Highlighting Bright Spots of Distance Learning

  • Pinewood Elementary Celebrated Earth Day 2020 by taking a break from learning online.  Click here to see the fun ways they captured the celebration.  

    Fourth Grade Virtual Field Trip Day - May 12.  Are you ready to travel around the United States?  and even around the World?  Click here to find a seat and buckle your seatbelt, you are in for an adventure!

    Specialist Field Day - May 20.  Click here to enjoy the fun as Pinewood shares the activities used for Field Day!  

  • May Calendar for Pinewood Elementary
  • Parent Update May 22, 2020

    Posted by Linda Borgerding on 5/22/2020 11:40:00 AM

    Dear Pinewood Families,

    We hope you have had a great week. All of us at Pinewood appreciate your determination, support, and understanding during this difficult time.

    Field Day: The students at Pinewood did a fantastic job participating in the Specialist Field Day on Wednesday, May 20.  Grade level winners are:

    • First Grade – Mrs. Berning’s Classroom
    • Second Grade – Mrs. Hill’s Classroom
    • Third Grade – Mrs. Godfrey’s Classroom
    • Fourth Grade – Mrs. Woolsey’s Classroom
    • Fifth Grade – Mrs. Welle’s Classroom

    And

    • Overall Pinewood Field Day Champs are . . . Mrs. Mitchell’s Classroom!

    Congratulations to all the participants!!  Here is the Field Day Video that recaps the day activities.

    End-of-Year Parade: Our big news today is that we have planned a safe way to say “goodbye and have a great summer” to all of our families. On Tuesday, June 2 from 5:00-7:00 pm, the staff at Pinewood will be set up around the perimeter of Pinewood for an end-of-the-year parade. The staff will be waving and cheering from the sidewalk as families drive from the bus loading area, around the loading dock, past the front of Pinewood.  Below are a few details that will help us have fun and stay safe during this exciting event.

    • Families should not get out of their vehicle at any time
    • No gifts or materials can be exchanged
    • Students and families are encouraged to make signs and decorate vehicles
    • Families are encouraged to attend together. Hoglund Transportation has agreed to provide a ride through the parade for any families in need. If you would like to know more about the pick-up service from Hoglund’s, please contact Mrs. Borgerding.
    • We will be here...rain or shine!
    • Each grade level at PWE has a color theme, and we invite you to join in the fun!
      • 1st Grade: Yellow
      • 2nd Grade: Purple
      • 3rd Grade: Orange
      • 4th Grade: Pink
      • 5th Grade: Green
      • Specialists, Special Services, and other Staff: Blue
    • More details and reminders will be included with our communication next week

    Reminders

    • Monday, May 25 – No Distance Learning – Memorial Day
    • Week of May 25 – 29 our theme will be Outdoors/Father’s Day
    • Wednesday, May 27 – Virtual Tour of the Middle School for our fifth grade students
    • Thursday, May 28 – Beach/Flip Flop Day

    Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend! As always, please let us know if there is anything you might need. Take care!

    Linda Borgerding | Principal

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  • Parent Update May 14, 2020

    Posted by Linda Borgerding on 5/14/2020 4:50:00 PM

    Dear Pinewood Families,

    I’m so excited about the weather change!  Though working from home has its pros and cons, having the sun shine through the window makes everything more bearable.

    I have two items I would like you to complete:

    • Monticello School District Annual Update: The Monticello School District Annual Update for All Families for the 2020-2021 School Year will be active until June 5.  Completing the annual update in a timely manner assures that Monticello has the most current and updated information for the education, health and safety of your child while attending school.
      • The annual update process is open for all families to update student information, household information and demographic updates/changes using your parent portal account by June 5. The annual update process replaces the paperwork you may have completed in the past.  
      • The parent portal account can be accessed by logging into our Infinite Campus Parent Portal Accountand choosing "More", then choose "Online Registration".  The annual update must be completed by the parent/guardian of the primary household. 
      • If you do not currently have a Parent Portal account please contact parentportal@monticello.k12.mn.usto obtain information to create a new account. 
      • If you have forgotten your username or password for your portal account please login to the Infinite Campus Parent Portal Account link above and choose Campus Parent, Forgot Password.  
    • Online School Supply Store: Though we don’t know what the fall will bring, I am hoping students and staff will be back together in the building at some point.  Pinewood PTO has put together on Online School Supply Store order for families to order supplies for the next school year online.  Even if we continue Distance Learning in the fall, some of these items would be great to have at home too.  Similar to last year, orders can be placed online until June 30th.  The company will mail orders to the school middle/end of August.  Depending on the guidance at this time of year, PTO and the school will figure out how to distribute them.

