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Communication from the Head of School – Issue 9, 2019-20

Thursday, January 9, 2020


News and Notes

Wednesday Envelopes are coming home today (Thursday) because of being out yesterday.


We are offering a small session of winter after-school activities: Preschool Yoga with Mrs. Quick on Tuesdays, Preschool Science Seed on Thursdays, K-6 Building Big with Ms. Marble on Thursdays, and K-6 Natural History Arts with Ms. Sambro on Fridays. Registration is open and all information can be found online at https://fs9.formsite.com/pinecrest/afterschoolactivities/index.html.


We have our next open house on Sunday, January 12, from 1-3 p.m. Thank you in advance for spreading the word about this to any friends, family or neighbors looking for a quality and affordable private school. We would also love if you would share this image on Facebook – it helps us spread the word and there is no better promotion than word-of-mouth from happy parents. J  The image is also on Instagram and Twitter.


Next Wednesday, January 15, is Pinecrest’s next fundraising night at Ledo Pizza in Falls Church. We hope you’ll consider joining us on the dining room side or for take-out anytime from 5-10 p.m.  Pinecrest will receive a percentage of the profits from that evening (from both dine-in and take-out); please mention Pinecrest School to your server or the cashier. The Ledo atmosphere is very kid-friendly, the prices are affordable, and our Pinecrest evenings there are usually a lot of fun! 


We have added a K-6 Movie Night on Friday, January 24! K-6 Movie Nights are always great fun. The registration form and all details can be found at https://fs9.formsite.com/pinecrest/MovieNight/index.html.

Movie Night is a time when parents drop off and pick up; parents do not stay at Movie Night. Friends, neighbors et al are always welcome to attend with your child(ren).


We are excited about Family Yoga on Sunday afternoon, January 26. Hope you will plan to join us! Family Yoga is a fun way to connect whether you are 3 or 63 years old! We will move, breathe and play together as we share partner poses, yoga games and sun salutations! Even if you haven’t tried yoga before, join us for a fun afternoon as a family! Dress in comfortable clothes you can move in freely and bring a yoga mat or towel with you. All ages are welcome; however, children under 3 will likely be less engaged and need more of your attention. 😉  This is a fundraiser benefiting Pinecrest School. Thank you to longtime Pinecrest Mindfulness & Yoga Teacher Mrs. Quick for sharing her time and talents with us! Sigh up at https://fs9.formsite.com/pinecrest/familyyoga/index.html.


Monday, January 27, and Tuesday, January 28 are Professional Development Days for the faculty. There is no school for students on these days, but care is offered. The deadline to sign up for care is Friday, January 24, at 3:30 p.m.




We are introducing a new event – a Chili Cook-off! – on Saturday night, February 1! We hope you will plan to join us!

COMPETE: Take your shot at winning the Pinecrest Chili Cook-Off Champion title and a $200 gift card! Judging criteria will be shared with those that register to compete.                       

Open to current families and staff, alumni, and camp families

$30 to enter Parent Chili Cook-Off (limit 2 entries per person)

$10 to enter Child Bake-Off (Theme: Create a dessert that symbolizes Pinecrest!)

$8/person for adults to eat/$4/child for children ages 12 and under to eat

You do not have to compete to come and enjoy chili and the children’s bake-off entries with the Pinecrest community!!

Register now at https://fs9.formsite.com/pinecrest/chilicookoff/index.html and plan to be there on February 1 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.  

Pinecrest hats are still available! They are very cool – soft, blue with the Pinecrest logo embroidered on them. We have only 18 to sell, and we do not plan to order more at this time so please act quickly if you are interested. You can see prices and buy online at https://fs9.formsite.com/pinecrest/shirts/index.html. On the same link you’ll see options to buy more of this year’s lime short-sleeve t-shirts and previous year “retro” shirts (all short-sleeve) as well as our new silver running shirts. The link shows you the quantity available for everything we are offering and everything can be purchased online. We will send purchased items home either the same day as purchase or the next day. I have a sample hat in my office if you would like to see it before ordering.


Please ring the doorbell when you are the lower school building door and need to be let in.


It was so awesome to see everyone come together to support the family we adopted through Britepaths holiday Adopt a Family program. We truly defined This is community!! A thank you note we received from Britepaths by email was included when this newsletter was sent out.


Thank you to the families that participated in Minted’s Fundraising Program this year with our code. We earned $37.01!


Thank you to the families who clip Box Tops and are using the app. This week, we received a check for $84.80!


And the last thank you is to all of the families who ordered photos and items from Creative Images this fall. We received a portion of what you all spent and the school benefited with a check for $284.50!


If you did not order photos with Creative Images, but would like to buy your child’s class group picture, let us know. We have them in the office for sale at $10/photo.


