Stay Connected
Parent Crew, 

Good Afternoon! I hope your Friday has been smooth and your child or children have been able to stay engaged in their learning. I meant to have this email out earlier than this to encourage you all to pause and remember the events from September 11, 2001, and the ways that that event changed our society and world. May this day continue to remind us of those we were lost, the heroism of our first responders, and the potential evil that we must constantly seek to combat. At Pine Lane, we believe that our mission statement and our habits of character help ground us in our desired impact on our community and the type of people we strive to become. May all of our PLE BEARS demonstrates the excellence of character that truly transforms the world into a better place. May the reflections and conversations you have with your families be meaningful. 

Please pay close attention to the next few items that relate to our current hybrid learning situation and the potential of needing to quarantine. I would encourage you to file this communication for future reference.  

Attendance

Attendance for this year continues to fall under our state’s mandatory attendance laws. Because your child is at home learning three days a week, I would like to be clear on how attendance will be taken. I will define the two different types of at-home learning days and then address what we need to observe from your child to determine that he/she has participated for the day. Here is a link to the hybrid schedule laid out in the Road to Return for your reference to help clarify the different types of days. 

“Independent Learning from Home” - This is the day that your child is at home completing work that their teacher has assigned either on Friday or while they were at school in-person. They will have two of these days per week. Participation will be credited to your child if there is evidence to support that they are completing the assigned work. Attendance will be finalized for these two days each Friday. 

“Online Learning from Home” - This is Friday. Our teachers are holding live lessons via Google Meets and assigning classwork. Please know that our special classes are being held at their regular times as well. Again, participation will be credited to your child if there is evidence to support that they are completing the assigned work. We do understand that your family may not always be able to coordinate attendance in the live lessons due to a variety of factors. Attendance will be finalized for this day on the following Tuesday. 

We hope that this process for attendance helps us hold our students accountable for learning as well as provide flexibility to your family as to when the learning occurs.  


Quarantine Plans

As we continue into the 2020 school year, we have witnessed several schools that have needed to quarantine students and staff for a period of time. This is likely an inevitability for every school. I am very grateful that we have not needed to thus far and it has allowed us time to prepare. We want to be able to smoothly transition to learning and teaching from home in order to help continue learning and minimize the negative impacts of the disruption. Here are a few logistics for you to be prepared for if or when we find ourselves in that position. 

Once you are notified of your child’s need to quarantine…

Day 1 - Prepare to have your child follow their Friday, “Online Learning from Home,” schedule. On day one your child’s teacher, if they are not the one sick, will continue to teach and prioritize preparing for learning until the quarantine period has ended. This is the schedule you should expect regardless of what day of the week you are notified that quarantine is needed.  

Day 2 and beyond - Your child’s teacher will provide live lessons as they do on Friday. Specials class will continue via virtual live lessons. Student support staff will coordinate with you continued services for special education, English as a second language, and other specialized services. 

This table below lays out a general guide for your child’s time. This is differentiated by age. Please also note that the Real-Time Direct Instruction consists of Crew, Math, Reading, Writing, Specials, and either Science or Social Studies. This instruction will not be delivered all in one sitting but rather in chunks throughout the day. Teachers will also be holding office hours for students and parents to get help if needed.  
The most important thing for you to know is that on day 1 of quarantine, we will follow Friday’s schedule. Teachers will be able to communicate with you in more detail on that day what to expect moving through the quarantine period. Hopefully, this helps in preparing yourself and your child.  

Online and Independent Learning from Home help

We have some help available to you when your child is at home learning. Inga Vicker’s, our Behavior Technician, has restructured her time to provide some support sessions for kids that are at home. You, too, could also be a part of these sessions if you had questions or are having struggles getting your child going on their learning. Inga is skilled in developing visual schedules, establishing systems to help motivate students, and problem-solving behaviors that get in the way of learning. If you are interested, you may sign up for a support session here on The Bear Den’s website.  