    Reminders:

    • May 20 – Rainbow Day – dress in rainbow colors
    • May 20 – Specialist Field Day is scheduled for May 20 (May 21 is the make-up day if inclement weather). There will be a check-in activity for classroom teachers.  The rest of the day will be spent on Field Day Activities.  More information will be shared in Seesaw on Monday, May 18.
    • May 25 – No School (No Distance Learning) Happy Memorial Day!

    Grading:  The elementary administrative staff has researched the grading process, with input from several other districts. After much time, research, and dialogue, we have decided not to post grades for the 4th quarter. This does not take away from the importance of our distance learning program through May. We want our students to continue to learn, receive valuable teacher feedback, and be ready for their next grade in the fall. Attendance will continue to be a requirement through the end of the school year. Because there is no equitable means of assessing student learning, we felt that grades would not be useful or meaningful for the 4th quarter. Feedback about student progress is available for parents and students in Seesaw.  As always, if you have any concerns or questions about your child’s progress, please contact the teacher.

    Have a wonderful Friday and weekend,

    Linda Borgerding | Principal

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  • Parent Update May 7, 2020

    Posted by Linda Borgerding on 5/7/2020 12:40:00 PM

    Dear Pinewood Families,

    Thank you for picking up the student materials this week.   As of noon, 95% of items have been picked up.  In addition, we enjoyed seeing the Fifth Grade Students ‘Ring the Bell’ on Wednesday. It was wonderful that we could keep that tradition for our outgoing fifth graders.

    Reminders:

    • Friday, May 8 (and all Fridays in May) will be a Check in/Catch Up Day. Classroom teachers will be providing one check-in activity for students.  The rest of the day will be filled with Google Meets, catching up and one-on-one meetings as needed.  Students will still need to complete Specials (Art, Media, Music & Phy Ed) assigned for the day.
    • Monday, May 11 will be Minnesota Day – we invite all students, staff and families to dress in MN apparel such as MN sport teams, buffalo plaid, hunting/fishing, lakes, camo etc.
    • Tuesday, May 12 will be a Virtual Field Trip Day. Grade levels will assign a virtual field trip for the students to participate in for the day’s activity.  Students will still need to complete Specials (Art, Media, Music & Phy Ed) assigned for the day.
    • Friday, May 15 will be a repeat of May 8.
    • Click on this link to see the Calendar For May in the Pinewood Press
    • Monday, May 25 – No School (No Distance Learning) Memorial Day

    Yearbook Update

    Lifetouch has informed us that production of Yearbooks has slowed due to following COVID-19 safety protocols.  The company is hoping to get the books to us by the end of the school year.  We will let you know what the plan is for distribution once the books arrive at Pinewood.

    Additional School Items Found at Home

    The office will have a box in the foyer of Door 4 (main door) that school items found at home can be placed.  At this time, we are still missing @ 300 library books and would like them returned.  If you find any teacher’s classroom library books, textbooks or any other items from school, please drop those items off too.  The foyer will be open from 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Mondays – Fridays.

    This will be my last update for the week. Have a great end of the week!!

    Linda Borgerding | Principal

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  • Parent Update May 1, 2020

    Posted by Linda Borgerding on 5/1/2020 4:35:00 PM

    Dear Pinewood Families,

    As I look out my office window, it is bright and sunny.  I have to share with you that I had tears in my eyes this morning when I drove into the Pinewood parking lot and saw all the cars in the parking lot.  Many teachers and paras were in the building, practicing social distancing and safety protocols, as they packed up student materials, planned for Distance Learning and closed up their classrooms for the 2019-2020 school year.  The classrooms felt very empty without our students here.  We miss our students.