If you have a younger child who you want to start at Pinecrest in the fall, please begin the process of talking with us about that now (you can connect with me or with Mrs. Lopez directly at admissions@pinecrestschool.org) and please complete the online application sooner rather than later at https://fs9.formsite.com/pinecrest/application/index.html. At the bottom of the online form, please click “yes” and then the fee is reduced for you as a current family. We already have applications for 2020-21 (yay!) and we want to be sure we are planning appropriately for current families with new students.


We are thankful to everyone who has donated to the new capital campaign. We redid some of the flooring in the upper school building during winter break thanks to your generosity. You can see photos here.


Our Annual Fund Campaign is in progress and will go through August 31, 2019. Our goal is to raise $10,000 and achieve 100% current parent and staff participation, although we have many alumni families and grandparents who give generously each year as well.  All independent schools and non-profits run annual fund campaigns each year.  The importance of Pinecrest Annual Fund cannot be overstated; it helps us close the gap between tuition and the actual operating costs of the school. We really appreciate you prioritizing Pinecrest in your charitable giving. A green letter in today’s Wednesday Envelope explains more. Donate online at https://fs9.formsite.com/pinecrest/AnnualFund/index.html.


We ask that you think of the other students and teachers before sending a sick child to school.  We understand that the school year is hectic, but it introduces a needed time for diligence when it comes to child hygiene and health. If your child is not feeling well, chances are he or she would be more comfortable staying at home than coming to school sick. Not only do you run the risk of having your child get sicker, but also the risk of infecting other students or the teachers in the class.  Similarly, your child would remain healthier (and happier at school) if he/she gets enough rest each night. Thank you for your cooperation.


The school has a Google Drive link that contains various resources specific to the current school year at Pinecrest. This is only available to family and staff with the link; it is not a public site. You can access it here. The School Directory is available at this link.


Planning a vacation? Please take a Pinecrest shirt with you and send us a photo. See examples here. J


Are you supporting Pinecrest with your Amazon orders?? It’s so easy! You can designate Pinecrest in your Amazon account for our school to automatically benefit from any eligible purchases you make on Amazon.com. Once you link your account, you must then do all of your purchasing from smile.amazon.com vs. amazon.com – you will know you are on the right page when you see “Supporting Pinecrest School Inc” under the search bar. The instructions to link your account are at https://tinyurl.com/pinecrestamazonsmile. You do not need to re-link your account each year; thanks to those who already support us by using Amazon Smile! We recently received a $45.61 donation from the AmazonSmile Foundation for activity between July 1 and September 30!


Our school has an Amazon Wish List, which allows us to let everyone know exactly what we need so gifts can be targeted to really make a difference to our students and teachers. This Amazon Wish List also provides an opportunity for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, godparents et al who want to generously contribute to our school. You can view the wish list here: https://tinyurl.com/pinecrestamazonwishlist. ***Helpful hint: Sometimes Amazon does not tell us who ordered the item and we do not know who to thank; something you can do to mitigate this is put your name in the address with Pinecrest School and our mailing address – then we know who it is from.*** J  Thank you to the parents who have recently sent us gifts – very heartening and fun for these to arrive, and the teachers get very excited! J


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Pinecrest offers the option of purchasing a pizza lunch for your child every Friday throughout this school year on Pinecrest Pizza Fridays (PPFs).  PPFs are available to all K-6 students, preschool students in after-care and all staff. The pizza lunch costs $7.50 per child and includes two slices of cheese pizza, and one nut-free dessert item (likely a brownie or a cookie). No drink is included. Fill out this online form https://fs9.formsite.com/pinecrest/schoolppf/index.html and you are minutes away from not having to pack lunches on a weekly basis. You will have the option of selecting one, some, or all Fridays. Orders must be placed by 2:00 p.m. the Thursday prior to each PPF. 


Thank you to the families that have signed up to sponsor each Friday with pizza and to the families who are being dessert sponsors! This generosity allows us to maximize profits from this fundraiser and we are appreciative.  PPFs are a fundraiser for the school. You can still sign up to participate:

            Sponsor an event: https://fs9.formsite.com/pinecrest/eventsponsor/index.html

Donate dessert for a PPF: https://pinecrestschool.ivolunteer.com/ppfdessert **We are looking for dessert sponsors beginning February 7 and beyond.**


With each PPF, a parent volunteer assists us by serving pizza and dessert. Sign up to help at https://pinecrestschool.ivolunteer.com/ppfvolunteer.



Staff Updates

Unexpectedly, we will have two open positions soon for part-time Finance Associate and part-time Admissions Associate. Mrs. Stevens and Mrs. Lopez both, coincidentally, have been offered different full-time work opportunities that are better suited for their families’ needs. We’re grateful for their work at Pinecrest and wish them all the best. Mrs. Stevens’ last day is Wednesday, January 15, and Mrs. Lopez’s last day is Monday, January 27.


If you know someone who might be interested in either position, please reach out to me and I can share more details.