Have a wonderful weekend! Chris Stairs - Principal
UPCOMING DATES
SEPTEMBER
9th - SAC/PTO Virtual Mtg. 4:30 pm
10th - PTO Swirls Fundraiser 4-9 pm
22nd - PTO Rita's Italian Ice & Custard fundraiser 5-9 pm.
28th & 29th - Hearing and Vision K-3rd
OCTOBER
12th - 16th - Fall Break

NOVEMBER
17th & 19th Parent Teacher Conferences
23rd - 27th - Thanksgiving Break


Who doesn't LOVE a FREE LUNCH (and breakfast)!
In addition to free breakfast, ALL students will receive lunch for free!
So why pack a lunch?
Have your student order lunch at school! It's FREE!

  • Students 18 and under are eligible for a free lunch as long as they get a complete meal.
  • Snacks, extras and 2nds are still the regular price and there must be money in the student's account to purchase them.

Weekly Meal Bags pick up has changed! Beginning Friday Sept. 18th
NO NEED TO PRE-ORDER LUNCHES
  • Free for all kids 18 and under regardless of enrollment
  • 5-day meal bags are available which includes 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches
  • Pick-up time is 1:00-2:00 p.m. on Fridays
  • Pick-up location will be the north side of the South Campus building!
  • Curbside pick-up and drive through in the current bus loop!

The Free Meal Program runs through Dec 31st.
Pine Lane PTO
We have spirit yes we do!
We have spirit how about you???
Order your spirit wear today here!
Follow up from End of Year 2019/2020
  • Fundraising Prizes:
  • Prizes for participating students will be delivered to the student's classroom sometime in September

  • Our CREW Survived T-Shirts:
  • Will be delivered to students in September!

Save the Date for these Restaurant Nights:
  • Sept. 22 5:00-9:00 (Rita’s Italian Ice & Frozen Custard)

Do you have questions for PTO? contact them directly at pinelanepto@gmail.com
STONE CANYON OUTDOOR EDVENTURES
Stone Canyon Outdoor EdVentures is excited to kick off our Fall 2020 season. We have many updates and some exciting announcements!
We’re sending out monthly newsletters
to keep you up to date with the latest and greatest. Also, be sure to ‘like’ the Stone Canyon Facebook page @ facebook.com/stonecanyon to keep in the loop.
This season we’ll be bringing outdoor education to schools and e-learners alike, while also offering monthly Family Camps, themed camps, and breaking ground on a new high ropes course! 
Car Rider Tags:
Need your car rider tag updated or another one?
Fill out this form and a new one will be sent home.

Take a few minutes and check out this video that has been put together by our Specials CREW and traffic team!
NOTE: Students are NOT allowed to ride home on the bus with another student if they live in a walk zone, or ride another bus.
TECH UPDATES
Access to Instructional Materials and Google Meets
  • Check out this communication Mr. Stairs sent out on 9/8 for resources and learning from home

Chromebook Log In:
  • Having Issues logging into Student Chromebooks check out this video!

PLE Computer Assistance:
  • Please complete this form if you are in need of technical assistance regarding learning at PLE.

If your student is not in compliance with their immunizations you would have received individual communication from the school nurse!

STUDENTS NOT IN COMPLIANCE WITH THEIR IMMUNIZATIONS BY SEPT 23RD WILL BE EXCLUDED FROM PARTICIPATION IN SCHOOL AND ELEARNING.


Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Grades
Sept.28th and 29th.
Flyer with complete details and to opt out students
can be found here

E-Learning Students Vision/Hearing Screening
Nursing Services will be conducting our annual vision and hearing screenings at your child's school.
 
As an e-learning student, if you have any vision or hearing concerns, you may schedule an appointment for a district screening through the vision and hearing department. 
 
Screenings will be conducted at:
  • DCSD West Support Center 701 Prairie Hawk Dr. Castle Rock, CO 80109 
  • *By appointment only* 
  • Please contact Vickie Roberts at VICTORIA.ROBERTS@dcsdk12.org.
YEARBOOK UPDATES
YEARBOOKS FOR 19/20 HAVE NOT ARRIVED YET DUE TO PRODUCTION STAFF BEING REDUCED. AS SOON AS THEY ARRIVE WE WILL LET YOU KNOW!
PLE North Campus 4th - 6th | PH: 303-387-8275| Attendance: 303-387-8277| Fax: 303-387-8276
PLE South Campus PreK-3rd | PH: 303-387-8325| Attendance: 303-387-8327| Fax: 303-387-8326