PBES June newsletter now available; important EOY dates

Dear Families and Friends,

As I welcome you to our final newsletter of the year, I wish to thank you for all the support and encouragement you have provided your children over the course of this school year. I reflect back on many wonderful events and several fond memories we have shared as members of the school community of Pine Bush Elementary this year. Indeed, we will continue to share such moments until the final day of school on Wednesday, June 26. Please know that it continues to be a privilege to work with such outstanding students, staff members and families.

Thank you to the generous members of the Pine Bush PTA including the many officers and committee chairpersons who have offered countless hours to ensure that so many of these wonderful events and experiences for our students were possible. A special thank you to our many parent volunteers who have generously offered countless hours working with students on class projects or helping with school events. Your time and commitment are valued and very much appreciated.

Thank you to all of the members of our staff for ensuring that the daily operations of our school continue unabated. A special thank you to our bus drivers who transport students to and from our school each day, our custodial staff for maintaining building cleanliness and decorum, and our kitchen staff for providing nourishing breakfast and lunch items. A very special thank you to our clerical staff and school nurse who consistently demonstrate the highest degree of dedication, patience and efficiency toward students, staff, families and every individual with whom they have contact through the course of any school day.

Thank you to each of our highly qualified teachers and teaching assistants who work diligently to provide a positive and productive learning environment in our classrooms. You have created a setting which promotes respect and provides opportunities for academic achievement and social-emotional growth and development for our students. You are among the most talented and dedicated educators in our profession.

Finally, congratulations to each of our students who have worked hard, demonstrated a commitment to learning, and have enjoyed personal success in many areas this year. A special congratulations to our fifth grade students who will be moving on to the middle school next year.

May you continue to achieve all you hope to accomplish during your middle school years and beyond. May you always cherish the fond memories and friendships that you have made at Pine Bush.

May each of our students, staff and families find some time to enjoy the warm summer breeze and cool waters of a favorite place to swim. Have a safe, relaxing and rejuvenating summer!


Christopher T. Sanita

“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” -Khalil Gibrar

Fifth Grade End of the Year Activities

During the last weeks of school, Pine Bush fifth grade students will be involved in a number of special activities designed to commemorate the end of their elementary school experience.  These include:

Picnic and Field Day

Thursday, June 20 from 11:30 am —1:45 pm, will be the Fifth Grade Picnic and Field Day on the Pine Bush athletic field (rain or shine).

 Friendship Games

Monday, June 24, all district fifth grade students will be traveling to the high school athletic field via school bus to participate in Fifth Grade Friendship Games.  These games give fifth graders from each of the elementary schools an opportunity to meet students from the district’s other schools in preparation for their transition to the middle school.  Students will leave Pine Bush at 11:30 am and return in time for dismissal.

Fifth Grade Brunch

Tuesday, June 25, fifth grade students will be enjoying a brunch in the cafeteria following the End of Year Parent Assembly.  This brunch is for students only.

Fifth Grade Moving Up Assembly

Tuesday, June 25, at 10:00 am – Fifth grade students will be the guests of honor at our final assembly of the year.  A Board of Education representative will be presenting fifth grade students with individual certificates of achievement.  Parents of fifth graders are invited to attend this celebration (doors open at 9:30 am).

Spirit Games Schedule

For the 2019 Spirit Games, we will include Physical Education (Water Games) and Field Games.  For Water Games, Students will need bathing suits, a towel, water shoes, and dry shoes.  The following times for Spirit Games are:

Field Games: 8:10 – 8:55
Lunch: 11:00 – 11:30
Water Games: 12:10 – 12:55

Water Games: 9:00 – 9:45
Field Games: 10:40 – 11:25
Lunch: 11:35 – 12:05

Field Games: 9:00 – 9:45
Water Games: 10:40
Lunch: 12:05 – 12:35

Field Games: 8:10 – 8:55
Lunch: 11:00 – 11:30
Water Games: 12:10 – 12:55

Water Games: 9:00 – 9:45
Field Games: 10:40 – 11:25
Lunch: 11:35 – 12:05

Field Games: 9:00 – 9:45
Water Games: 10:40
Lunch: 12:05 – 12:35

A pizza lunch will be provided by the PTA for all students.  If your child would like to bring a lunch or purchase a bagel in the cafeteria, please let their teacher know. 


We ask that you please notify the office if you will be moving out of the area this summer.  This will facilitate the transfer of records to your child’s new school.

To all families that are leaving this summer, farewell and best wishes.  We wish you much happiness and success and hope that you take fond memories of Pine Bush Elementary with you wherever you go.

