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  • Yearbooks on Sale Now!

    Pine Tree Hill Elementary School's 2016-2017 Yearbook is now on sale!  We are very excited about this year's theme, SuperHeroes and al the memories we've been able to capture.  We encourage you to order your yearbook now, if you did not do so at registration.  Information will be coming home with your student about yearbook purchases.  You may also visit Strawbridge at their website, enter Pine Tree Hill Elementary, and follow the prompts to purchase your yearbook online.  The deadline for ordering yearbooks will be 3/3/2017 and the cost is $20.00.  There will be no extra yearbooks available for purchase when they arrive.  As always thanks for your support and feel free to contact the school with any questions!

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  • Reading Logsreading log

    As your children are enjoying their newest toys from the holidays, please take time to ensure they are reading 20 minutes a day.  Your Bullpup receives a reading log to document their reading minutes each week.  These logs are to be turned into their teacher each Monday.  Remember, if you can read you can do anything!  The gift of good reading habits is the richest of all gifts you can give your children!  
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  • Car Rider Informationcar

    Bullpup families we want to remind parents that our car pool lane is open from 7:00 AM to 7:30 AM every morning. Students arriving after 7:30 AM need to be signed in through the front office. For the safety of everyone, we ask that you not drop your child at the back door after 7:30 AM. At 7:30 AM, our teachers, safety patrol and administrators need to go inside to prepare for the day; therefore, we do not have supervision for students. At 7:30 AM we lock the doors to ensure our building is secure for the day. Please remember that on rainy days we see an increase in car pool traffic so you may want to come a little earlier than usual. You are welcome to come as early as 7:00 AM.  Afternoon carpool is open from 2:20 PM to 2:50 PM.  Thanks so much for your help and understanding!


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  • Parent Portalinternet

    Kershaw County School District's Parent Portal is now open for use.  Parents may access existing accounts or see their school to set up and account.  There will also be a mobile option this year.  Parent's can download the Parent Portal app via iPhone/iPad and register with the district code CQQZ.  We are excited about this new feature but would like to remind parents that the district itself does not support the app.  The portal can also be accessed using your mobile browser.  Any questions please feel free to give us a call!
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From the Principal

  • PawPrint 2-10-17

    Posted by Renata Inabinet at 2/10/2017

    Dear Friends of Pine Tree Hill,

    It was another great week of learning and growing at PTH.  As you may know, the teachers and staff of PTH have been working on learning about the importance of the Growth Mindset.  We have read two books by Carol Dweck and have made some strides in having a growth mindset.  If you have a growth mindset, you believe that with work, practice, and perseverance, you can improve – whether it’s your academic performance, or any other skill.   We would love for you to join us in creating a culture of Growth Mindset at Pine Tree Hill!


    Modified from "Developing a Growth Mindset" by Oxford Learning.

    1. Pay attention and verbally praise kids for skills that don’t sound predetermined: hard work, persistence, rising to a challenge, learning from a mistake, etc., rather than being “smart”, “brilliant” or “gifted”.Recently my girls brought me a song they had recorded together, and said they had to do it 10 times to get it right. I made sure to tell them I was just as proud of their persistence as I would have been if the song had been perfect the first time.
    2. Be a growth mindset role model. Be honest: how often do you say “I can’t (cook/sing/balance my bank account)” or “I’m terrible at (sports/spelling/public speaking)” as if there’s no hope for you? Make sure you’re sending the right message – maybe even take on something new! (Relax, it doesn’t have to be cooking. Sorry, just thinking out loud.)My students and daughters all know that I expect them to finish any sentence about something they are currently unable to do with the word “yet”!
    3. Encourage your child to forget taking the easy route (where little learning is done) and instead embrace challenges. A sheet full of questions he already knows the answers to won’t “grow the brain” like one deeper problem to solve (even if he doesn’t get the correct answer).
    4. Remember growth mindset isn’t just academic; it applies to many areas of life (athletic, musical, social). Having trouble getting the basketball into the net? Keep making mistakes on a guitar chord? Tried to initiate play with someone but it didn’t go well? Discuss the next step for improvement.
    5. Discourage envy of peers, and talk to your child about what he or she can learn from others who appear more successful. While skills may come more easily to some, most often there’s a (possibly unseen) element of practice, persistence, and hard work which leads to achievement.

