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    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 5/5/17

    Posted by Renata Inabinet at 5/5/2017

    Dear Friends of Pine Tree Hill,

    As many of you know, students will soon be taking end of year assessments required by the State of South Carolina. SC READY will be administered in grades 3-5, and will test students’ knowledge in reading, writing, and math. SC PASS will be administered in grades 4 & 5, and will cover science and social studies. As with last year, all testing with be completed online. Each school decides on the specific dates of testing and you can find Pine Tree Hill’s testing dates located in the Upcoming Events section.

    Parents can assist their children in doing their best by following these suggestions:

    • Please ensure that your child gets the appropriate amount of rest each night before testing. (8-10 hours is recommended.)
    • Please make sure that your child eats a healthy breakfast each morning.
    • Please make sure your child is to school on time each day. Students will not be admitted to their classroom after testing begins.
    • Please be sure to schedule appointments after testing ends (approximately 11:30 each day.) Students cannot be signed out until their classroom finishes testing.
    • Do encourage your child to listen closely to their teacher while directions are given.
    • Do encourage your child to stay calm, even if questions seem difficult.
    • Encourage your student to take their time and do their best work, especially when completing short answer questions.
    • Most importantly, encourage your child to do their best!

    If you have any additional questions about testing, please contact your child’s teacher or Mr. Bringer at either ernest.bringer@kcsdschools.net or 803-425-8970 ext. 7616.

    We thank all of our wonderful parents for their support as our Bullpups prepare to do their best!

    Sincerely,

    E.J. Bringer

    Assistant Principal

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  • PawPrint 4/28/17

    Posted by Renata Inabinet at 4/28/2017

    Dear Friends of Pine Tree Hill,

    We had another great week of learning and growing at Pine Tree Hill.  Last week a group of teachers and I traveled to Charleston, SC to attend the Action Based Learning conference.  During the conference we learned the importance of physical activity can play in high achievement.  When we got home I decided to do some research on my own.  Below are some of the interesting facts I learned...

    The CDC states, “…physical activity can have an impact on cognitive skills and attitudes and academic behavior, all of which are important components of improved academic performance. These include enhanced concentration and attention as well as improved classroom behavior.” - See more at:http://www.sparkpe.org/blog/how-physical-activity-affects-academic-performance/#sthash.hbJ1nsGr.dpuf

    Brain processes such as directing one’s attention, switching attention between tasks, and moving information from short- to long-term memory are necessary actions for learning. Recently, scientists have been examining the underlying brain functions that may explain some of the immediate and more gradual academic benefits of physical activity. ■ After walking on a treadmill for 20 minutes at a moderate pace, children responded to test questions (in the content areas of reading, spelling, and arithmetic) with greater accuracy, and had a more intense response within the brain, than children who had been sitting (see Figure 2). Further, children who walked for 20 minutes performed better on reading comprehension than those who sat for a similar length of time. Following physical activity, children also completed learning tasks faster and more accurately, and were more likely to read above their grade level.

    These two brain images, taken from the top of the head, represent the average amount of students’ neural activity during a test following sitting and walking for 20 minutes. The color blue represents lower neural activity, while the color red denotes higher brain activity in a given region. Image courtesy of Charles Hillman, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign After 20 minutes of sitting quietly After 20 minutes of walking.  See more at http://activelivingresearch.org/sites/default/files/ALR_Brief_ActiveEducation_Jan2015.pdf

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    It is evident to me that Pine Tree Hill needs to incorporate more physical activity into our daily routine.  I would encourage you to do some research on Action Based Learning or Kinesthetic Classroom to get ideas of what you can do at home to help build a brain that ready to learn.

    As always, Mr. Bringer, Winnie and I are here to support your child and you.  Please let us know how we can be of assistance.  Thank you for all you do to help make PTH the best little elementary school in all of SC!    

     

    With Bullpup Pride,

    Mrs. Royalty

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  • PawPrint 4/21/17

    Posted by Renata Inabinet at 4/21/2017

    Dear Friends of Pine Tree Hill,

    We hope that everyone had an enjoyable spring break! We are thrilled to have our students back at PTH as we are ready to make the most of the remaining school days.

    As many of you know, students will soon be taking end of year assessments required by the State of South Carolina. SC READY will be administered in grades 3-5, and will test students’ knowledge in reading, writing, and math. SC PASS will be administered in grades 4 & 5, and will cover science and social studies. As with last year, all testing with be completed online. Each school decides on the specific dates of testing and you can find Pine Tree Hill’s testing dates located in the Upcoming Events section.

