05/127/24Week of May 6th


Daily Dismissal

Our school day officially ends at 3:20pm each day. If you are picking your child up in a car at the end of the day, please do not arrive in the front circle prior to 3:10pm. We cannot begin our dismissal until 3:15pm and need to avoid cars blocking the flow of traffic on Gay Street. If you are able to arrive between 3:15pm - 3:20pm, that would be really helpful in preventing our front circle from filling up and causing a back-up onto Gay Street. Thank you so much for helping to make our dismissal a safe and smooth process.




Teacher Appreciation Week: May 6th - 10th

Teacher Appreciation Week is Monday, May 6th - Friday, May 10th. Please join me in thanking the remarkable Pine Hill faculty and staff for all they do for our students and families each and every day!



Early Release Day on Wednesday, May 8th

The next early-release Wednesday of the school year will be this Wednesday, May 8th. Students will be dismissed at 12:00pm on those days 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 Pine Hill School at the beginning of Extended Day.



School Committee Meeting: Thursday, May 9th

The monthly School Committee meeting for May will be held on Thursday, May 9th beginning at 6:30pm at the Westwood High School Little Theater.



May SEPAC Events 

The Westwood SEPAC has several community events scheduled for the month of May.


Please click on the following link to learn about and register for the May SEPAC events:  Westwood SEPAC Events for May 2024



Staffing Updates:

  • Instructional Assistant: We have hired David Renninger as an Instructional Assistant. Mr. Renninger will primarily be supporting students in the Focus program. Please join us in welcoming Mr. Renninger to Pine Hill.
  • Special Educators: Maura Jaundoo has made the decision to reduce her position to .5 starting next fall. We have hired Elizabeth Buckley as a .5 Special Educator. Mrs. Jaundoo and Mrs. Buckley will work in a job share partnership for the 2024-2025 school year. Mrs. Buckley worked for many years as a Special Educator at Deerfield. Please join us in welcoming Mrs. Buckley to Pine Hill and congratulating Mrs. Jaundoo on her new position.



Reminder: Conversations with Caregivers: Tuesday, May 14th

We are excited for our final Conversation with Caregivers series for SY 2023-24 on May 14th. The Westwood Public Schools’ School Engagement Committee appreciates the community participation this year and hopes you will join us for our panel discussion on Mental Health Resources and Trends. Each panelist will share about their program/resource, how caregivers can access your program, and what information can be shared. Panelists will also talk about trends and things that are surfacing with students around mental health at this time. We will save some time at the end of the session for Q&A.


The Conversation with Caregivers will be held at the Pine Hill Elementary School, 790 Gay Street, Westwood, MA on May 14th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. We are offering this talk in person and via Zoom. Please use this link to Register.

For more information, please click on the following link: Conversation with Caregivers Event_05/14/2024



Reminder: 2024-2025 WPS Calendar

The Westwood School Committee has approved the district calendar for the 2024-2025 school year. To access the calendar, please click on the following link: WPS 2024-2025 Calendar



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 updated 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: The Last Day of School for Pine Hill

Superintendent Piwowar confirmed that Pine Hill will need to make up the day that school was canceled for Deerfield and Hanlon due to the power outage on Monday, December 18th. Assuming we have no additional snow days, the last day of school for Pine Hill will be Monday, June 17th. Both Friday, June 14th and Monday, June 17th will be early-release days for students.



Reminder: Pine Hill 411

We have created a Pine Hill 411 document, which contains a lot of important information about the daily routines at the Pine Hill School. Our arrival and dismissal procedures are included, in addition to general school information.


To access the document, please click on the following link: Pine Hill 411



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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