    Embracing a growth mindset isn’t always easy, but can have a huge impact on your child.

    With Bullpup Pride,

    Mrs. Royalty, Principal

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  • PawPrint 2-3-17

    Posted by Renata Inabinet at 2/3/2017

    Dear Friends of PTH:

    It has been another great week of learning here at PTH. It is hard to believe that we are already in February! I have thoroughly enjoyed visiting all of the classrooms this week, and seeing all of the excellent work our teachers and students are completing.

    First, we want to thank all of our parents for working with your students each night. As you may have noticed, we sent home with your child some informational sheets for reading and math this week. These papers provide some great strategies and reminders for working with your students. A special thanks to Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Horton for providing all of these great resources.

    Second, I wanted to remind parents in grades 3-5 that we will be sending home information on the dates of South Carolina state testing soon. Students in grade 3 will be taking reading, math, and writing. Students in grades 4 & 5 will be taking reading, writing, math, science, and social studies. We want all of our students to perform their best, so keeping working hard!

    Finally, we want to thank all of our parents for supporting our Chick-Fil-A fundraiser during the first half of the year. All of the funds raised went directly to providing resources for our students in the classroom. However, we have decided to not sell any more biscuits this year, due to the large delays that were experienced in morning car pool on biscuit days.

    As always, Mrs. Royalty and I are here to assist you and your child. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you should ever have any questions.

    With Bullpup Pride, 

    E.J. Bringer

    Assistant Principal

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  • PawPrint 1-27-17

    Posted by Renata Inabinet at 1/27/2017

    Dear Friends of Pine Tree Hill,

    We had another great week of learning and growing!  This newsletter article is something near and dear to my is about reading!  Parents often ask us educators what they can do to assist their children in making academic gains.  The answer is's reading!  Parents can make a huge impact on their child's academic performance by dedicating 20 minutes a night to reading.  It's important for you to read to your child as well as your child read to you.  Statistics show that students that regularly read 20 minutes a night perform better than 90% of their peers.  Reading not only assists with reading skills, it also increase vocabulary and helps your child with confidence in their school work.  

    Please join the Bullpup Reading initiative by dedicating 20 minutes a night to reading with your child and then helping them document the reading on the reading log and returning it to school the next day.  The minutes add up and your child's academic achievement will soar!  

    If you want more information on reading activities you can do at home, please consult your child's teacher or our reading coach, Mrs. Julie Smith.  You can reach Mrs. Smith at 803-425-8970, extension 7644.  We are excited to be your partner in creating great Bullpup Readers!

    There are no bones about it...when you read, you succeed!

    With Bullpup Pride,

    Mrs. Royalty, Principal

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  • PawPrint 1-20-17

    Posted by Renata Inabinet at 1/20/2017

    Dear Friends of Pine Tree Hill,

    It has been another great week of learning and growing at Pine Tree Hill.  Thank you to everyone that could make it to our awards day celebrations.  I am very proud of the progress our Bullpups are making!

    As you know, we are asking parents to read at least 20 minutes a night with their student.  We are also asking you to join us in ensuring your Bullpup has memorized their basic math facts.  K-2 grade work on addition and subtraction facts and our 3-5 students need to work on their multiplication and division facts!  

    Practicing math facts can be very boring and a terrible part of homework for both children and parents. BUT, we all know how important it is for students to memorize their math facts.  Unfortunately, most children don't want to practice them and it ends up being a battle for all involved!

    The SC Common Core states all 2nd graders must "Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies. By end of Grade 2, know from memory all sums of two one-digit numbers." (2.OA.2)  And all 3rd graders must "Fluently multiply and divide within 100, using strategies such as the relationship between multiplication and division (e.g., knowing that 8 × 5 = 40, one knows 40 ÷ 5 = 8) or properties of operations. By the end of Grade 3, know from memory all products of two one-digit numbers."(3.OA.7)  So, all incoming 4th graders will presumably have memorized all addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts.  This is an example of how rigorous the new SC Common Core is!