    Parents can assist their children in doing their best by following these suggestions:

    • Please ensure that your child gets the appropriate amount of rest each night before testing. (8-10 hours is recommended.)
    • Please make sure that your child eats a healthy breakfast each morning.
    • Please make sure your child is to school on time each day. Students will not be admitted to their classroom after testing begins.
    • Please be sure to schedule appointments after testing ends (approximately 11:30 each day.) Students cannot be signed out until their classroom finishes testing.
    • Do encourage your child to listen closely to their teacher while directions are given.
    • Do encourage your child to stay calm, even if questions seem difficult.
    • Encourage your student to take their time and do their best work, especially when completing short answer questions.
    • Most importantly, encourage your child to do their best!

    If you have any additional questions about testing, please contact your child’s teacher or Mr. Bringer at either ernest.bringer@kcsdschools.net or 803-425-8970 ext. 7616.

    We thank all of our wonderful parents for their support as our Bullpups prepare to do their best!

    Sincerely, 

    E.J. Bringer

    Assistant Principal

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  • PawPrint 4/7/17

    Posted by Renata Inabinet at 4/7/2017
    Dear Friends of Pine Tree Hill,
     
    It was another great week of learning and growing at PTH.  I want to thank everyone that came out to support our wonderful talent show.  Kudos to all the performers, parents that helped put acts together and teachers that put so much into a fantastic program.  
     
    Spring break is next week for the KCDS Schools.  Below is a great article is adapted from YoExpert.com regarding activities that enhance learning during spring break.  
     
    Parents want their kids to have fun, too, but the most successful spring break for school-age children is one that balances fun and learning. Here are five fun and educational activities kids and parents can do together to make optimum use of this time. 
    Parents want their kids to have fun, too, but the most successful spring break for school-age children is one that balances fun and learning. Here are five fun and educational activities kids and parents can do together to make optimum use of this time. 

    1. Take a trip to your local library or bookstore.  Instill a love of reading in your elementary-age child by borrowing or purchasing a book that you can either read together or to each other. Kids love picture books, and there are thousands of them available that will make for a special moment between you and your child as you discover new stories together. For older elementary students who are reading chapter books, borrow or buy two copies so you can read it simultaneously, and discuss the story afterward.  There’s no better educational activity in existence than reading. Especially for kindergarten through third grade students whose educational foundations are being established. Reading research shows that if students possess any skill deficits at the end of 3rd grade, those problems will follow the student throughout remainder of their academic careers unless the deficits are specifically addressed. 
     
    2.  Visit a Museum.  Most cities have children's museum that have interactive exhibits specifically targeted for elementary aged children.  

    3.  Spend a day in the life.  Parents – actually adults in general – ask kids what they want to do or be when they grow up as soon they can string whole sentences together. A great way to give your child a real point of reference is to introduce them to people who actually work in the careers they’re interested in, and visit the respective environments. For example, if your child says they want to raise horses when they grow up, schedule a field trip to a horse ranch so they can experience what it’s really like to raise horses. 

    4. Practice your math facts. A great hands-on way for your child to practice their math facts without drilling or using flash cards is to have them be in charge of paying the fees one day. No, they don’t have to use their allowance, unless you choose, but give them the opportunity to pay for purchases. Have your child check receipts for totals, give the cashier the money and count the change. 

    5. Write about Spring Break.  Document your exciting and educational Spring Break by making a book with your child. You draw the illustrations, and have your child write the words – whatever words they want, since it’s not for school. Your kiddo will be tickled pink to see you coloring, and you’ll get to check out how well they communicate in written form. Learning to put complete thoughts on paper helps to solidify concepts in your mind. Writing helps you make sense of what you’ve taken in, and is a skill that every student should master to at least a basic level.

    Spring Break should be fun. But, you can double its benefits by including educational activities to do with your child during the time away from school.
     
    As always, Winnie, Mr. Bringer and I are here to support you and your child.  Please let us know how we can be of assistance!
     
    With Bullpup Pride,
    Mrs. Royalty, Principal
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  • PawPrint 3/31/17

    Posted by Renata Inabinet at 3/31/2017

    Dear Friends of Pine Tree Hill.

    We had another great week of learning and growing at PTH this week.  I came across a great article that I wanted to share with you.  This is a segment of an article entitled 7 Proven Ways to Motivate Children to do Better in School by Greer Middle School.  The information below is a great way to boost your child's motivation and morale when it comes to school.

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

     

    With Bullpup Pride,

    Mrs. Royalty, Principal

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  • PawPrint 3-24-17

    Posted by Renata Inabinet at 3/24/2017

    Dear Friends of PTH,

    We had another great week of learning and growing at Pine Tree Hill.  I was very pleased with the amount of parents that participated in our annual family reading night. Thank you to all that came out, and a special thank you to all the teachers that worked hard to make the night a huge success!

    I want to thank Mary Souto and Lularoe for sponsoring a fundraiser for PTH. I also want to thank the parents and staff that bought summer items to support this endeavor.  The donated proceeds will help to purchase items teachers want for their 21st Century classroom.  

