01/22/24Week of January 22nd


STEAM Fair: Wednesday, January 24th

Pine Hill will be having our STEAM Fair this Wednesday, January 24th. The STEAM Fair will begin at 5:30pm and will be held in the Westwood High School lobby and cafeteria. The focus of the STEAM Fair projects has been on using recyclable materials for the creation of the projects. Many students have been working hard on their projects and are excited to share them with the Pine Hill community.


Students who are presenting projects at the STEAM fair may come to the High School lobby and cafeteria to set up their projects anytime after 5:00pm on Wednesday, January 24th. All members of the Pine Hill community are invited to join the fair, starting at 5:30pm, even if you are not presenting a project.


Thank you so much to the STEAM Fair Committee members and Pine Hill’s two Librarians, Meg Kara and Beth Swinning, for helping to organize this creative and fun community event.



Morning Arrival and School Safety

Please read the following letter regarding our morning arrival and school safety procedures. This letter was also shared with all Pine Hill families last week.


To access the letter, please click on the following link: Letter to Pine Hill Families_Morning Arrival and School Safety_01/19/2024



January Report Cards

Your child’s report card will be available for you to review through our Aspen/X2 portal on Friday, February 2ndDirections for accessing the report card are linked here. If you need support, you can visit the Aspen self-help site or email our Aspen support team at aspen@westwood.k12.ma.us with questions. Report cards will not be mailed home. They are printable through Aspen, should you desire a hard copy.



"Big Red" Climbing Structure at Hanlon

The climbing structure on the Hanlon campus, affectionately known as “Big Red,” will be moved to the Martha Jones playground. The exact date of the move is not yet determined. However, it will likely be in the next couple of weeks. Thank you so much to the Hanlon PTO for initially purchasing the structure for the Hanlon School and for supporting the move to enhance the Martha Jones playground.



Staffing Update: School Nurse

Amanda Fairbanks has agreed to continue in/extend her role as School Nurse. Nurse Fairbanks will remain at the Deerfield campus until the transition into the new building. She will then join Nurse Galvin (School Nurse at the Hanlon campus) as the nursing team for the Pine Hill School through the remainder of the 2023-2024 school year.



Reminder: Early Release Day on Wednesday, January 24th

The next early-release Wednesday of the school year will be next Wednesday, January 24th. Students will be dismissed at 12:00pm and we will not have lunch or afternoon recess during the school day. If students are going to Extended Day, then they will have lunch at the Hanlon School at the beginning of Extended Day.



Reminder: Spring 2024 MCAS Schedule

The testing window for the Spring 2024 MCAS exams is March 25th - May 24th. Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 will take two English Language Arts exams and two Math exams. Students in grade 5 will also take two Science, Technology and Engineering exams. 


To access the draft schedules for the Pine Hill Spring 2024 MCAS testing, please click on the following link: 2023-2024_Pine Hill_MCAS Schedule_Spring 2024_For Families



Reminder: SEPAC Event: Saturday, January 27th

The Westwood Library is requesting input on programming and library materials. Please consider completing their survey. The Library is also hosting a sensory-friendly movie on Saturday, January 27th. 


Please click on the following link for more information: SEPAC_Sensory-Friendly Movie Flyer



Reminder: Student Use of Personal Electronic Devices

Please read the following letter regarding student use of personal electronic devices during the school day. The letter was also sent to all Pine Hill families on Friday, December 15th. 


To access the letter, please click on the following link: Letter_Pine Hill Community_Personal Electronic Devices_12/15/2023



Reminder: Pine Hill Photos

Our Hanlon campus Instructional Technology Coach, Mr. Goguen, filmed a new, wonderful drone video of the exterior of the new Pine Hill School building (Thank you so much, Mr. Goguen!). In addition, Mr. Baumer took some updated photos of all/most of the interior spaces.


To access the video and photos, please click on the following link: The New Pine Hill School (Mr. Baumer will work on labeling and organizing the photos, so they are more user-friendly. They are not yet in order.)



Reminder: Pine Hill Site Council

We are looking for Pine Hill parents to serve on the Pine Hill Site Council this year. The Pine Hill Site Council is a school advisory group that is composed of parents, teachers, and community members. The council members assist the principal in: 1) Adopting educational goals for the school that are consistent with local educational policies and statewide student performance standards, 2) identifying the educational needs of students attending the school, 3) reviewing the annual school building budget, and 4) discussing a school improvement plan.


The Pine Hill Site Council meets several times throughout the year. Our meetings are usually held on the second Monday of the month from 3:30pm - 4:30pm. Please contact Mr. Baumer if you are interested in serving on the Pine Hill Site Council during the 2023-2024 school year.

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