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A Big Thanks...

A big thank you to everyone who came and supported the book fair last week.  It was a great success! 

A Note About Work Ethic Awards

Based upon the results of our survey, most parents prefer to have one Work Ethic event at the end of the year. Therefore, instead of having Work Ethic 3 times per year, we will celebrate at the end of the year with one awards event. The criteria will remain the same-a copy of the Work Ethic Rubric is on the back of this newsletter. We appreciate your input in making this decision!

Mission and Goals of the Kenton County School District KCSD logo

The Kenton County School District has released an updated version of the mission, goals and core beliefs of our district.

Please take a look here: http://www.kenton.kyschools.us/Content2/24682

KCSD Inclement Weather Policy

With winter approaching, please take time to review the Kenton County School District's Inclement Weather Policy: http://www.kenton.kyschools.us/Content/786

Yearbooks Are Still Available...

Don’t let your student miss out on sharing and reliving the big events that will make this year special! Yearbooks are $13.00, and may be ordered online at jostensyearbooks.com or by telephone at 1-877-767-5217. There is also a link on the school webpage for your convenience.

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!

Inside Kenton County: Nov. 17

Here is the latest edition of Inside Kenton County: 

 https://youtu.be/MWlPt8x-REw

 

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!

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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