Ms. Hout will be staffing before-care every day through Friday, January 17. After that, Mrs. Martin will staff before-care each day. Mrs. Martin is now also assisting in preschool after-care Monday – Friday from 12:05-3:30 p.m. Ms. Hout will remain part of our K-6 after-care staff working one day per week.



Upcoming Dates

More details will follow soon about upcoming events/activities if not included here. (If you see a field trip listed that you have not heard about yet from the classroom teacher, thank you for your patience in waiting for the information to come directly from her – it will come soon, I promise.J And please note that many more field trips are in the process of being scheduled.)


Friday, January 10

Pinecrest Pizza Friday (PPF) – sign up by 2 p.m. the day before 


Friday, January 10

Preschool Color Day – White

Sunday, January 12

Open House for Prospective School Families – 1-3 p.m.

Sunday,  January 12

Happy Birthday, Mr. Chesbrough! J

Monday, January 13

K-Kids Service Trip After School – Brandywine (space still available)


Tuesday, January 14

Grade 6 Field Trip – Bureau of Engraving & Printing

Wednesday, January 15

2020-21 Re-enrollment Materials Distributed in Wednesday Envelopes

Wednesday, January 15

Ledo Pizza Fundraising Night – 5-10 p.m. – 7510 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church

Thursday, January 16

Grade 4 Field Trip – National Geographic Society

Friday, January 17

K-6 Quarter 2 Ends (45 days)

Friday, January 17

Pinecrest Pizza Friday (PPF) – sign up by 2 p.m. the day before 


Monday, January 20

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday Holiday / No School / No Care

Tuesday, January 21

K-6 Quarter 3 Begins

Wednesday, January 22

K-6 Quarter 2 Report Cards Distributed in Wednesday Envelopes

Wednesday, January 22

Preschool Progress Reports Distributed in Wednesday Envelopes

Wednesday, January 22

Grade 1 and 2 Field Trip – Children’s Science Center in Fairfax

Friday, January 24

Pinecrest Pizza Friday (PPF) – sign up by 2 p.m. the day before 


Friday, January 24

2020 Camp Materials Distributed by Email and on Website

Friday, January 24 – new!

K-6 Movie Night – 6-9 p.m. – multipurpose room


Sunday, January 26

Family Yoga with Mrs. Quick – 2-3 p.m. – multipurpose room


Monday, January 27

Faculty Professional Development Time / No School / Care Offered


(Deadline to sign up: Friday, January 24, 3:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, January 28

Faculty Professional Development Time / No School / Care Offered


(Deadline to sign up: Friday, January 24, 3:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, January 29

2020 Camp Registration Begins for Current School Families (with a special password)

Friday, January 31

2020 Camp Registration Begins for Past Camp Families (with a special password)

Friday, January 31

Pinecrest Pizza Friday (PPF) – sign up by 2 p.m. the day before 


Saturday, February 1 – new!

Pinecrest Chili Cook-off – 5:30-8:30 p.m. – multipurpose room


Friday, February 7

Pinecrest Pizza Friday (PPF) – sign up by 2 p.m. the day before 


Sunday, February 9

Open House for Prospective School & Camp Families – 1-3 p.m.

Monday, February 10

100th Day of School (date will change if inclement weather days)

Monday, February 10

2020 Camp Registration Begins for the General Public (no password needed)

Wednesday, February 12

Happy Birthday, Ms. Fitchett! J

Thursday, February 13

Preschool Color Day – Pink and Purple

Friday, February 14

Pinecrest Pizza Friday (PPF) – sign up by 2 p.m. the day before 


Monday, February 17

Presidents’ Day Holiday / No School / No Care

Friday, February 21

Pinecrest Pizza Friday (PPF) – sign up by 2 p.m. the day before 


Saturday, February 22

International Dinner & Family Game Night – 6:30 p.m. – multipurpose room

Monday-Friday, February 24-28

Spirit Week

Monday, February 24

K-Kids Service Trip After School – Brandywine (space still available)


Tuesday, February 25

Preschool & K In-house Field Trip – Dr. Miller the Dentist

Thursday, February 27

Preschool In-house Field Trip – Kaydee Puppetts

Friday, February 28

Pinecrest Pizza Friday (PPF) – sign up by 2 p.m. the day before 


Friday, February 28

Happy Birthday,  Ms. Hout! 


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I was remiss in my last newsletter in December – these recognitions are long overdue: Two standing ovations for our sixth grade class and Ms. Mitlo and to our third grade class and Ms. Bleggi who shared their class presentations with the school and their parents on November 22 and December 9 – both was wonderful! And we appreciate Ms. Lindsay who was involved in helping to make the third grade presentation a success! Next up is the second grade class presentation on March 20.


We had a beautiful Winter Concert on December 20. Thank you to Ms. Lindsay and bravo to all of our students!


I’m grateful for the recognition of my fifteen years leading Pinecrest – thank you to the Board for the surprise at the Winter Concert! (And thank you to our favorite bakery, Out of the Bubble, for the delicious (and pink!) treats!)