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Pine Tree Elementary School Bulletin for Thursday, April 26, 2018

Pine Tree Breakfast/Lunch Menu

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Letter Regarding OPT OUT for the State Testing

A message from Pine Tree Elementary School:

March 22, 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The school district is busy preparing for the upcoming testing season. The 2018 testing schedule for students in Grades 3-8 is as follows:

New York State Grades 3 English Language Arts (ELA) exam: April 10-11, 2018
New York State Grades 4 and 5 English Language Arts (ELA) exam: April 12-13, 2018
New York State Grades 3-5 Math exam: May 1-2, 2018
Students will once again be given as much time as they need to complete the tests and, with the exception of the third grade ELA exam, all students will be taking the traditional paper based test.

For the first time, third grade students will be taking the ELA assessment on the computer. The New York State Education Department has mandated that all elementary and middle school students take these assessments online by 2020, and Monroe-Woodbury is beginning to phase in computer based state assessments. Our students are familiar with computer based testing as they have taken other assessments online, such as the STAR assessment and NYS field tests.

The district is beginning with third grade since this is their first experience taking these particular exams. Additional information on NYSED computer based testing initiative, including what the assessment will look like, can be found at http://www.nysed.gov/edtech/computer-based-testing-cbt.

We believe state assessments provide valuable information about the performance of our school and district. In addition, these assessments help our younger students become familiar with standardized testing prior to the state mandated Regents exams, which are a graduation requirement.

Whether or not your child will be taking the tests should be a thoughtful family decision. If your children will not be taking the tests, we request that parents and guardians notify us by Friday, April 6. This will allow our building administrators time to plan ahead for room assignments, proctoring schedules and other logistical details. Once a request is received, a building administrator will be in contact to acknowledge receipt.

Please contact me if you have additional questions and concerns regarding the assessments and your child’s educational experience.


Bryan Giudice, Principal

Upcoming Student Council Meeting Dates

Upcoming 5th Grade Student Council Dates
Thursday, May 10th
All Student Council Meetings will start at 8:15 AM
Transportation will need to be provided
Meetings will be held in the cafeteria, unless otherwise stated

Intramural Schedule 3rd Trimester

Intramural Schedule 4th Quarter

Grade 2:
Groups A & B 4/24, 5/1, 5/8
Groups B & C 5/15, 5/22, 5/29
Groups A & C 6/5, 6/12, 6/19

Grade 3:
Groups: A & B 4/25, 5/2, 5/9
Groups: B & C 5/16, 5/23, 5/30
Groups: A & C 6/6, 6/13, 6/20

Grade 4:
Groups: A & B 4/26, 5/3, 5/10
Groups: B & C 5/17, 5/24, 5/31
Groups: A & C 6/7, 6/14, 6/21

Grade 5:
Groups A & B 4/27, 5/4, 5/11
Groups B & C 5/18, 5/25, 6/1
Groups A & C 6/8, 6/15, 6/22

***UPDATE Regarding 5th Grade Picnic***

Due to scheduling conflicts, the date of the 5th grade picnic has been rescheduled and will now be held on Friday, May 25th, 2018. The PTA looks forward to a fun-filled day, rain or shine!

PTA News for April

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Additional PTA Information
Spring Fest is Friday, April 27th from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. If you have not RSVP’d to the event, it is not too late. Please submit your RSVP by April 24th to the Greeter’s Desk. RSVP forms can be found in the Main Office.

The PTA is still seeking officers for the 2018-19 school year. If you would like to become involved in the PTA, please contact mwptpta@gmail.com

Spring picture proofs were sent home on April 13. Orders can be made online or payment sent to school. Deadline for payment for spring pictures is April 25.

PTA MEETING - THURSDAY, MAY 3rd @ 7 P.M.The final PTA meeting for the school year will be held on Thursday, May 3 at 7 p.m in the PT Library. The district will be presenting the 2018-19 school year budget and we will be electing PTA officers to the Executive Board. Children are welcome and light refreshments will be served.

PLANT SALE - THURSDAY & FRIDAY, MAY 10-11 The PTA annual plant sale will be held during school on Thursday & Friday, May 10-11. Each student may purchase 1 plant, which will be in a 4" container for $2.00. If your child would like to purchase a plant, please have him/her bring in his/her money by Wednesday, May 9th. Please bring $ in an envelope marked "PLANT SALE" with your student's name. Questions? Please email mwptpta@gmail.com

5TH GRADE PANORAMIC PICTURE - FRIDAY, MAY 4TH Mark your calendars! The 5th grade panoramic photo will be taken by BNL on Friday, May 4th promptly at 9:30 a.m. 5th graders will be receiving their 5th grade shirts on that morning. It is imperative that all 5th graders are on time to school so that they can be included in the panoramic photo and to minimize disruption to the school day.

Thursday, April 26th

Select Chorus 8am, APR
3rd Grade Chorus 9:25am-10:08am
Grade 4 Field Trip to Museum Village, leave 9:45am return 12:45pm
Stars Visit 5th Grade:
9:25-10:08 - Rm 107 Pezzola/DiCurcio, Schifano/Braunagel
Rm 105 Devaney/Giannini
10:08-10:54 – Rm 103 Lapidus, Larke
Rm 109 O’Neill, Piazza

Friday, April 27th

Walking Club 8:30am, Conf Rm
3rd Grade Chorus 10:10am-10:53am
4th Grade Chorus 10:56am-11:39am
All County Band, Chorus and Orchestra-2:30 Lobby
Pine Tree Spring Fest 5:30pm

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