4-7 Newsletter

Pine River Area Schools 4-7 Building Newsletter               

April 18, 2019       




4th:  Ashton Dyer has shown several PRIDE points this week.  While working with his science/social studies group, he showed both Resilience and Integrity.  The group had several challenges to overcome in creating their project. Ashton stepped up and said, “I can work this out!”  He solved the problem and showed how he could think creatively and “outside the box”. Way to be a real team player, Ashton!!


5th:  Oktober Stieg. Oktober is a student who shows her PRIDE in every way, at all times. She is kind and respectful to her teachers and to her peers. She works hard in class and has a beautiful heart and a great personality! I am so proud of her this year!


6th:   Mayci McQueen.  Mayci is never afraid to be herself. She brings fun and energy to the classroom but maintains her poise in doing what is right and keeping her empathy towards others.


7th:   Dezerae Hale assists with taking down chairs in the art and music rooms and greets staff at the door and offers to help with carrying in of materials.  This week, Dez volunteered her time to come to school, after hours, and support the 5th grade in helping make their program GREAT. Dez has embodied what being a BUCK is all about this week by showing her P.R.I.D.E and we are a better place because of her.  Thank you, Dez and keep it up! In addition, last week Dez helped another student a few mornings when we were coming in and Meghan was on crutches. She doesn’t know Meg at all and didn’t hesitate to help hold the door and such for her. She seems like a really nice girl.


4th and 5th Grade Student Placement/Teacher Request for 2019-2020 School Year

Pine River Area Elementary provides all parents with the opportunity to submit a written letter to include any important information or special circumstances that should be considered as the staff works to place children in classrooms for the 2019-2020 school year. Submitting a letter is neither encouraged nor discouraged; however, if you choose to do so, please request a student placement/teacher request policy from your child’s classroom teacher or the office. That policy will explain what you must include if you choose to submit a letter. Only letters that meet the guideline requirements will be considered. Please note, the deadline for these informative letters to be submitted is April 26, 2019, all letters must be turned in at the office. Final decisions on all student placements rests with the administration.


On May 16th, in the ms gym/locker rooms, Pine River will once again be offering free sports physicals for grades 5-11 for next school year. You will need to pick up a physical form ahead of time so that your parents can fill out their portion of the form. We will begin 8:00 a.m.  If you are even thinking of going out for a sport next year, please take advantage of this great opportunity provided by some caring community members.



The DBT Skills Group was able to go over the following skills this week: SELF SOOTHE and IMPROVE the Moment Skill—these skills were taught in order to learn ways to tolerate distress the students might have and find ways to DISTRACT and learn to cope with situations around them.  We will continue to learn about healthy relationships and how to regulate emotions appropriately. Please ask your student about above DBT skills and see if they can tell you what they mean and how to use them. Please continue to have regular discussion with your student about using other skills they have learned on a daily basis!  WE are in in the planning stages of having a FAMILY Night where the students can present what they have learned to you and keep an eye out for more information to come!


We are required to test all students on the state curriculum that we have been teaching students all year.  It is important to have students test on their scheduled days (please see dates below). Staff is working diligently to continue to prepare your students.  If you are interested in how you may all support your student, please click here for additional recommendations.  


This is an 8 week series held on the 4th Monday of each month and designed to help educate our community members, including parents, business members and other community partners on what trauma is, how to recognize it, it’s impact and what we can do about it.  

Dates: February 25, March 25, April 22, June 24, July 22, August 26, & September 23
Time: 6-7:30pm

Location :  Church of the Nazarene,  Reed City

*Dinner & Child Care will be provided
* RSVP to Kathy Lockhart 231/832-7270 by the

Third Wednesday of each month

Sponsored by:

Post Adoption Resource Center (PARC), Family Enrichment Center (FEC),Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS),  Community Mental Health (CMH) and Eagle Village, Inc.



April 18             3rd Marking Period Grade Updates to go home 4th-7th grades

April 19   No School – Good Friday

April 22   Earth Day

April 23-24        5th Grade M-step

April 25             4th Grade Multi-Cultural Arts Program

  Friends of the Middle School Meeting at 5:00 p.m.

April 29-May 9  4th/6th/7th Grades M-step

May 3   Half Day of School – No Lunch Served  ALL SPORTS DAY

May 16   FREE Sports Physicals starting at 8:00 a.m.in the  MS Gym

May 19               HS Graduation

May 27               No School – Memorial Day