    Moving away from traditional flash cards is a good way to make math facts more fun.  Below are 5 strategies for helping your children memorize their math facts without using flash cards. (Adapted from Parent & Child Magazine)

    •  Colored Dice- Pick up a bag of colored dice at a local bookstore or pharmacy.  Students roll the dice and either add or multiply the two numbers to practice their facts.  This is an easy game for them to do while you are making dinner or even sitting at a restaurant.  You can play against each other and keep score of who has the greatest sum or product.  As your kids get older, you can incorporate different colors to mean different operations.  For example: choose 2 red dice and 1 white:  Roll all 3 dice, add the 2 red dice, and then multiply by the white die.  This increases children's flexibility with numbers and speed as well.  I always keep dice in my purse in case we are stuck waiting somewhere!  


    •    Math War- Using either a deck of playing cards or a deck you've made out of index cards, play "war" to practice facts.  Split the cards between the two players.  Turn over the top two cards – you can either add, subtract (keeping positive answers), or multiply the two cards to see who wins.  The winner takes all 4 cards, and you play again just like the traditional card game of war.  Whoever has the most cards at the end wins!  All students love this game!  Again, it's a very easy game to keep in the car or your purse so learning is always near.


    •  100 Chart- The 100 chart is an amazing tool to help build your children's number sense and allow them to use something concrete to memorize their facts.  They can use it as a visual tool when they need a point of reference or they can use it as a tactile tool by touching the numbers or using a game piece to count forwards and backwards.  For multiplication and division, have your children color in the multiples of each number so they can start to see patterns with the facts.  For example: to learn the facts of 6, color in 6, 12, 18, etc. so only the multiples of 6 are colored in. Your child will start to make a connection to the products of each fact instead of just memorizing random numbers. You can print one from online or ask your child's teacher for one.


    •  Triangle Facts- These are used as traditional flash cards, but they help to make the connection between all three numbers in the fact which is so important for the "memorizing" process.  Choose a fact, e.g., 6 + 3 = 9.  Place each number in the corner of the triangle with a star next to the answer (in this case, 9).  While holding the triangular card, cover one of the numbers with your finger so your child can only see 2 numbers, then have him/her find the missing number to complete the fact.  For extra practice, have your child write the 4 fact families for each card.  Students can practice on their own or you can quiz them.  Triangle facts are easy and fast!  You can buy them, make them yourself, or print them free online.  


    •  I Know Cards- This is a great way to help with the facts that your child gets stuck on every time!  There are always those tough facts that students just sometimes can't remember, so making "I know cards" will help them come up with a strategy for finding the answer.  For example: to help with 6 x 7 = 42, have your child write on an index card or piece of paper, "I know 6 x 6 is 36, so I add one more group of 6: 36 + 6 = 42, so 6x7=42".  Your child can use whatever strategy he or she likes but the focus is on what s/he already knows, not what s/he doesn't know.  You can hang the "I know cards" in their rooms or read through them weekly.  

    Together we can ensure our Bullpups are Reading and Math ready for all challenges!  Thank you for all you do to make PTH the best little elementary school in all of SC!

    With Bullpup Pride,

    Mrs. Royalty, Principal


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  • PawPrint 1-13-17

    Posted by Renata Inabinet at 1/13/2017

    Dear Friends Of Pine Tree Hill,

    We had another great week of learning and growing.  We are finally getting back into our routines since the holiday break.  This pawprint is about the importance of assisting your child in memorizing basic math facts.  We need to ensure our kids are memorizing their addition/subtraction ad multiplication'/division facts will be instrumental in guaranteeing your child's math success.  Memorizing the facts will assist your students in deepening their understanding of math concepts and will assist them on standardized tests.  There are many reasons, but the most important in my mind is this...

    1.  Math facts are important because they form the building blocks for higher-level math concepts.  When a child masters his/her math facts, these concepts will be significantly easier and the student will be better equipped to solve them faster.  If the child spends a lot of time doing the basic facts, he/she is more likely to be confused with the processes and get lost in their calculations.


    1.  In later elementary, students have longer and more complicated computations to complete to check their understanding of various concepts.  At this stage, if a student does not have his/her math facts committed to memory, he/she will spend a disproportionate amount of time figuring out the smaller calculations and risk not completing the test.


    1.  Through automaticity students free up their working memory and can devote it to problem solving and learning new concepts and skills (Geary, 1994).  Quite simply, a lack of fluency in basic math fact recall significantly hinders a child’s subsequent progress with problem-solving, algebra and higher-order math concept.

