Pine Bend Announcements 10/13/2016
Published on Oct 13, 2016 14:41

ALL Read-A-Thon minute sheets and donations are due tomorrow!  Students should READ until Thursday and turn everything in on Friday, October 14th!



The PTSA is organizing a meal for the AMAZING teachers of Pine Bend! Please consider donating a food item for their enjoyment during their long night of conferences on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18TH. Sign up HERE and bring your food item or donation to Pine Bend by 3:15 pm on Oct. 18th. 

If you have any questions about the PTSA meeting or the Teacher Appreciation Meal please contact Kate Skappel at [email protected].


Book Fair Volunteers Needed!
Please click on the following link if you are interested in helping out during the Pine Bend Book Fair

Field trip donation form - REMINDER
Please return your field trip donation forms to school with your child or bring them to conferences next week.  The requested donation is $15 per child. This partially covers the cost of field trips for the entire year. The Pine Bend PTSA pays the remainder of the costs.  Additional forms are located in the office.  Any questions can be sent to Jennifer Shepard at [email protected].  Thank you!

Start and End Times Survey
The ISD 199 School Board has requested a team of community members and district staff to review K-12 school start/end times. This request is due to research conducted on the sleep patterns on teens and the impact on student achievement. If you were unable to attend the informational sessions on October 3 and 6, please consider taking the community survey before October 23. 

Start & End Time Survey

Employment Opportunity
Please see the attached link for an employment opportunity with ISD 199 Food Service.
FSSUBS Posting 10-4-16.pdf



New Fliers Posted
Elementary Flyers

Inquire, Inform, Inspire Community Talks with Superintendent Bernhardson
Inver Grove Heights Community Schools is committed to its community, and we want to answer your questions. During the 2016-2017 school year, Superintendent Dave Bernhardson will be available at locations throughout the community for informal community talks. ISD199 invites you to visit with him and ask questions about the district. No registration is required. These events are free and open to the public.

Save the date for the October 20 talk, which will feature a tour of Simley High School’s new facilities, including the Performing Arts Center. A full schedule can be found here.

Lost and Found
We already have numerous sweatshirts in the lost and found. If you think your student is missing an item, please have them check the lost and found bin located in the cafeteria. It is also a good idea to label your child's clothing with their name to help minimize lost items.

Box Tops
Remember to clip and turn in all your box tops! Box tops earn .10 each for Pine Bend. You can turn them in at the box near the media center. More information coming on what products have box tops in this week's Wednesday folders!

School Hours
School hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. We ask that parents drop students off between 8:15-8:25 a.m. 

Student Drop-Off


Students who are dropped off by a parent are allowed to enter the building at:

  • 8:10 a.m. if they are eating breakfast here.
  • 8:15 a.m. when the first bell rings.

If you drop your student off at school in the morning, please follow these guidelines to ensure a safe environment for all Pine Bend students:

  • Park in the parking lot if you need to enter the building.
  • If you arrive early, pull forward as far as possible as space becomes available. 
  • Do not cut in front of other cars - wait patiently.
  • Drop students off at the curb.

ISD 199 wants your children to be successful at school. Attendance at school every day plays an important part in that success. Our goal is to help your children get into the habit of coming to school every day. Please review the flier found here that emphasizes the importance attendance plays in your child’s school career.

At Pine Bend, we monitor attendance very closely. Note that a letter will be sent home

  • At 3 unexcused absences
  • At 5 unexcused absences
  • At 7 unexcused absences; meeting with parents
  • After 7 unexcused absences, a report is made to Dakota County Child Protection for educational neglect as mandated by MN Statute 102A.22.

**3 unexcused tardies are considered 1 unexcused absence.

Steps to Volunteering in ISD 199

ALL field trip volunteers MUST have a Volunteer Application and a CURRENT background check on file

  1. Complete a Volunteer Application. ALL volunteers must complete this. You can find both an online and print application at: The print application can be turned in to the Pine Bend office. The online application is automatically submitted upon completion.
  2. Complete a background check if:
  • You are going on a field trip
  • You are working one-on-one with a student

You may apply online here: The cost is $18 and is payable by credit card. The background check is good for 12 months.

**Please be aware that the background check process takes a minimum of 24 hours to complete**

  NOTE: ISD 199 will NOT accept the results of other background checks.

 If you have questions about the volunteer process, please contact Sara Pearce at 651-306-7701.