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Communication from the Head of School --
Issue 16, 2016-17 -- Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Growing Our School

At this time, we are tentatively planning for K-6 Field Day on Wednesday, June 7, to take place at Peace. More details will follow. This is a half day with dismissal at 12 noon for all students. There is no after-care on Field Day. We will offer before-care at Peace.

The asphalt work originally planned for May 5 will now take place June 7-8. No one can be on the Pinecrest campus at that time.

It is a county zoning requirement to paint the exterior of our existing building so that eventually our two buildings will match. This process will begin soon!

News and Notes

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Celebrate Pinecrest auction party on April 29 and in the online auction that ran April 30-May 6. Over $20,000 was raised for our school thanks to everyone’s generosity!! #ThisIsCommunity #CelebratePinecrest

If you attended the April 29 event and/or participated in the online auction, please take our auction survey here.

We are required each year to administer parent, student and staff surveys for the accreditation process – and to meet a certain participation level. The parent and staff surveys were sent by email last week; thank you in advance to those who take the time to share your feedback! Student surveys for 2nd-6th grade will be administered by Mrs. Cantor during computer classes.

Our annual authors’ teas for first through sixth grades will take place as follows – these dates and times are from the school calendar. Please let the teachers know you plan to come by signing up here. It helps for planning to know how many to expect.

  Monday, May 22 Grade 1 Authors’ Tea – 3-3:35 p.m. – classroom
  Tuesday, May 23 Grade 2 Authors’ Tea – 3-3:35 p.m. – classroom
  Wednesday, May 24 Grade 3 Authors’ Tea – 3-3:35 p.m. – classroom
  Thursday, May 25 Grade 4 and Grade 5/6 Authors’ Teas – 3-3:35 p.m. – Peace (fellowship hall / each class is using a different end of the hall)

The authors’ teas are a wonderful celebration of your child’s writing and voice from throughout the school year.

In last week’s Wednesday Envelopes (one per family), the Board of Directors sent the communication about the annual meeting, the ballot for the 2017-18 Board of Directors and proposed changes to the bylaws. You can submit your ballot in advance if you are not attending the annual meeting on May 24. You are also welcome to submit your ballot beforehand even if you will attend. The Annual Meeting is at Pinecrest on Wednesday, May 24, at 7 p.m.

Friday, June 2, is our last day of school for preschool / this is the last day of preschool before-care, preschool and preschool after-care. It is a regular day of school with the end-of-year ceremony taking place at 11:15 a.m. in the multipurpose room. Preschool parents should drop their children off as usual in the morning for school and then plan to return for the 11 a.m. ceremony. You can take your child home afterwards or you can choose for your child to remain in after-care until 6 p.m. as usual.

Our last Pinecrest Pizza Friday (PPF) is Friday, June 2. (This is also the last day of preschool and preschool after-care.) Pinecrest Pizza Fridays (PPFs) are available to all K-6 students, preschool students in after-care and all staff. Thank you to the 10 families that have signed up to sponsor each Friday with pizza! This allows us to maximize profits from this fundraiser and we are so appreciative of your generosity. The pizza lunch costs $7.50 per child and includes two slices of cheese pizza, and one dessert item (likely a brownie or a cookie). No drink is included. Order online here. You have the option of selecting one, some, or all Fridays. Orders must be placed by 2:00PM the Thursday prior to each PPF. Proceeds from this fundraising event support the Pinecrest School Capital Campaign to Grow Our School! We have raised more than $2500 so far with this effort from September to present!

We are planning to have PPFs at summer camp this summer and are in the process of trying to identify 8 sponsors. When you sponsor a PPF, your child(ren) eat(s) free at all of them. Please let me know if you are interested in being a PPF sponsor for summer camp.

We will be having a an egg toss for fourth and fifth/sixth graders from 1:55-3 p.m. on Monday, June 5, outside at Peace – more details to follow from Ms. Mitlo and Mrs. Hakes. Unfortunately, there will be no roll for alumni in this event but parents and siblings are welcome to be there to watch the fun!