    Using flashcards and timed test are great ways to increase memory of math facts.  There are a host of online resources you can use.  

    Please let Mr. Bringer, Mrs. Horton (our math interventionist) or I know how we may assist you!  Thank you for all you do to make Pine Tree Hill the best little elementary school in SC!

    With Bullpup Pride,

    Mrs. Royalty, Principal

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  • PawPrint 1-6-17

    Posted by Renata Inabinet at 1/6/2017

    Dear Friends of Pine Tree Hill,


    We had another great week of learning at PTH!  Give your child lots of opportunities to read aloud. Inspire your reader to practice every day! The tips below offer some fun ways you can help your child become a happy and confident reader. Try a new tip each week. See what works best for your child.  

    Don't leave home without it

    Bring along a book or magazine any time your child has to wait, such as at a doctor's office. Always try to fit in reading!

    Once is not enough

    Encourage your child to re-read favorite books and poems.  Re-reading helps kids read more quickly and accurately.

    Dig deeper into the story

    Ask your child questions about the story you’ve just read.  Say something like, “Why do you think Clifford did that?”

    Be patient

    When your child is trying to sound out an unfamiliar word, give him or her time to do so.  Remind your child to look closely at the first letter or letters of the word.

    Pick books that are at the right level

    Help your child pick books that are not too difficult.  The aim is to give your child lots of successful reading experiences.

    I read to you, you read to me

    Take turns reading aloud at bedtime.  Kids enjoy this special time with their parents.

    Write, write, write!

    Ask your child to help you write out the grocery list, a thank you note to Grandma, or to keep a journal of special things that happen at home.  When writing encourage your child to use the letter and sound patterns he/she is learning at school.

    As always, Mr. Bringer, Winnie and I are here to support you and your child. Thank you for all you do in helping us be the best elementary school in SC!  

    With Bullpup Pride,

    Melissa Royalty, Principal

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  • PawPrint 12-16-16

    Posted by Renata Inabinet at 12/16/2016

    Dear Friends of PTH,

    We had an exciting week of learning and growing at Pine Tree Hill.  Thank you to everyone that came out to enjoy our annual Family Fun Night!  The drama team did an excellent job with the play, the violin class was amazing, Santa and the activities were absolutely wonderful. I want to thank Santa from the bottom of my heart for giving us a night out of his busy schedule! It was truly magnificent to see so many Bullpup Families last night!

    Christmas and New Year is a time for families to reflect on the year and all the things they are thankful for.  Mr. Bringer and I wanted to share that we are very thankful for our students, the PAWSome staff of PTH and the wonderful families that support us in ensuring good things are happening for children.  We are eternally grateful for each and everyone of you!

    As your children are enjoying their newest toys and spending time with family and friends, please take time to ensure they are reading 20 minutes a day over the break.  Your Bullpup received a reading log to document all the reading minutes they complete over the break.  Remember, if you can read you can do anything!  The gift of good reading habits is the richest of all gifts you can give your children!

    Mr. Bringer, Winnie and I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  

    With Bullpup Pride, 

    Mrs. Royalty, Principal

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  • PawPrint 12-9-16

    Posted by Renata Inabinet at 12/9/2016

    Dear Friends of PTH,

    We had another great week of learning and growing at Pine Tree Hill!  Thank you for all you do to make PTH the best little elementary school in all of SC!

    December is such a fun time for children.  The anticipation of Christmas, new toys and family fun truly electrifies our hallways!  As you know, we are working on inspiring our students to read at home at least 20 minutes a day.  We believe that the more minutes our students read the better readers they will become...and we all know that "If you can read, you can do anything!" Because the countdown to Christmas is an American tradition that many of you do with your children, I encourage you to do a "Reading Advent Calendar" this year.  Choose holiday themed books and put a sticky note on the top with the days til Christmas inscribed on it.  This is a good way to keep track of how many days until the holiday as well as inspire your child to read.  Remind them that each book they read gets them one day closer to Christmas!  