Pine Bush Elementary will also be receiving new students for the next school year.  If a new family moves into your neighborhood during the summer, please encourage them to contact Zeynep Rice, School Registrar at 456-6200 x3109 as soon as possible to begin the registration process.

Lost and Found

There are presently a number of articles of clothing in the Lost and Found and parents are encouraged to stop by and search for any items of your child’s clothing that you may be missing.  We have a large selection of sweatshirts, hats, gloves, scarves and lunch bags.  Items that are left at the end of the school year will be donated to charity.

Marker Donations

Please consider donating any of your child’s used markers at the end of the school year to be recycled.  There will be two collection boxes that any and all markers can be placed in for recycling.  One will be in Mrs. Monlea’s room and one will be in the lobby of the school.

Upcoming Early Dismissal Dates

Please note that Tuesday, June 25 and Wednesday, June 26 (the last day of school), there will be an early dismissal for kindergarten through grade five students.  Students will be dismissed at 11:30 am that day.  Information concerning next year’s classroom placement will be mailed home in August.

Final Report Cards

Report cards for the fourth quarter will be available through the SchoolTool Parent Portal on Tuesday, June 26, at the following address: https://www.guilderlandschools.org/district/schooltool/schooltoolhome.cfm

News from the Library

All library materials were due back by Friday, May 31.  All materials must be returned in order to participate in summer borrowing.

A permission slip will be sent home regarding our Summer Borrowing Program by Friday, June 7.  Summer borrowing will begin on Tuesday, June 11 and go through the end of the school year.  Your child may borrow up to 10 library books to be returned to school by Monday, September 9.  Fifth graders may return their books either to the Pine Bush Library or Farnsworth Library.  FMS library staff will send the books to us through district mail.

The Scholastic Book Fair will take place from Tuesday, June 4 through Friday, June 7.  There will be no circulation during this time.

The Pine Bush Library will be closed on June 10 for Kindergarten Visitation Day.

Also, the GCSD K-12 recommended reading booklist at: https://www.guilderlandschools.org/summer-reading-titles-now-available/


Have a great summer and don’t forget to visit your public library, too!  They will have a program called, “A Universe of Stories”. Program flyers will be sent home through backpack mail.


Notes from the Nurse

Once again, another school year is coming to a close.  There are several important announcements and reminders that I would like to bring to your attention:

-Please remember to pick up all student medications from the nurse’s office by 11:30am on the last day of school, as they will be discarded after that time.

-If your child needs medication next year, please bring a new set of completed and signed paperwork to school prior to the first day of the new school year.  Any prescription and/or over-the-counter medications that your child may need to take at school must have a written order by your child’s physician and parent permission. A medication permission form can be found on our website.

-All medications must be brought to school in the original container by a parent or guardian on walk-through night or the first day of school.

-If your child is entering school as a new entrant, in Kindergarten, or grades 1,3,5,7,9,11, he/she is required to have a physical exam.  Please make an appointment with your child’s pediatrician to have this done over the summer and drop off/fax/mail/email your child’s physical form to school.

-If your child has any new health concerns please let the health office know.


Have an active, fun, and safe summer – and treat your brain to a really good book!


Riding Bicycles to School

Students who live in the immediate area have ridden their bicycles to school on days when the weather is pleasant. Parents who are considering allowing their child to ride a bicycle to school should be aware that the driveway to the school is an extremely busy place during the morning arrival and afternoon dismissal hours. At these times, a number of vehicles are entering and exiting the driveway and traffic can be quite heavy. For this reason, children should not be riding their bikes at all on the schools driveway/parking lot area.  We have a designated bike route that should be utilized for all students riding bikes to and from school:

Students riding to school should enter the school grounds by taking a right on Coffee Drive (off of Coons Road) and then a left onto the path that leads to the school playground.

Students riding home from school should exit the school the same way.  Take the path behind the playground then a right on Coffee Drive to Coons Road.

No students should be crossing or riding on Carman Road.

Also, if your children will be riding their bike to and from school, please submit a note to their teacher giving your permission to do so.



Upcoming Events



6          PTA Staff Meeting                               6:00 pm

10        Kindergarten Visitation Day                                      

11        Flag Day Assembly                              9:00 am

14        Kindergarten Celebration                   9:00 am

18        Spirit Games                                                              

25        Grade 5 Moving Up Day Ceremony    10:00 am

25        K-5 Early Release                                11:30 am

26        Last Day of School K-5 Early Release 11:30 am

28        4th Quarter Grades available on SchoolTool

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