Pine Tree Elementary School Newsletter

Table format Pine Tree Newsletter, Volume 11, Issue 2 Winter 2019-2020

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Volume 11, Issue 2 Winter 2019-2020

156 Pine Tree Road  Monroe, NY 10950
Fax 845-460-6049
Mr. Bryan Giudice, Principal
Mr. Tim Martin, Assistant Principal

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Monday to Friday – 8:15 AM to 4:15 PM
Pine Tree Email – [email protected]
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Check out the Daily Bulletin on Powerschool and the Daily Announcements on the Pine Tree Web Page

Printable copy of the Winter 2019-2020 Pine Tree Newsletter

Message From Mr. Giudice

Pine Tree school year is off to a great start. The first few months of school was trying with regard to our instructional staff navigating the start of the school year with no technology. Credit to our teaching, office, cafeteria, and transportation staff for making sure students were safe and instruction continued as expected. We had a very special visitor in October. The creator of our Social Emotional Curriculum, Mrs. Scarlett Lewis visited Pine Tree and was introduced to several classrooms, staff, and administration.

Her Choose Love curriculum is providing support to help teach our children about “courage,” “gratitude,” “forgiveness,” and “ compassion.”  These four key components make up “The Choose Love Formula.” Pine Tree students in Madagascar Jr.As we embark into the second trimester, we continue to remind parents of the importance of attendance, being on time, and finishing off the school day through 3:35 PM.

Additionally, on half days, please make sure they make every attempt to make sure their child is in school as instruction takes place on these half days. Finally, administration wants to congratulate our students and staff for their wonderful performances during their Winter Concerts. The students sounded amazing and we are all so proud of them and the music staff for preparing them in such short period of time. Finally, congratulations to our Pine Tree Drama Club for their amazing week in November when the students performed Madagascar Jr.   They performed for four full audiences for well over 1,000 spectators. Great job teachers and students for another wonderful Drama Club presentation.

Mr. Giudice

Mr. Martin’s Notes

As we approach the holiday season, we have a lot to be thankful for.  We are a community with many gifts and talents, which we share daily with one another and most important, our students. We are thankful to have the most dedicated and nurturing teachers to support the children here at Pine Tree Elementary. I am grateful to the parents for masterfullyPine Tree students in Madagascar Jr. doing what I know firsthand is the hardest, most rewarding and joyous job of all. Thank you for entrusting us with your most precious gift. I am grateful to our wonderful, talented, creative, inquisitive, optimistic, resourceful and resilient students. Often, they make us laugh, sometimes they make us cry, but always they make us think. Most of all, they make us better.

In the spirit of this holiday season, I want to extend my thanks to all of you for everything that you do for our school. To the parents and friends of the Pine Tree Elementary community, please have a safe and joyous holiday season. Enjoy the time off with your children, we look forward to what the rest of the year will bring!!!

Mr. Martin

Pine Tree PTA News

Hello Pine Tree Families – the holiday season is upon us!

Thank you to our dedicated PTA members, chairpersons, and volunteers for helping to make our Fall events a success – including fundraisers, Book Fair, Movie Night & Holiday Boutique!

Join the PTA today – for only $10 per family! Your membership and involvement directly impact the success of our events.

Donation collections are underway for our biggest fundraiser of the year – Family Fun Night on Friday, February 28th. Classrooms were assigned a basket theme. Please consider contributing an item to fill our raffle baskets.  We are also looking for donations of products & services from local businesses to fill out our raffle prize offerings.

Our first-ever Cookies and Canvas paint night was a sell-out! Thank you for your enthusiastic participation in this first time event and stay tuned for details on future paint night events!

Look for flyers for a brand new Little Caesars Pizza fundraiser coming soon! This exciting opportunity will run through the middle of January with pizza kits being delivered in time for Super Bowl Sunday!

The event calendar and membership form can also be found on the Pine Tree PTA website.

