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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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    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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  • PawPrint 10/20/17

    Posted by Renata Inabinet at 10/20/2017 8:00:00 AM

    Dear Friends of Pine Tree Hill,

    It was another great week of learning and growing at PTH!  I want to thank all the parents that took time out of their day/evening to meet with our teachers.  It is so important to have open lines of communication between home and school.  

    The first 9 weeks is officially over.  Your child will receive their report card on Thursday, October 26.  Please take a moment to sit down with your child and go over their grades.  Help them to set goals for the 2nd 9 weeks.  Help them to make a plan to reach the goals. The process of setting goals allows students to choose where they want to go in school and what they want to achieve. By knowing what they want to achieve, they know what they have to concentrate on and improve. Goal setting gives students long-term vision and short-term motivation.

    I want to thank everyone that participated in our PTO fundraiser!  We are thankful for such a wonderful and giving community.

    Don't forget that Oct 19 and Oct 22 are student holidays.  We will see everyone on Oct 23!

    As always, Winnie, Ms. Jordan and I are here to support you and your child.  Let us know how we may be of assistance.

     

    With Bullpup Pride,

    Mrs. Royalty, Principal

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  • PawPrint 10/13/17

    Posted by Renata Inabinet at 10/13/2017 8:00:00 AM

    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 the Fall Festival.  It was really nice to see so many families to support our school, and enjoy an evening of family fun!

    I can hardly believe that the first 9 weeks ends next week on the on the 19th of October.  Our Bullpups have worked hard this quarter, and they have learned so much!  Teachers will conduct parent/teacher conferences on Thursday evening and Friday morning (Oct 19 and 20).  There will be no school on October 20 so we can host the conferences.  We will also not have school on October 23 as it is a professional development day.  Our teachers will learn more about best practices in reading instruction, Kagan strategies and Action Based Learning.  

    I am so proud of the Bullpups that dedicate themselves to 20 minutes of reading a day.  The reading minutes are starting to grow, and we are seeing great growth too!  Please encourage your child to practice their reading at home daily.  It is the #1 activity that assists students in growing academically! 

    As always, Ms. Jordan, Winnie and I are here to support your Bullpup.  Let us know how we may be of assistance!

     

    With Bullpup Pride,

    Mrs. Royalty, Principal  



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  • PawPrint 10/6/17

    Posted by Renata Inabinet at 10/6/2017 8:00:00 AM

    Dear Friends of PTH,

     It was another great week of learning and growing at Pine Tree Hill.  I am amazed at the wonderful things our students are doing in the classroom.  I encourage you to stop in and check out the high levels of learning that are taking place!  Way to go, Bullpups!

     This week our students voted for student council representatives.  Our 5th grade students are given the opportunity to speak for the student body and our 4th graders assist us in getting information for decision making.  They advise the council.  I am excited and proud to announce the student council reps for the 17-18 school year:

    • President- Cade Marturano
    • Vice President- Jordan Crim
    • Secretary-Madison Stokes
    • Treasurer-Kayla King
    • Historian-Madelynn Henderson

    Our 4th grade advisors to the council will be:

    • Advisor to President- Ayden Black
    • Advisor to Vice President- EmmaGrace Pierce
    • Advisor to Secretary- Brylee Watkins
    • Advisor to Treasurer-Kendal Wright
    • Advisor to Historian-Sarah Artz

     Congratulations to all students that ran in the race. I am very proud of all the students that ran.  It takes a servant's heart to be willing to take on such a role.   

     Please remember that we will host a Family Fall Festival next Thursday from 5-7 p.m.  We hope you and your family will join us for an evening good family fun!  This event will help raise money that teachers will use to purchase items they need in the classroom.

     As always, Winnie, Ms. Jordan and I are here to support you and your Bullpup.  Please let us know how we may be of assistance!

     

    With Bullpup Pride,

    Mrs. Royalty, Principal

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  • PawPrint 9/29/17

    Posted by Renata Inabinet at 9/29/2017 8:00:00 AM

    Dear Parents and Friends of Pine Tree Hill,

     The Bullpups have another great week of learning and growing!  I want to congratulate the students and staff on all their hard work!  

     At PTH the staff has decided assist students in being proud of their work, to have student autonomy.  We want our students to learn for the sake of learning; we want them to take ownership of keeping themselves on track.  We are always here to assist, but we believe a student that learns for him/herself will be a life long learner and will always be able to accomplish their goals.  Some things we are doing at school are: helping students track their growth, keeping a data notebook, setting goals for tests, and making a list of things they promise themselves they will do so they can grow academically.  We are also helping them to set personal goals and helping them find ways to accomplish those goals too!

     I read an article regarding 6 tips for raising a self-motivated learner on sugarandspiceandglitter.com, and wanted to share some of the ideas they presented.  These are things parents can do to assist their children in building internal motivation.  