    This time of year is tough - the days are longer and warmer and our kids are having daydreams of summer vacation.  To help spice up the learning, our intervention team has partnered with our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade teachers to create an academic field day.  Our students will play traditional games with an academic twist.  We hope this will be fun and engaging, as well as a great review before the SC Ready and SC PASS tests. Look for information to be sent home through Dojo.  

    To assist in keeping your students' skills sharp, we ask that you continue to read at least 30 minutes night with or to your child.  As we tell our students, the more you read, the more you succeed!  

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

    With Bullpup Pride,

    Mrs. Royalty, Principal



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  • PawPrint 3-17-17

    Posted by Renata Inabinet at 3/16/2017

    Dear Friends of PTH,

    It's been another great week of learning and growing at Pine Tree Hill!  I want to thank everyone that helped to make Thursday Night's Family Read Night a huge success!  The teachers had wonderful activities planned, and the PTO's delicious BBQ was a great treat.  A special thank you to all the parents and students that came out to enjoy the Kindergarten and 1st grade choral performance and the grade level games.  Reading is FUNdamental to your students' success!

    We have finished most of our MAP testing.  I highly encourage you to make an appointment with your child's teacher to go over the test data.  I was impressed with the amount of growth I see in every grade level.  The teachers have done a fabulous job teaching, the students have been learning, and our parents have been supporting!  This is the perfect combination for students to be successful!

    I have been sending reminders about the importance of reading at least 20 minutes a night with your child.  I feel it is vitally important to your child's academic success to read with an adult on a regular basis.  Reading to and with your child is the #1 thing you can do to ensure growth.  As we always say at Pine Tree Hill, "If you can read, you can do anything!" We thank you for your help!

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

    With Bullpup Pride,

    Mrs. Royalty, Principal

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  • PawPrint 3-10-17

    Posted by Renata Inabinet at 3/10/2017

    Dear Friends of PTH,

    We have had another great week of learning and growing at Pine Tree Hill this week!  Your students have been taking MAP tests and I have been IMPRESSED with the scores!  Wow, our kids learned a lot this year!  Please give a hug to your child for giving us 100%, and give a high 5 to your child's teacher for being some PAWSome this year!  

    I want to congratulate both Mrs. Mayo (2nd grade teacher) and Ms. Holcombe (art teacher) for having a wonderful 1st year as a teacher!  Both of these fabulous teachers are finalist for Induction Teacher of the Year for the Kershaw County School District!  Please congratulate Ms. Holcombe and Mrs. Mayo if you see them!

    Next week we will have our Family Fun Reading Night.  Please plan to join us on Thursday from 6 - 7:30 p.m.   Our great PTO will have BBQ plates for sale.  

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

    With Bullpup Pride,

    Mrs. Royalty

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  • PawPrint 3/3/17

    Posted by Renata Inabinet at 3/3/2017 8:00:00 AM

    Dear Friends of Pine Tree Hill,

    Thank you to all that attended our annual African-American Wax Museum Exhibition on Tuesday night.  The projects were incredible!  Our students and teachers out did themselves this year!  

    In the next couple of weeks, your child will take tests called Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®). We give students MAP tests to determine your child’s instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year in the areas of Reading and Math for all students in grades K-5 and Language in grades 2-5.  

    MAP tests are unique in that they adapt to be appropriate for your child’s level of learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing.  You will receive a copy of your child's individual testing report that will show your child’s growth.  Please talk with your child about the importance of doing their very best on the test.

    For more information on resources for parents, download the Parent's Toolkit at https://www.nwea.org/resource/audience/parents/.

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

    With Bullpup Pride,

    Melissa Royalty, Principal

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  • PawPrint 2-24-17

    Posted by Renata Inabinet at 2/24/2017

    Dear Friends of Pine Tree Hill,

    We had another great week of learning and growing at PTH!  A special thank you to Preston Thorne and Langston Moore, authors of #JustaChicken, for coming to PTH to school the Bullpups of the importance of reading.  Preston and Langston did a great job of reminding our Bullpups of all the great reading and writing skills they need to be successful!  

    To continue our quest to be great readers, we need our Bullpups to read at least 20 minutes a night.  Please assist us by reading to and with your child every evening!  As my friend, Dr. Seuss said, "The more you read, the more you know, the more you know the more places you’ll go!"

    We will have our annual Wax Museum exhibit on February 28 from 6-7:30.  Our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students will be showing what they learned about the African-American heroes of history.  Please join us if you can!

    We will also have our annual Family Reading Night on March 16 from 6-7:30.  We will have family reading activities, and BBQ dinners that can be purchased.  

    As always, Winnie, Mr. Bringer and I are here to support you and your child.  Please let us know how we may assist you!

    Thank you for all you do to make PTH the best elementary school in all of SC!

    Keep Reading!

     

    Mrs. Royalty, Principal

     

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