Getting Ready For Back to School at Pinewood

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:

RiverTown Honda, Hand 2 Hand Ministries and the Jenison Public Education Foundation have partnered for some exciting events in August.   Your participation in any or all of these events will benefit the students of JPS.  
1) On August 22nd bring 5 of the food items listed on the flyer to RiverTown Honda and receive a FREEE oil change.  The food items will go in backpacks of food delivered to students throughout the year.  
2) Throughout the month of August donate $1 and guess how many Kleenex boxes are in the Honda Fit.  The winner receives a fall weekend getaway in Traverse City in a Honda of your choice for the duration of the trip.  All proceeds will be split between JPEF and Hand 2 Hand.  The Kleenex boxes will be distributed to JPS classrooms.
3) August 27 – 29 stop by RiverTown Honda and test drive the car of your choice (without a salesman).  For EVERY test drive done over these three days $10 will be donated to JPEF and Hand 2 Hand.  In addition, the foundation will be on site for games, Hot Dogs and more on the 29th for our Back 2 School Bash.

The Pinewood staff and I will be counting down the next 27 days with excitement to welcome your children back to our classrooms!  We can’t wait to see everyone on Wed. September 2, 2015 at our Open House.

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