Pine Bush Elementary Moving Up Day, Tunnel of Teachers, and Teacher Parade, June 15

Dear PBES Families,

Thank you to those of you that provided many comments and suggestions through our Thought Exchange platform in early May. Your insights and ratings were valuable and assisted us in determining viable options for this year’s program. As a result of your feedback, we proudly share the following PBES 2020 Grade 5 Moving Up Day, Tunnel of Teachers, and Teacher Parade details.

Our primary goal was to attempt to render this year’s events as traditional, personable, and meaningful for our fifth-grade graduates as permissible.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.


Chris Sanita
Principal, Pine Bush Elementary School

Pine Bush Elementary School Grade 5 Moving Up Day

June 15, 2020, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Our 2020 Moving Up Day ceremony will take place on the front right side of Pine Bush Elementary by class according to the following schedule:

Mrs. Whiteman and Mrs. DiGregorio

Students with last names A-M 8 – 8:30 a.m.
Students with last names N-Z 8:30 – 9 a.m.

Mrs. McLean and Mrs. McNeil

Students with last names A-L 9 – 9:30 a.m.
Students with last names M-Z 9:30 – 10 a.m.

Mrs. Del Negro and Mrs. Palmateer

Students with last names A-L 10 – 10:30 a.m.
Students with last names M-Z 10:30 – 11 a.m.

Mr. Schmidt and Mrs. DiGregorio

Students with last names A-M 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Students with last names N-Z 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Students and families will gather and remain inside their vehicle on the right side parking lot until their graduate’s name is read aloud. Each graduate will receive a Certificate of Recognition, commemorative program, and a PBES ‘Class of 2020’ T-shirt. We will also have a photographer on site for individual and family photos to be taken in front of the school courtesy of our Pine Bush PTA. Following this recognition and photo, families can return to their vehicle and exit the parking lot.

PLEASE NOTE: Students are encouraged to dress up for the special event. We ask that immediate family members attend in one vehicle only.

Pine Bush Tunnel of Teachers for Grade 5

June 15, 2020, 1 p.m.

All fifth grade students are invited to come back to the school at 1:00 pm for a Reverse Car Parade in the bus parking lot. Students and families will remain in their vehicle and drive through the “Tunnel of Teachers” as has been our special tradition on the last day of school.

Pine Bush teachers and staff will be lined up in their vehicles on opposite sides of this parking lot to wave and say goodbye! Students and families are encouraged to decorate their vehicles, make signs, honk horns, play music, blow bubbles and HAVE A GREAT TIME celebrating each of our 2020 Pine Bush graduates!

Pine Bush Teacher Parade for All K-5 Students

June 15, 2020, 2:30 p.m.

Immediately following our Tunnel of Teachers in the bus parking lot, our teachers will reenter their vehicles, exit the school and parade through our local neighborhoods following the same route that was taken in March.

More details regarding the specific route and times will be shared in a separate message to families as this date approaches.

** All students, parents and staff are asked to please comply with all NYS guidelines for social distancing per the Governor’s executive orders. Our goal is to make this special day as traditional, personable and meaningful for our graduates as permissible. Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.


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