Upcoming Events

Table of PTA events December 2019 – March 2020
12/18 – Cookies & Canvas

1/9 – PTA Mtg @ 10am

1/10 – PT Spirit Day!!

1/16 – PARP Book Swap @ 5pm

1/25 – Winter Carnival

2/10 – Science Fair @ 6pm

2/28 – Family Fun Night @ 6pm

3/17 & 3/18 – Spring Pics

3/26 – PTA Mtg @ 7pm



If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Pine Tree PTA at [email protected]

The Pine Tree PTA Board would like to wish everyone a joyous and peaceful holiday season!

Report Card Reminder

Regular report cards are no longer being printed. Parents will need to access their child’s regular report card on Parent Portal.  Other miscellaneous  reports and progress reports for AIS, instrumental, related services, and special education will still be sent home like they have in the past.

PowerSchool  Parent/Student Portal

The district, in its mission to Go Green, will continue to utilize the PowerSchool Parent/Student Portal.

The Parent/Student Portal is part of the PowerSchool Student Information System at Monroe-Woodbury. The Portal serves two important functions: It provide grades, attendance, new teacher assignments and other information to parents, guardians and students and it manages communication and emergency information from the school district to parents and   guardians. Please ensure that all information is up to date in your Parent/Student Portal account. If you need help accessing the Parent/Student Portal, please reach out to the Pine Tree main office staff, who will help with the log-in process.

What A Success!

Madagascar Jr. was performed for our students and community  members last month. Over 130 students participated in this production that was led by, Ms. White, Ms. Reynolds, Ms. Bjorkman, Ms. Piren, Ms. Clerihew and many more behind the scenes. Congrats to All!!!

Pine Tree Science Fair is Coming Up!

Students will have the opportunity to show off their science skills at our upcoming science fair on   Monday, February 10th at 6 pm.

All students are welcome to prepare a project. We will have three categories, The Lab, Game Room and Research Facility and Techies and Makers. All students will receive an award for their efforts. We hope to see you on February 10th!!

Pine Tree Patriot Club Spreads Cheer

Patriot Club students met over a weekend to prepare holiday stockings for the troops!!



Pine Tree Winter Carnival is Coming!

On Saturday, January 25th Pine Tree will host a winter carnival for all students and parents from 10 am to 1 pm.  Plenty of games, food and fun will be on hand for the event. There is no charge to get in, carnival concessions will be available for purchase.

Please Note: This event is being held in place of our annual Springfest as well as PRIZES WILL BE GIVEN OUT

What Is Choose Love!

Charlotte Lewis with Bryan GiudiceChoosing Love means having the courage to be grateful when life isn’t easy, to forgive when the person who hurt you isn’t sorry, and to step outside your own pain to help someone else. This social emotional learning program was created by Scarlett Lewis, mother of Jesse Lewis, who was shot and killed during the Sandy Hook tragedy. It focuses on 4 pillars; Courage, Gratitude, Forgiveness and Compassion to empower our students to positively impact themselves and others.

Board of Education

Appreciation Week

As part of our BOE Appreciation week, we invited all board members to our school to see all the great things we have going on here! Special thanks to Andie R, Dozie N and Evan P, our student guides for the day!


Pine Tree Building Leadership Committee & District wide Board of Education Meetings

1/15 (Wednesday) BOE Mtg @6 pm, Ed Ctr.

1/21 (Tuesday) BLC Mtg @8:15 am, Library

1/29 (Wednesday) BOE Mtg @6 pm, Ed Ctr.

2/12 (Wednesday) BOE Mtg @6 pm, Ed Ctr.

2/18 (Tuesday) BLC Mtg @8:15 am, Library

2/26 (Wednesday) BOE Mtg @6 pm, Ed Ctr.

3/11 (Wednesday) BOE Mtg @6 pm, Ed Ctr

3/17 (Tuesday) BLC Mtg @8:15 am,  Library