    Earth Day Slideshow

    As promised, here the Earth Day Slideshow focusing on the Earth Day projects and activities completed on April 22.

    Distance Learning

    As the calendar rolls over into May, we are going to keep the Distance Learning routines and activities that are working, tweak some items and let go of others.  Here are some of the highlights for May. More information will be coming next week.

    • Refresh Seesaw – Students should refresh “device or browser” each day before they start to complete their work in Seesaw.  Some students have not been getting notifications if they do not refresh, and then are overwhelmed when it finally all loads and they realize that they have 15 things to do. 
    • Fridays will have a new look – Fridays in May will change to a check-in and catch-up day for students, families and teachers. Students will need to complete one check-in activity and specials activity in Seesaw on Friday.  The rest of Friday will be time for teachers to set up Google Meet (online video conference) with students or provide 1-on-1 support to students as needed.  I will also provide optional activities families can complete on Fridays that do not have to be completed in Seesaw or shared with teachers.
    • Additional Days like Earth Day – we have added a day for students to take a virtual field trip, another day where students will complete field day activities and two weeks based on themes.
    • Week of May 4 our theme will be Kindness and Mother’s Day.

    Student Materials Pickup (repeat)

    We have scheduled three windows for families to pick up school supplies/student materials next week.

    • For Pinewood:
      • May 5 
        • 12 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. will be for families with the last name beginning with A-M.
        • 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. will be for families with the last name beginning with N-Z.
      • May 6
        • 12 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. will be for families with the last name beginning with N-Z.
        • 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. will be for families with the last name beginning with A-M.
      • May 7
        • Families can come anytime between 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Families will pull into the drop-off lane (Safety Zone in the front of the building) where a staff member will greet them. After giving the staff member your student(s) name, grade, and teacher’s name, we will call inside to have your student’s belongings brought out to your car. Families will not need to exit their cars, and we will do our best to keep contact to a minimum as we practice social distancing during this process. This is also the best time to return library books to school, classroom books or other classroom materials. It would be helpful if families could put any materials returned to school in a baggie or bag and label the bag with Student Name and Teacher Name.  Over the counter medications and inhalers will be included with the students’ materials. Any other medications will be signed out from the school nurse who will be available during all of the supply pick up windows. 

    For our fifth graders and families: Ring the Bell (repeat)

    On May 6 during pick-up of student materials from 12-6 p.m., we are going to offer the opportunity for each fifth grader to “ring the bell”.  This is a tradition for fifth graders at Pinewood, usually on the last day of school.  Since we will not be able to do that this year, we have come up with another plan.  The fifth grade teachers will be outside of school from 12-6 on May 6. When your car pulls up to the curb, if your fifth grader would like to participate, the student should exit the car and walk towards the bell stationed outside the front doors of the building.  A teacher will hand each fifth grader a pair of gloves, the fifth grader will wait in line 6 feet apart from other students and then ring the bell.  A picture will be taken of each student and shared with the family.  Gloves will be taken off and disposed of in a bin. The fifth grader will return to the car.  We ask other family members to wait in the car.  You can also complete pick-up for student materials in any grade.  Please try to follow the pick-up schedule for the day.  This is an optional activity.

     Have a great weekend,

    Linda Borgerding | Pinewood Principal

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  • Materials Pick-up Parent Communication

    Posted by Linda Borgerding on 4/29/2020 12:40:00 PM

    Hello, Pinewood Families! 

    Governor Walz made the announcement last week that we will not be returning to school this year. While this is extremely sad news for our students, families, and staff, we want to make our distance learning program the best for all students. There will be no distance learning activities this Friday (May 1st) or next Monday (May 4th). Our teachers will be using that time to plan for the month of May. 

    Another task for our staff this week is to prepare student materials for pick up. We have scheduled 3 windows for families to pick up school supplies/student materials next week.

