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Campus CalendarCALENDAR OF EVENTS 2014-2015
3/18 – Cap ‘n’ Gown Pictures for Rooms 6, 7 & 9 – 9:30 am
3/18 – 6th grade pictures for graduation
3/19 – Open House – Rooms 1 thru 8 & Kinder through 6th grade, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
3/20 – Spirit T-Shirt Day
3/25 – Marionette’s Show for Rooms 1 through 8
3/27 – Report Cards for Kindergarten through 6th grade
3/27 – Free Dress
4/3 – Preschool Only Closed due to in-service for teacher
4/3 – Childcare Only for Kindergarten through 6th grade
4/6 – 4/10 – Spring Break (campus open) (non- academic)
4/16 – 5th grade field trip to Sacramento
4/17 – Optional Day for 5th grade students only
4/17 – Spirit T-Shirt Day
4/22 – 4/24 – 6th grade field trip to Pali Mountain
4/24 – Free Dress
4/30 – Kindergarten Field Trip – Greg ‘n’ Steve
5/1 – Olympic Day (Rooms 6, 7 & 8 and Kindergarten through 6th grade)
5/7 – Bella Notte Show @ TO Civic Center 6:00 (rooms 6, 7 & 8 and Kindergarten through 6th grade)
5/8 – Spirit T-shirt Day
5/12 – 3rd grade field trip to Santa Barbara Natural History Museum
5/12 – 4th grade field trip to Santa Barbara Mission
5/15 – Spirit T-Shirt Day
5/15 – Spring Tea – Rooms 1 through 8 9:00 am
5/21 – Sports Banquet for all after school athletes (does not include Pee Wee) 6:00 pm
5/22 – Sports Beach Trip for all after school athletes
5/25 – Campus Closed in observance of Memorial Day
5/29 – Family BBQ
6/1 – Dance Recital @ TO Civic Center
6/2 – 6th grade graduation & 5th grade award ceremony – 9:00 am
6/4 – Last Day of school for Kindergarten through 6th grade
6/4 – Report Cards for Kindergarten through 6th grade
6/5 – Campus Closed for Kindergarten through 6th grade
6/8 – Summer Camp Begins (Kindergarten through 6th grade)
6/25 – Preschool Graduation (Rooms 6, 7 & 8)
7/6 – Campus Closed in observance of July 4th
8/14 – Summer Camp Ends (Kindergarten through 6th grade)
8/24 – School Begins for Kindergarten through 6th grade
After School ProgramsPinecrest Moorpark offers many after school enrichment classes . Please contact our main office for specific classes and start dates.
Mountain Lion SportsJohn Langley: Physical Education Instructor
In addition to our Physical Education program in which students learn both individual fitness techniques and team sports, students in 3rd grade and up may participate in competitive sports after school. Pinecrest belongs to the San Fernando Valley Private School League and participates in three seasons of interscholastic sports each year, including flag football, soccer, basketball, volleyball, and other sports as determined by the League. At our annual Sports Banquet, we recognize the accomplishments of each team and spotlight outstanding athletes. Enrollment requires the completion of the Authorization for Sports Team Travel. You can pick one up in the Athletic Office.
Specialty ClassesIn addition to After School Sports, Extra Curricular classes are offered to encourage interest and enhance skills in areas beyond our basic curriculum. Fees for these classes are paid to the class instructor. Most classes meet weekly after school or during non-academic periods during the school day. CLASSES START IN EARLY FALL AND RUN EACH QUARTER; SEE ENROLLMENT FORMS FOR START DATES, CLASS TIMES AND COSTS.
How to Enroll
Pick-up Enrollment Forms in the Office. Return completed FORM and PAYMENT ASAP. Classes are filled on a first come basis. The teacher will contact you to confirm enrollment as most classes have both minimum and maximum enrollment to start. Find out more about the Dance Classes, one of a variety of extra curricular classes available, by visiting the website of Studio G Dance.
Campus StaffCampus Director: April Cauthron
Office Staff: Theresa Barber
Office Staff: Karen Grives
Athletic Director: John Langley
Patricia Dillon – Fourth Grade
I have been teaching at Pinecrest for 10 years. I have a Bachelor of Science of Elementary Education from Western Connecticut University. In addition, I have a Paralegal Degree from UCLA School of Law. I enjoy reading, traveling, and spending time with my family and friends. I believe each child has strengths and gifts that need to be nurtured with the appropriate amount of personal support. Students should be encouraged to develop intellectually, emotionally and physical in an environment that celebrates each child’s efforts and triumphs. I enjoy watching students enter preschool and watch as they advance through the years. One September I found a note on my desk that had been folded, stapled and taped closed. A student wrote and asked me not to make him speak in front of the classroom. I assured him I would honor his request. In June, we had an oral presentation book report. I told him we would work it so he didn’t have to give his report in front of the room. He then told me he was ready, and thanked me for understanding. He did an outstanding job!
Cassandra Garcia – Spanish
Sandra Goldberg – First Grade
I have been a teacher with Pinecrest for 20 years. I have a Bachelors of Arts in Child Development. Spanish Bilingual Occupational Certificate. When I am not teaching, I enjoy going to the movies, traveling, cooking, reading, and the ocean. My education belief is that through education, children will receive the vital skills and tools necessary to build a life that is successful and prosperous. It has been my desire to make a positive impact on the life of a child. Teaching is a very rewarding profession in which one is able to directly affect change in the lives of others. My most memorable moment as an educator would have to be when incoming students display very limited reading skills and progress to a level of above average at the end of the school year.