    1.  You love them unconditionally.Children who feel secure and loved in their primary relationship don’t feel the need to achieve or “be good at something” in order to be loved. Anything that they drive themselves to do comes from an empowered and whole self.
    2. Create opportunities for children to feel successful.This is why I love practical life activities. If you present a child with a developmentally-appropriate practical life activity – anything from pouring water to hammering a nail – they are given an opportunity to fine tune a skill and feel a sense of accomplishment. (And practical life activities tend to be an area where all children can succeed with a bit of focus and determination in just a few attempts.)
    3. Make the work fun! Even if the work is intrinsically not fun, adopt a fun attitude towards the work.
    4. Encourage children to be reflective of their work. Ask them about their work – listen to them and encourage them to figure out solutions to any roadblocks:
    • How did you feel about your work?
    • Can you tell me about your work?
    • What did you like about your work?
    • What was your favourite part?
    • What was hard about this work?
    1. Reward appropriately. Of course, reward your child when warranted and allow them to enjoy rewards that they have earned.
    2. Encourage children to adjust their focus. Some children are already in the “external motivation” mindset, and in those cases it is good to encourage them to refocus. You want to encourage your child to be motivated for the “right reasons.”

    With Bullpup Pride (and reading power),

    Mrs. Royalty, Principal

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  • PawPrint 9/22/17

    Posted by Renata Inabinet at 9/29/2017 8:00:00 AM

    Dear Friends of PTH,

    Thank you for another great week of learning and growing at Pine Tree Hill Elementary School!  I want to thank all that attended our Grandparent's Breakfast as well as those that bought books at our bookfair.

    In this week's PAWprint, I would like to focus on the importance of reading at home.  I am a mom of four and grandma of five.  I know how difficult it can be to work everything into your afternoon schedule.  Between dance, ball practice, scouts and church, sometimes it is difficult to find time to work on school work at home.  This is why the teachers at PTH try to assign very little homework.  We have your children to work hard all day, and understand they have lots of activities in the afternoon.  We try to give the minimum when it comes to homework (no more than 10 minutes per grade level - for example: A 3 grader is assigned homework that will take no more than 30 minutes.)  In addition to homework that is assigned, we ask that our Bullpups read a minimum of 20 minutes a day to or with an adult.  Sometimes that is hard to work into a schedule, but I promise it worth the effort.  The academic gains your child will enjoy far outweighs the difficulties of getting it done.  Signing the reading logs are important too!  This shows support to our efforts, and hopefully assists us in communicating the importance of reading to your child.  

    Here are some ideas to make reading at night fun:

    1.  Read a novel that the entire family can enjoy.  Take turns reading to one another.  Use character voices and ask questions like, "What do predict will happen next?"
    2.  Use character voices when reading to your child.  This will assist them with visualization and may add to their comprehension.  The story becomes much more exciting when characters have voices.
    3.  Have your child read to you while you are making dinner, or packing lunches.  This is a great way to save time!  
    4.  Commute time is reading time!  Have your child to read to you while you are driving them to and from school as well as to and from afternoon activities.
    5.  Enlist other family members to help!  Have older brothers and sister, aunts, and grandparents to help with reading time.  Anyone can sign the reading log!

    Thank you for your diligence in ensuring your Bullpup is a great reader!  If you have questions or need more ideas of ways to get your child reading, call our reading coach, Julie Smith! Mrs. Smith can be reached at 803-425-8970, extension 7644.

    Thank you for all you do to make us the best little elementary school in all of South Carolina!

     

    With Bullpup Pride (and reading power),

    Mrs. Royalty, Principal

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  • PawPrint 9/15/17

    Posted by Renata Inabinet at 9/15/2017

    Dear Friends of Pine Tree Hill,

     We had another great week of learning and growing!  I want to thank all the grandparents that joined us this week for grandparent's breakfast, and then visited our Book Fair!  We are thankful your partnership in creating great students and citizens of our world!  

     Book Fair is an exciting time at school...it is the time when students purchase books of their choice! Students are more likely to read books that are centered around their interests. Reading is key to your child's success!

     Many times parents ask me what they can do to assist their children in being great students, and my answer is always the same - just read!  Reading with and to your child is the single most effective way to create a great student.  Reading books aloud to children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world. It helps them develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the written word. Even after children learn to read by themselves, it's still important for you to read aloud together. Please take the reading challenge and dedicate at least 20 minutes a day to reading with your children.  Not only will you see your child's reading abilities increase, you will be spending quality time with you child!  All children love to be read to! As we always say, "Readers Become Leaders!"

     We have three options for borrowing books at Pine Tree Hill - we have the Bullpup Media Center where students can check out books, the Read Box in the center of the school, and the Little Lending Library in front of the school.  Both the Read Box and Little Lending Library are "on your honor" checkout systems.  The Little Lending Library is open everyday!

     If you would like more information on how to create a good reader, please talk with your child's reading teacher, or Mrs. Julie Smith, our Reading Coach.  They are excellent resources to help you create great readers!

