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Pioneer Elementary will be hosting a family webinar this Wednesday, August 19th from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm. We will be sharing out information about K-5 scheduling, remote learning, and social emotional supports available for your students. There will also be time at the end of the meeting for questions. I look forward to seeing you all there. ✏️ 📝 💻


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. 




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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