September 7, 2023

All means all
AUGUST 24, 2023


Principal Message

PIne Lane Crew, 

We are now into the month of September and the year is in full swing! Thus far, we have been strongly messaging our school mission, CREW culture, and habits of character through our announcements and classroom Crew Circles.  We are now turning some of this work to our students to help with these messages.  4th grade is starting us off and for the next few weeks they are going to be focusing Leadership which we define this way, “We inspire those around us to excellence. We strive to build trust by developing confidence in ourself and others. We think outside the box to solve problems and empower others by modeling the habits of character.” We are very excited to see 4th grade’s impact on our crew through these efforts. 

I’d also like to thank you all for your fundraising effort this fall.  Our students did an amazing job and we were able to raise $20,000+ profits that will go toward helping to provide furniture updates across the school.  A huge thank you to Pine Lane Educational Alliance (PLEA) for leading these efforts.  Tonight, we are also holding our first public PLEA Meeting at 6pm in the North Campus Innovation Lab.  We will have some child care available during the meeting if you need. Please know that all parents/guardians and staff members are considered members of PLEA and we hope that all of you can make it out tonight to better understand our priorities for the year and how you can help out in our efforts. 

Lastly, on August 8th, the Board of Education voted to place a Bond and MLO on this November ballot this year. As more and more information comes out you may have many questions about how this impacts you personally and our schools. This website: https://funding.dcsdk12.org/ will be a great resource for you to better understand how funds from these measures would be used to improve the educational program for Douglas County School and Pine Lane specifically.  

We wish you all a great afternoon and weekend! 

Chris Stairs

Principal

Pine Lane Elementary



Important Dates & Information

  • September 4th - District Holiday No School
  • September 7th - PLEA Public Meeting
  • September 14th -  Bear Brunch
  • September 22nd - No School for Students / Professional Development Day
  • September 27th - SAC Meeting
  • September 28 - Fall Fundraiser Pick Up
  • September 29 - PLEA Kids Night Out
  • October 1st - Candy Wars Begins
  • October 2nd - Field Day
  • October 9th - 13th - Book Fair hours TBD
  • October 10th - Parent Teacher Conferences
  • October 11th - 6th Grade Pie Fundraiser for PLUM Begins
  • October 12th - Parent Teacher Conferences
  • October 16th - 20th - Fall Break No school
  • October 26th - Picture Retake Day
  • October 27th - Fall Festival
  • October 30th - Chap Sweet Street

  Year Long Calendar
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STUDENT ATTENDANCE

Attendance matters!  Daily attendance and engagement in learning is essential to student success at all grade levels.  Colorado law directly connected to attendance focuses on compulsory school attendance, truancy and school finance. Important student attendance definitions of rates and terms include: 

Truancy is an unexcused absence.  The rate is calculated by dividing the reported Total Student Days Unexcused Absences by the Total Student Days Possible. 

Habitually Truant (Student Count): A student is counted as habitually truant if the student has four unexcused absences in one month and/or 10 absences in one school year. 

Chronically Absent: A student absent 10 percent or more of the days enrolled during the school year is chronically absent. All absences are included – unexcused, excused, and suspensions.  The rate is the percentage of students enrolled who are chronically absent.

CHRONIC ABSENTEEISM:

Attendance is important at all levels within the K-12 education system.  For preschool, students with good attendance develop skills and good attendance habits to prepare for kindergarten. By third grade, children who missed too much of kindergarten and 1st grade fall behind in reading.  Chronic absenteeism in middle school is a warning sign that students are on a path to disengagement and dropping out. In ninth grade, attendance is a clear predictor, more than test scores, that a student will leave before completing high school.

Improving school attendance and addressing chronic absenteeism aligns with the Colorado Department of Education's (CDE) mission and strategic plan.  In Colorado in 2021-22, 1 in 3 students was chronically absent.


PLEA

FUNDRAISING UPDATES

9-5

Volunteers Needed Sept. 28th 
1:45 - 3:30 Prepare Orders for Pick Up
3:00 - 6:00 Hand out Orders
SIGN UP HERE TO VOLUNTEER

DON'T FORGET YOU WILL NEED TO ARRANGE TO PICK UP YOUR ITEMS!
DELIVERY DATE WILL BE SEPTEMBER 28TH
4:00pm - 6:30pm
SOUTH CAMPUS CAFETERIA


PICK UP DETAILS
All non-online sales products along with prizes will need to be picked up from the school

  • Students with 5 items or less - orders will be delivered to your students classroom to bring home
  • BASE Students - students attending BASE this day your items will be delivered to BASE.

NOTE:  We do not have the means to store items so please plan to attend or have someone pick up on your behalf. 


Luca

PLEA - PUBLIC MEETING
Thursday September 7th

6:00pm - North Campus Innovation Lab
Childcare Provided

Adults will meet in the North Campus Innovation Lab and discuss fundraising efforts, upcoming social events and volunteer opportunities.

Kids are welcome and will watch the movie Luca and enjoy a light snacks while adults attend the meeting. 

If you are unable to attend in person please join us via Google Meet

  • Video call link: https://meet.google.com/smi-spap-sgx
  • Or dial: ‪(US) +1 570-701-4339‬ PIN: ‪726 439 863‬#

9/7/2023 PLEA Public Meeting Agenda

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Register Here or scan QR Code above!

Before and After School Activities

Looking for Before and After School Opportunities for your students?
All available opportunities, registrations and complete details can be found here:  
PLE Before and After School Activities
Note:  Activities with PLE before them are staff led 


 

Year book
This session is currently full. Mr. Harvey would host another class if the interest is there. Please email Mr. Harvey @ [email protected] if you are interested.
Lego Robotics
ChoirUkulele

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