This week’s blog post was written by former Pinewood student Emily Ruf. Emily was able to immerse herself in United States history this summer through an exciting trip to Washington D.C.. Emily was gracious to share her experience with the Pinewood community through this blog post below.
For many parents healthy and happy are the primary goals they have for their children. With my girls I have always reminded them that as a mom I have three very important jobs; to keep them healthy, safe, and learning. Of course I want them to be happy as well but often these reminders come when they are upset because they can not have a piece of candy, or stay up late and happy isn’t exactly how they are feeling. I am hopeful that throughout this summer I have shared many tips and strategies to help support your student with summer learning and developing a love of reading. The Scholastic site students use to log minutes has a wealth of additional information on supporting your students academically. Your students’ teacher will also be an amazing resource this year. Pinewood staff members are great at sharing information and connecting with parents don’t hesitate to ever reach out and connect with them or myself.
To continue to support parents in helping them meet these goals of healthy, happy, and educated, this year Jenison is kicking off our back to school with a great speaker Kirk Martin. Kirk will be speaking to staff and then will also have a free presentation to parents at our Jenison Center of Arts on Tuesday September 1, 2015 at 7:00 pm Kirk’s message is “Celebrate Calm“ and focuses on strategies to help parents and educators be successful in all of the different situations dealing with kids brings. I’m really looking forward to this presentation. If you are free that evening I look forward to seeing you there.
Last week I shared many parent resources to help you prepare for back to school. Please take a few minutes to browse through them.
To help with the healthy goal we have our school breakfast and lunch program which does start on the first day of school. Please take a few minutes to be sure your student has funds for lunch and consider filling out an application for free and reduced lunch, this application has to be completed each school year. Even if you pack a lunch the program provides breakfast, a snack, and additional funding for our school. In addition to this a small group of passionate parents and staff are working to raise awareness and offer educational opportunities about health and nutrition. They will have a table at our Open House and will be working on initiatives throughout the school year be sure to stop by and visit their table.
Another way to help Pinewood help support parents and families is by continuing to partner together and have on going communication and community events. Our Pinewood Parent Club has been working hard this summer preparing for a great 2015-2016 school year. PPC will have a table at Open House with information on upcoming events and ways to get involved and volunteer.
Today as I was sitting on my deck with a colleague trying to get some work done and trying to convince my children to get into the pool, or go play in the yard and they were responding less than enthusiastically I realized as a mom and as a principal I am 100% ready to get back to school!
Pinewood staff has been working hard all summer attending conferences, taking graduate classes, teaching summer school, tutoring students, and reading. I know I and many other teachers cherish the time in the summer to catch up on our professional and personal reading. I hope your student is continuing to read here is the Scholastic site to help them log those minutes. The next couple weeks will be full for all of us doing our best to get everything ready to kick off an amazingly good 2015-2016 school year. Please share this video with your students to get them excited about their return to school.
There are many helpful links on our website to help you prepare to get your kids back to school here is our Pinewood website that has staff information and calendar information.
Here is our school supply list
All volunteers are required to fill out a volunteer form every year these will be available at Open House on Wednesday Sept. 2, 2015 at 6:00 pm at Pinewood but if you print and fill yours out early we would love to have you drop it off that evening, or send it in with your student on the first day of school.
Students are encouraged to bring a healthy snack to school daily. We have a great food service program that offers breakfast and lunch daily. Please visit their website for more information. You can pay for your child’s food service easily online, or send money into the Pinewood office. Also please take a few minutes to review the free and reduced lunch application, even if you plan to pack a lunch for your child filling out the application could help provide additional funding to Pinewood.
If you have any transportation questions or needs prior to the first day of school you can find information at their website. If your child does ride a bus you will be contacted by transportation with information about their pick up and drop off time and location in the next couple of weeks.
At Pinewood we have a very good before and after school care program available in our gym every school day. Once you fill out your registration forms for the program and pay your registration fee, your child is able to join the program any morning and afternoon that your family needs. You do not have to schedule ahead of time and you only pay for the days and times your child attends.
As you get ready for back to school also consider supporting our Jenison Public School’s Education Foundation here is a message from them with some fun upcoming events in August: