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Your child’s world has dramatically changed over the course of just a few months. They are now at home without interactions from friends, teachers and extended family. They’re worried about what they are hearing on TV and unsure when life will return to “normal.” Parenting during this crisis is not easy and can be overwhelming. The tips below may help support you and your children during this difficult time.

Boost Well-Being

Your children are likely experiencing conflicting emotions. One minute they may be happy to be home with you and sad the next because they can’t go anywhere or have anyone over. Keeping life as close to normal as possible will help your child’s emotional well-being.

Find the Positives

Look for bright moments each day. You might have extra time now that you are working from home to snuggle up and read with your child. Allow your children time to video chat with family members and friends they can’t see in person.

Stay Physically Active

Go for runs or bike rides and play backyard games. Have everyone put on comfortable clothes and gather in front of the tv or computer for a free fitness class. Try a site like https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga, https://www.gonoodle.com/ or lesmills.com/us/workouts/youth-training/.

Encourage Play

Children need plenty of time to play especially in difficult and stressful times. Pull out old toys that your kids might not have played with for a while. Have them turn household items into toys. Encourage them to be creative and think outside the box. A cardboard box could be a bear cave, a school bus or an art studio. Have them color the inside with crayons or markers. They can use a blanket as a tent, a cape or an island. Don’t touch the lava!

Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Spending time in nature is proven to relieve stress. Have your kids take pictures or draw the beauty they see in nature. Take family walks and look for animals, plants and flowers along the way. Plant a small garden that they can take care of daily. Lay outside at night and star gaze. Have kids look for birds and draw pictures of the ones they see.

Do Things for Others

Thinking of others gets your children thinking about something else then the situation they are in. Have them make cards for people who are working to help us all during this time like nurses, doctors, and first responders. Have them use sidewalk chalk to draw pictures and leave uplifting messages for delivery truck drivers and mail carriers.

Manage Family Time

Being together 24/7 and unable to leave your home can cause tension among family members. Encourage siblings to play separately when they they’ve had enough of each other’s company. It is also healthy for parents to have alone time so plan time to take care of yourself.

Reading Everyday is one of the best ways for your child to keep up skills in all subjects!


  •  Set aside time each day to read with your child. You could enjoy favorite books from your bookshelves and also download free e-books from the public library. Encourage him to choose a variety-fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies, how-to-books, and more. Let her pick books she can read on her own as well as challenging ones you can read to her. If you read in Spanish that is great! Hearing stories in English or Spanish will help your child with their reading skills. 
  • Together, watch authors, teachers and librarians read stories aloud online. Try storylineonline.net or search You Tube for "read alouds." Then, suggest your child make her own story time videos-complete with props and puppets. Socks make great puppets. 

The Quincy School District will be purchasing school supplies for all students again this year. Your child just needs to bring a backpack and lunch box if they are bringing lunch from home. 




Dear Pioneer Families:

Welcome to Pioneer Elementary! We are excited to have you and your child as part of our Pioneer family. This school year is going to be amazing as we continue to provide academic experiences for our students that are rigorous, relevant, and help them build relationships while making real-world connections. You will be amazed at the amount of wonderful information your child learns this school year. Many years ago, I walked through Pioneer’s front doors as a student and I remember the excitement and nervousness I felt on the first day. This year some of our students are returning, and others are brand new to Pioneer. All students will be greeted and welcomed as a Pioneer Jackrabbit! The first day of school is now magical for me as a principal.

There is something special about watching this building come to life as we build up to that new beginning. Some of you may be filled with questions and a bit anxious about this new journey; others are already on this path and maybe know a little bit more.  Rest assured that we are ready to welcome you and your student with open arms! As your child’s principal, it is important to me that everyone who steps through our doors - teachers, students and parents-are excited to be here!  This attitude enables us to meet the challenges of academic excellence in a positive, fun, and nurturing environment.

We believe that all of us – the school and the community – must work together in an extended family environment to ensure success for all our students. With that in mind, you are invited to be an active participant at Pioneer Elementary School. Whether you are a classroom volunteer, a member of the Parent Volunteer Committee, special event participation, or member of one of our school communities, you are encouraged to be involved!  Research on schools clearly demonstrates that parent participation in their child’s school coincides with a greater likelihood of academic success for their child. My door is always open and I welcome your input.  Please feel free to call or email me to discuss any concerns or questions you might have throughout the school year.  Our friendly office staff is here until 4:00 pm and would be happy to assist you in anyway. Thank you for sending your child to Pioneer. It is a privilege to serve a positive and impactful role in your child’s education. It is with great joy that I welcome you to the Pioneer Jacks family!


Alesha Porter

Principal, Pioneer Elementary

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Estimadas familias de Pioneer:

¡Bienvenidos a La Elemental de Pioneer!  Nosotros estamos emocionados en tener a usted y a sus hijos como parte de nuestra familia de Pioneer. Este año escolar será maravilloso a como continuamos en proveer experiencia para nuestros estudiantes que están rigurosos, relevante, y ayudarles a crear relaciones mientras hacen conexiones de la vida real.  Usted estará asombrada a como continuaremos en proveer experiencia académica para nuestros estudiantes este año escolar. Muchos años atrás, yo camine por las puertas de enfrente de Pioneer como estudiante y recuerdo la emoción y lo nerviosa que estaba el primer día. Este año algunos de nuestros estudiantes regresan, y otros son nuevos a Pioneer. Todos los estudiantes se les saludara y darles la bienvenida como Pioneer Jackrabbit! El primer día de escuela es una magia para mí como directora.