    As many of you know, Mrs. Beltz, our technology coach, is leaving us today.  She is moving to Ohio where her family lives.  Mrs. Beltz has been a true blessing to PTH and she will be greatly missed.  Although we are sad to see Mrs. Beltz leave, we completely understand.  We all know there is nothing more important than family.  Mrs. Beltz has been the editor of the Bullpup News for years.  We have won a number of awards for this publication and I cannot thank her enough for sharing all her many talents with PTH for the last 3 and 1/2 years.  The Bullpup Bulletin will continue with the help of Renata Inabinet.  Please join me in wishing Mrs. Beltz a fond farewell.

    As always, Mr. Bringer, Winnie and I are here to support you and your child.  Please let us know how we can be of help.

    With Bullpup Pride, 

    Mrs. Royalty, Principal

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  • PawPrint 12-2-16

    Posted by Renata Inabinet at 12/2/2016

    Dear Friends of PTH,

    We had another great week of learning and growing at Pine Tree Hill.  Thank you for all you do make sure our students are the best in all of SC!

    This time of year our students are very excited about the winter break, the holidays and the gifts and fun times that come with the holiday season.  I was reading an article from Scholastic Parents this week about the importance of teaching children the gift of giving and I wanted to share some of the great ideas with you!  

    The article stated...Charity is more than the act of giving to others, according to Carole Weisman, author of Raising Charitable Children. It's also a way for children to feel empowered in a world where bad things sometimes happen, like Hurricane Katrina. "Children get enormous peace of mind when they're able to do something [to help]," says Weisman. "Teaching your child to be charitable means he will grow up thinking of others." With the holiday season coming up, we thought it was a great time to talk about strategies that can help you raise a giving child, and easy ideas for helping the whole family practice the essential values of generosity and compassion.

    P&C: How can parents teach very young children the importance of giving back? Dr. Weisman: One thing parents can do is to start a family birthday tradition. In my family, we let each of our children choose a charity and made a donation in their name on their birthday. The donation is not in lieu of presents or anything else. It's an add-on. Sometimes it's difficult for a child to choose a charity. To help them, ask questions like, "What have you enjoyed in the last year?" "How would you like to change the world?" Or, "What bothered you in the past year?"

    P&C: At what age should I introduce my child to charitable giving? Dr. Weisman: About age 3. Sometimes, you see empathy begin to develop at 18 months when one toddler is hurt and another child reaches out to try and help. As soon as you see your child has the ability to reach out to someone else, you should involve him in charitable activities.

    P&C: What sort of charitable activities do you mean? Dr. Weisman: One of the things parents can do is include their children in whatever volunteerism or philanthropic efforts they're involved in. It doesn't matter if it's doing a walk for breast cancer awareness, or donating money to a non-profit. It's important that you explain what you are doing and why you are doing it. Even children as young as 3 can understand.

    P&C: How does a child's involvement in charitable giving change with age? Dr. Weisman: It changes drastically. What fascinates me is how sophisticated children are these days with the Internet. A 3 year old can make a cookie and an 8 year old can research which organizations will accept cookies as a donation. Kids are not just for envelope stuffing anymore.

    P&C: How will a parent know when their child has incorporated empathy and responsibility into his life? Dr. Weisman: A parent knows they are raising a charitable child when the child brings an issue or cause to the family as soon as they see an injustice. When your child starts thinking about what he or she (or the family!) can do to correct an injustice, you know you've raised your child to have a social conscience.

    As always, Mr. Bringer, Winnie and I are here to support you and your child.  Please let us know how we can be of help.  803-425-8970

    With Bullpup Pride, 

    Mrs. Royalty, Principal

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  • PawPrint 11-22-16

    Posted by Renata Inabinet at 11/22/2016

    Dear Friends of PTH,

    We had a fun and exciting short week at Pine Tree Hill!  We truly enjoyed our time with the Animal Ambassadors as they introduced us to some endangered animals like the Ball Boa Constrictor, Arctic Fox and a Joey Kangaroo.  Students were taught about the habitat of the animals, and they learned a little about the animals too!

    Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the things you are thankful for.  It is time to enjoy family and friends.  This holiday season I am eternally thankful for the parents, teachers and especially the students of Pine Tree Hill!  I absolutely love my Bullpup family!  

    During the break please remember to have your children read at least 20 minutes a night.  Daily reading is the best thing you can do to increase your child's achievement!  Happy Thanksgiving!

    With Bullpup Pride, 

    Mrs. Royalty, Principal

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