Pinecrest Sloan Canyon
September 3rd, 2020
Best of Las Vegas Voting
Safe School Professional Corner
Voting for the Best Of Las Vegas has begun. Pinecrest Academy of Nevada is on the ballot for Best Elementary School, Best Middle School and Best Charter Schools. Vote once a day for each category to help Pinecrest become the Best of Las Vegas! https://www.votebolv.com/
Best of Las Vegas
All students are required to attend the LIVE Zoom instruction each day; however, we understand that there are times, just like normal in-school instruction, that your student may not be able to attend. Please find clarification for attendance communications with Pinecrest Sloan Canyon below for all families. This information is from the guidance our Attendance Office has received.
If your student is absent, please:
1. Email your students teacher, and please include:
a. Student’s first & last name
b. Period (if secondary student)
c. Reason for their absence
2. Please copy SloanAttendance@pinecrestnv.org on the email you send to your students’ teacher.
a. Teachers must direct the Attendance Office on how to code the students attendance.*
b. Student illnesses, Dr’s notes, and similar types of absences for normal in-school instruction, can be updated by the Attendance Office, as long as the notifications are received:
i. In writing (by email or fax)
ii. Received within 3 days of the absence (per the NRS code on attendance)
*Please note that the Attendance Office does NOT see the students or know if they participated in class, therefore the Attendance Office cannot excuse an absence without the teachers instruction.
Thank you for your understanding and working with us during this ever-changing time!
To increase security for our teachers and students while on Zoom meetings. We have activated a new process for accessing Zoom sessions which requires students to login with their school email and password before they can enter the waiting room of the Zoom meeting.
1. Go to Academica.Zoom.us
2. Select Sign In
3. When the Google Login screen comes up enter your student email address
4. Enter Password (Student Number)
5. Go to Zoom link and attempt to enter session
Please click the link below for a great tutorial one of our teachers made for logging into zoom as an authenticated user.
Please note, if you are being asked to verify your email you will need to access your child's student email. To do this on a school issued chromebook click the outlook app. To do this on any other device please go to mail.intellatek.net. Thank you!
Logging Into Zoom
Our IT Company – Intellatek – is offering a Help Hotline to help our families with any technology concerns! They will have phone lines open Monday thru Friday from 8am – 3pm. The phone number to access their Hotline is (702) 840 – 6060.
Technology Help Hotline
We will be expanding our Front Office Hours starting Monday August 31st. Our new office hours will be as follows:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8 am - 4 pm
Wednesday: 8 am - 6 pm
The office will also be open on Wednesday mornings from 6:30 am - 8 am by APPOINTMENT only.
If you would like to pick up your child's lunches for the week of
September 15th - September 21st you must complete the Pre-Order Form by Tuesday, September 8th at 2 pm. The form can be found by clicking the "lunch" tab on our website at www.pinecrestsloancanyon.org. Thank you!
Lunches for the week of Sept 8-11 will differ from the menu due to pre ordering discrepancies at the beginning of school. Meals will still be from our vendor and meet same standards.
Thank you for preordering meals for your child.
Front Office Hours
- Congratulations on completing iReady testing! iReady results will be sent home the week of September 14th.
- Please refer to the attendance notification on page 3 for up to date attendance procedures.
- If you are having issues logging into zoom please try to login through the zoom app instead of clever. Some parents are indicating that logging in through clever is giving a lot of issues, but logging in through the zoom app works great!
CERT Fall Benchmark Assessments- All 9th and 10th grade students
Reading and Math- September 8th
Students will be logged into Zoom, expected to have their videos on, and will be monitored by the teachers as they take the assessments. Further information on the zoom link will be given prior to the assessment. Students will not be attending other classes on these dates.
Secondary office hours are for students only. If you would like to meet with your child's teacher please schedule a time directly with the teacher. The purpose of office hours is to provide students additional help on assignments/instrution.
Attention 10th grade students!
It’s time to sign up for the PSAT/NMSQT!
The PSAT/NMSQT is taken to prepare for the SAT, which is a college admission exam. When taken in 11th grade, you may qualify for the National Merit Scholarship. For those interested in our CSN dual enrollment program, this will also help prepare for the Accuplacer, which is the CSN placement exam. We encourage all 10th grade students to sign up for the exam. The exam will take place during school hours and on campus on Wednesday, October 14, 2020. The cost is $17. Please sign up by filling out the google form linked below. The fee will then be added to Infinite Campus for prompt payment. All sign ups must be received no later than Monday, September 7, 2020 11:59pm and payments must be made no later than Monday, September 14, 2020 11:59pm.
Safe School Professional Corner
Who has been on a rollercoaster this week? I know I certainly have. Whether its embracing change, rolling with life’s curveballs, or coping with living in the midst of a pandemic with no clear ending in sight some days I feel the stress overwhelming, and some days I feel, competent, capable and resilient.
So today I would like to talk about stress and resilience. Stress is built into our DNA as humans. We generally talk about stress in negative terms. However, stress allows us the energy to act. Think of our distant ancestors. When encountering a Saber-tooth tiger the stress response allows the brain to activate the body. Getting our heart activated, blood coursing through our body. It can even shut-down our digestion (this explains those stress-induced nausea, stomach-aches, and bathroom issues) to laser focus our body to fight or flight. This is helpful this is good. Those ancestors with the highest stress/anxiety response were the survivors.
Stress is necessary for learning, and growth, and is a necessary component to foster resilience.
Today positive stress can motivate us to study for the test, propel us to find resources, to create positive consequences on our life.
However, anxiety and stress is only helpful up to a point. Let’s call it the tipping point. When prolonged stress occurs it causes physical and emotional exhaustion. When our mind becomes flooded with thoughts that are overwhelming and catastrophizing. When our body becomes tense, our heart is racing, our palms sweaty, our throat tight-these are signs that we have reached the tipping point.
Here is where resilience can come in. Resilience is our ability to adapt in the face of adversity, trauma, and significant stress. Here is a quick video about resilience https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcbTmw1Y48I
The Great News is resilience is not fixed-it can be learned, strengthened and improved!
What can we do.
1. Create a daily structure
2. Eat together as a family
3. Limit media consumption
5. Get good quality sleep
6. Reach out to others
7. Help others (it has proven benefits in our brain and our happiness levels)
8. Reframe negative thoughts into more positive future oriented thoughts. Acknowledge the stress but acknowledge what there is to be grateful for as well
We are in this together
If you or your child need any assistance, please reach out
Kori Detmer, LCSW
Safe School Professional
Pinecrest Academy Sloan Canyon
September 7th - Labor Day NO SCHOOL
September 8th - High School CERT Fall Benchmark Assessments
September 14th - Professional Development Day NO SCHOOL
October 5th - Professional Development Day NO SCHOOL