    • For Pinewood:
      • May 5 
        • 12 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. will be for families with the last name beginning with A-M.
        • 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. will be for families with the last name beginning with N-Z.
      • May 6
        • 12 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. will be for families with the last name beginning with N-Z.
        • 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. will be for families with the last name beginning with A-M.
      • May 7
        • Families can come anytime between 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Families will pull into the drop-off lane (Safety Zone in the front of the building) where they will be greeted by a staff member. After giving the staff member your student(s) name, grade, and teacher’s name, we will call inside to have your student’s belongings brought out to your car. Families will not need to exit their cars, and we will do our best to keep contact to a minimum as we practice social distancing during this process. This is also the best time to return library books to school, classroom books or other classroom materials. It would be helpful if families could put any materials returned to school in a baggie or bag and label the bag with Student Name and Teacher Name.  Over the counter medications and inhalers will be included with the students’ materials. Any other medications will be signed out from the school nurse who will be available during all of the supply pick up windows. 

    For our fifth graders and families:  On May 6 during pick-up of student materials from 12-6 p.m., we are going to offer the opportunity for each fifth grader to “ring the bell”.  This is a tradition for fifth graders at Pinewood, usually on the last day of school.  Since we will not be able to do that this year, we have come up with another plan.  The fifth grade teachers will be outside of school from 12-6 on May 6. When your car pulls up to the curb, if your fifth grader would like to participate, the student should exit the car and walk towards the bell stationed outside the front doors of the building.  A teacher will hand each fifth grader a pair of gloves, the fifth grader will wait in line 6 feet apart from other students and then ring the bell.  A picture will be taken of each student and shared with the family.  Gloves will be taken off and disposed of in a bin. The fifth grader will return to the car.  We ask other family members to wait in the car.  You can also complete pick-up for student materials in any grade.  Please try to follow the pick-up schedule for the day.  This is an optional activity.

    Thank you for your continued support. If you have any questions, please contact your classroom teacher or the Pinewood office. 

    Linda Borgerding| Pinewood Principal

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  • Parent Update April 24, 2020

    Posted by Linda Borgerding on 4/24/2020 4:30:00 PM

    Dear Pinewood Families,

    Thank you for your participation with the Earth Day activities on Wednesday.  From the information shared with me, it looks like everyone enjoyed the warm weather and used their creative skills that day.  We are putting together a slide show with pictures from all grade levels from that day.  I will share it with you when it is finished.

    Distance Learning Extended for the Rest of the 2019-2020 School Year

    As you may know, Governor Walz has extended Distance Learning for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year.  Though I expected this decision, it was difficult to hear.  I miss seeing the smiles on Pinewood students and I know the Pinewood Staff miss their students too.  We are now in the planning stage for Distance Learning in May.  There will be No School/Distance Learning on Friday, May 1 or Monday, May 4.  This time will be used by teachers to plan for Distance Learning in May.  The district is also beginning to put plans into place for curbside pickup of student materials in desks and lockers, along with dropping off student materials that have been at your home, i.e. library books, classroom library books, etc.  Further information will be shared next week.

    Reminders:

    • Wednesday, April 29 – Military Child Awareness Day – Wear purple to support our military and their families
    • Wednesday, April 29 – Last day for most Title I Services
    • Thursday, April 30- Hat Day (To accommodate No School on Friday, May 1, Hat Day has been moved to Thursday, April 30)
    • Friday, May 1 – No School/Distance Learning
    • Monday, May 4 – No School/Distance Learning

    Distance Learning Schedule for the Week of April 27

    At this time, Pinewood has reached a balance with activities assigned in Seesaw for Distance Learning.  Expectations will be similar to previous weeks. Parents are asked to contact class instructor as needed if activities are too much or not enough.

    I was reminded to find joy in the little things this week.  I hope you find joy this weekend!

    Linda Borgerding | Principal

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  • April 20 Seesaw is working

    Posted by Linda Borgerding on 4/20/2020 11:05:00 AM

    Dear Pinewood Parents,

    Seesaw is operational at this time.  Thank you for your patience during this outage.

    Linda Borgerding | Principal

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  • April 20 Seesaw Update

    Posted by Linda Borgerding on 4/20/2020 10:30:00 AM

    Dear Pinewood Parents,

    Seesaw is experiencing difficulties at this time.

    We will keep you updates as we receive information.

    Linda Borgerding | Principal

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  • Parent Update Friday, April 17, 2020

    Posted by Linda Borgerding on 4/17/2020 4:35:00 PM

    Dear Pinewood Families,

    Another week has come and gone with Distance Learning.  Thank you for your continued support at home. 

