptance.

Here is a wonderful video Mrs. Bosch and our BYOU club created to kick off the day:

We will be creating an Everyone Matters Tree to celebrate each student and staff at Pinewood, if you have a chance come and see it by our school gym.

And here is some more information from Mrs. Bosch on her blog.

Our Everyone Matters Tree at Pinewood

Our Everyone Matters Tree at Pinewood

Test Like a Pirate Days at Pinewood

This year the Michigan Assessment for all 3rd through 8th grade students has changed from a paper and pencil MEAP to a new computer assessment called the M-Step.  Our students use technology often during class and complete online benchmark assessments through Discovery Education, so we are confident they will do great.  But we also wanted to have some fun practicing and preparing them for the M-Step.  On Monday March 31, 2015 our 3rd-6th grade students were able to select the classes they were interested in attending and all were fun and engaging activities to get them ready and excited for the M-Step.  We didn’t want our lower elementary students to feel left out so they had their Pirate Day on Thursday April 2.  Students did activities from coding animations to creating mummies and all had a great day.

Mrs. Vig Teaching Like a Pirate

Mrs. Vig Teaching Like a Pirate

Mrs. Randall teaching how to use ScratchJr. for coding.

Mrs. Randall teaching how to use ScratchJr. for coding.

Students enjoying their snacks of Pirate's Booty.

Students enjoying their snacks of Pirate’s Booty.