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Piner Elementary PBIS Survey

Piner Parents! Please take a few moments to complete a short survey on PBIS at Piner Elementary. http://www.kenton.kyschools.us/surveyLogin.aspx?pin=2845

Thank You for Your Support!

Thank you for supporting our PTA Fall Festival and Great American Opportunities Fundraiser.  All the money raised will go toward providing instructional materials, fund special student programs, and purchase new Chromebooks for the students.  We appreciate your continued support!

Red Ribbon Week

             Red Ribbon Week: Oct. 23-27
As part of National Red Ribbon Week, which is held each year to help students learn to say “NO!” to drugs, we will have special dress up days:

  • Mon. 10/23: Be a Jean-ius-be drug free (jeans/red shirt)
  • Tues. 10/24: Sock it to Drugs (crazy socks)
  • Wed. 10/25: Put a Cap on Drugs (hat day)
  • Thurs. 10/26: Turn your Back on Drugs (wear shirt backwards)
  • Fri. 10/27: Say Boo to Drugs (dress as favorite book character)
Missing School = Missing Out

Each day, teachers plan exciting learning opportunities for students.  Many of these activities are hands-on, collaborative, or incorporate technology, which is difficult to replicate at home.  The learning that goes on in the classroom cannot be duplicated simply by completing make-up worksheets at home.  Therefore, it is our goal to have EVERY STUDENT at school on time EVERY DAY!  Too many absences, whether excused or unexcused, can have significant impacts on learning and achievement. Because we want all of our students to thrive, we offer incentives for students with perfect attendance to recognize their efforts to be in school.  

  • 0 absences/tardies each month = pencil and popsicle plus students are entered into a drawing to each lunch in the Panther Den
  • 0 absences/tardies for 1/2 school year = entered into drawing for a BICYCLE!  (drawings held in Dec and May)
  • 0 absences/tardies for whole school year = gift card from the PTA!

We look forward to teaching your children every day!

2017 Fall Community Education

Please consider participating in a Kenton County Community Education course this fall!!  All courses are open to the public.

 

KPREP Test Scores

The KPREP scores for 2016-17 were released. While the state has not assigned overall performance levels to schools this year as part of the transition to a new accountability system, our district has tabulated our scores and has given us a designation based upon the previous accountability model.  I am pleased and proud to report that Piner Elementary is once again a KCSD Distinguished School of Distinction! The Piner teachers, staff, and students have worked very hard to maintain our tradition of academic excellence, while meeting each child’s individual needs.  Thank you for your excellent support from home, and for the outstanding support we receive from our community partners. It truly does take a village to raise a child!

Reserve Your Copy of the New Diary of the Wimpy Kid Book

Reserve your copy of the New Diary of a Wimpy Kid:  The Getaway today for $8.99!  Jeff Kinney's newest book is scheduled to go on sale on November 7, 2017.  Our Scholastic Book Fair here at Piner is offering a specially priced paperback edition of the new book.  To order your copy, complete a pre-order form.  There is no cost for shipping, and remember, each purchase benefits our school.  Pre-order money and forms are due back to Mrs. Taylor no later than November 1st.  Check or cash only.  Checks need to be payable to Piner Elementary School.  Pre-order forms and information will be sent home soon!

Inside Kenton County: Oct. 20

Here is the latest edition of Inside Kenton County: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aDd1hva1yY&feature=youtu.be

 

Kenton County celebrates state test scores

The 2017 Kentucky State Report Card has been released, and once again, the Kenton County School District is classified as Distinguished!  

The Kentucky Department of Education did not label schools based on the 2017 data as the state accountability model is transitioning to a new accountability model.  However, to honor the work and maintain continuity in the interim, the district utilized the same formula to assign designations to the schools and district. 

Morning Schedule Change Letter

Please note the early morning changes letter from Mrs. Jefferds on the left hand side of the webpage under Quick Links.

Communication Tools

In the last newsletter, information was provided about the Sangha communication app. Unfortunately, Sangha is no longer free. Due to the high cost of the service at this point, we will no longer be using Sangha, and existing parent accounts will be deactivated. We would like to encourage you to sign up instead for Remind, a texting service that is free. Some teachers have set up their own classroom accounts, but to receive school wide text alerts, please follow these steps: 

  • For Smart Phones, enter this number: 81010 and text this message: @pinere.
  • Email instructions: send an email to pinere@remind.com. You may leave the subject and message blank.

You may also go to the following link on a computer: https://www.remind.com/join/pinere

What is Growth Mindset?

This year we will spend a lot of time talking to our students about how to develop a growth mindset.  Simply put, a growth mindset means that people’s brains grow and change over time, and that the more we work our brains, the stronger they get-much like a muscle. Growth mindset means that intelligence is not fixed at birth-we can all get “smarter” as we use our brains to solve problems and learn new things.  The opposite of a growth mindset is a fixed mindset.  This is a belief that we are only as smart as we will ever be at birth.  However, brain research has disproven this theory.  When brains are active and working, they create more neural connections-which makes them stronger and more able. Encourage your child not to give up easily on tasks that seem difficult. We are teaching the students not to say “I can’t do it” by adding one word-“yet.” By saying “I can’t do it yet”, students will realize that with work, they will learn to do it-and they can succeed.  Try using the Power of Yet at home and see what a difference it can make!

Change to Morning Schedule

Starting on Monday, 9/18/17, students will be able to enjoy breakfast at Piner Elementary School’s cafeteria anytime from 7:55 am to 8:45 am. Parents, please note that also starting on Monday, your child’s bus may be up to 15 minutes earlier. Please use the BusBuddie Portal to monitor the location of the bus as it follows its morning route.

Beginning Sept. 18, students allowed to enter buildings 50 minutes before start

Beginning Monday, Sept. 18, students will be allowed to enter their school building up to 50 minutes before the start of school.

Volunteer Training Information

Would You Like to chaperone an upcoming field trip or volunteer this school year?

 

Please Attend the Piner Elementary

Volunteer Orientation.

Volunteer Orientation 2017-18 Schedule  

 

Friday September 22nd 8:15 a.m.

Tuesday October 17th 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.  

Wednesday October 18th 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Thursday November 16th 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday January 9th 8:15 a.m.

Thursday March 1st 5:30 p.m.

 

All volunteers must have an approved background check on file with the Kenton County School District. Please let us know if you need a volunteer background check form.

In order to volunteer during the 2017– 18 school year, individuals MUST attend one scheduled orientation. Training dates for the  2017-18 school year is listed above.

 

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