  Hay algo especial acerca de este edificio observar cómo se llena de vida a como nosotros crecemos a ese nuevo comienzo. Algunos de usted pueden estén llenos con preguntas y un poco ansiosos acerca de esta nueva trayectoria; otros están listos para este paso y talvez sabe un poco más. ¡Este seguro que nosotras estamos listas para darles la bienvenida a usted y sus estudiantes con brazos abiertos!  A como directora de sus hijos, ¡es importante para que todos quienes pasen por nuestras puestas – maestros, estudiante y padres esta emocionadas de estar aquí! Esta actitud nos permite en llegar a nuestros retos excelentes positivos académicos, divertido y un entorno de crianza.

  Nosotros creemos que todos nosotros la escuela y la comunidad deben de trabajar juntos en un ambiente familiar extendido en asegurar el éxito para todos nuestros estudiantes.  Con esto en mente, usted está invitado en hacer un participante activo en la escuela Elemental de Pioneer. ¡Aunque usted este de voluntario en el salón, miembro del comité de padres voluntarios, participar en eventos especiales, miembro de unos de comités de nuestra escuela se les anima a que participe! Investigaciones en las escuelas claramente demuestran que la participación de los padres en las escuelas coincide con una mayor probabilidad de éxito académico para su hijo. Las puertas siempre están abiertas y acojo cualquier entrada.  Por favor de llamar o escribirme para discutir cualquier preocupación o pregunta que usted puede tener durante el año escolar. Nuestros amistosos personales de la oficina están hasta las 4:00 pm y estarán felices de asistirlo de alguna manera.  Gracias por mandar sus niños a Pioneer.  Es un privilegio de servir en un papel impactante en la educación de sus niños.  ¡Es de un buen agrado darle la bienvenida a la familia de los Jacks!


Alesha Porter

Directora, Elemental de Pioneer


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Summer Fun

Summer vacation is an exciting time for many students. The students no longer have to wake up early, no longer have to go to school, no longer have to read.  However, if students stop doing these things all summer it can have a drastic effect on all the information they worked so hard to learn during the year.  The process of students losing information is known as the “summer slide.”  The summer slide is real, in fact research shows that some students can lose as much as two months of reading progress.  That is like missing approximately 40 days of school in one year!

Parents can help students maintain the learning skills they have developed by helping their kids complete academic tasks into their daily routine. These don’t have to be difficult or necessarily follow a “set curriculum.”  The students simply need to continue using their brain, practice basic math skills, and interact with books and reading all summer.  

Your children should also try to do the following every day so their child stays healthy and happy.

  1. Eat vegetables with their meals
  2. Enjoy healthy snacks like fresh fruit
  3. Drink several glasses of water a day
    • The more they sweat they more they need to drink
  4. Play/exercise outside for 60 minutes a day
  5. Challenge their brain in a math activity
  6. Read and discuss a story/book with an adult.
  7. Get at least 10 hours of sleep a night
    • It is important to maintain a routine of going to bed a certain time and waking up at a set time.

Click on the link to gain access to a fun bingo card your children can use to track their healthy habits every day!

Healthy Brain Bingo Game

The Quincy Public Library has a list of great activities to participate in all summer and they are free of charge!

Quincy Public Library Collage

Here is a link to their web page Quincy Public Library  and down below is a list of activities you can participate in over the summer, 

Library Summer Activities Calendar


Como Ayudarle a su Niño Durante El Verano!

Verano 2019

Vacaciones de Verano es un tiempo de emociones para muchos estudiantes. Los estudiantes no se tienen que despertar temprano, no más de venir a la escuela, y nos de leer.  Aunque, si los estudiantes paran de hacer todas esas cosas todo el verano podría hacer un drástico efecto en toda la información que ellos han trabajado tan duro en aprender durante el año. El proceso a que los estudiantes pierden información que es conocido como “deslizamiento de verano” (summer slide).  ¡Esto es real!  En efecto, investigación demuestra que algunos estudiantes pueden perder hasta dos meses del progreso de lectura. ¡Esto es perdiendo aproximadamente 40 días de clases en un año!

Padres puede ayudar a los estudiantes en mantener las habilidades de aprendizajes que ellos han desarrollado en ayudar a sus hijos a incorporar las tareas académicas a sus rutinas diarias. Esto no debe de ser difícil o necesario en seguir un “currículo.” Los estudiantes simplemente necesitan en continuar usando sus cerebros, practicando matemáticas básicas, interactuar con los libros y leer todo el verano. 

Sus hijos deben de tratar en hacer lo siguiente todos los días para que sus hijos se mantengan saludables y feliz.  

  1. Comer vegetales con sus comidas
  2. Disfrutar meriendas saludables como fruta fresca
  3. Tomar varios vasos de agua al día
    • Lo más que ellos sudan mas necesitan tomar
  4. Jugar/ejercicio afuera por 60 minutos al día
  5. Retar su cerebro en actividades de matemáticas
  6. Leer y discutir una historia/libro con un adulto
  7. Tomar por lo menos 10 horas de descanso en la noche
    • Es importante en mantener una rutina de llevarlos a dormir a cierta hora y despertarse a una hora.

Haga un Click en la página para acceso tarjetas de bingo para sus niños pueden usar para repasar su hábitos saludables cada día.

Bingo del Cerebro Sano

¡La biblioteca pública de Quincy tiene una lista de buenas actividades para participar todo el verano y son gratis!  

Quincy Public Library Collage

Calendario de Actividades de la Biblioteca

Pioneer Elementary

224 J Street SE
Quincy, WA 98848

Phone: 509-787-1595
Fax: 509-787-2583

Hours: Mon 9:30-3:00, Tues-Fri: 8:10-3:00

Principal:  Ms. Alesha Porter
School Counselor:
Gus Winter

Administrative Assistant:
Ana Argueta

Administrative Assistant:
Zoila Castillo

Parent Liaison:
Lisset Tamayo Ibal

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