    Reminders:

    • Now until April 29 – Third Quarter Electronic Progress Reports are available on Parent Portal (https://www.monticello.k12.mn.us/domain/367)
    • April 22 – Earth Day, Wear something “Earthy” (neutral) colors or an Earth-related shirt. Distance Learning will look different this day – see information below.
    • April 29 – Military Child Awareness Day – wear purple to support our military and their families.

    Plan for the Week of April 20

    • Daily Reading and Math lessons
      • Grade 1: 5-10 minutes per subject, along with Health/Social & Emotional Learning
      • Grade 2: 5-15 minutes per subject, along with Writing
      • Grade 3: 10-20 minutes per subject, along with one Social & Emotional lesson per week
      • Grade 4: 10-20 minutes per subject, along with Word Study
      • Grade 5: 15-25 minutes per subject, along with Writing and Word Study
    • Specialists: 1 or 2 activities – approximately 10-20 minutes per specialist
    • Wednesday April 22: To celebrate our fourth week of Distance Learning and Earth Day – students will have only two assignments on April 22 in Seesaw. One assignment will be a project based Earth Day activity from their classroom teacher and the second assignment will be an Earth Day themed activity from their specialist (Art, Music, Phy Ed and Media).  Pinewood thought it would be a good time to take a break and have students and families get outside and use their creativity and innovation skills to celebrate Earth Day!
    • Support Services will continue for students receiving Title I, Gifted & Talented, English Learners, Reading Specialists and Special Education. Depending on individual student need, some of these services will continue on April 22 and some will not.  Your child’s teacher will be in contact with expectations for this day.

    Monticello Education Connection – Monticello students, alumni create website to help students with tutoring

    Excerpt from Jessica Miles, reporter for KSTP: “It’s been a balancing act for parents and guardians with Distance Learning.  You now find yourself doing daily work from home and helping your kids with Distance Learning.  Parents and students now have access to a nonprofit website offering free virtual tutoring to students.  “It operates much like if you were booking a haircut, so you go on, you choose your day, you choose your time and it shows you all the tutors that are available, said Grace Schillewaert, cofounder of program.

    Once matched up, the tutor and student connect via Google Meet.  So far, 70 volunteers have applied, gone through district background checks and are ready to go.  “It brings help to all those students who might not get it otherwise through this free tutoring platforms,” said Ally Frickel, cofounder.”

    Please check out the website: Monticello Education Connection Website (https://www.monticelloeducationconnection.com/) for more information.  This may be a beneficial opportunity for your child.

    Third Quarter Electronic Progress Reports are available until April 29

    Third Quarter Electronic Progress reports went live on April 8.  Please access your Parent Portal (https://www.monticello.k12.mn.us/domain/367) account to view you child’s electronic progress report.  The window to view the electronic progress report will close April 29.  If you need assistance accessing the Parent Portal, contact Deb or Sue at the Pinewood Office, 763-272-2400.

    Pinewood staff has appreciated the feedback we have received from families and students about Distance Learning.  I believe we are very close to having the correct balance of time during Distance Learning for teachers, students and families.  Take a break this weekend and enjoy the weather!

    Linda Borgerding | Principal

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  • Severe Weather Awareness Week

    Posted by Linda Borgerding on 4/15/2020 3:50:00 PM

    Dear Pinewood Families,

    This week is Severe Weather Awareness Week.  During a normal school year, we would practice for the statewide tornado drill at school on Thursday, April 16.  Due to Distance Learning, this is not possible this week.  Please look through the following information.  As a family, you may want to participate in the statewide tornado drill at 1:45 p.m. or 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 16.

    Minnesota Department of Public Safety: Severe Weather Awareness Week (https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/hsem/weather-awareness-preparedness/Pages/severe-weather-awareness-week-program.aspx)

    At Pinewood, we ask students to “Be a Magic STAR!” S=Safety, T=Teamwork, A=Attitude and R=Respect.  Participating in the statewide tornado drill is a good way for your child to practice safety and teamwork at home.

    Good luck!

    Linda Borgerding | Principal

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