Tuesday, June 6, is our last day of school for K-6 / this is the last day of K-6 school and K-6 after-care, but after-care will end at 5 p.m. on this day (not at 6 p.m. as usual). This is a regular, full day of school.

Our K-6 Spring Concert and Sixth Grade Graduation will take place on Tuesday, June 6, at Annandale United Methodist Church in Annandale at 6 p.m. This is the same location as the Winter Concert.

More details on the Clap Out for the Class of 2017 will follow.

At this time, we are tentatively planning for K-6 Field Day on Wednesday, June 7, to take place at Peace. More details will follow. This is a half day with dismissal at 12 noon for all students. There is no after-care on Field Day. We will offer before-care at Peace.

We had a great Family Bingo Night on May 12 – thank you to everyone who joined us and thank you to Peace for sharing their space!

We’re thankful for our 2017 auction sponsors: Dulles Motorcars, Out of the Bubble Bakery, Skuared Photography, All Makes & Models and the Kiwanis Club of Tysons. Their websites are all here. Support them when you can. Their kindness makes a difference to not only our auction event, but also our school as whole.

Our Annual Fund Campaign is in progress and will go through August 31, 2017. 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. You can donate online here. 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 and is completely separate from the capital campaign which is for the new lower school building. Thank you to the many families and staff who have already given!


Our summer camp runs for 8 weeks beginning Monday, June 26 until Friday, August 18 (with no camp or care on July 4). Summer camp registration remains open to the general public. All details are here and the registration form is here. Thank you in advance for helping to spread the word about our awesome summer offerings!

Camp invoices were sent May 5 and were due May 12. Thank you to all who paid! If you have not yet paid your summer camp balance, please do so as soon as possible. The late fee is now in effect.

The camp invoice will come to you beginning May 5 from the following email address: Pinecrest School <quickbooks-email@intuit.com>. Please add this address to your approved senders/contacts list and please check your spam folder if you do not receive it in the next few days. When you receive your invoice, you will have the option to pay online with a credit card (with a processing fee added) or pay by check, which you can mail yourself, have your bank send directly or drop off to Pinecrest School.

A summer camp mailing will be sent to all camp families prior to June 26. If there are any questions beforehand, please let us know.

June Care

Like last year, we are offering June Care for a cost for part of the time between school and summer camp. June Care will run Monday-Friday, June 12-16 and Monday-Tuesday, June 19-20. This is for current students. If enrollment is high enough, children will be grouped by their rising grade level, just like at summer camp (i.e., rising K-6 together and preschool together). If enrollment is lower than anticipated, all children will be grouped together throughout each day. The registration form is here. The price has now increased but space is still available.

Relevant Speakers and Programs

Whenever there are relevant speakers or programs coming to our area, we often share that information if we think the message is a match with the Pinecrest School message and philosophy and/or we think parents might be interested in attending. To that end, I want to share this as FYI.

Safe Community Coalition of McLean Event – “The Big Disconnect”
TONIGHT - Wednesday, May 17, 7:30 p.m.
Temple Rodef Shalom, 2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church, VA 22043
Last year the Safe Community Coalition presented Julie Lythcott-Haims author of How to Raise an Adult to a sold-out audience. This year, Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair, clinical psychologist, Harvard instructor and author of The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age, will speak about how technology is impacting our children and our family relationships. Her talk will offer insights and advice that can help parents of students from preschool through high school-age achieve greater understanding, authority, and confidence as they face the tech revolution unfolding in their living rooms. Screen time isn't going anywhere. So let's talk about it!
• Tickets are $20 in advance ($25 at the door) and seating is limited, so get yours today!
Presented by the Safe Community Coalition of McLean

Alexandria Kiwanis Children’s Concert Featuring Rocknocerus & Children’s Orff Ensemble
Sunday, May 21 – 2-4PM – The George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria
• More details and tickets here.

