Welcome Back Letter from Mr. Ehrsam (August 2017)

General Information
Our first day of school is Wednesday, August 16th. Our school day start time begins promptly at 9:10 a.m. and ends at 3:40 p.m. Students are allowed to go to their classrooms at 9:00 a.m. and classes will begin at 9:10 a.m. For everyone's safety, students should arrive at school between 9:00 and 9:05 a.m. The morning kindergarten class time is 9:10-11:50 a.m. and the afternoon kindergarten class time is 1:00-3:40 p.m. Bus route information will be posted on the district website next week. Kindergarten parents will be notified via phone call. Those students who require alternative transportation may pick up a form in the school office or download it at this link (Alt Trans Form).

New Parent Portal
During the week of July 10th, you should have received a letter in the mail with instructions on how to fill out your back to school forms and update your information using our new online portal. Forms must be completed online prior to the first day of school. PLEASE NOTE: This applies to returning students, not new students or kindergarten students.

If you have not already done so, please fill out the required forms and update your information by visiting this link: http://www.dublinschools.net/backtoschool.aspx

School Supplies
For those parents that pre-ordered school supplies in the spring, the Pinney PTO will complete the process by delivering the supplies to your child’s classroom! 2018-2019 school supply order information will be available in the spring of 2018. For those of you that still need to get supplies, the 2017-2018 school supply list (Kindergarten-5th grade) can be found on our website. (Pinney Website)

Kindergarten Meet-the-Teacher
Kindergarten meet-the-teacher will be held on Tuesday, August 15th. The morning class families will meet from 11:00-12:00 p.m. and the afternoon families will meet from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Parents will be able to review the typical day in kindergarten, information about the kindergarten curriculum, and most importantly, you can meet your teacher! Our kindergarten teachers look forward to seeing all of the students and parents.

Meet-the-Teacher (Grades 1-5)

Other meet-the-teacher information:

Preschool: By appointment only

1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade: 11:00-12:00 p.m. on August 15th.

4th and 5th grade: 3:00-4:00 p.m. on August 15th.

This is a time when students can make sure they feel confident knowing where their classroom is and who their teacher will be. Also, staff from the Transportation Department will be in the commons to assist you in finding your bus information or if you have any questions/concerns.

Please do not arrive until your allotted time. Teachers will be in professional meetings prior to 11:00 a.m. and also prior to the 3:00 p.m. time. Thank you.

If you live close, we encourage families to walk, bike, or carpool as parking is limited.

New Family Orientation Luncheon
Attention students and families who are NEW to Pinney in 1st grade through 5th grade:

New Family Luncheon will be held on August 9th from 11:30-1:00 p.m. We will take a tour of Pinney ES and answer any questions the children may have about their new school. We look forward to meeting all of our new students and their families that morning.

Elementary School Handbook
As we begin a new school year, I ask that you take the time to read the district’s Elementary School Handbook. The handbook can be found on the district website under the “Academics” link. This valuable resource contains information about district policies and procedures on topics including attendance, discipline, dress code, homework, ProgressBook, and much more. It also contains an explanation of the district’s Network and Internet Access Agreement policy, notification in regards to student records, and bus safety guidelines. The Preschool Handbook is also located on the website. (Handbook Link)

Lunch Information
Please note that the price of a student lunch this year will be $2.55 including milk; milk only may be purchased for 50¢. For those of you who may need assistance through the district’s free and reduced lunch program, the information can be located on the district website as well as in the school office. You can also find more information about lunch pre-payment options at this link (EZ Pay)

Social Media
Follow us on Twitter @epeDCSD

Like us on Facebook (Eli Pinney PTO)

Important Dates/Times to start the school year.
Week of August 7th

Teacher assignments emailed to parents

* Kindergarten parents will also be notified of their child’s phase-in day via email

Wednesday, August 9th

New Family Orientation Luncheon, 11:30-1:00 p.m. (Grades 1-5 * New to Pinney)

Tuesday, August 15th


AM Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grade; 11:00-12:00 p.m.

PM Kindergarten, 4th, and 5th Grade; 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 16th

1st Day of School for Students

Grades 1-5 & (Kindergarten - Wednesday phase-in only)

Thursday, August 17th

Kindergarten (Thursday - phase-in only)

Friday, August 18th

All Kindergarten Students Attend

Wednesday, August 23rd

First Day of PreSchool

Thursday, August 24th

5th Grade Curriculum Night; 6:00-6:45 p.m.

3rd Grade Curriculum Night; 6:30-7:15 p.m.

4th Grade Curriculum Night; 7:15-8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 30th

AM/PM PreSchool & 2nd Grade Curriculum Night; 6:00-6:45 p.m.

Kindergarten Curriculum Night; 6:30-7:15 p.m.

1st Grade Curriculum Night; 7:15-8:00 p.m.

Monday, September 4th


Wednesday, September 6th

School Picture Day (HR Imaging)

Friday, September 15th

Pinneypalooza (5:30-8:00 p.m.)

Featuring the Jerome HS Marching Band, inflatables, food trucks, and much more!

We have several new faces on the Pinney educational team this year. Please welcome the following staff members:

Monica Campana - Assistant Principal

Ashley Friend - 3rd Grade Teacher

Joseph Mathys - Head Custodian

Colleen Morrell - Preschool Paraprofessional

Morgan Mallory - Preschool Teacher

Drue Barezinsky - Preschool Paraprofessional

Wendy Tanner - Preschool Paraprofessional

Mollie Thompson - Kindergarten Teacher

Diana Kenny - Intervention Specialist (0.5)

Libby Henning - Paraprofessional

Michele Ritzman - Paraprofessional

Andy Habayeb - Paraprofessional

Colleen Weinandy - Speech Language Pathologist

Susanne Porter - Speech Language Pathologist

Lauren Persin - Student Support Specialist (S3)

Heather Halli - 3-5 Literacy Coach

Kate Baker - K-2 Numeracy Coach

Jordan Ramos - Adaptive Physical Education Teacher

Steve Reese - 2nd Shift Custodian

Dr. Leah Abel - School Psychologist

Please enjoy the last few weeks before we get back into school mode. We are all working very hard to ensure that our students will have the best educational experience possible. I look forward to seeing all of you very soon!

Make it a great weekend!

Troy Ehrsam, Principal

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