John Langley – Athletic Director
A quality Physical Education program is offered to students as part of the general curriculum at Pinecrest Elementary School. Through a variety of activities your child will enjoy a curriculum that teaches fitness, recreational and sport skills, teamwork, social skills, and fun for grades JK through 5th grade. It is important to us that every child feels successful each day, and that they leave class eager to have Physical Education again. The classes will be safe, enjoyable, active, and developmentally appropriate. One of our class goals is to actively engage children in sufficient amounts of moderate to vigorous physical activity to improve and/or maintain their physical health and well-being. Another goal is to encourage children to apply the skills and knowledge they acquire during class and to seek opportunities to be active outside of school and as part of a healthy lifestyle. Additionally units are planned to develop motor, personal, and social skills. In order to provide the best possible experience for your child we must work together. The general rules for all Physical Education classes are: 1. Listen and follow directions. 2. Keep body parts to yourself. 3. When teacher (or designated student) is talking, be quiet. 4. Respect others. 5. Be a good sport. Please remind your child for comfort and safety purposes he/she should wear athletic shoes with rubber soles every day. Physical Education must be done on a regular basis to achieve health benefits. Therefore, your child’s participation is very important. If she/he is sick or unable to participate in all activities, please let us know by e-mail, note, or phone call prior to scheduled class. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Thank you, John Langley (805)529-3255 Ext. 251
Denise Leslie – Music
I have been teaching at Pinecrest Schools for 12 years. I have a Bachelor of Music, Music Director Degree through the Archdiocese. I enjoy spending quality time with my family and two dogs, traveling, cooking, gardening, skiing, composing and recording original music for the classes. My philosophy is to make education come “alive” through using all of our senses of touch, feel, write, hear, and move to music. Make it fun by applying knowledge learned to music games. Create teamwork with classes through performances. Inspire children to discover and appreciate classical music. I enjoy developing confidence in children through the use of performance. Teaching skills that can be applied to math and science; spatial and cognitive reasoning recognizing familiar patterns – all learned through playing an instrument. One of my most memorable moments is watching a student who had stage fright perform with confidence. Being the 1st person to teach the words to the songs that will last a lifetime, such as patriotic and seasonal songs.
Isabella Millar – Second Grade
I have a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Health Sciences with an emphasis in Education from California State University Northridge. I have also completed all classes required for the California teaching credential. All coursework and degree conferred at California State University Northridge. My future goal is to pursue a Master degree in Education. I enjoy spending time with my wonderful family, traveling, enjoying the outdoors, and attending sporting events. I believe that all children can become life-long learners. If they develop a love for learning at an early age, that love will continue to grow as they do. Our classroom represents a safe environment where children can learn and explore, given the right tools. Through the use of projects, hands-on activities, cooperative learning strategies, and technology integration, I will strive to do my best to see that all children are provided with a fun and stimulating learning environment where each child can be successful. I thoroughly enjoy helping young students grow both academically and socially. I really enjoy watching them grow and fell so blessed to have touched so many young lives throughout the years. Being an education has been a lifelong dream of mine. There have been so many memorable moments throughout my teaching career that it would be hard to pick one profound moment. Not a day passes without some amazing event touching my life.
Teresa Morris – Third Grade
BA in Liberal Studies. Multiple Subject Teaching Credential in California I enjoy spending time with my family. I also enjoy reading, bike riding and doing cross stitch. My education philosophy is that every child deserves the right to learn in safe, stimulating environment. Everyone has different learning styles. It is my job to determine how to teach the material in a way that makes sense to each of them. I really enjoy working with the children. You can see the academic growth in each student as the year progresses. It is especially rewarding when you see them master a skill that was really challenging for them. They are pleased with their personal success. One year, I had a student who spoke limited English. I had to teach every subject using visuals and acting out how to do everything while speaking slowly and repetitively. She was bright and by the end of the year she was doing very well reading and writing in English. It was challenging at times, but it helped me become a better teacher.
Veronica Rodriguez – Second Grade
I attended Mission College and UCLA. I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and attending sporting events. As a teacher, I understand that each child learns differently. My goal is to reassure every child and to make a positive impact on them as their stepping stone to their love of learning and making good choices. Being a team player and knowing that I am well liked teacher and co-worker. As a kindergarten teacher each year brings forth profound and memorable moments. There are too many to make one more important than the other. It’s being able to watch how these children continue to grow and succeed.
Sarah Schuyler – Fifth Grade
I have been teaching at Pinecrest Schools for 9 years. I attended California State University, Bakersfield and received a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies in June 1999. I also have a Professional Clear Multiple Subject Credential with CLAD Emphasis, June 2002. I am an avid reader and enjoy all types of genres. I also love watching movies and spending time with my family. I believe that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. It is my desire as an educator to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites a sharing of ideas. There are three elements that I believe are conducive to establishing such an environment, (1) the teacher acting as a guide, (2) allowing the child’s natural curiosity to direct his/her learning, and (3) promoting respect for all people. I believe that I am not only here in an academic role but as a person who wears many caps and have the ability to change lives. I have to not only be the teacher, but the role model, the nurturer, the nurse, the psychologist, the problem solve, adviser, etc. There are so many caps that we as educators put on because each moment is a learning opportunity for our students young minds. I love when old students come back to visit and begin to reminisce about when they were in the class. I love to hear them walking around the room talking about the different projects they did, the places they sat, different bulletin boards, and different experiences they had in my classroom. It always amazes me that it is the little things that they remember. It puts a smile on my face and I know I am in the right place and making a difference in somebody’s life.