Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.Early Release Friday/ No School Monday
This is just a reminder that this Friday, March 5th, is an early release day. This means all students will end instruction two hours early. We will release our in-person students at 1:30 PM.
There is no school for students on Monday, March 8th, as it is a regularly scheduled student holiday.School Supply Pick-up
Thanks to the efforts of the FCPS Title I office, we are able to offer another set of school supplies for each child at Pine Spring.
If your child is coming to school in-person, we will use their supplies at school to avoid you needing to purchase materials for them to return to school.
If your child is continuing to learn virtually for the remainder of the year, we will be distributing their materials on 3/15 between 11:00AM – 12:30PM at the main entrance of Pine Spring.
Each child will be provided a bag with the following supplies:
- Glue sticks
- Pencil sharpener
- Pack of pencils
- Pack of colored pencils
- Pack of crayons
- Dry Erase Markers
At Pine Spring, we have worked very hard to meet families' requests to change their placement selection. At this point, we are no longer able to accommodate any further changes. However, if you have a desire to change your selection, please email me at email@example.com. Your requests will be recorded on a waitlist in the event that we are able to make changes in the future.New Bell Schedule
All FCPS schools began their new bell schedule for both in-person and virtual learning on February 16th. For your convenience, we have added each teacher’s new schedule onto the Pine Spring website under our Return to School tab. Please note the bell schedule is as follows:
ECCB AM Class
ECCB PM Class
4:15 PMReturn to School Parent Coffee
We understand that the return to school is causing a great deal of excitement for some and anxiety for others. While we will need to constantly review and adjust our practices based on current information, we want to provide you with updated information on a regular basis. We have created information sessions that will provide you an overview and allow for questions and suggestions. We will offer the same information at each session, to allow you to find a time that fits your schedule. To ensure the most effective use of your time, we are asking that you submit your questions in advance here.
See the meetings information below:
11AM -12 PM
If you would like to listen to last week's meeting, please click here for the recording.Return to School Transition Timeline
We have adjusted our dates for transitioning students to their new teachers based on both parent and staff input. This change will allow the in-person students an opportunity to get to know the teacher before returning to the building.
You will also notice that we have built-in orientations for each grade level. This will be a brief opportunity to meet the teacher and learn about their routines, procedures, and expectations. This will not be a full Back to School Night presentation, as the curriculum that is being covered remains the same as the curriculum we introduced at the beginning of the year. You will access this event by signing into your child's Google Classroom and clicking on the Google Meet link as if they were signing into class for the day.
Timeline for the transitionGrade Level Classroom Teacher Switch Family Virtual Orientation with New Teacher In-Person Students Return to the Classroom Grade Level Asynchronous Days PreK No Switch Monday, February 22nd Week of February 23 No Additional Planning Days K No Switch Monday, February 22nd Week of February 23 No Additional Planning Days 1 March 1st Monday, March 1st at 3:00 PM Week of March 8th March 4th and March 5th 2 March 1st
Monday, March 1st
at 5:00 PMWeek of March 8th March 4th and March 5th 3 March 8th Monday, March 8th 5:00 PM Week of March 15th March 11th and March 12th 4 March 8th Monday, March 8th at 5:00 PM Week of March 15th March 11th and March 12th 5 March 8th Monday, March 8th at 5:00 PM Week of March 15th March 11th and March 12th 6 March 8th Monday, March 8th at 5:00 PM Week of March 15th March 11th and March 12th
Required Return Health Screening Form
If you plan for your child to return to in-person instruction this year please email the Health Commitment Form to firstname.lastname@example.org or drop it off at the front office between 9 AM to 3 PM. It can also be completed online through ParentVue. In-person families will not be mailed their new teacher assignment until this form is completed. This form is required before your child can enter the building.
Please e-mail email@example.com with any questions.PAWS Awards
We are always looking for ways to share how much we appreciate and support all of the hard work our staff is putting into this year. If you have seen one of our teachers or other staff members doing something above and beyond please consider sharing through our PAWS form. Your feedback will enter them into a weekly opportunity for a gift card, thanks to a donation from our PTA.Clothing Hanger Donations
Pine Spring has been fortunate enough to receive a donation of girls clothes, and we would love to get them out to our community in a safe way. For us to do that, we need your help. We are asking for clothing hanger donations. We will use the hangers to safely space out the clothes so parents can select items that will fit their child. If you have hangers you are willing to donate, please drop them off in the box outside of Door 1 during our normal school day hours.Welcoming Future Bobcats
Is your child turning 5-years-old by September 30, 2021? If so, they are ready to attend kindergarten during the 2021-2022 school year! Please contact Ms. Breeden at 571-226-4400 to be added to our mailing list to support you through the FCPS registration process. If you have specific questions, please reach out to the main office or email Ms. Yacubovich for guidance.Pine Spring Tech Support
FCPS has developed multiple resources that can help with basic technology issues to support learning at home:
- The Parent Technology Help Desk (toll free) at 833-921-3277 is available for technical support questions about online parent accounts, your student’s FCPS laptop, or your student’s online applications.
- Several of your questions are addressed in the FCPS Parent Technology Resource page
- If there is a problem with your Pine Spring issued laptop, please call the main office at 571-226-4400 to schedule an appointment. Our specialist is here to support you on Wednesdays and Fridays. He is also here on Monday mornings. Computers and MiFi support is by appointment only to ensure the safety of our staff and community.
- FCPS’ YouTube channel has videos on basic technology topics that highlight some of the key FCPS tools, such as Google and Blackboard. These videos are designed to provide solutions for quick, simple questions.