Join Dr. Rene Hackney/Parenting Playgroups for an informative parenting workshop! Her workshops are praised for being engaging, thorough and full of practical solutions. These workshops meet in Reston, Alexandria and McLean and focus on a variety of topics. For more information and to register, please visit this site.


Reminder: Our policy is that tuition should be received on or by the 1st. The 2nd-5th are grace period days, and the $50 late fee is charged when tuition is received after the 5th.

Please do not leave payments in the mailbox. It is not safe. We have had issues in the past where the mail carrier has taken envelopes left in the mailbox thinking it was outgoing mail. Sometimes these envelopes have made their way back to us, but not always.


Upcoming Dates

More details will follow about upcoming events/activities if not included here.

Date Event
Monday-Friday, May 15-19 Spirit Week (Thursday: Pinecrest Spirit Day and Friday: Class Dress Alike Day)
Thursday, May 18K/1 Field Trip – Huntley Meadows
Monday, May 22 Grade 1 Authors’ Tea – 3-3:35 p.m. – classroom
Tuesday, May 23 Preschool 4 Field Trip – Hidden Pond Nature Center
Tuesday, May 23 Grade 2 Authors’ Tea – 3-3:35 p.m. – classroom
Wednesday, May 24 Grade 3 Authors’ Tea – 3-3:35 p.m. – classroom
Wednesday, May 24 Annual Meeting – 7 p.m. – multipurpose room
Thursday, May 25 Preschool Color Day – Rainbow Day
Thursday, May 25 Grade 4 and Grade 5/6 Authors’ Teas – 3-3:35 p.m. – Peace
Friday, May 26 Preschool 3/4 Field Trip – Hidden Pond Nature Center
Friday, May 26 Grade 4 and 5/6 Field Trip – Hidden Pond Nature Center
Monday, May 29 Memorial Day – No School
Friday, June 2 Preschool Last Day of School, Before-care and After-care
Friday, June 2 Preschool Year-End Ceremony 11:15 a.m.-12:05 p.m. – multipurpose room
Friday, June 2 Preschool Year-End Narratives Distributed Via Backpack
Friday, June 2 Pinecrest Pizza Friday
Monday, June 5 Grade 4 and 5/6 Egg Toss – 1:55-3 p.m. at Peace – more details to follow from Ms. Mitlo and Mrs. Hakes
Tuesday, June 6 K-6 Last Day After-care – After-care ends at 5 p.m.
Tuesday, June 6 K-6 Quarter 4 Ends (50 days) / K-6 Quarter 4 Report Cards Distributed Via Backpack
Tuesday, June 6 K-6 Spring Concert and Grade 6 Graduation – 6 p.m. – Annandale United Methodist Church
Wednesday, June 7 K-6 Last Day of School & Before-care / K-6 Half Day – 12:05 p.m. Dismissal / No after-care
Wednesday, June 7 K-6 Field Day


Three Cheers for Pinecrest Parent Beth G. for her organization and work for our Family Bingo Night and to Pinecrest Parent Elizabeth Y. for assisting! Thank you also to everyone who helped us set up and clean up, and to Sandra for the delicious brownies!

Happy Early Birthday to Mrs. Ferrier (May 19)! ☺

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Calendar Changes

  • Family Bingo Night – will now take place on Friday night, May 12, at Peace (not Friday, May 19, at Pinecrest)
  • Pinecrest Pizza Friday – will now take place on Friday, May 12 (not Friday, May 5)
  • No School / No Care – Friday, May 5
  • Get the Picture: Pinecrest Portraits by Shaun Kurry – Photoshoot Fundraiser – canceled for April 23
  • Open House for Prospective Families – canceled for April 22
  • K/1 Field Trip – Roer’s Zoofari – will now take place on Thursday, April 20 (not Thursday, April 6)
  • Parent Visiting Morning: Centers With Your Child – canceled for November 11
  • Individual and Class Photos by Creatives Images – took place October 18 (will not take place on April 24)
  • Fall Spruce Up Day - added and took place on October 16
  • K-6 Color Run – took place on October 14 (not September 30)


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