     As always, Ms. Jordan, Winnie and I are here to support you and your Bullpup.  Please let us know how we may be of assistance!  Happy reading!

     

    With Bullpup Pride,

    Mrs. Royalty, Principal

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  • PawPrint 9/8/17

    Posted by Renata Inabinet at 9/8/2017

    Dear Friends of Pine Tree Hill,

     Thank you for another wonderful week of learning and growing.  I recently read an article about the top 10 tips for a great school year and wanted to share some of the information with you.  

    (Adapted from mlive.com)

    1. Send kids to school rested and ready. You can't underestimate the importance of  three healthy meals a day and eight hours of sleep a night. To help on the sleep issue, don't allow the kids to have a television in their bedroom and take possession of cell phones and laptops at bedtime. Children that are sleep deprived get lower grades and have more behavior issues.
    2. Be clear about academic and behavioral expectations. Don't be afraid to push a child to get As and Bs. In addition to conveying expectations to your children, let teachers know that you expect them to enforce high standards.
    3. Now is the time to set rules for homework. A pointed conversation about time management is especially important for children with a busy schedule of after school activities. Children are most likely to follow a homework schedule they help establish, with the clear understanding that there will be parental intervention if the work doesn't get done.
    4. Give teachers a heads-up on children's personality quirks, and their strengths and weaknesses. It's good for teachers to know, for instance, that a child loves math but hates writing; has a special talent in music or sports, or has Attention Deficit Disorder.
    5. Encourage your child to participate in extracurricular activities. These experiences can be invaluable on multiple levels. It's a great way for children to develop their talents and interests, build confidence, experience success, meet like-minded friends and feel more connected to the school. It's also a perfect way to develop "soft skills" such as self-discipline, perseverance and teamwork.
    6. Have your children set goals for the school year. Setting goals helps children think about what they wanted to achieve -- such as getting a lead in the school musical -- or issues that needed to be addressed -- such as handing in homework on time. Incidentally, research says goal-setting is most effective when it involves self-improvement versus competing against others -- i.e. improving one's time in cross country versus placing first in every race. The first tends to generate more pride and satisfaction, while the second can fuel frustration.
    7. When a child has a setback in school -- a poor grade or report card, for instance, or is disciplined for a behavior issue -- help them move forward in a positive way. Let them know that some of the best life lessons come from failure, and the ability to handle failure well is a truly important skill.
    8. Join the PTO or another school organization, such as Band Boosters. It shows your children that you value school and education. It connects you with a parent network that can provide invaluable inside information about how to navigate the system. I
    9. Look for ways to make learning fun. Let a child show off his newfound knowledge, and maybe find ways for him to practice their skills at home. Also, if a child gets fascinated by a subject, such as dinosaurs or weather, encourage  his or her enthusiasm -- perhaps find books or movies on the subject.
    10. Give your children the gift of time. Ask your kids about their day. Read them a bedtime story, or have the child read to you. Parental attention and enthusiasm goes a long way, and praise is not only free but enormously effective.
    11. Have a great weekend!

      With Bullpup Pride,

      Mrs. Royalty
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  • PawPrint 9/1/17

    Posted by Renata Inabinet at 9/1/2017

    Dear Friends of Pine Tree Hill,

    I hope you are enjoying a wonderful summer. I also hope you are relaxed, recharged and ready to dig into our new school year. I am so delighted that you are part of our amazing learning community. I welcome and value your positive energy and dedication to excellence in education, and I look forward to working with you and your children through this year.

    All signs point to another incredible and productive school year. Our skilled and devoted staff is already planning and preparing for your child(ren). Our enthusiastic office team have worked hard to ensure all families are registered and all files are up to date.  Our hard working and conscientious custodians have spent the entire summer thoroughly cleaning the facility. And, our much-appreciated PTO is gearing up to welcome families, provide volunteer opportunities, and offer other exciting events and programs. We are indeed a joyous and caring community with the common goals of nurturing responsible, caring students and promoting high-level learning.

    New Staff- Each year brings positive change. This includes a few additions to our staff. We are delighted to welcome Asheland Price to 2nd grade, Meredith Floyd to 3rd grade, and Linda Branham, Diana Kingsbury, and Crystal Bradley to 5th grade, Amanda Riendeau to special services and Coach Jimmy Neal (Coach J) as our new PE Teacher.  If you see them, please extend a Bullpup thanks for being part of our wonderful team!

    Academic Focus - Our focus is once again on student excellence!  We have decided that we will incorporate Action Based Learning (ABL) as much as possible when teaching new concepts and also for reviewing.  We encourage you to get to know about ABL by watching a quick video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFmq8pNXx9s.  It will help you understand the changes you will see in our classrooms.  

    Thank you so much for being positive with your child about school.  Your positively will go a long way to create a great school year.  Last, but certainly not least, please dedicate at least 20 minutes a night to reading to and with your children! Reading 20 minutes a day will set your child up for academic success!

     

    With Bullpup Pride,

    Melissa Royalty, Principal

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  • 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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